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National Monitoring and Evaluation Expert for the baseline of the Safe Cities and Safe Public spaces programme - Cairo, Egypt
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Cairo, EGYPT|
|Application Deadline :||10-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||4 months – up to 65 working days|
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination and violence 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 supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and work with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programs and services needed to implement these standards. UN Women Egypt Country Office is based in Cairo and works in the three priority areas: Leadership and Political Participation; Economic Empowerment; and Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW).
Although Egypt has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) (1981), with reservations, and despite constitutional equality guarantees, persistent gaps remain between formal equality rights and women’s lived realities. Egypt ranks 134/144 on the Global Gender Gap Index, reflecting high levels of gender inequality in the sub-indicators of economic participation and opportunity and political empowerment.
There are also persistent challenges related to discriminatory social norms and violence against women and girls (VAWG) that pose a significant obstacle to the inclusive and sustainable development of Egypt and the fulfillment of women’s human rights. Women and girls are subjected to different forms of violence, including intimate partner violence, early and forced marriage, and female genital mutilation/cutting. 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 the issue of 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.
In November 2010, UN Women launched the “Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces” Global flagship programme in partnership with AECID, 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, as one of its pilot cities, in partnership with the National Council for Women, 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.
In 2019, the second phase of the “Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces” was launched in Alexandria and Damietta, with the support of the Embassy of Netherlands, expanding the geographical intervention areas of the programme and reaching to more women and girls. The main objectives of the second phase are centered around three key outcomes:
1) Gender-responsive locally relevant and owned interventions identified: Local ownership is the cornerstone for this flagship,
2) 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,
3) Social and cultural transformation – to ensure that attitudes and behaviors related to women’s and girls’ rights to enjoy public spaces free from SV improved,
Expected Impact Level Results in the Safe City Sites of Intervention include:
The assignment will contribute to outcome 4 of UN Women’s Strategic Plan “All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence”. It will also respond to outcome 1 of the global flagship by developing the programme’s baseline. The baseline targets community members (women, men, youth, girls, and boys), national partners, local CSOs, and other stakeholders in Alexandria and Damietta.
The objective of the Assignment:
UN Women seeks to recruit a national consultant to lead the Baseline Study of the Safe Cities programme in Alexandria and Damietta. The programme relies on a number of strategies to maximize the effectiveness of its interventions. It aims to reach over 1800 women. The interventions include community-based participation, media, and policy-oriented advocacy, awareness-raising activities, capacity development and south-south collaboration. The program focuses on a community-based framework that ensures the voices of rights’ holders are heard, while also reaching out to duty bearers. The preparatory work, such as scoping studies and consultation meetings in Alexandria and Damietta with the stakeholders, has been implemented and the work with the beneficiaries is soon to be implemented in the next phase of the programme.
It is a priority for UN Women that the baseline study will be based on gender-responsive inclusive and human rights approach, as defined in the UN Women Evaluation Policy and adhere to the UN norms and standards for evaluation in the UN System. The methodology of the baseline study will employ mixed methods and an innovative approach for capturing results, to ensure that the views of a diverse group of participants are represented and will actively support the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. It will adhere to UN Women’s Evaluation Policy and UNEG Norms and Standards and Ethical Guidelines
UNEG, “Norms and Standards for evaluation”, 2016, http://www.unevaluation.org/document/detail/1914
UNEG, “Ethical guidelines”, 2008, available online at http://www.unevaluation.org/document/detail/102
UN Women GERAAS evaluation quality assessment checklist:
UNEG Norms and Standards for evaluation
The incumbent is expected to develop a full-fledged methodology, suggesting mixed data collection tools and sampling techniques within the scope of work, utilizing an innovative approach for capturing results, to ensure that the views of a diverse group of participants and stakeholders are represented in the study. UN Women acts as an enabler of change by providing technical advice based on best practices and mobilizing financial support to back the implementation of the nationally owned programme implemented in partnership with the NCW and in close coordination with Alexandria and Damietta Governors and Deputy Governors. The incumbent is also to take into consideration the theory of change of the Safe Cities Global Flagship and its global indicators. He/she should build on the lessons learned and recommendations from the baseline of the first phase implemented in Cairo and Giza.
In light of the current pandemic, COVID-19, the consultant is expected to take into consideration the restrictions of the pandemic while developing the research methodology, the work plan, and the timeframe of the baseline. Upon approval of the inception report by the management group of UN Women, the consultant will develop the data collection tools, based on the identified programme’s indicators. After data collection, the team leader will develop a comprehensive report, using the triangulation of data for an in-depth analysis of the collected qualitative and quantitative data. The consultant is expected to regularly liaise with responsible UN Women staff to discuss updates, challenges, and next steps.
Duties and Responsibilities
1.Inception report including methodology, design, criteria, indicators for measuring results, sample size and sample design, timeframe/workplan, responsibilities, and propose an initial budget (5 working days)
2. Submit preliminary report from collected qualitative data (10 working days)
3. Submit preliminary report from collected quantitative data (20 working days)
4. Submit a draft report of the Baseline study, including UN Women’s feedback on the previously shared qualitative and quantitative reports, (10 working days)
5. Hold a validation workshop with UN Women and NCW as well as other programme’s main stakeholders to share the findings of the baseline study and collect feedback (3 working days)
6. Submit a final baseline report, including findings and recommendations, incorporating feedback based on the validation workshop (10 working days)
7. Develop Power point presentation on the main findings and recommendations to share during the debrief meeting with UN Women team and programme’s partners (7 working days)
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
Required Skills and Experience
Work Arrangements and Remuneration:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the financial evaluation.
Criteria Weight Technical: 70% (70 points)
Criteria 1 (10): Master’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistics, Social Sciences, or related fields. (10)
Criteria 2 (40): At least 10 years of progressively responsible work experience in conducting monitoring gender equality and women’s empowerment related baseline studies, and/or programme evaluations, including at least 3 years of responsible work of leading on M&E teams, utilizing a wide range of approaches and methods including gender equality and human rights responsive evaluations. (12 years in lieu of a Master’s degree).
Financial: Lowest Financial Proposal: 30% (30 points)
The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:
The financial offer should be inclusive of all related costs, including accommodation and transportation, in case of field visits to Alexandria and Damietta.
Interested Individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all them since the online application submission does only permit to upload one file per application. Incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.
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.