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National Consultant for the Development of Guidelines for a National Toll-Free Hotline for Survivors of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based with possible travel to Dar es Salaam and Dodoma, Tanzania, TANZANIA|
|Application Deadline :||07-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Sixty (60) working days within five months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Sixty (60) working days within five months|
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. Placing women’s rights at the centre of its efforts, UN Women is mandated to lead and coordinate United Nations’ system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment are translated into action. It is also mandated to provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
In Tanzania, UN Women is partnering with the Tanzania Police Force (TPF) to implement the Five-year National Plan of Action to End Violence Against Women and Children (NPA-VAWC) (2017/18 – 2021/22). The Plan aims at eliminating all forms of violence against women and children in Tanzania by 50 percent by 2021/22. One of the NPA-VAWC strategies is to develop a comprehensive and integrated protection system delivering coordinated, quality, and timely support to women and children affected by violence.
UN Women has supported Tanzania Police Force since 2012. In recent years, the TPF has improved the availability, accessibility, and quality of essential services to survivors of violence against women and girls (VAWG), by strengthening the Police Gender and Children’s Desks (PGCDs), building the capacity of the police officers serving at the PGCDs, and sensitizing the communities in question to the presence of the PGCDs and VAWG response in general. As a result of the previous projects, women and girls are better informed to report incidences of VAWG.
However, there is a need for scaling up the availability and accessibility of quality essential services for survivors of VAWG. For the moment, women above 18 years old have limited access to report VAWG in Tanzania directly to the PGCDs, and in many cases long distances (to the PGCDs) prevent women from reporting and accessing services. Hence, the need for easier accessibility of quality essential services. Tanzania Police Force runs a Hotline for criminal offences in general, as well as for crimes against children, but there is a need for a specific Hotline to reach women and girl survivors of violence with trained officials receiving the calls and responding to the varied needs rising from multitude of different forms of VAWG in the country, including but not limited to sexual violence, domestic and intimate partner violence, FGM, and sextortion, and referring the women and girls to the appropriate Police Gender and Children’s Desks and other support services for more support.
The lack of a national hotline for survivors of VAWG is recognized in the country and establishing such a service would impact positively on the overall accessibility of essential services for VAWG survivors in Tanzania. VAWG Hotlines can also be a helpful barometer for measuring the impact of public education campaigns and can provide information to guide new interventions. They can be used to clarify information on misconceptions and myths on VAWG. Besides, hotlines can provide information for improved VAWG related services. By responding to the request of the Tanzania Police Force on the establishment of a national toll-free VAWG hotline, more women and girls would be reached and be able to access available services.
The recognized need by the Tanzania Police Force to establish such a service is supported by best practices from the region, such as Malawi and Kenya, where UN Women has supported the establishment of VAWG hotlines which provide safe and easily accessible platforms to report VAWG cases. Examples from other countries in the region demonstrate an increase in the overall reporting of sexual violence, which was previously underreported due to distance to the services, stigmatization, sensitive nature of sexual violence, and the lack of confidentiality in reporting. Establishing such a service would impact positively and add value to the current service provision for VAWG survivors in Tanzania.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main objective of the assignment is to provide technical support to the Tanzania Police Force on the development of National Guidelines for the National Toll-Free Hotline for Survivors of VAWG in Tanzania. In particular, the consultant will:
The Guidelines on the VAWG Hotline should be developed through a consultative and comprehensive process. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be established by UN Women and TPF Gender and Children’s Desk Team to review each of the deliverables to meet international standards and ensure alignment of regional and international best practices for the establishment of VAWG Hotlines and the national interests and needs for the Hotline. The TAC will include relevant national stakeholders (government representatives, women’s rights organizations and service providers, survivor advocates, UN Agencies, including UN Women) and interested and relevant donors already supporting the Tanzanian Police Force.
Coordination, Reporting and Accountability of the Assignment
Implementation Timeframe and Deliverables:
The assignment is for a fixed period of 60 working days, commencing 1st October 2021, and continuing through 28th February 2022, when the Final Guidelines will be due for submission.
The consultant will be expected to deliver the following:
Payment Schedule and Deliverables/Tasks
Payments are based on the review and approval of each deliverable by UN Women, Tanzania Police Force and the Technical Advisory Committee. The total fees payable for the assignment for a period of 60 working days – 100%.
Key Performance Indicators:
Core Values/Guiding Principles:
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Gender Studies, Development Studies, Policing, Legal Studies or related field.
Excellent writing and presentation skills in English, with additional fluency in Kiswahili.
Cover letter outlining suitability for the job, providing initial observations on the Terms of Reference, and an outline of the methodology he/she would use; a financial offer including travel costs in TZS for completion of the required tasks.
Please note that applications without a completed and signed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
UN Women Personal History form (P-11) can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment .
UNWOMEN 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.