Technical Consultant - Ending Violence against Women and Girls (Directorate of Women Empowerment, Govt. of Rajasthan), Jaipur, India

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: India

Field location: Jaipur, India

Office: UNDP Jaipur, India

Closing date: Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Technical Consultant - Ending Violence against Women and Girls (Directorate of Women Empowerment, Govt. of Rajasthan) (Open to Indian Nationals Only)

Advertised on behalf of : Location : Jaipur, Rajasthan, INDIA

Application Deadline : 15-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)

Additional Category : Gender Equality

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : National Consultant

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Oct-2020

Duration of Initial Contract : One Year (20 working days per month)

Expected Duration of Assignment : One Year (20 working days per month)

Background

UN Women is the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. UN Women is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

All human development and human rights issues have gender dimensions. UN Women focuses on priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board. Five focus areas of interventions include ending violence against women; economic empowerment; leadership and participation; peace and security; and national planning and budgeting.

UN Women’s India Country Office, based in New Delhi, India, works on several fronts towards ending violence against women and girls. This includes tackling its main root cause: gender inequality. Interventions focus both on prevention as well as response mechanisms. Efforts are multiplied through advocacy campaigns and partnerships with governments, civil society, private sector and sister UN agencies. Initiatives range from working to establish legal frameworks and specific national actions, to supporting prevention at the grassroots level, including in conflict, post-conflict, humanitarian situations and building capacities of relevant stakeholders. UN Women supports data collection on violence against women, facilitating new learning on the issue.

The Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD), Government of Rajasthan and UN Women have collaborated to work collectively on the shared mandate of enhancing gender equality and women empowerment in the State. Under this collaboration, UN Women provides technical assistance to the DWCD’s initiatives to address issues of violence, through policy-based and community-level interventions.

Under the aforementioned collaboration joint initiatives have been designed to mainstream gender in the development processes, with a focus on the following area:

Capacity building of the State Government officials to strengthen mechanisms for gender equality and women’s empowerment particularly to address issues of violence against women and girls in public, private and work spaces.

Strengthening the gender-responsive implementation and monitoring of legislations and programmes such as Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013, Rajasthan Prevention of Witch-hunting Act, 2015, Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, Gender Biased Sex Selection, One Stop Centres, Mahila Suraksha evam Salah Kendras and 181 Women Helpline among others to bring transformational change in people’s attitudes and behaviours towards women and girls.

Enhance women’s and girls‘ rights to enjoy public spaces and services free from violence.

In this context, UN Women seeks to hire a Technical Consultant to provide support to the Government of Rajasthan.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Commissioner, Women Empowerment, Department of Women and Child Development and Programme Specialist, UN WOMEN, the Technical Consultant will undertake the following key tasks and other responsibilities as may be assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities

Technical advisory to DWCD on gender-responsive implementation of programmes:

Provide technical inputs from a gender perspective on policies, programmes and legislations which are proposed by the Department, having a bearing on the empowerment of women, particularly those relating to Ending Violence against Women and Girls (EVAWG) in private, public and workspaces, for instance on gender biased sex selection and declining child sex ratio, Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005, the Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013, Rajasthan Prevention of Witch-hunting Act, 2015 and safety of women and girls in public spaces, including online/cyber spaces.

Assist the Department in undertaking action on issues related to EVAW/G as per the mandate and priorities of the Department.

Assist the Department in framing and effective implementation of the Gender Action Plans.

Develop and propose recommendations for restructuring of schemes and programmes of the Department that provide institutional support to women in difficult circumstances, including women facing gender-based violence, to ensure greater access by women to these schemes and programmes.

Develop resources to build capacities of relevant stakeholders on addressing Violence Against Women and Girls (VAW/G), including facilitation of knowledge building and management of documents related to EVAW/G.

Prepare briefing notes and updates on the status of women in India and the state of Rajasthan, particularly on issues related to EVAW/G.

Prepare periodic progress reports of the work undertaken by the Department.

Strengthening coordination and implementation of DWCD initiatives to promote gender equality:

Provide technical assistance to Department of Women and Child Development to strengthen and expand the mechanisms to address issues of violence against women and girls in public, private and work spaces.

Coordinate and work with other nodal departments towards drafting of an action plan for mainstreaming gender in their existing programmes and policies.

Undertake and coordinate training programmes of state, district and sub-district level officials, protection officers, frontline functionaries of schemes and programmes on gender and EVAWG.

Coordinate on the programmatic implementation with relevant partner organisations and agencies in the state.

Coordinate for activities on EVAW/G with relevant team members within the Department and UN Women, and work with them in close collaboration to ensure successful implementation of the programmes. This will also include facilitating systematic coordination between UN Women and the Department of Women and Child Development, Rajasthan.

Conducting research and analysis

Collection and compilation of data on status of violence against girls and women, with a focus on priority programmes of the Department.

Collection and compilation of information on different socio-economic schemes meant for women empowerment.

Support conducting assessment of existing schemes, policies and programmes for their impact on women.

Informing policy formulations through evidence based research

Research and analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the state/country and preparation of substantiveinputs for relevant documents.

Follow up:

Preparation of monthly performance reports.

Any other duties assigned by Supervisor from time to time.

Deliverables:

Develop a workplan for UN Women to cooperate with the Rajasthan government on initiatives on women’s empowerment and gender equality particularly on ending violence against women.

Identify opportunities for co-funded collaboration with the Rajasthan government on issues of ending violence against women.

Developing action plan with the DWCD for gender mainstreaming of the development process in the state with specific focus on EVAW/G.

Facilitate and supervise trainings on ending violence against women and girls, with focus on select laws, policies and programmes for example (a) Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013; (b) Gender Biased Sex Selection; (c) Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005; (d) Rajasthan Prevention of Witch-hunting Act, 2015; (e) One Stop Centres; (f) 181 Women Helpline and (g) Safety of Women and Girls in the City.

Periodical reporting as agreed by the Department.

All the information related to the assignment.

Competencies

Core Values/Guiding Principles

Integrity:

Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Professionalism:

Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies

Ethics and Values:

Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation:

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Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

Work in teams:

Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others.

Conflict Management:

Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies:

Ability to perform a broad range of specialized activities aimed at effective and efficient functioning of the Programme unit including logistical support;
Ability to provide input to business process re-engineering, elaboration and implementation of new data management systems;
Creates, edits and presents information in clear and presentable formats, using appropriate IT functionality;
Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities;
Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints;
Ability to establish, build and sustain effective relationships with clients, demonstrating understanding of client’s perspective; anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly;
Ability to administer and execute financial processes and transactions;
Ability to manage data, documents, correspondence and reports information and workflow.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Masters degree in social sciences, women’s rights, international studies, law or any other related discipline.

Experience:

4 years of professional experience, preferably with the government or civil society sector;
Experience of working in women related projects would be desirable;
Experience of Government functioning;
Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills;
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) required and advance knowledge of spread sheet and database packages desirable.

Language:

Fluency in English and Hindi.

Application: Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site: jobs.undp.org

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:

All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/about-us/jobs

Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment, please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment;
Applications received after the close date will not be accepted;
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Evaluation and Selection Criteria

Criteria for shortlisting of CVs will be based on the following assessment:

Required Degree and Qualification (5 points);
Minimum Experience relevant to the assignment (5 points);
Working knowledge and experience of working on Gender (5 points);
Working knowledge and use of computers and its programmes/applications. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of spread sheet and database packages (5 points).

The evaluation process for selection of the candidate will be based on the following assessment:

Interview - 80 Points

Written Test - 20 Points

Please Note:

For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 65 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.

Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.

Note: In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.