International Consultant to conduct the 3rd NAPVAW Evaluation



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Location : Home-based, Phnom Penh and missions to the provinces, Cambodia, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :02-Oct-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :7d 16h 6m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
13-Oct-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :4 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :4 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.


Background

I. 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.

The UN Women Cambodia Country Office (CCO) Strategic Note (SN) 2019-2023 focuses on three key priorities to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE). The first priority is to strengthen government capacity and accountability to integrate international norms and commitments (CEDAW, SDGs, Beijing PfA, Sendai) into national legislative and regulatory frameworks, including supporting dialogue and CSO engagement in accountability for GEWE commitments.  The second area of focus is Ending Violence Against Women where CCO’s focus includes creating an enabling environment to prevent, respond to and prosecute all forms of GBV as well as ensuring that marginalised women who experience violence, including women migrant workers, access services and protections.  Thirdly, CCO works to enhance gender responsiveness in climate change action and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).  A focus on empowerment, women’s leadership, challenging negative gender norms and leaving no one behind runs through the programme.

In Cambodia, an estimated 1 in 5 women[1] report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, and 4 percent of women report having experienced sexual violence by a non-partner after the age of 15.[2]  The COVID 19 pandemic is increasing the risk for these already high rates of violence against women (VAW). Initially the direct impact of COVID-19 and the number of cases was low to date in numbers to date with indirect impacts increasing stressors on families due to impact to a downturn in key economic sectors, returning migrant workers (both nationally and internationally). However, in February 2021, community spread of COVID 19 began with an increase from about 500 identified cases to an estimated 128,000 in February 2022. This increased burden on the health and response systems, coupled with financial constraints, increased care burdens, and school closures, are increasing stress and women are at risk of higher levels of violence and putting strains on the already inadequate response systems. 

UN Women’s EVAW Programme in Cambodia is aligned with UN Joint Global Programme (JP)—the Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence (ESP). In 2019, as part of Phase II of the Joint Programme, under the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) leadership and with the support of UN Women, the third National Action Plan to Prevent Violence against Women 2019-2023 (3rd NAPVAW) was drafted. The 3rd NAPVAW was adopted by the councils of ministers in 2020 and launched in January 2021 with the overarching goal to reduce violence against all women and girls, including those at increased risk or with challenges in accessing services through increased prevention interventions, improved response, such as increased access to quality multi-sectoral services, and multi-sectoral coordination and cooperation. Four key areas have been identified as primary areas of focus:1) Prevention; 2) Legal Protection and Multi-Sectoral Services; 3) Formulation and Implementation of Laws and Policies; and 4) Review, Monitoring and Evaluation.

UN Women Cambodia is currently implementing the  ACCESS project title “Supporting Implementation of the 3rd NAPVAW in Cambodia” funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The project builds on the partnership with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA) which aims to improve MOWA capacity for implementing minimum service standards and informing laws that better prevent, respond to, and prosecute all forms of gender-based violence and to hold Technical Working Group on Gender – Gender-Based Violence (TWGG-GBV) members accountable for the coordinated implementation of the NAPVAW III at national, and subnational levels through improved planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation processes.

UN Women Cambodia is seeking the services of an international consultant with EVAW expertise to provide technical expertise and policy advice to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and TWGG-GBV to conduct the final evaluation of the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence against Women (2019-2023). Under the direct supervision of the Country Programme Coordinator and working in close collaboration with the EVAW team, the consultant will serve as a lead technical consultant ensuring the public participation especially the marginalized group of women and transparency in the national policy evaluation process, bringing evidence of best practices and gaps in the 3rd NAPVAW implementation at the national and sub-national levels by government counterparts, development partners and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). The overall objective of the final evaluation is to collect information and evidence based among key stakeholders including women survivors and marginalised group of women, CSOs, development partners, and government agencies in regard to the successes and challenges in implementing the 3rd NAPVAW against its targets, and strategies as set in the result framework and provide concrete recommendations for priorities for 4th NAPVAW. Below are the specific objectives of the assignment:

  1. To assess the relevance, effectiveness and impact of the action plan and its strategic priority areas in regard to the evolution of the gender based violence situation in Cambodia taking into the consideration of COVID-19 pandemic, the needs of the VAW survivors, VAW service providers and regional and global commitments to end violence against women
  2. To assess the level of achievement of the 3rd NAPVAW  implementation against logical framework
  3. To assess the sustainability of the joint efforts of government agencies at the national and sub-national levels, CSOs and development partners in ending violence against women resulting from the guidance of the 3rd NAPVAW
  4. To analyse how human rights approach and gender equality principles are integrated in implementation of the 3rd NAPVAW across the country
  5. To identify and validate gaps and challenges in implementing the 3rd NAPVAW, lessons learned, good practices and examples and innovation of efforts that support gender equality and human rights in area of ending violence against women; and
  6. To provide concrete recommendations and strategies/directions for the success of the 3rd NAPVAW and recommendation for priorities for 4th NAPVAW

[1] aged 15-64 who have ever been in a relationship

[2] National Institute of Statistics, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, UN Women, World Health Organization (2015). National Survey on Women’s Health and Life Experiences Report. Phnom Penh.


Duties and Responsibilities

II. Duties and responsibilities

The Consultant will work under the supervision of the Country Programme Coordinator and will work closely with the EVAW Lead to undertake the tasks outlined below:

Leading and providing technical assistance to conduct the final evaluation of the 3rd NAPVAW implementation

  1. Conduct a desk review of relevant 3rd NAPVAW policy documents, periodic reports, relevant research, and other documentation of the work that has contributed to the achievement of the 3rd NAPVAW  from the TWGG-GBV members – both government and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
  2. Conduct consultations and interviews with key stakeholders government at the national/sub-national levels including development partners, CSOs, selected GBV Working Group members at the sub-national, and women including maginalised groups (Women with disabilities, women migrant workers, LBTI women, etc.) subject to violence that have received services.
  3. Conduct the analysis of the findings from the desk review and consultations/interviews and draft a report with the findings based on the key 3rd NAPVAW Strategies. The draft report will be reviewed by and validate with key stakeholders, while the draft version has been developed.  it is expected to include findings/progress in each strategic area and reflect the specific objectives of the evaluation, as well as recommendations for continuing the implementation of the plan and future priorities for preventing and responding to GBV.

III. Expected deliverables and timelines

Tasks and Deliverables

Target Dates

1st Deliverable 

  • Conduct literature review and discussions with EVAW Lead as well as key persons at MOWA, when it is necessary, to develop an inception report and workplan for assignment. 
  • Develop evaluation framework/concept note, including proposed methodologies for consultations and interview, as well as a draft outline for evaluation report

Submission of:

  • Part 1: An inception report including workplan and timeline, approaches to complete assignment successfully,

 

  • Part 2:  An evaluation framework/concept note, including methodologies, questionnaires to collect relevant information and evidence as per specific objective above, proposed list of key informants, and draft evaluation timetable. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 October 2022

 

 

31 October 2022

2nd Deliverable

  • Provide technical expertise to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and UN Women to conduct the final evaluation of the 3rd NAPVAW by applying inclusive and participatory approaches with stakeholders both at national and sub-nationallevel. Key activity include:
  • Desk review
  • Conduct stakeholder consultations
  • Conduct FGDs with women survivors including marginalised group of women
  • Data analysis and report writing, including consultative and field work report with an emphasis of the key preliminary findings.

Submission of:

  • Part 1:  The consultative and fieldwork report to formulate the 3rd NAPVAW final evaluation
  • Part 2: The 1st, 2nd and 3rd draft of the full report of the final evaluation of the 3rd NAPVAW, sharing to MOWA and TWGG-GBV for feedbacks and comments
  • Part 3: Final full evaluation print ready report with executive summary and final power point presentations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 November 2022

30 December 2022

30 January 2023

 

 IV. Supervision

 

Under the direct supervision of Country Programme Coordinator, the  consultant will work in close collaboration with the UN Women Cambodia programme team, primarily the EVAW team, and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

 


Competencies

V. Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies: (below are examples to be adjusted to each assignment)

  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Strong knowledge of UN Women processes and systems
  • Strong networking skills
  • Strong inter-personal skills, communicate effectively with staff at all levels of the organization and government counterpart;
  • Ability to work in a highly pressured environment


Required Skills and Experience

VI. Required qualifications 

Education:

  • Master’s degree in gender, development studies, public policy and administration, international relations, or other related disciplines

Experience: 

  • Minimum 5 years professional experience in addressing gender, policy, and development and in EVAW programme planning and implementation, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and resource mobilization, preferably from the UN System or an international organization.

  • Proven good knowledge of international standards on human rights, women’s rights, and related instrument such as CEDAW, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Convention on the Rights of Child,  SCR 1325 etc., and international good practices in policy and legislative frameworks and institutional mechanisms concerning ending violence against women.

  • Proven experience in Result Based Management, the Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) to programme planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and result-based report writing.

  • Professional experience working in women’s human rights and/or gender related work in Asia and Pacific, preferably in Cambodia, in particular on GBV and ending violence against women would be a strong asset.

  • Experience in liaising and coordinating with a myriad of stakeholders and partners, including government, civil society, international organizations and grassroots organizations. 

     

Language requirement:

  • Fluency in English with proven report writing experience. 

VII. Contract period and work location

The assignment period is from 13 October 2022 to 25 February 2023. The assignment is home-based and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The consultant may be required to travel outside of Phnom Penh as needed for the purpose of the assignment where required by UN Women Cambodia. The standard UN Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) will apply to any travel outside duty station that may be required in the fulfillment of this assignment.

VIII. Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis:

  • Technical qualification (100 points); weight: (70%)
  •  Financial proposal (100 points): weight (30%)

A two-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.

Technical qualification evaluation criteria:

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria: Technical Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score

A) Education

  • Master’s degree in gender, development studies, international relations, or other related disciplines

 

 

20

B) Experience and skills

  • Minimum 5 years professional experience in addressing gender, policy, and development and in EVAW programme planning and implementation, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and resource mobilization, preferably from the UN System or an international organization.
  • Proven good knowledge of international standards on human rights, women’s rights, and related instrument such as CEDAW, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Convention on the Rights of Child, SCR 1325 etc., and international good practices in policy and legislative frameworks and institutional mechanisms concerning ending violence against women
  • Proven experience in Result Based Management, the Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) to programme planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and result-based report writing.
  • Professional experience working in women’s human rights and/or gender related work in Asia and Pacific, preferably in Cambodia, in particular on GBV and ending violence against women would be a strong asset.
  • Experience in liaising and coordinating with a myriad of stakeholders and partners, including government, civil society, international organizations and grassroots organizations.

60

C) Language: Fluency in English with proven report writing experience.

 

20

Total Obtainable Score

100 %

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidates who may be contacted for validation interview.

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

  • Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.
  • The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
  • The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

XI. Submission of application

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit electronic application to cco.procurement@unwomen.org   , with cc to hr.bangkok@unwomen.org not later than 02 October 2022 by Midnight New York, USA.

Late application submissions will not be considered.  Applicants have already submitted their applications need not resubmit.

Submission package includes: 

Lump Sum fee (equivalent to daily fee x no. of days)

Number of days refers to actual days that the consultant works  in order to produce deliverables as required by the ToR, NOT the number of days covering the whole period of consultancy.

Amount (USD)

Deliverable 1

 

Deliverable 2

 

Total financial proposal

 

Payments:

Payments for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of deliverable and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed. Payment will not be based on the number of days worked but on the completion of each stated deliverable within the indicated timeframes on satisfactory completion of task.

 

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