National Consultant Legal Expert to Support CRSV mainstreaming in the national legal framework

  • Contract
  • Kyiv
  • Posted 3 weeks ago

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Background

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.

In Ukraine, UN Women is committed to delivering results across strategic priorities, exercising its triple mandate encompassing normative support, UN system coordination, and operational activities to mobilize urgent and sustained action to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. UN Women has long been actively supporting local priority areas in Ukraine from increased political participation to gender mainstreaming in public policy, and economic development.

Since the start of the Russian full-scale military invasion, Ukraine has rapidly emerged as one of the world’s most complex emergencies. Women, girls and LGBTIQ+ persons have been affected differently, have specific needs and different priorities for recovery. As of October 2023, 56% of the 3.7 million estimated IDPs are women. Women  make up 93% of the 4.6 million people returning to Ukraine.  Women face significantly increased safety and protection risks. Incidents of gender-based violence (GBV), particularly domestic violence and conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV), including trafficking in persons for sexual purposes have drastically increased. As of 1 February 2024, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission (HRMMU) documented 220 cases of CRSV (137 men, 77 women, 4 girls, 2 boys), and the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine recorded 270 cases of CRSV (96 men, 161 women, 12 girls, and 1 boy).

Since the beginning of the large-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, women, women-led civil society organizations and women human rights organizations are playing a crucial role responding to the humanitarian needs, often being the first responders to the needs and protection risks of the most affected by war women, men, girls and boys in the high risks areas. Many grass-roots women’s CSOs have been providing psychological support, protection counselling and free legal aid to survivors of CRSV and their families being the crucial resource of support at the local levels in particular in the locations where the GBV/CRSV survivors have been disrupted due to the war, referral pathways broken, women’s CSOs have stepped up mobilizing resources and providing the highly needed services to CRSV survivors at the community level. Furthermore, women’s CSOs have been instrumental in promoting social cohesion between displaced and host communities in Ukraine and have played a vital role in international advocacy for peace, recovery and reconstruction, including through reparations to CRSV survivors and other victims of the war.

On 3 May, 2022, Ms. Pramila Patten, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Ms. Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, signed a Framework of Cooperation between the Government of Ukraine and the United Nations on the prevention and response to conflict-related sexual violence, that supports the design and delivery of priority interventions in the areas  of justice and accountability as a central pillar of deterrence and prevention. The agreement also addresses comprehensive service provision for survivors, including sexual and reproductive health services, medical and specialized mental health services, legal assistance, and livelihood support. To implement the Framework of Cooperation (FoC) in coordinated way, the Government has created a thematic Working Group on preventing and response to CRSV under the Commission on Coordination of Activities of Central Executive Bodies on Equal Rights and Opportunities of Women and Men.

UN Women has worked closely together with government counterparts and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) to support the development of an Implementation Plan for the Framework of Cooperation (FoC), which was adopted by the Government of Ukraine in September 2022, and updated in 2023 by the Inter-Agency Working Group on CRSV to reflect recent developments. Under this plan, UN Women has committed to closely collaborate with Ukrainian authorities along with other UN entities, women civil society organizations and other relevant partners to support national CRSV prevention and support efforts.

The Ukraine Joint Programme on conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV), coordinated by the Office of the SRSG on sexual violence in conflict in cooperation with four UN entities in Ukraine (namely UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA and OHCHR) has been developed with the aim of strengthening the prevention and response to CRSV in Ukraine by reinforcing national mechanisms through the deployment of cross-cutting policy experts bringing a range of expertise on addressing CRSV from monitoring and reporting to security sector reform. These experts are being deployed both within the UN Country Team (UNCT) and as part of various institutions of the Government of Ukraine in order to contribute to building the capacity of the stakeholders involved in this sector and improving the availability of services to survivors of CRSV.

The Apparatus of Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine,  Ministry of Social policy of Ukraine and other members of the Inter-Agency Working Group on prevention and response to conflict-related sexual violence are supporting the Implementation Plan with a focus on five critical areas: (i) trafficking in persons for the purpose of sexual exploitation, (ii) provision of comprehensive assistance to survivors of CRSV, (iii) access to justice and accountability, (iv) strengthening the capacity of the security and defence sector to prevent and address CRSV, and (v) reparations and compensation. The Office of the SRSG-SVC co-chairs each of the inter-agency working groups dedicated to these themes together with UN Agencies in Ukraine and national counterparts. 

A Joint Secretariat comprising representatives of the Apparatus of the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy of Ukraine, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine and relevant UN entities will be established to support the Government’s Interdepartmental Working Group in developing and coordinating activities within the Implementation Plan. As a critical component of the Ukraine Joint Programme on CRSV, the Government of Ukraine identified the need to be supported by six national experts on CRSV to be deployed in four government institutions, namely: the Deputy Prime Minister’s office for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, the Apparatus of the Government Commissioner for Gender Equality and Policy of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the National Social Service of Ukraine. Concurrently, a team of Women Protection Advisers, led by a Senior Women’s Protection Adviser (SWPA) in the Office of the Resident Coordinator, will be deployed to support the UN Country Team in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions, especially resolution 2467 (2019), in support of the Joint Secretariat that is responsible for coordinating the overall implementation of the FoC, as co-signatories of the agreement, and its Implementation Plan.  Activities to achieve the expected results under the various workstreams will be implemented on the ground, in collaboration with the WPA Unit and the national experts deployed in the various Government entities for this purpose.

As part of this structure, and in addition to the six national experts originally envisioned, the Legal Expert will provide technical support to the Ministry of Social policy of Ukraine by contributing to the implementation of the Framework of Cooperation between the Government of Ukraine and the United Nations on the prevention and response to CRSV through mainstreaming CRSV provisions in the national legal and normative framework of Ukraine to ensure it is inclusive of CSRV considerations, and applies survivor-centred and trauma-informed approaches.

The consultant will be reporting UN Women, and will be supported by UN Women, who will be the point of contact on the contract and payment issues.

The incumbent will work in close cooperation and coordination with the National Consultant on GBV/CRSV Multi-stakeholder Coordination Specialist hired by UNFPA to support the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine within the scope of the UN Joint Programme on conflict-related sexual violence.

OHCHR, Situation of human rights in Ukraine: 1 August to 30 November 2023,

Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Statistics on CRSV cases.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Representative, the incumbent will work under the daily supervision of the Ministry of Social Policy, reporting to and working in close collaboration with the UN Women WPA (Women Protection Adviser), the National Consultant will provide technical support to the Ministry of Social policy, as the central executive body responsible for the development and implementation of state policy on domestic violence, gender-based violence and conflict-related sexual violence prevention and response. The National Consultant will develop a number of regulations in this area to ensure that CSRV considerations are integrated in the relevant state legal and normative documents to ensure that survivors of CRSV can benefit from survivor-centred state social policies, prevention and response. The National Consultant Legal Expert to Support CRSV mainstreaming in the national legal framework will contribute to the coordination activities and work of the Inter-agency working group on prevention and response to CRSV and their sub-groups for the realization of the Implementation Plan and developing implementation decisions to that end.

The assignment will include but not be limited to the following tasks developed and agreed in coordination with the Ministry of Social policy of Ukraine:

  1. Provide expert legal advice to the Ministry of Social policy on the relevant legal and normative frameworks to ensure CRSV considerations are mainstreamed and differentiated needs of CRSV survivors are integrated in these documents in coordination with UN counterparts through UN Women.
  2. Assist the Ministry of Social policy with providing inputs to the legal and normative framework related to CRSV and contribute to the work of Inter-agency working group on prevention and response to CRSV and the work of its sub-groups for the implementation of the Framework of Cooperation on CRSV by taking part in the work of the IAWG on CRSV on behalf of the Ministry, collecting CRSV-related data and providing inputs to the reports of the IAWG on CRSV.
  3. Hold internal and external consultations, fact-checking missions, and desk research of issues related to the activities of the Ministry of Social Policy work on CRSV and to the work of the Inter-agency working group on prevention and response to CRSV and its sub-groups.
  4. Contribute to the development of amendments to the Procedure for the interaction of stakeholders on prevention and combat of gender-based violence to ensure CRSV considerations are integrated in the Procedure.
  5. Contribute to the development of an analytical system for identifying and analyzing early signs of CRSV and human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
  6. Contribute to the development of the procedure and forms for collecting data on CRSV by actors providing services for CRSV prevention and response in compliance with ethical norms and confidentiality principles.

Consultant’s Workplace and Official Travel

  • This is an office-based consultancy (a full-time presence).
  • As part of this assignment, upon the prior UN Women approval, consultant might be requested to go on a working mission. If it is necessary for better performance of the assignment UN Women will arrange travel and these expenses will be covered separately to the consultant based on UN travel policy and applicable daily subsistence allowance rates.

Financial arrangements

  • Payments will be disbursed on a monthly basis upon submission of the monthly narrative reports by the Consultant and their endorsement by UN Women.
  • The level of remuneration will be established based on the UN salary scale.

Inputs

  • UN Women will provide the Consultant with background materials related to the assignment.
  • The consultant is expected to work using her/his own computer.

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 

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FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES: 

  • In-depth knowledge of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and CRSV issues, and international legal frameworks.
  • Legal expertise in the field of GBV and CRSV, knowledge of national legal framework on domestic and gender-based violence and CRSV
  • Proficiency in coordinating activities among interagency groups, commissions, and working groups.
  • Analytical skills, report writing.
  • Strong negotiation skills to navigate complex policy environments and drive consensus among stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build alliances, negotiate partnerships, and drive collaborative advocacy efforts.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public administration, law, human rights, gender equality, management, economy, social sciences or other related areas is required. 

Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in policy development and multistakeholder coordination.  
  • Experience in working with state authorities will be an asset.  
  • Experience in support and facilitation of multiple stakeholders’ activities and liaison with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, including development partners, and civil society organizations; experience with UN agencies will be considered as an asset; 
  • Proven knowledge on CRSV, gender equality and women’s empowerment frameworks. 

Languages:

  • Fluency in verbal and written English and Ukrainian is required.

How to Apply 

  • Personal history form P11 (P11 can be downloaded from: )
  • A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page)

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