UN Women: National consultants on gender equality and women empowerment to conduct debates.

Vacancy Number: Pr21/02292

Location:Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 19 Aug 2021, 23:59 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
03 Sep 2021, 11:00 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
08 Sep 2021, 23:59 (GMT+2:00)
Type of Contract:Individual Contract
Starting date: 01 Sep 2021
Reference to the project: UN Women
Expected Duration of Assignment:Up to 25 working days/consultant, within August to December 2021
Supporting Documents:
Terms of Reference
Annex I - Price Proposal Guideline and Template
Annex II - Price Proposal Submission Form
Personal History Form (P11) UN Women
UN Women Conditions of Service Consultants


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.

The work of UN Women in Moldova is guided by its Country Strategic Note for 2018-2022, aligned with the Republic of Moldova–United Nations Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development 2018–2022the Global Strategic Plan of UN Women for 2018-2021, the National Strategy on Gender Equality for 2017-2021 (NSGE), the National Strategy for prevention and combating violence against women and domestic violence for 2018-2023 elaborated in line with the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention). UN Women Strategy for Moldova 2018-2022 focuses on three main areas: 1) strengthening women’s participation in politics and decision making, 2) economic empowerment of women and 3) ending violence against women and girls. To achieve progress under these areas, UN Women works with a variety of national and international partners and as part of different national and regional initiatives.  

Based on the European Commission Decision ENI/2018/041-302 regarding the Annual Action Programme 2018 in favor of the Republic of Moldova for support for the implementations of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement, UN Women Moldova CO is implementing a three-year project (January 2020 – December 2022) under the name “Strengthened Gender Action in Cahul and Ungheni districts” (hereinafter EVA). The project is implemented in line with and in contribution to the Gender Action Plan II (GAP II) of European Commission “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Transforming the lives of girls and women through externa relations 2016-2020”, adopted in September 2015. 

The project started in January 2020, funded by the European Union, co-founded and implemented by UN Women Moldova Country Office and in partnership with UNICEF. The overall purpose of the EVA is to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment through strengthened implementation of gender mainstreaming in local policies and combating gender-based and domestic violence affecting women and children in two focal regions: Ungheni and Cahul.

One of the expected results under the EVA project is that gender equality is promoted and mainstreamed in local policy making and decision-making. The project supports Cahul and Ungheni localities to integrate gender equality in their policies and budgets through training elected and appointed representatives of the LPAs on gender equality and gender mainstreaming and its implications for decisions taken by the LPAs;  coaching LPAs to adhere to the principles of the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life; raising the capacities and knowledge on women’s rights of local CSOs; raising awareness of local population on gender equality and empowering women to actively participate in local decision-making processes.

Another set of expected results under EVA project refers to a greater access to effective survivor - focused multidisciplinary services for the victims of domestic violence, including sexual violence; and violence prevention programmes piloted in local schools and communities. In this sense, UN Women EVA project supports strengthening the capacities of the multidisciplinary teams for an effective protection of women and children victims of domestic violence, empowering domestic violence survivors, and the usage of innovative tools to raise the capacities of local civil society to change attitudes and behaviors on violence against women and gender-based violence.   


In the framework of UN Women EVA Project, a series of cultural events are being organised in Cahul and Ungheni districts for raising awareness among the general public on gender equality, women empowerment, on ending violence against women and girls, toxic masculinity.

During August-December 2021 cultural events in the format of theatre performances and movie screenings are planned in 24 localities that partner with UN Women for becoming gender champion communities: (1) Theatral performance “Liberă” that highlights the adverse effects of gender prejudices and stereotypes on young generations, triggering reflections on parents’ responsibility for children education; and (2) an artistic movie addressing toxic masculinity and challenging the patriarchal norms in the society.

Individual gender experts with extensive experience in conducting public discussions and debates on gender equality and women empowerment will be contracted to separately engage the audience[1] in discussions on gender norms and stereotypes in the aftermath of the local cultural events. The gender experts (hereinafter “the consultants”) will conduct a 45-minute guided discussion with the audience on the issues raised by the theatre performance/ movie, challenging in a positive manner the existent preconceptions, encouraging reporting violence and trigger behavioural change towards respect for women’s human rights.   

[1] In the audience is expected to be around 50 people from different groups: young people 15 years old plus; parents of school children; adult women and men from the community; adults from families at risk of domestic violence; local leaders and decision makers.

Scope of work

Under this announcement, the UN Women within EVA Project, seeks to contract a group of consultants on gender equality and women’s human rights to provide expert support in organizing and conducting 24 guided discussions with local audience from Cahul and Ungheni on gender norms and stereotypes in the aftermath of gender equality cultural events.

The consultants will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Programme Manager of EVA Project and in close cooperation with EVA Programme Officers.  

Each of the consultants will be responsible for the following tasks: 

  1. Provide expert support in designing the guided discussions concept;
  2. Conduct a series of 45-minute guided discussions with the audience from Cahul and Ungheni localities on the issues raised by the theatre performance/ movie, challenging in a positive manner the existent preconceptions, encouraging reporting violence and trigger behavioral change towards respect for women’s human rights. The individual consultant should indicate the number of discussions/debates he/she can run alone in the period September – December 2021: minimum is of 4 debates; maximum is of 24 debates.

Note: *In the context of COVID-19 pandemic, the method for discussions (be it face-to-face or online) will be decided before their de facto organization, based on the recommendations of the national authorities and the office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Moldova. UN Women assumes the responsibility for arranging the travel to Cahul and Ungheni districts.


Requirements for experience


  • Master’s degree in Human Rights, Gender Equality, Public Administration, Law, Business Administration or related fields; 


  • Three (3) years of experience in the field of gender equality, ending violence against women, women’s human rights;
  • Experience in organizing and conducting at least five (5) training sessions/debates for different audiences on gender equality, ending violence against women, women’s human rights in the last three years. Please list the topics of the training sessions/debates, the target audience and period in the letter of intent;
  • Experience in UN, especially UN WOMEN is a strong asset;

Language skills: 

  • Fluency in English, Romanian and Russian is required;

Other skills/ requirements:

  • Availability to travel to Cahul and Ungheni districts within the district for the implementation of the contract.

Documents to be included

Interested candidates are invited to submit their online applications by August 19, 2021 with the following documents:

  1. Duly filled Personal History Form PHF11/CV (downloadable from https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=3539);
  2. Letter of Intent to include a brief overview about which of your previous experiences makes you the most suitable candidate for the advertised position;
  3. Financial proposal – (ANNEX I and ANNEX II);un

Financial proposal

  1. Financial proposal – specifying a total lump sum amount for the task specified in Terms of References. The Financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (daily rate). Please see ANNEX I and ANNEX II.