UN Women

International Consultant (Facilitate The Development of Common Vision and Road Map of Civil Society Organizations' Network in The Central Asia Region)

UN Women

Job Description

  The Spotlight Initiative (SI) is a global, multi-year partnership between European Union and United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030. Funded by the European Union, the Initiative is responding to all forms of violence against womenand girls, with a particular focus on domestic and family violence, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and harmful practices, femicide, trafficking in human beings and sexual and economic (labour) exploitation.

The Spotlight Initiative regional programme for Central Asia and Afghanistan managed from Kazakhstan (Almaty) in cooperation with all participating countries will harness the collective expertise, experiences, challenges and energy of gender equality advocates from the five Central Asian countries, as well as Afghanistan. It invests in the development of a Central Asia Alliance on SGBV, comprised of both government and non-governmental stakeholders, including parliamentarians, ministries and government departments, judiciary and police, civil society organisations, activists, survivors, youth, men and religious leaders. Through collective thinking and collective advocacy, Central Asia-specific models for legislative, policy and institutional reform will be developed that will be grounded in the international norms and standards guiding work on SGBV, including the CEDAW, the CRC and the Istanbul Convention. In addition, the Models will reflect the importance of gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) methodologies – including costing – to ensure prevention and response to SGBV and harmful practices is robust and in line with the Global agenda to leave no one behind. The Spotlight Initiative Pillar 6 aims at strengthening regional leadership, coordination, knowledge sharing and networking of women rights organizations to support CSOs collective and strategic engagement with governments and other actors within the broader Alliance for Central Asia on SGBV.

Women’s movement in Central Asia have been hampered by lack of resources, limited access to information sharing and limited platforms for dialogue both within countries and regionally. The lack of strong CSO coalitions in Central Asia, has created barriers to sustained collaborationbetween women's organizations beyond project-based activities and reduces the potential impact of each organization. There is a need for stronger sharing of CSO knowledge on lessons in SGBV programming, and exposure to promising global practices, which often is limited to larger NGOs or international NGOs. For this consultancy Spotlight Initiative Programme intends to procure services of an internationalconsultant who will facilitate the development of common vision and road map of Regional CSOs Network and identify the most suitable mechanism for hosting a knowledge platform.

Under the supervision of the SI Project Officer, the International Consultant is expected to facilitate the development of Regional Civil Society Organizations Network, including its common vision and road map, and identify the most suitable mechanism for hosting a knowledge platform. As a result of this facilitation, a regional CSO network, linked to the Central Asian Alliance, will be established, involving WROs, CSOs, activists and women’s rights defenders across the six countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, to strengthen the role of CSOs to strategically and collectively engage as accountability holders in their engagement with the Central Asia Alliance and other national and international platforms. Also, a virtual knowledge platform will be established to support remote knowledge exchange, sharing of best practices and joint development of advocacy strategies. This will also provide the space for CSOs to introduce and promote the scale up of innovations across countries.

Duties and Responsibilities

The International Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:1) Develop and submit detailed workplan with timeframe for desk review, facilitation of network development, identification of a virtual platform mechanism;2) Conduct a desk review of data related to forms of collaboration between CSOs in the Central Asia and Afghanistan, and prepare brief overview with concrete strategic recommendations and algorithm of action;3) Identify achievements, challenges, and examples of good international practices of CSOs’ networks, indicators for monitoring and evaluation of such networks. Develop matrix table; 4) Based on examples of best international practices and Analysis of existing forms of collaboration / networking in the region, facilitate a 3-day participatory workshop on Convening for the Regional Alliance for representatives from the six countries (F-2-F or online – TBD). Develop concept note, agenda, list of participants, handout materials for the training in English language with translation into 5 Central Asian languages. Simultaneous translation of the workshop will be provided by the organizers; 5) Facilitate design of a roadmap for the regional CSOs network as well as other parts of strategy (e.g. vision / purpose, goals, Steering Committee/board, membership, etc.) by the representatives from the six countries; 6) Identify the most suitable mechanism for hosting a knowledge platform that will support remote knowledge exchange, sharing of best practices and joint development of advocacy strategies, and as the space for CSOs to introduce and promote the scale up of innovationsacross countries. Conduct consultations with partners in the region and develop mechanisms for the virtual knowledge platform creation based on the principles of sustainability and adaptability.7) Finalize and submit a final report with relevant recommendations and supporting documents as attachments.

The International Consultant is expected to work from home and conduct online consultations with the SI Project Officer and local partners. The format of work on facilitation of the roadmap for the network and a 3-day participatory workshop on Convening for the Regional Alliance forrepresentatives from 6 countries will depend on the Covid-19 situation and be determined later. All deliverables are submitted to and approved by the SI Project Officer.

Required Skills and Experience

Competencies

Core Values:
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
Core Competencies:
  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
The selection process of consultant will be by following criteria: Education:- Advanced degree in Social Science, Research methods, Gender studies, Development studies, International Law, Public Policy and  Administration, and other related fields.

Experience:- At least 5 years of professional experience in the field of women’s movement building /CSOs Capacity Development (supporting materials or link to the site where the document is available to learn about the candidate’s experience);- Experience of coordinating and liaising with government agencies, managing multi stakeholders and multi-country environment;- Experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection methodologies and gender methodologies, including the field of elimination of violence against women and girls;- Proven experience conducting similar assignments including developing research, methodologies to assess virtual platform mechanisms, building CSOs network / coalition, monitoring and evaluation frameworks (supporting materials or link to the site where the document is available to learn about the candidate’s experience);- Experience with UN agencies and other international organizations, as well as with government agencies for promoting gender equality is an asset;- Previous experience of working in Central Asia and Afghanistan (desirable).

Languages:- Excellent writing and speaking skills in English and/or Russian. Knowledge of language/s ofCentral Asia and Afghanistan is an asset.

Evaluation process

Applicants must meet the above minimum qualification requirements which will be included in the technical evaluation process in the future.  The next stage of the assessment process will be maintained by cumulative analysis methodology of technical proposal (70%) and the financial proposal (30%) of the candidate.

Technical evaluation criteria:

Education

Advanced  degree  in  Social  Science, Research methods, Gender studies, Development  studies, International Law, Public Policy and Administration, and other related fields.

Professional work experience

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the field of women’s movement building / CSOs capacity development (supporting materials or link to the site where the document is available to learn about the candidate’s experience);
  • Experience of coordinating and liaising with government agencies, multi- stakeholders in multi-country environment;
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection methodologies and gender methodologies;
  • Proven experience conducting similar assignments including developing research, methodologies to assess virtual platform mechanisms, building CSOs network / coalition, monitoring and evaluation frameworks (supporting materials or link to the site where the document is available to learn about the candidate’s experience);
  • Experience with UN agencies and other international organizations, as well as with government agencies for promoting gender equality is an asset;
  • Previous experience of working in Central Asia and Afghanistan (desirable).
  Languages

Excellent writing and speaking skills in English and/or Russian Only candidates, who will accumulate at least 490 (70%) points of the maximum 700 points during the technical evaluation process, will be qualified for financial proposal*.

Application Process:

All documents should be sent including:

  • CV/ UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment
  • Technical proposal describing how the expected assignment will be performed. The technical proposal should also include:
    • supporting materials or link to the site where the document is available to learn about the candidate’s experience in CSOs networks / women’s movement building/ CSOs Capacity Building, research, methodology, M&E frameworks, etc;
  • a link to the resources developed by the candidate on gender analysis, virtual platform mechanisms research, CSOs capacity assessment, facilitated training / forums, etc.
  • Financial proposal, including a USD amount to include all costs and expenses the consultant will have to fulfill all tasks within the framework of this ToR.
Only candidates who have passed the preliminary selection will be informed.

Kindly note, that the system will only allow one attachment, hence all supporting document e.g. P11, CV must be scanned as one attachment. Applications without the completed UNDP P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

Women’s movement in Central Asia have been hampered by lack of resources, limited access to information sharing and limited platforms for dialogue both within countries and regionally. The lack of strong CSO coalitions in Central Asia, has created barriers to sustained collaboration between women's organizations beyond project-based activities and reduces the potential impact of each organization. There is a need for stronger sharing of CSO knowledge on lessons in SGBV programming, and exposure to promising global practices, which often is limited to larger NGOs or international NGOs. For this consultancy Spotlight Initiative Programme intends to procure services of an international consultant who will facilitate the development of common vision and road map of Regional CSOs Network and identify the most suitable mechanism for hosting a knowledge platform.

Under the supervision of the SI Project Officer, the International Consultant is expected to facilitate the development of Regional Civil Society Organizations Network, including its common vision and road map, and identify the most suitable mechanism for hosting a knowledge platform. As a result of this facilitation, a regional CSO network, linked to the Central Asian Alliance, will be established, involving WROs, CSOs, activists and women’s rights defenders across the six countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, to strengthen the role of CSOs to strategically and collectively engage as accountability holders in their engagement with the Central Asia Alliance and other national and international platforms. Also, a virtual knowledge platform will be established to support remote knowledge exchange, sharing of best practices and joint development of advocacy strategies. This will also provide the space for CSOs to introduce and promote the scale up of innovations across countries.

Under the supervision of the SI Project Officer, the International Consultant is expected to facilitate the development of Regional Civil Society Organizations Network, including its common vision and road map, and identify the most suitable mechanism for hosting a knowledge platform. As a result of this facilitation, a regional CSO network, linked to the Central Asian Alliance, will be established, involving WROs, CSOs, activists and women’s rights defenders across the six countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, to strengthen the role of CSOs to strategically and collectively engage as accountability holders in their engagement with the Central Asia Alliance and other national and international platforms. Also, a virtual knowledge platform will be established to support remote knowledge exchange, sharing of best practices and joint development of advocacy strategies. This will also provide the space for CSOs to introduce and promote the scale up of innovations across countries.

5) Facilitate design of a roadmap for the regional CSOs network as well as other parts of strategy (e.g. vision / purpose, goals, Steering Committee/board, membership, etc.) by the representatives from the six countries; 6) Identify the most suitable mechanism for hosting a knowledge platform that will support remote knowledge exchange, sharing of best practices and joint development of advocacy strategies, and as the space for CSOs to introduce and promote the scale up of innovations across countries. Conduct consultations with partners in the region and develop mechanisms for the virtual knowledge platform creation based on the principles of sustainability and adaptability.7) Finalize and submit a final report with relevant recommendations and supporting documents as attachments.

The International Consultant is expected to work from home and conduct online consultations with the SI Project Officer and local partners. The format of work on facilitation of the roadmap for the network and a 3-day participatory workshop on Convening for the Regional Alliance for representatives from 6 countries will depend on the Covid-19 situation and be determined later. All deliverables are submitted to and approved by the SI Project Officer.
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