National Consultant to support ISWS project visibility

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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. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN Women emphasize the prevention of VAWG through transforming negative social norms and strengthening the availability of services to women survivors of violence. UN Women Serbia partner with the government and CSOs to advocate for ending violence, increase awareness of the causes and consequences of violence, build capacity of partners and promote the need for changing norms towards advancing gender equality and women’s rights. By establishing the grounds on strengthening the capacities of professionals in protection and response to VAWG in line with the Istanbul Convention, in addition to support provided to women CSOs in enhancing legislative and policy environment on eliminating VAWG, UN Women in Serbia is promoting the zero tolerance towards VAWG policy.

Under the Project Improving Safety of Women in Serbia (ISWS), funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Serbia Office is working to ensure that women and girls in Serbia and Montenegro live in a society free from violence.

One of the main project results is related to supporting women’s civil society organizations to pilot innovative outreach programs for informing and communication with rural women and girls on prevention of and protection from violence. At the moment, 6 civil society organizations and the Commissioner for Protection of Equality (CPE) have received grants under the ISWS project.

In order to present project results, UN Women maintains regular communication with the donor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway. The donor is increasingly striving to present the results achieved in the ISWS project through its communication channels, which significantly strengthens the link between the donor and UN Women. On the other hand, CSOs and the CPE - project grantees achieve significant results related to empowering rural women to recognize and report violence and discrimination. Therefore, UN Women aspires to support grantees to increase the visibility of their results as well as to promote their work through its communication channels in a way that is most accessible to the general public. In this way, UN Women fulfills its educational role by informing the women and men about the harmfulness of gender discrimination and gender-based violence as the most serious form of violation of women's human rights.

The objective of this assignment contract is to support and advance donor-oriented communication activities and increase visibility of grantee’s project implementation. The consultant will assist UN Women Serbia office in informing the donor about the achieved results through different communication tools, as well as to support grantees and women’s CSO partners to increase the visibility of their project implementation, including providing support to UN Women communication team in promoting grantee’s achievements.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working under the overall supervision of the UN Women Project Officer and Communication Officer, the consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Inform the donor about the achieved results through innovative communication tools (i.e., data visualization, infographics, one-pagers, etc.);
  • Support grantees to increase the visibility of their project implementation through providing communication consultancies depending on the needs and communication skills of the grantee;
  • Provide advice and guidance to grantees to ensure a unified visual identity for all program activities, materials, and events. Oversee the qualitative aspects of production, (e.g., quality control, translations, reviews of layout and graphic design);
  • Support women's CSOs from Montenegro to increase the visibility of their achieved results based on the activities foreseen in the contract concluded with UN Women Serbia;
  • Support UN Women communication team in promoting grantee’s achievements (providing short success stories, event reports, social media posts, visuals, etc.);
  • Draft human impact stories and promote them in traditional and social media in visual appealing way.

Deliverables and Timeline

Deliverables

Timeframe

Report on communication support related to the grantees (approx. 10 pages in English)

15 January 2023

First report on communication support related to the donor (approx. 10 pages in English)

15 March 2023

First report on communication support related to the grantee and CSO partners (approx. 10 pages in English)

15 May 2023

Second report on communication support related to the donor (approx. 10 pages in English)

15 July 2023

Second report on communication support related to the grantee and CSO partners (approx. 10 pages in English)

15 September 2023

Final report on communication support provided to the donor, grantees, CSO partners and UN Women communication team including overall reach (approx. 10 pages in English)

15 November 2023

Competencies

Competences and Qualifications

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

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf

Functional Competencies****:

  • Good knowledge of gender equality and women's rights issues;
  • Ability to communicate sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies;
  • Good knowledge of web-based knowledge management systems;
  • Good understanding of production, graphic design and photography standards;
  • Good knowledge of social media platforms and experience in social media outreach;
  • Good knowledge of local country media landscape;
  • Good communication, presentation, networking and advocacy skills;
  • Ability to be strategic and analytical.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

Master’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, law, or gender studies.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in Serbia in providing visibility of projects funded by international donors;
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in creating different online media contents (i.e., speeches, articles, interviews, etc.);
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in providing communication support to project donor(s), including embassies (for example speeches and media content);
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in providing communication support to project grantee(s) (i.e., drafting different media content);
  • Experience in the field of gender equality, including combating gender-based violence and discrimination.

Language:

Fluency in English and Serbian (written and oral).

Application procedure:

The following documents should be submitted as part of the application:

In order to apply please merge your P11 and the financial proposal into a single PDF file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded.

Any request for clarification must be sent by standard electronic communication to the e-mail [email protected]

Evaluation of applicants****:

Consultants will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of qualifications and financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  1. Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  2. Having received the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.

Evaluation Criteria

Max points

TECHNICAL EVALUATION (70%)

Language

Requirements

Fluency in written and spoken English and

Serbian.

REQUIRED

Education

Master’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, law, or gender studies.

20

0: without relevant university degree

20: Master’s degree

Professional Experience

Minimum of 2 years of relevant Serbian experience in providing visibility of projects funded by international donors

10

0: without 2 years of experience

5: 2 years of experience

10: more than 2 years of experience

Minimum of 2 years of experience in creating different online media contents (i.e., speeches, articles, interviews, etc.)

10

0: without 2 years of experience

5: 2 years of experience

10: more than 2 years of experience

Minimum of 1 year of experience in providing communication support to project donor(s), including embassies (for example speeches and media content)

10

0: without 1 year of experience

5: 1 year of experience

10: more than 1 year of experience

Minimum of 1 year of experience in providing communication support to project grantee(s) (i.e., drafting different media content)

10

0: without 1 year of experience

5: 1 year of experience

10: more than 1 year of experience

Experience in the field of gender equality, including combating gender-based violence and discrimination

10

0: without relevant experience

10: with relevant experience

Total technical

70

Financial Evaluation (30%) – max. 30 points:

The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:

p = 30 (µ/z)

Using the following values:

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

µ = price of the lowest priced proposal

z = price of the proposal being evaluated

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

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