The European Union (EU) and the United Nations have launched the Spotlight Initiative (SI), a multi-year programme aimed at addressing all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG), and harmful practices (HP). The SI aims to support transformative change on the ground to end VAWG, in numerous countries globally, including the Kyrgyz Republic. The initiative comes with the highest level of commitment globally and will be governed by the UN Deputy Secretary General and the Vice President of the EU Commission. The SI in the Kyrgyz Republic will apply a comprehensive set of approaches based on social innovation, Human Rights based approach (HRBA), multi-sectoral inclusive response and survivor-centered principles to the planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of interventions across the SI’s six Outcome Areas. Particular emphasis will be placed on integrating the voices and experiences and solutions of women and girls who face multiple forms of discrimination, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’ (LNOB). Lastly, the SI in the Kyrgyz Republic has sought to reflect on current or common place models of ‘conducting business’ in order to propose innovative alternatives aligned with commitments to gender transformative and community-led approaches guided by adaptive leadership and a joint-One UN Systems Management approach. The goal of the Spotlight Initiative The goal of the Spotlight Initiative (SI) is for all women and girls, particularly those most vulnerable, to live a life free of violence and harmful practices, including child marriage and ala kachuu. It is built around six Pillars developed after an extensive global theory of change exercise: 1) Policies and legislation; 2) Institutions 3) Prevention; 4) Services; 5) Data; 6) Women’s movement and civil society. Under the Pillar 1 the SI Programme provides support to legislative and policy reforms through a holistic review and harmonization of legal and policy frameworks on women’s rights that prioritizes understanding of the underlying root causes, risk factors and patterns of inequality within the complexity of policies and laws that that can results in violence. One of directions of policy work is focused on support to the Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) in facilitating the process of Gender Equality Strategy (hereinafter – GES) 2012-2020 review and development of the new GES 2030. The National Strategy for Achieving Gender Equality in the Kyrgyz Republic until 2020 adopted by Government Decree No. 443 of 27 June 2012 sets national gender policy priorities. The strategy is operationalized in five National Action Plan for Achieving Gender Equality (NAP on GE) in the Kyrgyz Republic, and the fifth NAP for the period 2018-2020 completes the timeframe of the National Gender Equality Strategy in 2020. The GES outlines the following five pivotal areas for achieving gender equality: (i) strong, effective institutional mechanisms; (ii) economic empowerment; (iii) an education system that promotes gender equality; (iv) Access to Justice for women; and (v) gender-equitable political participation. UN Women plans to contract a team of International Experts (consisting of Team Leader and Team Member), who will be tasked to provide Technical Support to the team of National Experts and the Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) in facilitating the process of development of the new GES 2030, by applying Oxford Scenario Planning Approach (OSPA) in strategy design.Apply Now
Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe objective of this assignment is to ensure inclusive, innovative high quality and timely technical assistance to national partners in the process of development of the new GES (2021-2030) and its NAP 2021-2023. By offering new tools such as OSPA among others to ensure high quality of new strategy in KYR. The International Expert (Team Member) will be contracted to support International Expert (Team Leader) to work closely with the team of national experts and facilitate learning sessions for co-creating the process of GES review and development, which is meant to reinforce the urgency for change that enables partners, participating in GES process, to strive for defining new pathways and approaches that will enable acceleration of the progress on gender equality by 2030. Scope of work/duties and responsibilities The process will be in full ownership of the Inter-ministerial working group (ISWG) under the leadership of MLSD, while the contracted International Expert (Team Leader) will be tasked to play facilitating role in the process of an extensive and inclusive dialogues between national and local partners on collective reflections on current situation, achievements and examples of ‘what works’. The process of the next GES (2030) development will be guided by the principles of participation and ensured ownership through:
- applying an approach of co-creation of next GES by genuine participation of civil society and state partners
- applying innovative approaches with the focus on adaptive leadership/positive deviance approach to effective implementation of GEWE commitments
- Support to co-facilitate one day workshop to consider a wide range of factors to plan the process (to understand broad picture at how the field was changing and to set a stage for GES)
- Support team of national experts to identify and further explore possible trends and controversial viewpoints to define several themes (to further build scenarios on)
- Support to co-facilitate 1 three-day scenario-planning workshop as a vehicle for identifying weak signals that might emerge as important catalysts of future change (to spark conversations about the future for more proactive decisions)
- Support working group to develop 3-4 scenarios (which would lay the ground for long-term strategy and provoke leaders to move beyond conventional thinking and plan for the future, help strategists look beyond their current circumstances — and with longer time horizons — to test existing strategies, make sense of the causes and effects of turbulent, uncertain, or ambiguous conditions; invent new options; open up or enhance the quality of strategic conversations)
- Support to co-facilitate further working group discussions to reflect on challenges and opportunities and reframe the strategy, prepare for strategic conversations both with internal and external actors (to amplify voices of the broader community and pave the way for collaborative strategies)
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Possesses the ability to work independently, under pressure and meet deadlines;
- Good knowledge of subject area;
- Good organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail;
- Experience in report writing.
Required Skills and ExperienceEducation:
- Master’s degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Social Psychology, Political Science, and Economics or other social sciences.
- Authorized/trained to use Oxford Scenario Planning
- At least 5 (five) years of progressive working experience in interactive design of the strategy applying Oxford Scenario Planning approach (proficient in how scenarios work).
- At least 5 (five) years of analytical and consultancy experience (including high level) in strategic planning process / review of polices/ strategies
- Familiarity/prior experience in CA/CIS region in policy making and budgeting processes would be highly desirable
- At least 3 (three) recommendations from previous contractors are mandatory
- Experience in gender responsive policy making would be an asset
- Experience with the United Nations or development agencies is an asset
- Fluency in English language.
- Knowledge and skills of relevant Computer Applications of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Power Point).
- Knowledge of Internet communications (Zoom, Skype, email) and command is required.Application procedure Applications should include:
- Offeror's letter to UN Women confirming interest and availability for the assignment.
- Three recommendation letters on the successful performance of similar assignments.
- Financial proposal, indicating a total lump sum to include all costs relating to the delivery of activities as per above description.
- P-11 form including experience in similar assignments. This form can be downloaded at http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment.
- Technically responsive/compliant/acceptable to the requirements of the ToR; and
- Having received the highest cumulative (technical & financial) score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.