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 has been working in Ukraine since 1999 to help the country meet its gender equality commitments and unlock progress for both women and men. Since 2015, UN Women has been scaling-up its presence and programme. UN Women facilitates gender mainstreaming in humanitarian needs assessments and planning to better meet acute and lifesaving humanitarian needs. UN Women supports greater engagement of women, particularly those facing compound discrimination due to displacement, age, disability, ethnic or other backgrounds. UN Women also contributes to recovery and peacebuilding efforts advocating for and supporting implementation of the United Nations agenda on Women, Peace and Security, which to date comprises of eight UN Security Council Resolutions and aims to ensure women’s full and meaningful participation in conflict prevention, peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction processes. The importance of women’s role in peace and social cohesion building processes in conflict-torn societies has also been the focus of CEDAW General Recommendation # 30 on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations and the UN Secretary-General annual report on?“Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding”. UN Women also strives to support longer-term national reforms in Ukraine, including decentralization and security sector reforms, while promoting gender equality and women’s human rights and accountability. UN Women makes every effort to ensure full and meaningful participation of women and women’s groups and organizations in government reform processes, in humanitarian response decision-making and in recovery planning to ensure their responsiveness to the distinct needs of women and girls which may otherwise be overlooked.
As a part of its Women, Peace and Security programme portfolio, the UN Women Ukraine would like to extend its work to support the government in prevention and response to the Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV). In June 2014, a Guidance Note of the Secretary General on Reparations for Conflict Related Sexual Violence was published providing policy guidance and eight guiding principles on how to establish an effective and fair reparation program. UN agencies in the Western Balkans and other conflict and post-conflict zones have started applying this guidance note with governmental and NGO partners. UN Women would like to begin considering whether the Guidance Note principles are relevant to Ukraine and how they might be best applied.?
In Ukraine, pre-conflict, sexual and gender-based violence were under-reported due to stigma and a culture of silence, broken referral pathways, inefficient legal system, limited medical and psychosocial support services for victims and survivors, limited capacity among government and non-government actors in the documentation of cases. All these problems have been exacerbated by the conflict and while conflict-related sexual violence may be in the rise, there is still only limited information regarding the scope of the problem. The gaps in the legislation, particularly absence of clear definitions, low capacity of law-enforcement to document and investigate cases of sexual violence, limited forensic services affect any possible future prosecution for sexual violence crimes in relation to the conflict.
Documentation of CRSV cases remains limited. In 2015, at least 43 cases of conflict related sexual violence were documented by the Human Rights Monitoring Mission (HRMM), UNFPA, UNHCR, and the Women’s Information and Consultative Centre (NGO)/Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Group. Moreover, 96 cases of rape and sexual violence were registered by UNFPA mobile teams of psychosocial support operational in 5 eastern conflict-affected oblasts of Ukraine since November 2015. The documented cases included intimidation, attempted rape, threats of rape, rape during detention, ill-treatment and torture, as well as the killing of a victim. Both men and women have been affected. Obtaining information about cases, patterns and trends is extremely difficult particularly in the non-Government Controlled Areas (NGCAs) of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Often, cases emerge long after the incident, when survivors and witnesses have begun recovering from the physical trauma of the incident. Hence, the true prevalence of conflict-related sexual violence is unlikely to be known. With limited access to NGCAs, it is challenging to monitor conflict-related sexual violence and carry out protection activities for civilians, in particular for women and girls.
The Government of Ukraine has expressed the commitment to undertake the efforts necessary to design and operationalize effective measures to address CRSV. The technical support required by the government at this stage is strategic guidance on how to combat impunity, ensure prevention of CRSV and protection for survivors, provide multi-sectoral assistance/reparations for survivors, carry out documentation and reporting the crimes related to CRSV and integrate attention to CRSV in security sector reform.
UN Women seeks to hire a consultant to provide strategic advice to the government, Parliament, civil society organizations and the UN System on preventing and addressing the CRSV, including through the development of a reparations program. The international consultant will work in cooperation with a national consultant, who will liaise with the national partners, support the collection of materials for a desk review and will co-facilitate the workshop.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Gender Advisor and in close cooperation of the Government of Ukraine, the incumbent shall be responsible for implementation of the below tasks:
Task 1: Facilitate strategic discussions with key counterparts about the strategy for prevention and multi-sectoral response/reparations to CRSV. The task will include but will not be limited to the following activities:
Indicatively the mission to Ukraine will be planned for the period between 7 and 20 November 2016.
Task 2: Development of the draft project document to provide technical support to the government Ukraine in prevention and response to the CRSV:
Key Deliverables and Timeframe
The selected consultant shall be responsible for delivering of the following outputs, comprising the main milestones:
Draft plan for implementation of assignment – By 20 October
A draft concept note and agenda for the workshop with a full set of hand out materials submitted to UN Women – By 1 November
Summary report of the consultations with the stakeholders and workshop and a Draft project proposal submitted for UN Women review – By 23 November
Final report of the assignment and project document finalized based on the UN Women comments – By 1 December
Total number of days: up to 33 days
All the deliverables should be agreed and endorsed by UN Women Gender Advisor. The timeframe for the work of the International Consultant is tentatively planned from 17 October to 23 December 2016, with an estimated total volume of work not to exceed 33 working days, including one mission to Ukraine (up to 8 days), coordinated in advance with the UN Women Ukraine management, upon contracting.
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.
Organizational Setting: The Contractor will work under the direct supervision of the Gender Advisor and in close collaboration with UN Women local consultant on CRSV, and will participate in all working meetings appointed by UN Women.
Contributions: UN Women will put at the contractor’s disposal all available materials and necessary information for tasks achievement and will facilitate the meetings, as needed.
All envisaged travel costs related to the mission to Ukraine must be included in the financial proposal. In general, UN Women should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the contractor wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and contractor, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Contractor’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Payments will be disbursed in 2 (two) installments as per the following deliverables:
The payments will be processed upon approval of deliverables and certification by Gender Advisor that the services have been satisfactorily performed.
Core values/ guiding principles:
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
Ethics and Values:
Development and Innovation:
Work in teams:
Communicating and Information Sharing:
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
Required Skills and Experience
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. The award of the contract should be made to the individuals whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical criteria, 70% of total evaluation – 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
Criterion A – Relevant education. Maximum obtainable points- 10.
Criterion B – Language and IT skills.? Maximum obtainable points- 5.
Criterion C (total points) – 55:
Total obtainable score – 70.
Application and submission package:
The candidate’s application should include:
-Reflection of skills and experience with CRSV;
-Previous experience developing complex, multi-year project proposals.
Completed and signed UN Women Personal History (P-11) form, that can be downloaded from: http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment
Interested candidates are requested to apply no later than 12:00 am EET 3 October 2016 by submitting online application with a message subject “UN Women Ukraine –? Consultant on CRSV”, including 2 attachments:
Applications without financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
UN Women applies fair and transparent selection process that would take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals.
The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).
Sample of Financial Proposal
The format shown on the following tables is suggested for use as a guide in preparing the Financial Proposal:
Cost Breakdown per Deliverables (Basis for payment tranches)