Strengthening National Gender Machinery Project

The National Gender Machinery (NGM) is a system of bodies, linkages, documents and regulations that are directed at achieving gender-related goals of the country. Although the NGM was supposed to hit the ground running from its inception in 2005 with the adoption of the Gender Equality Law, its initial operations were relatively weak due to the political volatility in Ukraine for the last 5 years.
The current Project will therefore advocate for sustainable operation of NGM as well as provide expert and technical support to the Ministry of Social Policy, with particular attention to adoption and implementation of the State Programme for Ensuring Gender Equality in Ukraine for 2012-2016 and developing capacities of NGM elements responsible for implementation of this Plan (namely, ministerial and regional gender focal points).
Previous UNDP initiatives have resulted in accumulation of the necessary expertise and trust to effectively intervene into the area of gender policy through two main entry points:

  • Supporting the elaboration of new and stimulating change in the existing legal and policy documents (ranging from laws, decrees and ordinances to concrete policy tools such as targeted programmes or action plans),
  • Enhancing the capacity of the Ministry of Social Policy and other relevant government agents of change (institutions and individuals that are engines for sparking and maintaining progress in the area of gender transformations from within the NGM).

Although previous international donor initiatives have resulted in extensive proliferation of gender knowledge and understanding amongst civil servants, teachers and representatives of CSOs at the grassroots, this “bottom-up” trend needs to have corresponding tools (programmes, plans and formalized initiatives) and agents (institutions and individuals) at the top and higher regional level, which can have a multiplier effect on local initiatives.
To address this challenge it is suggested to group 2012 interventions around following clusters of action:

  • Upgrading the NGM model developed in 2009 according to the demands of the current administrative context, as well as generation of new insights into the possible NGM enhancements,
  • Building the institutional and human capacity of those NGM elements that sustained near obliteration in the course of 2010-2011 developments (particularly Gender Advisors to Ministers and Heads of Oblast State Administrations, as well as Ministerial working groups around them),
  • Finalizing the State Programme for Ensuring Gender Equality in Ukraine for 2012-2016, fostering its adoption and rendering assistance in its implementation.

These proposed programmatic directions may be addressed through four activities that will be closely intertwined and will go simultaneously (except for the first one, which is supposed to be an overarching activity). Results of one activity will enhance others, thus creating a multiplier effect. The summary of activities follows:
Activity 1.Conduct follow-up analysis and provide recommendations for aligning the NGM with the current administrative context.
A step slightly preceding the next three, is the follow-up analysis of de-facto NGM regarding the elements and linkages that are missing and current trends and factors that should be taken into account while re-vitalizing the NGM. Consequently, the project will draft recommendations on what elements should be re-set up and how, what linkages should be strengthened, and how the new design of NGM shall reflect the changes in the administrative context and gender priorities of Ukraine. The result of this activity is the optimized design of the NGM. It will go through a consultative participatory process, involving the government counterparts and representatives of CSOs.

Activity 2. Support the finalization, adoption and implementation of the State Programme for Ensuring Gender Equality in Ukraine for 2012-2016
The proposed project will provide expert support to finalization of the State Programme for Ensuring Gender Equality in Ukraine for 2012-2016, advocate for its adoption and support its implementation at the first stages. It is important that the State Programme be result-oriented, take into account the position and the cooperation potential of international organizations, donors and CSOs and include the urgent priorities. Expert consultations, round tables and advocacy work are planned in this regard.

Activity 3. Build the capacity of Gender Advisors and Gender Working Groups in the Ministers


Activity 4.Build the capacity of Gender Advisors to the Heads of Oblast State Administrations
With only a slight delay, and almost in parallel with Activity 1 and 2, capacity building initiatives regarding the two abovementioned target groups will be ensured. At the regional level the project will work with the regional gender advisors currently existent in 13 regions of Ukraine. Trainings and workshops as well as individual mentoring and coaching will be carried out. As a result, gender advisers and representatives of gender working groups are expected to build their gender competence and develop the drafts of their sectoral/regional gender actions plans. On-line tools and social media will be used to facilitate knowledge- and practice-sharing between different regions. At the end of the project best regional practices will be collected, analyzed and published to serve as an   example of excellence and as a source of information for the regions not involved into the project. The results of this activity are draft sectoral and regional gender action plans and the taskforces ready to implement these plans in the Ministries and state oblast administrations (SOAs).
All the proposed interventions will continue to build upon former achievements and will send a strong message to the state entities and the civil society regarding the unchanged commitment in assisting the Government, at the request of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, in progressing on the route towards a more gender-sensitive and balanced society.
The project will also serve as a pre-identification tool for assessing the former interventions and crystallizing the lessons learned in order to enable possible further donor support to the realm of gender equality.

Project Beneficiaries and Partners:
The project beneficiaries will include: 

  • Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, other Ministries and all State Oblast Administrations of Ukraine
  • Civil society organizations working in the sector of gender equality