Strengthening the Capacity of Caregivers to Provide Responsive Services to Elderly Women with Disability, West Bank



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Location : Home Based, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Application Deadline :05-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Oct-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :06 months (estimated 30 working days)
Expected Duration of Assignment :06 months (estimated 30 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.


Background

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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN Women plays an innovative and catalytic role in the State of Palestine since its inception in 1997 (As UNIFEM). UN Women Palestine Office focuses its activities on one overarching goal, namely, to support the implementation at the national level of existing international commitments to advance gender equality in line with the national priorities. In support of this goal, and thoroughly taking into consideration the specificities of the Palestinian context, UN Women concentrates its efforts and interventions toward the realization of following strategic goals:  Mainstreaming gender in governance, peace and security; Supporting women's economic security and rights; and Promoting women’s rights and protection against violence.

UN Women, as part of its’ global goals and commitments towards empowering women and enhancing gender equality and women’s access to justice is exerting efforts towards supporting the furthest left behind groups of women and girls’ victims and survivors of violence who face intersectional and compounded forms of Gender-Based violence (GBV), including physical, legal, psychosocial, economic, and sexual violence, which increase their marginalization and vulnerability. Deeply rooted discriminatory social norms and stereotypes reinforce the marginalization of the excluded groups within their families and the society at large. These norms and stereotypes are also reflected and translated into discriminatory laws and policies that reinforce exclusion and discrimination against them, in addition to the complete lack of responsive services to meet their needs, and the existence of non-responsive services that have not been adapted to the needs of the most marginalized, excluded and furthest left behind groups of women and girls’ victims and survivors of violence.

Under its work within SHAML Project -  Enhancing the Protection and Reintegration of Furthest Left Behind Groups of Women and Girls, funded by the Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UN Women will capitalize on the ongoing efforts exerted by the different actors, particularly the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), and the Ministry of Social Development ( MoSD) in relation to realizing the rights, and enhancing the status and services provided to the furthest left behind groups of women and girls’ victims and survivors of violence, and further support  related national and local initiatives. .  

The furthest left behind groups of women and girls that are targeted by the project are the seven groups of women and girls who are denied access to sheltering services as per the Cabinet’s decision of 2011 on Protection Centers for Women Victims of Violence: women who have committed crimes (misdemeanors and felonies) and are executing court sentences, women with physical and mental disabilities, substance abuse cases, women accused of prostitution, women or girls who have infectious diseases, women who form a threat to other women, and girls who are below the age of 18, in addition to elderly women particularly those with mental or physical disabilities.

Within this framework, UN women is working in partnership with the MoSD to enhance the wellbeing of elderly women with disabilities and accelerate the realization and fulfillment of their rights. In this regards, UN Women is working closely with the Elderly House in Jericho “Bayt Al Ajdad”, to enhance the capacities of the caregivers, to provide responsive services to elderly people, with specific focus on elderly women with mental and /or physical disabilities.   

Elderly women with disabilities face intersectional discrimination based on age, gender and disability. They often face multiple compounded obstacles, including attitudinal, environmental and institutional barriers, which increase their vulnerability, and lead to the violation of their human rights including their access to protection and re-integration services, including rehabilitation and psyche social services, that enhance their self-confidence, and interaction with their peers, families and the community.

 

Objective of the assignment:

UN Women is planning to contract a national consultant to develop and implement a capacity building programme, targeting care givers at elderly houses to enhance their knowledge and capacity, and enable them to provide responsive services to elderly women with mental and/ or physical disabilities.

More precisely, this assignment evolves around the below sub- objectives:

1.To raise the awareness of care givers on the special situation of elderly women with disability, and the intersectional compounded discrimination

2.To enhance the skills and capacities of care givers, to ensure the provision of responsive services to the elderly, with due attention to the vulnerability of elderly women with mental and /or physical disabilities.

The capacity building programme will target caregivers working at residential care homes for the elderly run by the government and selected CSOs.  It will include the below main components:

  1. Basic knowledge and principles: Intersectionality of age, gender and disability; ageing and mental health issues; equality and diversity issues; privacy, dignity and ethical issues; person- centered approaches in providing care.
  2. Basic skills on duty of care: hygiene care; physical and emotional care; health, safety and first aid; infection prevention and control; and warning signs of abuse and violence.    
  3. Communication skills and creational activities.
  4. Selfcare of care givers; selfcare and work burn out.

The training should apply a participatory approach, to allow participants to share views, information, experiences and challenges they face at their work in an open and enabling training environment. The training programme should include different training tools, such as case studies, PowerPoint Presentations, amongst other tools and materials


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Special Representative in the State of Palestine, the direct supervision of UN Women Programme Specialist, and working in close cooperation and coordination with UN Women technical team, the selected consultant will undertake the following tasks, duties, and responsibilities:

1. Inception phase:

Develop an inception report that includes a detailed description of the work plan, and methodology, and share it with UN Women for review and approval, following the below tasks:

  • Meet with UN Women’s technical team and stakeholders, to discuss the assignment’s objectives, methods and tools that will be used, and the main deliverables.
  • Develop a methodology and a detailed work plan and share with UN Women for feedback. The workplan should include the main objectives of the assignment, deliverables, time frame and initial outline of the capacity building programme.  

2. Implementation phase:

Develop and deliver the capacity building programme:

  • To meet with Care givers at selected elderly houses and other relevant staff to assess and identify the knowledge and skills gaps, and priorities as pertaining to the provision of responsive services to elderly women with disability.
  • Share the main findings of the capacity assessment with UN women and partners for discussion and inputs.
  • Based on the findings of the capacity assessment, to develop a capacity building programme.
  • To share the capacity building programme with UN Women for inputs and approval.
  • To deliver two sets of capacity building programme (8 days each - 16 days in total), over 4 months.

3. Final report:

To submit a final narrative report that includes a description of the assignment, the achievements, used methodology, main findings of pre and post capacity assessment, lessons learned and recommendations for future interventions. Annexes should include the capacity building programme, agenda, pre and post assessment, list of participants, utilized methodology and others.

 

Deliverables: 

Deliverable 1:

A. An approved inception report that includes the work plan, the methodological framework, and the timeline for the deliverables, in English. (Expected delivery date:  two weeks after the signing of the contract)

B. Successful delivery of 8 training days training. (Expected delivery date: two months after the signing of the contract)

Deliverable 2: Successful delivery of the 8 days training. (Expected delivery date: 4 months after the signing of the contract)

Deliverable 3: A final approved report in English that includes description of the assignment, methodology used, target groups, lessons learned, recommendations for future related programming. (Expected delivery date:  5 months after the signing of the contract)


Competencies

Core Values: 

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender, disability and elderly people issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

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

Functional Competencies: 

  • Ability to conduct need assessment through consultation with stakeholders;
  • Very strong background on gender;
  • Strong knowledge of elderly care services.
  • Familiarity with the concepts, practices, and procedures of the home care industry
  • Ability to manage time and meet tight deadlines;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Proven networking, organizational and communication skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Education: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN or BScN), or Bachelor of Nursing (BN), or Bachelor of science (BS) with major in Nursing.  A master’s degree in community health is an assist. 

Experience:

  • At least 4 years professional working experience in the field Geriatric care. Working in a residential home care for the elderly is an asset.
  • At least 2 previous assignments in developing and delivering professional trainings specifically in areas related to the elderly care systems and services.
  • At least 2 previous assignments in areas related to gender, violence against women and disability (conducting training, writing reports and policy paper, etc…)
  • Experience with the UN system or/and International Organizations is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Professional knowledge of English, and fluency in Arabic

Evaluation Criteria: 

This SSA modality is governed by UN Women General Terms and Conditions. UN Women will only be able to respond to applicants who meet the minimum requirements.

Candidates should clearly indicate how they meet the above-mentioned criteria in their applications.

The following documents should be submitted as part of the application. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials:

  • UN Women P11 including experience in similar assignments; the P11 form can be downloaded at http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment, a signed copy should be submitted;

Candidates should have the ability to quickly submit degree certificates, medical certification (of good health) expression of Interest (EoI).

Evaluation of applicants:

This SSA modality is governed by UN Women General Terms and Conditions. UN Women will only be able to respond to applicants who meet the minimum requirements.

Candidates should clearly indicate how they meet the above-mentioned criteria in their applications.

The following documents should be submitted as part of the application. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials:

  • UN Women P11 including experience in similar assignments; the P11 form can be downloaded at http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment, a signed copy should be submitted;

Candidates should have the ability to quickly submit degree certificates, medical certification (of good health) expression of Interest (EoI).

Evaluation of applicants:

Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications mentioned above, and financial proposal. A contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer receives the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 50/70 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for financial evaluation. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 40/60 in desk review will be invited for technical Interview.

Technical Evaluation (70%) – max. 70 points:

  •  Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN or BScN), or Bachelor of Nursing (BN), or Bachelor of science (BS) with major in Nursing.  A master’s degree in community health is an assist.  (max. 10 points)
  • At least 4 years professional working experience in the field of Geriatric care. Working in a residential home care for the elderly is an asset. (max. 15 points)
  • At least 2 previous assignments in developing and delivering professional trainings specifically in areas related to the elderly care systems and services. (max. 10 points)
  • At least 2 previous assignments in areas related to gender, violence against women and disability (conducting training, writing reports and policy paper, etc.) (max. 10 points)
  • Experience with the UN system or/and International Organizations is an asset (max. 5 points)
  • A sample of a previously developed training programme or analysis on the rights of elderly people. (max. 10 points)
  • Technical Interview (max. 10 points)

Financial Evaluation (30%) – max. 30 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)

Using the following values:

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

µ = price of the lowest priced proposal

z = price of the proposal being evaluated

Only long-listed candidates will be contacted.

Financial proposal. Shortlisted candidate will be requested to submit a financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount breaking down a daily professional fee, proposed number of working days and any related expenses, i.e. travel and communications expenses.



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