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International Consultant (Retainer) – to strengthen institutional knowledge and capacities on gender statistics for better NAP GBV monitoring, budgeting and reporting
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based, Dili, Bobonaro, Ermera, Viqueque, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||10-Nov-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||60 days|
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.
To address the global challenges of VAWG, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations have partnered on a new multi-year programme, the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative. The Spotlight Initiative aims to support transformative change on the ground to end violence against women and girls. The overall vision of the Spotlight Initiative in Timor-Leste is that women and girls enjoy their right to a life free of violence, within an inclusive and gender equitable Timor-Leste. The programme is aligned to the Timor-Leste “National Action Plan on Gender-based violence (2017-2021) and National SDG Roadmap, particularly on SDGs 5 and 16. It will contribute to the National Strategic Development Plan and reinforce Timor-Leste’s Development Plan and reinforce Timor-Leste’s implementation of commitments under the Beijing Platform for Action, the Concluding Observations of the CEDAW Committee, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, among other international obligations.
The program was globally launched in 2017 and began implementation in Timor-Leste in 2020. There are five UN agencies participating in the Timor-Leste Spotlight Initiative. There are the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) provides overall strategic oversight and coordination for the Spotlight Initiative within the UN, with UN Women acting as the Technical Lead.
Despite progress which has been made, violence against women and girls, and particularly intimate partner violence, remains widespread, with 38% to 59% of women in Timor-Leste between the ages of 15 to 19 experience violence in their lifetime.1 As stated at Timor-Leste’s Voluntary National Review on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the report for the Beijing Platform of Action +25, there is a need for a comprehensive approach to ending violence against women and girls (VAWG).
The Spotlight Initiative will contribute to the elimination of domestic violence, including intimate partner violence (DV/IPV), by responding to the needs of women and girls and addressing the underlying causes of violence against women and girls, using a multi-sectoral and intersectional approach across the ecological model. This will involve strengthening and widening partnerships and solidarity across civil society, government, media, private sector and development partners. Based on the approved design of the Spotlight Initiative in Timor-Leste, community-level programming will be focused in Ermera, Bobonaro and Viqueque Municipalities. Across all parts of the Initiative, the UN family will seek to advance the SDG principle of national ownership and the commitment to leave no one behind.
As one of the six pillars of the Spotlight Initiative, quality and accessible data is key to policy design and effective investment. The Government of Timor-Leste has invested significantly in statistics (notably the Population Census, the Demographic and Health Surveys, and Tier 3 SDG indicator development). Other gender statistics have been captured through Timor-Leste’s Country Gender Profile in 2013, an SDG and Gender Report in 2018 and periodic analysis of the status of women in its reports to the CEDAW Committee and related to the Beijing Platform for Action (2015, 2019).
With regards to VAWG, data and research focusing on the prevalence, incidence and drivers of intimate partner violence have informed the development of Timor-Leste’s legislation and policies, most notably the National Actions Plans on Gender-Based Violence. As noted earlier, specifically related to SDG Indicator 5.2.1, the Nabilan Baseline study found that of women aged 15-49 who had ever been in a relationship, almost three in five (59%) experienced physical and/or sexual partner violence at some point in their lives. Almost half (47%) of women have experienced such violence in the last 12 months. Related to SDG Indicator 5.2.2, the Nabilan study found that almost 10% of women aged 15-49 reported to have experienced rape or gang rape by a non-intimate partner in the last 12 months. The Government, through the General Directorate of Statistics under the Ministry of Finance with support from UNFPA, also conducted the Domestic Violence Module of the 2009-10 and 2016 Demographic and Health Surveys. These surveys included collection of data on IPV, supporting the dissemination of the results of key indicators as part of the main reports, and utilization workshops at national and sub-national levels including on GBV data.
The General Directorate of Statistics has also invested in up-to-date and reliable population and socio-economic data. This has been supported by UNFPA in collecting, analyzing, publishing and disseminating of census data and other population surveys. UNFPA supported the General Directorate of Statistics to ensure that data is fully disaggregated by age and sex, so that gender and other dimensions can be adequately analysed and factored into policy and planning. UNFPA also supports GDS staff to attend training in up to date methods for statistical collection, analysis and dissemination of results for utilization in policy and planning by the government and development partners. In addition, the MSSI has policies on data collection and administrative data and there are Information Management Systems (IMS) for Police, Social Services, Justice and health actors.
Despite this progress, there are challenges related to coordination on data collection, the lack of connection between IMS and inconsistencies within them across sectors and limited engagement of staff in developing the systems when they were developed. There are many data gaps including the availability of disaggregated data (based on age, ethnicity, location, socio-economic status, disability and gender identity), for example on men’s perceptions of gender roles and norms; data and analysis on policy, legislation and workplace practices; on cultural norms that underlie reproductive coercion in the region; and on case management and its linkages to rule of law. These challenges will be addressed through efforts by UNFPA and UNDP under the Spotlight Initiative.
On data utilization, the data that exists on VAWG is not being used fully to inform policy development and implementation and monitoring of the NAP GBV and related sector programmes. This is due in part to low data literacy (although initial awareness sessions on gender statistics have been done over the years) and the limited coordination of data users as part of NAP GBV monitoring. This was reflected in the NAP GBV 2012-2016 evaluation and evident in the NAP GBV 2017-2021 Baseline, in which only 15 of 47 indicators had data available as of December 2017.
A series of Gender Statistics workshops were conducted with government and civil society stakeholders in July 2019, convened by UN Women, in collaboration with UNFPA, SEII and the General Directorate for Statistics. These confirmed the need for greater investment in ethical data collection and analysis, strengthening data user and producer communications, improving awareness, accessibility and use of data on VAWG for monitoring and reporting of progress on commitments and increasing data literacy, not only for policy-level stakeholders to inform planning, budgeting and monitoring, but importantly for the general public and civil society, academia and media users of data. The SI in Timor-Leste is seeking to deepen initial investments made and ensure that Government policy-makers use data as evidence to inform State investments on EVAWG and civil society actors, including survivors of violence and groups with limited data literacy, are able to engage effectively in accessing and using the data for improving the services and situation for women and girls in Timor-Leste.
In this regard, UN Women, is seeking an international consultant to strengthen the capacity of line ministry statistics/SDG and planning Focal Points from the NAP GBV institutions and related civil society partners, to understand and use gender statistics for better NAP GBV monitoring, budgeting and reporting.
This will build on skills developed by complementary data mapping and data literacy efforts supported by UNFPA and reach government and civil society (including survivors of VAWG).This will contribute to applying the ecological model, understanding that work and data related to multiple levels is needed to monitor efforts to end violence against women and girls. It will reinforce the understanding among stakeholders that gender equality is the root cause of VAWG, and the various factors that increase the risk of violence or serve as protective factors at the individual/relationship and at the community level
 The Nabilan study prevalence study used the WHO methodology and was conducted in 2016.
 Available upon request by SEII.
 For example, involving survivors who are involved in advocacy activities, such as Fokupers’ survivor goes to campus initiative.
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objective of the proposed retainer consultancy is to support UN Women in provision of technical assistance and accompaniment with government and civil society partners and in coordination with sister UN agencies related to gender statistics and administrative data on violence against women and girls. This will engage partners in assessing capacities, developing and rolling out a capacity development plan for better understanding and use of gender statistics for NAP GBV monitoring and reporting and identification on a strategy to sustain capacity development opportunities as part on future professional development processes by relevant institutions. This will contribute to:
Spotlight Initiative Output 5.2.: Quality prevalence and/or incidence data on VAWG, including DV/IPV, is analysed and made publicly available for the monitoring and reporting of Sustainable Development Goals target 5.2. indicators to inform evidence-based decision making.
And more specifically implementation of:
Spotlight Initiative Activity 5.2.1: Strengthen the capacity of line ministry statistics/SDG and planning Focal Points from NAP GBV institutions to understand and use gender statistics for better NAP GBV monitoring, budgeting and reporting.
II. SCOPE OF WORK
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Head of Office in Timor-Leste, and supervision of the Spotlight Initiative Technical Specialist, the international consultant will provide support and technical assistance in strengthening line ministry statistics/SDG and planning Focal Points from NAP GBV institutions’ capacities to understand and use gender statistics for better NAP GBV monitoring, budgeting and reporting. This will specifically include the following tasks:
The total duration of the contract will be for 60 working days between 3 November 2020 until 31 December 2021 with possible missions to Dili, Timor-Leste incl. municipalities (Ermera, Bobonaro & Viqueque). Ability to travel will depend on COVID-19 travel advice and restrictions.
UN Women will not be committed to purchasing any minimum quantity of the services and purchases will be made only if there is an actual requirement upon the issuance of a Purchase Order based on this retainer contract. UN Women shall not be liable for any cost in the event that no purchases are made under this retainer contract.
Payment in full upon final submission and satisfactory output/products in accordance with specified requirements.
All the deliverables, including events materials, notes and reports should be submitted in written in English language, or if in Tetum, the UN Women team can require the consultant to provide an English summary.
Upon receipt of the deliverable and prior to the payment of the instalment, the deliverables-related reports and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women. The period of the review is one week after receipt.
 Link to access the publication: https://asean.org/?static_post=asean-regional-guidelines-violence-women-girls-data-collection-use
 Link to access the publication: https://asean.org/?static_post=asean-regional-guidelines-violence-women-girls-data-collection-use
Required Skills and Experience
Interested applicants are requested to submit electronic application to UNDP Job Site no later than 10 November 2020.
Submission of package
All applications must include (as an attachment) the CV & latest education certificate and the financial proposal. Shortlisted applicants may be requested to send further documentation proving their experience. Applications without financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further processing.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Selected candidates will need to submit prior to commencement of work:
Applications will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis.
A two-stage procedure is utilized 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.
Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Only the candidates who fit the minimum requirements will be longlisted and may be requested further documentation. Candidates with a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically- qualified candidate.
Financial/Price Proposal Evaluation: