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(Re-Advertisement) 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 :||09-Apr-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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Up to 90 non-consecutive working days within a 7 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.
In Samoa, UN Women liaises closely with the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development who are leading efforts to address gender inequality and violence against women and girls. 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 joint partnership, multiple projects have been delivered together and most recently, delivery of Prevention Packs for women and girls during COVID-19.
In 2021 the Ministry of Women and other stakeholders in Samoa seek to embark on a strategic mission to develop a framework that will inform Samoa’s policy approach to the prevention of violence against all women and girls. The policy will provide insights into the components required to build a whole of government, inclusive, evidence-based approach to prevent violence against all women and girls.
In principle, the prevention policy, referred to as a National Action Plan to Prevent VAWG, seeks to set out short, medium- and long-term measures to prevent violence against women and girls by challenging its underlying root causes. It’s purpose is to influence social norms, promote community leadership and set a much stronger culture of equal and respectful relationships between men and women.
Purpose of the consultancy
The purpose of this assignment is to contribute substantive work to the development of a primary prevention policy or a National Action Plan for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls (NAP) in Samoa. The NAP concept is a cutting-edge national policy currently being implemented in Australia and under development in Fiji, which makes 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 to the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and 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 develop the National Prevention Framework and the Implementation Plan for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls in Samoa in partnership with Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development.
Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the UN Women EVAWG Regional and Samoa Technical Specialist based in Suva, Fiji and day-to-day coordination in Apia, Samoa by the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and UN Women’s Samoa EVAWG Programme Officer, the National Consultant will perform the following tasks:
Conduct a scan and desk review to develop knowledge and information products on the policy landscape for prevention of violence against women and girls in Samoa.
In partnership with the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and UN Women, implement community and stakeholder consultations to inform the content of the National Prevention Framework and Action Plan for EVAWG.
With Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and UN Women inputs, and the consultation findings, draft the national Prevention Framework and action plan for EVAWG for Samoa.
Duration of the assignment
The duration of this assignment will be up to a combined 90 non-consecutive working days over a period of 7 months as per the schedule of deliverables below. All deliverables must be completed by 10 December 2021.
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 7 months, not exceeding 90 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 and in an 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
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).