International Consultant – Safe Public Spaces/Safe Cities Global Initiative

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Location : Home-Based
Application Deadline :05-Sep-14 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Expected Duration of Assignment :9 months


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.

Building on over 40 years of sustained efforts undertaken by women’s organizations, grassroots, international networks, local governments in cities around the world, UN Women launched the Safe Cities Global Initiative (SC GI). The SC GI is a flagship programme that contributes to the emerging international knowledge base on effective strategies to eliminate sexual violence and harassment against women and girls in urban public spaces and aims to build more inclusive, sustainable and safe cities for all.  

The SC GI continues to mobilize an increasing number of partners at all levels of society. It was designed with local, regional and global partners in response to the growing concerns about every day experiences of women and girls all over the world as they face sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in public spaces as they go about their daily routines, whether on city streets, parks, market, pathways to schools, buses and trains or in their own neighbourhoods.

Such daily occurrences of sexual violence and harassment infringe upon women and girls’ rights and freedoms as equal citizens to enjoy and pursue freely opportunities for autonomous mobility, education, work, recreation and participation in political life.  Despite affecting millions of women and girls, such forms of violence have long been tolerated, and the issue is largely neglected in policy and practice.

The SC GI consists of two major programmes. At the end of 2010, UN Women launched a Global Programme  “Safe Cities Free of Violence Against Women and Girls”, with UN Habitat as the main UN Global partner, and with local governments of five pilot cities - Quito (Ecuador), New Delhi  (India), Kigali (Rwanda), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) and Cairo (Egypt). The Programme promises to be the first-ever global comparative effort that aims to develop a model approaches to prevent sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence across different settings.  In 2011, UN Women, UN-Habitat and UNICEF launched a joint programme “Safe and Sustainable Cities for All” which is being implemented with the cities of Greater Beirut (Lebanon), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Metro Manila (Philippines), Marrakesh (Morocco), Nairobi (Kenya), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), San José (Costa Rica) and Tegucigalpa (Honduras). 

In 2013, in line with UN Women’s universal mandate, other cities from developed and developing countries have joined the Global Initiative Dublin (Ireland), Winnipeg (Canada)   Sakai (Japan), and Cape Town (South Africa) to share their knowledge, and strengthen and expand their programming to prevent violence against women and girls in public spaces. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision and guidance of UN Women’s Policy Specialist (Safe Public Spaces), in close collaboration with the Global Advisor on Safe Cities, EVAW Section, the International Consultant will:

  • Provide technical advice to safe city teams (in writing and as needed via virtual meetings) on deliverables related to the implementation of key interventions and programme processes and share technical input with and integrate feedback from UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Team;
  • Contribute to the update of Information on UN Women’s Intranet, and the further development and launch of UN Women’s Extranet on Safe Public Spaces/Safe Cities;
  • Coordinate the participation of safe city teams in the Safe Cities Global Stakeholders’ meeting (referred to as the Global meeting), and contribute to substantive programme aspects related to the Global Meeting (scheduled to take place in early 2015);
  • Participate in meetings (virtual) with the local project coordinator (hired by UN Women field offices), and safe city focal point in the country office, as part of organization processes related to the Global Meeting;
  • Development of training materials on safe public spaces based on UN Women’s Guidance Notes on Safe Cities, in collaboration with UN Women’s Training Centre;
  • Hold meetings with UN Women’s Global Safe Cities Programme team, and organize safe city virtual update meetings with field colleagues as required.

The International Consultant is expected to work in consultation with UN Women’s Global Safe Cities Team, UN Women Country Programme Focal Points and local research teams when required, and to provide any technical operations, or other support to the Section staff as may be requested by the supervisor.

Main Deliverables

  • Detailed work plan and timeline produced (9 month assignment);
  • Technical advice to safe city teams on deliverables related to the implementation of key interventions and ongoing programme processes (e.g. reports, terms of reference, talking points, concept notes, pro docs) administered;
  • Information updated on UN Women’s Intranet, and Extranet on Safe Public Spaces/Safe Cities Global Initiative is refined and launched;
  • Safe Cities Global Stakeholders’ Meeting organised and executed: this includes development of the programme, preparation and organization of experts’ participation and the participation of safe city national teams in the Global Meeting, preparation of the Rapporteurs Note, Evaluation Questionnaire, Administration, Analysis and Presentation of Results of the Evaluation of the Global Meeting;
  • Development and finalization of two Safe Cities Programming Modules.


Core values


  • Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;

Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies

Ethics and Values

  • Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents.

Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring:

  • Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation.

Working in Teams:

  • Building and promoting effective teams.

Communicating Information and Ideas:

  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication.

Self-management and Emotional intelligence:

  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization.

Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements:

  • Leveraging conflict in the interests of the organization & setting standards.

Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:

  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.

Functional Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to guide and advise research partners in international projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce clear reports with in-depth analysis and strategic recommendations;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree and professional experience in development studies, gender/women’s studies, social sciences, or related fields.


The candidate should have at least 5 years of demonstrable experience in:

  • Developing methodology, designing and implementing research in the areas of gender based violence, crime prevention, women’s safety, especially as a part of international projects;
  • Experience in writing instructional materials, guidance notes and analytical reports, especially as a part of international projects in the area of ending violence against women and girls;
  • Extensive knowledge of, and experience in applying qualitative and quantitative methods for developing methodology, designing and implementing primary research on gender based violence, community safety, crime prevention and information communication technologies in an international context;
  • Knowledge of and experience in applying international ethical standards in conducting primary research on gender based violence;
  • Experience in guiding and advising research partners in international projects;
  • Delivering reports and publications on a tight schedule and in coordination with and input from multiple project partners.


  • Superior written and verbal command of English;
  • knowledge of another UN Language is an asset.

Application procedure

Interested candidates are requested to submit all the documents no later than COB 5 September 2014.

The application shall comprise the following documents:

  • Cover letter: Explaining why the candidate is the most suitable for the work (no more than one page);
  • Completed and signed Personal History Form (P11) and a CV;
  • A sample of one of your most recent relevant publications or methodological tools produced. You can do this by attaching all documents to your P11 in the one PDF/scanned file for submission.  

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.

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