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Consultancy to develop Options and Guidance for the COVID-19 Crisis Response Window: Violence against women and girls in the context and aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||24-Jun-20 (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)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||14 working days|
The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (UNTF EVAW) is a global multi-lateral grant making mechanism supporting national efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls, one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world. The UN Trust Fund was established through the UN General Assembly Resolution 50/166 in 1996 with UN Women as its Administrator on behalf of the UN system. UN Trust Fund provides technical assistance and funding to advance the development of innovative models and strategic interventions in the area of ending violence against women and girls (EVAW/G). To date, the UN Trust Fund has awarded US $175 million to 572 initiatives in 140 countries and territories. Grant recipients are primarily civil society organizations (CSOs), the majority of which are women’s rights organizations (WROs). The UNTF EVAW is financed through voluntary contributions from UN Member States, partners in the private sector and civil society, and concerned individuals from around the world. The UNTF EVAW awards grants primarily through an annual open and competitive process. Its governance is guided by consultative committees (Programme Advisory Committees – PACs) at global and regional levels comprised of UN agencies, leading experts and CSO representatives.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. Subsequently, CSOs have reported an alarming increase in violence against women and girls (VAWG) as a direct result of social isolation measures across in the world. There is evidence that CSOs in the front line are providing an early warning system and making every effort to adapt EVAW service provision and integrate violence against women and girls into COVID-19 response plans as the situation continues to evolve. However, they are stretched and adapting with minimal resources and need more sustained support, as well as urgent and increased investment. Analysis also shows that the impact of COVID-19 is not only public health related; VAW is being experienced in different forms and risk factors increasing – from economic, social, political as well as health.
In response to this protracted crisis situation, the UNTF EVAW therefore plans to launch a global “COVID-19 Crisis Response Window” Call for Proposals to fund projects explicitly designed to address VAWG that has arisen due to the crisis or risk factors that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
Justification for the consultancy
In order to proceed with the launch of the 2020 COVID-19 Crisis Response Call for Proposals to address and end violence against women and girls, the UN Trust Fund intends to develop specific guidance and grants allocation criteria. This guidance is intended to help identify the types of projects to be funded, the types of experience organizations applying need to implement these types of interventions, and criteria for supporting organizations in the process of developing their applications. This guidance and criteria document will be presented to the UN Trust Fund’s Global Programme Advisory Committee for its review and endorsement before the launch of the UN Trust Fund’s 2020 Call for Proposals.
Development of the guidance and grants allocation criteria requires specialized technical advice from an expert/s with both an in-depth knowledge of WROs working on EVAW, and issues relevant to the situation of women and girls in the context of a crisis, specifically public health crises, pandemics and other disease outbreaks and their intersection with violence against women.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives and Outputs
(1) A brief background paper on the programmatic and funding landscape for WROs on addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and where the UN Trust Fund could add most value, in a very specific way (i.e. what gaps are there in the programmatic response and funding landscape that the UN Trust Fund’s modality of grant giving could help fill);
(2) A set of specific examples of the kind of interventions (unique or adapted to the COVID-19 crisis) and organizations the UNTF EVAW may consider funding that simultaneously and comprehensively address and respond to the needs of women and girls at risk of violence and survivors of violence and a list of resources that may be especially useful for applicants to consult when developing their proposals (draft by 16 July and final by 24 July 2020).;
(3) In line with the proposed interventions for funding consideration, recommend criteria and guidance by which applicants should be appraised and if granted funding, subsequently monitored (draft by 23 July and final by 30 July 2020).
Inputs and Timing
The consultant is expected to cover the costs of the home-based activities within the daily rate.
The consultant will report to the UN Trust Fund Grants and Programme Manager, in the first instance and for the final approvals to the Chief of the UN Trust Fund.
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Required Skills and Experience
Required skills and experience
Ethical code of conduct
It is expected that the consultant will ensure that the confidentiality and independence of judgment are maintained, and that findings and recommendations are independently presented. The consultant will operate in an impartial and unbiased manner and give a balanced presentation of strengths and weaknesses of the issues being assessed. The consultant must disclose in writing any past experience, which may give rise to a potential conflict of interest, and to deal honestly in resolving any conflict of interest which may arise.
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.