Three national consultants to provide expert support on drafting the new policy document on gender equality.

Vacancy Number: Pr21/02244

Location:Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 25 Jun 2021, 23:00 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
04 Jul 2021, 23:59 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
11 Jul 2021, 23:59 (GMT+2:00)
Type of Contract:N/A
Starting date: 12 Jul 2021
Reference to the project: UN Women
Expected Duration of Assignment:
Submission Instructions:

Application Procedure

Interested candidates are invited to submit their online applications by 21 June, 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.

Note: Consultants must apply individually for either of the three positions. One consultant can apply for any of the positions advertised.

 

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.  The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

The United Nations in Moldova is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Supporting Documents:
Annex_II_Price_Proposal_Guideline_and_Template
Annex_I_Price_Proposal_Guideline_and_Template
ToR_nat.consultants_GE Program development
Personal History Form (P11) UN Women
UN Women Conditions of Service Consultants



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 is providing technical assistance to national partners (governmental and non-governmental) in the implementation of existing international and national commitments to women’s rights and gender equality, it facilitates networking and exchange of good practices and advocates for women’s rights and gender equality in all areas of life.

Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection (MHLSP) is one of the key UN Women’s national partners, collaborating and cooperating in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding, singed between parties at the beginning of 2018 year. One of the common objectives of the strategic partnership is to contribute to the implementation of the Strategy to ensure equality between women and men for 2017-2021 (GES) and its associated Action Plan (AP), approved in early 2017. The GES focuses on ten areas of interventions such as: women’s participation in decision-making, labor market and gender pay gap, social protection and family policies, health, education, climate. In 2020 MHLSP, with UN Women support undertook the mid-term review of the GES, aiming to update the content and realign the future interventions in accordance with the current national context and taking into consideration the 2020 CEDAW’s Committee Concluding Observations along with the key challenges deriving from COVID-19 pandemic. However, taking into consideration that the GES is coming to its end this year, MHLSP found more reasonable to initiate the development of the new policy document – Gender Equality Program (GEP), rather than amend the current strategy.

Therefore, following the MHLSP request to support the process this process, UN Women intends to hire three national experts to support in undertaking this exercise.

Scope of work

Under overall supervision of the Partnership and Coordination Officer and overall guidance of the UN Women Programme Specialist and Programme Analyst on Women in Leadership and Governance, in coordination with the Department of policies for ensuring equality between women and men, MHLSP, the national consultants (1 lead consultant, 1 thematic consultant and 1 logistic and secretariat consultant.) will provide expert support in drafting the Gender Equality Program (GEP), and its subsequent Action Plan.

The assignment should be carried out within a period of 6 months, not exceeding 65 working days, with the national consultants  being responsible for delivering the following outputs:

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Activities and Deliverables

Estimated workload (workdays)

Tentative timeframe for completion of task

1

A report on carried out activities related to meetings organized/conducted; proposals and suggestions collected from the relevant stakeholders, consultations on the draft Concept of for the upcoming period (including agendas, intervention materials)

Lead consultant: up to 9 days
Thematic consultant: up to 8 days  
Logistic and secretariat consultant: up to 4 days

By mid-September, 2021

2

Draft Concept of GEP for next period

 

Lead consultant: up to 9 days
Thematic consultant: up to 9 days
Logistic and secretariat consultant: up to 3 days

By end – October, 2021

3

Draft Program on gender equality and its subsequent Action Plan according to the provisions of GD nr.386/2020, including the Informative Note to the draft Government Decision on approving the GES Program for the next period, according to the Law 100/2017 on legal acts.

Lead consultant: up to 9 days
Thematic consultant: up to 3 days
Logistic and secretariat consultant: up to 3 days

By end - November, 2021

4

Final draft Government Decision on approving the Program on Gender Equality and its Action Plan, accompanied by the table with all comments and suggestions (table de divergențe).

Lead consultant: up to 3 days
Thematic consultant: up to 2 days
Logistic and secretariat consultant: up to 1 days

By end - January, 2022

 

All written deliverables should be agreed with UN Women and be provided in Romanian Language, electronic copy.

Note: The mentioned number of working days has been estimated as being sufficient/feasible for the envisaged volume of work to be completed successfully and is proposed as a guideline for the duration of assignment. It cannot and shall not be used as criteria for completion of work/assignment. The provision of envisaged deliverables approved by UN Women Partnership and Coordination Officer shall be the only criteria for the national consultants’ work being completed and eligible for payment/s.

Duration of the assignment

The total duration of this assignment is tentatively planned for up to 65 total working days, for 6 months, starting on 12 July, 2021, with entire task being accomplished by 31 January, 2022. The consultants are responsible to accomplish the deliverables set up in the table “Activities and Deliverables”.

Requirements for experience

Competences

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: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf.

Required Skills and Experience 

For the lead 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 proven experience working/collaborating with the Government sectors 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 gender equality and women empowerment.
  • 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: 

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

Experience: 

  • Minimum 5 years of proven experience working/collaborating with the Government sectors in assisting/supporting drafting policy recommendations/ documents/ reports, coordinating activities.
  • Minimum 3 years of proven work experience in the field of gender equality, human rights and development.
  • Work experience in developing research, policies, studies, etc. in the field of gender equality and women empowerment will be considered an asset.
  • 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 21 June, 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.