Thailand national consultant to support the Mid-Term Review (Phase 2) for the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Women (RPA on VAW)



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Location : Bangkok, home based, THAILAND
Application Deadline :30-Nov-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
07-Dec-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :35 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :35 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.


Background

1. BACKGROUND OF ASSIGNMENT

 

Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) remains a widespread violation of human rights in the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, where between 6% of women in Singapore to 34% in Viet Nam and 44% in Thailand have experienced physical and/ or sexual violence in their lives, according to available data.[1] Violence against women and girls occurs at home, in workplaces, in public spaces and online, and can culminate in femicide, the murder of women and girls. The World Health Organisation defines femicide as the intentional murder of women because they are women.[2] Globally, more than 1 in 2 women (58 per cent) killed were killed by their partners or family.[3]  Violence against women is rooted in gender inequality, discrimination and harmful cultural and social norms.

 

Violence directed against women has devastating physical, emotional, financial and social effects on women, children, families and communities. It negatively affects womens sense of self-worth, their general well-being and overall quality of life. Violence has serious negative consequences ranging from immediate to long-term physical, psychological and mental health effects and sexual and reproductive problems. Being subjected to violence is associated with injury, disability, death, induced abortion, low birth weight and prematurity in babies, poor sexual health, suicide, depression, anxiety, and harmful alcohol use.[4] Violence affects their participation in education, employment, civic life and politics, and impedes their access and control over resources increasing poverty and inequality.

 

The associated tremendous social and economic costs to survivors, communities, businesses and countries have been widely documented and reported. In Viet Nam, the persistence of domestic violence has resulted in an estimated loss of earnings equivalent to 3 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to a 2012 costing study.[5] In Viet Nam, direct costs of domestic violence represent 21 per cent of women’s monthly income and domestic violence survivors earn 35 per cent less than women not abused.[6] In Cambodia, 20 per cent of the women who experienced domestic violence reported that they missed work and their children missed school.[7]

 

Violence against women has worsened in the context of COVID-19. Data show that, since the outbreak of COVID-19, reports of violence against women, and particularly domestic violence, have increased in several countries as security, health, and money worries create tensions and strains accentuated by the cramped and confined living conditions of lockdown.

 

In 1976, the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) was established as a sectoral body to implement, coordinate and monitor the implementation of ASEAN’s regional priorities related to women’s issues at various levels of political, economic and social life. In 2004, the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) came together to produce the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women in the ASEAN Region, which was followed in 2013 by the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Elimination of Violence against Children. In 2010, the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) was established as an intergovernmental commission and an ASEAN human rights mechanism. In 2015, the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Women (ASEAN RPA on EVAW) was adopted and recognized that violence against women and girls (VAWG) is an “obstacle to the social and economic development of communities and states as well as the achievement of internationally agreed-upon development goals”. The ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Women (RPA), adopted in November 2015, ensures high-level political commitment to tackle the issue.[8]

The ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Women (ASEAN RPA on EVAW, 2016 – 2025) outlines ASEAN Member States’ obligations in realizing their goal of eliminating violence against women in the region and provides practical guidance in implementing the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Violence against Children in ASEAN. UN Women is cooperating with ASEAN to facilitate the mid term review of the progress of the implementation of the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Women by the ASEAN Member States

The ASEAN RPA on EVAW includes a provision to review the progress of the implementation of the plan after five years. During the MTR-Phase 1, undertaken in 2019, a desk review of the progress at regional and national levels was completed.

 

During the review of the MTR-Phase 2, Thailand national consultant to support the Mid-Term Review (Phase 2) will be recruited by UN Women, supported by Safe and Fair Programme to document and report the national consultation on the implementation of the ASEAN RPA on EVAW in cooperation with Thai government counterparts with the aim to validate the desk review findings and elaborate the MTR report.

 

Safe and Fair: Realizing women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region” (2018-2022). Safe and Fair is implemented by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). The Programme aims to deliver technical assistance and support with the overall objective of making labour migration safe and fair for all women in the ASEAN region.

 

 

[1] UN Women (2018). ASEAN Regional Guidelines on Violence against Women and Girls Data Collection and Use. Available from: http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2018/04/asean-regional-guidelines-on-violence-against-women-and-girls

[2] World Health Organization (2012). Femicide - Understanding and addressing violence against women. Available from: https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/violence/rhr12_38/en/

[3] UNODC (2018). Global Study on Homicide - Gender-related killing of women and girls. Available from: https://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/GSH2018/GSH18_Gender-related_killing_of_women_and_girls.pdf

[4] World Health Organization (2013), Global and regional estimates of violence against women: prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence, available from: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/85239/9789241564625_eng.pdf;jsessionid=8AF8AC7836F0A5AF46350DB1C567AD46?sequence=1

[5] UN Women (2012). Estimating the Costs of Domestic Violence against Women in Viet Nam. Available from: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/library/publications/2013/2/costing-study-viet-nam%20pdf.pdf?vs=1456

[6] UN Women (2013). The costs of violence, understanding the costs of violence against women and girls and its response: selected findings and lessons learned from Asia and the Pacific.

[7] UN Women (2013). The costs of violence, understanding the costs of violence against women and girls and its response: selected findings and lessons learned from Asia and the Pacific.

[8] ASEAN (2015). ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Women (ASEAN RPA on EVAW). Available from: https://asean.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/48.-December-2017-ASEAN-RPA-on-EVAW-2nd-Reprint.pdf


Duties and Responsibilities

2. SCOPE OF WORK

 

The Consultant will be responsible for:

  • Facilitating any off-line/ or online consultations with national government counterparts.
  • Documenting outcomes and compose reports of the national consultations, and building upon the Phase 1 desk review, draft the mid-term review of the ASEAN RPA on EVAW. (The report shall be in both Thai and English languages.)

 

 

3. DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINE

 

Payments for this selected individual will be based on the achievement of each following deliverables and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed. Payments will not be based on the number of days worked but on the completion of each stated deliverable within the indicated timeframes.

 

Key Tasks

Deliverables

Target Date

Facilitate any off-line/ or online consultations with national government counterparts.

 

Finalized and agreed presentation or any material used for the off-line/ or online consultation with national government counterparts (potentially around 2 sessions), facilitated by the consultant.

27 November 2020 and 8 December 2020 (tentatively)

Compose the report which consists of desk reviews, key informant interviews, and outcomes of the national consultations, as well as compile all related documentation, building upon the Phase 1 mid-term review of the ASEAN RPA on EVAW. (The report shall be in both Thai and English languages.) 

 

Finalized and agreed report which consists of desk reviews, key informant interviews, and outcomes of the national consultations, as well as documentation, building upon the Phase 1 mid-term review of the ASEAN RPA on EVAW. (The report shall be in both Thai and English languages.)

By 31 December 2020

 

 

4. DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT

 

The duration of the consultancy is from 7 December 2020 to 7 January 2021. The duty station is Bangkok (home-based). In the event that the consultant needs to travel related to this assignment, UN Women will bear the costs of requested travel expenses.

 

5. CONTRACT SUPERVISION

 

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of Programme Analyst, UN Women Thailand who will be responsible for the quality assurance of the deliverables.

 

6. SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS

 

Payment upon submission and satisfactory deliverables of the analysis report submitted.

 


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Functional Competencies

  • Good analytical skills
  • Good knowledge of violence against women


Required Skills and Experience

7. DEGREE OF EXPERTISE AND QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Master’s degree or higher in the field of Gender Studies, Social Science, Political Science, international relations, or related development fields
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience in the area of violence against women
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in migration, especially women migrant workers are an asset
  • Experience writing policy recommendations or research report
  • Experience working with government, NGOs and migrant worker community is required
  • Fluency in English and Thai is required
  • Thai national only

 

8. EVALUATION

 

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 applications, with evaluation of the technical application 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:

 

 

               Technical Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score

  1. Education
  • Master’s degree or higher in the field of Gender Studies, Social Science, Political Science, international relations, or related development fields

20%

  1. Substantive experience and skills
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in migration, especially women migrant workers are an asset
  • Experience writing policy recommendations or research report

 

40%

C. Coordination skills

  • Experience working with government, NGOs and migrant worker community is required;

20%

D. Reporting writing and language skills

  • Fluency in English and Thai is required.

20%

Total Obtainable Score

100%

 

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.

 

9. HOW TO APPLY:

Interested applicants are requested to submit documents listed below:

  • Updated CV
  • Signed Personal History Form (P.11) (available at http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/about-us/jobs)
  • Proposed lump sum professional breaking down in daily professional fee and related cost (if any)

 

When applying; the CV, the signed P11 Form and proposed lump sum professional fee should be merged into one (1) single PDF document since the system will allow only to upload maximum one document. Therefore, please combine these forms and documents into one (1) single PDF document and upload them to the system.

 

Should they be short-listed in consideration of the consultancy post, candidates should have the ability to quickly submit degree certificates, medical certifications, or any other requested document. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants are responsible to make sure to have provided all the requested application materials before the deadline.

 

Deadline of submission: 23 November 2020

 



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