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International Consultant on Behavioural Science
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||07-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||4 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 regional programme “Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds” aims to end gender-based discrimination and violence against women (EVAW) in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia) and Turkey, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged groups of women.
The programme is anchored in the normative frameworks of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (also known as the Istanbul Convention), and is also in alignment with European Union (EU) accession standards. The programme is funded by the European Commission within the Instrument for Pre- Accession Assistance (IPA) II.
The programme supports the development of an enabling legislative and policy environment on eliminating VAW and all forms of discrimination; promotes favourable social norms and attitudes to prevent gender discrimination and VAW; and pursues the empowerment of women and girls (including those from disadvantaged groups) who have experienced discrimination or violence to advocate for and use available, accessible, and quality services. The programme channels its interventions through and for civil society organizations (CSOs), and in particular to women’s CSOs, with an emphasis on those working and representing women from minorities and disadvantaged groups.
The programme also provides an avenue for exchanges between CSOs working on achieving gender equality, encouraged by the “partnership” principle of EU programmes, and promotes cooperation among women's CSOs. In this regard, the programme supports the work of well-established organizations, and aims to strengthen CSOs’ capacities in terms of programming, networking, behavioural science, strategic communications and advocacy.
Addressing gender-based discrimination and violence against women requires comprehensive, coordinated, and sustained actions in different areas, including legislation, service provision, awareness-raising, and attitudinal and behavioral change. Gender-based discrimination and violence against women are complex phenomena that can only be understood within the wider social context, including the social and cultural norms that permeate it. Community attitudes and reactions regarding violence against women reflect these norms and play an important role in shaping the social climate in which discrimination and violence occur. Comprehending attitudes towards gender inequality and violence against women is key to better understanding its root causes and, therefore, developing more effective intervention measures to eliminate it.
In order to address this issue, the regional programme created the “Gender Lab” to develop and test innovative strategies and solutions that contribute to the promotion of gender equality and the prevention of violence against women in selected communities. Thus, the programme seeks to design, test, implement, and measure small-scale interventions aimed at inducing specific behavioural change within targeted communities.
With a view to increase CSOs’ and policy makers’ knowledge to develop, implement and measure interventions to address harmful gender stereotypes and contribute to behavioral change towards the elimination of violence against women and girls, UN Women is seeking to engage an international consultant. The international consultant will be responsible to build CSOs’ and policy makers capacities on behavioral science and applying it to prevent and end violence against women and girls.
Duties and Responsibilities
2. Objectives of the Consultancy
The Consultant will develop and implement a Behavioural Science capacity building programme to be delivered remotely. Specifically, she/he will develop and deliver at least six sessions for programme CSOs partners and policy makers to understand behavioural science fundamentals and apply behavioural insights while designing and implementing interventions aiming to EVAW in the region. The consultant is also expected to present good practices with behaviourally informed policy work, with a special focus on gender equality and violence against women.
The anticipated outcomes are:
The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office’s Regional EVAW Specialist/Programme Manager and in close cooperation with the programme Communications and Advocacy Expert.
4. Key Functions and Activities
The selected Consultant will:
5. Key Deliverables and Timeline
The following key deliverables will be required in the tentative timeline below.
Core values and Guiding principles
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
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
7. Required Skills and Experience
Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
8. Application procedure:
The following documents should be submitted as part of the application:
9. Evaluation of applicants:
Consultants will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of qualifications and financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.
Financial Evaluation (30%) – max. 30 points:
The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:
p = 30 (µ/z)
Using the following values:
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated