UN Women: Senior Research Consultant (Feasibility of Training and Participation Measures)

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 :
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[1] 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)[2] 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 an indicator on hours of training per capita of decision-making personnel in security and justice sector institutions to address cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Training security and justice sector personnel to address SGBV cases is vital to ensure an approach that encourages survivors to report cases and to attempts to hold perpetrators to account for the abuses committed against them.

Technical appraisal is needed towards operationalization of this indicator. This includes addressing a number of challenges including: whether the total number of hours of training received on SBGV by personnel is meaningful as opposed to hours of training within a specified period of time; accounting for the need for refresher trainings; and meaningful tracking of changes in the hours of training per year (e.g., numerical decreases from one year to the next could represent a large-scale training programme took place the previous year). While the total hours of training per capita indicator captures many important features to assess SGBV training, assessing the feasibility of the indicator to account for the quality of training, whether the knowledge and attitudes of personnel have changed as a result of training, and the impact of training in addressing SGBV cases, is needed.
Additionally, related to the security and justice institutions, is the 1325 indicator on levels of women’s participation as decision-makers in justice, security and foreign service sectors. This indicator tracks progress towards achievement of increased participation of women in decision-making related to the prevention, management and resolution of conflict. It is also a measure for the responsiveness of the justice, security and foreign service sector actors to women’s concerns, not only through direct engagement with women but also in terms of their influence over defense, security and justice policy. This indicator requires refinement in terms of developing standards on definitions of terms, comparability across countries, and guidance for data collection and reporting.

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 existing indicators and other monitoring tools to assess progress in SGBV training awareness of security and justice sector institutions personnel and identifying gaps in tracking progress on SGBV training, including a comprehensive listing of SGBV training of decision-making personnel in security and justice sector institutions.
  • Presenting a proposal, based on the gaps in tracking training effectiveness identified in a),  for development of an indicator to assess impact of training of decision-making personnel in security and justice sector institutions to address cases of SGBV that overcomes these limitations.
  • Illustrating the proposal through a series of available case studies in country situations selected in consultation with UN Women.
  • Define critical terms for information and data collection to determine the share of women’s participation as decision-makers in justice, security and foreign service sectors.
This will involve:
Review of security sector training on SGBV:
  • Conduct an inventory of existing trainings for decision-making personnel in security and justice sector institutions including police, military, intelligence, border control, court system and penal system, to address cases of sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Review monitoring, evaluation and assessment tools used or proposed to identify effectiveness and impact of SGBV training on decision-making personnel in security and justice sectors. To what extent are these trainings evaluated and what types of evaluative tools are used to undertake the evaluations? What are the results of evaluations? And what gaps exist in these tools towards understanding the impact of security sector training on SGBV?
  • This review can produce a comprehensive table on: e.g., areas of training, selection criteria of who is trained, number of personnel trained, results of training and impacts, follow-up, etc. Emphasis should be placed on tools to monitor the impacts of training and assessing and filling-in gaps in these tools.
Develop a methodology addressing limitations in tracking SGBV training impact
  • Based on identification of gaps in training, present a proposal that:
  • Accounts for training content and quality.
  • Tracks restrictions of training to specific groups or units (e.g., police vulnerable persons unit vs. all units).
  • Contextualizes the extent of SGBV training by comparison of hours of training received on other topics.
  • Comparisons across countries and times should be ideally feasible, yet a focus on tracking changes over time for individual contexts is a priority.
Piloting case studies:
  • Case studies on selected country trainings should apply the proposed methodology to illustrate how challenges have been met.
  • Potential caveats, limitations and challenges in terms of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of SGBV trainings should be discussed.
Definition of criteria for assessing share of women’s representation in justice, security and foreign service sectors
  • Define which levels represent decision-making levels in justice, security and foreign service sectors, respectively.
  • Ensure the definition of levels is broad and relevant across conflict and postconflict countries.
  • Develop a short template for guiding information and data collection at national level for voluntary reporting on this indicator.
Expected outputs/deliverables:
  • Annotated outline for the research study with key issues, questions and methodologies to be covered, including list of existing trainings of decision-making personnel in security and justice sector institutions to address cases of SGBV.
  • A report between 20 and 35 single-space pages, a) conducting feasibility review of developing an indicator to assess training of to address SGBV cases, b) methodological proposal that fills-in identified gaps and challenges, and c) piloting of the methodology to a selection of case studies to demonstrate results, limitations and overall feasibility.
The final report should highlight key gaps and challenges and include a set of proposed strategies for improving effectiveness of training of decision-making personnel in security and justice sector institutions to address cases of SGBV.
  • Revisions, as needed, and finalization of report.
  • Participation, as required, in planning and running analytical or review/validation events, and in the presentation of findings and facilitation of discussion around the measurement of women’s and girls’ physical security. 

Delivery Items & Delivery Times
  • Annotated outline for the research – 7 business days from contracting 
  • A report – 6 weeks from validation of the annotated outline by the procuring entity 
  • 2 Rounds of Approval – 2 weeks following the submission of the report 
  • Final Delivery of English version – 9 weeks from the contract date


  • Excellent communication skills including English language writing skills;
  • High level of initiative and self-motivation;
  • Basic computer literacy.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree (PhD an asset) in conflict studies, public policy, and/or political science.
  • Ten years’ experience in one of these fields: security sector reform, rule of law reform, sexual and gender-based violence, human rights, gender and development.
  • Experience in trainings in gender sensitivity in security and/or justice sectors.
  • Experience in the area of policy analysis in a post conflict setting.
Language Requirements:
  • Excellent command of English, including analytical writing skills and presentation skills

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