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.
Since 2001, UN Women (UNIFEM) has been providing continues support to partners in Georgia to increase meaningful participation of women in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and sustainable peacebuilding processes. Under the current country programme and in line with UN Partnership for Sustainable Development (2016-2020), UN Women supports the government to develop and implement National Action Plans for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security 1325 et al. and to achieve targets of the nationalized SDG 5 and 16.
2020 will mark the 20-year anniversary of the ground-breaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) — the first resolution to link women’s experiences of conflict to the international peace and security agenda. In April 2019, at the High-Level Commitments event on Women, Peace and Security preparing for the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, Government of Georgia pledged to increase women’s participation in the Geneva International Discussions (GID) up to 50 per cent before October 2020. The mentioned commitment of the Government of Georgia creates an enabling environment for capacity development of women involved in peace tracks and further ensures women’s effective and meaningful participation in peace processes.
In this context, UN Women plans to provide a targeted capacity development of the women who are already engaged or will be engaged in formal negotiation mechanisms Geneva International Discussions (GID) and Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), as well as in informal peace tracks. In particular, UN Women will hire an international consultant to support the LEPL Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training and Research Institute (Mikeladze Institute) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia to achieve the following objectives:
- To develop the capacity of Mikeladze Institute and introduce gender sensitive mediation and negotiation trainings;
- Increase the capacity of women in mediation and negotiation skills among the representatives of public sector as well as civil society.
The intervention will aim at contributing to increased understanding on women’s role in peace processes, importance, effectiveness and sustainability of an inclusive peace process, and innovative strategies to transform the conflict and achieve durable peace.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities of the international consultant are to:
- Conduct one day seminar on mediation and negotiation skills for women who are already engaged in formal/informal peace tracks, and/or for a mixed group including public sector and civil society representatives engaged in peace and mediation processes – to get better insights and understanding of the context and challenges faced;
- Revise and adapt a training manual on gender and mediation in close consultation with the Folke Bernadotte Academy (this cooperation will be facilitated by UN Women);
- Prepare a training module with a special focus on gender sensitive mediation/negotiation and support the Mikeladze Institute to integrate the module within its curricula;
- Pilot the training module through a ToT for instructors/lecturers or potential lecturers of Mikeladze Institute to ensure transfer of knowledge and shared ownership of the module;
- Prepare and submit final report with recommendations after the capacity development intervention for the consideration and follow up of the Mikeladze Institute.
- One day seminar on mediation and negotiation skills for women who are already engaged in formal/informal peace tracks, and/or for a mixed group including public sector and civil society representatives engaged in mediation and peace processes prepared and conducted (in English) (3 working days) – by 2 August 2019;
- Draft manual on gender and mediation developed in consultation with FBA (in English) (10 working days) – by 23 August 2019;
- Five-day ToT conducted around the new training module to pilot it with instructors/lecturers or potential lecturers of Mikeladze Institute to ensure transfer of knowledge and shared ownership of it (in English) (5 working days) – by 10 September 2019;
- The module finalized after the ToT and submitted to UN Women / Mikeladze Institute (3 working days) – by 27 September 2019;
- Final report on the work carried out submitted in English including the list of recommendations/instructions to be followed by the Mikeladze Institute (2 working days) – by 4 October 2019.
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- 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
- Master’s degree in gender/women’s studies, social sciences, peace and conflict studies, development studies, sociology or related field;
- At least five years of proven track record of working on conflict transformation and resolution, peace and mediation, peace and confidence building, or related issues
- At least one year of experience of planning and conducting trainings and workshops, using interactive methodologies
- Experience in working on women, peace and security agenda, women’s political participation will be an asset
- Fluency in English.
The candidates will be evaluated against the following technical and financial criteria:
- Master’s degree in gender/women’s studies, social sciences, peace and conflict studies, development studies, sociology or related field (max 100 points);
- At least five years of proven track record of working on conflict transformation and resolution, peace and mediation, peace and confidence building, or related issues (max 120 points);
- At least one year of experience of planning and conducting trainings and workshops, using interactive methodologies (max 80 points);
- Experience in working on women, peace and security agenda, women’s political participation will be an asset (max 30 points);
- Fluency in English (20 points).
Maximum total technical score amounts to 350 points. Only candidates who have passed over the minimum qualification criteria and have accumulated at least 245 points out of maximum 350 under technical evaluation will qualify for the next stage i.e. evaluation of their financial proposals.
Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 150
S – score received on financial evaluation;
Fmin – the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;
F – financial offer under consideration.
The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).
The Consultant will work under the overall supervision and guidance of UN Women Country and/or Deputy Country Representative in Georgia and in collaboration and day to day management of UN Women WPS Project Analyst.
Payment will be disbursed upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by UN Women Component Manager that the services have been satisfactorily performed as specified below:
- Deliverable 1, 2, 3 (18 working days) – 78%
- Deliverables 4, 5 (5 working days) – 22%
Application submission package:
- Duly filled Personal History Form PHF11 that can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment
- A sample of previously conducted relevant training
- Financial Proposal - lump sum proposal/offer* in USD (including breakdown of this lump sum amount, indicating all necessary costs to complete this assignment).
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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