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International Consultant for Training Media on Gender-Sensitive Reporting
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based with possible travel to Tbilisi and/or Abkhazia, Georgia depending on pandemic-related travel restrictions, GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||10-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||17 w/d within the period of the contract|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 May 2021 – 20 December 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.
In order to support the Government of Georgia to meet its obligations undertaken on the international, regional and local levels inter alia in terms of eliminating violence against women and girls (EVAWG) and in particular domestic violence and sexual violence, with the generous support by the European Union, alongside with the government and development partners, UN Women is working towards addressing gender inequality in a coherent and comprehensive manner, covering a wide range of issues, including prevention and response to violence against women and girls. Series of awareness-raising interventions and campaigns targeting the public and decision makers at all levels, aimed at changing the attitudes, values and structures that sustain inequality and discrimination and generating demand for the specialized services.
UN Women has been supporting national partners to end violence against women and girls and domestic violence (VAWG/DV) since 2010. Throughout the past decade, technical assistance has been provided to the Government of Georgia to align national legislation and policies with the relevant international legal frameworks and standards. To enhance implementation of the laws and policies, UN Women Georgia has supported the establishment of specialized services for survivors of domestic violence, such as the first state-run shelters, crisis centres and hotlines and rehabilitation programmes for perpetrators.
Georgia has signed, ratified and is party to most global and regional human rights instruments, confirming the readiness of the state to work towards gender equality and women’s empowerment. In particular, the country ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1994, the European Convention on Human Rights on 20 May 1999, and the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) in 2017.
UN Women’s EU supported action Ending Violence Against Women and Girls in Georgia (EVAWGG) aims to support creation of an enabling environment to eliminate violence against women and girls in Georgia. The intervention includes but is not limited specific objectives such as legislation, policies and institutional capacities to be in place to effectively prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, including domestic violence as well as negative gender stereotypes, social norms and attitudes that condone violence against women and harmful practices transformed to enable respect for women’s rights and gender equality in project target communities.
Bearing in mind that improved gender education of journalists is the key to ensure gender sensitive and ethical reporting, UN Women plans to support the media to set guidelines and self-regulatory standards to enhance respect for women’s dignity in order to construct positive gender roles and ultimately prevent violence against women and offer a series of trainings to journalists, bloggers and editors on gender-sensitive reporting.
The media has a huge role to play in transforming the social norms and attitudes that contribute to the perpetuation of gender-based violence against women. In this regard, in 2013 the Council of Europe adopted its Recommendation CM/Rec (2013)1 “on gender equality and media”. This recommendation offers a number of policy measures that, if implemented, will help create the conditions under which the media can promote gender equality as a fundamental principle of their activities and institutional organization in the new multidimensional media environment. Recognizing the important link between preventing violence against women and the media, the Istanbul Convention requires States parties to encourage the media as well as the information technology sector and the private sector more generally to play a more active role in preventing violence against women and enhancing respect for their dignity (Article 17). To this end, the project will cooperate with the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics to develop guidelines and self-regulatory standards to enhance respect for women’s dignity and gender-sensitive reporting.
UN Women Georgia has more than five years of work experience on developing the capacity of media representatives in women’s rights and gender-sensitive reporting, including the development of a special curriculum for the higher-education institutions that train journalists. In 2019, UN Women designed a global tool – The Big Conversation: Handbook to Address Violence against Women in and through the Media (UN Women, The Big Conversation: Handbook to Address Violence against Women in and through the Media (2019). Available at https://www.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2019/12/handbook-to-address-violence-against-women-in-and-through-the-media.) – that will be further consulted while implementing this activity. Building on this experience and informed by the guidelines and self-regulatory standards developed by the action, the under the current EU funded project, UN Women will take actions to support rising sensitivity of journalists on gender related issues and further train journalists, bloggers and editors on gender-sensitive reporting to improve their skills in, for example, presenting positive ideas of what constitutes “masculinity”, accurately reporting on GBV and avoiding the sexualization of women in the media.
In this context, the UN Women Georgia Country Office plans to hire an International Consultant to train journalists, bloggers and producers on gender-sensitive reporting and work with the Charter of Journalistic Ethics to develop and update guidelines and self-regulatory standards to enhance respect for women’s dignity and gender-sensitive reporting. The following are the duties, responsibilities, and deliverables of the Consultant, who will be working under direct supervision of the UN Women Project Analyst and overall guidance of UN Women EVAW Programme Analyst and Deputy Country Representative:
Duties and Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the International Consultant are:
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
Required Skills and Experience
The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria; technical and financial evaluation.
The candidates must possess following minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation:
The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria followed by technical and financial evaluation.
Maximum total technical score amounts to 350 points. Only candidates who have passed over the minimum qualification criteria and have accumulated at least 245 points out of maximum 350 under technical evaluation will qualify for the next stage i.e. evaluation of their financial proposals.
Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 150
S – score received on financial evaluation;
Fmin – the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;
F – financial offer under consideration.
The contractor will report to and work under direct supervision of UN Women EVAW Programme Analyst and day-to-day management of UN Women EVAW Project Analyst and overall guidance of UN Women Georgia Deputy Country Representative.
Payment will be disbursed upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by UN Women National Programme Officer that the services have been satisfactorily performed as specified below:
Application submission package:
*The applicants are required to submit an aggregated financial offer: “aggregated financial offer” is the total sum of all financial claims of the candidate for accomplishment of all tasks spelled out in this ToR. Travel costs (ticket, DSA etc.) should not be included and will be paid for separately by UN Women.