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National consultant – Legal Advisor to help develop economic empowerment programmes for CRSV survivors in FBiH and Brcko Disctrict

home based and sarajevo

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: home based and sarajevo
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Legal - Broad
    • Economics
    • Gender-based violence
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-11-15

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Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination and violence 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. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programs and services needed to implement these standards.

UN Women is globally advocating for interventions in the sphere of conflict related sexual violence (CRSV) which would transform the position of survivors in post-conflict societies. In Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), many victims of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) from the war in the 90ties, have not been redressed to this day. The critical need to provide assistance and services to survivors of CRSV is greater than ever. Societal recognition of the harms suffered by women and men during the war is lacking while survivors suffer societal stigma. Moreover, it is estimated that survivors need enhanced access to improved services, such as free legal, access to affordable and appropriate psycho-social, health and mental care services, and economic empowerment.

Joint project “Seeking Care, Justice and Support for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Conflict” was created 3 years ago as a response to the reports and efforts of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women who emphasized the lack of broad understanding in society of harms women faced in conflict, and the stigmatization, attitudes and denial within societies towards sexual violence survivors after the conflict. It is implemented by 4 UN activities: UNFPA, UN Women, UNDP and IOM.UN Women primarily works on economic empowerment of CRSV survivors, ensuring that economic rights of survivors are properly exercised within different government institutions and by survivors themselves. Following the principles and minimum standards developed with regards to working with this target population, UN Women plans to support the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereinafter FBiH) and Brcko District (hereinafter BD) authorities to develop institutional economic empowerment programmes targeting CRSV survivors. The legislation in both FBiH and BD foresees preferential treatment in employment, but so far has never been fully exercised. 

Duties and Responsibilities

UN Women is seeking to recruit a National Consultant that will input on the development of economic empowerment programmes for CRSV survivors, and jointly with the Economic Advisor lead on  development of guidelines for applicants and by-laws for institutions in the FBiH and BD.

Immediate objective

The immediate objective of this assignment is to negotiate with the relevant stakeholders/institutions of FBiH and BD on the creation of economic empowerment programme for CRSV survivors. The selected Consultant is expected to review the existing research and legislation and in close cooperation with CRSV Coordinator, selected National Economic Advisor and relevant stakeholder respresentatives, create an appropriate economic empowerment programme, including developing guidelines for applicants (registration, application process) and by-laws for institutions in FBiH and BD. This will require desk research and qualitative analysis of the available data and information and detailed and frequent consultations with relevant stakeholder institutions. In addition, jointly with selected National Economic Advisor, the Consultant is expected to present it’s programme and draft by-laws to the stakeholder representatives.

Outputs

The consultant is expected to deliver the following results:

  • Review existing information and data on the subject, including on but not limited to the available research conducted by UN Women and available legislation in the sphere of economic empowerment of marginalized groups;
  • Conduct initial meeting with UN Women Coordinator and National Economic Advisor and based on the desk review, propose a preliminary way ahead for development of economic empowerment programmes in FBiH and BD;
  • Meet with stakeholders in Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Federation Employment Bureau and others to discuss the best approach in the development of economic empowerment programmes in FBiH;
  • Meet with stakeholders in BD Government and BD Employment Institute to discuss the best approach in the development of economic empowerment programmes in BD;
  • In close cooperation with National Economic Advisor, prepare a draft economic empowerment programme and by-law framework for adoption for the relevant stakeholders in FBiH and BD;
  • Conduct a second round of consultations with UN Women and stakeholders, presenting the draft;
  • Present the finalized developed economic empowerment programme and draft by-laws to the stakeholders at an agreed venue/event organized by UN Women.

Activities, deliverables and timeframe

The consultant will be expected to complete the following tasks within the indicative timeframe:

Tasks / Deliverables/Days estimate/Timeline

  • Provide a methodology to be used in the development of the consultancy tasks incorporating detailed assignment workplan and timelines, 1, 20th Nov 2018;
  • Review of the existing data and information on economic empowerment programmes in FBiH and BD, 4, 26th Nov 2018;
  • Conduct initial meeting to present conclusions from the desk review and agree on the way forward with CRSV Coordinator and National Economic Advisor, 1, 27th Nov 2018;
  • Meeting all stakeholders in FBiH and BD,  5, 14th Dec 2018;
  • Preparation of the draft framework of economic empowerment program for CRSV survivors, including by-laws for FBiH and BD institutions, 7, 31st Dec 2018;
  • Second round of consultations with stakeholders, 2, 6th Jan 2019;
  • Presentation of economic empowerment programme and draft by-laws, 4, 22nd Jan 2019;
  • Finalize the consultancy task report 1, 31st Jan 2019.

Total 25 

The consultancy will last for 25 working days within the period from November 2018 to January 2019.

Competencies

Core values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf 

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in law or related field, supported by relevant experience.

Skills and Experience:

  • At least 7 years of professional development-related experience working at the national and preferably at the international level
  • Professional experience  in addressing by-law development in different ministries and government institutions
  • Knowledge and experience working in the development context of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Track record of work relevant to the assignment
  • Excellent writing skills, fluency in B/H/S and English language

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents:

  • Expression of interest
  • Detailed financial proposal (which includes consultancy fees, travel, accommodation, subsistence etc in a form of a lump-sum)
  • UN P11 form

Please note: All documents have to be uploaded in 1 single file.

Evaluation of Offers

UN Women applies a fair and transparent selection process that takes into account both the technical qualification of potential consultants as well as the financial proposals submitted in support of consultant applications. Candidate applications will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of applicant qualifications and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • having received the highest score out of below defined technical, interview and financial criteria.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 50 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for an interview. Top 3 candidates (with highest number of points in the technical evaluation) will be interviewed. The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal will be allocated to the lowest price proposal among those candidates who have reached at least 5 points in the interview. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion.

Criteria:

Technical Evaluation (70%),Financial Evaluation (30%)Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 20S - score received on financial evaluation;Fmin - the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;F - financial offer under the consideration.

Please note that travel costs should be covered by the consultant.

Qualified women and men and members of minorities are encouraged to apply. 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.

Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

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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