National Consultant/ Legal Expert



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Location : Home-based (Tbilisi), GEORGIA
Application Deadline :07-Apr-21 (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)
12-Apr-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :Up to 80 working days within 12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 April 2021 – 11 April 2022

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.


Background

Millions of women and girls worldwide suffer from some form of gender-based violence and harmful practices, be it domestic violence, rape, female genital mutilation/cutting, dowry-related killing, trafficking, sexual violence in conflict-related situations, son preference and the undervaluing of daughters, or other manifestations of abuse. In fact, for women and girls aged 16-44, gender-based violence is a major cause of death and disability (United Nations About UNiTE: Fact Sheet. Available at http://endviolence.un.org/pdf/factsheets/about_unite.pdf). Up to 70 per cent (United Nations, Violence Against Women: The Situation. Avalable at http://endviolence.un.org/pdf/factsheets/unite_the_situation.pdf.) of women experience violence in their lifetime. Violence against women persists in every country in the world as a pervasive violation of human rights and a major impediment to achieving gender equality. Such violence is unacceptable, whether perpetrated by the State and its agents or by family members or strangers, in the public or private sphere, in peacetime or in times of conflict.

UN Women, with the generous support by the European Union assists the Government of Georgia to meet its obligations undertaken on the international, regional and local levels inter alia in terms of eliminating violence against women and girls (EVAWG) and in particular domestic violence and sexual violence.  Alongside with the government and development partners, UN Women is working towards addressing gender inequality in a coherent and comprehensive manner, covering a wide range of issues, including prevention and response to violence against women and girls.

UN Women has been supporting national partners to end violence against women and girls and domestic violence (VAWG/DV) since 2010. Throughout the past decade, technical assistance has been provided to the Government of Georgia to align national legislation and policies with the relevant international legal frameworks and standards. To enhance implementation of the laws and policies, UN Women Georgia has supported the establishment of specialized services for survivors of domestic violence, such as the first state-run shelters, crisis centers and hotlines and rehabilitation programmes for perpetrators.

In Georgia, current research points to widespread experiences of violence against women across the country. According to the 2020 UNDP and UNFPA joint study Men, Women, and Gender Relations in Georgia: Public Perceptions and Attitudes 52.5% of men believe that violence between husband and wife is a private matter and others should not intervene (UNDP and UNFPA joint study Men, Women, and Gender Relations in Georgia: Public Perceptions and Attitudes https://www.ge.undp.org/content/georgia/ka/home/library/democratic_governance/gender-survey-report.html). Intimate partner violence, as well as early and forced marriage, are among the most prevalent forms of violence against women in Georgia. These types of violence cut across all divisions of income, culture, and class. Despite its scale and socioeconomic impact, violence against women remains largely underreported and under-researched in key areas. The same study showed that 33% men agreed that in some cases, women want to be raped, and that a woman’s reputation would have to be questioned in any rape case. Importantly, half of all men and 30 percent of women still define rape in terms of women physically fighting back, ignoring fear and other forms of coercion often used in the context of sexual violence (Ibid).

UN Women’s EU supported action Ending Violence Against Women and Girls in Georgia (EVAWGG) aims to support creation of an enabling environment to eliminate violence against women and girls, especially sexual and domestic violence in Georgia. The intervention on one hand, includes improvement of the policies and legislation that govern violence against women and domestic violence in Georgia, while, on the other hand, advancement of VAWG/DV support services; engagement in series of awareness-raising interventions and campaigns targeting the public and decision makers at all levels and aimed at changing the attitudes, values and structures that sustain inequality and discrimination and generating demand for the specialized services.

In order to further enhance compliance of the acting Georgian legislation with the Istanbul Convention and other relevant international and regional standards, as well as rectify gaps revealed during practice, UN Women will provide technical support to the Inter-Agency Commission in the drafting as well as in the implementation of the subsequent round of the national action plan on VAWG/DV (VAWG/DV NAP)  as well as relevant policies in the area and assist the government to further improve the VAWG/DV legislation.

Furthermore, UN Women has worked with the Government in developing the institutional and individual capacities of key service providers in the area of VAWG/DV. In order to continue supporting national partners in Georgia to end VAWG/DV, under the UN Joint Programme on Gender Equality (UNJP), UN Women aims to support relevant state agencies, such as the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and the Chief Prosecutor's Office of Georgia (CPOG) and other service providers to VAWG/DV survivors to strengthen their capacity and to ensure efficient response to VAWG/DV cases and sexual crimes.

For this purpose, UN Women will recruit a National Consultant – Legal Expert who will be responsible for engaging with relevant state and non-state stakeholders to work on the development of legislative and policy initiatives on VAWG/DV and capacity development interventions.


Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the National Consultant are:

  • To develop draft amendments to VAWG/ DV related legislation, legislative initiatives, and relevant policy papers;
  • To develop explanatory notes to the draft amendment and legislative initiatives;
  • To lead/engage in the meetings of the Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (CGE) together with UN Women team and collect feedback expressed on the above drafts;
  • To facilitate consultations with civil society to collect comments and integrate in the relevant draft policy documents and bills;
  • To participate in relevant Parliamentary Committee hearings of the bills;
  • To perform other duties as necessary in relation to the policy and legislative initiatives (such as further research, data collection, inquiries, etc.);
  • To cooperate and assist the CGE in drafting the DV/VAW NAP;
  • To work with relevant state agencies on their capacity development to ensure efficient response to VAWG/DV cases;
  • To review and update relevant training modules on VAWG/DV for different professionals and conduct training, as necessary.

Deliverables:

Deliverables should be supported by timesheet and progress report.

  • Drafts of VAWG/DV related legislative amendments, initiatives and policy papers developed and submitted to UN Women;
  • Explanatory notes to the draft amendments and legislative initiatives developed and submitted to UN Women;
  • Research, analysis, data collection related to the policy work performed and submitted to UN Women;
  • DV/VAW NAP drafted and submitted to UN Women;
  • Training modules developed and/or updated on VAWG/DV for different professionals/service providers to VAW/DV survivors;
  • Relevant trainings conducted.


Competencies

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent writing, presentation/public speaking skills;
  • Demonstrated skills to collect and analyze data
  • IT literacy

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

  • Advanced University degree (Masters) in Law, Human Rights.

Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 3 years of experience in legislative drafting and analysis in the area of gender equality and domestic violence;
  • At least 5 years of experience in working in the area of gender equality, violence against women and domestic violence in Georgia;
  • At least 5 years of experience in working with national and international domestic violence and gender equality related legislation and instruments;
  • At least 5 years of experience in developing pieces of material and procedural legislation in the areas of Administrative, Criminal and Civil Law of Georgia;

Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in 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 minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation.

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

  • Advanced University degree (Masters) in Law, Human Rights;
  • At least 3 years of experience in legislative drafting and analysis in the area of gender equality and domestic violence
  • At least 5 years of experience in working with national and international gender equality and violence against women and girls-related legal framework, international standards and best practices.

Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):

  • Advanced University degree (Masters) in Law, Human Rights (max 50 points).
  • At least 3 years of experience in legislative drafting and analysis in the area of gender equality and domestic violence (max 50 points);
  • At least 5 years of experience in working in the area of gender equality, violence against women and domestic violence in Georgia (max 90 points).
  • At least 5 years of experience in working with national and international domestic violence and gender equality related legislation and instruments (max 90 points).
  • At least 5 years of experience in developing pieces of material and procedural legislation in the areas of Administrative, Criminal and Civil Law of Georgia (max 60 points);
  • Proficiency in Georgian and English (10 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 the UN Women EVAW Project Analyst and UN Women EVAW Programme Analyst and overall guidance of UN Women Georgia Deputy Country Representative.

Financial arrangements:

The payment will be disbursed based on the consultant’s request for payment calculated per working day spent for specific activities/deliverables, and upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by UN Women that the services have been satisfactorily performed.

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 for accomplishment of all tasks spelled out in this ToR. Travel costs (ticket, DSA etc.)  should not be included and will be paid for separately by UN Women.

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), and the Financial Proposal 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.



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