Project Coordinator - Coordinating the Implementation of the Grenada Pilot of the CARICOM Model of a Prevalence Survey on Gender-Based Violence



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : St. George's, GRENADA
Application Deadline :14-Oct-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)
02-Jan-2017
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year approximately
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year approximately

Background

For the Caribbean in general and for Grenada, 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. And the most prevalent form of gender-based violence is violence against women.  Despite the prevalence of GBV in Grenada 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 “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 Grenada, 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 and systematic data remains a serious bottleneck in determining the scope of the problem.

Government and Non-Government organisations in the Caribbean have expressed concern about the lack of both types of data, and UN Women, the Caribbean Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP and others will work to support nationally-owned processes to address these gaps throughout the CARICOM region.

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 once every ten years in a country as a minimum.

Subsequently, a partnership was developed between the Government of Grenada, UN Women, and a Development Partner, to pilot the model in Grenada as the second nationally-led Prevalence Study on GBV in CARICOM, with Jamaica being the first. Results of the pilot will inform the use of the Prevalence Survey throughout CARICOM. Technical support will be provided by UN Women with support from a Development Partner and in partnership with the Government of Grenada. The Prevalence Survey is to be implemented by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in partnership with UN Women.

The objectives of the Prevalence Survey are as follows:

  • To obtain reliable estimates of the prevalence and incidence of different forms of violence against women;
  • To assess the extent to which intimate partner violence against women is associated with a range of health and other outcomes;
  • To identify factors that may either protect or put women at risk of intimate partner violence against women;
  • To identify how men’s role in gender-based violence is manifested;
  • To document and compare the strategies and services used to deal with intimate partner violence;
  • Ensure that the data and results of the study are put to good use and utilized in the different departments and institutions for formulating policies and legislature and other programmes of intervention against gender based violence, in parallel with the Government Of Grenada’s National Strategic Action Plan on Gender Based Violence, and as part of the broader Citizen Security priorities of Grenada.

To guide the Piloting and implementation of the Prevalence Survey in Grenada, a National Steering Committee will be formed. It is to be chaired by the Government, under the leadership of the Ministry of Finance in close partnership with the Ministry of Social Development and Housing.  The CSO is the main implementing partner. A Research Sub-Committee will also be formed to guide the research management process. 

UN Women has contracted the Global Women’s Institute (GWI) of George Washington University to provide technical advice and support to the implementation of the Prevalence Survey model, where required.

The ethics and methodology for the Survey are to be grounded in the CARICOM Model and subsequent WHO tools.

On behalf of the Government of Grenada, UN Women will be contracting a Project Coordinator to support and coordinate the Survey process and finalization of the end Report.


Duties and Responsibilities

Working with the Assistant Statistician, who will serve as Focal Point within the CSO, the Project Coordinator is expected to:

  • Coordinate the daily activities related to the implementation of the “Women’s Health” Survey;
  • Act as liaison between the Research Sub-Committee and/or the Steering Committee and;
  • Work with CSO’s operational group (constituted for this specific survey).

The Project Coordinator will also be responsible for coordinating and ensuring the implementation of the following activities by the operational group:

  • Preparing the survey plan, survey tool, customization of questionnaires and indicators, field manuals for interviewers and supervisors;
  • Pre-testing and piloting of questionnaires and documentation of results and feedback;
  • Preparing work plan and timelines and ensuring their implementation within the stipulated time frame;
  • Ensuring all the logistical arrangements for the field work;
  • Coordinating with the CSO to ensure that the field team is issued with contracts and identification cards and are compensated on a timely basis;
  • Coordinating with the CSO for the hiring of field workers;
  • Coordinating with the IT Division for the data capture and processing of the survey;
  • Coordinating with CSO unit responsible for research and surveys for the sample design and the selection of the sample;
  • Coordinating with the relevant teams mentioned above and be responsible for write up and analysis of the quantitative and qualitative components of the study.


Competencies

Core Values / Guiding Principles:

Integrity and Fairness:

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

Professionalism:

  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
  • Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

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


Required Skills and Experience

Applications from individuals that do not meet the following Minimum Requirements will be disqualified.  The minimum criteria for the Project Coordinator are as follows:

Education:

  • Post-graduate degree, at least a Master’s degree, in Statistics, Sociology, Demography or a related field with working experience in  one of the following areas:  social research methods; qualitative research; survey design and management; project management; public administration; gender studies, development studies, or a related field of study.

Experience:

  • Seven years of working experience in one of the following - social research methods; qualitative and qualitative research; survey design and management; project management; public administration; gender studies, development studies or a related field of study);
  • Demonstrated experience in working in and around surveys, survey implementation and research management;
  • Working experience in the Caribbean on social research.

Languages:

  • Fluency in English is required (written and spoken).

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Strong qualitative methodological and analytical skills with considerable knowledge of the field of gender and the use of participatory research methods;
  • Substantive experience in use of mixed methods of research;
  • A minimum of five to seven years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in the field of Statistics and survey design and management and a demonstrable and comprehensive understanding social policy issues, and/or gender issues of the Caribbean;
  • Proven expertise in the area of in supporting the statistical processes, capacities and systems of the Caribbean, at the national and/or regional level;
  • Proven capacity to work with a broad range of partners, including statistical experts, government bodies, non-government organisations and academia in the Caribbean;
  • Experience in supporting or contributing to national policy development.

Desired Competencies:

  • Excellent planning and facilitation skills;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and flexibly;
  • Strong analytical and presentation skills;
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity;
  • Ability to research, analyse and present complex information as demonstrated by past work experience and references;
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong and effective working relationships;
  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills;
  • Strong analytical and presentation skills as demonstrated by past work experience and references;
  • Strong working knowledge of SPSS or STATA;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations, in a clear and persuasive style tailored to match different audiences;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team, manage competing priorities and perform well under pressure.

Experience and competencies desired will be assessed by a written test and competency-based interview.

Deliverables and Specific Activities:

  • Assisting in the preparation of survey plan, survey tool, customization of questionnaires and indicators, field manuals for interviewers and supervisors; 
  • Assist in preparing reports on each stage of the survey to inform and guide the Technical and Steering Committees;
  • Coordinating personnel and data analysis for the triangulation of the quantitative and qualitative components of the survey;
  • Drafting the combined report and analysis (qualitative and quantitative parts) for input and feedback from the GWI and research-subcommittee;
  • In collaboration with CSO and the Ministry of Social Development, finalise the combined report for formatting and printing by the CSO.

Reporting Requirements:

  • Under the overall responsibility of the UN Women MCO-Caribbean Representative and the Central Statistics Office, day to day supervision will be under the Director of the Central Statistics Office;
  • The Project Coordinator is also expected to be a member of CSO's Operational Group constituted for this survey and an ex-officio member of the Research Sub-committee and will be required to attend these meetings.

Official Travel and Other Requisites:

  • The Consultant will be required to travel within the country.

Remuneration:

  • The consultancy fee will be negotiated before contracting. Each payment will be based on a predefined and formal agreement between UN Women and will be disbursed based on satisfactory completion of agreed deliverables.

Hardware, Software and Communication:

  • The consultant must be equipped with a portable computer (laptops). The consultant must be reasonably accessible by email and telephone (preferably mobile). The use of reliable, internet-based communication (Skype or equivalent) is required.

Location and Duration:

  • The contract will run from 2 January 2017 until 31 December 2017 (estimated). The consultancy will be based in Grenada, specifically at the office of the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Application for consultancy:

Please submit your application by Friday, 14 October 2016.

Applications must include:

  • A cover letter highlighting the specific post for which you are applying;
  • The completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;
  • Detailed curriculum vitae including a description of main achievements;
  • A detailed price proposal quoted in United States dollars (US$) indicating daily rates and inclusive of any costs to be incurred related to the consultancy e.g. travel costs.


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