Gender equality is fundamental to responsive and accountable democratic societies. Women’s representation in elected institutions in equal proportion to men is key to the credibility and legitimacy of parliaments, national assemblies and local governments. Yet, globally, just over a fifth of members of parliament are women. In the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region, the statistics are similar – women’s representation is barely 21 percent.
Women’s representation in local elected office remains equally low, particularly in mayoral and leadership positions in local assemblies and councils. Women represent just 15 percent of mayors or leaders of municipal councils, and 35 percent of local or municipal councilors.
To combat discriminatory legislation and policies and improve gender equality outcomes in policymaking, elected representatives in countries in the region have established structures and strategic plans to improve women’s political participation and gender equality. UNDP has facilitated the creation of such structures in many countries, recognizing the important role they play in empowering women as parliamentary representatives, supporting the emergence of gender-sensitive parliaments, and adopting gender-sensitive policy and legislative frameworks.
However, working with governments, civil society actors and donors is only one side of the coin. The low levels of awareness around women’s political participation and what equal representation means for inclusive open societies remains a major obstacle in the way of getting more women elected. There is a need to do more advocacy and amplify messages around women’s role in politics, through the use of striking data combined with emotional resonance.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, serve as a framework for UNDP in addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is planned to take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2020. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.
Indicative User Journey for the website
The platform lives online, has its own sub-domain (ie. xxxxx.eurasia.undp.org, where xxxxx is the name of the platform) but links to UNDP Eurasia’s website and work. It is clearly linked to UNDP with the title “UNDP Europe and Central Asia presents” at the beginning, as on our other micro-sites, such as OutSpoken and Voyages.
Location: Home-based with availability for virtual/remote meetings (i.e. Skype) during working hours in Istanbul, TR timezone
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance and supervision of the Regional Gender Equality Team Specialists, Peacebuilding Team Specialists and Communications Team specialists, the consultant will:
All data points required for data visualization, 1,000 word essay, gender equality index and rankings of countries, the information that will be displayed inside “sidebar bubbles” and the text and photos making up the 5 case studies – will all be fully prepared and handed over to the consultant by UNDP specialists.
Expected outputs and deliverables
Estimated number of working days within the contract duration: 25 days. Maintenance is expected to be ongoing and minimal until the end of calendar year 2019.
Payment schedule: Payments will be made based on the following schedule with UNDP confirming that services have been provided on time and the required quality.
Travel: No travel is anticipated under this consultancy. In the case of unforeseeable travel, for meeting(s) in Istanbul, the travel costs (including tickets, daily allowance and terminal expenses) will be covered separately as per UNDP rules and regulations. The mission dates and period should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel.
Timeframe: The consultant’s assignment is expected to last app. 25 working days, completed over the period from 21 August, 2019 – 31 December, 2019.
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation of Applicants
Only the highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical Criteria – 70% of total evaluation – max. 35 points:
Financial Criteria – 30% of total evaluation – max. 15 points.
Step 1: Interested candidates must include the following documents when submitting the applications (Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF attachment as the system only allows upload of one document):
Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal – Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and requested to provide a financial offer.
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
|Country:||-- Home Based|
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|Closing date:||August 18, 2019|