National Consultant to review the available national parental leave policies

Project Title: “EU 4 Gender Equality: Together Against Gender Stereotypes and Gender-Based Violence”

Position: National Consultant to review the available national parental leave policies and develop the Resource Package for advocacy to promote responsible fatherhood and engagement of fathers in domestic chores in Azerbaijan.

Agency: UNFPA Azerbaijan Country Office

Duration of assignment: October 20 – Feburary 20, 2021.

Location: Baku, Azerbaiajn

 

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to ismailova@unfpa.org no later than October 10, 2020. 18:00 local time. The application should include: P11 and personal statement.

Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the address or e-mail indicated above. Procurement Associate will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.

  1. Background

The three-year joint programme “EU 4 Gender Equality: Together against gender stereotypes and gender-based violence” aims at strengthening equal rights and opportunities for women and men through shifting social perceptions, gender stereotypes, and men’s participation in caretaking. The programme is funded by the European Union and implemented jointly by UN Women and UNFPA in the EaP countries at the national and regional levels.

The programme aims to shift societal perceptions around gender stereotypes and patriarchal norms limiting women’s rights; improve men’s involvement in the caretaking of their children and participation in father’s programmes; 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. 

Key trends in Eastern Europe illustrate that elimination of gender inequality and the push towards the empowerment of women and girls represent both a driver of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a solution for the sustainable development of the whole region. In Azerbaijan, several efforts have been undertaken in recent decades to advance gender equality and promote women’s rights. Nevertheless, despite the available normative frameworks, series of individual, institutional and structural barriers continue severely affecting the effectiveness and sustainability of gender equality reforms. The Azerbaijani share of the programme encompasses the following major objectives:

  • Shifting societal perceptions around gender stereotypes and patriarchal norms which limit women’s rights
  • Men’s involvement in the care taking of their children and participation in fathers programmes have increased
  1. SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED CONSULTANCY 

Within the Objective 2, the project is seeking the services of a National Consultant to review the available parental leave policies and develop a guide on advocacy tools for policy dialogue and community discussions on promoting responsible fatherhood and engagement of fathers in domestic chores in Azerbaijan. 

The specific responsibilities will be as follows:

  • Initial orientation with UNFPA and the main government stakeholder the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs (SCFWCA);
  • Develop a detailed workplan and methodology for implementation of the subject assignment;
  • Review Regional Compendium on Effective Fatherhood Programmes (showcasing EU experience), and draft a Resource Package for advocacy to promote  country-level adaptation. A Resource Package should include inter alia the following: 
    • Overview of the available national legal and policy framework on parental leave policies; 
    • Overview of the applicable international human rights standards and best practices on gender equitable parental policies (based on the Regional Compendium);
    • and identify the gaps in the national legal and policy framework, that need to be addressed in line with international human rights standards to boost women’s advancement opportunities;
    • Detailed description of the proposed intervention structures on parental benefit schemes for working parents with particular emphasis on mandatory, non-transferable and paid paternal leave ;
    • Detailed plan of strategic advocacy action for promoting gender equitable parental policies.The plan should include policy advocacy messages targeting the general population, as well as policy and decision-makers, national parliament, and other relevant stakeholders for expansion of parental leave benefits to male workers in public and private sectors.
  • Conduct a validation session with the key stakeholders, including representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population, the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs, Azerbaijan Trade Union Confederation,  representatives of civil society and women’s rights organisations, and other relevant stakeholders to solicit inputs and recommendations regarding relevance and feasibility of the proposed Resource Package 
  • Finalise the Resource package and submit it to UNFPA and the SCFWCA for endorsement 
# Deliverables Deadline
1 A detailed workplan and methodology for implementation of the subject assignment is developed and submitted for clearance by UNFPA  October 30, 2020 
2 1st Draft of the Resource Package for advocacy to promote responsible fatherhood and engagement of fathers in domestic chores in Azerbaijan is produced in Word format and submitted for clearance to UNFPA  December 15, 2020
3 A validation session with the key stakeholders, including representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population, the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs, Azerbaijan Trade Union Confederation,  representatives of civil society and women’s rights organisations, and other relevant stakeholders is held to solicit inputs and recommendations regarding relevance and feasibility of the proposed Resource Package. A detailed report from the session is submitted to UNFPA. January 15, 2021
4 Final draft of the Resource Package is produced in Word format and submitted to UNFPA and the SCFWCA for endorsement  Feburary 20, 2021

 

III. REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Advanced University Degree (Master’s or equivalent) in public policy, law, public relations, gender studies, or other related field. Five years of experience on gender specific public policy development can be accepted in lieu of advanced degree requirement.

Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in developing policy analysis and policy advocacy, with a proven record  in communication for development and social and behavior change communication;
  • Experience with advocacy strategies for promoting human rights of the vulnerable groups of the population. Specific experience with gender equality advocacy will be considered an asset;
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience with the projects on gender equality, gender-based violence, and other women’s rights issues;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Knowledge of the Agenda 2030 and national SDG #5 targets would be an asset.

Language Requirements

  • Excellent written and spoken Azerbaijani and English. 
  • Proven record of quality written products 

MONITORING AND EVALUATION:

The National Consultant will work under direct supervision of the National Project Coordinator and in close cooperation with UNFPA Azerbaijan CO, Regional Programme Team , the delegated representatives of the concerned UN agencies and the SCFWCA.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

  • First installment: 20% of the total amount (October 30, 2020) – upon submission and acceptance by UNFPA of deliverable 1;
  • Second installment: 50% of the total amount (December 15, 2020)  –  upon submission and acceptance by UNFPA of deliverables 2;
  • Third installment: 30% of the total amount (Feburary 20, 2021) – upon submission and acceptance by UNFPA of the deliverable 3 and 4.
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