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Developing a Standard Operating Procedures for the Specialized Court in Cases of Violence Against Women
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-Based/ State of Palestine (Ramallah, with travel to other locations in the West Bank), PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES|
|Application Deadline :||13-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||4 months (Approximately 50 working days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||4 months (Approximately 50 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 and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women plays an innovative and catalytic role in the State of Palestine since its inception in 1997. UN Women Palestine County Office focuses its activities on one overarching goal, namely to support the empowerment of Palestinian women and girls and to allow them to enjoy their human rights. In support of this goal and thoroughly taking into consideration the specificities of the context in Palestine, UN Women concentrates its efforts and interventions in its current strategic cycle (2018-2021) toward the realization of four strategic goals: Ensuring that women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy, all women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence, women and girls contribute and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and from humanitarian action, and a comprehensive and dynamic set of global norms, policies and standards on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls is strengthened and implemented.
In line with the Palestinian Government’s commitment to achieve gender equality and combat Violence against Women (VAW), and in full partnership with the Justice and Security Sectors, including the Public Prosecution (PP), the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP), the High Judicial Council (HJC), the Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) and the Supreme Judge Department (SJD) , UN Women, within its joint programme with UNDP and UNICEF “Promoting the Rule of Law in Palestine- SAWASYA II” is supporting the Justice and Security institutes to mainstream gender into their procedures and policies, and develop and provide gender responsive services to women victims and survivors of violence, through providing institutional capacity building and policy level interventions amongst others.
The judiciary is uniquely placed to ensure that relevant criminal laws, including those relating to gender-based violence are interpreted through the lens of international standards and norms; effectively enforced; protect women and girls from violence, including from the recurrence of violence; hold perpetrators accountable; and provide effective reparations for victims and survivors of violence. In October 2017, the Palestinian Chief Justice assigned a group of 31 judges from different courts’ grades and governorates to manage and adjudicate VAW cases. In August 2018, the Chief Justice issued a decision to establish a specialized judiciary for VAW cases. Since then, UN Women within SAWASYA II programme has been supporting the High Judicial Council (HJC) to build the capacity and knowledge of VAW specialized judges and enhance the responsiveness of the courts’ practices. UN Women’s support to the HJC included amongst others; the provision of specialized training programmes on responsive adjudication, exchange study tours, and sensitization and awareness workshops on VAW, gender justice and protection of victims of VAW.
Acknowledging the importance of a defined and unified framework and procedures to guide, inform and institutionalize the work of the specialized judiciary, UN Women in collaboration with the HJC is planning to develop a Standards Operating Procedures (SoPs) for the management and adjudication of VAW cases in courts. The (SoPs) will define the normative and standards procedures that should guide and inform the management of VAW cases in courts, from the moment the case reaches the court until the court ruling is enforced. They are envisaged to translate effective and responsive criminal justice response to VAW cases, into operational procedures that are based on responsive interpretation of national legal texts in line with the Palestinian Basic Law and international standards, and guided by a victim- centered and gender justice approach.
Objective of the assignment:
The main objective of the assignment is to develop a (SoPs) for VAW Specialized judiciary in line with international human rights and gender justice standards and best practices. This will support the HJC to institutionalize the work of the VAW judiciary within a responsive environment and enable VAW judges to provide effective and responsive judicial services and criminal justice responses to women victims and survivors of violence, within a harmonized and defined operational and standards framework.
More specifically, the assignment includes the following specific objectives:
To achieve this, UN Women is seeking to hire an experienced national consultant to lead the assignment through full engagement with the HJC and its’ partners in the justice, security and social sectors.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of UN Women’s Special Representative and the direct supervision of UN Women Rule of Law Programme Specialist, the national consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
1. Development of an inception report that includes the work plan and the methodology:
- A variety of tools that ensure the provision of first- hand and secondary data
- Literature review of similar frameworks developed at the national, regional, and international levels, including related assessment reports
- Collective and bilateral meetings, consultations, and interviews with representatives of concerned institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs) or women beneficiaries of court services, and experts in the field.
Ensuring ongoing partnership and participation of national stakeholders throughout the design, drafting and finalizing the methodology and its execution, all through the finalization of the SoPs.
2. Data collection and analysis and development of the draft (SoPs):
3. Finalization of the development of the (SoPs) and the development of narrative reports:
Moreover, the consultant will be responsible to:
The assignment has three main deliverables including the following:
The first deliverable includes the following items:
The second deliverable includes the following items:
The third deliverable includes the following items:
The assignment is expected to start in August and end in December 2020, with a total of approximate 50 working days.
Fluency in Arabic and professional knowledge in English
CORE VALUES / GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
Cultural Sensitivity / Valuing diversity:
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
Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships with clients, demonstrating understanding of client’s perspective; anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly.
Required Skills and Experience
Fluency in Arabic and professional knowledge in English.
This SSA modality is governed by UN Women General Terms and Conditions. UN Women will only be able to respond to applicants who meet the minimum requirements.
Candidates should clearly indicate how they meet the above-mentioned criteria in their applications.
The following documents should be submitted as part of the application. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials:
Candidates should have the ability to quickly submit degree certificates, medical certification (of good health) expression of Interest (EoI) and sample of previous work should they be short-listed in consideration of this consultancy.
Evaluation of applicants:
Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications mentioned above, and financial proposal. A contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer receives the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 50 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for financial evaluation.
Long listed Candidates should provide a sample of a developed organizational framework or SoPs or policy related frameworks, with particular focus on VAW or gender justice.
Technical Evaluation (70%) – max. 70 points:
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
Only long-listed candidates will be contacted
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.