National Advisor on Gender Equality (Capacity Development) for the security sector in Ukraine
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.
One of the key areas of UN Women work in Ukraine is Women, Peace and Security (WPS). In partnership with the Office of the Vice Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, UN Women provides support to the national security sector institutions, including the Ministry of Interior, in implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the subsequent resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. UN Women supports the state institutions with the implementation of the National Action Plan for Implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security for 2016-2020 (NAP 1325) , which represents the vision of the government for the gender-specific response to the conflict and its consequences. The NAP includes several areas of responsibility of the state institutions on mainstreaming gender into peace and security agenda, including: increasing women’s participation in peacebuilding processes and peacekeeping operations, conducting a gender assessment and providing gender-responsive services to people affected by conflict, combating conflict-related sexual violence, ensuring human rights and protection of women’s rights, among other priority actions.
The national security and defense sector is one of the priority national reforms under the Strategy for the Sustainable Development of Ukraine - 2020. The Government implements the National Security Strategy (2015-2020), adopted 26 May 2015, which aims to achieve the national security priorities, the reforms envisaged by the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU and the Sustainable Development Strategy 2020. The Strategy includes the protection of human rights among its goals. On 20 May 2016, the President signed the Strategic Defense Bulletin, which serves as a roadmap for the reform, to change the policy, planning and resource management systems, and introduce a new division of authority, functions, duties and responsibilities in defense. The Government is committed to implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda as a part of the reform.
To support Ukraine’s security sector actors to comprehensively integrate the Women, Peace and Security agenda in the security sector reforms, UN Women and the Office of the Vice-Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, in close collaboration with Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defense, conducted a gender impact assessment of the security sector in 2017. The assessment reviewed performance effectiveness, laws, policies and planning, community relations, accountability and oversight, personnel and institutional culture, as well as suggestions for the establishment of a system of gender advisors in the security and defense sector. A Gender Equality Strategy (2017-2020) is being developed based on the results of the Gender Impact Assessment and in line with the five strategic objectives of the Strategic Defense Bulletin.
To ensure comprehensive gender mainstreaming, as well as to institutionalize the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda in the law enforcement reform, the Ministry of Interior has drafted the Plan on Actions for the Implementation of the UNSCR1325 for 2017-2020 with respective monitoring and evaluation matrix.
To support the Ministry of Interior to further integrate and implement the Women, Peace and Security agenda within the work of Border Guards, National Guards, Emergency Service, National Police and the Migration Service, the NAP 1325, the Gender Equality Strategy, and the NATO Partnership goals on gender equality, UN Women will support the Ministry with the establishment of three Gender Advisors to provide support in the areas of policy, capacity-building/training and coordination, monitoring and evaluation. The Gender Equality Advisor on Capacity-building will be responsible for providing trainings and capacity-building to support the various departments of the Ministry of Interior, as well as Border Guards, National Guards, Emergency Service, National Police and the Migration Service to improve their knowledge and skills necessary for implementing the Plan on Actions for the Implementation of the UNSCR1325 for 2017-2020 and their understanding of gender equality, women’s human rights and the women, peace and security agenda.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Country Programme Manager/Head of Office and direct supervision by the Programme Manager, the Gender Equality Advisor on Capacity-Building will provide day-to-day support to the Deputy Minister on European Integration of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine with technical advice, guidance and expertise in the area of capacity development and training. the MOU Action Plan for the Implementation of the UNSCR1325 for 2017-2020. The assignment will include but not be limited to the following tasks developed in coordination with the Ministry of Interior (MOI) and UN Women:
- Under direct supervision of the Deputy Minister on European Integration of the Ministry of Interior develop a work plan for the provision of advisory services, including tasks, indicators for measuring progress, as well as timeline
- Advise the management on establishment and oversight of a system of gender awareness education and training programmes throughout departments and Women, Peace and Security Task Forces (Ministries of Defense and Interior).
- Assess staff needs for capacity building related to their respective responsibilities for implementing the Plan on Actions for the Implementation of the UNSCR1325 for 2017-2020
- Organize monthly learning sessions for the management and staff of the respective departments to increase awareness of issues related to gender equality, women, peace and security and the normative framework including UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and its subsequent resolutions, as well as tools and frameworks for monitoring and implementing the agenda such as through gender analysis, gender mainstreaming, NAP 1325, etc.
- Provide guidance regarding the integration of issues of gender equality, women’s human rights and the women, peace and security agenda, including UNSCR 1325, throughout all training activities and curricula in all departments.
- Share information on training methodologies, tools and good practices related to implementation of the women, peace and security agenda and integrating gender into the security sector
- Respond to internal and external requests for information about different learning activities and opportunities.
- Participate in regular coordination meetings with all Gender Advisors in the Ministry of Interior
Approximate number of days
Monthly time-sheets and brief progress reports about implemented activities and achieved results with attached events’ supporting documents (agendas, lists of participants and reports) submitted
13 November 2017 – 5 October 2018
Final report about the progress and achievements, lessons learnt and recommendations submitted
By 12 November 2018
*All reports should be submitted in Ukrainian language and include the full set of supporting documents, such as training agendas and methodologies, handouts, lists of participants, etc.
- UN Women and the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine will provide the Consultant with background materials related to the assignment.
- The Ministry of Interior will provide the consultants with the space and access to the internal institutional documents.
- The consultant is expected to work using her/his own computer.
- Contractor’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered. The evaluation will be carried out and cleared by the hiring manager which will also be the basis for payment on a delivery by delivery basis to the consultant.
- Payment will be disbursed on monthly basis upon receipt of the deliverables (as per above matrix) and their certification by the Ministry of Interior and UN Women Country Programme Manager that the services have been satisfactorily performed.
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
- Respect for Diversity
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Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced (Masters) degree in social sciences, law, public policy/administration, economics, development studies, gender studies or similar.
- Minimum 3 years of relevant experience providing capacity building and technical support on gender equality and women’s rights issues to the government, parliament, civil society, and/or international organizations;
- Proven knowledge of UN SCR 1325 and gender perspectives;
- Proven experience with organization and facilitation of learning sessions, like trainings, workshops and round tables with multiple stakeholders’ participation
- Previous professional experience with the United Nations would be considered an asset.
Languages and other skills:
- Ukrainian (knowledge of English and Russian is an asset);
- Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email.
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 utilised 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:
- Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Technical criteria and interview, 70% of total evaluation – max 45 points for technical criteria and max 25 points for interview. Total max 70 points:
- The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 45. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on desk review and following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Technical Evaluation Criteria
Maximum obtainable Points
Criterion A – Relevant education
(4 pts- Advanced (Masters) degree in social sciences, law, public policy/administration, economy, development studies, gender studies or similar; 5 pts- PhD
Criterion B – Language skills
4 pts- Ukrainian; 5 pts - additionally knowledge of English and Russian
Criterion C – Relevant Experience with total for all of the following criteria - 35
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Maximum obtainable score for the interview
Total Obtainable Score
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
- Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation will be further considered and evaluated.
- The total number of points allocated for the financial/price component is 30.
- The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 50 points in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.
- Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 30
- (S - score received on financial evaluation; F min - the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round; F - financial offer under the consideration).
Application and submission package:
The candidate’s application should include:
Interested candidates are requested to apply no later than 9.00 am EET 3 November 2017 by submitting applications to the following e-mail address: email@example.com with a subject “National Advisor on Gender Equality (Capacity Development) to the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine”.
Applications without financial proposal may be treated as incomplete and may not be considered for further assessment.
Sample of Financial Proposal
Cost Breakdown per Deliverables*
*Basis for payment tranches
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.