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UN Women: Senior Research Consultant (Women's Physical Security Index)
|Location :||Home based (with one trip to NY)|
|Application Deadline :||18-Oct-12 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||20-30 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20-30 days|
Submitted to the Security Council in October 2010, the Secretary-General’s report S/2010/498 on women and peace and security presented a set of indicators for use at the global level to track implementation of resolution 1325 (2000). In its presidential statement (S/PRST/2010/22) following the presentation of this report, the Security Council supported taking forward the set of indicators “for use as an initial framework to track implementation of its resolution 1325 in situations of armed conflict and post-conflict and other situations relevant to the implementation of resolution 1325, as appropriate, and taking into account the specificity of each country.” The report summarizes the next steps required to take forward the set of indicators, such as the definition of methods for data collection and collation, development of reporting templates, elaboration of guidance, definition of timelines, etc. (see paragraphs 119-124).
UN Women is leading an inter-agency process to ensure the coordinated implementation and reporting on these indicators in the annual report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security. The indicators are organized in three sets by phases of implementation: (i) indicators monitoring progress on UN-level commitments to 1325 implementation; (ii) indicators that require a shift in UN activities to meet commitments; and (iii) indicators for voluntary reporting by Member States.
Among the indicators for voluntary reporting by Member States is 1325 indicator on an index of women’s and girls’ physical security. This indicator measures women’s own perceptions of insecurity, as well as proxy measures of women and girls’ security such as ability to engage in public life (e.g., participating in physically distant markets, running for public office), and their ability to resume normal social activities (e.g., seeing girls to school, collecting fuel, supporting cultural events). Understanding women’s safety and security concerns and how they define ‘physical security’ can advance understanding of women’s needs and how to make interventions responsive to these.
While some surveys/studies exist that measure women and girl’s perceptions of physical security, there is a need for a systematized collection of data in order to track this indicator. This will require the conceptual development of a specific survey instrument to track changes over time in individual contexts and to provide the necessary information to determine what might be done to address both underlying levels of insecurity and women’s perceptions of their own physical security. Developing standardized methodology and principles to guide surveys across different contexts as well as strategies for index development including agreed combination of weighted results from the survey is needed.
In 2012, a series of consultations will be held to develop and refine the technical definitions, data collection mechanisms and reporting channels of the Member State indicators.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Peace and Security Section of UN Women, the Offeror will coordinate and conduct research and produce a report reviewing a) recent statistical, academic and policy literature on the measurement of women’s and girls’ physical security including comprehensive assessment of existing survey sources on women’s and girls’ perceptions of physical security; b) identification of key questions of use in a potential survey contribution to capture women’s and girls’ perceptions of physical security, noting in particular potential areas of bias in phrasing and other technical challenges and ways to manage; and c) methodological proposal on the development of an index aggregating perceptions of physical security, including weights, benchmarks and aggregation steps. This will involve:
Review, collection and analysis of existing information on measurement of women’s and girls’ physical security:
Based on the literature and survey review, develop a set of proposed questions to inform survey collection on women’s and girls’ physical security:
Index aggregation options and limitations:
The final report should also highlight key gaps and challenges and include a set of proposed strategies for implementation of a survey to collect data to build the outlined indicators.
Delivery Items & Delivery Times:
Required Skills and Experience
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.