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National Consultant - National Technical Specialist for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls / VAWG in Samoa, UN Women Samoa Office
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Apia, SAMOA|
|Application Deadline :||26-Feb-21 (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)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 220 working days within a 12 months’ work assignment / period|
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 UN Women Multi-Country Office (MCO) based in Fiji covers 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs): Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. The Fiji MCO current focus countries for programming are Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.
The UN Women Fiji Multi-country office has four main thematic areas:
The incidence of violence against women and girls in the Pacific Islands is amongst the highest rates in the world. For example, 64% of women in Samoa who have ever been in an intimate relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a husband or intimate partner over the course of their lifetime. Violence against women and girls is a central barrier to gender equality and a cause of widespread violation of human rights across the Pacific.
To respond to the rates of violence in the Pacific, UN Women has developed a comprehensive EVAWG Programme which takes a transformative approach to prevent violence against women and girls at multiple levels (regional, national and community), and to improve survivors’ access to quality response services.
UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office’s (MC) EVAWG Programme is implemented under the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls and the Spotlight Initiative. The Spotlight Initiative Samoa Country Programme builds on and complements the regional and Samoa strategies of the Pacific Partnership to address the gaps and amplify the impact of EVAWG across the Pacific region. The Spotlight Initiative Samoa Country Programme aims to add value, maximize investment, and contribute to the scale, sustainability, visibility, lessons learnt and replication of existing EVAWG programming. The Programme aims to end violence through six pillars of work: laws and policy, institutions, prevention, response data and women’s movement building. The $4.3 million USD Programme is funded by the European Union and is a part of a larger global effort to end violence against women and girls. UN Women is guided by the United Nations Pacific Strategy which is a multi-country sustainable development framework.
UN Women Fiji MCO has been providing ongoing support to MWCSD towards the development and implementation of the Interagency Essential Services Guidelines, Samoa’s first national guidelines for the multi-sector response of service agencies for survivors of violence. Within this partnership, multiple projects have been delivered together and most recently, delivery of Prevention Packs for women and girls during COVID-19.
In 2021 Samoa seeks to embark on a strategic mission to develop a framework that will inform development of a National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls in Samoa. The framework will provide insights into the components required to build a whole of government, inclusive, evidence-based approach to prevent violence against women and girls.
In principle, the National Action Plan seeks to set out short, medium- and long-term measures to prevent violence against women and girls by challenging its underlying root causes. Its purpose is to influence social norms, promote community leadership and set a much stronger culture of equal and respectful relationships between men and women. The scope of this consultancy is to set the stage and groundwork for development of the National
Purpose of the consultancy
The purpose of this assignment is to contribute high-quality and robust technical guidance and skills to inform the development of a National Action Plan for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls (NAP) in Samoa. The NAP is a cutting-edge national policy currently being implemented in Australia and under development in Fiji making Samoa one of the first countries in the world to apply this policy approach. The assignment will deliver specific knowledge products and provide substantive technical guidance and review of documents to the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development with UN Women. MWCSD is the lead government entity for this policy with technical support from UN Women.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment
The main objective of this consultancy is to design and implement the complex process and multi-stakeholder consultations that will inform the content of a National Action Plan for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls in Samoa in partnership with government and civil society.
Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women’s EVAWG Technical Advisor and the direct supervision of the UN Women EVAWG Regional and Samoa Technical Specialist (Spotlight, the National Consultant will perform the following tasks:
Duration of the assignment
The duration of this assignment will be up to a combined 220 working days over a period of approximately 12 months as per the schedule of deliverables below.
There is a possibility of short-term missions within Samoa. No international travel is expected.
The assignment should be carried out within a period of 12 months, not exceeding 220 working days, with the incumbent being responsible for delivering the following outputs:
All the deliverables should be agreed with UN Women and be provided in English electronic copy.
Upon receipt of the deliverables and prior to the payment of the installment, the deliverables, related reports, and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women within one week of submission.
Note that all materials, including any video footage and images, will remain property of UN Women and cannot be used without UN Women’s permission.
Contractor’s performance will be evaluated based on timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Required Skills and Experience
Required experience and qualifications
The National Consultant should fulfill the following requirements:
Language and Other Skills
Initially, individual candidates will be short-listed based on the following minimum qualification criteria:
The short-listed individual candidates will be further evaluated based on a cumulative analysis scheme, with a total score being obtained upon the combination of weighted technical and financial attributes. Cost under this method of analysis is rendered as an award criterion, which will be 30% out of a total score of 100 points.
Evaluation of submitted offers will be done based on the following formula:
Technical evaluation will be represented through desk review of applications. Interviews and/or written tests will be organized if needed only, depending on the short-listed candidates’ qualifications.
Technical Qualification Evaluation Criteria: The technical part is evaluated based on its responsiveness to the Terms of Reference (TOR).
Financial Evaluation Criteria: In this Second Stage, the financial proposal of candidates, who have attained minimum 70% score in the technical evaluation (at least 49 points), will be compared.
The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).