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Individual National Consultant to develop Anti Sexual Harassment Policy for Uganda Police Force.
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Kampala, UGANDA|
|Application Deadline :||17-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 :||37 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||37 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.
Under its Strategic Note 2016-2020 which has been extended pending the finalization of the new Strategic Note 2021-2025, the Uganda Country Office focuses on delivering programmes under four thematic areas:
The Uganda Police Force (UPF or the Force) was established pursuant to Article 211 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. The UPF has a constitutional mandate to protect life and property, preserve law and order, and prevent and detect crime, as well as maintain overall security and public safety in Uganda. In carrying out this mandate, UPF is obligated to respect and protect human rights for all, including the rights of gender equality and freedom from gender-based discrimination. High caliber police personnel, including women and men, are indispensable to achieving this mandate and ensuring service delivery to the public in accordance with the rights and obligations set out in the Constitution.
Context and Rationale
With support from UN Women, UPF developed a Gender Policy and Strategy 2019 – 2023. The Policy provides a guiding framework to the Police Force in its responsibility to fulfill the principle of non-discrimination and the fair and equal treatment of all, in the exercise of its institutional mandate and contribute to gender responsive policing in Uganda. In the medium to long term, a more gender responsive UPF will contribute to greater access to justice for women and girls, and a society in which there is greater respect for human rights and rule of law in Uganda.
UPF has taken steps to address specific gender issues in policing in Uganda and internal concerns regarding discrimination, lack of opportunity, and equality for women and men who serve in the Force. These interventions include: the establishment of the Departments of Women Affairs, Child and Family Protection (CFP), and Sexual Offences under the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID); the inclusion of modules on Gender, Human Rights, and Child Protection in the curriculum for the initial training of police officers; and the practice of affirmative action in recruitment and promotion of female officers. The UPF has also worked with the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development (MGLSD) and partners in the UN and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to enhance its gender responsive practices.
During consultations for the development of the gender policy there were numerous concerns raised by female officers about sexual harassment, which was said to contribute to women’s desertion from the police. There is an inherent culture of denial, trivialization and justification of incidents of sexual harassment, which leads to perpetuation of sexual violence against women in the UPF . In addition, the absence of trusted mechanisms to handle such issues coupled with intimidation often discourages victims from seeking justice, particularly when the alleged harasser is a senior. As a result, there is a perception that mechanisms for handling complaints are inadequate and mostly situated at a few stations, mainly in urban areas, leaving most female officers vulnerable and without access to redress facilities. It was further noted during the same consultations, that whilst the UPF established a Department of Women Affairs (DWA) to address some of the challenges that affect female officers, and with a specific remit to address sexual harassment, the DWA is critically under resourced, both financially and physically, leaving it unable to carry out its functions effectively. Policewomen have also noted the lack of clarity in handling petitions.
The Gender Policy was explicitly developed to address sexual harassment within the UPF and concerns with inadequate responses among other gender concerns and mandates the institution to put in place measures to deal with sexual harassment, exploitation, and abuse in the workplace.
It is against this background that UN Women and UPF are seeking the services of a national consultant to provide technical support for the development an Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy for the Uganda Police Force (UPF).
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the Assignment:
The overall objective of the assignment is to develop a comprehensive anti- sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and abuse policy with implementation mechanisms.
Scope of Work and Deliverables:
Under the supervision of UN Women’s Access to Justice Programme Specialist, and UPF Department of Women Affairs, the consultant will:
The contractor’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, comprehensiveness, readability, structure, accuracy, quality of the products delivered and alignment to agreed principles and standards. The evaluation will be carried out and cleared by the appointed task force composed of UN Women and UPF.
Core Values and Guiding Principles:
Required Skills and Experience
Required Skills and Experience
The assignment will be undertaken by an individual with the competencies indicated below.
Experience and Skills
The consultants should submit their application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):