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Establishing a Helpline at the Sharia Court in the West Bank
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home Based, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES|
|Application Deadline :||11-Nov-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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||5 months (estimated 30 working days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||5 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.
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 will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide 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 strategic plan Impact Area 3 “Women and girls live a life free of all forms of violence”, focuses on supporting the capacities of the Palestinian Government and civil society actors to prevent violence and deliver quality, accessible and coordinated services for victims and survivors of violence, which is central to the 2030 Agenda, particularly SDG 5 on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, and SDG 16 on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. In addition to that, it is fundamental to CEDAW convention, the CEDAW committee concluding observations and General recommendations, particularly GR19, 30, 33, and 35. Preventing and combatting violence against women and girls (VAWG) and enhancing women’s access to justice is also in line with the Palestinian National Policy Agenda (2017- 2022), and other key sectoral strategies, such as the National Strategy to Combat VAWG (2011-2019), the Cross Sectoral National Gender Strategy (2017- 2022) ,the Justice Sector strategy (2017- 2022), the Security Sector Strategy (2017-2011) and the Strategic Priority 2 of the Palestine United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF- 2018-2022).
UN Women since its inception in 1997 has achieved significant successes in enhancing women’s access to justice, through supporting the Justice and Security institutions to establish, institutionalize and provide gender responsive and multi- sectoral services to women victims and survivors of violence, and increasing the capacity and capability of civil society organizations to play a leading role in these achievements. These include amongst others; the establishment of the Family and Juvenile Protection Units at the Palestinian Civil Police in 11 governorates in the West Bank, the establishment of responsive specialized police, prosecutorial and judicial services, the establishment of the One Stop Center, strengthening the capacities of the Gender Units at the Justice and Security institutes, in addition to the development of key legislations, policies, Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) and others.
In line with this, UN Women has also supported civil society organizations (CSOs) in Gaza and the West Bank, to realize critical achievements related to women’s access to justice and the realization of women’s human rights. These included amongst others, the provision of responsive legal aid services to women, particularly those in conflict with the law, the preparation of key studies on women’s access to justice, the production and launching of civic education manuals that targeted UNRWA schools, with the aim of disseminating gender sensitive and human rights- based norms, the successful leading of advocacy and awareness campaigns on gender and women’s access to justice and others.
The findings of the Rapid Appraisal of the Sharia Court effectiveness in Realizing Women’s and Children’s Rights which UN Women and UNICEF within Sawasya programme has conducted in 2019, provided several recommendations to improve the services provided by Sharia courts to women and children. These included developing tools to facilitate women’s and children’s access to information about their rights, available services, procedures and other related issues, to enhance their access to justice. In line with this recommendation, and based on a thorough discussion between Sawasya programme and the Supreme Judge Department (SJD), UN Women through collaboration with UNICEF and in full coordination with the SJD, plans to support the establishment of a helpline at the Sharia Courts, to facilitate women and children access to information.
Objective of the assignment:
The assignment’s main objective is to support the Sharia Courts in the West Bank to establish a helpline to facilitate women’s and children’s access to information and guidance in sharia court matters, as stipulated in applicable personal status laws, services provided at Sharia courts, followed procedures, and others, to enhance their access to justice
More specifically, this assignment has two main folds:
The first: To develop an operational plan to guide the establishment/ designing of the helpline. The plan should be based on analysis of opportunities, needs in terms of physical and ICT infrastructure challenges, and an understanding with the Supreme Judge Department on the scope and geographical coverage of the helpline. The plan should take into consideration the logistical, procedural and human resources aspects, amongst other related aspects, and should be guided by international standards and best practices, and in line with national laws. It should also make use of experiences of other stakeholders, including governmental and non-governmental at the national, regional and international levels.
The second: To oversee and support the designing and structuring of the helpline, including overseeing the piloting phase (3 months) of the helpline. This should include providing advice and technical support as needed, documentation of progress, recommended and unrecommended practices, challenges, opportunities, and other related tasks as relevant
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision 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 and UNICEF 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:
The assignment should be based on a participatory approach and ensure adherence with gender and children justice standards and safeguards. It should cover the perspectives of judges, lawyers, and other service providers at the Sharia Court, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders as relevant. It should also build on national, regional, and international strategies and standards related to responsive helpline, particularly in family/ sharia court matters.
2. Implementation phase:
3. Final report:
To submit a final narrative report that includes a description of the assignment, the achievements, used methodology, main findings, lessons learned and recommendations for future interventions.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:
Required Skills and Experience
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:
Note: Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Please upload as one attachment of the documents as mentioned above online through this website
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 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for financial evaluation.
Technical Evaluation (70%) – max. 70 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.