SSA Annoucement for the Consultant (Women`s Development)
UNIFEM South Asia Regional Office
Location: Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD)
Last Date: November 26, 2010
Announcement No. UNIFEM/SRO/SSA/2010/015
Starting date : 16 November 2010
Closing date : 26 November 2010
Organization: United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
Duty Station: New Delhi, India
Duration: Six Months initially
Type of Contract: SSA – (Short Service Agreement)
SSA ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE CONSULTANT (WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT)
AT MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT (MWCD)
India ratified the Convention on the Elimination of
All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 25th June
1993 with one Reservation and two Declaratory Statements. By accepting
the Convention, India has committed to undertake a series of measures to
end discrimination against women in all forms, including:
to incorporate the principle of equality of men and
women in their legal system, abolish all discriminatory laws and adopt
appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination against women;
to establish tribunals and other public institutions to
ensure the effective protection of women against discrimination; and
To ensure elimination of all acts of discrimination
against women by persons, organizations or enterprises.
The Government of India submitted its Initial Report on
measures adopted to give effect to the provisions of the Convention in
August 1998. The Committee considered the Report at its 22nd Session in
2000.India submitted its combined IInd and IIIrd periodic report in
October 2005 for the period between 1997 to 2005. This was considered by
the Committee at its 37th session in 2007. The combined IVth
and Vth periodic report is due in August 2010.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) is the
nodal Ministry within the Government of India (GoI) for monitoring the
implementation of provisions within CEDAW and reporting on the same to
the UN CEDAW Committee.
The CEDAW Committee in its concluding observations to Government
of India in January 2007 called upon the State party to undertake the
following with regard to violence against women:
Develop, in consultation with women’s groups, a
coordinated and comprehensive plan to combat all forms of violence
against women taking a life cycle approach
Take steps in partnership with states and union
territories to fully and consistently implement and enforce the Domestic
Violence Act and to ensure that all women victims of domestic violence,
including scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, backward class and minority
women, are able to benefit from the legislative framework and support
systems in place and that perpetrators are effectively prosecuted under
the Penal Code and adequately punished.
Sensitize public officials, especially law enforcement
officials, the judiciary, health-care providers and social workers to all
forms of violence against women, including domestic violence.
Collect adequate statistics on all forms of violence
against women be collected in a consistent manner
Provide information, disaggregated by caste, minority
status and ethnicity, in its next periodic report, on the number of cases
of domestic violence reported to the police and other relevant
authorities, the number of protection and other orders granted under the
Domestic Violence Act and the number of convictions of perpetrators of
domestic violence under the Penal Code.
Provide free legal services to poor and marginalized women
in rural and tribal areas in addition to urban areas and to monitor the
quality and impact of such services in regard to ensuring women’s access
to justice. Provide information about access of women, including
scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, backward class and minority women, to
free legal services and the scope and effectiveness of such services in
its next periodic report.
Widen the definition of rape in its Penal Code to reflect
the realities of sexual abuse experienced by women and to remove the
exception for marital rape from the definition of rape.
Criminalize all other forms of sexual abuse, including
child sexual abuse.
Consult widely with women’s groups in its process of
reform of laws and procedures relating to rape and sexual abuse.
Adopt appropriate measures to eliminate the practice of
witch-hunting, prosecute and punish those involved, and provide for
rehabilitation of, and compensation to, victimized women. Such measures
be based on an analysis of its causes, including control over land
Create public awareness of forms of violence against women
rooted in custom as an infringement of women’s human rights.
Put in place a mechanism to monitor effective enforcement
of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act
in order to ensure accountability and end impunity for crimes committed
against Dalit women. Increase Dalit women’s legal literacy and improve
their access to justice in bringing claims of discrimination and
violation of rights - to report specifically on the impact of such
initiatives in its next periodic report.
Ensure that adequate mechanisms and procedures for
effective implementation and monitoring of the Pre-conception and
Prenatal Diagnostic Technique (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act are
established, including safeguards to prevent criminalization of women who
are pressurized into seeking sex-selective abortions.
Initiate and monitor the reform of textbooks at the state
level to eliminate all gender-based stereotypes and to strengthen its
efforts, at the national, state and union territory levels, to combat the
widespread acceptance of stereotypical roles of men and women. It
recommends that gender issues and sensitivity training be made an
integral and substantive component of all teachers training.
Activities and Deliverables
Working under the supervision of Joint Secretary (Women
Development), MWCD the consultant
will undertake the following tasks:
Support the Ministry’s monitoring and reporting
commitments within CEDAW, which includes co-ordination with State
Governments and line Ministries/ Departments to collect relevant
information on the progress made in implementing the provisions of the
Convention/ recent Concluding Comments.
Provide inputs to the Ministry’s responses to periodic
submission of data and in preparation of material to aid the
participation of the Government in various global events like the CSW/MDG
Provide technical support to the Ministry in adapting
successful interventions / good practices in the realm of women’s
empowerment for e.g. - Safer Cities Programme.
Support the Ministry’s work on implementing legislations
Support the Ministry’s engagement in bilateral and
multilateral forums like the Women’s Empowerment Forum with the United
States of America and the Women’s Forum within the India- Brazil- South
Africa (IBSA) forum.
Support the Ministry’s performance management work through
periodic documentation of its functions and targets.
Strengthen institutional capacity of the Ministry with
respect to CEDAW monitoring and reporting by streamlining the maintenance
and filing of relevant information and communication received by the
Follow up on capacity assessment on CEDAW.
Ministry of Women and Child Development
increased their capacity to integrate gender equality into National
(Development) Strategies, laws, and policies
Evidence of Ministry of Women and Child Development
ability to mobilize other government actors around gender equality
Capacity assessment that demonstrate changes in knowledge,
skills & abilities of MWCD
Required Competencies and Skills
Postgraduate in social sciences, law or related field
preferably having worked closely with Government departments
Good knowledge of programming on gender and women’s rights
Minimum 5-7 years of
Should be prepared to travel to participate in
consultations with various stakeholders.
Should be well versed with the use of computers and its
Strong analytical and writing skills in English;
Ability to work independently and with minimal
Monitoring of assignment
The consultant will be supervised by Economic Advisor,
Applications to this vacancy
should be sent to:
Mentioning “SHORT TERM
CONSULTANT – WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT
in the subject line. The last date for receipt of
applications is COB 26 November 2010.
Candidates should also
complete a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11), available at (
The completed P-11 form and detailed CV should be submitted along with
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
15 January-2 February 2007. Concluding comments of the
Committee on the Elimination