Individual Consultant: Gender and Human Rights Expert 213 views

Location: Kyiv, UKRAINE

Application Deadline: 24-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract: Individual Contract

Post Level: National Consultant

Languages Required: English

Duration of Initial Contract: Up to 80 working days


In the face of disasters, societies everywhere are experiencing conditions of increasing vulnerability and enormous losses in social, environmental and economic terms. In 2017 climate-related disasters and extreme weather events in the EU caused 6.7 billion EUR of economic damages (over 100 billion USD worldwide). At the same time, in 2017 only 1% of climate-related risks in the EU were insured ( EEA, 2019 ). In Ukraine, direct and indirect economic losses caused by wildfires range from 3 billion UAH to 8 billion UAH annually ( DSNS, 2018 ). At the same time, the annual economic losses in Ukraine resulting from floods just in Zakarpattia oblast varying between 150 million UAH and 800 million UAH.

UNDP’s programmatic response is based on Country Office’s interventions so far and on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030 and its identified priorities:

  1. Understanding disaster risk;
  2. Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk;
  3. Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience;
  4. Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Forward Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

The Sendai Framework calls for a broader and a more people-centered preventive approach to disaster risk. According to the Framework, Governments should engage with relevant stakeholders, including women, children and youth, persons with disabilities, and other groups in the design and implementation of policies, plans and standards. Disaster Risk Reduction practices need to be multisectoral, based on the multi-hazard risk assessments, inclusive and accessible to ensure efficacy and effectiveness of the related measures.

To achieve transformational change the Programme will focus its activities to ensure that necessary capacities and institutional mechanisms are achieved at the national and oblast levels, while ensuring impact at the community level:

  • Output 1. National government has improved policy frameworks and plans for Disaster Risk Management, coherent with Climate Change Adaptation policies that respond to the needs of women and men from diverse groups, especially the most vulnerable.
  • Output 2. National and local authorities have capacities to integrate and implement gender-responsive DRR measures.
  • Output 3. Target communities, including the most vulnerable, have necessary capacity, knowledge tools and financing mechanisms to build resilience, and to prevent and better recover from natural disasters based on the principle of leaving no one behind.

While not a formal output, a key task of the project team is to mobilize resources for scaling up of the project, and to deliver outputs related to DRR that are being developed in other projects in the portfolio.

In this context, UNDP is recruiting a professional with relevant experience and track record for the position of a Gender and Human Rights Expert, who will be responsible gender analysis and policy reviewing related to DRR, Civil Protection and Climate Change Adaptation in Ukraine and mainstream the Leave No One Behind principle throughout the project activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities/Scope of work

Under direct supervision of the Project Manager in liaison with Technical Advisor, Legal & Policy Expert and under the overall supervision of Energy and Environment Portfolio Team Leader, the incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Conduct participatory gender analysis of current legal and policy frameworks related to DRR, Civil Protection and Climate Change Adaptation in Ukraine (including those on the list above) as well as the adherence to the Leave No One Behind principle
  • Conduct research on the needs and experiences of women and men from diverse groups affected by natural disasters and climate change
  • Support policy development through providing input on the incorporation of gender considerations into local and regional emergency preparedness plans, national and regional legal and policy frameworks
  • Provide input incorporating gender considerations into the development and implementation of training programmes for DRR practitioners and public officials; conduct thematic sessions at project events
  • Identify knowledge gaps and needs in sex and age disaggregated data collection and management in the target communities, develop and implement methodologies for SADD collection and management in the target communities
  • Provide input on the integration of gender considerations into the developed DRR financing mechanisms and budgeting guidelines
  • Mainstream the Leave No One Behind principle throughout the activities foreseen by the assignment.

Deliverables and implementation schedule

Call of basis assignment with deliverables based on tasks described in scope of work. The consultancy days could be used at any time within a period of contract implementation. Acceptance of deliverables and working days will be based on duly certified acceptance certificates by Project manager and energy and Environment Team Lead.

Monitoring / reporting requirements

The Consultant will be responsible for the entire work of the maximum of 80 days and to deliver the expected outputs of the consultancy work, as noted above and as additionally specified by the Project Manager and Energy and Environment Team Lead as direct supervisor. Upon request, the Consultant shall be able to present written or oral explanations as far as the status of the works under the present assignment is concerned. The Consultant shall keep a time-log and a record of all works completed for the consultancy days rendered.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Required Skills and Experience


  • At least Master’s degree or equivalent in law, political science, social science especially gender studies, or related fields;


  • At least 3 years of first-hand experience human rights aspects within the sustainable development agenda or vice versa, underpinned by previous successful projects;
  • Proven prior experience (at least 2 years) in developing and implementing SADD collection and management confirmed by at least two samples;
  • Experience in DRR, CCA and gender/human rights in these areas would be an advantage;
  • Expertise in training delivery would be an advantage.


  • Fluency in English and Ukrainian languages is required

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals

  • Applicants shall submit the following documents:
  • Letter of interest/proposal, explaining why the applicant considers him- or herself the most suitable for the work
  • Personal CV or P11, including information about past experience in similar projects / assignments and contact details for referees

Financial proposal

Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP

Financial proposal

Contracts based on daily fee

The financial proposal will specify the daily fee and payments will be made to the Individual Consultant based on the number of days worked.

Travel costs

Should any travel be necessary in connection to this TOR, UNDP will reimburse the expenses based on the duly authorized travel details, including travel and per diems. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

DEADLINE: 24 February 2021

Application process

  • To apply please follow this link
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your letter of interest how ( you have heard about this position. 
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