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International Consultant on capacity building of Tajikistan PP’s project staff and key partnering WROs on Community mobilization for gender transformative interventions through a distanced training (TOT) on Gender Action Learning System (GALS) Methodology
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||23-Nov-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Russian|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||11 working days from 1 December till 25 December 2020|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||n/a|
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.
“Having open and honest discussions about what violence is,
in a safe environment, can have a massive impact in stopping violence”
Sangam World Centre leader
UN Women, the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has been created to accelerate up the process of meeting the needs of women and girls across the world. As a part of the UN reform agenda, it brings together resources and mandates which will subsequently have a lasting impact on the whole community.
In Tajikistan, pervasive nature of violence against women and girls (VAWG), especially domestic violence, gives an impression of it being ‘normal’. According to Demographic and Health Survey of Tajikistan (DHST), around 26% of urban women and 24% of rural women reported experiencing physical violence by a spouse and 20% of those who experienced physical/sexual violence pursued help/remedy (State Statistic Committee 2017). There are concerns/possibilities about extent of VAW/G underreporting (Tajikistan National Statistics Committee 2012), its actual prevalence is considered higher at >33% (UN Women 2014 cited in Lin et al. 2016.) Media in Tajikistan (Asia Plus, Ozodagon) have reported on women’s suicides or murders by their spouses, all of which are related to domestic violence. Communities justify wife-beating (or violence from in-laws) and take it as a personal/familial matter-result of acceptance of traditional gender norms. Recent study (Oxfam/Z-Analytics 2016) revealed that 97% and 72% of male & female respondents respectively believe ‘a woman may tolerate different forms of violence to keep family together.’ Experts observe a new phenomenon - the "self-underestimation" of women in matters of gender equality in the family. Unregistered marriages make it difficult for Tajik women to claim entitlements.
In 2020 Tajikistan has also been affected for a pandemic of coronavirus COVID-19. Emergencies, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, exacerbate the threat of gender-based violence against women and girls for people, their families and societies, especially when quarantine requirements introduced. In Tajikistan, pandemics caused serious economic and social consequences, especially due to the reduction of remittances from Russian Federation and Kazakhstan, disrupted social and protective networks; incurred sudden adverse changes in family life and stress, increased food and health expenditures, and reduced access to basic services. UN Women and Women Count programme has conducted the Rapid Gender Assessment amid COVID-19 in 17 countries, including Tajikistan, and publicized the following warning findings:
Tajikistan is signatory to various international instruments (CEDAW/UPR/CRC) and adopted the Law “On the Prevention of Violence in the Family” in 2013. The limitations within the Law (failure to define family and criminalize domestic violence) have led to difficulties in its implementation. Barriers to implement the Law are: capacity and willingness of police, lack of clear implementation-procedure, inadequate and under-funded NGO-run shelters and victim support rooms, lack of state-run shelters, limited access to legal assistance/justice, insufficient inter-agency coordination and funding, lack of monitoring mechanisms and imperfection of the Law itself. The underreporting of VAWG is a common phenomenon, mainly due to: lack of awareness of rights and available protections, stigma, economic dependence, bias/discrimination from government authorities, tradition that promotes reconciliation and, what is even more important, lack of well-developed convenient and secured mechanism of public reporting. Barriers to prosecution of VAWG include costs, judiciary/ignorance of law implementation, corruption, burdensome evidentiary requirements.
The prevalence of VAWG in public and private sphere is driven by multiple factors, especially by patriarchal social structures and norms (that becomes even stronger recently), deep-rooted gender inequalities, lack of adequate education. Gender-related social norms influence the specific knowledge, attitude and behaviors towards women at various levels, starting from the legislation, going to violence-related patterns at the community and individual levels. In this regard, while the Constitution of Tajikistan guarantees equal rights for both men and women; in reality, women and girls continue facing significant barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health, education and economic services. Limited access to services is compounded by the violence against women at the household level. The adolescents’ knowledge, attitude and practice of gender equality, and their mind-set are being formed chaotically, often by internet and social networks. Moreover, the law enforcement institutions indicate that the endemic nature of the problem can only be addressed with the broad support of the public and changing the social norms, as well as behavior and attitudes of youth, men and boys across various strata of the society. In fact, violence in many cases can be foreseen and prevented.
UN Women aims to introduce innovative approaches in Tajikistan in working with social norms by applying Gender Action Learning System methods for identification of new social norm holders to create a demand within communities and individuals to stop impunity of violence, formation a public opinion on illegality of violence and HP and stressing it as crime.
Recently, it is in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan the GALS has been practiced through UN projects and programmes. UN Women in Tajikistan wishes to apply the adopted version of Kyrgyzstan’s colleagues for capacity building purposes. In 2021 in its different projects, such as improvement of wellbeing of abandoned migrant’s wives, programmes to prevent and response to sexual and gender-based violence, UN Women will use the Gender Action Learning System (GALS), as a community-led empowerment methodology, through CSOs and mobilizers for:
In the light of the abovementioned, UN Women seeks an International Consultant to build capacity of Tajikistan PP’s project staff (related staff of sister UN agencies may also join) and key partnering WROs (up to 20 trainees) on Community mobilization through distanced training (TOT) on Gender Action Learning System (GALS) (GALS INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT).
The goal: upon receiving the training, the UN Women’s project staff and its partners will be enabled to lead the process of Community mobilization within its projects and through local women’s rights organizations. As a result, mobilized community members will be supported to lead the gender transformative process, including:
The objectives of this assignment are:
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the UN Women Country Programme Manager, GALS International Consultant will be responsible for adaptation of GALS Methodology from Kyrgyzstan [preferably] to the local context and provision of online 2-day training:
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
Knowledge of languages:
The application should include:
Candidates should have the ability to quickly produce degree certificates and medical certification (of good health) should they be short-listed in consideration of the consultancy post.
Payment for the services provided will be made upon achievement of expected results and approval of all deliverables and acceptance of services by the UN Women (PERF) that the services have been satisfactorily performed.