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International Consultant for the Organization of the Study Tour on Prevention and Response to Domestic Violence in Spain
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Madrid, SPAIN|
|Application Deadline :||22-Jun-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Spanish|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Maximum 20 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Maximum 20 working days (July 1, 2013 – November 1, 2014)|
With the generous support by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the UN Joint Programme to Enhance Gender Equality in Georgia (hereinafter referred to as the “UNJP”) has been launched in March 2012 implemented by UNDP, UN Women, and UNFPA. The overall goal of the programme is to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment through strengthening capacities in the government, civil society organizations and grassroots level. The overall goal will be achieved by realization of the following three outcomes:
In order to achieve this outcome, UN Women supports and partners with the Inter-Agency Council Implementing Measures to Eliminate DV in Georgia (hereinafter referred to as the “DV Council”). In order to further enhance the existing mechanisms in Georgia for the prevention and response to domestic violence and therefore to facilitative the capacity building of the DV Council and support it in the exchange of information and experience acting legislation and best practices in the prevention and response to domestic violence, UN Women seeks to organize a study tour for the representatives of government agencies working in the area of the prevention, elimination and response to domestic violence to Spain. Spain has been identified in consultation with the DV Council Chair as one of the countries with successful and effective model of responding to domestic violence.
Spain is known for its successful police response to the instances of violence against women e.g. by setting up a Diana Group in the local police force in Seville (Spain) in 2002. This experience has been described as the best practice by UNODC as well as by Amnesty International; Namely, As a result of a protocol signed between the Department for Equality and the Local Government Office of Seville City Council, a specialist unit was created within the local police force to deal with gender-based violence. The specialist unit, the Diana Group, came into being after it was realized that, although women who had been subjected to abuse frequently used police services, they often experienced the police as being remote from them. Consequently, and to avoid secondary victimization, the Diana Group is geared towards providing survivors with ongoing specialist care so that, rather than having to deal with many different officials who are unaware of their overall situation, they are seen by a specially trained group who know about the specific issues facing them.
Recognition of the specific dynamics that exist with crimes of this type and the impact they can have on the lives of victims has determined the criteria on which intervention is based: immediacy, proximity and continuity. To help the local police unit get closer to survivors, it adopted a name that did not consist of an acronym or “official” sounding title and, to ensure that the service provided is as effective as possible, its officers wear plain clothes (For more information please see: Amnesty International, Spain: More than words—Making Protection and Justice a Reality for Women who Suffer Gender Based Violence in the Home (London, 2005), 27 and UNODC, Handbook on Effective Police Responses to Violence against Women Issues, Criminal Justice Handbook Series (New York, 2010), 48).
For example, Spain’s law contains a guarantee of victim’s rights. Article 17: The statement of rights should inform the complainant/survivor of legal remedies (such as the order for protection and ex parte order for protection) and the support services offered by the state
In addition, the law of Spain unlike many other DV laws, mandates that disabled persons receive information about legal and support remedies “in a format that is accessible and understandable.” Article 18 (For more information on this particular topic please visit The Advocates for Human rights site at: http://www.stopvaw.org/rights_of_complainants_survivors ).
Spain is further interesting due to the existence of specialized courts of Violence Against Women (Juzgados de Violencia sobre la Mujer) that are specialized criminal courtrooms associated to the Inquiry Courts and also have powers in the civil jurisdiction acting as Courts of First Instance and Inquiry. This combination of criminal and civil powers in one court is especially interesting for Georgia due to recent criminalization of DV and existence of administrative legal protection mechanisms for the DV victims/survivors applied by the courts.
Due to the fact that Georgia is now seeking to involve self-governments more in the DV National Referral Mechanism and include DV victims/survivors in municipal social programmes, it will be highly beneficial to share experience of Spain in the field of support provided from local/municipality level budgets to the functioning of victim/survivor services (crises centers and shelters).
Of particular interest for the Study Tour will be also exploration of preventive measures employed by the Spanish government e.g. Ministry of Education towards violence against women in general and domestic violence in particular. The emphasis on this aspect of the DV Council’s work is to be further strengthened and be highly informed by the Agreed Conclusions of the 57th session (March 2013) of the Commission on the Status of Women on “The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls” (section B.).
Experience of Spain has been considered quite advanced also in the field of monitoring the implementation of the DV legislation and policies, offering services to the victims/survivors and increasing media attention and public’s awareness to the problem of violence against women in general and domestic violence in particular. Georgia aspires to EU membership, and in many ways sharing of a successful experience of an EU member state with Southern cultural background will be in many ways exemplary and inspirational for the government decision-makers involved in the DV Council. It should be noted further, that Spain, just like Georgia, is a civil law country with a similar legal system. With this rationale in mind UN Women led component of UNJP would like to organize the study tour of DV Council to Spain.It is therefore, that UNJP is seeking collaboration with an International Consultant for the Organization of the Study Tour on Prevention and Response to Domestic Violence in Spain (hereinafter referred to as the “International Consultant”) with expertise in gender equality, women’s rights and VAWG and DV issues and knowledge of the relevant local context to support in structuring the study tour, scheduling meetings with the relevant government agencies and civil society institutions and provide substantive and organizational support to the study tour.
Duties and Responsibilities
In more specific terms the International Consultant under the overall guidance of UNJP / UN Women Component Manager will:
Key Deliverables and Time Frame:
Required Skills and Experience
The candidates will be evaluated against the following technical and financial criteria:
Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):
Maximum total technical score amounts to 350 points. Only candidates who have passed over the mandatory criteria and have accumulated at least 245 points under the technical evaluation will qualify to the next round of the financial evaluation.
The Winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).
The contractor will work under the guidance of the UNJP/UN Women Component Manager and overall supervision of UN Women National Programme Officer.
Payment will be disbursed upon successful mission, submission and approval of required deliverables and certification by the Programme Specialst that the services have been satisfactory performed in high quality.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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.