Consultant to deliver a high quality PRODOC for approval at UNIFEM HQ to initiate work on widows in the region and undertake preliminary action for its implementation
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
Location: New Delhi
Last Date: July 10, 2010
UNIFEM South Asia Regional Office
D-53 Defence Colony
New Delhi, India - 24
Starting date : 1 July
: 10 July 2010
deliver a high quality PRODOC for approval at UNIFEM HQ to initiate work on
widows in the region and undertake preliminary action for its implementation
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
Duration : 60
Working Days over Six Months
Type of Contract : SSA – (Short Service
Discrimination against and abuse of widows of all ages and single women in
general, transcends differences such as geographical location, culture,
religion, and ethnic identity, and occurs irrespective of their economic or
education status, class or caste.
value systems in South Asia have been considered for long as consisting of
strong bonds of kin group solidarity and cooperation. However, recent
empirical research in Asia is uncovering information about islands of
marginalisation within this fabric of kinship. One such group that requires
urgent attention consists of widowed women. As the UN DAW report titled
“Widowhood: Invisible women, secluded or excluded?” says:
“It can be said that there is
no group more affected by the sin of omission than widows. They are painfully
absent from the statistics of many developing countries, and they are rarely
mentioned in the multitude of reports on women’s poverty, development, health or
human rights published in the last twenty-five years. Growing evidence of their
vulnerability, both socio-economic and psychological … now challenges many
conventional views and assumptions about this “invisible” group of women.”
India alone is estimated to be home to about 35 million widowed women.
In Nepal this figure is estimated to be 800,000.
Similarly, the Government of Sri Lanka estimates that around 50,000 widows (many
of whom are below 40 years of age) live in the eastern province alone, of which
about 40% were widowed in the decade-long war in the country.
In addition to their large numbers, a cause for grave concern with regard to the
human rights of widows is the social stigma and subordinate position faced by
them in society, often leading to conditions for both emotional and physical
violence. Widowhood is often marked by social ostracism, customs that reinforce
physically visible signs of widowhood. As stated by Chen “...they are not
allowed to wear "red and bright" clothes and are not allowed to be present
during "auspicious occasions".
In some places, widows are not allowed to talk to other men, so they naturally
feel inferior and lose their self-confidence.” A study by the Guild of Service
was supported by UNIFEM in 2002 on the status of widowed women in VRINDAVAN in
Uttar Pradesh – a city known as the city of widows. The study found that 82% of
surveyed widows moved to VRINDAVAN
as their husbands had left them no savings, 65% said they owned no property, and
only 50% of those who did own property said they were able to access it.
Widows are most often also denied their economic rights. Chen’s study in India
reveals that as many as 67% of the widows studied lived in their marital
village, 27% lived in their natal village and 6% lived in another village. Thus,
only 3% of these widows continued to live with their in-laws. Chen found that
63% of these widows were living in households headed by them.
Similarly, for only 11% of the widows surveyed were their husband’s assets the
main source of income.
The scenario of public entitlements targeted for widows is no less dismal. Most
entitlements are channelled through the head of the household – generally
perceived by many development functionaries to be a male. Social security
schemes designed specifically for widows (e.g. widow pension schemes) are not
reported to reach a large number of widows because of age/poverty caps or
quotas. Awareness of these schemes is another major gap. A study of widows in
Sri Lanka found that most widows were unaware of any schemes that had been
designed for their welfare.
are often the sole supporters of families and play an important role in bringing
about development, peace and justice in their countries. Widows are often
discriminated against on the basis of cultures, traditions and religions, and
many of these practices are oppressive and abusive to the widows. Widows are
also more vulnerable to other dangers in society, such as HIV and AIDS. It is
time to address the discrimination widows’ face in society.
South Asia has developed project proposal to work with this particular category
of the exceptionally excluded group in three countries in South Asia over the
next three years. These countries are India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The project is
“Empowerment of widows and their coalitions”
problems that UNIFEM, South Asia aims to address through the implementation of
this project are:
Inadequate evidence on stigma and marginalisation of widows in South Asia to
guide design and implementation of programmes for widows;
in design and implementation of national programmes relevant to needs and
rights of widows; and
Inadequate capacities of groups representing rights of widows to influence
policies and programmes in favour of widows.
Responding to these problems the results that this project aims to achieve are:
By 2020, widows
in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka
are empowered to
exercise their economic, political, legal, social and cultural entitlements with
dignity and become agents of change.
By 2015, research and data systems in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are
strengthened to generate greater quantitative and qualitative evidence on
stigmatization and marginalization of widows.
Output 1.1: By 2015, research network on issues of widows formed and
becomes operational in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka
Output 1.2: By 2015, increased data and research is made available on
social, economic and political status of widows in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka
Outcome 2: By 2015, coalitions representing widows’ groups in
Nepal, India and Sri Lanka identify and successfully advocate with their
governments to address gaps in design and implementation of select national
programmes relevant to widows.
Output 2.1: By 2015, select national policies and programmes related to
widows in South Asia are reviewed and gaps identified for advocacy
Output 2.2.: By 2015, coalitions of widows’ groups advocate for enhancing
design and delivery of select national programmes relevant to widows in India,
Nepal and Sri Lanka in their favour
By 2015, coalitions representing widows' groups in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka
are strengthened and their capacities enhanced for advocacy and demanding
accountability from duty bearers in favour of widows.
Output 3.1: By 2015, groups representing widows have advocated for and
achieved increased representation in decision making bodies in select national
programmes in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka.
project will also feeds into UNIFEM Strategic Plan Outcomes and also clearly
A Life Free of
Violence: Unleashing the Power of Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality:
Strategy 2008–2013 of UNIFEM that outlines preventing and
responding (protecting) as key domains of intervention to counter violence
2. Need for a Consultant:
is now in the process of hiring a consultant to develop and deliver a final
draft of comprehensive PRODOC for approval by UNIFEMs’
Project Appraisal Committee to initiate work on widows in the region. This
will be based on the following:
Existing concept note that was preliminarily developed,
Queries and inputs raised by the HQ,
Sub-regional strategy for South Asia,
PRODOC format and requite documentation for UNIFEM Project Approval Committee
Inputs that were received from the different stakeholders and experts from the
available documents like the Widows’ Charter, the Kathmandu Declaration of
June 2010, etc.
Available national, regional and international conventions and policies that
may impact widows, etc.
UNIFEM EVAW Strategy: A Life Free of Violence: Unleashing the Power of
Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality: Strategy 2008–2013.
consultant is also expected to undertake preliminary action for the
implementation of this project for a period of the first four months in
coordination with other UNIFEM colleagues in the South Asia Regional Office.
The consultant is expected to work in close coordination with UNIFEM
colleagues in the South Asia Regional Office and HQ
to develop a high quality PRODOC for approval at UNIFEM HQ to initiate work on
widows in the region.
Post-PAC Approval: The consultant will work closely with UNIFEM staff in the
South Asia Regional Office to develop a strong implementation plan for the
project and initiate the process of implementation of the same. This will be
undertaken for a period of four months after which the Programme Officer (VAW)
will take over the same and carry forward all tasks as planned.
comprehensive PRODOC (along with the project Logical Framework Analysis ,
Project Budget, NGO Check-list and all other relevant attachments) for
approval for implementation of the said project by the UNIFEM HQ PAC in hard
and soft copy
12-15 slide PowerPoint presentation for PAC presentation.
project implementation plan for the suitable execution of the project.
monthly reports for the implementation of the project (especially focussing on
the results as per the approved project implementation plan.
the 15th of July 2010 to 31st of December 2010
Pre-PAC Approval: Development and successful submission of the PRODOC for
approval to HQ PAC = 20 days.
Post-PAC Approval: Initiate the process of implementing the project and
support the UNIFEM, South Asia Regional Office on the same = 10 days each
month x 4 months = 40 days.
number of working days: 60 days.
Experience and Skill Set:
Masters Degree in Gender Studies, International Development Business
Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social
Sciences or related field.
At least ten years of relevant experience at the South Asia regional or
international level. Extensive experience in human rights based programming,
results based management frameworks, development research and programming on
Violence against Women is a must.
Experience of working within the UN system as a consultant. Experience of
successfully working on Research Studies individually or as a team.
Fluency in English is a must. Writing skills must be at the highest order.
will be commensurate with the experience of the applicant. Please mention the
expected per day consultancy rate in your application letter.
assignment will be supervised by the EVAW Programme Officer of UNIFEM, SARO,
under the guidance of the Senior Policy Adviser.
send in your detailed resume, a completed UN P11 form along with a sample of a
programme document prepared by COB Tuesday, the 10th of July 2010 to
Criteria for selection:
on the above specified experience and skill set the emphasis with regard to
criteria for selection will be given to consultants who have actually undertaken
project development work as well as implementation of multi-stakeholder
initiatives. Consultants who have worked with the UN system will be given
applicants should apply for the vacancy, using the “Personal
History Form - P 11” and the latest CV.
Application to this vacancy should
be sent to
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NOTE : Only short-listed candidates
will be contacted.