Request for Proposal to Provide Support to Internally Displaced Women to Respond to Impact of COVID-19 392 views

Request for Proposal (RFP) to provide support to internally displaced women to respond to impact of COVID-19

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.

In 2017, with funding from the Government of Sweden, UN Women launched the project “Enhancing accountability for gender equality and women’s empowerment in national reforms, peace and security”. The aim of this project, implemented during 2017–2021, is to support the consolidated efforts of the Ukrainian Government, Parliament, women’s groups and civil society organisations (CSOs) to meet State commitments on gender equality and women’s rights through the reforms, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (including UNSCR 1325) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project will also support the Government and other important stakeholders, including civil society, to achieve transformative results for gender equality and women’s empowerment in Ukraine by integrating gender equality and women’s human rights commitments into the national reforms and the peace and security processes, and by putting mechanisms in place for adequate financing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The project also aims to work with women’s groups and civil society organizations (CSOs) to raise awareness and advocate for the human rights of women affected by the conflict, including internally displaced women. To achieve these objectives, the project includes a strong awareness-raising and communications component to increase understanding among both the State and society of gender equality and women’s human rights and their centrality for development and peace in Ukraine.

Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Country Representative/Head of Office, direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, and technical guidance of the Programme Analyst on Women, Peace and Security, the contractor will conduct the following activities under two key objectives:

Objective 1: Needs assessment of internally displaced women has been conducted, findings of the assessment are used to provide recommendations/inform the strategy of women’s meaningful participation in peace dialogues and initiatives for social cohesion

Activity 1.1 Conduct needs assessment of internally displaced women to understand the challenges, faced by internally displaced women because of the pandemic and develop recommendations for women’s participation in social cohesion and peace dialogue initiatives.

Expected output 1.1: A report with the set of recommendations on women’s further meaningful engagement in the peace and social cohesion initiatives in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.

Objective 2: Peer-to-peer, psycho-social and capacity building support is provided to women-IDPs based on the set of recommendations (output 1.1) through networking and counselling opportunities with professional psychologists to increase their resilience and capacities for meaningful engagement in peacebuilding initiatives and to initiate their own social entrepreneurship initiatives during COVID-19 pandemic:

Activity 2.1: Hold at least two peer-to-peer support sessions within the community of women-IDPs by involving diverse groups of displaced women (by age, rural/urban place of residence, employment and housing status, etc.) to share their experiences, discuss hardships and challenges, brought by COVID-19 outbreak and brainstorm about longer-term strategy of response to the impact of pandemic on women-IDPs;

Expected output 2.1: At least two peer-to-peer support sessions are held and proposed longer-term strategy of response to the impact of the pandemic on women-IDPs is developed; a brief narrative report is provided, detailing the results of these activities.

Activity 2.2: Provide a series of at least three psycho-social sessions to women IDPs to increase their resilience and capacities for meaningful engagement in peacebuilding initiatives, engaging services of professional psychologists;

Expected output 2.2: At least three psycho-social session reports are produced; evaluations of the sessions demonstrate an increase of interest in further meaningful engagement in peacebuilding initiatives.

Activity 2.3: Provide a series of at least three mentorship sessions to women IDPs to increase their resilience and capacities to launch social entrepreneurship initiatives, especially during COVID-19 pandemic;

Expected output 2.3: At least three mentorship session reports are produced; evaluations of the sessions demonstrate an increase of interest in the development of skills for women-led social entrepreneurship.

Activity 2.4: Provide a series of at least three capacity building sessions for women activists to increase their knowledge and skills on peace dialogues and peace negotiations for their meaningful engagement in peacebuilding initiatives.

Expected output 2.4: Reports are produced on at least three capacity building sessions for women activists on peace dialogues and peace negotiations; evaluations of the sessions demonstrate their increased knowledge and skills for meaningful engagement in peacebuilding initiatives.

Reference: RFP/UKR30/2020/01987

Beneficiary country(ies): Ukraine

Published on: 27-Nov-2020

Deadline on: 14-Dec-2020 18:00 (GMT 2.00) Kaliningrad, South Africa

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