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National Consultant in the area of prevention and combatting Gender-based violence (GBV) to support the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro Atlantic Integration

Kyiv (Ukraine)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Gender-based violence
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: 2020-08-11

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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 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 Ukraine implements its Country Strategy for 2018-2022, covering the following thematic areas: 1) Making gender equality priorities central to national reforms, governance, planning and budgeting; 2) Ending violence against women and girls; and 3) Strengthening implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

Ukraine has joined and adopted most of the key international and regional gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights frameworks, including those focused on preventing and combatting gender-based violence (GBV), and integrated these commitments into a number of national laws and policies. Ukraine joined the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) and ratified key women’s human rights treaties, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its Optional Protocol; localized the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with gender equality placed centrally in 10 of 17 Goals, 25 of 86 targets and 45 of 172 indicators; signed the EUAA[1]; ratified the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Social Charter; and signed the Istanbul Convention (pending ratification).

Since 2016, considerable effort was made by the country to address gender inequalities that were pervasive at all levels of society. Political and institutional changes were introduced to strengthen the national gender mechanisms and mainstream gender equality in the national reforms. The overall strategic policy making on gender equality was elevated at the level of the office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration (DPMO). DPMO represents the highest coordinating authority of the institutional set up of gender equality mechanisms, followed by Deputy Ministers, Gender Advisors and focal points at national, regional and local level respectively. The increased political commitment translated into strengthened policy and legal framework. In 2016, amidst the conflict, a National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security was adopted and amended in 2018, following its mid-term review.[2] Two additional key gender equality policies were adopted, such as the State Programme for Equal Rights and Opportunities (2017-2021) and the National Action Plan for the implementation of the Recommendations of CEDAW Committee to the Eight Periodic Report of the Government of Ukraine (2018-2020). CEDAW NAP prioritizes measures to 1) prevent any manifestations of violence against women perpetrated by public officials; 2) train the representatives of law enforcement agencies to properly respond to GBV, including conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV), through ensuring access for GBV survivors to justice and developing proper investigation procedures in response to GBV; 3) establish protocols for post-exposure prophylaxis and standards of medical assistance in case of sexual violence; 4) improve the data collection system for domestic violence and GBV cases; and 5) implement protection measures for women and girls who suffered from violence, including shelters. The State Social Programme on Equal Rights and Opportunities of Women and Men until 2021 emphasizes the need to conduct awareness-raising campaigns to prevent gender-based discrimination and violence.

The Concept of the State Social Programme on Prevention and Response to Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence till 2023[3] was approved in 2018. The Concept articulates the need to use the best international practices in order to establish an effective system of response services and encourage the survivors to seek specialized help. It stresses the paramount importance of launching awareness-raising campaigns aimed at promoting zero tolerance for GBV and domestic violence.

Decree No. 658 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of August 22, 2018 “On Approval of the Procedure of interaction for subjects working in the area of combating and prevention of domestic violence and gender-based violence”[4] outlines rights, services, and means of redress the victims are entitled to, the stakeholders and mechanisms of their coordination both nationally and locally as well as objectives and tasks they are to perform. 

In spring 2019, Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine presented further steps in response to domestic and gender-based violence in the framework of Passport of Reforms on Countering Domestic Violence and Gender-based Violence.[5] The presented strategic priorities are combined under 4-P approach: prevention (that implies zero tolerance of violence and increasing the willingness to respond to its manifestations), protection (e.g., all survivor, regardless of their age and health have access to and receive comprehensive services tailored to their needs), prosecution (bringing the perpetrators to liability and interventions to change their abusive behaviour), policy (building a new system of comprehensive response to violence).

In December 2017, the Parliament passed the Law on Preventing and Combatting Domestic Violence[6],the Law on Amendments to certain laws of Ukraine[7], number of new laws and related bylaws were adopted with the aim to eliminate existing discriminatory acts towards women and enabling equal rights and opportunities between women and men.[8]. The Law of Ukraine "On Prevention and Counteraction to Domestic Violence" defines the organizational and legal framework for preventing and combating domestic violence, the key areas of the state policy in the field of preventing and combating domestic violence, aimed at protecting the rights and interests of victims of such violence. The Law “On amending the Criminal Code of Ukraine and the Criminal Procedural Code of Ukraine to implement the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence” sets more dissuasive sentencing guidelines for domestic violence, introduces a series of restrictive measures to ensure adequate protection of survivors and effectively prevent the escalation of violence and introduces a series of new aggravating factors into the Criminal Code, such as offences based on sexual identity, offences committed in the presence of a minor, and against a current or former spouse. However, despite the progress made  by Ukraine to improve legislative and policy frameworks to prevent and respond to GBV, the pending ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence delays creation of the necessary comprehensive policies, legal acts and programmes, moreover changes in the legal framework will not be effective without a transformation in practice and increased operational capacities[9].

Despite the increased political commitment[10], gender inequalities remain pervasive in the Ukrainian society. Women’s economic security is low, since only 58% of female workforce participate in the labor market and earn income; those that participate are paid less for the work of equal value (22,3% is the wage gap at national level and in some sectors, such as finance and insurance sector it reaches 36%); violence against women continues to represent a concern, since during 2019, 34% of interviewed women expressed to have experienced all forms of violence in the past 12 months[11]; women representation in the security and defense sector increased in the past years (up to 11% and 14.5% respectively), due to the introduced reforms and the abolishment of discriminatory acts in the national legislation. Similarly, women representation in the Parliament rose from 12% to 21% with the 2019 parliamentary elections and their representation in the Government has been steady at around 20% since 2015. However, despite this moderate progress in representation, women are still at the margin of the decision-making processes regarding sustainable development, peace, security and justice.

The on-going conflict in Ukraine aggravated further women’s well-being, as the likelihood of experiencing all forms of violence in Eastern Ukraine is significantly higher among conflict affected women (79% compared to 58%).[12] Over 50% of the population in the conflict affected regions, and in particular young girls and women over 60 years of age, still do not feel safe walking alone in their community at night.[13] Young women and girls from the conflict affected communities in Luhansk region with high presence of military, are concerned of increased sexual harassment and exposure to risk of sexual violence.[14]

The outburst of COVID-19 and the social isolation policy, the restrictive measures on public transportation, as well as the closure of services and local markets reduced the sources of income and economic well-being, increased significantly the burden of unpaid carework for women, and led to higher incidences of domestic violence (the calls to national helpline for domestic violence have increased up to 40% in the first two weeks). During the Rapid Gender Assessment (RGA) on the impact of COVID-19, 76,8% of women from vulnerable groups (women IDPs, women with disabilities, Roma, single mothers, women living with HIV) - who already suffer from multiple forms of discrimination due to intersectional power differentials[15] - have stated to face serious risks in meeting the basic needs in food availability. Based on the RGA, COVID-19 will further widen the existing gender inequalities, due to the existing structural discrimination and prevailing gender norms and stereotypes, as well as the limited representation of women in decision-making processes and the overall exclusion of the gender equality mechanism in the COVID-19 planning and response. In the context of the conflict affected regions, this can lead to further deterioration of human security, livelihood and well-being of women and girls.

As a part of its Country Strategy and striving to ensure that the national reform agenda, policies and public institutions respond equally to the rights and needs of women and men, girls and boys UN Women implements a number of projects to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the implementation and monitoring of the reforms. UN Women works in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration to 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 CEDAW, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325) and SDGs through reforms and peace and security processes. One of the key objectives of UN Women work on the regional and local level in conflict-affected areas of Ukraine (Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia regions) is to promote gender-responsive community security through strengthening the capacities of law enforcement officials and women’s community groups to develop and implement GBV prevention and response, as well as to mobilize women and girls, men and boys in favour or respectful relationships and gender equality and safety in public spaces.

UN Women seeks to hire the National Consultant in order to provide day-to-day policy advice and technical support to the Office of Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine in the area of prevention and combatting gender-based violence (GBV).

 

[1] EUAA entails a commitment to ensure equal opportunities for women and men in employment, education, training, economy, society and decision-making, Title V, Economic and Sector Cooperation, Chapter 21, Cooperation on Employment, Social Policy and Equal Opportunities, Articles 419, 420.

[2] Mid-Term Review of the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 was conducted in 2018 under the leadership of the Deputy Prime Ministers Office for European and EuroAtlantic Integration with support from UN Women.

[3]The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine portal, Concept of the State Social Programme on Prevention and Combating Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence until 2023. // https://zakon.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/728-2018-per centD1per cent80

[4] https://zakon.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/658-2018-%D0%BF

[5]Passport of Reforms of the Ministry of Social Policy, Concept of the State Social Programme on Prevention and Combating Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence until 2023, posted on 22 March 2019. //https://www.msp.gov.ua/news/16904.html(date accessed: 23.08.2019).

[6] Ukraine, Law of Ukraine On Prevention and Combating of Domestic Violence, Law #2229-VIII (2017). Available at http://zakon5.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/2229-19

[7] Ukraine, Law of Ukraine on Amendments to the Criminal and Criminal Procedural Codes of Ukraine in Order to Implement the Provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention and Combatting of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, Law #2227-VIII (2017). Available at http://zakon3.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/2227-viii.

[8] The law enabling women to join military combat positions (2018), recognizing their status and privileges as veterans (2019), adoption of the new electoral law introducing GE quota of 40%. Number of orders were issued to strengthen gender responsiveness of policies, such as the one on GE of legislation (MJustice and MoSP).

[9] Assessment of the Readiness of the Ukrainian Criminal Justice System to Implement the Principles of the Istanbul Convention, DCAF and La Strada-Ukraine 2017, available at: https://www.dcaf.ch/criminal-justice-practice-and-violence-against-women

[10] According to the Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum, Ukraine progressed from 69th to 59th rank between 2016 and 2020 with improving the score from 0,700 to 0,721. , World Eocomic Forum, http://www3.weforum.org/docs/GGGR16/WEF_Global_Gender_Gap_Report_2016.pdf

[11] OSCE led Representative Survey “Well-Being and Safety of Women” https://www.osce.org/secretariat/440312?download=true

[12] OSCE led Representative Survey “Well-Being and Safety of Women”(https://www.osce.org/secretariat/440312?download=true)

[13] The UN Recovery and Peace Building Programme (UNRPP) Update January – December 2019.

[14] UN Women Focus Groups Discussions with young women studying in high-schools and universities in Luhansk region

[15] Intersectionality has been used to define how expectations connected to fender interact with other societal marker, such as ethno-religious background, age, social class, sexual orientation, marital status, race, ethnicity and disability, place people in different positions of power and privilege, discrimination and exclusion. Kimblerle Crenshaw, “Mapping the margins: Intersectionality identity politics, and violence against women of color”, Standford Law Review, 43.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Representative of UN Women in Ukraine, technical guidance by the Programme Specialist and day-to-day supervision of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, the consultant will implement a set of tasks, including, but not limited to:

Task 1: Provide policy advice and technical support in the area of prevention and combatting gender-based violence (GBV), including, but not limited to the following activities:

  • Ensure day-to-day policy advice to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration in the area of prevention and combatting GBV, based on the international and national commitments, global practices and knowledge (drafting analytical documents, concepts, briefings and the other documents);
  • Lead the development of tools and guidelines on combating GBV for the government agencies and broader spectrum of stakeholders;
  • Provide technical support to line ministries for improving the existing legal framework, including development of new laws and regulations to enhance prevention and combating of GBV;
  • Provide guidance on ensuring the compliance of the Ukrainian government with its international commitments on combating GBV and on expanding Ukraine’s support to the global and regional initiative on combating GBV;
  • Provide technical guidance and advice on performing gender/GBV audit of relevant documents promoted by the government;
  • Provide assistance for the formulation of a communication strategy of DPMO on prevention and combatting GBV and support its implementation including by guiding and advising on communication messages and materials for traditional and new media;
  • Provide policy advice and technical support to the Office of the DPM for accelerating effective GBV response by local public administration;

Task 2. Provide capacity building support to the DPMO in the area of GBV prevention and response:

  • Provide capacity building and technical advice to the Office of DPMO, line ministries and other relevant government agencies in developing and strengthening policies and programmes on combating GBV;
  • Plan and organize capacity-building events for the staff of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and other key national gender institutions (including line ministries and regional/local authorities), such as on-job trainings and support on GBV programming: planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation; managing knowledge on GBV including by mainstreaming training on combating GBV into existing learning systems for public servants;
  • Provide direct support to the elaboration and implementation of training programs on GBV;
  • Guide efforts to identify additional support from national and international partners to enhance capacity building and make it more sustainable.

Task 3. Research, analyze and manage knowledge on ending GBV, particularly in the area of prevention:

  • Identify, collect, analyze and localize best global practices and new/cutting edge approaches in the area of combating GBV;
  • Follow latest research on GBV policies and facilitate translation of the new evidence into enhanced policies;
  • Establish/support existing national communities of practice that promote collaboration, innovation and exchange of good practices.

Task 4. Support DPMO to establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with government stakeholders, civils society-based organizations, regional/ international actors in the area of combating GBV:

  • Provide technical support to intragovernmental coordination processes by defining the constitutive elements and implementing the whole-of-government approach in coordination of interventions to combat GBV;
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships for the advancement of innovative GBV combating strategies and programmes;
  • Support Ukrainian government’s efforts to mobilize additional internal and external funding to accelerate policy development and implementation on combating GBV;
  • Guide the Office of the DPM on enhancing the partnerships on combating GBV with foreign governments leading the global and European agenda on GBV, specialized international organizations and civil society organizations;
  • Build and strengthen close liaisons with private sector to mainstream principles and activities to combat GBV in business operations, including in supply chains.

Assignment /Deliverables

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Deliverables

Timeframe

(August 2020 – December 2020)

1

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 

Monthly, by 5th of next month; not to exceed 22 working days per month

2

Final report about the progress and achievements, lessons learnt and recommendations submitted

By 30 November 2020

  • All reports should be submitted according to the provided format in English language (the supporting documents, such as meeting minutes, agenda etc. can be submitted in Ukrainian language).
  • The Consultant is expected to work in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration 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.

Performance evaluation:

  • 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 after receiving and accepting monthly reports which will also be the basis for payment on a monthly basis to the consultant.

Financial arrangements:  

  • Payments will be disbursed by monthly instalments based on time-sheets and brief monthly progress reports certified by the representative of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and certification of the UN Women Programme Specialist that the services have been satisfactorily performed. Payment for deliverable 2 will be disbursed upon submission of the final report certified by the representative of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and certification of the UN Women Programme Specialist that the services have been satisfactorily performed.

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: 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

Qualifications Education:

  • Advanced (Masters) degree in in Human Rights, Political Science, Gender Studies, Social Sciences, law or related field.

Experience:

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in human rights, gender equality, or another relevant field;
  • Proven experience of conducting institutional and policy analysis, drafting policy and briefing documents on gender equality, women’s empowerment or GBV prevention and response mechanisms, as well as provision of capacity building for government officials;
  • Proven knowledge of international human rights, gender equality, women’s empowerment and GBV prevention and response mechanisms and instruments;
  • Professional experience of effective protection of women’s rights;
  • Experience with participation in organization of high-level dialogues, consultations, workshops including with the members of Parliament, government, CSOs, etc.;
  • Previous professional experience with development agencies and the United Nations would be considered an asset.

Languages and other skills: 

  •  Fluent Ukrainian and English;
  • 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:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable
  • 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 for technical criteria. Total max 70 points:

Technical Evaluation Criteria

Maximum obtainable points

Criterion A – Relevant education

8

Criterion B – Language skills 

7

Criterion C – Relevant Experience with total for all of the stated criteria:

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in human rights, gender equality or another relevant field (15 points)
  • Proven experience of conducting institutional and policy analysis, drafting policy and briefing documents on gender equality, women’s empowerment or GBV prevention and response mechanisms, as well as provision of capacity building for government officials (10 points)
  • Proven knowledge of international human rights, gender equality, women’s empowerment and GBV prevention and response mechanisms and instruments (10 points)
  • Professional experience of effective protection of women’s rights (10 points);
  • Experience with participation in organization of high-level dialogues, consultations, workshops including with the members of Parliament, government, CSOs, etc. (5 points)
  • Previous professional experience with development agencies and the United Nations would be considered an asset (5 points)

55

Total Obtainable Score for technical criteria

70

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:

All applications must include as one attachment:  

  1. Completed and signed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from?https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558  
  1. Financial proposal (sample is provided below): The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount with a breakdown of a daily professional rate per number of anticipated working days, travel costs (daily subsistence allowance and other in-country travel costs) and other related costs (e.g. tele-communication). 

Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment.  

Interested candidates are requested to apply no later than 12:00 am 11 August 2020 by submitting applications to the following e-mail address: hr.ukraine@unwomen.org with a subject National Consultant in the area of prevention and combatting Gender-based violence (GBV) to support the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro Atlantic Integration”.

Applications without P11 and 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 

  1. Cost Breakdown per Deliverables* 

 

Deliverables 

# of days and Percentage of Total Price (Weight for payment) 

Price, UAH 

(Lump Sum, All Inclusive) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total  

max. # of working days (100%) 

UAH …… 

*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.  

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.
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