Closing DateJun 13 2021
Date of Issue: 3 June 2021
Closing Date: 13 June 2021
SSA Announcement No. UNWOMEN/ICO/2021/011
*Open to Indian Nationals Only
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 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 and post-conflict situations, and building capacities of relevant stakeholders.
As part of its mandate to make private, public, worksites and cyber spaces safe and equal for women, girls, and other genders, the India Country office has been strategically working over the last year to better understand and draft its strategies to ensure that women’s rights, their needs, and priorities are highlighted in the cyberspace in India.
Since the COVID-19 lockdowns were imposed, internet users with limited digital skills have become more at risk to cyberviolence, including SGBV. Women, girls and sometimes boys are at a higher risk for different forms of online violence, such as physical threats, sexual harassment, stalking, zoom bombing and sex trolling. This has prompted the Government to address cyber violence through various policy and programmatic interventions. For instance, the central government is planning to tackle cyber bullying through targeted and customised responses across various districts in India. In addition, COVID-19 outbreak has uncovered the existing inequalities in families and society and exacerbated the structural factors that contribute to SGBV in its different forms such as domestic violence, intimate partner violence, violence against children (VAC), sexual exploitation and abuse, online and ICT facilitated violence, at different sites – private, public, work and online.
UN Women in partnership with other UN Agencies is implementing a programme titled ‘Protection of Women and Girls from Sexual and Gender Based Violence in times of COVID 19’ to prevent and respond to SGBV by scaling up and strengthening the ongoing interventions, given the impact of COVID-19. The programme interventions are anchored in the UN’s Human Rights approach and will fully consider the specific situations, perspectives, priorities and needs of women and girls in India. The objective of the project is to develop and implement an evidence based and human rights-based violence prevention programme aimed at protecting women and girls in India from sexual and gender-based violence and empowering them to use gender responsive and age sensitive essential services and recover from violence amidst the COVID19 pandemic.
In this context, UN Women seeks to hire a consultant to carry out awareness trainings on “Cyber Violence against women and girls and Cyber Safety”in select states. Under the guidance and supervision of the EVAW Programme Specialist and MPTF Coordinator, UN WOMEN, the Consultant will undertake the following key tasks and other responsibilities as may be assigned.
The Consultant will be responsible for the following:
Deliverable 1: A sessions plan for the workshop on Cyber Violence and Safety, including a power-point presentation on the training content that can be shared with the participants.
Deliverable 2: Delivery of virtual training programmes on Cyber Violence and Safety. Conduct training workshop- 2 virtual sessions per week in select states in India, as identified by UN Women.
Deliverable 3: Reports of each workshop including agenda, list of participants.
Deliverable 4: A pathway for a referral and redressal mechanism for the government partner (National and State level) for Cyber Safety to be drafted. The content of this prototype should include but not be limited to the following specific sections:
Deliverable 5: Report of the training sessions on Cyber Violence and Safety in the context of COVID19 Pandemic.
Core Values / Guiding Principles:
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
Ethics and Values:
Work in teams:
Communicating and Information Sharing:
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
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:
Evaluation and Selection Criteria:
Criteria for shortlisting of CVs will be based on the following assessment:
The evaluation process for selection of the candidate will be based on the following assessment:
Interviews (100 points)
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.