Thursday, July 24, 2014

UNDP Development Reporting Fellowship 2014-2015

UNDP Development Reporting Fellowship 2014-2015

UNDP Nepal Development Reporting Fellowship aims at promoting in-depth coverage on topics of pressing concern, particularly that relate to Nepal’s development discourse. The fellowship is for journalists who write on or are interested in writing on emerging development issues in Nepal’s context.

Individual journalists will be awarded with small projects that support them in making a systematic inquiry and investigation into selected topics, organizing the findings and presenting them through appropriate media outlets. Fellows will be encouraged to both explore into the development challenges facing Nepal and bring to fore the best practices that promise new and innovative solutions to the enduring problems.

The fellowship will be awarded to mid-career journalists working in Nepali, English and other media outlets, including newspapers (daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly), FM radio stations (community-based or private), television channels and other online news portals. Journalists working for national or local media outlets can apply for the fellowship. Before applying for the fellowship, please check whether you are an eligible candidate.

The Fellowship Research Agenda

Interested candidates are invited to submit a brief proposal on any one of the following issues/themes:

  • Poverty alleviation, employment generation
  • Public health and education
  • Environment, energy, climate change, disaster preparedness
  • Inclusive development, gender equality, human rights and rule of law
  • Good governance, anticorruption, accountability
  • Innovation, new technology, traditional and indigenous knowledge
  • Other development issues

Eligibility criteria

  • The UNDP Developing Reporting Fellowship is open to Nepali citizens with at least three years of professional journalistic experience in newspapers, television channels, FM radio stations, online news portals and/or other news organizations.
  • Freelance journalists/writers can also apply for this fellowship if they can demonstrate documentary evidence of journalistic experience of over three years.
  • Applicant must demonstrate his/her reporting and analytical skills through writing samples.

Terms and Conditions

  • Applicant must have a unique idea or topic for news/feature/story to investigate, research on and publish with the fellowship within a fixed timeframe. This should be explained in a brief proposal.
  • The proposed topic/idea for feature story/article should be apolitical and nonpartisan.
  • Each awardee must publish/broadcast the article/report in relevant media outlets.
  • A second fellowship can be awarded to the same fellow on the basis of his/her performance during the first fellowship.
  • Candidates from traditionally marginalized and minority groups will be given priority. Women journalists are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Awardees are expected to consult literature and use them in their research, reporting and writing.
  • The fellowship amount will be Rs. 35,000 and an additional Rs. 20,000 will be provided for travel outside Kathmandu.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates should apply for UNDP Development Reporting Fellowship by August 29, 2014 with the following documents:

  1. A duly filled up and signed application form [Download Application Form]
  2. An updated CV not longer than three pages.
  3. Three samples of published/broadcasted work (newspaper articles, radio/TV programs, online articles). No hard copies of the articles/programs are required if you can provide the online link to these items.

Send your application to or via regular mail to GPO Box 107, Kathmandu, Nepal within August 29, 2014. Only selected candidates will be informed for further process.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fellowship opportunity for researchers/students of humanities, asian studies

IIAS Fellowship

For whom?
Terms and Conditions
Application form and deadline
IIAS Fellowship: 1 October 2014
ASC-IIAS Fellowship: 15 September 2014 

- IIAS Fellowship
The information provided on this page is intended for researchers who would like to apply for an IIAS Fellowship.

- ASC-IIAS joint-fellowship (Asia-Africa)
Researchers specialising in Asian-African interactions can also apply for the ASC-IIAS joint-fellowship,  which has its own application form and deadline. See: ASC-IIAS Fellowship application.

Please do NOT file an application with IIAS if you will be visiting IIAS in the framework of an(exchange) agreement between IIAS and a partner institution. In that case you will be selected and nominated to IIAS by the partner institution.

The position of affiliated fellow is intended for outstanding researchers (also see 'Terms and conditions') from around the world, to work on an important piece of Asian studies research in the social sciences and humanities. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. We also welcome researchers who would like to work on a collaborative grant proposal or develop their PhD thesis into book publication.

We are particularly looking for researchers focusing on the three IIAS clusters 'Asian cities', 'Asian heritages' and 'Global Asia'. However some positions will be reserved for outstanding projects in any area outside of those listed. Applications that link to more than one field are also welcome.

On the application form, you will be asked to indicate to which cluster your proposed research relates, or to choose the "open category".

  1. Applicants must have fulfilled all requirements of the PhD. If you are a PhD candidate at the time of application, you may also apply, provided that you graduate within 6 months after the application deadline. A letter from your university will be required to confirm your graduation before your proposed starting date.
  2. If you are applying for a grant from IIAS to cover your research period in the Netherlands, the fellowship will be tenable for a maximum period of 10 months.
  3. Support for research (office facilities, library access, networks, etc.) will be provided.
  4. Affiliated fellows are expected to participate in IIAS events, including the fellow seminars, monthly lunch lectures, and drinks.

If IIAS decides to sponsor your research by awarding a grant, you will receive:

- A monthly grant of €2000 to cover the costs of housing, visa and health insurance;
- Office facilities and access to the Leiden University Libraries;
- A one-time grant of (max) €1000 towards the costs of (international) travel.

Interested applicants are invited to email/post their applications, consisting of:

  1. Application form (Word).

  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A minimum of two letters of reference.
    Please ensure that a minimum of two letters of reference is sent to us in confidence via email or post, commenting on your academic qualities and the value of your research project by the appropriate deadline.
  4. List of publications


1. If you are sending us your application via email you will receive a reply acknowledging receipt of your email/application;

2. Please send us your application only once. If you have already sent in your application via email, kindly do not send the same application via post (and vice versa);

3. Emails larger than 10MB are rejected by our email system. Please keep your email and attachments below 10MB by zipping any large files.

Application deadline

  • 1 October 2014 for commencement between January and April 2015.
    PLEASE NOTE:The 1 April (2014 and following years) deadline has been cancelled.

  • 1 February 2015 for commencement between June - October 2015.

    (1) As of 2015, there will be one application deadline annually (1 February).

    (2)The ASC-IIAS joint fellowship programme has its own deadlines. Please refer to: ASC-IIAS Fellowship application


Address for submission of applications, reference letters and/or queries: 

(1) Email: 

(2) Fellowship Programme
     c/o Ms. Sandra van der Horst
     International Institute for Asian Studies
     Rapenburg 59
     2311 GJ Leiden 
     The Netherlands           or visit official site: 



Time-line for submissions and review 
Concept notes may be submitted throughout the year; however, to ensure a selection process 
that is competitive and where the best human security projects can be funded, in 2014 the 
United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) will be reviewing applications 
during two periods: from 1 to 30 April 2014, and 2 to 30 September 2014. 
The deadline for the submission of concept notes to be considered during the April review 
period is 31 March 2014, 11:59pm New York time. 
The deadline for the submission of concept notes to be considered during the September 
review period is 1 September 2014, 11:59pm New York time 
The schedule for the review of applications received after 2 September 2014 will be notified 
in due course. 
Those who plan to apply are requested to visit the UNTFHS website in order to familiarize 
themselves with the necessary tools for designing human security projects and the 
requirements of the UNTFHS and its Guidelines: 
All applications must be submitted electronically to 
Appraisal and selection process 
As indicated in the UNTFHS Guidelines, the project development process is broken down 
into two distinct phases: (i) concept note and (ii) project proposal. The Guidelines provide 
detailed information on the requirements for each of these phases. 
(a) The Human Security Unit (HSU) will acknowledge receipt of applications through a 
confirmation email. 
(b) Within one month after the review period (i.e., by 1 May 2014 and 1 October 2014), 
the HSU will inform the applying organisation(s) of the outcome of the initial review 
of concept notes. Should additional information be required, the HSU will 
communicate directly with the applying organisation(s). 
(c) If the final outcome of the review process is positive, the HSU will encourage the 
applying organisation(s) to formulate and submit a full project proposal to the HSU. 
(d) Proposals that satisfy the review process will be submitted to the Executive Office of 
the Secretary-General for further review and approval. 
(e) Upon approval from the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the Controller of 
the United Nations will authorise expenditures in accordance with the UN Financial 
Regulations and Rules. 


Advertised on behalf of : Location :Kathmandu, Nepal

Application Deadline :18-Jul-14

Additional Category:Democratic Governance

Type of Contract :Individual Contract

Post Level :National Consultant

Languages Required :English

Expected Duration of Assignment :15 working days spread over one month


Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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 centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It aims to provide strong and coherent leadership in support of National priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with government, civil society and other relevant actors.

In Nepal, UN Women's programmes focus on strengthening women's voice, agency and leadership across sectors to advance women's rights, provide space for women's meaningful participation and to demonstrate tangible differences in their lives. The programmes adopt a holistic and integrated approach across UN Women's five thematic priorities. It is guided by Nepal's stated priorities (including those from the Approach Paper to the Three-Year Plan 2013-2016) and its commitments to relevant normative frameworks the country's UNDAF 2013-2017, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Concluding Observations (2011) and UN Women's

Corporate Strategic Plan 2014-2017.The programmes promote national ownership, capacity development and institutionalization, inclusiveness, coordination and partnerships, and knowledge generation and management, and seek to prioritize engagement with and support to key duty bearers who are responsible for advancing women's human rights and with rights holders so they can exercise voice and agency.

Monitoring of EVAW Laws:

  • The overarching goal of monitoring of laws on violence against women and girls is to determine the effectiveness of the laws, policies, and protocols, and to determine if amendments or reforms are needed.
  • The monitoring of laws should determine the prevalence of cases of violence against women, the laws, policies and protocols which are used to address violence against women.

Monitoring of laws should:

  • Evaluate laws, policies and protocols used to address violence against women;
  • Propose changes in laws, policies, and protocols in order to further the goals of safety for victims and accountability for offenders;
  • Reveal unintended consequences of laws, policies, and protocols;
  • Reveal gaps in the law, policies, and protocols;
  • Recommend a government to apply international standards or to change its actions;
  • Reveal the need for a coordinated community response to enforce the laws;
  • Reveal the need for capacity-building and training for professionals who must enforce the laws;
  • Be performed on a regular basis.
  • Legislation on violence against women should include a provision which creates a specific body to monitor the implementation of legislation on violence against women.
  • This body should include members of parliament, national statistics offices, law enforcement administration and ministries for women and health.
  • It should gather and analyze information on the implementation of the legislation, respond to parliament, and provide a public report of its efforts.
  • The legislation should mandate adequate funding for regular review of the implementation of the legislation on violence against women.

Domestic Violence (DV)in Nepal: The Government of Nepal (GON) has made strong normative and legal commitments for ending all forms of violence against women (VAW) and girls. It has ratified the CEDAW and committed to implement the 12 priority areas of the Beijing Platform of Action (BPfA) and has accordingly adopted national action plans. The GON has enacted the Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act- 2009 and Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Regulation- 2010 and developed a 5-year National Strategy and Action Plan on Gender Empowerment and Ending Gender Based Violence (2012/13-2016/17). However, implementation progress of these instruments remains insufficient, particularly, due to the poor data system, absence of costing and monitoring of the implementation of law.

Despite a strong normative framework, domestic violence remains widespread in Nepal and occurs with impunity. According to available data, up to 76% of women experience sexual and/or physical violence in their lifetime. About 22% of women aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence at least once since the age of 15 whereas one in ten women reported having experienced sexual violence. It is not common for women in Nepal to seek assistance from any source for violence they have experienced. According to a national survey, nearly two in three women have never told anyone about the violence they have experienced. The problem of not seeking care was particularly prevalent among women who had experienced sexual violence. Only 7 % had reported the assault, 4 % had been to the police and 3 % to a medical service. Likewise, 64% women are suffering from domestic violence whereas only 20% of them seek legal justice after being victimized. Patriarchal attitudes and stereotypes remain as a challenge in society and institutions which has resulted in gradual disempowerment and marginalization of women and girls to the entire domain of society.

Justification: The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 57 provided an important platform for the UN system to work together on ending VAW where 11 UN agencies come up with a signed joint statement to work together on the issue. Consecutively, the concluding observations on fourth and fifth periodic reports of Nepal on CEDAW concerned about the continued prevalence of VAW and girls and called for ensuring the effective implementation of the DV act and other existing legislation, as well as proper prosecution and punishment of perpetrators of such violence. Similarly, the GON had made commitment for putting a multi-sectoral monitoring framework in place (which consists of government, civil society and other UN agencies) to respond the recommendations. In the 58th session of the CSW, the GON had clearly marked to eliminate gender based violence with zero tolerance policy against VAW.

The Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act- 2009 and Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Regulation- 2010 gives comprehensive and effective civil remedies with criminal procedures to ensure effective protection and relief to the victims of domestic violence. However, the monitoring of the implementation of such a law remains poor. Hence it is necessary to monitor the Ending Gender Based Violence (EVAW) laws regularly for its effectiveness and to help in setting precedents and standards. Monitoring implementation of the Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act- 2009 and Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Regulation- 2010 is an important component of the Government entities mandated to oversee the implementation of the law. In many cases, judgments related to the VAW cases are found to be subjective thus, monitoring of implementation of law is crucial not only to monitor the administrative measures taken for implementation but also assess its outcomes by examining court orders and judgments.

In light of the above context, UN Women seeks to engage a national consultant to develop a monitoring framework for the Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act- 2009 and Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Regulation- 2010 to support the Ministry of Women Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) to track progress on the implementation of law in Nepal.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative, and in coordination with the Governance and National Planning Unit of UN Women and in close collaboration with the Joint Secretary MoWCSW, the national consultant will develop a monitoring framework for the implementation of Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act- 2009 and Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Regulation- 2010 in Nepal.

Key Functions and Responsibilities: The major tasks of the consultant are to review theDomestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act

2009 and Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Regulation- 2010 and to develop a monitoring framework for its effective implementation. The additional tasks includes but not limited to:

  • Desk review of existing EVAW monitoring frameworks;
  • Review all relevant documents related to the DV law and regulation and identify gaps in the law and service provisions;
  • Conduct meetings with the relevant Government officials (protection officers, health officials, police and judicial officers),statutory bodies (NWC and NHRC), service providers listed under the DV law and regulation, women's groups, domestic violence survivors, media professionals, , development partners and UN agencies to discuss the implementation status of the Domestic Violence;
  • Develop a tool (set of questions, checklists etc.) to collect the information from security actors, judicial actors, victim service organizations, medical professionals, journalist, academics, the religious communities and children witnessing domestic violence on the implementation of the DV law and regulation;
  • Draft a monitoring framework for the implementation of the DV law and regulation looking at the available and required infrastructure; agencies to provide assistance; functioning of relevant officials; coordination between different agencies; training and capacity development; publicity and awareness creation; allocation of funds etc.


  • Review of law, regulation and related documents;
  • Consultations/meetings;
  • Interviews/focus group discussions among key stakeholders

Key Deliverables:

  • A review report on the DV law and Regulation and its implementation status;
  • A monitoring framework for the implementation of DV law and Regulation including users' guidance note in hard and soft copy. The document should include the following chapters Introduction, Implementation of the DV law and Regulation, Monitoring framework for the implementation of the DV law and Regulation (with separate tools for information collection) etc. The document should not exceed 40 pages including the annexes and notes for the users.
  • Power Point presentation on how to use the monitoring framework for the implementation of the DV law and Regulation.

Monitoring and Reporting: The consultant will be responsible to update and share the progress reports with the supervisor. Impact of Results:

The monitoring framework of DV law and Regulation will contribute to effective implementation of the law and contribute to an annual monitoring report on the implementation of the DV law and Regulation.


  • Payments to the consultant are based upon deliverables, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.

Schedule of Payment and Mode of Payment:

  • Upon signing of the contract and submission of detailed work plan to UN Women- 20% of totalcontract amount;
  • Upon completion and approval of all deliverables by UN Women – 80% of the total contract.
  • The payment will be made to the Consultant's bank account as indicated in the vendor form.


Core Values and Guiding principles:

  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
  • Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core competencies:

Ethics and Values:
  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation:

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating Information and Ideas:

  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies:

  • Good knowledge of domestic violence, VAW, gender equality, human rights, rule of law, other gender related issues.
  • Familiarity with the gender discriminatory provisions in existing laws and policies in Nepal and skills to analyze the gap in its implementation;
  • Ability to undertake policy research and studies;
  • Ability to establish builds and sustains effective relationships with clients, demonstrating understanding of client's perspective;
  • Ability to draft policy papers, briefings, concept notes, monitoring frameworks etc.;
  • Proven ability to liaise with wider stakeholders and partners, including UN agencies, government, civil society, international organizations and grassroots organizations.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master's degree in law is required.


  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in the field of law as a practicing lawyer, academic, prosecutor, legal consultant working on the prevention of violence against women;
  • Good understanding of the national legal system and procedures;
  • Prior experience in law drafting and involvement in law reform processes relevant to women's human rights;
  • Prior experience of monitoring and reviewing implementation of the law against international human rights and constitutional standards;
  • Ability to apply monitoring and evaluation frameworks to assess the impact of legal implementation;
  • Excellent writing, presentation, facilitation and documentation skills; and Good understanding of UN Women's work in Nepal.


  • Fluency in English and Nepali is required.

Application Documentation: Interested consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work (maximum of two pages);
  • Provide a brief methodology on how they will conduct the work;
  • Financial proposal indicating a total lump sum for the delivery of outputs as per above description. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (consultancy fee per number of anticipated working days, travel and any other possible costs);
  • Completed UN Women Personal History (P11) form that can be downloaded from
  • Only applications that include financial proposal will be considered .

Assessment: The candidates will be evaluated in three stages:

  • According to minimum qualification;
  • Technical evaluation;
  • Financial evaluation.

Technical evaluationcriteria (including minimum qualifications):

  • Master's degree in law- (Max 10 points);
  • Five years of professional experience in the field of law as a practicing lawyer, academic, prosecutor, legal consultant working on the prevention of violence against women - (Max 20 points);
  • Prior experience in law drafting and involvement in law reform processes relevant to women's human rights (Max 15 points); i.e. 3-5 years-10; and more than 5 years- 15 points;
  • Prior experience of monitoring and reviewing implementation of the law against international human rights and constitutional standards (Max 10 points). Relevance, quality and quantity of the reference materials will be considered;
  • Ability to apply monitoring and evaluation frameworks to assess the impact of legal implementation; (Max 10 points); Relevance, quality and quantity of the reference materials will be considered;
  • Language skills (fluency in English) - (Max 5 points); i.e. quality of English;
  • Language will be assessed based on the submitted reference materials;
  • Maximum total technical score amounts to 70 points;
  • Only candidates who have passed over the mandatory criteria and have accumulated at least 49 points under the technical evaluation will qualify to the next round of the financial evaluation.

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

  • 30
  • 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 the consideration.

Successful Candidate:

  • The Winning successful candidate will be the one who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).

Interested applicants should apply for the vacancy, using the 'Personal History Form - P 11' which can be downloaded from and latest CV.

Application Information:

Application by Email:

  • Application to this vacancy should be sent to
  • In your email or application please clearly indicate the post and the VA number you are applying for

Regular Mail:

UN Women Nepal Office

201/42 Thapathali, Kathmandu, NepalNote:
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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.

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