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Consultant (Thematic Assessment) - open to all Nepali citizens
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Last Date: March 31, 2011
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO. UN WOMEN/NEP/2011/002
Date of Issue: 23 March 2011
Closing Date:31 March 2011
Post Title : Consultant (Thematic Assessment)
Organization : UN Women
Duty Station : Kathmandu, Nepal
Type of Contract : Special Service Agreement
Duration : One month
This vacancy is open to all Nepali citizens. Preference will be given to
equally qualified women candidates, especially from excluded groups such as
Dalits, Janajati, Madeshis, etc.
The UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the
United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and
girls; the empowerment of women and the achievement of equality between women
and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian
action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its
efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to
ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate
into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership
in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective
partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women Nepal has been able to make significant contributions in achieving
gender equality and women’s empowerment by adopting rights based approach and
using empowerment framework. In its efforts towards addressing issues related to
women's human rights, empowerment of women and gender equality, UN Women Nepal
has partnered with several line ministries of the government, UN agencies, other
development partners, civil society organizations, academia and media. It is
also working with non-conventional partners such as men and boys, youth and
faith based organizations for women’s empowerment and gender justice.
UN Women’s support for implementation of international instruments is packaged
by adopting a triple role: advocacy, brokering and capacity building of
stakeholders. In partnership with the National Planning Commission, Ministry of
Women, Children and Social Welfare, Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction,
Ministry of Local Development, Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Labour
and Transport Management of the Government of Nepal, UN Women has been promoting
gender equality and gender justice.
UN Women Nepal also invests dedicated efforts in capacity development of
partners in its programme implementation strategy. The collaboration with the
SAARC Secretariat on spearheading the SAARC Gender Info Base (SGIB) Project, a
regional project covering the eight Member States of SAARC is a flagship
programme which includes VAW, HIV/AIDS and feminization of poverty as its
To strengthen the collaboration with UN and Donor Agencies, UN Women
participates in a number coordinating mechanisms including Peace Support Working
Group on UNSCRs 1325 & 1820, UN Gender Theme Group and the UN Joint Team on
HIV/AIDS. UN Women Nepal also hosts the Secretariat for awarding the grants for
the UN Trust Fund on VAW and holds regional PAC in Nepal.
UN Women’s current strategic approach is targeted towards the following five
Expanding women’s voice, leadership and participation
Ending violence against women
Strengthening implementation of women’s peace and security agenda
Enhancing women’s economic empowerment
Making gender equality priorities central to national, local and sectoral
planning, budgeting and statistics
Under its thematic priority area, Expanding women’s voice, leadership and
participation, UN Women’s programme
on its past
work and emphasizes on increasing participation and representation of women in
the decision making processes. In the context to the new opportunities provided
by ongoing political transformation process, UN Women will continue to work with
government functionaries, political parties, the Constituent Assembly, UN
agencies and civil society organizations to come up with a gender sensitive new
Constitution. UN Women’s work in promoting access to justice to women will also
focus on the transitional justice mechanisms. UN Women has been supporting the
government of Nepal and civil society organizations to promote implementation of
UNSCRs 1325 and 1820.
In this context, UN Women has been executing the programme titled “Making
Politics Work with Women (MP3W)” with the overall goal of achieving gender
equality in democratic governance in Nepal. This programme has been implemented
in partnership with the government, civil society, media and private sector
organizations. To contribute to realizing this goal, the programme
interventions have been primarily geared towards enhancing women’s
representation and participation in political and peace processes and ensuring
gender sensitive new constitution. This programme has been operational at the
national level as well as district levels. While the national level activities
are geared towards strategic results relating to engendering policy and legal
frameworks and the capacity enhancement of duty bearers, the district level
interventions are primarily focused on strengthening the capacity of rights
holders to enable them to effectively articulate their demands, and claim and
exercise their rights. The district level interventions have been primarily
concentrated in Kailali, Kaski and Kathmandu districts.
Prior to the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections, the Ministry of Women,
Children and Social Welfare (MWCSW) in collaboration with UN Women and civil
society organizations supported a number of interventions for increasing women’s
political participation. The important ones include lobbying with and
mobilization of strategic partners, engendering of the Election Act, lobbying
and advocacy for increased women's representation in the CA, civic education,
capacity building of potential women candidates, engendering the TRC Bill,
preparation of a gender sensitive model Constitution and taking forward UNSCR
After the historic achievement of about 33% women's representation in the
Constituent Assembly and building upon the accomplished results, programme
interventions have been focused on strengthening the roles of women and men
members of the CA through their meaningful participation in the CA deliberations
and thereby, contributing to the drafting of a gender sensitive new constitution
of Nepal; capacity enhancement of rights holders to effectively articulate their
priorities and demanding accountability from duty-bearers, all contributing
towards the realization of gender equality in democratic governance in Nepal.
For capacity enhancement of rights holders, two important initiatives
implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Women, Children and Social
Welfare (MWCSW) include civic education and promotion of Women’s Political Watch
Groups (WPWGs). The objective of the WPWGs was to demand accountability and
commitment from politicians and political parties to gender equality and women's
rights. The WPWGs were to advocate for selection of women candidates prior to
the elections and in the post election period, monitor government’s fulfillment
of election promises on gender equality and women’s rights particularly related
to service delivery and justice.
Prior to the CA elections, the civic education programme focused on enhancing
awareness on gender equality issues and women's participation in elections. Post
CA elections, the focus of the civic education programme has been on emerging
issues relating to constitution building, gender equality, women's human rights,
and gender based violence against women and girls.
In the three programme districts, WPWGs were formed and provided orientation in
March 2008. In the pre-election phase, these groups were supported and mobilized
to act as catalysts for women candidates, highlighting platforms addressing
women’s needs, especially in service delivery and justice delivery. During
elections, the political watch groups were mobilized for monitoring purposes
towards violence-free and fair elections.
Post CA elections, capacity development trainings have been provided to these
district level WPWGs to enable them to effectively function as an institution;
to advocate for gender equality in governance and political processes in
particular related to the enactment of a, gender sensitive new Constitution for
Nepal, formulation of gender responsive policies and programmes, and gender
responsive service and justice delivery; and to effectively monitor the
performance of elected representatives, political parties and other relevant
duty bearers in advancing the agenda of gender equality and gender justice.
These Watch groups have carried out several awareness and advocacy consultations
in their respective districts with guidance and support from the Women
Development Offices (WDOs) under the MWCSW.
The above-mentioned initiatives – civic education programme and promotion of
WPWGs – have been implemented for the past two years in 3 programme districts.
It is important to assess the implementation and achievements of these
initiatives and document the processes and lessons learnt to improve their
effectiveness in the long run and identify elements that can be scaled up to
other districts. In the light of this, UN Women Nepal requires the services of a
consultant with a strong background in monitoring and evaluation combined with
experiences in women’s empowerment and gender equality issues, to assess the
civic education and activities of the Women Political Watch Groups.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the UN Women Programme Coordinator,
Nepal, and in consultation with the Programme Support Manager, the consultant
will undertake a rapid assessment of the initiatives on civic education and
Women’s Political Watch Groups in three MP3W Programme districts. The objectives
of the assessment are to: i) appraise the appropriateness of the design and
implementation strategy of civic education and Women’s Political Watch Groups;
ii) document the processes adopted in the implementation of these initiatives;
iii) identify the constraints faced during the implementation of these
initiatives; iv) document and analyze the lessons learnt; and v) make
recommendations for improving the effectiveness of these initiatives.
The Consultant will be responsible for the following:
Desk review the following documents:
UNIFEM’s Strategic Plan (SP 2008-2011) and South Asia Sub-Regional Strategy
Project document and progress reports of MP3W programme
Project documents and progress reports of other UN Women programmes
Relevant annual reports of UN Women
Design study methodology and survey tools (checklists, interview guides, etc)
with focus on participatory process for collection of the needed information.
Some of the proposed methods for information collection include key informant
interviews, focus group discussions, observation of WPWG activities if
possible and other interactive meetings involving pertinent stakeholders
at the central and district levels.
Based on the results of tasks 1 and 2, prepare a detailed work plan with
timelines for completion of the study and an initial outline of the report.
Discuss the methodology and survey tools with the UN Women team and MWCSW for
Collect the needed information through agreed upon methodology including field
Analyze the collected information and prepare the draft study report.
Submit the draft report and make a brief presentation on study findings to UN
Women (Nepal and SASRO) and MWCSW for observations and comments.
Finalize the draft report incorporating the pertinent comments and
suggestions made by UN Women staff from Nepal, SARO and HQ (Asia/Pacific/Arab
States Geographic section and the Governance, Peace and Security section) and
Submit a hard copy together with the electronic version of the final report to
UN Women Nepal.
At least a Master’s
degree in social science (Gender and development, sociology, economics,
political science or related field)
At least 10 years of experience in design and execution of development
programmes, especially focusing on women’s political empowerment and broader
democratic governance processes
Strong background in monitoring and evaluation
Experience in human rights based approach and results based management
Strong analytical and writing skills in English
Good understanding of UN Women’s work in the region, especially in Nepal
Strong knowledge of various software including MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
Knowledge and Skills
commitment to UN Women’s mission, vision and values
Displays cultural, gender, religious, ethnicity and age sensitivity and
Knowledge Management and Learning
Shares knowledge and
experience through promotion of participatory learning process
towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice
areas; and acts on learning plans and applies newly acquired skills
Development and Operational Effectiveness
perform a variety of tasks (multi tasking) related to programme development and
Good knowledge of
rights-based approach and result-based management
Ability to generate
innovative ideas and approaches; and to provide inputs in developing programme
policies and strategies
Leadership and Self-Management
Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
knowledge of English and Nepali, both written and spoken. Good knowledge of
local languages will be desirable.
Applications to this vacancy should be addressed to:
Ms. Sangeeta Thapa
UN Women Programme Coordinator, Nepal
102/42 Thapathali, Kathmandu
UN Women Programme Office, Nepal
Candidates should also complete a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11), obtainable from the UN website. The completed P-11 form and/or detailed CV should be submitted along with the application.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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