Team of three national consultants to provide expert support on drafting the second generation of the National Program on the implementation of the UN SCR 1325.

Vacancy Number: Pr21/02238

Location:Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 20 Jun 2021, 23:00 (GMT+2:00)
Type of Contract:Service Contract
Starting date: 20 Jul 2021
Reference to the project: UN Women
Expected Duration of Assignment:within a 5 calendar months period
Submission Instructions:

Note: Consultants can apply individually for either of the 3 positions announced, or as a team. However, each consultant will be assessed separately against the criteria described below in this ToR.

Supporting Documents:
Annex I. Price Proposal Guideline and Template
Annex II. Price Proposal Guideline and Template
Personal History Form (P11) UN Women
Terms of Reference

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Starting 1 January 2013 we will no longer accept applications submitted by email to vacancies-moldova@undp.org. Applications shall be submitted online only, by following the “Apply online” link.


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 Moldova Country Office implements its Strategic Note (SN) for 2018-2022, which is aligned with the Republic of Moldova–United Nations Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development 2018–2022 and the Global Strategic Plan of UN Women. Under its current SN, UN Women cooperates closely with the government, civil society, academia, private sector and the media to advance social, economic and political rights and opportunities for women and girls, placing special focus on those from marginalized, excluded and under-represented groups. These include rural women, Romani women, women with disabilities, women living with or affected by HIV, women survivors of violence, women migrants, young women, elderly women and others. UN Women’s operation in Moldova focuses on bringing about concrete change in the lives of women and the society towards the long-term impact of achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the country. Specifically, the SN 2018-2022 advances progress under the following three Impact Areas (IA): IA1: More women fully participate and lead in gender responsive governance processes and institutions, including in the security sector, IA2: Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy, IA3: Public authorities, institutions and communities prevent violence against women and girls and deliver quality essential services. Towards these Impact Areas, UN Women works with variety of national and international partners to challenge gender-based stereotypes and towards the creation of an environment, whereby women act as key agents of change towards greater equality and development, in partnership with men and boys.

Rationale

All over the world, UN Women works to promote peace by supporting women of all backgrounds and ages to participate in processes to prevent conflict and build and sustain peace. UN Women supports women’s full and equal representation and participation in all levels of peace processes and security efforts. UN Women’s work on women, peace, and security is guided by 10 UN Security Council resolutions—13251820188818891960210621222242,

 2467, and 2493—and is  bolstered by a number of related normative frameworks, which make up the broader women, peace, and security (WPS) agenda. UN Women leads on implementing the WPS agenda through research initiatives, data collection, learning exchanges, and documentation of good practices to inform policy and programming.

An important breakthrough occurred in May 2017, when after months of deliberations and advocacy, a Government Decision was adopted (Order no. 54-d from May 29, 2017) which formally launched the process of developing National Action Plan (NAP 1325) on the Implementation of UN SCR 1325. The decision established a Working Group led by Deputy Prime Minister and consisting of Deputy Ministers of all relevant Ministries and government agencies, responsible for the whole process of development and adoption of the NAP 1325. UN Women provided extensive technical support to the Government in raising awareness and knowledge on the women, peace and security agenda and on gender mainstreaming in the security and defence sector, in the process of preparation for and development of the NAP on UN SCR 1325. In March 2018, the National Programme on Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security for 2018-2021 (NAP 1325) and the Action Plan on its implementation were adopted. The National Programme recognizes the key role women play in peace building and ensuring security and proposes concrete actions to address barriers against increased representation and influence of women in the security sector in the Republic of Moldova.

UN Women committed itself, including through its Strategic Note for 2018-2022, to provide continuous support to relevant governmental institutions on promotion of the women, peace and security agenda and on achieving specific results envisaged in the National Programme. In this respect, during 2018-2021, UN Women provides various types of support to peace and security institutions responsible for the implementation of the NAP 1325, like capacity building on gender equality and WPS, support with the development of relevant mechanisms to combat sexual harassment at the workplace, development of informative and raising awareness materials, assessment of the norms and infrastructure which create gender barriers for women and men to get employed and to retain in security and defence institutions, support in revision of legal framework, including bylaws, from gender equality perspective, support to relevant women’s associations etc.  

Bearing in mind that 2021 is the last year of the implementation of NAP 1325 and the new generation of NAP 1325 is expected to be developed and further approved, UN Women committed to embark on Government’s initiative to develop a second generation of the NAP 1325 by providing all the necessary support to the Working Group in this process. Therefore, UN Women intends to contract a team of national consultants to provide expert support to the Working Group on developing the second generation of the NAP 1325.

Scope of work

Scope of Work:

 

Under overall guidance and supervision of the UN Women Programme Officer on WPS and Programme Analyst on Women in Leadership and Governance (WILG) and in coordination with the Deputy Prime Minister and Bureau for Reintegration (BR), the team of national consultants will provide expert support in drafting the second National Program on the implementation the UN SCR 1325 and its Action Plan. The team of national consultants shall be composed of three experts -1 lead consultant, 1 thematic consultant and 1 logistic and secretariat consultant, who will provide support in developing of the new NAP 1325.

Tasks:

The following tasks will be undertaken by the three consultants who will provide support in developing of the next generation of NAP 1325:

Tasks and activities

Estimated workload (workdays)

A.      Common tasks for the lead and thematic consultant:

 

Mapping of all studies/policies/strategies, NAPs in the region, existing in the area of women in peace and security, relevant for the Republic of Moldova context

Up to 3 days

 (each)

Review the international recommendations from UN mechanisms and CoE evaluation mechanisms for the RoM relevant to the area of women in peace and security

Up to 2 days

(each)

Review of the results achieved in Moldova so far in above- mentioned area, including, but not limited to:

·         National Programme on Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security for 2018-2021 (NAP 1325) and its Action Plan;

·         Evaluation report of the first NAP 1325 and annual reports developed by Bureau of Reintegration.

·         Law on ensuring equal opportunities between women and men;

·         Law on ensuring equal opportunities;

·         National Strategy on Gender Equality for 2017-2021;

·         National Human Rights Action Plan 2018-2022

·         Feasibility study for Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defence;

·         Etc.

Up to 4 days

(each)

Organizing/conducting meetings with the relevant stakeholders in the process of reviewing the achieved results, drafting and finalizing the National Program and its Action Plan

Up to 3 days (each)

Provide support to BR in collecting, all the proposals and suggestions made by Working Group members, revise and structure the collected proposals in order to include them in the draft National Action Plan;

Up to 3 days

 (each)

Draft and consult relevant NAP priorities for the upcoming period, with the main focus on further mainstreaming/integrating gender perspective in the security and defence sector

Up to 5 days

 (each)

Draft the second generation of the National Program and its Action Plan according to the provisions of GD nr.386/2020 as well as aligned to the National Development Strategy and SDG 5 and SDG 16 and the informative note.

Up to 15 days

(each)

Draft M&E part, with proposed indicators, targets, baselines, data collection sources, responsible institutions, means of verification, estimated costs and sources of funding etc. This will be done through reviews of similar work undertaken earlier, both in Moldova as well as in other countries. When developing M&E part, the national consultants shall take into account the three-tier approach to indicators (available data, data that needs further processing,  unavailable data);

Up to 5 days

(each)

Address all comments and suggestions presented by the Working Group members and UN Women;

Up to 3 days

(each)

Address the proposals and recommendations received in the process of official consultations (table of divergence);

Up to 2 days

(each)

Perform any other tasks required to ensure successful development of the draft NAP 1325;

Up to 1 days

(each)

Finalize the draft of the National Programme, accompanied by an action plan, justification/informative note and present it to the public for final validation.

Up to 4 days

(each)

Sub-total A

Up to 50 days

(25 each)

B.       Distinct tasks for the lead consultant:

 

Ensure the coordination among consultants and UN Women, as well as in report to other parties, as well as keeping permanent communication with UN Women on ongoing process;

Up to 2 days

Present the draft NAP to the Working Group members for their feedback, as well as attend other meetings related to the process;

Up to 2 days

Provide progress reports to UN Women on undertaken work.

Up to 1 days

Sub-total B

Up to 5 days

C.       Distinct tasks for the logistic and secretariat consultant:

 

Provide support in organization of the meetings of Working Group, by obtaining agreement from concerned parties on date and time, drafting agendas, ensure logistical arrangements (set up the link/ book venue and catering, print all relevant materials, book translators, keep list of participants etc.)

Up to 2 days

Provide logistical support for preparation of other meetings related to the process, like broad consultations with civil society;

Up to 2 days

Follow-up with the Working Group members on submitting feedback on consultants’ work;

Up to 1 day

Provide secretariat support (e.g. drafting minutes of the meetings, etc.);

Up to 1 day

Drafting posts for social media, drafting articles and other communications materials (communications materials shall be revised and final approved by UN Women and Bureau for Reintegration)

Up to 1 day

Facilitating coordination among consultants and UN Women on logistic arrangements;

Up to 2 day

Perform any other tasks required to effectively support the development of the draft NAP 1325.

Up to 1 day

Sub-total C

Up to 10 days

TOTAL (A+B+C)

65 Days

Requirements for experience

For the lead consultant:

Education: 

  • Master’s degree in human rights, gender studies, security studies, law and/or other social or economic science related to the areas relevant for the assignment;

Experience: 

  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience working/collaborating with the Government structures in analysing/developing policies or provision of recommendations and/or amendments to national legal framework, including from Gender perspective;
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in coordinating and managing strategic planning and evaluation processes of policy documents;
  • Proven experience in developing research, policies, security-related studies, etc. in the field of Women, Peace and Security. Track record of cooperation with security and/or defence sector institutions required;
  • Work experience with international organizations, including UN agencies, will be considered an asset.

 

Language skills: 

  • Excellent verbal and written Romanian and Russian languages. Working knowledge of English language is an advantage.

For the thematic consultant:

Education: 

  • Master’s degree in human rights, gender studies, development studies, law and/or other social or economic science related to the areas relevant for the assignment;

Experience: 

  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience working/collaborating with the Government sectors in assisting/supporting drafting policy recommendations/ documents/ reports, including from Gender perspective;
  • Minimum 3 years of professional work experience in the field of gender equality and human rights;
  • Proven experience in developing researches, policies, studies, etc. in the field of gender equality and/or women in peace and security ;
  • Work experience with international organizations, including UN agencies, will be considered an asset.

 

Language skills: 

  • Excellent verbal and written Romanian and Russian languages. Working knowledge of English language is an advantage.

For the logistic and secretariat consultant:

Education: 

  • University degree in human rights, gender studies, public relations, development studies, law and/or other social or economic science related to the areas relevant for the assignment;

Experience: 

  • Minimum 3 years of proven experience in assisting with logistical and secretariat support, including in assisting/collaborating with the Governmental structures;
  • Minimum 2 years of proven work experience in the field of gender equality, human rights and development;
  • Work experience with international organizations, including UN agencies, will be considered an asset.

 

Language skills: 

  • Excellent verbal and written Romanian and Russian languages. Working knowledge of English language is an advantage.

Documents to be included

Interested candidates are invited to submit their online applications by 20 May, 2021 with the following documents.

  • Duly filled Personal HistoryForm (P-11 form) - including past experience in similar assignments; can be downloaded at http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment, a signed copy should be submitted;
  • Letter of Intent to include a brief overview about which of your previous experiences makes you the most suitable candidate for the advertised position.
  • Financial proposal (in MDL) - specifying an all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs as per template provided.

 

 


Apply online

IMPORTANT NOTE: Starting 1 January 2013 we will no longer accept applications submitted by email to vacancies-moldova@undp.org. Applications shall be submitted online only, by following the “Apply online” link.