This review is very specialized but I decided to add it because I have worked with some very talented reviewers who are qualified and might be interested.  (Thanks to Lyn McCoy)

Distrib. by: Central-Eurasia-L – Announcement List for Central Eurasian Studies

Location: Home-based

Application Deadline: 09-Jan-11

Type of Contract: SSA

Post Level: International Consultant

Languages Required: English

Starting Date: (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)  21-Jan-2011

Expected Duration of Assignment: 10-15 days depending on number of proposals to be reviewed


The UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against  Women (“UN Trust Fund”) was established through UN General Assembly Resolution 50/166 in 1996 with UNIFEM (part of UN Women) as its Administrator on behalf of the UN system. The UN Trust Fund is a leading global multi-lateral mechanism supporting national efforts to end one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world.  The UN Trust Fund’s annual grant-making process, through its widely publicized Call for Proposals, operates on core principles of ensuring an open, fair, transparent, competitive and merit-based process. The UN Trust Fund focuses on supporting country and local implementation of laws, policies and action plans to address violence against women, while maintaining flexibility in terms of responsiveness to a wide range of forms of violence, national and emerging priorities and needs, and diverse approaches. By 2010, the UN Trust Fund had supported 317 programmes in 124 countries and territories with over US$ 60 million.  On 23 November 2010, the UN Trust Fund launched its annual Call for Proposals for an eight-week period spanning 23 November 2010 – 20 January 2011 (see UN Trust Fund Call at 

 Online applications for proposals will be accepted from  governments, civil society organizations and United Nations Country Teams in English, French, and Spanish.  In this regard UNIFEM CIS (part of UN Women) Sub-regional Office is seeking the services of two short-term consultants to screen incoming applications through an online system and make recommendations based on criteria set forth by the UN Trust Fund.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant is expected to have sound knowledge of gender-based violence and will review applications submitted by governments and civil society organizations from the CIS region, which includes the following:

  * Verifying that each proposal complies with the elements stipulated in the 2010 Call document and cross-checking that all supporting documentation received is accurate

 * Providing an objective assessment of applications based on guidelines and criteria set by the UN Trust Fund

 * Recommending the top 10 applications (in collaboration with another consultant reviewing the same set of applications), and providing the necessary justifications for their selection

 * Providing a summary of recommendations for each recommended application, based on the Fund’s criteria and an assessment of the needs, quality, and rationale of the proposal

 * Preparing an introductory note for each of the countries where the recommended initiatives would be implemented. The note should include a brief country context, the relevant provisions against violence   against women in each country (legal framework and policies), and the main institutions involved in the implementation of these provisions

 * Preparing an analytical brief that documents trends and emerging topics in the field of violence against women as can be observed from the demand for UN Trust Fund resources specific to the region,    including highlighting any lessons learned or feedback from the application review process itself.


 Corporate Competencies:

 * Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standard

 * Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNIFEM (part of UN-Women)

 * Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

 * Proven ability to meet tight deadlines and work well under pressure

 * Knowledge of women’s rights and gender issues globally, expertise on violence against women programming

 * Communicates sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies

 * Familiarity with UNIFEM (part of UN-Women) and the UN system

 * Familiarity with goals and procedures of international organizations

 * Demonstrated excellent analytical and writing skills as well as spoken language skills in English (Russian would be an asset)

 * Ability to produce a high volume of quality content

 * Good knowledge of gender issues in CIS region

 * Expertise on violence against women programming

 * Prior experience in grant-making and in the United Nations System and/or non-governmental organizations is an asset

 * Understanding of programme cycle and monitoring and evaluation frameworks

* Knowledge of women’s organizations and governmental agencies working on women’s rights and violence against women around the world.

Required Skills and Experience

 * University degree in International Development Studies, Women  Studies or related Social Sciences field

 * Minimum of 5 years experience in the field of women’s rights.

 Application Process:

To apply please visit:

 All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UNIFEM Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from

Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment.   Applications without the completed UNIFEM P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. In the on-line application form please also insert a CV in English.  The application must be submitted not later than 9 January 2011.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.