National Consultant to the Apparatus of Government Commissioner on Gender Equality Policy to support implementation of the Strategy for Prevention and Response to Conflict-related Sexual Violence

Location:
Kyiv, Ukraine
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International Public Sector
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Contract
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Competitive

National Consultant to the Apparatus of Government Commissioner on Gender Equality Policy to support implementation of the Strategy for Prevention and Response to Conflict-related Sexual Violence

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National Consultant to the Apparatus of Government Commissioner on Gender Equality Policy to support implementation of the Strategy for Prevention and Response to Conflict-related Sexual Violence

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.

One of the key areas of UN Women work in Ukraine is Women, Peace and Security (WPS). In partnership with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, UN Women provides support to the national security sector institutions in implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the subsequent resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. UN Women supports the state institutions with the implementation of the Revised National Action Plan for Implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security for 2016-2020 (NAP 1325)[1], which represents the vision of the government for the gender-specific response to the conflict and its consequences. The NAP includes several areas of responsibility of the state institutions on mainstreaming gender into peace and security agenda, including: increasing women’s participation in peacebuilding processes and peacekeeping operations, conducting a gender assessment and providing gender-responsive services to people affected by conflict, ensuring human rights and protection of women’s rights, among other priority actions. Prevention and combating conflict-related sexual violence is outlined as one of key focus areas of the revised NAP 1325 to be addressed by the government. Also, in September 2018 the Government of Ukraine adopted National Action Plan on the implementation of the CEDAW Concluding Observations to the eighth periodic report of Ukraine on by 2021[2] . The respective action plans have incorporated targeted actions for the duty-bearers to make the legal amendments, integrate the capacity building of the security sector and law enforcement agencies on CRSV, application of UN system of early warning indicators for prevention of sexual violence in conflict, as well as adoption of guidance notes for investigation of cases of CRSV.

In November 2018, a Strategy for Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine was endorsed by the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, which was developed by UN Women and OHCHR upon the request of the Government. The endorsement of the strategy became a response measure to the recommendations, provided in the thematic report on conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine. The mentioned report was produced by the Human Rights Monitoring Mission of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (HRMMU) in February 2017 and covered the period from March 2014 to January 2017, highlighting the trends and patterns of sexual violence committed in the context of the conflict in the east, the ongoing impunity enjoyed by perpetrators, and the lack of a comprehensive programme to ensure that all survivors receive prompt and adequate access to an effective remedy, including gender sensitive rehabilitation, restitution, compensation, satisfaction and guarantees of no recurrence.

As of 11 January 2019, the changes to Criminal Code of Ukraine came into force[3], which addressed some of the legal gaps in the definition of rape and sexual violence. However, the definition of the conflict-related sexual violence is still missing from the legislation. The recently endorsed CRSV strategy recommends amending existing national legislation in line with international law to ensure that cases of CRSV can be prosecuted without unrealistic expectations in terms of evidence and definition. Therefore, the Strategy for Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine will serve as the foundation to develop the country-wide inclusive action plan for its implementation in 2019 and beyond.

To support the   Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy to coordinate the implementation of the Strategy for Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine, UN Women will provide expert support through the national consultant.  The national consultant will focus on two main areas: supporting the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy and Apparatus of Government Commissioner on Gender Equality Policy to develop an action plan for the implementation of CRSV Strategy and coordination of the implementation of the CRSV strategy; provide policy advice and related coordination for the implementation of CRSV-related activities included in the revised National Action Plan on implementation of UN SCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in the framework of the government policy on ensuring equal rights and equal opportunities men and women.

[1] Approved by Decree No. 113-p of the Cabinet of Ministers, dated 24 February 2016, available at: https://zakon.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/637-2018-%D1%80

[2] Approved by Decree No. 634-p of the Cabinet of Ministers, dated 5 September 2018, available at https://www.kmu.gov.ua/ua/npas/pro-go-planu-dij-z-vikonannya-rekomo-zhinok-do-vosmoyi-periodichnoyi-dopovidi-ukrayini-pro-vikonannya-konvenciyi-pro-likvidaciyu-vsih-form-diskriminaciyi-shchodo-zhinok-na-period-do-2021-roku

[3] On Changes to Criminal Code of Ukraine with the aim of realization of provisions of Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, signed by the President of Ukraine on 6 December 2017, available at: https://zakon.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/2227-19

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Representative and direct supervision by the Programme Specialist, the National consultant will provide day-to-day support to the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality through technical advice and expertise in preparation of action plan for the implementation of the Strategy for Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine, coordination of activities of its implementation, and the revised National Action Plan on implementation of UN SCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in the framework of the government policy on ensuring equal rights and opportunities men and women. The assignment will include but not be limited to the following tasks developed in coordination with the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality and UN Women:

  1. Under direct supervision of the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality and Apparatus of Government Commissioner on Gender Equality Policy in cooperation with governmental bodies, international and non-governmental organizations, develop an action plan for the Strategy for Prevention of and Response to Conflict-related Sexual Violence through the provision of advisory services, including tasks, indicators for measuring progress, as well as timeline.
  2. Support the Apparatus of Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy on strengthening its mechanisms for coordination and monitoring of implementation of the CRSV strategy by  maintaining sustainable coordination with the respective government institutions, responsible for the implementation of CRSV strategy and CRSV-related activities included in the revised National Action Plan on implementation of UN SCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security; conducting monitoring of already implemented and ongoing activity.
  3. Directly support the Apparatus of the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy with the analysis and evaluation of the status of the implementation of CRSV strategy, highlighting successful practices, lessons learnt and flag emerging concerns or problematic issues.
  4. Support and contribute with substantive inputs to the development and/or revision of internal policies, guidelines, SOPs and regulations to ensure they include clear administrative orders specifying what may amount to CRSV, what will be the investigation and accountability mechanism and guarantees for non-recurrence of SRSV cases.
  5. Support and contribute with the substantive inputs to the process of revision of national legislation on the definition of conflict-related sexual violence, procedure for its investigation, prosecution and defining mechanisms for bringing perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict to accountability.
  6. Cultivate relationships and liaise with government, international and non-government institutions and service providers to promote awareness about CRSV, consult about available mechanisms for assistance and reporting of CRSV cases.
  7. Respond to internal and external requests for information and ensure its dissemination amongst the relevant stakeholders.

 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

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications Education:

Advanced (Masters) degree in law, public policy/administration, gender studies or similar.

Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience with a gender analysis, capacity building and technical support on gender equality and women’s rights issues to the government, parliament, civil society, and international organizations on Women, Peace and Security agenda;
  • Proven knowledge and experience of  working on the UN Security Council Resolutions on Prevention of and Response to Conflict-related Sexual Violence;
  • Previous experience with coordination of implementation of gender equality policies and women, peace and security agenda;
  • Proven experience with coordination and organization of multiple stakeholders’ activities and liaison with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders on conflict-related sexual violence;
  • Experience with conducting legal analysis of normative documents (laws/by-laws) and with the development of amendments to them in the area of women, peace and security
  • Previous professional experience with the United Nations would be considered an asset.

Languages and other skills: 

  • Ukrainian, English (knowledge of Russian is an asset);
  • 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. An interview may be organized to ascertain the selection of the candidate. 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  – 70% of total evaluation. 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 desk review and following technical qualification evaluation criteria:

Technical Evaluation Criteria:

  • Criterion A – Relevant education: Advanced (Masters) degree in law, public policy/administration, gender studies or similar
  • Criterion B – Language skills: Ukrainian, English and Russian

Application closing date: 25th September 2019 (Midnight New York, USA)

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