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INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT - To lead a baseline survey on female and male attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions toward gender equality discrimination and violence against women
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||15-Apr-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|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 :||4 Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||4 months (for a maximum of 20 working days)|
“Implementing norms, changing minds” is a UN Women programme, which aims to support a reduction in discrimination and violence against women and girls in Turkey and six Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo* and Serbia), anchored in the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Istanbul Convention, and also in alignment with European Union accession standards.
The three year Programme supports the development of an enabling legislative and policy environment on eliminating violence against women and all forms of discrimination; promotes favorable social norms and attitudes to prevent gender discrimination and violence against women; and pursues empowering women and girls (including those from disadvantaged groups) who have experienced discrimination or violence to advocate for and use available, accessible, and quality services.
The elimination of gender equality discrimination and violence against women as one of its most pervasive forms, requires a comprehensive, coordinated, and sustained effort in all spheres. It requires actions in different areas, including legislation, service provision, awareness-raising, and attitudinal and behavioral change. Gender-related discrimination and violence against women is a complex phenomenon that needs to be understood within the wider social context and within the social and cultural norms that permeate it. Community attitudes and responses regarding violence against women reflect these norms and play an important role in shaping the social climate in which discrimination and violence occur. Comprehending attitudes toward gender equality and violence against women is key to better understanding its root causes and, therefore, developing more effective intervention measures.
In order to have a clear understanding, UN Women wishes to engage the services of a consultant(s) to lead a baseline survey of current and dominant attitudes, perceptions, opinions and beliefs toward gender equality and violence against women at community level in the seven countries involved in the action.
Purpose of the Consultancy
The purpose of the consultancy is to lead a baseline survey in order to develop an understanding of current and dominant attitudes and perceptions (and the factors that influence them) toward gender equality and violence against women at community level. The baseline survey will be carried out in 7 countries by selected civil society organizations and the consultant will undertake the following tasks: a) oversee the survey, b) propose a methodology and data collection method; 3) undertake data analysis; and 4) report writing. The baseline survey should address intersectional discrimination, and therefore mainstream issues related to the intersection between gender-based discrimination and discrimination linked to other identities, factors and experiences such as ethnicity, disability and poverty. In this regard, the baseline will consider, inter alia, the following disadvantaged groups should be considered: Albania (Roma women), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Roma women), Kosovo* (Roma, Ashkaly, and Egyptian minorities), FYR Macedonia (Roma women), Montenegro (Roma women), Serbia (Roma women, rural women, and women with disabilities), and Turkey (refugee and migrant women).
The baseline assessment is an early element in the monitoring and evaluation plan of the Programme Result 2.2 Women, girls, men and boys at community and individual level have a better understanding and acceptance of gender equality that will allow for assessment of the circumstances in which a the Programme commences.
The specific objectives of the baseline are:
1. To provide the Programme with detailed baseline data on key indicators to assess understanding and attitudinal change attributable to and throughout the action (February 2017-January 2020). The survey baseline is expected to quantify and contextualize the following indicators that the programme has to report against:
2. To inform the Programme advocacy and sensitization interventions on increasing understanding of gender equality and the prevention and protection of survivors of violence against women and attitudinal change based on the priority issues identified in the survey; and,
The baseline survey will provide insight into selected communities culture and social perceptions, and derive strategies to influence persistent behavioral and cultural patterns, which serve as obstacles to the development of societies and the achievement of gender equality.
An end-line survey will be conducted at the end of the Programme so as to allow for comparison and create two data points for measuring awareness and attitudes toward gender equality and regarding violence against women. These data points can contribute to ongoing monitoring of gender equality trends in the participating countries.
In keeping with this aim, the follow-up survey’s design, research methodology, questionnaires, fieldwork planning, fieldwork quality control, data processing, and data analysis will be replicated from the baseline survey as exactly as possible.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Regional Programme Manager, and in close cooperation with the UN Women field offices taking part in the survey, the consultant is expected to carry out and deliver on the following tasks:
The baseline tool should be designed to capture country-level data to gain an insight into the following:
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants are requested to upload the following documents:
Applications without Technical Proposals will not be considered.
Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF attachment as the system only allows upload of one document
Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted
Evaluation of applicants
The Consultant will be evaluated based on the qualifications and the years of experience, as outlined in the qualifications/requirements section of the ToR. In addition, the Consultant will also be evaluated on the following methodology:
Cumulative analysis: When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation;
The award of the contract shall be made to the Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the ToR.
Technical Evaluation: 70% of total evaluation (maximum 100 points):
Criteria A: Education (maximum 10 points);
Criteria B: Experience (maximum 50 points);
Criteria D: Methodology (Maximum 40 points)
The evaluation will be based on the combination of the weighted technical and financial scores (70 per cent technical and 30 per cent financial). The technical evaluation includes the knowledge/expertise in gender equality and ending violence against women within the context of the Western Balkans and/or Turkey, and the strong professional experience/track record in conducing baseline and end-lines.
Consultants will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of qualifications and financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.
TECHNICAL EVALUATION (70%)
Fluency in written and spoken English
Education - 10
Professional experience - 50
Methodology - 40
Total technical - 100
Financial Evaluation (30%) – max. 30 points:
The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:
p = 30 (µ/z)
Using the following values:
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
The evaluation methods include desk review and/or interview.
Final selection: only the candidate with the highest ranked will be selected.
Note: only the highest ranked candidates who have obtained a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the technical evaluation will be considered for the financial evaluation.
The consultant will work in close cooperation and under the direct supervision of the UN Women ECARO EVAW Regional Programme Manager
Schedule of payments
Payment in full upon final submission and satisfactory deliveries in accordance with specified requirements as reviewed by the Hiring Manager.
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.