National Consultant to Conduct Capacity Building Activities and Develop an e-Learning Module on the Policy against Harassment and Sexual Harassment of the Albanian State Police



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Location : Tirana, ALBANIA
Application Deadline :18-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Expected Duration of Assignment :60 days over a period of one year

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

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 centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system 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.

Albanian has made important steps in the area of gender equality and end of violence against women. The country is party to key human rights treaties, including the Convention for 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 (Istanbul Convention) and has adopted a national legal framework to address domestic and other forms of violence against women. At the policy level, a “National Strategy and Action Plan on Gender Equality 2016-2020” (NSGE 2016-2020) was adopted in 2016, which includes a specific objective related to reduction of gender-based and domestic violence.

In Albania, UN Women provides technical assistance to national partners (governmental and non-governmental institutions) on the implementation of existing international and national commitments to women's rights and gender equality. Currently, a UN Joint Programme “Ending Violence against Women” (UNJP on EVAW) funded by Government of Sweden is being implemented by UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA in partnership with Albanian Government. The

Joint Programme is in line with Output 2.5 of the UN’s Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development (PoCSD) with the Government of Albania (GoA) and aims at: (i) strengthening the normative and accountability framework related to gender-based violence; (ii) improving institutional practices, services and coordination for survivors of violence; and (iii) challenging norms pertaining to violence against women at the state, community and individual levels.  These results aim at bringing institutional and behavioral change in preventing and responding to gender-based violence, thereby contributing to freeing women and girls from all forms of violence and from the threat of such violence.

An important component of the programme is increasing the confidence of women and girls to report violence to relevant authorities. Despite some progress over the years, violence against women remains largely unreported. Disclosure is especially rare in public spaces, including public administration.  A study from 2017 on sexual harassment in public administration indicates that about 58% consider this phenomenon with low incidence, while only 15% consider it as being present in the public administration. Additionally, only 8% of those surveyed admitted of being sexually harassed in their workplace in public administration.(1*)

Over the years, UN Women has made efforts to address the issue of sexual harassment in public administration, especially among the Police forces. In the context of UN Support to the Albanian Government to implement the UN Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security (UN SCR 1325), the Albanian State Police (ASP) adopted in 2014 a Policy against Harassment, including Sexual Harassment (the Policy). Recently, with the UN Women support, ASP conducted a monitoring process of the implementation of the Policy to assess its relevance, efficiency and impact. Following the monitoring process, a revision of the Policy took place with the aim of addressing some of the identified gaps. The new draft Policy, which is expected to be approved soon, includes clear definitions of various forms of harassment, detailed procedures of complaints and reversed burden of proof in cases of harassment, in accordance with international standards.

In addition, UN Women has been supporting the ASP through a number of trainings to increase its staff capacities to identify, prevent, investigate and take disciplinary measures against harassment and sexual harassment in State Police. In this context, additional trainings are necessary to inform the existing and new members of the Police force about the Policy’s requirements as well as its important recent amendments. Furthermore, the ASP is planning  also to establish an e-Learning online training module on this topic, which will be mandatory for all new and existing members of the Police force.

This process is particularly relevant in the context of the adoption of the Albanian National Action Plan on the Implementation of the UN SCR 1325, which includes as one of its measures the strengthening of professional capacities of the State Police for a gender perspective in policing, with a focus on sexual harassment.

In this context, UN Women is planning to recruit a National Consultant who will support to build the capacities of the State Police to implement the Policy and develop an e-learning module on the elimination of harassment in the workplace among the Police forces.

[1]http://www.avokatipopullit.gov.al/sites/default/files/RAPORTET/RAPORTE_TJERA/Raporti%20p%C3%ABr%20ngacmimin%20moral%20dhe%20seksual%20n%C3%AB%20adminastrat%C3%ABn%20publike%20shqiptare.pdf. 


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the UN Women Project Manager on EVAW and in coordination with ASP, the consultant will be requested to provide:

I- Technical assistance and training services to the Albanian State Police to address harassment, including sexual harassment in the workplace as well as other topics related to elimination of gender-based violence. The consultant will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Organize meetings, information sessions and other awareness raising activities with key leaders of the Albanian State Police and Ministry of Interior to inform them about the requirements of the Policy against Harassment and Sexual Harassment for supervisors at all levels;
  • In collaboration with ASP, organize trainings and other capacity building activities, including mentoring and coaching of Police forces and members of the Albanian Police Academy on the various forms of harassment in the workplace, prevention measures,  as well as the procedures for handling cases of harassment as provided in the Policy;
  • Any other support that may be requested by the ASP related to the implementation of the Policy and elimination of gender-based violence.  

II - Develop an e-Learning Module on the Prevention of Harassment among the Police Force and requirements of the Policy against Harassment and Sexual Harassment. The Objective of the Module will be to increase the knowledge and understanding of Police forces at all levels on what constitutes harassment, including sexual harassment in the workplace and relevant measures for prevention, protection, complaint procedures and relevant disciplinary measures when these acts take place. In this context, the consultant will be requested to:

  • Develop the script of the e-Learning module, which must include as a minimum: the  title, introduction, learning objectives, learning sections, theoretical framework/content, special cases (examples, good practices, case studies, etc.), relevant statistics and data, final evaluation (in the form of a 5 or 10-question multiple choice quiz), and additional resources (PDFs of reference documents and additional reading, videos, audio);
  • Providing suggestions for on-screen presentation of content, including concepts to highlight, pictures or videos, and interactive activities;
  • Providing support after the validation of the script by the ASP and be available for consultation to ensure the smooth transposition of the script into the technical interface. Although the consultant is not expected to undertake technical work developing the online module (software), which will be commissioned to a separate consulting firm, availability to liaise with the technical team to ensure effectiveness of the process is required.

The E-leaning module should be:

  • Self-guided, with the ability to learn at one’s own pace;
  • Explains core concepts in a simple way, based on the concepts and procedures included in the Policy;
  • Include examples and case studies that enhance learning and likelihood of course completion, such as gamification, video content, appealing graphics and user-friendly language and interface;
  • Able to be periodically updated to keep pace with developments in the area of prevention of harassment in the workplace;
  • Able to measure participant learning and success through self-evaluation, such as quizzes or pre- and post-tests.

Expected Deliverables and Timeframe:

  • Outline of technical support and capacity building activities for the ASP on the implementation of the Policy as well as the development and testing of the e-Learning module. (two weeks from the signing of the contract- 2 working days)
  • Reports on meetings, trainings and capacity building activities organized in collaboration with the ASP. (to be completed within the duration of the contract – 25 working days)
  • Draft script of the E-learning online module on Volunteerism and Gender Equality (to be completed within six weeks from the signing of the contract - 25 working days)
  • Final script of the online module, to be submitted within three weeks of receiving the consolidated comments-3 working days;
  • Module related support to the technical team responsible for the software interface– 5 working days


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

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

Functional Competencies:

  • Proven research, analytical and drafting skills,
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with various public and non-public stakeholders including in the areas of gender equality and violence against women;
  • Excellent writing skills in English and Albanian;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Strong initiative-taker;
  • Focuses on impact and results for the partner;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.


Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications/Education

  • Master's degree in law, human rights, gender studies or related field

Work Experience

  • At least 7 years of relevant work experience, particularly in the area of human rights, gender equality, ending of violence against women, preferably in the public administration and in security sector;
  • Experience in women’s human rights and sexual harassment/safe working environment issues, including the relevant Albanian legislation and international commitments in this regard;
  • Familiarity with legal framework related to Albanian State Police would be preferred;
  • Experience in developing adult learning training modules and conducting capacity building programmes, preferably in the justice and security sector;
  • Previous experience with UN system or similar international organisations would be an advantage.

Language requirement

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and Albanian

Schedule of Payments:

Payment will be made as per the payment schedule in the contract upon (i) satisfactory completion of tasks; (ii) provision of deliverables specified in the ToRs; (iv) submission of the certification of payment.

Recommended Presentation of Offer:

Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their application no later than 18 January 2021.

The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in applying for the position.
  • Filled UN Women Personal History Form (P11 form) including past experience in similar assignments and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from: http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment/ ); please upload the P11 instead of your CV
  • Financial Proposal - Financial proposal specifying the daily fee in Albanian Lek. Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall consider various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services). Any travel related costs different from the above will be covered by UN Women separately

Evaluation of applicants:

Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.

Applications will be assessed according to the following Technical Criteria:                      

  • Master's degree in law, human rights, gender studies or related field (10 points);
  • 7 Years of work experience, particularly in the area of human rights, gender equality, ending of violence against women, preferably in the public administration and in the  security sector  (20 points);
  • Experience inf women’s human rights and sexual harassment/safe working environment issues, including the relevant Albanian legislation and international commitments in this regards (10 points);
  • Familiarity with legal framework related to Albanian State Police would be preferred (5  points);
  • Experience in developing training modules and conducting capacity building programmes, preferably in the justice and security sector (20 points)
  • Previous experience with UN system or similar international organisations would be an advantage.
  • (5 points)

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.

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. The calculation formula applied is as follow:

p = 30 (µ/z); where: p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated; µ = price of the lowest priced proposal; z = price of the proposal being evaluated.

How to Submit the Application: To submit your application online, please follow the steps below:

  • Download and complete the UN Women Personal History Form (P11)- http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment
  • Merge your UN Women Personal History Form (P11), the Financial Proposal, and Cover Letter into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded;
  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement);
  • Click 'Apply Now' button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click 'Submit Application;'
  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above);
  • You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system.

Notes:

  • UN Women retains the right to contact references directly. Due to the large numbers of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
  • The consultancy post is open to local (Albanian) individuals or foreign individuals with valid temporary or permanent residence in Albania.
  • Applications without the financial offer will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • The individual consultants should take the mandatory learning security course prior to commencement of assignment– details will follow before the issuance of contract.



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