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Consultant: Technology and Interactive Digital Solution/ Interactive Content Developer for the Anti - GBV Innovation Project Online Platform
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based, SOUTH AFRICA|
|Application Deadline :||23-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 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.
Violence against women, girls and members of the LGBTQIA+ community has emerged as one of the major challenges in post-apartheid South Africa. Time and again society is confronted with the extreme and insidious violence that haunts the lives of millions of South Africans. The result has been a pervasive feeling of fear and unease as all spaces - including those that should be safe havens - are touched by the blight of gendered violence. In recent years it has become increasingly apparent that schools and universities are spaces where gendered violence exists at an alarming rate - making it difficult for women and girls to learn in a safe and secure environment. This untenable reality gave birth to the Innovation Project !Pheza; in order to find creative solutions to the gendered violence in schools and on campuses.
UN Women in partnership with Higher Health has developed an online engagement platform for Universities and Colleges for GBV and Wellness. An online platform prototype, Pheza has been developed? and is scheduled for finalisation, testing and roll out. The consultant will be responsible for moderation of content, developing content, testing and roll out of contents as well as facilitation to promote engagement with Pheza platform contents/ activations and HeForShe activations online and offline inside and outside of campuses.
Background to innovation project referred to as Pheza:
A human-centred design approach was used to identify possible innovative solutions to address gen- der-based violence on campuses. Using the ideathons model facilitated by a design thinking company, UN Women and Higher Health engaged 321 young women who are usually treated as helpless victims and males who are often the perpetrators of violence from across Universities and Vocational training colleges.
They came up with 31 ideas of possible solutions for addressing gender violence on campuses. The process aimed to change the usual approach to programme design which has focused on a prescribed model of response that focuses on victims and is based on preconceived ideas. Involving young women in finding solutions capitalised on their leadership potential and turned young women from being per- ceived as victims of rape to transformative leaders.
The best six ideas were selected out of the 31 and prototyped. One solution – an online platform, Pheza was agreed upon by stakeholders. A digital prototype has been developed as an ALPHA build and will need maintenance, feature, functional and scope alteration as well as integration of interactive contents; in line with technical response digital solution to be determined and specified by the project stakeholder partner. The digital content curatorial platform referred to as ‘!Pheza’.
SGBV in Schools and Campuses:
Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is an increasingly recognised problem in schools and cam- puses all over the world. In South Africa, the issue of SGBV in tertiary institutions has come under spotlight in recent years, fuelled by student protests demanding their schools or campuses to take the problem seriously, especially the perceived leniency towards perpetrators. However, prevention of and response to SGBV at higher education institutions (HEIs) has in many instances been inadequate.
Evidence shows that effective interventions employ multiple methods, at multiple levels, with multiple actors (including men and boys) and in multiple sectors (schools, universities, communities, family/re- lationship and individual level), in a complementing manner. It is therefore crucial that duty bearers take this issue seriously and integrate their interventions into national policies on violence against women and girls.
Addressing the challenge also requires an effective and coordinated institutional response as well as a change in norms and attitudes, particularly of men. Gender Based Violence interventions mainly focus on response and support with little attention to prevention, especially primary prevention. Most actors continue to use traditional methods of programming, yet the changing global context requires adaptation and innovation including using technology.
UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office (SAMCO) is working with partners including the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) to contribute to the development and imple- mentation of innovative solutions to prevent sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in post-school- ing education and training centres.
It is against this background that UN Women and collaborating UN agencies seek to appoint a consultant to assist in finalising the development of content through !Pheza online and offline platforms and channels aimed at providing critical information and resources for students, learners and administrators.
About UN Women:
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, peace and security. UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office (MCO) covers SACU countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.
UN Women has multiple initiatives on Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls (EVAW/G). To accelerate delivery on prevention of EVAW/G and promoting WEE, UN Women SAMCO seeks to develop innovative solutions with potential to assist with preparedness, prevention, protection and or response to violence and recovery of survivors on universities and colleges campuses.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment:
!Pheza, Enough is enough! Imagine a life and a world that has not experienced gender violence. What does that world look like what does that life feel like !Pheza, We can make our world a reality!
The !Pheza platform is an act towards that attainable goal of ending violence against women, ensuring the change society needs and desires becomes the lived experience and reality of all women and men through:
The activities above contribute towards changing behaviours and protecting the rights, dignity, freedoms and equality of women. The !Pheza initiative will cultivate:
Scope of work/ duties and responsibilities:
The current status of the innovation project seeks to acquire the services of an adequately qualified and skilled candidate who will perform technical as well as advisory duties and obligations. The responsibilities attached to the role to be filled are:
The consultant will participate in engagements within a team who have a diverse skill set within the women’s and human rights advocacy sector in UN Women (SAMCO) and interact with project initiative partners on the best practice and method to implementing and integrating concepts and existing technologies into Pheza.
The Technology and Gamification Developer is expected to deliver the following results:
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
Required Skills and Experience
Experience and skills:
Language and other skills
The application should include: