National Consultant to support HeForShe campaign
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.
To further support the consolidated efforts of the government, parliament, women’s groups and civil society organisations (CSOs) to meet state commitments on gender equality and women’s rights, including the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through reforms and peace and security processes, UN Women in partnership with the Office of the Vice-Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration launched the project “Enhancing accountability for gender equality and women’s empowerment in national reforms, peace and security”, funded by the Government of Sweden.
The project goal is to support the Government in achieving transformative results for gender equality and women’s empowerment in Ukraine by integrating gender equality and women’s human rights commitments into the national reforms and the peace and security processes, and by putting mechanisms in place for adequate financing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The project also aims to address harmful gender stereotypes and gender norms that continue to serve as obstacles to the realization of women’s human rights and gender equality in Ukraine. These gender stereotypes, roles and expectations are prevalent in Ukrainian society, both in the family and in public life, and serve to perpetuate gender discrimination and limit women’s participation and advancement in all decision-making spheres. Therefore, in order for the Government reforms process to succeed, and for the results to benefit all populations of Ukraine, harmful gender stereotypes will need to be addressed. This will require the mobilization of people from all areas of society, men, women, boys and girls. To achieve these objectives, the project includes a strong awareness-raising and communications component to increase understanding among both the State and society of gender equality and women’s human rights and their centrality for development and peace in Ukraine.
HeForShe is the global movement initiated by UN Women inviting men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with the women to create a bold, visible, and united force for gender equality. Since its launch in 2015, the movement has now more than 1.3 billion men and women declaring their support from gender equality across the world. HeForShe aims to enable men to identify with the issues of gender equality and to recognize the crucial role that they can play to end the global inequality faced by women and girls, both in their own lives, and at more structural levels in their communities. The HeForShe campaign offers an innovative approach to achieving gender equality that recognizes men and boys as partners for women’s rights and acknowledges the ways in which they also benefit from gender equality.
Since its launch in March 2018, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality has received overwhelming response of solidarity in Ukraine, including developing 25 strategic partnerships to ensure that the advocacy and impact of the campaign are extensive and collectively create sustainable social and systematic changes to achieve gender equality. Partners from the diplomatic corps, development partners, UN, development sector, civil society, private and public entities, and the media were all mobilized to support the HeForShe movement and to commit to act. Odessa International Film Festival, Kurazh Bazar, Urban Space 500, Docudays International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, VII International Book Festival “Book Arsenal”, Ukrainian Fashion Week, National Art Museum, and many other platforms participated to mobilize men and boys towards gender equality commitments. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has become the first state institution to join the HeForShe solidarity movement in Ukraine to take concrete action at the individual and organizational levels to comprehensively mainstream gender in the work of the ministry, thus contributing to advancement of gender equality in Ukraine. The implementation of HeForShe also engages leaders from diverse and influential fields in Ukraine, such as in academia, sports, the arts, the private sector, government and more, to serve as public champions for change and to commit to concrete progress towards gender equality within their own fields and institutions. The campaign in Ukraine also provides opportunities for a younger generation of activists, as well as marginalized groups, to get involved, and work closely with the media, social media and universities to help reach the target audiences.
The high-quality support to the development of strategic partnerships is key to ensure that the advocacy and impact of the campaign is extensive and collectively creates sustainable social and systematic change to achieve equality. The development of strategic messaging and targeted advocacy will also be imperative to the success of the campaign. Therefore, UN Women seeks to hire a National Consultant to support the overall development and implementation of the HeForShe campaign in Ukraine.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Programme Specialist and direct supervision by the UN Women Communications and Advocacy Specialist and HeForShe Coordinator, the National Consultant will support the expansion of a multifaceted national HeForShe campaign, which includes the following tasks:
- Contribute to the development of the strategic partnerships and an engagement framework with key internal and external stakeholders including the UN Country Team, Government, civil society organizations (CSOs), international organizations, donor countries, private sector, media, and other key potential partners to be identified;
- In close collaboration with the HeForShe Coordinator and UN Women Communications and Advocacy Specialist develop communications plans and implement campaign activities to reach HeForShe advocacy goals;
- Develop production schedules, including for social media and monitor activity; contribute content for HeForShe social media channels;
- Support the preparations of the annual events (e.g. HeForShe Arts Week 2020, HeForShe Congress 2020);
- Coordinate the work of vendors providing support services in the area of events/public relations/multimedia production
- Draft press-releases, news, brief event reports.
- Monthly time-sheets and brief progress reports about implemented activities and achieved results with supporting documents (information materials produced, social media products developed etc.) submitted by the 5th of the following month.
- Final progress report submitted – by 5 December 2020.
Total – 230 days
- The reports should be submitted in English language (supporting documents such as meeting minutes, media materials etc. can be submitted in Ukrainian language).
- The Consultant is expected to work remotely using her/his own computer, but may access the UN Women office for printing of relevant documents or should he/she be required to work on-site at any point during the assignment.
- 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 in monthly instalments upon receipt of the timesheets and progress reports and their certification by the UN Women Programme Specialist that the services have been satisfactorily performed.
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- 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: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637
Required Skills and Experience
- BA/BSc degree (or equivalent) in communications, journalism, public relations, social sciences, international relations, or a related field
- A minimum of two years of experience in communications, journalism, public relations or related field at the national or international level, including experience in media relations.
- Experience in event management, online outreach and multimedia would be an asset;
- Working experience with large development or government agency, public relations or media company would be an advantage;
- Understanding of gender equality and women’s human rights would be an asset;
- Familiarity with UN Women and UN system would be an asset;
Languages and other skills:
- Fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, and English;
- Outstanding oral and written communications and editing skills, with proven ability to meet tight deadlines;
- 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 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:
- Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Technical criteria 70% of total evaluation – max 70 points for technical criteria. Total max 70 points:
- The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 70. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on a desk review and the following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Criterion A – Relevant education:
- BA/BSc degree (or equivalent) in communications, journalism, public relations, social sciences, international relations, or a related field (10 pts- Master’s degree; 9 pts- Bachelor’s degree)
Criterion B – Language skills:
- Fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, and English - 10 pts;
Criterion C – Relevant Experience with total for all of the following criterion (50 pts) including:
- 2 years of experience in communications, journalism, public relations or related field at the national or international level, including experience in media relations. – 20 pts;
- Experience in event management, online outreach and multimedia – 10 pts;
- Working experience with large development or government agency, public relations or media company – 10 pts;
- Understanding of gender equality and women’s human rights – 10 pts.
Total Obtainable Score – 70 points.
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 49 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; Fmin - the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round; F - financial offer under the consideration).
The candidate’s application should include:
- A brief Letter of Interest containing the statement on candidate’s experience in the field of recruitment. Completed and signed UN Women Personal History (P-11) form, which can be downloaded from:
- Proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount with a breakdown of a daily professional rate per number of anticipated working days to include all costs (telephone, etc.).
Interested candidates are requested to apply no later than 16 December 2019, 09:00 am EET ?by submitting 2 attachments: 1) technical (a Letter of Interest and P-11) and 2) financial proposal to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject “UN Women Ukraine – National Consultant to support HeForShe campaign”.
Applications without financial proposal may be treated as incomplete and may not be considered for further assessment.
Sample of Financial Proposal
The format shown on the following tables is suggested for use as a guide in preparing the Financial Proposal
- Cost Breakdown per Deliverables*
# of days and Percentage of Total Price (Weight for payment)
(Lump Sum, All Inclusive)
max. # of working days (100%)
*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.