National Consultant on Women, Peace and Security to support the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro Atlantic Integration



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Kyiv, UKRAINE
Application Deadline :05-Aug-20 (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)
17-Aug-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :75 days (within period of 17 August to 3 December 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.

The year 2020 is a historic year for the women’s rights and gender equality as the world marks the 25-year review and appraisal of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20-year anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security; and the 5-year since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. UN Women will leverage this year to galvanize attention and action on key issues including to support the following six priorities, as outlined in the Secretary-General’s report on women, peace and security to the Security Council, i.e. to make leadership accountable for women, peace and security, monitor and support progress through targeted data collection, joined-up analysis, strategic planning and raised visibility; Enable, facilitate and ensure women’s meaningful participation in peace processes, the implementation of peace agreements, and across all peace and security decision-making processes; Publicly condemn human rights violations and discrimination and prevent all forms of gender-based violence, including against women human rights defenders; Increase the number and influence of women in uniformed services in peacekeeping missions and national security services; Guarantee women’s economic security and access to resources; and mobilise to finance the women, peace and security agenda and invest in women peacebuilders.

In Ukraine, since 2015, UN Women has been scaling-up its presence and programme in two key thematic areas – Women, Peace and Security and Gender Responsive Governance. UN Women contributes to recovery and peacebuilding efforts advocating for and supporting implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. UN Women also strives to support longer-term national reforms, including security and defence sector reforms, while promoting gender equality and women’s human rights and accountability.

Equal rights and opportunities of women and men in Ukraine are guaranteed by the Constitution, the Law "On Equal Rights and Opportunities for Women and Men" and the Labor Code. Ukraine has ratified the Convention on Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its Optional Protocol among the other key human rights treaties, as well as has adopted national policy and legal frameworks to ensure equal rights and opportunities for women and men in Ukraine. The adoption by the Government of the National Action Plan for Implementation of the UN Security Council’s Resolution 1325 (NAP 1325) is a commendable step towards the integration of the women, peace and security agenda in the reform, recovery and peacebuilding processes.

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. 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.

To further support the consolidated efforts of the government, parliament, women’s groups and civil society organisations (CSOs) to meet state commitments on gender equality and women’s rights, including CEDAW, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325) and SDGs through reforms and peace and security processes, UN Women in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration launched the project “Enhancing accountability for gender equality and women’s empowerment in national reforms, peace and security”, funded by the Government of Sweden. The project goal is to achieve transformative results for gender equality and women’s empowerment in Ukraine by integrating gender equality and women’s human rights commitments into the national reforms and the peace and security processes, and by putting mechanisms in place for adequate financing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The project aims to: consolidate the efforts of government, parliament and civil society to remove structural barriers to gender equality and women’s human rights; ensure accountability of national governance, reforms, planning and budgeting for commitments and priorities in the areas of gender equality and women, peace and security; strengthen cross-sectoral coordination and oversight for gender and women’s rights commitments; strengthen coalitions between government, parliament, media and civil society for evidence-based advocacy in Ukraine; strengthen the capacity of gender advocates and women’s groups to effectively demand gender equality in reforms and peacebuilding.

In partnership with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, UN Women provides support to the Government on the national and regional level in implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the subsequent resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. Therefore, UN Women seeks to hire the National Consultant to provide a day-to-day policy advisory support on Women, Peace and Security agenda to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Representative of UN Women in Ukraine, technical guidance by the Programme Specialist and day-to-day supervision of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, the consultant will implement a set of tasks, including, but not limited to:

Task 1: Policy advisory support to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration to ensure coordinated implementation of the Women, Peace and Security commitments, including, but not limited to the following activities:

  • Ensure day-to-day policy advice to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda based on the international and national commitments, global practices and knowledge (drafting analytical documents, concepts, briefings and the other documents);
  • Provide advice and support effective coordination, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for implementation of the NAP 1325 on Women, Peace and Security through national reforms at national and local levels in close collaboration with the Parliament, line-ministries and women’s groups and CSOs;
  • Provide advice and if needed, coordination, to design the process for the development of 2nd NAP 1325, ensuring multi-stakeholder participation in the process;
  • Develop analytical and training materials on gender mainstreaming of the security sector reform;
  • Provide advice and support effective partnerships and coordination, including with NATO, EU, UN and the other international organizations on Women, Peace and Security portfolio;
  • Provide substantive advice and coordination support for Ukraine’s contribution to the global processes related to marking 20-year anniversary of UNSCR1325;
  • Conduct an analysis of existing policies, structures, institutions and mechanisms relevant to the establishment of the effective government accountability, coordination, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for implementation of the NAP 1325 through national reforms at national and local levels;
  • Conduct desk research related to international best practices of the effective government accountability, coordination, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for implementation of the NAP 1325 through national reforms at national and local levels;
  • Organize multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral expert groups consultations with participation of women’s groups and international development partners to jointly analyze gaps and needs the women, peace, and security commitments;
  • Provide a set of recommendations on establishment and functioning of coordination, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for implementation of the NAP 1325 through national reforms at national and local levels with participation of women's groups.

Task 2. Technical support to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and key national gender institutions including line ministries and regional/local authorities to build their capacity on Women, Peace and Security agenda, integration of NAP1325 in sectoral and regional/local plans:

  • Provide day-to-day technical support for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration;
  • Plan and organize capacity-building events for the staff of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and other key national gender institutions (including line ministries and regional/local authorities), such as on-job trainings and support on establishment and functioning of coordination, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for implementation of the NAP 1325;
  • Coordinate and organize the multi-stakeholders and inter-ministerial learning workshops on best practices and tools to establish and realize coordination, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for implementation of the NAP 1325 through national reforms at national and local levels with participation of women's group.
  • Implement other duties as required.

Assignment /Deliverables

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Deliverables

Timeframe

(December 2019 – December 2020)

1

Monthly time-sheets and brief progress reports 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 per month

2

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

By 30 November 2020

  • All reports should be submitted according to the provided format in English language (the supporting documents, such as meeting minutes, agenda etc. can be submitted in Ukrainian language).
  • The Consultant is expected to work in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration using her/his own computer but may access the UN Women office for printing of relevant documents or should he/she be required to work on-site at any point during the assignment.

Performance evaluation:

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

Financial arrangements:  

  • Payments will be disbursed by monthly instalments based on time-sheets and brief monthly progress reports certified by the representative of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and certification of the UN Women Programme Specialist that the services have been satisfactorily performed. Payment for deliverable 2 will be disbursed upon submission of the final report certified by the representative of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and certification of the 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: 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

Qualifications Education:

  • Advanced (Masters) degree in in Human Rights, International Relations, Political Science, Gender Studies, Social Sciences, law or related field.

Experience:

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in human rights, gender equality, women, peace and security;
  • Proven experience of conducting institutional and policy analysis, drafting policy and briefing documents on gender equality, women’s empowerment or women, peace and security mechanisms, as well as provision of capacity building for government officials;
  • Proven knowledge of international human rights, gender equality, women’s empowerment and women, peace and security mechanisms and instruments;
  • Experience with participation in organization of high-level dialogues, consultations, workshops including with the members of Parliament, government, local authorities, CSOs, etc.;
  • Previous professional experience with development agencies and the United Nations would be considered an asset.

Languages and other skills: 

  • Fluent Ukrainian and English;
  • 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 utilized 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 and interview, 70% of total evaluation for technical criteria. Total max 70 points:

 

Technical Evaluation Criteria

Maximum obtainable points

Criterion A – Relevant education

8

Criterion B – Language skills 

7

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

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in human rights, gender, women, peace and security; (15 points)
  • Proven experience of conducting institutional and policy analysis, drafting policy and briefing documents on gender equality, women’s empowerment or women, peace and security mechanisms, as well as provision of capacity building for government officials; (13 points)
  • Proven knowledge of international human rights, gender equality, women’s empowerment and women, peace and security mechanisms and instruments (12 points)
  • Experience with participation in organization of high-level dialogues, consultations, workshops including with the members of Parliament, government, local authorities, CSOs, etc. (8 points)
  • Previous professional experience with development agencies and the United Nations would be considered an asset (7 points)

55

Total Obtainable Score for technical criteria

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:

All applications must include as one attachment:  

  1. Completed and signed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from?https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558  
  1. 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). 

Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment.  

Interested candidates are requested to apply no later than 9:00 am 29 July 2020 by submitting applications to the following e-mail address: hr.ukraine@unwomen.org with a subject National Consultant on Women, Peace and Security to support Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro Atlantic Integration”.

Applications without P11 and 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 

  1. Cost Breakdown per Deliverables* 

 

Deliverables 

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

Price, UAH 

(Lump Sum, All Inclusive) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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