Call for Proposals to Strengthen the Capacities of Young Women from Donetsk and Luhansk Regions 325 views

UN Women: Call for Proposals to Strengthen the Capacities of Young Women from Donetsk and Luhansk Regions (Ukraine)

Background/Context for required services/results

UN Women together with UNDP, FAO and UNFPA is implementing a joint programme “EU support to the East of Ukraine: Recovery, Peacebuilding and Governnance” funded by the European Union supports the government in the restoration of governance and reconciliation in crisis-affected communities of eastern Ukraine. The joint programme aims to contribute to peace, economic revitalization and reconciliation in Eastern Ukraine through social and economic recovery, with special focus on Government Controlled Areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

In the framework of the joint programme UN Women supports mobilization for empowerment of grass root women and men, including and primarily of those from vulnerable groups, in 20 target communities1 of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, developing their capacities in identifying their needs and advocating with the local governments for the realization of their rights. To strengthen and accelerate progress in realizing women’s rights and gender equality through the framework and operations established in the UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security UN Women empowered grass root women in target communities to meaningfully participate in the development and monitoring of implementation of 11 Local Action Plans on UNSCR 1325, and included them in the larger movement of women peace activists.

General Overview of services required/results

In this respect, to support and enhance young women’s abilities, boost their agency and generate opportunities for the valuable roles they can play in peacebuilding the current initiative proposes to identify and support youth-led organizations and grass root young women community groups to empower them to participate in peacebuilding and conflict resolution by increasing their awareness on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, building their capacity to participate in the localization of the National Action Plan on the Implementation of the UNSCR 1325, including by strengthening their advocacy and leadership skills, and monitoring the local commitment on WPS demanding local decision-makers’ accountability. Additionally, specific efforts will be directed towards enhancing the inter- and intra- generational WPS dialogue to foster cooperation and inclusion, and develop strategic alliances between younger and elder women, especially within the civil society networks.

To engage young women “in collective action and bring women’s rights issues to the attention of a broader audience, in the face of barriers to their entry into civic and public spaces”, as well as draw attention on cyber violence and online sexual harassment, the current initiative proposes to develop the capacities of young women peace activists in the target communities to identify issues of interest on WPS, raise them in the virtual space and launch important discussions that would highlight the engagement, recognition and contribution of women in peacebuilding and conflict prevention, and aim at modelling gender equal behaviours and attitudes.

Description of required services/results

The selected organization will work on the following tasks:

  • Grass root young women in target communities have increased awareness of the UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in conjunction with Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda set forth in UNSCR 2250 (2015) and are equipped with advocacy and leadership skills
  • The inter- and intra- generational dialogues on Women, Peace and Security in target communities is enhanced
  • Young women activists from target communities have enhanced capacities to promote the Women, Peace and Security agenda through new media activism
  • The operationalization of the local Women, Peace and Security Agenda in target communities is accelerated through dialogue meetings of young women activists and local authorities

Competencies

Technical/functional competencies required;

  • The organization has a well-developed framework, enabling the delivery of its vision and strategy, and effective realization of business processes;
  • Previous experience in conducting similar work/projects relevant to the scope of the current project;
  • Previous experience of work with women affected by conflict on their capacity building and empowerment;
  • Previous experience in conducting capacity development on human rights and gender equality. Particular experience in conducting trainings and providing technical support to women on Women, Peace and Security, leadership and advocacy will be considered an advantage;
  • Previous experience in conducting gender/human rights advocacy at the regional and local levels;
  • Previous experience of work at the regional and local level and coordination of cooperation between different groups and organizations;
  • Reference letters on at least two relevant projects implemented in the past three years.

DEADLINE: 30 December 2020

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