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Team Leader, Prevalence Survey
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Bridgetown, BARBADOS|
|Application Deadline :||15-Apr-16 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||maximum of 50 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||maximum of 50 working days|
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.
For the Caribbean in general and for Jamaica, specifically, gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most prevalent forms of violence and it directly impacts citizen security, including the stability and health of a family and community. The most prevalent form of gender-based violence is violence against women. Despite the prevalence of GBV in the Jamaica and other CARICOM territories, citizen security approaches too often fail to give consideration to GBV – including sexual violence - as “serious” citizen security issues. Rather, GBV cases are often seen as a “soft” issues or “private” family issues and separate from the state security concerns related to the more public manifestations of insecurity such as crime, including drug interdiction and small arms control.
Despite the overwhelming indicative statistics, no CARICOM member state, including Jamaica, generates regular and comprehensive national data on the prevalence, nature and response to GBV, including sexual violence. While there have been notable efforts by police and key Ministries in the collection of administrative data on GBV, lack of comprehensive, systematic data remains a serious bottleneck in determining the scope of the problem.
To this end, with the support of the UN, CARICOM statistical experts and governments reviewed the various models of assessing prevalence of gender-based violence, and agreed to CARICOM piloting and adopting a CARICOM Model on National Prevalence Surveys on Gender-Based Violence. The CARICOM Model being piloted is based on the original WHO global model for assessing prevalence of intimate partner violence (with specific focus on women as the most affected group). Once adopted, the CARICOM Model should be implemented at a minimum of once every ten years in a country.
Subsequently, a partnership was developed among the Government of Jamaica, UN Women, and the Inter-American Development Bank, to pilot the model in Jamaica as the first nationally-led Prevalence Study on GBV in CARICOM. Results of the pilot will inform the use of the Prevalence Survey throughout CARICOM. Technical and financial support will be provided by UN Women; and also by the IDB through Phase II of the Government of Jamaica’s Citizens Security and Justice Programme (CSJP II). The Prevalence Survey is to be implemented by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN).
The survey will have both quantitative and qualitative components. STATIN is responsible for the overall survey, however it is understood that the qualitative component of the study requires a qualified Research Team led by a Team Leader. This Research Team will conduct, analyse and write up the findings of the qualitative component.
The Survey in Jamaica is guided by a National Steering Committee formed in December 2014 and a Research Subcommittee founded in November 2015. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica is the main implementing partner.
Other members include:
The Qualitative component
The overall purpose of the proposed qualitative component will be complementary to the quantitative by explaining how particular factors interact and why. Also, the qualitative methodology allows for the exploration of details about emotions, preferences, motivations and gender dynamics. The use of both methods allows for increased understanding of the complexity of violence against women and girls (VAWG).
In addition to speaking with survivors and their family members (where safe and appropriate), the qualitative component will include the perspectives and insights of both male and female community members. To obtain a complete understanding of VAWG and conflict we will also include the perspectives of state agents, health care providers, police and magistrates, local authorities, community leaders, women’s rights activists and other key stakeholders.
The qualitative component will include three components:
Duties and Responsibilities
We require an individual consultant with a proven track record and experience in high-level research work in the field, to serve as Team Leader with responsibility for conducting the qualitative component of the Women’s Health Survey in Jamaica.
The Team Leader is responsible for subcontracting two (2) research assistants and must demonstrate that the Research Team exhibits strong qualitative methodological and analytical skills with considerable knowledge of the field of violence against women and girls (VAWG) and the use of participatory research methods. The members of the Research Team must possess substantive knowledge and experience in the field of research and programming related to violence against women.
The Team Leader will be responsible for leading his team and coordinating the qualitative component of the Women’s Health Survey in Jamaica. This component includes conducting qualitative research in five (5) locations in Jamaica.
The Research Team for this assignment will:
Implement the qualitative research activities in Jamaica throughout the duration of the project by:
Core values / Guiding Principles (Team Leader and Research Assistants):
Integrity and Fairness:
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
Core Competencies (Team Leader and Research Assistants):
Required Skills and Experience
Education (Research Assistant):
Experience (Research Assistant):
Additional Skills and Experience
Experience and Competencies Desired (Team Leader):
Experience and Competencies Desired (Research Assistants):
To assess the experience and competencies of the Team Leader, all applicants for the post of Team Leader are required to submit a sample of previous qualitative research undertaken. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a competency-based interview. While the research assistants may not be required to attend the interview, the Team Leader is required to submit their CVs with the application.
Bids will be assessed by awarding a total of 100 points as follows:
70 points for Technical Expertise of the Research Team:
The Financial Proposal must outline:
Applicants are required to include the Curriculum Vitae of both Research Assistants in their application packages for assessment.
Deliverables and Specific Activities:
Official Travel and Other Requisites:
Hardware, Software and Communication:
Location and Duration:
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.