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International Consultant – Burmese Interpreter for violence against women hotline services
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Bangkok, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||07-Dec-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 :||6 months with a possibility to extend subject to performance and availability of fund|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 months with a possibility to extend subject to performance and availability of fund|
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.
1. BACKGROUND OF PROJECT AND CAMPAIGN
Violence against women (VAW) is a pervasive human right violation that affects one out of three women worldwide. Cutting across all distinctions of geography, class or ethnicity, it is firmly grounded in unequal power relations between women and men and reinforced by discriminatory and gender-biased attitudes, norms and practices that both contribute to such violations and allow them to continue unchallenged. VAW impedes human development and has serious negative consequences, ranging from multiple immediate to long-term physical, sexual and psychological impacts, which often prevent women and girls from fully participating in society. In addition, it carries tremendous economic costs for women, their families, for businesses, national budgets, the economy and society at large.
VAW is rooted in gender inequality, discrimination, and harmful cultural and social norms. It is an expression of power and control of men over women. Harmful notions of masculinity, the sense of sexual entitlement that many men have over women and their bodies, and the widespread cultural acceptance of violence, drive violence against women and allow it to continue unchallenged.
Women migrant workers are disproportionately vulnerable to violence, abuse and exploitation at all stages of the migration cycle and they often experience intersectional forms of discrimination due to the sector of labour market insertion, legal status, limited access to information, debt bondage, among others. As outlined in the 2017 Report of the Secretary-General on “Violence against women migrant workers”, while women can considerably increase their agency through their decision to migrate, they are also overwhelmingly featured as survivors of VAW and trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation. Women migrant survivors of violence and trafficking face multiple challenges while seeking justice or accessing essential services. Lack of gender-sensitive facilities and reception services, absence of protection orders, limited referral networks and coordination mechanisms are among the main barriers faced by survivors of VAW.
Safe and Fair: Realizing women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region (2018-2022), is part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls, a global, multi-year initiative between the European Union and United Nations. Safe and Fair is implemented through a partnership between the ILO and UN Women with the overriding objective of ensuring that labour migration is safe and fair for all women in the ASEAN region. The programme aims to address women migrant workers’ vulnerabilities to violence and trafficking, strengthen rights-based and gender-responsive approaches to violence against women and labour migration governance, and support access to essential services.
In Thailand, Safe and Fair works in close cooperation with governments and social partners to achieve three inter-linking specific objectives: (1) Women migrant workers are better protected by gender-sensitive labour migration governance frameworks; (2) Women migrant workers are less vulnerable to violence and trafficking and benefit from coordinated responsive quality services; and (3) Data, knowledge and attitudes on the rights and contributions of women migrant workers are improved. The programme strategy mainstreams three cross-cutting topics: women’s voice and agency; rights-based approach; and broad engagement of stakeholders.
Hotlines and helplines are essential components of social services Which comprise a range of services that are critical in supporting the rights, safety and wellbeing of women and girls experiencing violence. it is important that capacities of hotlines, helplines, as well as frontlines services are enhanced to ensure the effective coordination and availability of quality essential services for women, girls, and women migrant workers who are survivors of violence during the pandemic and under the new normal situations.
To understand the situation and challenges in providing essential social services, Safe and Fair Thailand organized the “Regional Safe and Fair Essential Services Workshop” in July 2019 and Thailand subsequently the “Essential Services Workshop” in November 2019, as well as conducted a study on “Social Assistance Center (1300 National Hotline) Analysis” in 2019. From these activities, key recommended recommendations are highlighted to enhance Social Assistance Center’s capacity as follows:
Under COVID-19 situation, more declarations of states of emergency and lockdown across the region, women, girls, and vulnerable groups are at an increased risk of gender-based violence due to increased chances of living together and longer hours with perpetrators and growing tensions, while the essential services and support to GBV survivors (health, social, justice) and emergency shelters are disrupted. During the pandemic, women and girls are put at greater risks of violence because of household stress over economic and health shocks combined with forced coexistence in narrow living spaces. According to VAWG Helpdesk report, dated March 2020, there are reports of increases in violence against women incidents in the countries most affected by the outbreak, while the essential services and support to GBV survivors and emergency shelters are disrupted.
With this challenge, a consultative meeting on hotlines and helplines was organized on 10 July 2020, to discuss strategies and measures to ensure the effective coordination and availability of quality essential services for women, girls, and women migrant workers who are survivors of violence during the pandemic and under the new normal situations. As a result of the consultative meeting, opportunities for collaboration on the capacity buildings for hotlines and helplines as well as other cooperation was identified to enhance coordinated quality service provision in Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic.?
On 18 August 2020, a meeting between 1300 National Hotline and Safe and Fair Programme officers was organized to discuss possible cooperation to strengthen quality hotline services for women. During the meeting, following opportunities are identified to increase quality and accessibility hotline services (including those operated by NGOs, CSOs) for all women and girls, especially women migrant workers as follows.
This activity is part of the cooperation between Safe and Fair Thailand, Thailand’s 1300 National Hotline and ACWC’s strategy to enhance the accessibility and quality of hotlines and helplines for women and girls experiencing violence, especially migrant workers in Thailand.
 World Health Organization, Global and Regional Estimates of Violence against Women: Prevalence and Health Effects of Intimate Partner Violence and Non-partner Sexual violence (2013), p.2. Available from: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/85239/1/9789241564625_eng.pdf
 UN Women. (2020). COVID-19 and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls [Ebook]. UN Women. Retrieved from https://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2020/04/covid-19-and-ending-violence-against-women-and-girls
Duties and Responsibilities
2. Scope of work
The Consultant will be responsible for:
This consultancy contributes to “Output 2.4. Capacity of front-line service providers (health, social and criminal justice) to provide quality, coordinated services and collect and use data ethically to respond to
the needs of women migrants experiencing violence and trafficking is enhanced”, and “Indicator 2.4.2 Number of women migrants who receive assistance from front-line service providers”
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.
The service provider will produce the following deliverables:
4. DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT
The duration of the consultancy is from 14 December 2020 to 14 June 2021 (with the possibility to extend subject to performance and availability of funds).
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 – Ending Violence against Women, Safe and Fair Programme, UN Women 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.
Required Skills and Experience
7. DEGREE OF EXPERTISE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis.
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:
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
9. HOW TO APPLY:
Interested applicants are requested to submit documents listed below:
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.