Consultant to Lead a Scoping Study on Sexual Harassment and Violence Against Women and Girls in Public Spaces and to Develop a Safe Cities Programme in Kampala Uganda



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Kampala, UGANDA
Application Deadline :24-Sep-19 (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)
01-Oct-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :30 Working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 Working days

Background

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.

UN Women through financial support from the  Government of Sweden and  the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls  in partnership with Kampala Capital City Authority is launching this call for applicants to conduct a scoping study on Sexual Harassment and Violence Against Women and Girls (SVAWG) in public spaces in Kampala and the neighboring municipalities, and  to support development of  the Safe Cities Programme in consultation with multi-stakeholders.

 

Background

Across the world and in Uganda, women and girls are subjected to different forms of violence, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting among others. Within the community setting, women and girls also face sexual harassment and trafficking. Although violence in the private domain is now widely recognized as a human rights violation, violence against women and girls, especially sexual harassment in public spaces remains a largely neglected issue, often tolerated because it’s perceived as a ‘normal’ part of social life, with few laws, policies or programmes in place to effectively prevent and address it. There has been a growing concern over the spate of rampant kidnapping, brutal rape and murder of women and girls in Kampala and surrounding  municipalities. Equally concerning are reports of trafficking, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual exploitation and abuse in densely populated urban settings, schools and tertiary institutions. This introduces new challenges for city and urban authorities  to ensure safer cities for all, especially women and girls. 

In November 2010, UN Women launched the “Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls” Global Programme in partnership with the  Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, UN-Habitat, leading women’s organizations, and over 50 global and local partners in five pilot cities; Quito (Ecuador), New Delhi (India), Kigali (Rwanda), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) and Cairo (Egypt). It is the first-ever global effort to develop, implement, and evaluate tools, policies, and comprehensive approaches to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women and girls in public spaces across different settings. The implementation of the Global Programme in Cairo was successful in tackling those issues and contributed to putting the problem of sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women in public spaces at the forefront of the local public policy agenda.

The Global Safe Cities Programme is centered around four key outcomes:

1) Gender-responsive locally relevant and owned interventions identified: Local ownership is the cornerstone for this flagship,

2) Comprehensive legislation and policies to prevent and respond to SVAWG in public spaces to enhance capacities of local stakeholders,

3) Investments in the safety and economic viability of public spaces: including public infrastructure and economic development and with special concern for creating economic opportunities for women in the renewed public spaces,

4) Social and cultural transformation – to ensure that attitudes and behaviors related to women’s and girls’ rights to enjoy public spaces free from SVAWG improved,

 

Expected Impact Level Results in the Safe City Sites of Intervention include:

  • A reduction in sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women (SDG 5.2, SDG 11.7)
  • A reduction of fear and increased feelings of safety of women and girls
  • Increased autonomous mobility of women and girls in accessing and using public spaces.

Following the successful implementation of the programme in Cairo and other countries,  UN Women in partnership with Kampala Capital City Authority  now seek to conduct a scoping  study on sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces and to develop and implement the Safe Cities programme in consultation with multi-stakeholders in Kampala and the neighboring town councils.

Objective of the Consultancy

To identify gender-responsive locally relevant and owned interventions to address sexual  harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces through a scoping study and  multi stakeholder consultative  workshops.

Scoping study objective:

  • To provide the evidence-base for stakeholders to identity locally relevant  solutions to the problem of sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in Kampala and neighboring municipalities;
  • To provide valid and specific data to ensure a deep understanding of forms of sexual  harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces,  the contexts in which it occurs i.e.; laws and policies, perceptions, victimization patterns, risks and vulnerabilities and  drivers of sexual harassment and  violence against women and girls in public spaces including cybercrimes.
  • To build local ownership by creating multi-stakeholder partnerships through inclusive and participatory  intervention design process;

Design of Intervention for the safe cities:

  • To engage key stakeholders in active reflection on the findings of the scoping study, and  identify  key priorities and safety concerns in public spaces in  Kampala and neighboring municipalities;
  • To develop  locally relevant interventions with a specific set of results, based on the local context, vision, and joint stakeholders’ accountability.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist Ending Violence Against Women and Girls and working in close coordination with Kampala Capital City Authority, the consultant will be responsible for;

  • Developing a methodology for the scoping study in line with UN Women’s Guidance on Scoping Studies UN Women’s Guidance on Scoping Studies accessed here; http://www.endvawnow.org/uploads/browser/files/new_scoping_study_guidance_final_version.pdf. The methodology should answer Key Questions stipulated in the Guidance document. Produce annotated outline and approved methodology to UN Women.
  • Conduct a desk review of literature related to sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces and cybercrimes  including but not limited to  policies and legislative framework, perceptions, victimization patterns,  risks and vulnerabilities, drivers of sexual  and prepare a summary report.
  • Conduct the scoping study using  quantitative and qualitative methodologies to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in Kampala and neighboring municipalities of Entebbe and Wakiso. Ensure WHO ethnical guidelines on researching violence against women are enforced throughout the research process.
  • Lead  and provide technical guidance for the intervention design workshops engaging multi-stakeholders to develop a robust programme design. This includes but not limited to, developing theory of change and intervention model in consultation with UN Women Guidance on Programme Design for Safe City Programme.

Deliverables/ Tasks

  • An inception report on the content, methodology, and tools for the scoping study in line with the Scoping Study Guidance Note for UN Women accessed here: http://www.endvawnow.org/uploads/browser/files/new_scoping_study_guidance_final_version.pdf
  • An analysis report on the desk-based literature review and quantitative and qualitative study on sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces and cybercrimes including but not limited to policies and legislative framework perceptions, victimization patterns, risks and vulnerabilities, drivers and prepare a summary.
  • A draft programme design document with a well formulated theory of change, outcomes, outputs and activities including risks and assumptions. This will involve consultation with UN Women Guidance on Programme Design for Safe City Programme, and adaptation of the Global Theory of Change for the Flagship, with inputs from UN Women.
  • A draft programme design document with a well formulated theory of change, outcomes, outputs and activities including risks and assumptions. This will involve consultation with UN Women Guidance on Programme Design for Safe City Programme, and adaptation of the Global Theory of Change for the Flagship, with inputs from UN Women.
  • A report of the validation meeting on the findings from the scoping study and the draft programme design for the Safe City Programme with key stakeholders
  • A final programme design document with a well formulated theory of change, outcomes, outputs and activities including risks and assumptions and the final scoping study report incorporating inputs from the validation meeting. This will involve consultation with UN Women Guidance on Programme Design for Safe City Programme accessed here:  http://www.endvawnow.org/uploads/browser/files/programme_design_guidance_-final.pdf   and adaptation of the Global Theory of Change for the Flagship, with inputs from UN Women.
  • Produce a policy brief   on the findings and recommendations to key stakeholders 
  • Produce a power point presentation summarizing the findings of the scoping study to be used in seminars, conferences and workshops.

 

Inputs

  • UN Women and partners will provide the consultant with background materials related to the assignment.
  • Kampala Capital City Authority will provide the consultant with the space and access to the internal institutional documents as necessary, to undertake the assignment.

 

Performance evaluation:

  • The consultant’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, quality of the products delivered and alignment to agreed principles and standards. The evaluation will be carried out and cleared by the appointed task force including representation from the Kampala Capital City Authority.


Competencies

Core Values and Guiding Principles:

  • Integrity
  • Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of the UN systemin actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and a high degree of professionalism when dealing with survivors and sensitive information.
  • Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity
  • Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff, and of those of Government of Uganda entities;
  • Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.

 

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN's values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN, particularly relating to gender equality and the empowerment of women;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, sexual orientation, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly and without favouritism.

 

Functional Competencies

  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities skills;
  • Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work well with diverse and multicultural supervisors and staff members;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.


Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree in Gender, Development studies, Women’s Human Rights, Research or relevant related field.
  • Possession of a PHD in Gender, Development studies, Research or relevant related field  is an added advantage

 

Experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in conducting social research and its analysis related to violence against women and girls, sexual harassment, or relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience in gender/social research, program design, operational planning, and management
  • Working experience in/on the justice system of a developing country, specifically in sub-Saharan/East Africa would be an asset;
  • Experience working with the Ugandan justice system would be an asset;
  • Experience in conducting consultations with diverse stakeholders to elicit actionable information would be an asset;
  • Experience creating/editing documents for adoption/publication, and use by persons with varying levels of education would be an asset;
  • Experience working with the UN system would be an asset.

 

Language:

  • Fluent level of written and spoken English;

 

Application Procedure

The team of consultants should submit one technical proposal containing the following (to be uploaded as one PDF file):

  • Online application form with brief description of why the Offeror considers themselves the most suitable for the assignment; and
  • Personal UN P11 Forms for key personnel, indicating all experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references; The link to UN Women P11 template is: http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment
  • The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around the specific and measurable deliverables of the TOR. Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR, and deliverables accepted and certified by UN Women.
  • The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; cost of travel from the home base to the duty station and vice versa, where required; living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract.
  • In general, UN Women will not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should an International Consultant wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
  • If the Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UN Women under a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UN Women.
  • The Financial Proposal is to be submitted along with the P11 form and writing sample/link.
  • Please provide a short (1000 words) writing sample, or link to a similar project that you have completed. Applications without sample/link will not be considered.

Note: The above documents need to be submitted and uploaded to the online application system as one document.

 

 Evaluation of Applicants

Candidates will be selected based on cumulative analysis of:

• Technical Qualification (100 points) weight [70%]

• Financial/Price Proposal (100 points) weight [30%]

A two-stage procedure will be utilised in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.

  1. Technical Qualification evaluation criteria:

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the offer or/individual is evaluated based on following:

Technical Evaluation Criteria/ Obtainable Score

  • Qualification and background – 20
  • Previous experience in the development of institutional training manuals and conducting institutional trainings – 30
  • Understanding of gender and VAW/VAC (including online violence) and children in conflict with the law issues, especially in the justice law and order sector -30
  • Experience and familiarity with the UN system, UN Women’s and UNICEF’s work – 10
  • Language proficiency - 10
  1. Financial Proposal review criteria:

 

The financial proposal will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
  • The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

 

Deadline for application

All applications to be submitted no later than 24th September 2019

 

Note: UN Women is an equal opportunity Employer. Qualified women and men are encouraged to apply.  UN Women reserves the right to accept or reject any bid. The process will be governed by the rules and regulations of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)


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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