National Consultant to conduct a study to fill common data gaps on the intersectional nature of inequalities (intersectionality) and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Central Asia (CA)



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Location : home-based
Application Deadline :06-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Duration of Initial Contract :100 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :May – September 17, 2021

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

The Spotlight Initiative regional programme for Central Asia and Afghanistan is part of a global initiative funded by the European Union aimed at combating various forms of violence against women and girls, as well as harmful practices. In Central Asia and Afghanistan, the programme focuses on using innovative approaches to understanding, preventing, and responding to sexual and gender-based violence
and harmful practices. The initiative is coordinated by the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan and is implemented through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The Spotlight Initiative provides an opportunity for a multisectoral, coordinated, and holistic approach to addressing violence against women and girls, including governments, institutions, civil society, and other key stakeholders. Further information can be found at https://www.spotlightinitiative.org. 

As part of the Pillar 5 of the Initiative (‘Closing the data gap’), a set of measures is planned to address the gaps in national data in the field of human and sustainable development. Working with the emerging Alliance against SGBV for Central Asia (outcome 2) and folding in representatives from the countries’ National Statistical Offices (NSOs), regional Standards for the collection of prevalence, administrative,
and perception data will be developed. 

Given the underreporting and the sensitivity surrounding SGBV and harmful practices, technical and financial support is required to review the methodologies and types of data collection available in other countries and bring that expertise through regional exchanges. Further, investment is needed in setting up standards for the collection of all types of data on SGBV, including administrative data. A key issue remains
accessibility of data in a user-friendly manner, and one which links multiple efforts under the SDGs at the national and regional level to improve monitoring of these commitments. Further, there is an urgent need to bring together analyses on intersecting forms of discrimination and how/if this impacts one’s vulnerability to SGBV and one’s access to services, support and justice.

In this regard, the Regional Spotlight Initiative Programme plans to hire a National Consultant to conduct a study to fill the common data gaps on the intersectional nature of inequalities and SGBV in Central Asia through developing Central Asia-level quantitative and qualitative analyses on SGBV as it is experienced by those often vulnerable and facing intersecting forms of discrimination, including women living with
disabilities; women living with HIV; LGBTI community; mothers with many children, single mothers, migrant women, women with criminal records, and elderly women.

 

 

 


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Spotlight Initiative regional programme Project Officer (SI Project Officer), the National Consultant is expected to prepare an analysis on the intersectionality of violence (intersecting forms of discrimination) in the Central Asian region. This analysis will help to identify the root causes of gender inequality in certain groups of women (women living with disabilities; women living with HIV; LGBTI community; mothers with many children, single mothers, migrant women, women with criminal records, and elderly women). Thus, it will demonstrate the ambiguous nature of gender inequality, provide a more objective picture of the prevalence of violence against certain groups of women and girls, and contribute to the adoption of adequate measures that consider the specific social situation of certain groups of women and girls.

The National Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
1) Development and coordination with the SI Project Officer of a detailed work plan for the study, methodology, theoretical justification, a brief literature review, methods of data collection, considering ethical aspects in the data collection, data analysis, the development of cases
demonstrating in practice how intersecting forms of discrimination affects SGBV, as well as the timeline of the assignment.

2) Preparation of a literature review on the intersectional nature of inequalities and the relationship with SGBV, including a situation analysis in each of the countries, similar studies in the Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan). The purpose of this review is to identify the main concepts, approaches to the study of this problem, and define the methodology. It is very important that the research data are valid (validity of the findings) for the comparative analysis within the region and in the world. If necessary, conduct interviews with UN country teams and partners in Central Asian countries.

3) Development of research methodology, including methods of data collection (in-depth interviews, focus groups), ethical questions, semi-structured questionnaires for different categories of respondents, the range of respondents, access to them, timeline.
4) Data collection in Central Asian countries (field research), including focus groups and in-depth interviews with key partners from institutions, civil society, crisis centres, and respondents themselves.

5) Data analysis and submitting a draft report with the results of a study on the intersectional nature of inequality (intersectionality) and SGBV faced by women, depending on their situation and characteristics (women living with disabilities; women living with HIV; LGBTI community; mothers with many children, single mothers, migrant women, women with criminal records, etc.). It is necessary to define regional trends, country features (if necessary, consider the difference in oblasts), provide an analysis for each category of women groups, as well as support cases for each category of discrimination. The report should include practical recommendations on how to take the nuances into account when developing measures for access to services, support, and justice. 

6) Discuss the results of the study with key partners in Central Asian countries and Initiative partners in particular, with UNDP in the framework of the Accelerator labs in Central Asia to collectively discuss and identify the most effective methods to collect, analyse, and use the data on different forms of SGBV and harmful practices to inform policy implementation and to produce social change.

7) A report on the work done with appendices in the form of a revised report based on discussions, with appendices in the form of recommendations, tables, interview schedules, case studies, etc.

 It is planned that the National Consultant will work from home and conduct online data collection. The National Consultant will conduct online consultations with representatives of the Spotlight Initiative, civil society partners working with various vulnerable categories and respondents. All results must be submitted within the specified timeline (see IV) and approved by the SI Project Officer.
 


Competencies

Core Values:
- Respect for Diversity
- Integrity
- Professionalism

Core Competencies:
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Accountability
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration

 


Required Skills and Experience

Qualification requirements
The selection process of the National Consultant will be based on the following criteria:
Education:
- Higher education in gender studies, sociology, political science, or related fields.
Experience:
- At least 5 years of professional experience in research, especially in the field of gender equality, SGBV, human rights, and other related fields;
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the principles of feminism, gender equality, discrimination, SGBV, especially in Central Asian countries; knowledge of the political and social contexts of the region;
- Experience in developing a methodology for collecting qualitative and quantitative data and gender indicators, conducting in-depth interviews and focus groups, taking into account the specifics of the topic, as well as analytical skills;
- Experience with UN agencies or other international organizations on similar issues in the field of gender equality and human rights.
Languages:
- Excellent written and oral skills in Russian and / or English. 

Evaluation process
Applicants must meet the above minimum qualification requirements, which will be included in the technical evaluation process in the future. The next stage of the evaluation process will be maintained by cumulative analysis methodology of the technical proposal (70%) and the financial proposal (30%) of the applicant

Technical criteria: 

 

Criteria

Maximum points

Education

Higher education in gender studies, sociology, political science, or related fields

60

 

Professional work experience

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in research, especially in the field of gender equality, SGBV, human rights, and other related fields (supporting materials or link to the site where the document is available to learn about the candidate’s experience);
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the principles of feminism, gender equality, discrimination, SGBV, especially in Central Asiancountries; knowledge of the political and social contexts of the region
  • Experience in developing a methodology for collecting qualitative and quantitative data and gender indicators, conducting in-depth interviews and focus groups, taking into account the specifics of the topic, as well as analytical skills (supporting materials or link to the site where the document is available to learn about the candidate’s experience)
  • Experience working with UN agencies or other international organizations on similar issues in the field of gender equality and human rights.

 

180

 

120

 

 

 

 

180

 

 

 

140

 

 

Languages

Russian (10) and\or English (10)

20

Maximum total technical scoring (70%)

700

Only candidates, who will score at least 490 (70%) out of the maximum 700 points during the technical evaluation process, will be qualified for financial proposal *.

 

Application process:
All documents should be sent including:
1. CV and UN Women Personal History form (P-11), which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment

2. A technical proposal describing how the expected assignment will be performed. The technical proposal should also include:

i. candidate's experience in the field of gender equality / women's empowerment and gender mainstreaming in politics (supporting materials or a link to the site where documents are available to learn about the candidate's experience);
ii. candidate's experience in research, especially in the field of gender equality, SGBV, human rights, and other related fields (supporting materials or a link to the site where documents are available to learn about the candidate's experience);
iii. candidate's knowledge and understanding of the principles of feminism, gender equality, discrimination, SGBV, especially in Central Asian countries; knowledge of the political and social contexts of the region;
iv. candidate's experience in developing a methodology for collecting qualitative and quantitative data and gender indicators, conducting in-depth interviews and focus groups, taking into account the specifics of the topic, as well as analytical skills (supporting materials or a link to
the site where documents are available to learn about the candidate's experience);
v. experience with UN agencies or other international organizations on similar issues in the field of gender equality and human rights.

3. Financial proposal in KZT, which includes all the costs and expenses that the National Consultant will have to fulfil all the tasks under this Terms of Reference.

Only candidates who have passed the preliminary selection will be informed. 

Please note that the system will only allow one attachment, hence all supporting documents, e.g., P11 form, CV, technical and financial proposals must be scanned as one attachment. Applications without a completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further evaluation.

TOR is available in Russian here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kFEn-VVddSxbrXxOagzKzWaHGuUb2tir/view?usp=sharing 

 



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