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International Consultant to Support Focus Group & in-depth interviews Discussions on Violence Against Women in Politics (VAWP) at local level in Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Tunisia
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based, EGYPT|
|Application Deadline :||10-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||15 working days|
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, 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.
Women’s leadership and political participation are one of UN Women’s primary areas of work as mandated in its inception, recognizing the integral role of women in strong and stable democratic processes. Through its Leadership and Governance section, UN Women works to implement Output 4 of the Entity’s Strategic Plan 2018-21 “More women of all ages fully participate, lead and engage in political institutions and processes”.
To promote the leadership and participation of women in all levels of decision-making processes, UN Women works with a range of stakeholders including women leaders and aspiring candidates, national parliaments and parliamentarians, political parties, media, civil society organizations, and electoral management bodies, in coordination with UN partner Entities, through a wide range of interventions which include: i) support gender-responsive legal reforms and institutional processes to advance women’s participation and representation (including initiatives to address violence against women in politics); ii) build capacities of women leaders and aspiring candidates; iii) promote change of gender norms through advocacy and outreach initiatives targeting communities, political leaders and the media; iv) support women leaders in gender-responsive political institutions, and v) support measurement and monitoring of women’s political participation and its obstacles.
Despite some country case studies and regional initiatives, global data and research on women’s participation and representation in local government lagged, resulting in a significant knowledge gap. The integration of SDG indicator 5.5.1b in the SDG monitoring framework, acknowledges the importance of a whole government approach and women’s voices and leadership at the local level. Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Tunisia have been reporting on SDG 5.5.1b and the proportion of elected seats held by women in deliberative bodies of local government (%):
But no indicator reflects on the obstacles women face while being active in the political spheres at the local level. One of the main obstacles is Violence Against Women in Politics (VAWP).
UN Women defines VAWP as:
“Violence against women in political life is any act of, or threat of, gender-based violence, resulting in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering to women, that prevents them from exercising and realizing their political rights, whether in public or private spaces, including the right to vote and hold public office, to vote in secret and to freely campaign, to associate and assemble, and to enjoy the freedom of opinion and expression. Such violence can be perpetrated by a family member, community member and or by the State...”
VAWP can take many forms, from misogynistic and sexist verbal attacks, psychological to the most commonplace acts of harassment and sexual harassment, and it is also perpetrated online. Types of VAWP range from psychological, sexual, and physical, and, more recently, cyber acts of violence. Assassinations, physical violence, including rape and sexual harassment, sexist remarks, verbal abuse, and threats of reprisal are used as tools to intimidate, humiliate, and, worse, put an end to a woman’s political career.
In the Arab States, very limited data is available on VAWP in all its forms, even less so at the local level, and whenever available, all forms of VAW are not considered. For instance, it is only recently that studies have started considering VAW conducted online. Anecdotal data from Tunisia found that “80 percent of women in Tunisia have experienced violence on the internet”. Moreover, some groups of women in the region, including human rights defenders, women in politics, journalists, bloggers find themselves targeted by ICT-facilitated violence. With the spread of violent extremist ideas in some countries of the region, and shrinking space for civil society and women’s rights, violence towards women leaders and activists has increased:
In most cases, VAWP goes underreported to formal institutions due to the culture of silence, stigma, and impunity associated with gender-based violence.
Objective of the Assignment:
In this context, the UN Women ROAS seeks to support a multicountry study on VAWP at the local level (Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Tunisia). The study will document and quantify experiences of women in politics at the local level, with a particular focus on assessing their obstacles to political participation, including the experiences of violence, forms of violence, risk and protective factors, help-seeking behaviors, and consequences it may have on women’s health, well-being as well as on their political participation and leadership. In view of the increasing use of social media in the region to frustrate women’s political engagement, the study will also have a particular emphasis on this form of violence. This information will be complemented by an assessment of the national legislative and policy frameworks on women’s political participation and VAWP, enabling the identification of entry points for strengthening the monitoring, normative and institutional framework on VAWP. The information harnessed will serve to inform programme content and direction.
Considering that the study (including both qualitative and quantitative components) must be finalized in 2021, the focus group discussions are intended to be organized in late August-early September 2021, with the exact dates and modalities to be discussed and agreed on by UN Women, with guidance from the International Consultant.
Duties and Responsibilities
The International Consultant will work under the supervision of the UN Women Regional Policy Adviser on Women’s Political Participation and will work closely with UN Women HQ. The International Consultant will provide timely technical support and coordination required to organize, conduct and report on focus group discussions and in-depth interviews to be undertaken in Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Tunisia with key national stakeholders and locally elected women. The purpose of these interviews is to (i) assess the relevance of the draft questionnaire on the VAWP study at the local level (draft which will be prepared by UN Women); (ii) collect information and testimonies of elected women’s personal experiences of VAWP at the local level; and (iii) assess current national measures to address VAWP, including mechanisms to report and respond to VAWP.
The focus group discussions and in-depth interviews are to be held between the last week of August and the first half of September.
To achieve this objective, the International Consultant will undertake the following tasks:
Deliverables of the International Consultant include the following listed below:
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637
Required Skills and Experience
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the financial evaluation.
Criteria Weight Technical: 70% (70 points)
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 70. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on the following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points (i.e., 49 points) will be considered as a technically qualified candidate.
Financial: Lowest Financial Proposal: 30% (30 points)
The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:
Interested Individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all of them since the online application submission does only permit uploading one file per application. Incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW, and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.