Consultant - Research Assistant - Normative Frameworks (Open to Indian Nationals Only)

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Home based, INDIA
Application Deadline :13-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Eight Months (20 working days per month)
Expected Duration of Assignment :Eight Months (20 working days per month)


UN Women is the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women created in 2010 as a UN entity, to accelerate progress on gender equality and the realisation of women’s rights. UN Women is a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels. In 2015, UN Women commemorated 20 years of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA, 1995), and successfully advocated with partners, for the stand-alone gender equality goal under the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. UN Women is involved in strengthening the commitment of UN member states to the Agenda 2030, Beijing Platform for Action, and other normative frameworks such as CEDAW, by investing directly in the rights of women and girls, and in supporting gender mainstreaming initiatives, in order to ensure substantive equality, particularly for those from marginalised communities.

The Intergovernmental and Women, Peace and Security Division (IGP&WPS) works to  deliver results in support of UN Women’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and internationally agreed goals on gender equality and women’s empowerment, including the Beijing Platform for Action, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Division provides normative support and the delivery of integrated policy and program advice, including through policy analysis and gender mainstreaming.

Under the general direction and guidance of the Programme Analyst IGP&WPS, the Research Assistant is responsible for providing: (1) Technical support and timely analytical information for the Division on normative frameworks, (2) Substantive knowledge management and reporting support, and (3) Administrative and logistical support.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify, research, analyse, prepare and/or organize information and briefing materials on normative frameworks, including but not limiting to CEDAW, Beijing Platform for Action, Sustainable Development Goals and UNSCR on WPS;
  • Draft speeches, talking points, briefing notes, background papers, and/or design presentation materials (including multi-media) for key events, meetings on normative agendas, in line with UN Women’s goals, objectives, strategies and/or policies on gender issues;
  • Provide technical support to the Division in engagement with other UN entities on global policies, norms and standards;
  • Liaise closely with other programme divisions and team members on workplans and programme commitments related to normative frameworks;
  • Coordinate efforts and in meeting deadlines related to organizational reports including for intergovernmental bodies ensuring the required quality standards are observed;
  • Ensure the timely follow-up to the Division’s directives, including the effective dissemination of pertinent information to internal and external partners;
  • Provide support in preparation of agenda and minutes, ensuring the timely submission and circulation of relevant background documents and reports;
  • Perform other official duties and special assignments which may be requested by the Supervisor.

Expected Outputs

  • Research analysis of normative frameworks internationally agreed goals and frameworks on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE), including the Beijing Platform for Action, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Policy notes and reports on India’s commitment and progress against the normative frameworks on GEWE.
  • Speeches, talking points, briefing notes, background papers on normative agendas, in line with UN Women’s vision and strategies.


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.

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to administer administrative processes and transactions;
  • Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work;
  • Good knowledge of administrative rules and regulations;
  • Good IT and web based management skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Bachelors’ degree in Law , Gender and Development Studies, or any Social Sciences.


  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience in feminist evaluation;
  • Demonstrable understanding of gender and development issues in the context of legislations for women and violence against women in India;
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake research and documentation, including qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.


  • Fluency in English and Hindi.


Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:

  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from
  • Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment, please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment;
  • Applications received after the close date will not be accepted;
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Evaluation and Selection Criteria

Criteria for shortlisting of CVs will be based on the following assessment:

  • Required Degree and Qualification (5 points);
  • Minimum Experience relevant to the assignment (5 points);
  • Working knowledge and experience of working on Gender (5 points);
  • Working knowledge and use of computers and its programmes/applications. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of spread sheet and database packages (5 points).

The evaluation process for selection of the candidate will be based on the following assessment:

  • Interview – 80 Points
  • Written Samples – 20 Points

Please Note:

  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 65 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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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