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Domestic Violence Protocol Consultant - Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Gender Affairs
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Bridgetown, BARBADOS|
|Application Deadline :||13-Oct-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||2 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||2 months|
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.
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.
The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and in particular, General Recommendation Nineteen which speaks to violence against women and girls, encourages on-going efforts to build more stable and secure societies, which integrate strategies that support government and civil society. The support to government and civil society is necessary in the following ways:
The UN Women Multi Country Office for the Caribbean (MCO) covers 22 countries and territories in the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean, which are part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Strides towards gender equality in the countries covered by the MCO have resulted in gains for women and girls in the Caribbean, relating primarily to high education rates, and increases in employment rates, however critical gaps remain
The Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Gender Affairs currently falls under the purview of the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Library and Social Service, Transport and Communication. It was first established in 1999 as the Women’s Desk, under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and in January 2001, it was renamed the Department of Gender Affairs to reflect its expanded mandate. The Department is the focal point for the Government in promoting gender equality and equity in Turks and Caicos. The office is also charged with promoting the integration of a gender perspective into mainstream activities of government at the policy, programme, and project levels.
The activities of the Department are coordinated within the framework of international conventions relating to human rights of women, such as the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The Convention was extended to the Territory on behalf of the United Kingdom Government in April 1986. It is part of the United Nations Human Rights system which is intended to improve the status of women.
Presently, the work of the Department of Gender Affairs covers advocacy as it relates to legislation, political and economic empowerment of women and men, policy development, and gender training and intervention strategies, that reduce and eliminate gender-based violence, and other forms of discrimination against men, women, and children. For this reason, a sensitive approach to the problem of domestic and gender-based violence requires commitment to specific local and international guiding principles. These principles need to be established and followed as they will serve as the foundation for the support service provided to survivors of domestic and gender-based violence while serving as a basis for the work being undertaken by the Department of Gender Affairs. They will also contribute to the establishment of and operating guidelines for the Safe House that is scheduled to begin operations soon.
The increased rate of domestic and gender-based violence as a result of COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need to expedite the development of protocol to guide the internal procedures of major stakeholders and responders to domestic and gender-based violence and their working relationship with each other. The need for guidance in this regard is underscored by an existing system, which can be considered fragmented and uncoordinated to ensure a more effective and efficient response to domestic and gender-based violence.
The development and implementation of a National Domestic Violence protocol is regarded as a critical step- especially considering the Sheltering-in-place protocol-, in ensuring a more coordinated and integrated response system to the growing levels of domestic and gender-based violence in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
In an effort to facilitate the development and implementation of this National Domestic Violence protocol, UN Women MCO Caribbean and the Department of Gender Affairs intends to engage the services of a consultant who will lend technical support in this area. The objectives of this consultancy are tied into the various strategies which form the comprehensive group of initiatives carded for implementation.
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall object of this consultancy is to provide strategic technical support to the development, planning and implementation of a National Domestic Violence Protocol.
Specific objectives include:
SCOPE OF WORK AND DELIVERABLES
The consultant is expected to deliver the following results:
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO-Caribbean Representative and the Director of Gender Affairs in Turks and Caicos.
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Required Skills and Experience
The consultant should meet the following criteria:
The consultant should meet the following criteria:
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