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International Consultant - Women’s Access to Justice Strategy and Programme Advisor

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Deadline: Aug 24, 2022 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Thailand Thailand
Sectors: Gender, Human Rights Gender, Human Rights
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
Languages:
English English
Work experience: From 10 years
Date posted: Aug 18, 2022
Expected starting date: Aug 26, 2022

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Description

Background

UN Women is the United Nations entity 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. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities: (i) Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems; (ii) Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy; (iii) All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence; and (iv) Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action.

The Project “Enhancing Access to Justice for Women in Asia and the Pacific: Bridging the gap between formal and informal systems through women’s empowerment” is a five-year initiative that began implementation in 2018, thanks to the generous support of the Government of Sweden. The overall goal of the project is to enhance access to justice for women in formal and informal systems in Asia and the Pacific, bridging the gap between these systems through women’s empowerment and reduction of gender biases. In realizing this goal, the programme partners – UN Women, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and OHCHR – focus on achieving the following outputs: (1) Domestic laws adopted and court decisions are consistent with international human rights law and standards, including CEDAW; (2) Gender discriminatory attitudes and stereotyped behaviours towards women by formal and informal justice providers are addressed; and (3) Grassroots women’s organizations and community-based women’s organizations are empowered and well-positioned to document, monitor, liaise and facilitate interactions with formal and informal justice providers.

Access to Justice is a key cornerstone to enforce human rights granted to women and girls. Although there is a global trend to adopt legislative measures for implementing CEDAW obligations, women and girls still face numerous obstacles in pursuing their legal rights and holding justice systems accountable.

The fragility of achieves to advance Women’s Access to Justice has become apparent during the COVID-19 crisis when the dispute resolution mechanisms around the world came to a standstill. Efforts to shift cases to virtual platforms were often inconsistence and gender-neutral, and protection services for the increased rate of domestic violence victims were insufficient.

A comprehensive approach to justice and a long-tern vision to advance women’s rights is needed to eliminate any form of discrimination, to encourage active citizenship of women and to mobilize a critical mass of the population to advocate for change. Throughout 2021 and 2022, national and regional consultations were conducted and a regional Women’s Access to Justice vision paper and zero-draft Justice strategy was developed.

In this context, the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific will hire a consultant to provide strategic support to contextualize the draft strategy on women’s access to justice to the Asia-Pacific region. The consultant is expected to identify innovate justice solutions and/ or good practices in the region aligned to the global Justice Action Coalition goals and provide advise on scalability. In addition, the consultant will provide support to the Women’s Access to Justice team throughout the development of a new regional Asia-Pacific Women’s Access to Justice programme (2023-2028).


Duties and Responsibilities

UN Women seeks the services of a consultant as outlined above. Under the supervision of the Programme Specialist - Access to Justice, the consultant will be responsible for the following:

1. Provide strategic support to contextualize the draft strategy on women’s access to justice to the Asia-Pacific region.

Based on Asia-Pacific research, analysis and gathered statistics, contextualize the draft Women’s Access to Justice strategy to ensure relevance to governments, CSOs and development partners in the region.
Develop a publication explaining women’s access to justice aligned with the goals of the global Justice Action Coalition and relevant for the Asia-Pacific region.
Develop a Women’s Access to Justice framework that can be adopted by governments, CSOs and development partners.

2. Identify innovate justice solutions and/ or good practices in the region aligned to the global Justice Action Coalition goals and provide advice on scalability

In partnership with the programme team, identify innovative justice initiatives or best practices and develop strategies to implement scalable pilot projects.
Support the programme team with the preparation and execution of a regional Women’s Access to Justice conference to promote innovation and gender justice.
Conduct interviews with leading justice and innovation experts and develop content for the UN Women Asia-Pacific Women’s Access to Justice webpage as well as contributions to the Justice Action Coalition webpage.

3. Provide support with the development of a new regional Asia-Pacific Women’s Access to Justice programme (2023-2028).

Engage potential programme partners and facilitate brain-storming sessions to gather content for a regional Asia-Pacific Women’s Access to Justice programme (Phase II)
Support the drafting of the programme document and advice on management systems and structures.
Support the final evaluation of the current Women’s Access to Justice programme (Phase I)

Contract period and work location

From 26 September 2022 – 30 June 2023. The consultant will be home-based with 3 anticipated missions to Bangkok, Thailand. For travel on mission, travel costs and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) will be provided by UN Women. Travel Authorization will be granted to the consultant prior to the travel date.

Deliverables

Tasks

Deliverables

Targeted Date

Task 1:

Provide strategic support to contextualize the draft strategy on women’s access to justice to the Asia-Pacific region.

Based on Asia-Pacific research, analysis and gathered statistics, contextualize the draft Women’s Access to Justice strategy to ensure relevance to governments, CSOs and development partners in the region.
Develop a publication explaining women’s access to justice aligned with the goals of the global Justice Action Coalition and relevant for the Asia-Pacific region.
Develop a Women’s Access to Justice framework that can be adopted by governments, CSOs and development partners.

Task 2

Identify innovate justice solutions and/ or good practices in the region aligned to the global Justice Action Coalition goals and provide advice on scalability

In partnership with the programme team, identify innovative justice initiatives or best practices and develop strategies to develop scalable pilot projects.
Support the programme team with the preparation and execution of a regional Women’s Access to Justice conference to promote innovation and gender justice.
Conduct interviews with leading justice and innovation experts and develop content for the UN Women Asia-Pacific Access to Justice webpage, the A2J publication as well as contributions to the Justice Action Coalition webpage.

Task 3

Provide support with the development of a new regional Asia-Pacific Women’s Access to Justice programme (2023-2028).

Engage potential programme partners and facilitate brain-storming sessions to gather content for a regional Asia-Pacific Women’s Access to Justice programme (Phase II)
Support the drafting of the programme document and advice on management systems and structures.
Support the final evaluation of the current Women’s Access to Justice programme (Phase I)

1st:

1.1 A Women’s Access to Justice draft strategy with Asia-Pacific data aligned to Asia-Pacific context and regional specific entry points.

1.2 A progress report outlining the core content of the women’s access to justice publications (including scheduled interviews and graphic design needs).

1.3 Progress report outlining draft session for UN Women’s regional conference including session on innovation and technology, prevention, standardization and financing for justice.

30 November 2022

2nd:

2.1 Final Draft publication on Women’s Access to Justice.

2.2 Finalized session outline and talking points for regional Women’s Access to Justice conference (innovation and technology, prevention, standardization, financing for justice.)

2.3 Progress report on identification of pilot project on women’s access to justice.

2.4 Interview recording of at least 3 expert interviews captures in the UN Women publication and/ or for the UN Women webpage.

3rd:

3.1 Meeting reports of at least 2 sessions at the regional Women’s Access to Justice conference.

3.2 Progress report and outline on how to scale innovation for justice in the Asia- Pacific region through pilot initiatives.

3.3 Draft Women’s Access to Justice framework for government, CSOs and development partners.

3.4 Meeting reports from brainstorming sessions with A2J team and potential programme partner and submit draft programme document for the regional Women’s Access to Justice programme.

10 January 2023

15 April 2023

4th:

4.1 Virtual evaluation folder outlining the process of the Women’s Access to Justice strategy development.

4.2 Interview report with the evaluation team with specific focus on the development of the justice strategy and submit interview recording including interviews with expert and justice action coalition members.

4.3 Final framework for the regional Women’s Access to Justice strategy.

4.4 Final outline on justice innovation and country individual scalability strategy.

15 June 2023


Competencies

Competencies

Core Values

Respect for Diversity.
Integrity.
Professionalism.

Core Competencies

Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues.
Accountability.
Creative Problem Solving.
Effective Communication.
Inclusive Collaboration.
Stakeholder Engagement.
Leading by Example.

Functional Competencies

Knowledge of Women’s Access to Justice, Human Rights and Gender equality
Ability to pragmatically apply in-depth knowledge and experience of issues and practices in the fields of judiciary systems; legal reform; gender equality,
Strong skills and experience in presenting evidence and ideas for policy and programme.
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
Strong communications skills (written and oral)
Demonstrated experience in gender, legal and development-related research.
Leadership and skills to work with autonomy and initiative.
Knowledge of gender equality and women’s human rights in the Asia-Pacific region.
Strong knowledge of the UN system.


Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Qualifications

Master’s degree (or equivalent) in law.
Minimum of 10 years relevant and geographically diverse experience in the development sector with focus on women’s rights
Minimum of 7 years’ experience in development of strategies, plans and concepts, preferable for the UN systems.
Demonstrated experience of strategic planning across multiple countries and stakeholders.
Demonstrated experience in programme/ concept or strategy development in the field of women’s access to justice, preferable in the Asia-Pacific region.
Previous work experience with UN Women is an advantage.
Proficiency in English.

Payments

Each payment will be issued upon acceptance and approval of the deliverables stipulated in the table above by the Programme Specialist - Access to Justice ROAP. The expected deliverables will be done in close collaboration/supervision of UN Women personnel. Payments will be made in 4 installments responding to each deliverable.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis.

Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]

A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.

Technical qualification evaluation criteria:

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:

Technical Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score

1. Education

Master’s degree (or equivalent) in law

20%

2. Experience and knowledge

Minimum of 10 years relevant and geographically diverse experience in the development sector with focus on women’s rights
Minimum of 7 years’ experience in development of strategies, plans and concepts, preferable for the UN systems.

Demonstrated experience of strategic planning across multiple countries and stakeholders.
Demonstrated experience in programme/ concept or strategy development in the field of women’s access to justice, preferable in the Asia-Pacific region.
Previous work experience with UN Women is an advantage.

70%

3. Language and report writing skills

Proficiency in English.

10 %

Total Obtainable Score

100 %

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically qualified candidates who may be contacted for validation interview.

Submission of application

Interest candidates are encouraged to submit electronic application to hr.bangkok@unwomen.org, copy nichapa.athipan@unwomen.org not later than 24 August 2022, COB.

Submission package includes:

Updated CV, P11 History Form. The form can be found in Careers at UN Women | UN Women – Asia-Pacific
Financial proposal
A brief outline of the applicant’s approach to the development of a regional women’s access to justice publication including thematic areas such as people centered- gender responsive justice, legal technology and innovation and financing for justice.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Items

Amount (USD)

1.Lump Sum fee for the above listed four deliverables

(equivalent to daily fee x no. of days)

1st Deliverable:

1.1 A Women’s Access to Justice draft strategy with Asia-Pacific data aligned to Asia-Pacific context and regional specific entry points.
1.2 A progress report outlining the core content of the women’s access to justice publications (including scheduled interviews and graphic design needs).
1.3 Progress report outlining draft session for UN Women’s regional conference including session on innovation and technology, prevention, standardization and financing for justice.

2nd Deliverable:

2.1 Final Draft publication on Women’s Access to Justice.
2.2 Finalized session outline and talking points for regional Women’s Access to Justice conference (innovation and technology, prevention, standardization, financing for justice.)
2.3 Progress report on identification of pilot project on women’s access to justice.
2.4 Interview recording of at least 3 expert interviews captures in the UN Women publication and/ or for the UN Women webpage.

3rd Deliverable:

3.1 Meeting reports of at least 2 sessions at the regional Women’s Access to Justice conference.
3.2 Progress report and outline on how to scale innovation for justice in the Asia- Pacific region through pilot initiatives.
3.3 Draft Women’s Access to Justice framework for government, CSOs and development partners.
3.4 Meeting reports from brainstorming sessions with A2J team and potential programme partner and submit draft programme document for the regional Women’s Access to Justice programme.

4th Deliverable:

4.1 Virtual evaluation folder outlining the process of the Women’s Access to Justice strategy development.
4.2 Interview report with the evaluation team with specific focus on the development of the justice strategy and submit interview recording including interviews with expert and justice action coalition members.
4.3 Final framework for the regional Women’s Access to Justice strategy.
4.4 Final outline on justice innovation and country individual scalability strategy.

2. Other (please provide details as applicable)

Total Financial Proposal