Local Coordinator to Support UN Women Activities in Izmir

Izmir, Turkey
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Local Coordinator to Support UN Women Activities in Izmir

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Location : Izmir, TURKEY
Application Deadline : 24-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 10d 15h 21m
Additional Category : Gender Equality
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 24-Jun-2019


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. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Acknowledging the multi-dimensional characteristics of child, early and forced marriages and the need for a multi-sectoral approach to eliminate this phenomenon, the UN agencies in Turkey are committed to work in close collaboration with the Government of Turkey as well as civil society organizations active in the sector to carry out coordinated and complementary interventions, in line with the ‘gender equality and women’s empowerment’ component of the UN Development Cooperation Strategy (UNDCS) for Turkey covering 2016-2020[1].

The UN aims to address the root causes of violence against women and girls (VAWG), and harmful practices such as CEFM, through increasing collective work on prevention, and by responding to the needs of victims and survivors through provision of multi-disciplinary services. Joint actions will include institutional strengthening, to ensure that relevant authorities have the necessary technical capacity to more effectively prevent and respond to CEFM; evidence generation to guide advocacy and programmatic actions; awareness-raising to inform communities on the harmful consequences of CEFM and constituency-building with local change-agents, such as civil society, religious leaders, men and women, and boys and girls at all levels to promote a culture of respect for women’s and children’s rights.

The UN recognizes CEFM as a critical issue in times of crisis as well as in times of stability. Humanitarian efforts and development programming to eliminate CEFM and promote the empowerment of girls must be complementary. Child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) is a violation of child rights and women’s rights, a form of gender-based violence (GBV) and an obstacle to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including achievement of gender equality and empowering all women and girls. To best reflect this complementary approach, Prevention of Child, Early and Forced Marriage in Turkey programme will cover refugee communities as well as host communities and will aim to illustrate how humanitarian and development efforts can be complementary to serve the practical and strategic needs of women and girls.

UN agencies (UNICEF, UNHCR, UNFPA, UN Women and IOM) who have extensive experience in protection, awareness raising and advocacy, covering various issues closely related with CEFM, including violence against women and children, child protection and education systems, sexual and reproductive health, human trafficking, and protection in humanitarian crises, has launched a joint programme targeting to achieve two main outcomes:

  • an enabling environment to end child marriage by strengthening protection and assistance mechanisms in place;
  • favourable social norms and attitudes towards ending CEFM are increased at national and community levels.

The programme will be implemented on three interrelated levels: 1) At national level, through engagement of policymakers to close gaps in the policy and legal frameworks; support to evidence-based advocacy and planning; support for national coordination and leadership; and communication strategy; the analysis of data; the completion of studies on CEFM to increase understanding of the factors driving the phenomenon; and the establishment of a database to inform stakeholders’ programming; 2) Province-wide (across targeted provinces) through technical assistance to local policy makers and service providers and 3) Province/community-based (12 targeted provinces) through community-based interventions that will focus on raising awareness on CEFM among key duty bearers and rights holders and promoting changes in negative social norms that sustain and perpetuate CEFM and gender inequality.

UN Women, in cooperation with participating UN Agencies, will contribute to the achievement of the following outputs:

  • Enhanced local and national mechanisms (including CSO networks) for more effective identification, prevention, response and monitoring mechanisms of CEFM;
  • Children and women at risk of CEFM and victims and survivors of CEFM have better access to protection, prevention and response mechanisms as well as specialized services in line with the standards set in national legislation and the Istanbul Convention;
  • Increased public awareness on legal, health, social, psychological and economic consequences of CEFM.

UN Women will concentrate its efforts in 3 provinces (Adana, Gaziantep, Izmir) for developing capacities of service providers and local agents including CSOs for effective policy development and implementation for elimination of CEFM practices; and will work in close collaboration with UNFPA. UN Women and UNFPA aim to organize capacity development activities, acting on the opportunity environment enabled by the current process of local action plan preparation to prevent CEFM in high-risk provinces, led by provincial directorate generals of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services. In support and complementarity with the action plan development efforts of the provincial DGs of the Ministry, in three provinces, UNFPA and UN Women will prepare and deliver trainings and other technical assistance activities for service providers, civil society organizations and professional associations/groups, in three phases:

  • CEFM Service Provider Training Programme First Phase: definition of CEFM; CEFM as a child and women’s rights violation and a form of gender-based violence, and an obstacle against realization of sustainable development goals; causes, consequences, legal status of the practices; and prevention and response mechanisms
  • CEFM Service Provider Training Programme Second Phase: Sector-specific skills, mechanisms and operational procedures in combating CEFM,
  • CEFM Service Provider Training Programme Third Phase: Policy development, action planning, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and coordination modalities at the localities.

While UNFPA is responsible from development and delivery of the first two components of the Technical Assistance and Training Programme, UN Women will develop the third component of the Programme. Design, development and planning of the third phase module of the Service Providers Training Programme will be realized by the National Consultants of the UN Women CEFM Prevention Programme. Delivery of the trainings is going to be done by the local coordinators recruited by this TOR.

UN Women will also conduct a research over the subject of “male perception towards CEFM” and qualitative components of the research will focus on the localities in three implementation provinces of Adana, Izmir and Gaziantep. Local coordinators that will be recruited by this TOR will support the research team over the relevant issues that will come up during the planning and data collection phase of the study. Following the finalization of the research and the findings of the research having been shared with the general public and the specific actors working for elimination of CEFM practices, UN Women will implement a male engagement programme including community-based activities in partnership with UNFPA and ACEV. This programme will aim to engage men in the agendas for women’s empowerment, gender equality and elimination of CEFM and to promote positive masculinities. Local coordinators solicited to make applications with this TOR are expected to support this programme at various phases.

Un Women also needs the local coordinators to directly support the UN Women Programme team in activities related to development, implementation and monitoring of local action plans on CEFM and in organizing advocacy and communication events in the implementation provinces and facilitating effective communication with the local stakeholders. Local coordinators are expected to attend meetings of local monitoring platforms to be supported by UN Women, coordination meetings and other CEFM related events in the province.

Description of Responsibilities:

The UN Women Turkey office is looking for competent and experienced local coordinator who has solid knowledge and practical professional experience in the areas of Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG); Prevention of Child, Early and Forced Marriages; Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality.

[1]The UNDCS includes two results indicators related to child marriage: a) rate of child marriage (number of women aged 20-24 who were married or are in union by the age of 18) and b) reported cases of violence against girls and boys (including child marriage as a form of violence against children)

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work and Responsibilities

Under this specific assignment, the consultant is expected to provide direct support to UN Women Prevention of CEFM Project team in maintaining the communication with the local stakeholders. The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Supporting the UN Women national consultant in preparation of the module of service providers training and delivery of the trainings;
  • Supporting the Male Perception research team on several issues including providing knowledge on local communities, culture, history, and stakeholders;
  • Supporting the male engagement related community-based activities;
  • Attending CEFM policy monitoring activities and meetings on behalf of UN Women;
  • Attending CEFM related coordination meetings in the province on behalf of UN Women

Planned Deliverables and Timeframe

Duration of the assignment is from June 2019 to December 2020. The Consultant is expected to spend up to 95 working days on a non-consecutive basis throughout the assignment.

The below planned deliverables and timeframe state the main areas of work. However, the consultants will be required to carry out support and coordination activities in relation to the completion of these tasks, which will be considered an integral part of this TOR and should be therefore included in the candidate’s financial offer.

The consultant should prepare detailed meeting notes after coordination meetings, as well as monthly reports, involving timesheets, on the TOR deliverables

Key Deliverables:

Activity/Task Output Target deadline Work days

up to

Supporting the UN Women national consultant in preparation of the module of service providers training and delivery of the trainings Evaluation reports on trainings Mid

June – September 2019

5 days
Supporting the Male Perception research team with inputs, networks and information related to the province and monitoring research activities in the province.  Inputs for the research

Monitoring reports

June-November 2019 10 days
Monitoring and contributing the male engagement related community-based activities conducted by UN Women in partnership with UNFPA and ACEV Event/activity/monitoring reports including recommendations Until December 2020 30 days
Attending provincial policy monitoring activities and meetings on CEFM on behalf of UN Women Meeting minutes including recommendations Until December 2020 30 days
Attending and contributing VAW- CEFM related coordination meetings in the province on behalf of UN Women Meeting minutes Until December 2020 15 days
Submission of final report Final report December 2020 5 days
Total 95 Days

All deliverables shall be agreed with the UN Women CEFM Project Coordinator in Turkey. All deliverables shall be presented in English, in electronic version.

Management Arrangements:

Organizational Setting: The national consultant will work under the direct guidance and supervision of the UN Women Project Coordinator in Turkey.

Contributions: UN Women in Turkey Programme will put at the national consultant’s disposal any relevant material and report available and relevant to better perform and achieve the proposed objectives.


The Local Coordinator will have official in country travels to implementation provinces of the Project. The travel arrangements and associated costs will be covered by UN Women. UN Women will not cover transportation cost within the duty station, Izmir.

Performance Evaluation

Local Coordinator’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.

Payment schedule

Payment will be disbursed in separate installments upon the delivery of services and timesheets on monthly basis and certification by the UN Women CEFM Project Coordinator that the services have been satisfactorily performed. Payment terms and conditions along with the daily fee rate (indicated in the contract) and number of days invested (not to exceed maximum number of days stated in contract) will be the basis of the payment to the consultant.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, gender studies, political sciences, international development, or related field.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Minimum 3 years working in local development, women’s empowerment, women’s rights issues;
  • At least 1 years working in delivery of training programmes;
  • At least 2 years working with local actors and government organizations
  • Prior experience of working with the United Nations or another international organization is an asset.
  • Prior experience of writing analytical reports, conducting need assessments and situation analysis is an asset.

Language Requirement:

Fluency in English and Turkish (written and oral)

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