UN Women Police Handbook Expert

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Location : Homebased, SENEGAL
Application Deadline :08-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :45 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.


Violence against women and girls (‘VAWG’) is one of the most serious and universal human rights violations. Only a minority of VAWG cases are ever reported to the police by survivors. Of these cases, a smaller percentage result in charges brought against perpetrators, and even fewer convictions. A positive initial contact experience with police is therefore crucial for survivors of violence. A high-quality police and justice response must be available and accessible to all women and girls who are navigating an often-complex justice system, especially those who are most marginalized and are at greater risk of experiencing violence. Survivors must feel that their complaint is being taken seriously. 
VAWG has numerous short and long-term impacts for survivors’ physical and mental health, well-being and safety. Research has established that women and girls experiencing violence utilize health services more frequently and are more likely to report a worse health status and quality of life than those who do not experience violence  . VAWG also has a ripple effect for families, communities, wider society and the economy. For example, lost employment and productivity (work and school), impede long-term economic growth. If unaddressed, VAWG has serious cost implications and consequences for poverty reduction and development, including hampering efforts to achieve the SDGs and the 2030 sustainable development agenda. Senegal, like many African countries, has adopted the concern of the international community to put an end to gender-based violence, which remains a national problem despite the great strides taken by the government and the commitment and mobilisation of stakeholders to put an end to it.

This violence constitutes a violation of human rights, an attack on the dignity and freedom of women and girls who are for the most part the victims. Gender-based violence among women and girls remains a serious concern. It is rooted in stereotypes, social norms and gender-based discrimination, which perpetuate it.  Sexual violence, physical violence, marital violence, cultural practices (excision, child marriage) and other types of new violence linked to social networks, economic violence etc. are present and affect the lives of women and girls. 
In 2012, in 8 regions of Senegal the number of cases of VAW recorded in the courts more than doubled in the space of 5 years and sexual violence represented 60% of cases reported in health structures (UN Women). Between 2012 and 2015 in all regions of Senegal, 16.6% of learners reported having been victims of GBV; 16.7% of female workers aged between 20 and 40 years old surveyed reported having been victims of violence in their workplace (GESTES)  The prevalence of female genital mutilation in Senegal remained high, dropping from 25% in 2014 to 24% in 2015, then to 23% in 2016 and 24% in 2017 (DHS), The percentage of women who think that, for at least one reason, it is justified for a man to beat his wife, decreased slightly between 2011 and 2017 from 60% to 46%, while among men the percentage recorded an increase from 25% to 28%.

The prevalence rate of child marriage is still 31%. It is 34% in 11 countries in West and Central Africa (UN Women). Sexual violence alone is estimated to account for more than 58% of GBV cases in Senegal. The results of a study on cases of GBV recorded in judicial, health and security structures in eight regions showed that cases of GBV reported in courts, gendarmeries, police and health structures have more than doubled in the space of five years, with rape leading the way with more than 50% of cases recorded between 2006 and 2010. The Association des Juristes Sénégalaises (AJS) recorded, between January and November 2015, 250 cases of rape, including 52 followed by pregnancy and 25 cases of incest.

The Joint Global Programme on Essential Services:
Providing access to a set of quality, accessible, multi-sectoral and coordinated services can enable women and girls to break recurrent cycles of violence and to mitigate its consequences. Through the UN Joint Global Programme on Essential Services for Women and Girls subject to Violence (‘the Joint Programme’), UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, UNDP and UNODC developed guidance on the provision of multi-sectoral essential services (health, police, justice and social services, and coordination of these services) and responses that should be provided for women and girls who are vulnerable to or who have experienced violence.
This guidance - the Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence: Core Elements and Quality Guidelines  - is currently being implemented in a new phase of the joint UN programme of work on essential services (2020-2022), alongside other tools on essential services  and sector-specific tools  in selected pilot countries  , with a view to supporting and advocating for a wider global rollout. This programme of work is also providing technical assistance to a number of ‘self-starter’  countries worldwide including Ethiopia that are engaged in the roll-out of all or part of these standards. 

In spite of these efforts, however, in the police and justice sector in many countries, there is still lack of effective regulations and clear procedures involving cases of VAWG, as well as a comprehensive VAWG investigations training for law enforcement. Only a minority of VAWG cases are ever reported to the police. Of these cases, a smaller percentage result in charges brought against perpetrators, and even fewer convictions. A positive initial contact experience with police is therefore crucial for victims and survivors of violence. A high-quality police and justice response must be available and accessible to all women and girls who are navigating an often-complex justice system, especially those who are most marginalized and are at greater risk of experiencing violence. Survivors must feel that their complaint is being taken seriously.

Duties and Responsibilities

The policing expert will be expected to assist national police partners to ‘operationalize’ the UN Women Handbook on Gender-Responsive Policing Services, providing the ‘how to’ and an exchange of experiences in relation to responding to VAWG in a transformational way ensuring a victim centered approach and building trust and confidence in local communities. The Handbook provides police/LE organisations with relevant and practical guidance, for them to own the problem and commit to implementation at an institutional level.

Critical to the success of the handbook will be ensuring the police/LE, at institutional level accept responsibility for its implementation and recognise the benefits it can bring, not just to victims/survivors of VAWG but also to the effectiveness of the police organisation as a whole. It is therefore vital that UN Women and the corresponding police institutions in Ethiopia can be supported by having access to a cadre of policing experts to facilitate various aspects of the handbook’s implementation.

L'expert en maintien de l'ordre devra aider les partenaires de la police nationale à "opérationnaliser" le manuel de l'ONU Femmes sur les services de police sensibles au genre, en fournissant le "comment faire" et un échange d'expériences en ce qui concerne la réponse à la VEF d'une manière transformationnelle en assurant une approche centrée sur la victime et en construisant la confiance dans les communautés locales. Le manuel fournit aux organisations de police/LE des conseils pertinents et pratiques, afin qu'elles s'approprient le problème et s'engagent à le mettre en œuvre au niveau institutionnel.

Pour que le manuel soit un succès, il est essentiel de s'assurer que la police/LE, au niveau institutionnel, accepte la responsabilité de sa mise en œuvre et reconnaisse les avantages qu'il peut apporter, non seulement aux victimes/survivantes de la VEF, mais aussi à l'efficacité de l'organisation policière dans son ensemble. Il est donc essentiel qu'ONU Femmes et les institutions de police correspondantes en Éthiopie puissent être soutenues en ayant accès à un cadre d'experts en maintien de l'ordre pour faciliter les différents aspects de la mise en œuvre du manuel.


The expert will work on the following deliverables in five phases. :




Tentataive dates

Phase 1.

In collaboration with the Handbook Rollout Team, provide technical assistance in the presentation of Handbook to Police Hierarchy


One day

8 November  

Phase 2.

In collaboration with the Handbook Rollout Team undertake and report on the Gap Analysis for pilot sites

13 days

2 Days report preparation

1 Day workshop

Start by 10 November

Phase 3

Develop Pilot Implementation proposal (including monitoring and evaluation process)

2 Days proposal development

1 Day proposal presentation


Start by 02 December

Phase 4

Facilitate Initial preparation for Implementation of Pilot(s) including implementation report.


15 Days


 06 December

Phase 5,

Roll out of handbook at pilot sites including providing technical support to UN Women country offices and national rule of law partners on issues relating to gender-responsive policing (e.g., institution building, capacity-building on VAWG investigations, M&E etc.)


Start by 27 December


The assignment is 8 November 2021 (anticipated start date) for a maximum of 45 days with in three months. The expert may be required to travel during the course of the consultancy, as deemed necessary and appropriate, and in accordance with UN Women guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contract Supervision

Under the overall guidance of the EVAWG program Specialist, the consultant will work closely with the EVAWG program .


Core Competencies:

  • Integrity: Demonstrates consistency in upholding and promoting the values of the United Nations in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
  • Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
  • Respect for Diversity: Demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multiethnic environment
  • Collaborating and Partnering: Able to develop and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Effective communication and Information Sharing: Facilitates and encourages open communication and strives for effective communication;
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stays composed and positive even in difficult moments, handles tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and has strong interpersonal skills;
  • Conflict Management: Addresses conflicts that surface proactively, acknowledging different feelings and views, and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution;
  • Developing and Sharing Knowledge: Seeks out learning and actively shares knowledge for collective reflection;
  • Capacity Building: Able to empower others towards change and improvement;
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Demonstrates informed and transparent decision-making.

Functional Competencies:

  • Planning and organizing: Identifies priority activities and assignments; uses time efficiently; sets and meets realistic goals;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Ability to track progress by applying SMART indicators and advise on related performance management and learning;
  • Respect for diversity: Ability to work with different actors, including through remote contact;
  • Ability to multi-task and address competing priorities;
  • Demonstrates consistency in upholding and promoting the values of the United Nations in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
  • Ability to work in high-pressured environment and to handle logistical details;
  • Strong sense of responsibility, confidentiality and accountability;
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Technological awareness: Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology. Is proficient in MS Office, particularly Word, Excel, and Power Point

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications Education:

A first-level university degree (Bachelor) degree in law, human rights, public policy/administration, gender studies or similar, advanced university degree (Masters) would be considered as an asset.

  • Career in policing, prosecutions, Judiciary, or other Justice Service Provider or other Law Enforcement, (e.g., Border Security, Immigration, etc.), including support staff (civilian);
  • At least 3 years of progressive experience in the areas of human rights, gender equality, prevention and response to VAWG, promoting gender-responsive policing, gender and security sector reform.

  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in the area Promoting Gender-Responsive Policing, gender and security sector reform, and/or police/Law Enforcement Responses to VAWG; Desirable
  • Detailed understanding of the full range of ethical and safety issues associated with developing guidance on investigations of crimes of violence against women and girls and demonstrated ability to address these; Necessary.
  • Experience (including demonstrated programme experience) of working internationally and/or with the UN system on issues related to violence against women and girls; Desirable experience of working with UN Women an asset;
  • Experience advising justice and security actors and their partners including in complex and fragile environments; Desirable
  • Strong personal commitment to gender equality and human rights; Necessary
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong analytical skills; Necessary
  • Experience of work in Senegal and Western region is an asset;

  • Fluency in English is required; fluency/working knowledge of other UN languages, especially French and Spanish, a definite asset. Necessary (English) and desirable (Other languages)

Payment Installations

Instalment of Payment/ Period

Deliverables or Documents to be Delivered

Approval should be obtained

Percentage of Payment

1st Instalment 

Upon completion of phase two of the rollout schedule

Programme Specialist- EVAWG


2nd Instalment

Upon completion of phase four of the rollout schedule


3rd   Instalment

Upon completion of phase five and submission of Final report of the roll-out process and outcomes












All raw data files, consent forms and relevant documentation must be returned to UN Women before release of final payment.


The Consultant shall not either during the term or after termination of the assignment, disclose any proprietary or confidential information related to the consultancy service without prior written consent. Proprietary interests on all materials and documents prepared by the consultants under the assignment shall become and remain properties of UNDP / UN Women.

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