South Asia Sub-Regional Office Tel : 91-11-26119129
19 A, Rajdoot Marg, Chanakyapuri 91-11-26119127
New Delhi – 110021 India Website: www.unwomensouthasia.org
Date of Issue: 01 September 2011
Closing Date: 07 September 2011
SSA Announcement No. UNWOMEN/SRO/2011/014
Job Code Title : Consultant – Women’s Bureau Policy Issues &
Legislations - MWCD
Organization : UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender
Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Direct supervisor : Director, Ministry of Women and Child Development
Government of India/ National Programme Officer,
UNWOMEN South Asia Sub-Regional Office
Duty Station : New Delhi, India
Type of Contract : SSA
No. of positions : One
Duration : Six Months initially
The principle of gender equality is enshrined in the Indian Constitution in its Preamble,
Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties and Directive Principles. The Constitution not only
grants equality to women, but also empowers the State to adopt measures of positive
discrimination in favour of women.
The goal of the National Policy for the Empowerment of Women (2001) was to bring about the
advancement, development and empowerment of women. Specifically, the objectives of this
Policy include the following:
Creating an environment through positive economic and social policies for full
development of women to enable them to realize their full potential
The de-jure and de-facto enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedom by
women on equal basis with men in all spheres – political, economic, social, cultural and
Equal access to participation and decision making of women in social, political and
economic life of the nation
Equal access to women to health care, quality education at all levels, career and
vocational guidance, employment, equal remuneration, occupational health and safety,
social security and public office etc.
Strengthening legal systems aimed at elimination of all forms of discrimination against
Changing societal attitudes and community practices by active participation and
involvement of both men and women.
Mainstreaming a gender perspective in the development process.
Elimination of discrimination and all forms of violence against women and the girl child;
Building and strengthening partnerships with civil society, particularly women’s
India has ratified various international conventions and human rights instruments committing to
secure equal rights of women. Key among them is the ratification of the Convention on
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1993. The CEDAW
Committee, in its Concluding Comments of 2007, called upon the State Party to develop, in
consultation with women’s groups, a coordinated and comprehensive plan to combat all forms of
violence against women taking a life cycle approach. It urged the State party to take steps in
partnership with states and union territories to fully and consistently implement and enforce the
Domestic Violence Act and to ensure
that all women victims of domestic violence, including scheduled caste scheduled tribe, backward
class and minority women, are able to benefit from the legislative framework and support systems
in place and that perpetrators are effectively prosecuted under the Penal Code and adequately
punished. It recommended that public officials, especially law enforcement officials, the judiciary,
health-care providers and social workers, are fully sensitized to all forms of violence against
women, including domestic violence. It requested that adequate statistics on all forms of violence
against women be collected in a consistent manner.
In the Eleventh Plan, for the first time, women are recognized not just as equal citizens but as
agents of economic and social growth. The approach to gender equity is based on the recognition
that interventions in favour of women must be multi-pronged and they must: (i) provide women
with basic entitlements, (ii) address the reality of globalization and its impact on women by
prioritizing economic empowerment, (iii) ensure an environment free from all forms of violence
against women (VAW)—physical, economic, social, psychological etc., (iv) ensure the
participation and adequate representation of women at the highest policy levels, particularly in
Parliament and State assemblies, and (v) strengthen existing institutional mechanisms and create
new ones for gender main-streaming and effective policy implementation.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) vision statement for 2011-12
focuses on ―Women living with dignity and contributing as equal partners towards the
development of the country in an environment free from violence. And, well nurtured
children with full opportunities for growth and development in an environment free from
exploitation.” One of the specific priorities of the Ministry identified in the Results
Framework Document (RFD) for the year 2011-12 is the review of existing laws on
discrimination against women.
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In connection with the above UN Women will be placing a consultant at the Ministry of Women
and Child Development to support the Ministry in its work on policy issues and legislations
Activities and Deliverables
Working under the supervision of the Director, MWCD the consultant will undertake the following
Undertake a review of the National Policy for Empowerment of Women, 2001 and assist
in developing an action plan for its implantation. With this in view, develop preliminary
concept note and provide assistance in organizing stakeholder consultations.
Assist in undertaking review of implementation of Violence against Women (VAW)
legislations such as the Dowry Prohibition Act and the Protection of Women from
Domestic Violence Act.
Assist in undertaking comprehensive technical review of Violence against Women (VAW)
legislations implemented by the Ministry:
- Review of Dowry Prohibition Act and assist in making necessary
- Review of Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act and assist in
making necessary amendments
- Review of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, and if
necessary, assisting in making necessary amendments.
Assist in drafting new legislations to be implemented by the Ministry, such as on Sexual
Harassment at Workplace.
Assist in the formation of the proposed High Level Committee to study and report on the
Status of Women in India since the last such study was undertaken in 1974.
Provide technical gender inputs on behalf of the Ministry on references made by other
Ministries/Departments on policies, programmes and legislations which are proposed,
having a bearing on the empowerment of women.
Develop and restructure schemes and programmes of the MWCD that provide
institutional support to women in difficult circumstances, including women facing gender-
based violence, as well as programmes strengthening implementation of existing laws on
violence against women. This would include the Scheme for Financial Assistance &
Support Services to victims of Rape and the proposed Scheme for strengthening
implementation of PWDVA, 2005.
Assist the Bureau in undertaking action on women related issues as per the Ministry’s
Annual & Five Year Strategic Plan.
Assist in smooth functioning of Division/Bureau.
Any other work assigned from time to time.
The Consultant will be initially hired for a period of 6 months starting 25 September 2011.
Required Competencies and Skills
1. Postgraduate in law or related field preferably having worked closely with Government
2. Minimum7 years of relevant experience
3. Good knowledge of programming on gender and women’s rights
4. Experience of drafting legal provisions.
5. Should be prepared to travel to participate in consultations with various stakeholders.
6. Should be well versed with the use of computers and its programmes/applications
7. Strong analytical and writing skills in English;
8. Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
Monitoring of assignment
The consultant will be supervised by the Director, MWCD and UN Women.
Interested applicants should apply for the vacancy, using the “Personal History
Form - P 11” and the latest CV.
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