National Consultant to Support Storytelling Project on Women and Girls with Disabilities



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Tbilisi, GEORGIA
Application Deadline :09-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Jun-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :7 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :20 June 2020 – 20 January 2021

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.

UN Women in Georgia supports state and non-state partners towards the achievement of substantive gender equality in Georgia. In line with international and national commitments, UN Women works on the levels of policies and legislation, institutions and grassroots, in order to achieve transformative results for increased gender equality and greater protection of the rights of women and girls. To deliver on leave no one behind (LNOB) – the central and transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Women pays special attention to inclusion and participation of marginalized groups or women and/ or women and girls at risk of social exclusion. Guided by the UN Women global Strategy “The Empowerment of Women and Girls with Disabilities: Towards Full and Effective Participation and Gender Equality” (UN Women, The Empowerment of Women and Girls with Disabilities: Towards Full and Effective Participation and Gender Equality. 2018. Available at: https://www.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2018/12/the-empowerment-of-women-and-girls-with-disabilities) UN Women supports national partners to implement their commitments to women and girls with disability under CEDAW, BPfA, UPR, CRPD, 2030 Agenda (SDGs) and other relevant human rights and gender equality and women empowerment (GEWE) normative frameworks.

The disability prevalence rate among women worldwide is 19.2% compared to 12% of males (WHO and World Bank Group (WBG), World Report on Disability 28 (2011)). Women and girls with disabilities face systemic marginalization, attitudinal and environmental barriers, barriers to access education, health care, including sexual and reproductive health, information and service, justice, civic and political participation; they face lower economic and social status; are exposed to the increased risk of violence, including sexual violence; discrimination as well as harmful gender-based discriminatory practices, etc. Furthermore, global estimates indicate that 57% to 81% of all caregivers of people with disabilities are women, adding another gendered dimension to the issue of disability.

There is no nationally representative data available on the prevalence of disability among women and girls and/or impact of gender on caregiving for disabilities in Georgia. The lack of data makes it impossible to discern the real extent of disability in Georgia and accordingly, the specific needs of women and girls with disabilities and their families. While specialized studies on women and girls with disabilities and relevant data remains scarce, the UN Women/GEOSTAT National Study on Violence against Women in Georgia 2017 documents that women and girls with disabilities in Georgia experience multiple discrimination due to intersections of gender and disability, including violence from family members (UN Women/GEOSTAT,  National Study on Violence against Women in Georgia, 2017. Available at: https://georgia.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2018/03/national-study-on-violence-against-women-in-georgia-2017) and that they remain largely excluded from various aspects of social, economic and political life.

UN Women Georgia Country Office with the generous support of the Joint SDG Fund and in partnership with UNICEF, UNDP, OHCHR, UNFPA and WHO is implementing a Joint Programme (JP) “Transforming Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities in Georgia”. The overall strategy of the JP is to address gaps in Georgia’s social protection system in order to transform the situation of persons with disabilities (PwDs) in the country. Within the framework of the JP, UN Women contributes to achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls with disabilities and ensuring their full and effective participation in life on an equal basis with others. To achieve this goal, UN Women prioritizes strengthening national capacities to monitor and lobby for the implementation of CRPD in the context of national and international commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment and improving collection and utilization of data from disability and gender perspective.

Within the framework of the JP, UN Women further strives to combat harmful stereotypes and prejudice relating to women and girls with disabilities, including those based on age, race, ethnicity, gender expression class, and type of impairment, in all areas of life. In this connection, UN Women plans to support a storytelling initiative on women and girls with disabilities. The initiative will collect and disseminate stories of women and girls with disabilities with diverse backgrounds from all over Georgia and will have a two-fold objective: a) to enhance visibility of women and girls with disabilities and their contribution to the society; b) to raise awareness about the rights of women and girls with disabilities, as well as the intersecting forms of discrimination they face based on gender and disability.

UN Women is seeking to contract a national consultant who will support production and dissemination of stories on women and girls with disabilities. The national consultant will work in close partnership with a network of CSOs working on gender and disability issues in Georgia and under the overall coordination from UN Women.

The work of the consultancy is expected to start in June 2020 and end in January 2021.


Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the national consultant are:

  • Draft and submit a workplan/proposal with a description of the activities to be undertaken, methodologies to be used and timeframes for each activity. This should include methodology for collecting at least 15 stories of women and girls with disabilities and their caregivers from Georgia, as well as media campaign/dissemination plan (may include print, online, social media, TV and/or radio channels). The plan should also include potential themes for the stories, for example – women with disabilities and work, women with disabilities and domestic violence, etc;
  • As per the agreed campaign plan, conceptualize, produce and disseminate at least fifteen stories on women and girls with disabilities and their caregivers in Georgia through different media platforms (print, online, social media, TV and/or radio). Each story should feature in platforms/be disseminated via channels that reach at least 50,000 people in total (For one story to reach at least 50,000 people in total, it can be disseminated, for example, via a website that has at least 25,000 users, via a magazine that is disseminated to 3,000 people and via a TV talk show with regular audience of 22,000 people);
  • Develop bi-lingual brochure capturing collected stories in English and Georgian (electronic version).
  • Produce a final report on the completed tasks, measuring and evaluating the results of completing the assigned tasks.

Deliverables:

  • Detailed workplan developed, containing a brief description of activities to be undertaken, proposed themes for the stories, methodologies to be used and timeframes. The plan should also include indicators used to monitor and evaluate the results of the campaign and should be submitted to UN Women by 1 July 2020;
  • At least 15 stories on women and girls with disabilities collected and disseminated via relevant media channels per approved workplan by 10 December 2020;
  •  Bi-lingual brochure (electronic version) capturing collected stories in English and Georgia developed and submitted to UN Women by 20 January 2021;
  • Final report on the implementation of the media campaign focused on women and girls with disabilities, with evidence that at least fifteen stories have been produced and disseminated via relevant platforms/channels. Each story must have featured in platforms/have been disseminated via channels that reach at least 50,000 people in Total. The final report should contain all relevant information with regards to dissemination of the stories related to women and girls with disabilities and the conducted activities and should be submitted to UN Women by 20 January 2021.


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: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • University degree (at least Bachelor’s) in Journalism, Media Studies, Human Rights, Social Sciences or related studies.

Experience:

  • At least three years of proven experience in producing stories (articles, TV/radio features) for Georgian audience.
  • Demonstrated capacity to produce and disseminate stories with extensive outreach in Georgia (provide links to at least five relevant stories produced and disseminated by the applicant)
  • At least three years of experience in gender equality or women’s empowerment issues, including media reporting on women’s empowerment
  • Previous experience in the communications, advertising and/or publishing sector in Georgia.
  • Previous professional experience with development agencies and/or the United Nations is a strong asset

Language:

  • Excellent command of written and spoken Georgian and English

Evaluation Procedure:

The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria; technical and financial evaluation.

The candidates must possess following minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation:

  • University degree (at least Bachelor’s) in Journalism, Media Studies, Human Rights, Social Sciences or related studies.
  • At least three years of proven experience in producing stories (articles, TV/radio features) for Georgian audience with extensive outreach in Georgia.
  • At least three years of experience in gender equality or women’s empowerment issues, including media reporting on women’s empowerment
  • Excellent command of written and spoken Georgia and English.

The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria followed by technical and financial evaluation.

Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):

  • University degree (at least Bachelor’s) in Journalism, Media Studies, Human Rights, Social Sciences or related studies (max 80 points)
  • At least three years of proven experience in producing stories (articles, TV/radio features) for Georgian audience with extensive outreach in Georgia (max 90 points)
  • At least three years of proven experience in producing stories (articles, TV/radio features) for Georgian audience (max 100 points)
  • Previous experience in the communications, advertising and/or publishing sector in Georgia (max 30 points).
  • Previous professional experience with development agencies and/or the United Nations (max 20 points)
  • Excellent command of written and spoken Georgian and English (max 30 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).

Management arrangements:

The contractor will report to and work under direct supervision of UN Women Programme analyst and overall guidance of UN Women Deputy Country Representative.

Financial arrangements:

Payment will be disbursed upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by UN Women Programme Analyst that the services have been satisfactorily performed as specified below:

  • Deliverable 1 - 50%
  • Deliverable 2,3,4 - 50 %

Application submission package:

*The applicants are required to submit an aggregated financial offer: “aggregated financial offer” is the total sum of all financial claims of the candidate, including travel costs (ticket, DSA etc.) for accomplishment of all tasks spelled out in this ToR.

How to Submit the Application:

  • Download and complete the UN Women Personal History Form (P11)- https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558
  • Merge your UN Women Personal History Form (P11), the Financial Proposal, A list of links or copies of any paperwork on social protection and /or capacity building designing and Cover Letter into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded.
  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement).
  • Click 'Apply Now' button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click 'Submit Application;'
  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above).
  • You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system.

Notes:

  • UN Women retains the right to contact references directly. Due to the large numbers of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
  • Applications without the financial offer will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • The individual consultants should take the mandatory learning security course prior to commencement of assignment– details will follow before the issuance of contract.


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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