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.

UN Women Georgia Country Office (CO) Provides technical support to the state and non-state partners towards the achievement of substantive gender equality in Georgia. In line with national and international commitments, UN Women works on the levels of policies and legislation, institutions and grassroots, in order to achieve transformative results for increased gender equality and greater protection of the rights of women and girls. UN Women puts special emphasis on the work towards gender mainstreaming in good governance reforms and enhancing women’s political participation, ending violence against women, promoting and supporting women’s economic empowerment, and Women, Peace and Security agenda. Along with these key priority areas that constitute UN Women’s mandate, UN Women interventions in Georgia are anchored in the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for the years 2021-2025 with the government of Georgia.

Since 2018, UN Women ECA RO and UN Women Georgia CO are implementing a Flagship Programme Initiative (FPI): Making Every Woman and Girl Count: Supporting the monitoring and implementation of the SDGs through better production and use of gender statistics (MEWGC), that aims to affect a radical shift in the production, availability, accessibility and use of quality data and statistics on key aspects of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Women Count Phase II contributes to driving results across the same three Outcome areas: i) creating an enabling environment, ii) increasing the production of gender data and iii) improving data accessibility and use. While surveys will continue to be the main tool used in Phase II to collect data, the use of gender data from administrative data sources and data reprocessing has become a necessity, particularly to address the LNOB principle of the 2030 Agenda.

Within the framework of MEWGC II phase and with financial support of European Union, National Statistics Office of Georgia and UN Women conducted a second nationwide Violence Against Women (VAW) prevalence survey in 2022. The survey was designed and implemented in line with internationally established standards, methodologies and best practices, including, Eurostat 2021 guidelines. The survey covered 3300 women and 1104 men and provided nationally representative VAW prevalence estimates in Georgia. Namely, the survey showed that overall, 50.1 per cent of women aged 15–69 had experienced one or more types of violence in their lifetime.  More specifically, 8.5 per cent of women had experienced sexual abuse as children and 19.7 per cent had experienced physical and/or emotional abuse before the age of 18. In terms of non-partner violence since the age of 15, 6.5 per cent of women had ever experienced physical violence and 1.5 per cent had ever experienced sexual violence. Sexual harassment and stalking are also prevalent with 24.5 per cent of women having experienced sexual harassment in their lifetime (9.7 per cent have experienced it in the past 12 months) and 8.5 per cent of women having experiences stalking (1.6 per cent have experienced it in the past 12 months).

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is most widespread form of VAW:  26.5 per cent of ever-partnered women had experienced IPV in Georgia. In particular, 5.9 per cent have ever experienced physical violence, and 3.5 per cent have ever experienced sexual violence. In total, 23.7 per cent of women have experienced psychological violence (12.6 per cent having experienced emotional abuse and 18.8 per cent having experienced controlling behaviour). Moreover, 8.4 per cent of ever-partnered women have ever experienced economic violence. More specifically, 0.9 per cent have experienced physical and/or sexual IPV in the past 12 months, while 10.1 per cent have experienced psychological IPV and 2.4 per cent have experienced economic violence. Irrespective of its pervasiveness, IPV remains often unnoticed and underreported: 38.2 per cent of women who experienced physical and/or sexual IPV remain silent and do nots hare their stories with anyone – even with family members and friends. Only two out of ten women who experienced physical and/or sexual IPV sought help from a formal organization/agency and only one out of ten women who experienced physical and/or sexual IPV sought help from a police.

The 2022 National VAW survey found that 19.1 per cent of ever-partnered women who experienced physical and/or sexual IPV were injured and 45.8 per cent reported their children (ages 0-17 years) were present or overheard the beatings. The survey collected information on the impact of IPV on women’s physical and mental health, such as psychological symptoms (including suicidal thoughts and attempts), type of injuries,  received health services, missed days at work, inability to do household chores, etc. These women who reported that their children (aged 0–17) were present or overheard the beatings, were also asked about the wellbeing of their children and whether their children had any issues or problems as a result of being exposed to IPV. [1]

Currently, the response to VAW/DV in Georgia includes the following: an existing solid legal framework on violence against women and/or the elimination of domestic violence and protection and support of victims of violence; the provision of restraining orders issued by the police based on a risk assessment mechanism; protective orders issued by the court; GPS electronic monitoring of high-risk perpetrators; a Witness and Victim Coordinator Service at the Prosecutor’s Office; the Human Rights Protection Department at the MIA, which monitors the quality of investigations on VAW/DV; perpetrator behavioural correction programmes; the Femicide Watch by the Public Defender’s Office (PDO); and key normative acts of the healthcare system (e.g. documentation for ambulatory care (MoLHSA Ministerial Decree No. 01-41/n) and regulations for documentation for stationary hospital care (MoLHSA Ministerial Decree No. 108/n)) that enable healthcare professionals to appropriately document VAW/DV cases and create standard operating procedures (SOPs) for primary health system workers to respond, document and refer cases of GBV and VAW.

In terms of services, the following are available: the ‘112’ unified emergency number, available 24/7; the ‘112’ mobile app, with its integrated chat function and SOS button; the ‘116 006’ consultancy hotline, providing information in eight different languages; six shelters in different regions of Georgia, providing free 24/7 accommodation as well as legal, psychological and medical assistance; seven crisis centres in different regions of Georgia, providing legal, psychological and medical assistance; and state funding available for the services required for the victims of sexual violence.

Withing the framework of MEWGC II phase, and based on recent study on VAW in Georgia,  UN Women aims to develop a study on costing of VAW in Georgia. The main goals of this exercise are to demonstrate that the financial burdens arising from VAW do not fall only on the survivors, but are also on their families, society and state and to highlight budgetary gaps in addressing VAW and therefore help policymakers to make informed decisions regarding resource allocation. Besides providing cost estimates of VAW, for the state as well as for victims and their households, the study should ideally  assess the gap between required resources for responding and preventing IPV and the budget allocation, i.e. compare calculations on the overall government budget provided to address the needs of women victims of violence with the estimated cost of supporting exit routes for women who are victims of VAW.

More specifically the study has three main objectives:

1) To estimate the economic costs of VAW for women, their households, society and state, calculating tangible monetary costs, estimates of out-of-pocket costs, foregone income, care work loss, and the estimated cost of productivity loss in the labour market, and the impact on the Georgia’s economy. The study is expected to estimate both total costs of action (current expenditure on services and prevention mechanisms) and total cost of inaction (costs incurred as a result of governments failing to adequately address the problem of VAW)[2]

3) To estimate other, non- economic costs of VAW, such as the impact of VAW on children, reduced quality of life and reduced participation in democratic processes, emotional cost to the victim and family, the long-term impacts on children and damage to social values (social multiplier effects)

3) To train and build the knowledge of the national technical working group, partners and stakeholders on the economic costs of VAW

In this connection, UN Women Georgia Country Office plans to hire an international consultant. The consultant will be reporting to ECA regional statistics specialist and UN Women Georgia research analyst and will be supported by VAW programme team in Georgia country office.

For this assignment UN Women will establish a national technical working group composed of relevant state (e.g. State Care Agency, Geostat, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Finance) and non-state actors (UN agencies, international organizations, CSOs and experts) to be engaged in tailoring of costing methodology to Georgia context. The group will take an active role in validation of the methodology and preliminary findings of the study.

[1] National Study on Violence against Women in Georgia, 2022, available at:

[2] Economic Costs of IPV in Mongolia, 2020. Available at:

Duties and Responsibilities

The international consultant will be responsible to:

  • To develop an inception report, including detailed work plan and timeline. The workplan should include suggested operational definition of VAW that captures the experience of largest number of women (based on VAW survey)  and a preliminary list of parameters to be considered in the costing exercise. UN Women will provide microdata from the latest VAW prevalence survey;
  • To thoroughly assess existing data sources and develop suitable methodology for estimating costs of VAW in Georgia considering best international and regional practices, study objectives and availability of data. This may include analyzing existing survey data (VAW survey, LFS survey, etc.), service providers information, bilateral consultation meetings with national technical working group members and other key informants as deemed relevant . Based on this exercise the consultant should suggest which forms of VAW can be included in the study (considering administrative and survey data availability) and the most relevant approach (e.g. impact costing approach, GRB and/or unit costing approach)[1]  for meeting the study objectives as well as justification for this methodological choice.
  • To conduct one-day workshop with UN Women and national technical working group members to increase their knowledge of VAW costing methodologies, validate the methodology and finalize the parameters of the costing analysis in line with their feedback. The workshop is expected to generate both the ownership of the exercise, deeper hands-on knowledge and capacity on applying costing methodologies among key national stakeholders. During the workshop the consultant should explain the various methodologies for estimating IPV costs, categorization of these costs, and potential use of the study for policy making and advocacy purposes. This will require travel to Georgia;
  • To collect and analyze data in line with agreed methodology and develop first draft of the report, including recommendations;
  • To revise the draft report based on feedback provided by UN Women and national technical working group if relevant;
  • To present and lead the validation of study findings with national technical working group and facilitate a follow up discussion/workshop on the outcomes and recommendations. This will require travel to Georgia;
  • To finalize the report considering all feedback



Expected completion time (due day)

Payment Schedule (optional)

Inception report

by May 10, 2024 (2 working days)



06/2024 (40%)

Draft methodology, workshop materials, bilateral consultations to collect required information (requires visit to Georgia for 5 days)

by July 5, 2024 (8 working days)

First workshop with national technical working group

By July 5, 2024 (1 working day)

Final methodology

by July 20, 2024 (2 working days)

Draft report

By September 6 (12 working days)

01/2025 (60%)

Revised report incorporating UN Women’s and national technical working group’s feedback if relevant

By October 18 (3 working days)

Presentation of the preliminary findings and recommendations and follow up discussion/workshop (requires visit to Georgia for 2 days)

By December 15 (2 working days)

Final report

By January 30 (3 working days)

Consultant’s Workplace and Official Travel

This is a home-based consultancy. As part of this assignment, two in-country missions are envisaged .

[1] The Costs of Violence: Understanding the costs of violence against women and girls and its response: selected findings and lessons learned from Asia and the Pacific. Available at:


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 

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  • Technical credibility in VAW data analysis.  
  • Technical credibility in quantitative data analysis
  • Analytical thinking
  • Academic writing

Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Public Policy, or a related field is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with nine additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • At least 7 years of experience and record of accomplishment in conducting research in the field of gender costing/budgeting, VAW data analysis, including data modelling;
  • Experience in conducting VAW costing studies including in developing countries is required (at least 3 samples of previous work will be required)
  • Experience in developing methodological guidelines, academic papers, research reports, or related documents is required (at least 3 samples of previous work will be required.)


  • Fluency in English is required.

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