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National Consultant on Coordinating “EU 4 Gender Equality: Together against gender-stereotypes and gender-based violence” joint project in Ukraine
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based, UKRAINE|
|Application Deadline :||02-Apr-23 (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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||up to 30 working days within the period from 10 April 2023 till 30 June 2023|
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.
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. Key trends in Eastern Europe illustrate that challenging gender stereotypes, strengthening the national gender equality machineries and introducing polices responsive to women’s and men’s needs represent an effective solution for the sustainable development of the whole region.
Since March 2020, UN Women and UNFPA are jointly implementing “EU 4 Gender Equality: Together against gender-stereotypes and gender-based violence” project, funded by the European Union. The project is operational in countries of Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) and has a regional component. The project is aimed at shifting harmful gender stereotypes and patriarchal norms limiting women’s rights, improving men’s participation in unpaid care work and father’s programmes, and increasing the knowledge and tools of social workers and civil society organizations on how to conduct evidence-based violence prevention programmes targeting perpetrators of domestic violence, including early intervention. Specifically, the regional component collates global and regional experiences to coordinate activities that will have an impact across all six countries within the project. Currently, the EU4GE project is in its no-cost extension period until 30 June 2023. Final evaluation of the project is ongoing.
In the six countries included in the programme, a number of efforts have been undertaken in recent decades to advance gender equality and promote women’s rights. However, a broad range of challenges persist. All six countries show evidence that cultural beliefs around the roles of men and women persevere. Harmful social norms and stereotypes perpetuate gender inequalities that can be expressed through violence and discrimination against women. Recently, the region has also been characterized by a wave of conservative, nationalist and xenophobic sentiment and politics. Re-traditionalization, often supported by influential religious institutions, ties women’s primary value to their reproductive function, maternal care and the private sphere. Against this background, the impacts and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic are proven to be different for women and men, in most cases exacerbating existing gender inequalities.
Ukraine has made a considerable effort to address gender inequalities that were pervasive at all levels of society. Political and institutional changes were introduced to strengthen the national gender mechanisms and mainstream gender equality in the national reforms. Number of new laws and related bylaws were adopted with the aim to eliminate existing discriminatory acts towards women and enabling equal rights and opportunities between women and men.
Despite the increased political commitment and efforts of the Government, civil society and development partners, structural barriers to gender equality have not been addressed and gender-based discrimination remains widespread. Women’s participation in politics and in decision-making is still low, with 3 women among the 22 ministers, 21% female legislators in the Parliament. There is a considerable gender gap in the labor market participation and remuneration. Female employees in Ukraine earn on average significantly less than their male colleagues: according to the State Committee of Statistics of Ukraine, the average monthly salaries in 2019 shown the difference in pay of men and women at the level of 22.8 %. In the ILO Global Wage Report 2018/19 on gender pay inequalities, the gender pay gap for Ukraine is much higher, of 32.0%. Gender-gased violence against women and girls is a widespread form of the gender-based discrimination. According to the UN Women Database on Violence against Women, every fourth women in Ukraine has experienced physical or sexual violence committed by her intimate partners during her lifetime Women spend disproportionally more time as compare to men on domestic chores and unpaid care work. While reliable data on the division of unpaid domestic and care work between do not exist, the Rapid Gender Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 conducted by UN Women in Spring 2020 confirmed, that women spent significantly more time than men during the lockdown, when mostly both parents were at home, on cooking, cleaning, care of children and other dependent family members. This also confirms the endurance of gender stereotypes, and deep-seated perceptions of “traditional” division of work in the family between men and women. The COVID-19 pandemics has exacerbated the pre-existing gender inequalities in Ukraine, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic as confirmed by the Rapid Gender Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 conducted by UN Women in Spring 2020 .
In Ukraine structural barriers and deeply rooted social norms stil persist. According to the Baseline Study on Gender Stereotypes conducted in 2020, more women than men believe that career advancement is more important for men than it is for women in Ukarine (43 vs. 38 percent). 65 percent of men agree that it is better for pre-school children if her or his mother does not work. The study also shows that dominant perception of women as homemakers and mothers remains prevalent. 71 percent of surveyed women stress that they are primarily responsible for performing unpaid domestic tasks. Many women and men (30 vs. 39 percent) believe that conflicts between a husband and wife, even when they lead to violence, are a private matter and others should not intervene.
Through grants to CSOs, the EU 4 Gender Equality joint project seeks to shift these deeply rooted stereotypes by initiating set of tailored activities aimed at improving equality of opportunities and the realization of women’s rights, including increasing men’s responsibility for domestic work and child-care, and women’s employment and empowerment in general. In September 2020, the first round of the Call for Proposals for civil society organizations to implement actions aimed at shifting harmful social perceptions and gender stereotypes in six countries of Eastern Partnership was announced. As a result, 14 civil society organizations (including four in Ukraine) became responsible partners under the project and launched creative solutions to address gender stereotypes. In August 2021, the second round of Call for Proposal was announced with the similar objective of tackling and shifting harmful gender stereotypes and adverse social norms as the underlying causes of gender inequality and violence against women as its most pervasive form. As a results, three CSOs from Ukraine became responsible partners under the joint project.
 The law enabling women to join military combat positions (2018), recognizing their status and privileges as veterans (2019), adoption of the law on prevention and protection from GBV and DV (2018) and amending the Criminal code to prosecute cases of GBV/DV (2019), adoption of the new electoral law introducing GE quota of 40%. Number of orders were issued to strengthen gender responsiveness of policies, such as the one on GE of legislation (MJustice and MoSP).
 According to the Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum, Ukraine progressed from 69th to 59th rank between 2016 and 2020 with improving the score from 0,700 to 0,721. , World Eocomic Forum, http://www3.weforum.org/docs/GGGR16/WEF_Global_Gender_Gap_Report_2016.pdf
 In line with ILO definition and methodology for calculation of the gender pay gap.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Representative in Ukraine and a direct day-to-day supervision of the UN Women Programme Coordinator, Communication and Advocacy Analyst and EU4GE Regional Project Manager, the National Consultant will implement a set of tasks, including, but not limited to:
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf
Required Skills and Experience
Languages and other skills:
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:
Technical criteria - 70% of total evaluation. Total max 70 points:
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
Application and submission package:
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Applications without P11 and financial proposal may be treated as incomplete and may not be considered for further assessment.
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.
This contract is announced/produced/implemented in the framework of the “EU4Gender Equality: Together against gender stereotypes and gender-based violence" programme, funded by European Union, implemented jointly by UN Women and UNFPA.
General disclaimer: “EU4Gender Equality: Together against gender stereotypes and gender-based violence" programme, funded by European Union, implemented jointly by UN Women and UNFPA.
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