Consultant to support the Agency for Gender Equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina in developing state report for GREVIO Committee



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Home-based with travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Application Deadline :08-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
23-Sep-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :23rd Sep 2019 - 06st Dec 19
Expected Duration of Assignment :25 working days

Background

Since 2008, UN Women has been cooperating with the Agency for Gender Equality of BiH (the Agency) on the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women. The Agency has the responsibility to prepare the GREVIO report for Bosnia and Herzegovina in line with the article 68 of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention)[1].

Istanbul Convention is based on the understanding that violence against women is a form of gender-based violence that is committed against women because they are women. It is the obligation of the state to address it fully in all its forms and to take measures to prevent violence against women, protect its victims and prosecute the perpetrators. The Convention was adopted by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on 7 April 2011. Following its 10th ratification by Andorra on 22 April 2014, it entered into force on 1 August 2014.

Bosnia and Herzegovina singed the Convention on 8th of March 2013. The Convention was ratified on 7th of November 2013 and it entered into the force on 1st of August 2014[2]. According to Article 68, paragraph 1 “Parties shall submit to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, based on a questionnaire prepared by GREVIO, a report on legislative and other measures giving effect to the provisions of this Convention, for consideration by GREVIO.”[3] Evaluations are carried out on a country-by-country basis.  The procedure is initiated by GREVIO when it sends its questionnaire[4] to the state parties concerned. For Bosnia and Herzegovina, the questionnaire will be forwarded in September 2019. The deadline for submission of the report is February 2020, after which the evaluation visits will follow in October 2020. Publication of the final GREVIO report for Bosnia and Herzegovina can be expected by June 2021.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, responsibility for reporting to GREVIO lies with the Agency for Gender Equality of BIH, which will be managing and coordinating the process of developing the GREVIO report. The GREVIO report will be developed on the basis of the entity level reports and the information collected from the state-level institutions and the Brcko District. Gender Center of FBiH and Gender Center of RS will lead the entity level process and develop entity level reports that will be incorporated in the final consolidated report for Bosnia and Herzegovina to GREVIO committee.

[1] Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence available at https://www.coe.int/en/web/conventions/full-list/-/conventions/treaty/210

[2] More information available at https://www.coe.int/en/web/conventions/full-list/-/conventions/treaty/210/signatures

[3] Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence available at https://www.coe.int/en/web/conventions/full-list/-/conventions/treaty/210

[4] Questionnaire on legislative and other measures giving effect to the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) available at https://rm.coe.int/CoERMPublicCommonSearchServices/DisplayDCTMContent?documentId=09000016805c95b0


Duties and Responsibilities

UN Women is seeking to recruit the international consultant to support the Agency for Gender Equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina in developing the state Report of Bosnia and Herzegovina on implementation of Istanbul Convention in BiH.  In cooperation and coordination by AGE and joint supervision by AGE and UN Women, international consultant will be responsible for achieving following objectives:

  • Developing a detailed methodology of the collection of data and structure of the report, and presentation of the methodology to the representatives of relevant institutions from all levels of government;
  • Supporting the process of outreach and coordination with relevant institutions and preparation for data collection. This objective is two-fold and consultant will be engaged in: informing professionals from responsible governmental institutions about the GREVIO reporting process and following the entity level processes to ensure the methodology is used in a consolidated way;  
  • Supporting the process of data collection and preparation of inputs for the final report to the AGE;
  • Developing a final report to GREVIO Committee. The consultant will develop this report by consolidating entity level reports and other information collected by the AGE;

OUTPUTS

Under the overall supervision of the Programme Specialist and the direct supervision of the EVAW Project Manager and Agency for Gender Equality, the international consultant is expected to deliver following outputs:

  • Methodology of the assignment;
  • Presentation of the methodology and structure of the report to relevant stakeholders, and moderation of the event(s);
  • Supporting the process of data collection and preparation of inputs for the final BiH report for GREVIO Committee;
  • Final consolidated report of BiH for GREVIO Committee.

ACTIVITIES AND TIMEFRAME

The consultant will be expected to complete the following tasks within the indicative timeframe:

Tasks

Days

Deadline

Development of methodology

Draft methodology of the assignment developed and shared with UN Women and AGE for comments

3.5

September 20th 2019

Final draft methodology and structure of the report developed

0.5

September 25th 2019

Technical support related to inputs for the final BiH report for GREVIO Committee

Technical support provided to AGE (including presentation of the methodology and structure of final report at meetings with relevant stakeholders in late September 2019)

5

October 18th 2019

Inputs for the final report prepared (based on data collected from the relevant stakeholders by AGE)

2

October 18th 2019

Final consolidated report of BiH for GREVIO Committee

Draft consolidated report of BiH to GREVIO committee developed and shared with UN Women, AGE, Gender Center RS and Gender Center FBiH for comments

10

November 11th 2019

Draft consolidated report presented to relevant stakeholders for validation at the validation workshop (presentation, moderation)

1

November 21st 2019

Comments incorporated and final consolidated report of BiH to GREVIO developed

3

November 29th 2019

Total

25

 

Consultant is expected to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2 instances (in September 2019 and November 2019).

REPORTING

International consultant is expected to deliver the outputs specified above in B/H/S language. Supervision of the consultant will be shared between Agency for Gender Equality and UN Women.


Competencies

Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships;
  • Focuses on impact and results and responds positively to feedback;
  • Approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Values:

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Displays cultural, gender, nationality, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • M.A. in Gender Studies, Political Science, Policy Studies, Sociology, Social Sciences, or related fields.

Skills and Experience:

  • At least five years of experience working in the fields of gender equality, political science, social sciences or related field
  • Strong understanding of gender and development
  • Knowledge of Gender Institutional Mechanisms, legislative and institutional framework for combating gender-based violence
  • Track record of work relevant to the assignment, preferably experience in international reporting processes
  • Previous experience working/consulting for international projects/programmes;
  • Fluency in English and B/H/S, excellent spoken and written skills.

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents:

  1. Expression of interest and 1-2 page excerpt from previous similar work
  2. Detailed financial proposal inclusive of all costs (which includes consultancy fees, travel, accommodation, subsistence etc.)
  3. UN P11 form

Please note: All documents have to be uploaded in 1 single file.

EVALUATION OF OFFERS

UN Women applies a fair and transparent selection process that takes into account both the technical qualification of potential consultants as well as the financial proposals submitted in support of consultant applications. Candidate applications will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of applicant qualifications and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • having received the highest score out of below defined technical, interview and financial criteria.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 50 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for an interview. Top 3 candidates (with highest number of points in the technical evaluation) will be interviewed. The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal will be allocated to the lowest price proposal among those candidates who have reached at least 5 points in the interview. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion.

Criteria:

  • Technical Evaluation – documents and interviewed based (70%)
  • Financial Evaluation - based on submitted offer (30%)
  • Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 30
    • 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 the consideration.

Please note that travel costs should be covered by the consultant.

Qualified women and men and members of minorities are encouraged to apply. 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.

Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

For any additional information, please contact unwomen.bih@unwomen.org


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.

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