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UN Women: Call for Gender Experts: Ending Violence against Women Specialists

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Gender-based violence
  • Closing Date: 2017-11-05

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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.

The UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (“UN Trust Fund”) was established through UN General Assembly Resolution 50/166 with UN Women as its Administrator on behalf of the UN system. The UN Trust Fund is a leading global multi-lateral mechanism supporting national efforts to end one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world.

The UN Trust Fund’s annual grant-making process, through its widely publicized Call for Proposals, operates on core principles of ensuring an open, fair, transparent, competitive and merit-based process. It focuses on supporting country and local implementation of laws, policies and action plans to address violence against women, while maintaining flexibility in terms of responsiveness to a wide range of forms of violence, national and emerging priorities and needs, and diverse approaches. It awards multi-year grants of between US$ 50,000 and US$ 1 million to civil society and government applicants.

The UN Trust Fund is seeking gender experts with thematic expertise in the field of ending violence against women and girls. The gender experts will be members of the Technical Review Group (TRG) that will help facilitate the Fund’s independent, transparent, and competitive review of all applications received in response to its annual call for proposals process. Experts are expected to have a minimum of seven years of experience in the field of EVAW.

The UN Trust Fund will launch its 21st Call for Proposals in October 2017. The deadline to receive concept notes in English, French and Spanish will be12 December 2017.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Time sensitive assignment: The selection of proposals is a very time sensitive process and will require experts in the Technical Review Group (TRG) to follow very strict deadlines for each step of the process. Selected TRG members will be informed of the exact timeline prior to their acceptance of the assignment. The assignment is compatible with other professional activities but does include intense periods of 2-3 weeks where an almost full-time commitment will be expected to meet the deadlines.

 Phase I: Concept Note Review (December 2017 – January 2018)

  • Each Technical Reviewer must familiarize themselves with the UN Trust Fund’s application and funding criteria through (1) a review of the 2017 Call for Proposals and accompanying guidelines, (2) participation in a virtual training session in December 2017 and (3) a review of the assessment criteria (a “How to review UN Trust Fund applications”).
  • Each Technical Reviewer must provide (1) a narrative assessment and (2) quantitative scoring (on a score of 0-100) for between 50-55 brief concept note applications that match the Technical Reviewer’s respective regional and/or language expertise.
  • The narrative and quantitative assessments of each concept note must be entered directly into the Fund’s online grants management system (GMS). Instructions on how to access the online system will be shared with experts prior to the review process.
  • The assessments must be based on an objective set of assessment criteria provided by the UN Trust Fund.

Phase II: Full-fledged Proposal Review – By Invitation (April - May 2018)

TRG members who participate in the first round of application review may be invited to review final proposals. In those cases, Technical Reviewers will be invited to a short-term consultancy contract with the UN Trust Fund through UN Women for a 3-4 week period during April. This will include:

  • Technical Reviewers will be invited to one virtual training session and will be engaged in follow-up and troubleshooting via email as needed.
  • Provide (1) narrative assessment and (2) quantitative scoring for up to 20 programme full-fledged proposals that match with the Expert’s respective regional expertise, using an objective set of assessment criteria provided by the Fund;
  • Enter narrative and quantitative assessments of each full-fledged proposal directly into the Fund’s online grants management system;
  • Advise and provide feedback to the Fund’s Secretariat on technical, regional, and/or thematic issues related to full-fledged proposal assessment as needed.

This is a very time-sensitive exercise and strict adherence to requested time-lines is expected.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability


  • Substantive knowledge of gender equality issues and of programming in the field of Ending Violence against Women and Girls.
  • Ability to assimilate and analyze complex information and derive programme relevant findings;
  • Ability to integrate knowledge into strategic, policy and operational frameworks;
  • Good problem solving skills with the ability to design and implement innovative solutions;
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment under pressure.

Strategic Planning and organizing:                     

  • Proven ability to establish priorities and to plan, organize, coordinate and monitor own work plans and provide advice and guidance to others.
  • In-depth understanding of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women’s strategic direction and resourcefulness.
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;

Creativity, judgment and decision making:                              

  • Demonstrated sound judgment in resolving issues/problems,
  • Ability to actively seek to improve programmes/services, offer new and different options to solve problems.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Ability to handle difficult/sensitive situations with a high degree of tact, diplomacy and firmness;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and operate effectively across organizational boundaries.

Functional Competencies:

  • Capacity to self-organize and deliver tasks on time complying with strict deadlines;
  • Excellent understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment and its policy implications;
  • Very strong analytical skills;
  • IT literacy and ability to operate with on-line web-based applications and tools.

Required Skills and Experience


  • An advanced university degree in Gender, Development Studies or related field and a minimum of 7 years of experience in the field of women’s rights; or
  • A Bachelor’s degree with over 10 years of experience in the field of women’s rights.


  • Prior experience in grant-making or the field of ending violence against women and in the United Nations System and/or non-governmental organizations is an asset.
  • Knowledge of women’s rights and gender issues globally with a specific expertise on violence against women and girls programming.
  • Knowledge of women’s organizations and governmental agencies working on women’s rights and violence against women around the world;
  • Understanding of grant giving processes, programme cycle and monitoring and evaluation frameworks.


  • Excellent written and spoken fluency in English
  • Written and spoken fluency in French and/or Spanish is an asset.

Conflict of Interest:

  • If you are currently employed by UN Women, you are not eligible to become a Technical Review Group Member.
  • If you are a current donor of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, you are not eligible to become a Technical Review Group Member.
  • If you are currently an employee of a government, bilateral, or multilateral agency or institution (including the United Nations system) you are eligible to apply as a pro-bono Review Group Member but will not qualify for an honorarium.
  • If you have been involved in the development of a Concept Note or Proposal that is applying for a grant under the UN Trust Fund’s 2017 Call for Proposals, you are not eligible to become a Technical Review Group Member.

Application Procedure:

  • Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via the UNDP website by uploading their P11 or resume in English.
  • Selected candidates will receive a deliverable based honorarium in US dollars for the delivery of all duties and responsibilities mentioned under the Phase they have been assigned to.
  • Roster members may be solicited by the UN Trust Fund or UN Women for future assignments.
  • Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to inform the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
  • Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
  • In place of one PDF, one Word document will also be accepted from applicants who have barriers accessing PDF technology.
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.
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