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 and the third gender as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

All human development and human rights issues involve gender dimensions. UN Women globally focuses on key priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board. UN Women’s priority areas include increasing women’s leadership and participation in political spaces, ending violence against women, enhancing women’s economic empowerment, engaging in all aspects of women peace and security processes, making gender equality central to national planning and budgeting through Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) and advancing gender in intergovernmental processes.

In the state of Maharashtra, UN Women and UNICEF have worked in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra since 2016 to make public finance more responsive to the needs of diverse constituencies of women and children in the state. UNICEF works with governments, communities, civil society organisations, the private sector, and other partners worldwide to advance children’s rights, and is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. UN Women and UNICEF focus on tracking outlays to outcomes for women and children in the state, so as to yield outcomes that are in sync with the larger purpose of working towards the SDGs 2030. Under this partnership, the two agencies are supporting the Women and Child Development (WCD) Department, Government of Maharashtra to review the state’s women policy of 2014 and draft the new policy for 2021. A task force has been formulated to guide the drafting, implementation and monitoring of the new policy.

In the state of Madhya Pradesh, UN Women works closely with WCD to support the department’s interventions on Ending Violence against Women and Girls (EVAWG); Gender Responsive Governance and Budgeting; and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Under UN Women and WCD’s ongoing partnership, UN Women will support the department to draft the state’s first women entrepreneurship policy to enable women from all spheres to achieve sustainable economic growth, employment and increase women labour force participation especially in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.

Within the above context, UN Women seeks the services of a Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) Research and Documentation Consultant to lead and facilitate dialogue and consultations between various stakeholders and partners in the states of Maharashtra (in collaboration with UNICEF) and Madhya Pradesh as well as to provide strategic policy and technical support in the drafting of requisite state policies.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of UN Women Team Leader and Project Coordinator and UNICEF Social Policy Specialist (for Maharashtra), the consultant will have the following specific terms of reference (ToR).

  • Participate in the orientation meeting with UN Women, UNICEF and relevant other partners to understand the ToR, specific roles of responsibilities and deliverables of the assignment.
  • Conduct a desk review documenting the situation analysis of GEWE in the two states, specific to the identified thrust areas and focused priority sectors under the guidance of UN Women and UNICEF.
  • Support UN Women and UNICEF on Gender Budgeting efforts and interventions in the state of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
  • Outline international, national and state-wide GEWE normative frameworks and commitments, review good practices, identify, existing gaps and provide policy and programming recommendations on focused priority sectors.
  • Outline and draft policy sections with budgetary analysis including the GEWE context, situation analysis of focused priority sectors; institutional and convergence mechanisms and proposed action plans for effective implementation and monitoring of policies.
  • Identify and map relevant actors and stakeholders (across the two states) across all spheres and at all levels and facilitate coordination with them on understanding as well as documenting their roles and representation in the effective implementation of state policy.
  • Enlist and convene taskforce and working group members for focused priority sectors to seek their inputs and suggestions on the drafting of policies. To this end, develop a calendar of meetings to be convened with the taskforce and working group members over the duration of the assignment.
  • Document inputs and suggestions received over meetings with taskforce and working group members, prepare briefing notes and minutes, present them to UN Women, UNICEF and relevant partners, and incorporate them into draft policies.
  • Draft and finalize policies based on the above.?

Expected Deliverables.

  • Workplan for the assignment and draft outline of policies following the orientation meeting with UN Women, UNICEF and relevant partners.
  • Draft GEWE context and situation analysis of focused priority sectors.
  • Mapping of relevant actors and stakeholders for cross-sectoral representation and coordination on drafting the policies.
  • Drafting and finalization of policies.
  • Action brief on the assignment.?

Deliverables- Percentage and timelines:

10%- Workplan for the assignment and draft outline of policies.

Timeline- 15 June 2021

20%- 2.1 Draft GEWE context and situation analysis of focused priority sectors, and key policy sections – Maharashtra

2.2 Mapping of relevant actors and stakeholders for cross-sectoral representation in and coordination on drafting the policies; convening of taskforce and working group member meetings – Maharashtra.

Timeline- 30 June 2021

20% - Finalization of policy for Maharashtra.

Timeline- 20 August 2021

20%-? 3.1 Draft GEWE context and situation analysis of focused priority sectors, and key policy sections – Madhya Pradesh

3.2 Mapping of relevant actors and stakeholders for cross-sectoral representation in and coordination on drafting the policies; convening of taskforce and working group member meetings – Madhya Pradesh

Timeline- 30 September 2021

20%- Finalization of policy for Madhya Pradesh.

Timeline- 31 October 2021

10%- Action brief on the assignment (4-5 pages) covering the documentation of practices, approach, methodology, limitations and challenges, as well as good practices to be replicated to other states.

Timeline- 30 November 2021



Core Values / Guiding Principles:


  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Functional Competencies:

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences/ Social Work /Gender Studies/Public Administration/Policy or related fields.


  • Minimum 10 years of experience in research and documentation and policy expertise at the national/state level working with development projects including hands-on experience of design, implementation and monitoring/evaluation of projects preferably on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights;
  • Experience in policy analysis, financial/budgetary data analysis, statistics and quantitative and qualitative research is required;
  • Experience of working with national/ state governments; particularly on GEWE is required.


  • Proficiency in English;
  • Good command over Hindi and Marathi in reading and writing.


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);
  • Experience in policy analysis, financial/budgetary data analysis, statistics and quantitative and qualitative research is required (5 points);
  • Experience of working with national/ state governments; particularly on GEWE (5 points).

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

  • Interviews – 70 Points
  • Writing Samples Evaluation - 30 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.
  • Contract period will be extended subject to availability of funds.


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.