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Consultant to coordinate implementation of Telling Feminist Stories - Fairy Tales Initiative
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||30-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Tales and historical characters are part of each society cultural heritage, disseminated through the generations via oral, pictorial, and written tradition. They play a great role in conveying folklore elements, root values and norms including gender norms. For children, tales constitute an entire part of their socialization process stimulating their imagination, creativity and enabling their identification with characters. While tales allow them to temporarily escape from reality, they have a strong educational power helping girls and boys to grow and develop their personality.
Marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adoption and in line with Generation Equality Forum, expected in 2021 as an intergenerational and intersectional gathering of women’s activists to create a renewed momentum and accelerate progress towards women’s rights and leaving no-one behind, UN Women ECA RO pursues the efforts to vehicle positive change and promote gender equality by devoting a modern fairy tales’ collection targeting at young readers and citizens of tomorrow.
The world is dramatically changing by new technologies, industrial revolutions, and technological progress. It is even ironic that as the COVID-19 pandemic forces people’s physical disconnection, it is also showing how people are all connected by histories, literature and social interactions which are grounded on common values of humanity. Despite all crisis related consequences which the COVID-19 brings, there are also many positive and inspiring changes happening as a result of the pandemic. This time of physical distancing and self-isolation has provided a rare opportunity to re-evaluate priorities and re-think what we value the most. It is a time for reflection and actions to bring gender equality and human rights perspectives into approaches and norms for bringing up a new generation which is expected to live free of discrimination and violence in equal world from 2030.
UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECA RO) initiates a feminist stories and fairy telling campaign with an aim to support a dialogue to change the ways society thinks about women’s and girls’ roles, human potential, and rights. The initiative is expected to expose the role of fairy tales in the cultural struggle over gender equality and feminism. For this purpose, the "forgotten" narratives which highlight shifting attitudes towards the role of women and girls will be applied. We strongly believe that such stories will tell a young generation a great deal about changing attitudes to women, gender equality and feminism. The stories that children grow up with are vitally important in shaping who they are as adults.
UN Women ECA RO’s initiative will bring together feminists to re-work familiar fairytales as well as to bring forgotten women’s characters and stories to overcome the oppressive treatment and historical silencing of women by the patriarchy. The following key milestones and timeline are considered for the initiative implementation:
By end of Jun 2020: Set-up of the inclusive Task Force and identify its members
1st week of Jul 2020: Feminist stories writing workshop
July – August 2020: The development of the stories and the communication and dissemination plan
September – October 2020: Internal and external peer reviews for draft stories to be prepared of fairy tales; a design/illustration of the draft product
11 October 2020: Launch of the 1st story on International Day of the Girl Child
November 2020: Review of 2nd version of fairy tales (illustrated)
December 2020 – January 2021 Preparations for the launching of the initiatives, including communication and advocacy related actions, partnerships, etc.
ECA RO is looking for an experienced consultant to coordinate implementation of the initiative at all its phases providing expert technical support to the design, coordination, and facilitation of the campaign.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director and Programme Specialist of the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, and in close coordination with UN Women colleagues at the regional and country levels in the region, the Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
Duration and remuneration
UN Women will fund the costs of the consultancy work and maintain overall oversight and monitoring of the consultancy work. The duration of the consultancy will be from June 2020 – February 2021.
Payments will be made upon evaluation of the satisfactory performance from the direct supervisor upon the approval of the deliverables.
Required Skills and Experience
Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
Knowledge of Russian is an asset
The application should include:
Candidates should have the ability to quickly produce degree certificates and medical certification (of good health) should they be short-listed in consideration of the consultancy post.
Note: As specific travel will be confirmed with monthly review of work plan, any travel will be paid separately by UN Women
Evaluation of applicants:
UN Women applies a fair and transparent selection process. Applicants will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications/skills and their financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 56 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
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.