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Call for Specialist Research Consultants

[Brussels, 13 March 2018] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is implementing a 12-month project on the “Regional Forum for the Promotion and Monitoring Progress of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in six Western Balkan countries and Turkey”. This regional forum is part of the UN Women three-year programme “Ending Violence against women: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”. You can find out more about the programme and the implementing partners here.

The development and framing of the Regional Forum will be based on preparatory analytical work with regards to the implementation of the Istanbul Convention. This will take the form of a country-by-country mapping analysis based on interviews, desk research and literature review.

The EWL is calling for specialist consultants in each country to carry out the mapping of the current policies and legislation to prevent and combat violence against women and girls (VAWG). The countries included in this analysis are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.

The specific objects of the mapping are:

  • Take stock of progress and achievement in the country since the ratification of the IC
  • Take stock of cooperation between national governments, civil society organisations and regional institutions in monitoring IC implementation
  • Identify key challenges faced by civil society in the implementation and monitoring of the IC
  • Collect good practices, challenges, and lessons learnt with regards to the implementation of the Istanbul Convention, the monitoring process, and the involvement and systematic consultation to women organisations for both the implementation and monitoring

Please find here the Terms of Reference and the application form.

Essential Requirements/profile of the consultant

  • Excellent analytical skills and experience in comparative analysis;
  • Knowledge of and experience in issues relating to violence against women and its various forms;
  • Knowledge of the Istanbul Convention and Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women Recommendation 35;
  • Commitment to gender equality and women’s rights;
  • Knowledge and experience in legal text analysis;
  • Detail-oriented, focused and efficient with very good time management and organisational skills;
  • Excellent report writing skills (in English);
  • Availability and flexibility to work in this project between February 2018 and February 2019.

Desired Skills

How to apply

Please complete the questions in the application form and return to Project Coordinator Valentina Andrasek: and in CC to Asha Allan, EWL Policy Officer: explaining how you would carry out the work, explaining your suitability for this consultancy, a short proposal on how you would organise the required activities and your proposed budget.

Please, add the following subject line to your e-mail “Application Specialist Research Consultant – Regional Forum Istanbul Convention”. Please attach the CV of the key person involved in delivering the work. The proposal should be no more than 2 pages and should reflect the proposed framework and tasks for the applicant as outlined above. It should articulate the number of days required for the activity and the daily rate. The proposal should also indicate how the applicant will coordinate and engage with the EWL Secretariat.

Deadline for applications: 23 March 2018 (17.00 CET)

Interviews: 27 March -3 April 2018

Selection of the consultant: 4 April 2018

Agree precise work plan and contract starting date: 9 April 2018

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For more information:
Valentina Andrasek, Project Manager

EWL is absolutely committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We value diversity and lived experience, and acknowledge the underrepresentation of people from certain backgrounds, both within our organisation and across civil society. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and/or minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; and people from the LGBT+ community.

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