UN Women: Consultant to Review the 2012 UN Trust Fund Call for Proposals

UN Women sub-regional office for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands
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Friday, 18 January, 2013
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The UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (“UN Trust Fund”) was established through UN General Assembly Resolution 50/166 in 1996 UN Women as its Administrator on behalf of the UN system. The UN Trust Fund is a leading global multi-lateral mechanism supporting national efforts to end one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world.

The UN Trust Fund’s annual grant-making process, through its widely publicised Call for Proposals, operates on core principles of ensuring an open, fair, transparent, competitive and merit-based process. The UN Trust Fund focuses on supporting country and local implementation of laws, policies and action plans to address violence against women, while maintaining flexibility in terms of responsiveness to a wide range of forms of violence, national and emerging priorities and needs, and diverse approaches. By 2012, the UN Trust Fund had supported 351 programmes in 128 countries and territories with over US$ 86 million.

On 17 November 2012, the UN Trust Fund launched its annual Call for Proposals for a nine-week period spanning 17 November 2012 – 21 January 2013 (see UN Trust Fund Call at https://grants.unwomen.org).  Online applications for proposals will be accepted from governments, civil society organisations and United Nations Country Teams in English, French, and Spanish.

The UN Women seeks the service of a consultant to Review the 2012 UN Trust Fund Call for Proposals.

Duty station: Home Based
Languages required : English and French (knowledge of Portuguese desirable)
Starting date: 25 January 2013
Expected duration of assignment: 15 Days

Activities and deliverables

The UN Women sub-regional office for Southern Africa & Indian Ocean Islands is seeking the services of a short-term consultant to screen incoming applications through an online system and make recommendations based on criteria set forth by the UN Trust Fund.

The consultant is expected to have sound knowledge of gender-based violence and will review applications submitted by governments and civil society organisations from the Southern Africa sub-region, which includes the following:

  • Verifying that each proposal complies with the elements stipulated in the 2012 Call document and cross-checking that all supporting documentation received is accurate;
  • Providing an objective assessment of applications based on guidelines and criteria set by the UN Trust Fund;
  • Recommending the top 10 applications (in collaboration with another consultant reviewing the same set of applications), and providing the necessary justifications for their selection;
  • Providing a summary of recommendations for each recommended application, based on the Fund’s criteria and an assessment of the needs, quality, and rationale of the proposal;
  • Preparing an introductory note for each of the countries where the recommended initiatives would be implemented. The note should include a brief country context, the relevant provisions against violence against women in each country (legal framework and policies), and the main institutions involved in the implementation of these provisions;
  • Preparing an analytical brief that documents trends and emerging topics in the field of violence against women as can be observed from the demand for UN Trust Fund resources specific to the region, including highlighting any lessons learned or feedback from the application review process itself.


  • Excellent written and spoken fluency in English and knowledge of French and or Portuguese preferred;
  • Knowledge of women’s rights and gender issues globally, expertise on violence against women programming in Southern Africa in particular;
  • Demonstrated sensitivity, discretion, tact, and courtesy in relation to gender equality and women’s rights, development principles, implementing partners;
  • Knowledge of women’s organisations and governmental agencies working on women’s rights and violence against women in Southern Africa sub-region;
  • Understanding of programme cycle and monitoring and evaluation frameworks;
  • Ability to produce a high volume of quality content;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines;
  • Experience in grant making for Gender Equality;
  • Writing skills that include an attention to detail as well as a grasp of conceptual frameworks.


  • Either an advanced university degree in gender, development studies or related field and a minimum of five years experience in the field of women’s rights; or a Bachelor’s degree with over 10 years experience in the field of women’s rights;
  • Prior experience in grant-making and in the United Nations System and/or non-governmental organisations is an asset;
  • Experience in E-VAW programming in the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands region as well as experience in regional and national laws, actions plans and policies that address violence against women;
  • Experience in E-VAW programming as it relates to the girl child;
  • Experience in the intersection of E-VAW and/ or GBV and HIV;
  • Prior experience in grant making for gender equality.

To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to ruth.chirimuta@unwomen.org.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

For more about the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, refer to www.unwomen.org/how-we-work/un-trust-fund.

For more about the UN Women, refer to www.unwomen.org.

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