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National Consultant - Researcher to Carry out a Qualitative Study on Violence against Women in Uganda
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Kampala, UGANDA|
|Application Deadline :||25-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||60 Working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||60 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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality are translated into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts while building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women with support from DFID and in partnership with Uganda Bureau of Statistics is launching this call for applicants to conduct and implement a nation-wide qualitative research on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) including the in elections. The study will complement the quantitative survey on VAWG focusing on prevalence of physical and sexual violence but also at the consequences of such violence, as well as psychological violence, stalking, sexual harassment, experience of violence in childhood, fear of victimization and its impact and very importantly also at the attitudes and awareness about violence including the in elections. The VAWG study is led by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD). The survey will be implemented effective 1st October 2019 to 30th June 2020.
In September 2015 the United Nations Summit adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in New York which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The SDGs cover a very broad range of critical gender issues, including anti-discrimination, violence, unpaid care and domestic work, voice and participation, assets, income, labour, social protection etc. The agenda highlights women’s rights and gender equality significantly by including the stand alone fifth goal on gender equality in addition to gender-sensitive targets across other goals. It is imperative to recognize the pathway to achieving the SDGs by calling for gender-responsive and human rights-based approaches. To monitor gender responsiveness of SDG indicators, UN Women launched 3-year Global Flagship Program on gender statistics, entitled as ‘Making Every Women and Girls Count (MEGWC). The overall objective of this program is to make enabling environments for the quality production of gender statistics, denting the gender data gaps and ensure accessibility and use of gender statistics. Uganda was selected as one of the 12 Pathfinder countries of MEWGC.
Today, millions of women and girls worldwide suffer from some form of violence, be it domestic violence, rape, female genital mutilation/cutting, dowry-related killing, trafficking, sexual violence in conflict-related situations, sexual harassment in public spaces, or other manifestations of abuse. Evidence has shown that it affects the health and well-being not only of the women who experience violence but also of their families and communities. It is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives. However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women experience physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. Violence Against Women (VAW) persists in every country in the world as a pervasive violation of human rights and a major impediment to achieving gender equality (UN, Violence Against Women: The Situation, available online at: http://www.un.org/en/women/endviolence/pdf/pressmaterials/unite_the_situation_en.pdf).
Domestic Violence Against Women (DVAW) remains among the prevalent forms of violence against women (VAW) in Uganda; 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey, half of women (51%) age 15-49 have experienced physical violence since age 15, and 1 in 5 experienced physical violence in the 12 months preceding the survey. Twenty-two percent of women have ever experienced sexual violence. Eleven percent of women who have ever been pregnant have experienced physical violence during one or more pregnancies. Fifty-six percent of ever-married women have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence by their current or most recent spouse/partner. Three in 10 women (33%) sought help to stop violence they had experienced. Five in 10 women (51%) neither sought help nor told anyone about the violence. The findings of this survey have greatly informed policymaking and programming of the government and development partners aimed at Ending VAW and domestic violence; as a result, there have been established shelters for GBV victims, nation-wide hotline and a number of awareness raising interventions have been carried out by state as well as civil society actors and development partners to eliminate VAW and on the other existing services and protection mechanisms.
Uganda has had three Demographic and Health surveys (in 2006, 2011 and 2016) that collected information on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) including the prevalence, attitudes and other behaviours. The surveys, however, do not comprehensively cover variables on the VAWG hence the need to conduct a national survey on VAWG.
Within the framework of the UN Women Global Flagship Programme on Making Every Woman and Girl Count (MEWGC); Supporting implementation and monitoring of the SDGs through better production and use of gender statistics generously funded by DFID, UN Women in partnership with Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) is planning to implement a nation-wide qualitative research on VAWG including the in elections. The study will complement the quantitative VAWG survey to add the voices of men and women to support the statistics and enable a triangulation of data. More specifically, the qualitative research aims to a) better understand women’s access, barriers to and quality of violence against women services; b) understand the unique experiences of minority groups in terms of their experiences of VAWG and access to services including the in elections.
Objectives of the study
The aim of the qualitative research is to complement the quantitative survey including the in election, to add the voices of men and women to support the statistics and enable a triangulation of data. More specifically, the qualitative research aims to a) better understand women’s access, barriers to and quality of violence against women and girls services including the in elections; b) understand the unique experiences of minority groups in terms of their experiences of VAWG and access to services including the in elections.
Scope and Methodology
The conceptual framework for the study is as follows: 1) a quantitative survey conducted through face-to-face interviews in households and 2) a qualitative component which may include, but not be restricted to, desk research, Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) and Focus Groups. The survey should be planned and implemented in accordance with globally agreed methodological and ethical standards and guidelines and be informed by methodologies such as the one used in the WHO Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence that has been replicated in various countries and the most recent VAW: an EU Wide Survey which was implemented in alignment with the recommendations of the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention. The study will also reflect in the methodology design and novelties of a gender-based violence survey for EU member states under preparation by EUROSTAT. It is also important that relevant SDG indicators and definition/frameworks put forward by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 57th session, the Declaration on Elimination of Violence Against Women (DEVAW) and the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) General Recommendation #19 are incorporated. Qualitative Research methodology: The methodology for the qualitative research methodology is being developed by UN Women’s International Consultant to Guide the Implementation of a National Prevalence and Attitudes’ Survey on VAWG including the in elections in Uganda in line with globally established methodologies and ethical standards on VAWG studies. More specifically, the desk research will entail:
UN Women is seeking to contract an Individual National Consultant -Researcher to carry out the Qualitative Study on Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) including the in elections in Uganda. The researcher will work under overall guidance of UN Women’s International Consultant to Guide the Implementation of a National Prevalence and Attitudes’ Survey on VAWG in Uganda who will provide technical guidance in the implementation of the research, including development of methodology, designing research tools, data analysis process and report writing.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the International Consultant and in close cooperation with UN Women and UBOS, the researcher will be responsible for the following activities:
Reporting, quality Assurance and governance
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women Deputy Country Representative and in close collaboration with the Executive Director, UBOS, the consultant will provide technical and administrative support to the research study process on VAWG.
A Reference Technical Working Group (RTWG) comprising relevant partners working on VAWG in the country (i.e. government, UN and other international organizations, CSOs, academia). will be set up. The RTWG will be chaired by the MGLSD and co-chaired by Deputy Executive Director, Statistical Production and Development (DED/SPD) of UBOS.
The final VAWG research study report should be compiled and disseminated at a major National Statistical System (NSS) stakeholders’ forum. Handover of the final report in soft and hard copy together with a communications brief will be made to the Executive Director-UBOS and Country Representative - UN Women Uganda.
Deliverables and Timelines
The work of the researcher is expected to be delivered in 60 man-days and will start in 1st October 2019 and end in June 2020, when the results and final report will be finalized and presented.
Required Skills and Experience
Interested qualified individual consultants must apply online by latest by September 25th, 2019. Candidates should submit one PDF File attachment containing:
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.
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
The financial proposal will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
Deadline for application
All applications to be submitted no later than 25th 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.