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International Consultant on Conducting a Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response Gap Analysis Research
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Amman, JORDAN|
|Application Deadline :||28-Oct-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||6d 12h 27m|
|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 :||90 working 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.
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 of its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations systems 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.
One of the key areas of work for UN Women country office for Jordan is supporting Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW) and other government stakeholders in the implementation of the Jordanian National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 (JONAP) for 2018-2021, which was endorsed by the prime minister and the cabinet in December 2017. The JONAP is based around four strategic goals, aiming to increase; (1) gender responsiveness and meaningful participation and leadership of women in the security sector and in peace operations, (2) participation of women in Prevention of Violent Extremism and in peacemaking, (3) gender sensitive services to refugee and Jordanian women, and (4) recognition of the benefits of gender equality and the role of women in Peace and Security.
The Government of Jordan and its security institutions have made tremendous efforts to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The crisis has increased vulnerability of women and girls, especially the most marginalized groups.
Most prominently, UN Women Jordan’s rapid assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on vulnerable Syrian refugee and Jordanian women across the country in April 2020 found that Jordan’s strict quarantine put women at heightened risk of gender-based violence (GBV), including domestic violence. The crisis and confinement measures have resulted in an increased the risk of violence in the household, food insecurity and economic insecurity and have also had different impacts on camp and non-camp settings with women in rural areas, in particular, struggling to access services and information. Higher numbers of individuals residing in the household increased the risk of physical or psychological violence, with almost 60% of those women who indicated an increased risk of violence living in a household of 5 or more people.
Data provided by the PSD’s Family Protection Department (FPD) shows the number of reported domestic violence cases during the quarantine1 reached 1,534 reports, an increase of 35% over last year.
Jordan has in place several national GBV mechanisms: the National Team to Protect Families from Domestic Violence (DV) chaired by the National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA) and the DV Committee that was recently established by the Prime Minister and chaired by Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) for Women’s Empowerment following the the Public Security Directorate (PSD) statement in July on restructuring the Family Protection Department (FPD). In September the DV Committee has agreed on the matrix of national priorities to strengthen the family protection system. The suggested gap analysis will be implemented in line with the adopted national matrix of priorities by the DV Committee under the leadership of IMC. The gap analysis report will provide evidence and policy recommendations to strengthen the PSD FPD GBV response as well as to IMC DV committee to enhance the coordination and legislative framework for GBV national response mechanism that is women-centered and based on multidisciplinary principles. The PSD FPD is the first agency to receive a GBV complaint, but the agency’s coordination and communication channels need to be enhanced with other national partners.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment
With the aim to provide continues technical and policy support in supporting gender-responsive security system reform including strengthening preventing and responding to GBV, UN Women is seeking to hire an International Consultant with extended knowledge and practical experience in GBV issues. The Consultant will conduct a gap analysis research of the policy, standards and procedures on prevention and response to GBV and DV, including data collection system, in accordance with the international standards; and will work in close cooperation with the UN Women team, PSD and FPD and other JONAP national stakeholders and UN agencies.
The main objective of this assignment is to conduct a gap analysis and provide evidence and policy recommendations to strengthen the PSD FPD GBV response, as well as to IMC DV committee to enhance the coordination and legislative framework for GBV national response mechanism that is women-centered and based on multidisciplinary principles.
Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of UN Women’s Country Representative, and under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Specialist, the Consultant will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
• Conduct a gap analysis of the policy, standards and procedures on prevention and response to GBV and DV, including data collection system in line with the national matrix of priorities on strengthening family protection system adopted by DV Committee chaired by IMC and in accordance with the international standards (CEDAW General Recommendation No. 35 on gender-based violence against women, etc.).
• Conduct a comprehensive desk research and review of secondary data on the existing national GBV prevention and response mechanism with the focus on FPD; and identify the gaps.
• Conduct a gap analysis and localize results in line with the Joint Global package on Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence3 developed in a partnership by UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, UNDP and UNODC, which aims to provide greater access to a coordinated set of essential and quality multi-sectoral services for all women and girls who have experienced gender based violence.
• Identify the FPD policy, operation, accountability, monitoring, reporting and coordination gaps related to GBV; document the key challenges and identify the entry points for strengthening the system and national coordination.
• Conduct series of consultations and key interviews on GBV prevention and response gaps with JONAP national stakeholders such as PSD, FPD, Ministry of Social Development, the National Council for Family Affairs, Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW), other line ministries, UN agencies including UNFPA and UNHCR, and civil society organizations who are service providers on GBV in Jordan.
• Implement activities in close cooperation with UN Women national consultant on gender and security and gender and justice and engage them in the consultations.
• Present and discuss the gap analysis preliminary findings with PSD FPD and incorporate feedback to draft the final report.
• Draft analytical comprehensive report based on the secondary data review and interviews and consultations on GBV prevention and response gaps from policy and operations perspectives.
• Present and discuss the gap analysis findings to the JONAP donor focal points.
• Draft the policy brief under JONAP overall result framework based on the study findings and include key recommendations.
Duration of the assignment
The duration of the assignment will be 90 working days from October 2020 till March 2021.
The consultant is expected to work with the deliver the following results:
• Monthly time-sheets and brief progress reports about implemented activities and achieved results with supporting documents (summary of strategic meetings, training reports, other materials) submitted (by the 5th of each month).
• Final report about the progress and achievements, lessons learnt, and recommendations submitted (up to 5 working days)- by March 2021.
All monthly reports and final report should be submitted in English. The Consultant is expected to work online from home. The Consultant will be provided with UN Women’s relevant programme related materials and strategic guidance by UN Women during the implementation of the assignment.
Contractor’s performance will be evaluated based on: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies : https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637
Required Skills and Experience
• Master’s degree in social sciences, International Relations, or a related field is required.
Experience and skills
• Minimum 5 years of relevant experience at a national or international level in research and policy on GBV, gender equality, human rights and development
• Experience in conducting research and data analysis with national stakeholders, security sector agencies and government from gender perspective
• Proven track record in policy and programme development and advocacy related to GBV prevention and response with national government
• Ability to critically interpret and analyze quantitative and qualitative data from relevant stakeholders, reports and any relevant research papers and compile it into a report that is accessible and useful to various stakeholders
Language and other skills
• Fluency in written and spoken English is required
Submission of application
Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application to not later than 28 October, 2020.
• Financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount breaking down a daily professional fee.
• All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from P11 form. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
Applications will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis.
• Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
• Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]
A two-stage procedure is utilised 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 have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidate.
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation
• Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.
• The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
• The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.