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International Consultant to conduct assessment of the institutional/governmental barriers to the full engagement of CSOs to identify the best mechanism for supporting their involvement in the regional women’s movement building
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||01-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||5d 11h 18m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Russian|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 month|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||April-May 2021|
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.
The Spotlight Initiative (SI) is a global, multi-year partnership between European Union and United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030.
Funded by the European Union, the Initiative is responding to all forms of violence against women and girls, with a particular focus on domestic and family violence, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and harmful practices, femicide, trafficking in human beings and sexual and economic (labour) exploitation. Further information can be found at https://www.spotlightinitiative.org
The Spotlight Initiative regional programme for Central Asia and Afghanistan managed from Kazakhstan (Almaty) in cooperation with all participating countries will harness the collective expertise, experiences, challenges and energy of gender equality advocates from the five Central Asian countries, as well as Afghanistan. It invests in the development of a Central Asia Alliance on SGBV, comprised of both government and non-governmental stakeholders, including parliamentarians, ministries and government departments, judiciary and police, civil society organisations, activists, survivors, youth, men and religious leaders.
Through collective thinking and collective advocacy, Central Asia-specific models for legislative, policy and institutional reform will be developed that will be grounded in the international norms and standards guiding work on SGBV, including the CEDAW, the CRC and the Istanbul Convention. In addition, the Models will reflect the importance of gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) methodologies – including costing – to ensure prevention and response to SGBV and harmful practices is robust and in line with the Global agenda to leave no one behind.
The Spotlight Initiative Pillar 6 aims at strengthening regional leadership, coordination, knowledge sharing and networking of women rights organizations to support CSOs collective and strategic engagement with governments and other actors within the broader Alliance for Central Asia on SGBV.
Women’s movement in Central Asia have been hampered by lack of resources, limited access to information sharing and limited platforms for dialogue both within countries and regionally.
Moreover, CSOs in the region lack a coherent vision and understanding of topics pertaining to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and the capacity to initiate, lead and monitor transformative change in the lives of women and girls.
The lack of strong CSO coalitions in Central Asia has created barriers to sustained collaboration between women's organizations beyond project-based activities and reduces the potential impact of each organization.
There is a need for stronger sharing of CSO knowledge on lessons in SGBV programming, and exposure to promising global practices, which often is limited to larger NGOs or international NGOs.
For this consultancy Spotlight Initiative Programme intends to procure services of an international consultant who will conduct an assessment of the institutional/governmental barriers to the full engagement of CSOs to identify the best mechanism for supporting their involvement in the regional women’s movement building.
Under the supervision of the SI Project Officer, the International Consultant is expected to identify and evaluate the barriers that hinder CSOs full engagement in the regional movements and to suggest the best mechanism for supporting CSOs’ involvement in the process of the regional women’s movement building.
The International Consultant will identify, classify (institutional, governmental, etc.) barriers to CSOs engagement, provide recommendations on how to overcome those barriers and propose the best mechanism for supporting CSOs’ involvement in the process of the regional women’s movement building. The proposed mechanism should ensure participation of active women leaders, less resourced CSOs, including rural grassroots organizations, younger less established organizations, feminist, women-lead, youth and LGBTI organizations, organizations benefiting marginalized and vulnerable groups in line with the principle “Leave No One Behind”, in the regional network. Linkages between traditional feminist activists in the region and newer, more intersectionality-focused groups, should be considered as well.
The results of this assessment will feed into establishment of a regional CSOs network, that will involve WROs, CSOs, activists and women’s rights defenders across the six countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, to strengthen the role of CSOs to strategically and collectively engage as accountability holders in their engagement with the Central Asia Alliance and other national and international platforms.
Duties and Responsibilities
The International Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
The International Consultant is expected to work from home and conduct online/off-line consultations with the SI Project Officer and local partners. The site visits to hold face-to-face meetings with CSOs and other actors will depend on the Covid-19 situation and be determined later.
All deliverables are submitted to and approved by the SI Project Officer.
Deliverables and timelines
The assignment should be carried out within a period of 5 April – 31 May 2021. The Consultant is responsible for delivering the following outputs:
Respect for Diversity
Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
Required Skills and Experience
The selection process of consultant will be by following criteria:
Education: Please ensure similar formatting
- Advanced degree in Social Science, Research methods, Gender studies, Development studies, Law, Public Policy and Administration, and other related fields.
- Excellent writing and speaking skills in English and/or Russian. Knowledge of language/s of Central Asia and Afghanistan is an asset.
Applicants must meet the above minimum qualification requirements which will be included in the technical evaluation process in the future. The next stage of the assessment process will be maintained by cumulative analysis methodology of technical proposal (70%) and the financial proposal (30%) of the candidate.
Technical evaluation criteria:Only candidates, who will accumulate at least 490 (70%) points of the maximum 700 points during the technical evaluation process, will be qualified for financial proposal*.
All documents should be sent including:
Only candidates who have passed the preliminary selection will be informed.
Kindly note, that the system will only allow one attachment, hence all supporting document
e.g. P11, CV must be scanned as one attachment. Applications without the completed UNDP P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.