Individual consultant – Project Coordinator


Project Title: Challenging Gender Stereotypes and Practices in the EaP countries

Position: Individual consultant – Project Coordinator

Agency: UNFPA

Projects Background: 

A number of challenges to gender equality exist in the Eastern European and Central Asian Region, including high prevalence rates of violence against women, gender biased sex selection, child marriage, an unequal distribution of household responsibilities among men and women, limited economic opportunities for women, a gender wage gap, and a wave of conservative sentiments spreading throughout the region where the complex interplay of different factors, including patriarchal social norms, confine women mainly to their reproductive and maternal responsibilities.

The overall objective of the three-year Joint Programme “Challenging Gender Stereotypes and Practices in the EaP Countries”, implemented by UNFPA and UN Women at the regional and national levels, is to address these issues and strengthen equal rights and opportunities for women and men, through shifting social perceptions, gender stereotypes and men’s participation in caretaking. Most specifically, the Programme aims at shifting societal perceptions around gender stereotypes and patriarchal norms limiting women’s rights (Objective 1); improve men’s involvement in care-taking of their children and participation in father’s programmes (Objective 2); and spur the adoption of best practices in perpetrator’s programmes among the ministries of social affairs and Programme for perpetrators in the respective countries (Objective 3). Specifically, the regional component collates global and regional experiences to coordinate activities that will have an impact across all six countries within this proposal, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

The Azerbaijani share of the programme targets government bodies, civil society organizations, and direct beneficiaries in the communities. It envisions a series of intervention strategies designed to contribute to the respective governments’ efforts in advancing gender equality, including promoting social change and addressing the underlying structural gender barriers and norms with particular emphasis on the phenomena of domestic violence and son preference, as well as changing gender stereotypes and improving gender sensitiveness on the related family policies, all by introducing innovative practices in the framework of the national priorities and the respective international normative charters. The programme proposes to collaborate, particularly at the local and community level, with government bodies, civil society organizations, different non-traditional partners and other UN agencies and multilateral organizations.

This project is led by UNFPA in close partnership with UN Women. UNFPA is globally recognized as leading agency in the area of gender equality and prevention of harmful practices against women and girls and has a long experience of addressing challenging gender stereotypes and practices, affecting social change and advancing women’s and girls’ empowerment in the country.

This is a Regional Programme funded by the European Union, UNFPA and UN Women.



Hiring Office: UNFPA Azerbaijan Country Office (UNFPA CO)
Purpose of consultancy: The Gender Equality Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordination and management of all project components
Scope of work:



·       Ensure efficient management and implementation of the project in accordance with the Project Document, Workplans and the Budget;

·       Conduct regular monitoring of project progress against agreed work plans and log-frames;

·       Supervise the work of project consultants and sub-contractors;

·       Prepare and participate in regular work planning and progress reporting meetings with the project staff, donor and partners;

·       Ensure effective use of all project resources;

·       Ensure programme/financial accountability for implementation of the project;

·       Plan, oversee, implement, monitor and report on all activities of the project;

·       Prepare narrative and financial reports in accordance with reporting procedures and timelines;

·       Ensure complementarity of actions and lessons learnt across the project;

·       Establish good working relationships with related Government officials, CSOs, gender and advisory groups, regional and local authorities and international partners in order to advocate for the achievement of project goals and objectives and ensure information exchange and coordination in the area of GBV;

·       Ensure that project activities are carried out in accordance with national policies and with a culturally-sensitive and human rights based approach;

·       Carry out other duties and tasks as deemed necessary by the Programme Analyst (Gender).

Duration and working schedule: The consultancy envisions a total of 33 months of engagement split into three 11-months periods and two one-month breaks in service.
Place where services are to be delivered: Baku, Azerbaijan

Frequent travel to the project cites will be required

Delivery dates and how work will be delivered (e.g. electronic, hard copy etc.): ·       The consultancy fee will be paid on a monthly basis, based on successful submission of all deliverables and implementation of all related activities as defined by the Programme Analyst (Gender)
Monitoring and progress control, including reporting requirements, periodicity format and deadline: ·       The progress and final reports will be submitted for the attention of UNFPA CO
Supervisory arrangements: The expert will work under overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Programme Analyst (Gender)
Required expertise, qualifications and competencies, including language requirements: ·       University Degree in gender studies, human rights, or other related field;

·       At least 5 years of professional experience relevant to design, implementation and monitoring of projects/programmes on gender equality;

·       Excellent oral and written communication skills;

·       A working knowledge of Azerbaijani and English is required;

·       Proficiency in using computer applications (Microsoft Office, email/internet, other IT applications);

·       Previous experience with UNFPA and/or other international organizations will be considered an asset

Inputs / services to be provided by UNFPA or implementing partner (e.g support services, office space, equipment), if applicable: UNFPA CO will provide necessary support to the expert at all stages of the activity.


How to apply:

  • The candidates willing to apply need to send their P11 document by e-mail with a subject of “Gender Equality Project Officer” to the contact person indicated below no later than February 24th, 2020:

Note: Women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

  • The candidates willing to apply need to send their P11 document by e-mail with a subject of “Gender Equality Project Coordinator” to the contact person indicated below no later than March 2nd, 2020:

Note: Women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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