International Consultant, Labor Rights Lawyer, Armenia, Home based 205 views


Background

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality are translated into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts while building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN Women Georgia is implementing Women’s Economic Empowerment in the South Caucasus (WEESC) Project with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The overarching goal/impact of the project is to ensure that women, particularly the poor and socially excluded, in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia are economically empowered and participate in relevant decision-making. Outcome 2 of the project focuses on the implementation of adequate legislative and policy frameworks to enable women’s economic empowerment.

In Armenia, UN Women is cooperating with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia (MLSA) in scope of Outcome 2 of the WEESC project to strengthening the legislative, policy and institutional framework to enable women’s economic empowerment in Armenia. A preliminary analysis of the labor market regulations in Armenia and Georgia was produced by UN Women in 2018. UN Women is seeking to engage an International Consultant to conduct the desk review for a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) of three ILO conventions ( Maternity Protection Convention – C183; Workers with Family Responsibilities Convention – C156; and Domestic Workers Convention – C189) and contribute to the ongoing dialogue on the amendments of the Labor Code with respect to women’s labor rights and economic empowerment with the focus on the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); Equal Remuneration Convention C100; and Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention – C111. This will be carried out under the supervision of UN Women Georgia and in collaboration with the MLSA.

The objectives of the assignment are:

  • To produce the desk review chapter in the Regulatory Impact Assessment of the three ILO conventions (C 183, C156 and C189). The report should include the broad assessment of the Armenian legal system and the amendments necessary to comply with the respective ILO conventions in case of ratification;
  • To produce a separate analysis as a sub-chapter of the RIA desk review on the international treaties ratified by Armenia (CEDAW, ILO C100 and C111) and their intersections with C183, C156 and C189; The analysis should build on the UN Women 2018 report and analyzing the existing labor legislation and proposed amendments in relation to International obligations of Armenia.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the International Consultant are:

  • To produce the desk review of the Regulatory Impact Assessment of the three ILO Conventions (C183, C156 and C189);
  • To build on the UN Women 2018 report and produce the sub-chapter analyzing the existing labor legislation and proposed amendments in relation to International obligations of Armenia (CEDAW, ILO C100 and C111);
  • To translate the final report in Armenian language;
  • To deliver two presentations on the preliminary findings and the final report.

Deliverables:

  • The first draft of the report in English including the desk review of the Regulatory Impact Assessment of the three ILO conventions (C183, C156 and C189) and the analysis of the existing labor legislation and proposed amendments in relation to International obligations of Armenia – CEDAW, ILO C100 and C111 (Yerevan, 15 working days, due January 24, 2020);
  • Power Point Presentation in English based on the first draft of the report (Yerevan, 1 working day, due January 28, 2020);
  • Deliver presentation on preliminary findings of the report, exact date to be determined (Yerevan, 0.5 working day, the latest due date April 17, 2020);
  • Final report reflecting the input from UN Women in English (Yerevan, 7 working days, due February 28, 2020);
  • Power Point Presentation based on the final report in English and in Armenian (Yerevan, 1 working day, due February 28, 2020);
  • Armenian language version of final report (Yerevan, 5 working days, due March 13, 2020);
  • Deliver presentation of the final report, exact date to be determined (Yerevan, 0.5 working day, the latest due date April 17, 2020).

Travel is not envisioned for the completion of this assignment

Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Undergraduate university degree in Law;
  • Advanced University degree (at least Masters) in Law, Human rights, Gender Studies or related field, PhD would be an asset;

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience as a lawyer or a legal researcher;
  • At least 3 years of work experience in the field of labor law;
  • At least 2 years of work experience on women’s rights, and/or the labor rights from the gender perspective;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Armenian legal framework on labor rights, international guiding principles on labor legislation;

Language:

  • Fluency in Armenian and English.

Evaluation Procedure: The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria; technical and financial evaluation.

The candidates must possess following minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation:

  • Advanced University degree (at least Masters) in Law, Human rights, Gender Studies or related field;
  • Undergraduate university degree in Law;
  • At least 5 years of experience as a lawyer or a legal researcher;
  • Fluency in Armenian and English;

Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):

  • Advanced University degree (at least Masters) in Law, Human rights, Gender Studies or related field, PhD is an asset (60 points);
  • Undergraduate university degree in Law (50 points);
  • At least 5 years of experience as a lawyer or a legal researcher (50 points);
  • At least 3 years of work experience in the field of labor law (60 points);
  • At least 2 years of work experience on women’s rights, and/or the labor rights from the gender perspective (60 points);
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Armenian legal framework on labor rights, international guiding principles on labor legislation (40 points);
  • Fluency in Armenian and English (30 points).

Maximum total technical score amounts to 350 points. Only candidates who have passed over the minimum qualification criteria and have accumulated at least 245 points out of maximum 350 under technical evaluation will qualify for the next stage i.e. evaluation of their financial proposals.

Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F

  • 150

S – score received on financial evaluation;

Fmin – the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;

F – financial offer under consideration.

The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).

Management arrangements: The contractor will report to and work under direct supervision of UN Women Project Analyst and the WEE Programme Specialist and overall guidance of UN Women Georgia Country Representative.

Financial arrangements: Payment will be disbursed upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by UN Women National Programme Officer that the services have been satisfactorily performed as specified below:

  • Deliverable 1, 2 (16 working days) – 53%;
  • Deliverable 4,5,6 (13 working days) – 44%;
  • Deliverable 3 and 7 (1 working day) – 3%.

Application submission package:

  • CV;
  • Duly filled Personal History Form PHF11 that can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment
  • One Sample of previous work completed, similar to this assignment in English.
  • One writing sample in English.
  • Financial Proposal – lump sum proposal/offer* in USD (including breakdown of this lump sum amount, indicating all necessary costs to complete this assignment).

*The applicants are required to submit an aggregated financial offer: ‘aggregated financial offer’ is the total sum of all financial claims of the candidate, including travel costs (ticket, DSA etc.) for accomplishment of all tasks spelled out in this ToR.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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