UN WOMEN: INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT TO SUPPORT A ‘ROADMAP’ STUDY FOR ALBANIA OF THE REQUIREMENTS (INCLUDING COSTS) FOR IMPLEMENTING THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE CONVENTION ON PREVENTING AND COMBATING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
||Home-based with travels to Tirana, ALBANIA
|Application Deadline :||15-Jul-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 July – 30 Oct, 2012|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||35 working days in the given [period 1 July – 30 Oct, 2012]|
Albania’s progress in recent years in respecting and promoting gender equality is highlighted in a series of international commitments as well as domestic legal and policy development and implementation. Since 2008 Albania passed the Gender Equality in Society Law, established the national gender machinery, improved the Law on Measures against Violence in Family Relations, opened the first national shelter for survivors of domestic violence, established the mechanism of coordination and referral of domestic violence cases in several municipalities, evaluated the National Strategy for Gender Equality and Domestic Violence (2007-2010), and approved the revised National Strategy on Gender Equality and against Gender-Based and Domestic Violence (2011-2015). The Law on Measures against Violence in Family Relations was adopted in 2006 and further amended in 2007 and 2010. Several bylaws were adopted, and regulations and orders issued, setting in place clear standards for implementation and inter-institutional cooperation. Establishment of a referral system is obligatory by law for all local government units. In early 2011, a Council of Ministers’ Decision (Decision no.334) was signed, reconfirming the mandatory character of the Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence (CCR) at local level. The Ministry of Health has issued several Orders regarding reporting, evidencing, and provision of care to persons who experienced violence in family relations. The General Directorate of State Police has issued a manual on “Standard operation procedures for police officers for measures to prevent DV”, which includes tasks, duties and procedures a police officer must follow to ensure public order, prevent crime, investigate and interview, protect and care for survivors of violence in family relations, and implement protection orders.
In addition, Albania created a stronger data collection system through conducting Domestic Violence, Time Use and Demographic Health Surveys as well as through approval of a series of gender indicators that will mandate gender disaggregation of public statistics for a number of entities. Introduction of the 30% quota of representation in the Electoral Code and community initiatives in engaging women more intensively in electoral and decision-making processes have opened the door for a greater voice for women. In 2010 the CEDAW Committee reviewed Albania’s periodic report on implementation of the UN Convention. In December 2011 Albania signed the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Although with most of the legal framework in place, there’s still a need for the government to provide financial and human resources to implement comprehensive measures, such as setting up shelters, establishing national helplines, providing counseling services, and monitoring state and non-state actors conduct.
Despite progress, the position of women in Albania is still far from full equality with men. Violence against women remains widespread in all social strata in Albania. According to the first ever conducted national survey, out of a nationwide sample of 2,590, no less than 56% of women between the age of 15 and 49 experienced at least one type of domestic violence. The report concluded that the prevalence was most likely an underestimate.
During the period of NSGE-DV implementation 2007-2010 the number of individuals that go to court denouncing violence has increased, as well as the number of protection orders issues by the courts.
However, the number of those who experience violence but do not dare to file reports is estimated to be much higher. According to figures provided by the General Directory of the Albanian State Police (see table below), in the majority of DV cases, namely 64%, the person on which violence is inflicted is the wife, followed by children, parents and other individuals present in the household (in the statistics, their relationship to the perpetrator is not further specified). From 2008 to 2010, the number of immediate protective measures/immediate protection orders issued by the Albanian State Police increased by 70%.
To support Albania’s international commitments to the implementation of international human rights standards, gender equality, environmental sustainability, and development of national capacities the Government of Albania and the United Nations signed in 2011 the new Programme of Cooperation (PoC) 2012-2016. While UN agencies will be required to mainstream gender in all their activities and projects, the Programme also envisages interventions focused entirely or considerably on gender equality issues, organized in the following five outputs:
- Output 1.1.1. Public oversight bodies including the Parliament, Ombudsman, and the anti-discrimination commissioner have the capacity to implement appropriate policy frameworks that ensure transparency and accountability of government;
- Output 1.1.2. Civil Society and media facilitate a public demand for human rights, gender equality and access to justice including the compliance with international legal instruments and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women;
- Output 1.2.5. State institutions and local governments have the technical capacity to mainstream gender issues into legislation, strategies, policies and budgetary processes, and to implement a women’s economic empowerment strategy;
- Output 4.1.5 Action taken at national and local level to implement improved legislative and policy framework on combating gender-based violence; and
- Output 4.4.1. Key state institutions and social partners are capable to develop and implement, in a fair and inclusive manner, employment policies and programmes that meet international standards.
UN Women in coordination with other UN agencies intends to implement activities and deliver assistance under the five outputs mentioned above, building on the results, lessons learned and challenges of the previous UN assistance to GoA. In 2012 UN Women will assist the government of Albania to identify the costs related to the community coordinated response (CCR) to domestic violence. Until the end of 2011, 17 municipalities were working based on the CCR philosophy and model, undertaking all required steps foreseen in the legislation. Durres, Vlora, Tirana, Kukes and Korca municipalities will be supported to identify cost related to their CCR systems. Also, following the GoA signature of the new Council of Europe (CoE) Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, UN Women will support the GoA to develop a “road map” for progressive realization of the standards of the Convention, particularly with respect to provision of services in response to violence against women (VAW) including their respective costing. The Istanbul Convention, a landmark treaty that was open for signature and ratification on 11 May 2011, requires State parties to make the following services in response to VAW available and accessible to all those who need them: emergency hotlines available 24-hours (art 24); immediate police protection (art 50.1); health care for treatment of injuries (art 20.2); post-rape care (art 25); counseling (art 20.1); shelter and alternative safe housing (art 20.1 and 23); legal aid (art 20.1 and 57); as well as services facilitating longer term recovery from violence, such as financial assistance, education, training and assistance in finding employment (art 20.1).
In this context, in close consultation with MOLSAEO and UNDP Albania, and as a step in establishing realistic benchmarks for progressive realization of standards in the Convention, which envisages universal coverage of services in response to VAW, UN Women will support development of a roadmap for realization of standards in the Istanbul Convention, based on a study of the costs, modalities for financing and implementation of the services covered by the scope of the Convention. For this purpose, UN Women is seeking an international consultant to support the development of the study and roadmap, as described above.
MoH Order No.13, on 23 January 2008; Order No.14, on 23 January 2008; and Order No.15, on 24 January 2008
Domestic Violence in Albania: A National Population-Based Survey. INSTAT 2009.
Center for Legal and Civic Initiatives, Civil Rights Defenders Report – Implementation of law on Measures against Violence in Family Relations, 2010
UNDP Albania is providing as study of the country-specific (Albania) legal gaps for realization of measures included in the Istanbul Convention.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the UN Women Country Programme Manager and the UN Women Policy Specialist, GRB and Statistics, and in cooperation with UNDP Social Inclusion and Justice and Security Programme team, the international consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
- In cooperation with a local partner; develop the country-specific (Albania) “roadmap” for progressive realization of the range of services included in the Istanbul Convention;
- Develop the methodology for a study of the costs of the country-specific (Albania) implementation of the range of services included in the Istanbul Convention (see above), based on CoE-recommended methodologies and extensive desk review of international experiences;
- Based on information provided by the national research team, estimate data collection needs for the costing study;
- Contribute to the preparation of standardized questionnaires for relevant institutions and NGO representatives that will be used by the national research team in conducting the costing study;
- Provide inputs and feedback during the data collection phase, as well as inputs into the analysis of findings and conclusions;
- Contribute to the writing of the report analyzing the costs of the country-specific (Albania) implementation of the “roadmap” for progressive realization of the range of services included in the Istanbul Convention;
- Provide a comparative overview of different modalities for financing and implementation of the services covered by the scope of the Convention, based on international experiences.
The following deliverables are expected:
- 20-page (Times New Roman, 12 font, 1.5 spacing) description of methodology, including review of existing peer-reviewed methodologies and their adaptation to the costing of the country-specific (Albania) phased implementation (‘roadmap’) of the range of services included in the Istanbul Convention;
- 2-page (Times New Roman, 12 font, 1.5 spacing) outline of the study;
- First draft questionnaires for relevant institutions and NGOs;
- Revised questionnaires for relevant state institutions, NGOs and other partners (at least two different revisions are expected);
- Two different edits of the final report of the costing study;
- Policy paper providing a comparative overview of different modalities for financing and providing the services covered by the scope of the Convention, based on international experiences.
A local organization with experience in developing CCR will be the local partner.
- Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modeling UN values and ethical standards;
- Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Thorough understanding of gender equality, human rights and international development;
- Experience and understanding of the regional context in Central and Southeastern Europe;
- Ability to analyze issues from a multi-variable perspective in both national and comparative international context;
- Ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative data and to prepare concise briefs and summaries on key ideas;
- Creativity and resource investigation skills;
- Excellent communication skills.
Required Skills and Experience
- MA in sociology, economy or related field. PhD is an asset.
- At least ten years of proven experience with gender responsive budgeting and costing estimates;
- Proven track record of at least seven year work on policy analysis related to domestic violence against women;
- Experience in providing expertise to governments on the prevention and response to domestic violence against women;
- Experience in data collection, questionnaire development, data analysis and presentation.
- Strong English skills, both written and oral.
The completion of this consultancy assignment will take up to 35 working days in the estimated period 1 July – 30 October, 2012.
Evaluation of applicants:
Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
- Responsive to and compliant with the ToR; and
- Having received the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.
Technical Evaluation (70%) - Total points 70
- Relevant education - 15 points
- Relevant experience - 45 points
- Language – 10
Financial Evaluation (30%) - Total points 30
TOTAL - 100 points
The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:
p = 30 (μ/z)
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
μ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
Qualified and interested candidates are requested to submit their application online no later than 30 June, 2012.
The application should contain:
- Cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in applying for the position.
- Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from : http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment/); please upload the P11 instead of your CV!); please upload the P11 instead of your CV!
- Financial Proposal* - specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days, travel, per diems and any other possible costs).
Please note that failure to submit P.11 form will result in automatic exclusion of the application from selection process. UN Women applies fair and transparent selection process that would take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals.
*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...).
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UN Women on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
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.