National Consultant to the Apparatus of Government Commissioner on Gender Equality Policy to support implementation of the Strategy for Prevention and Response to Conflict-related Sexual Violence



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Kyiv, UKRAINE
Application Deadline :05-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
12-Sep-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :100 days (within period of 3 September 2019 to 31 March 2020)

Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

One of the key areas of UN Women work in Ukraine is Women, Peace and Security (WPS). In partnership with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, UN Women provides support to the national security sector institutions in implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the subsequent resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. UN Women supports the state institutions with the implementation of the Revised National Action Plan for Implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security for 2016-2020 (NAP 1325)[1], which represents the vision of the government for the gender-specific response to the conflict and its consequences. The NAP includes several areas of responsibility of the state institutions on mainstreaming gender into peace and security agenda, including: increasing women’s participation in peacebuilding processes and peacekeeping operations, conducting a gender assessment and providing gender-responsive services to people affected by conflict, ensuring human rights and protection of women’s rights, among other priority actions. Prevention and combating conflict-related sexual violence is outlined as one of key focus areas of the revised NAP 1325 to be addressed by the government. Also, in September 2018 the Government of Ukraine adopted National Action Plan on the implementation of the CEDAW Concluding Observations to the eighth periodic report of Ukraine on by 2021[2] . The respective action plans have incorporated targeted actions for the duty-bearers to make the legal amendments, integrate the capacity building of the security sector and law enforcement agencies on CRSV, application of UN system of early warning indicators for prevention of sexual violence in conflict, as well as adoption of guidance notes for investigation of cases of CRSV.

In November 2018 a Strategy for Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine was endorsed by the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, which was developed by UN Women and OHCHR upon the request of the Government. The endorsement of the strategy became a response measure to the recommendations, provided in the thematic report on conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine. The mentioned report was produced by the Human Rights Monitoring Mission of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (HRMMU) in February 2017 and covered the period from March 2014 to January 2017, highlighting the trends and patterns of sexual violence committed in the context of the conflict in the east, the ongoing impunity enjoyed by perpetrators, and the lack of a comprehensive programme to ensure that all survivors receive prompt and adequate access to an effective remedy, including gender sensitive rehabilitation, restitution, compensation, satisfaction and guarantees of no recurrence.

As of 11 January 2019, the changes to Criminal Code of Ukraine came into force[3], which addressed some of the legal gaps in the definition of rape and sexual violence. However, the definition of the conflict-related sexual violence is still missing from the legislation. The recently endorsed CRSV strategy recommends amending existing national legislation in line with international law to ensure that cases of CRSV can be prosecuted without unrealistic expectations in terms of evidence and definition. Therefore, the Strategy for Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine will serve as the foundation to develop the country-wide inclusive action plan for its implementation in 2019 and beyond.

To support the   Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy to coordinate the implementation of the Strategy for Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine, UN Women will provide expert support through the national consultant.  The national consultant will focus on two main areas: supporting the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy and Apparatus of Government Commissioner on Gender Equality Policy to develop an action plan for the implementation of CRSV Strategy and coordination of the implementation of the CRSV strategy; provide policy advice and related coordination for the implementation of CRSV-related activities included in the revised National Action Plan on implementation of UN SCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in the framework of the government policy on ensuring equal rights and equal opportunities men and women.

[1] Approved by Decree No. 113-p of the Cabinet of Ministers, dated 24 February 2016, available at: https://zakon.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/637-2018-%D1%80

[2] Approved by Decree No. 634-p of the Cabinet of Ministers, dated 5 September 2018, available at https://www.kmu.gov.ua/ua/npas/pro-go-planu-dij-z-vikonannya-rekomo-zhinok-do-vosmoyi-periodichnoyi-dopovidi-ukrayini-pro-vikonannya-konvenciyi-pro-likvidaciyu-vsih-form-diskriminaciyi-shchodo-zhinok-na-period-do-2021-roku

[3] On Changes to Criminal Code of Ukraine with the aim of realization of provisions of Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, signed by the President of Ukraine on 6 December 2017, available at: https://zakon.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/2227-19


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Representative and direct supervision by the Programme Specialist, the National consultant will provide day-to-day support to the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality through technical advice and expertise in preparation of action plan for the implementation of the Strategy for Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine, coordination of activities of its implementation, and the revised National Action Plan on implementation of UN SCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in the framework of the government policy on ensuring equal rights and opportunities men and women. The assignment will include but not be limited to the following tasks developed in coordination with the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality and UN Women:

1.       Under direct supervision of the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality and Apparatus of Government Commissioner on Gender Equality Policy in cooperation with governmental bodies, international and non-governmental organizations, develop an action plan for the Strategy for Prevention of and Response to Conflict-related Sexual Violence through the provision of advisory services, including tasks, indicators for measuring progress, as well as timeline.

2.       Support the Apparatus of Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy on strengthening its mechanisms for coordination and monitoring of implementation of the CRSV strategy by  maintaining sustainable coordination with the respective government institutions, responsible for the implementation of CRSV strategy and CRSV-related activities included in the revised National Action Plan on implementation of UN SCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security; conducting monitoring of already implemented and ongoing activity.

3.       Directly support the Apparatus of the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy with the analysis and evaluation of the status of the implementation of CRSV strategy, highlighting successful practices, lessons learnt and flag emerging concerns or problematic issues.

4.       Support and contribute with substantive inputs to the development and/or revision of internal policies, guidelines, SOPs and regulations to ensure they include clear administrative orders specifying what may amount to CRSV, what will be the investigation and accountability mechanism and guarantees for non-recurrence of SRSV cases.

5.       Support and contribute with the substantive inputs to the process of revision of national legislation on the definition of conflict-related sexual violence, procedure for its investigation, prosecution and defining mechanisms for bringing perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict to accountability.

6.       Cultivate relationships and liaise with government, international and non-government institutions and service providers to promote awareness about CRSV, consult about available mechanisms for assistance and reporting of CRSV cases.

7.       Respond to internal and external requests for information and ensure its dissemination amongst the relevant stakeholders.

Assignment Deliverables:

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Deliverables

Deadlines

1

Monthly time-sheets and brief results-based progress reports based on the prior agreed work plan about implemented activities and achieved results with attached events’ supporting documents (agendas, lists of participants and reports) submitted

Monthly, by 5th of next month; not to exceed 22 working days

2

Final report about the progress and achievements, lessons learnt and recommendations submitted

By 31 March 2020

*All reports should be submitted in English language and include the full set of supporting documents, such as analytical briefs, training agendas, handouts and lists of participants. The supporting documents can be submitted in Ukrainian.

Inputs

  • UN Women and the Apparatus of Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy will provide the Consultant with background materials related to the assignment
  • The Apparatus of Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy will provide the consultant with the space and access to the internal institutional documents.
  • The consultant is expected to work using her/his own computer.

Performance evaluation:

  • Contractor’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, efficiency, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered. The evaluation will be carried out and cleared by the hiring manager, which will also be the basis for payment on a month to month basis to the consultant.

Financial arrangements:  

Payment will be disbursed on a monthly basis upon receipt of the deliverables (as per above matrix) and their certification by the Apparatus of Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy  and UN Women Programme Specialist that the services have been satisfactorily performed.


Competencies

Core Values

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf


Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications Education:

  • Advanced (Masters) degree in law, public policy/administration, gender studies or similar.

Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience with a gender analysis, capacity building and technical support on gender equality, women’s rights issues, and WPS to the government, parliament, civil society, and international organizations;
  • Proven knowledge of Women, Peace and Security agenda, in particular the UN Security Council Resolutions on Prevention of and Response to Conflict-related Sexual Violence;
  • Previous experience with coordination of implementation of gender equality policies and women, peace and security agenda;
  • Proven experience with coordination and organization of multiple stakeholders’ activities and liaison with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders;
  • Experience with conducting legal analysis of normative documents (laws/by-laws) and with the development of amendments to them
  • Previous professional experience with the United Nations would be considered an asset.

Languages and other skills:

  • Ukrainian, English (knowledge of Russian is an asset);
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email.

Evaluation of Applicants:

Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of their qualifications and financial proposal. A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. The award of the contract should be made to the individuals whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable.
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Technical criteria  - 70% of total evaluation. Total max 70 points:

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 70. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on desk review and following technical qualification evaluation criteria:

Technical Evaluation Criteria

Maximum obtainable Points

Criterion A – Relevant education

Advanced (Masters) degree in law, public policy/administration, gender studies or similar

5

Criterion B – Language skills

Ukrainian, English and Russian

5

Criterion C – Relevant Experience with total for all of the following criteria

60 including:

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience with a gender analysis, capacity building and technical support on gender equality, women’s rights issues, and WPS to the government parliament, civil society, and international organizations;

15

  • Proven knowledge of Women, Peace and Security agenda, in particular the UN Security Council Resolutions on Prevention of and Response to Conflict-related Sexual Violence;

10

  • Previous experience with coordination of implementation of gender equality policies and women, peace and security agenda;

10

  • Proven experience with coordination of multiple stakeholders’ activities ?and liaison with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders;

10

  • Experience with conducting legal analysis of normative documents (laws/by-laws) and with the development of amendments to them

15

Total Obtainable Score

70

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

  • Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation will be further considered and evaluated.
  • The total number of points allocated for the financial/price component is 30.
  • The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 50 points in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.
  • Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 30
  • (S - score received on financial evaluation; F min - the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round; F - financial offer under the consideration).

Application and submission package:

The candidate’s application should include:

1)      P11 with indication of relevant experience in line with the ToR requirements.  Completed and signed UN Women Personal History (P-11) form can be downloaded from: http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment

2)      Financial proposal (sample is provided below): The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount with a breakdown of a daily professional rate per number of anticipated working days, travel costs (daily subsistence allowance and other in-country travel costs) and other related costs (e.g. tele-communication).

Interested candidates are requested to apply no later than 30 June 2019 by submitting applications to the following e-mail address: hr.ukraine@unwomen.org with a subject “National Consultant to the Apparatus of Government Commissioner on Gender Equality Policy support implementation of the Strategy for Prevention and Response to Conflict-related Sexual Violence”.

Applications without financial proposal may be treated as incomplete and may not be considered for further assessment.

Sample of Financial Proposal

The format shown on the following tables is suggested for use as a guide in preparing the Financial Proposal

A.                  Cost Breakdown per Deliverables*

 

Deliverables

# of days and Percentage of Total Price (Weight for payment)

Price, UAH

(Lump Sum, All Inclusive)

1

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

Total

max. # of working days (100%)

UAH……

*Basis for payment tranches

 

UN Women applies fair and transparent selection process that would take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals.

 


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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