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)
20-May-2021
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.


Background

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:

  • To design a two-day training programme on gender-sensitive and ethical reporting for journalists, bloggers, and editors and producers with a focus on gender-based violence and LGBTQI issues;
  • To conduct two trainings for trainers (ToTs) for media representatives working in Tbilisi, Georgia;
  • To conduct one training for media representatives working in Abkhazia, Georgia;
  • To support development of guidelines and self-regulatory standards to enhance respect for women’s dignity and gender-sensitive reporting for Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics.


Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the International Consultant are:

  • To design a two-day training programme on gender-sensitive and ethical reporting with a focus on gender-based violence and LGBTQI issues for journalists, bloggers, and editors and producers to further train them on gender-sensitive reporting. The training program shall be based on a global tool – The Big Conversation: Handbook to Address Violence against Women in and through the Media designed by UN Women in 2019;
  • To deliver two trainings for trainers (ToT) – two trainings for media representatives (one for journalists and one for producers) from Tbilisi (the capital) as well as different regions of Georgia;
  • To deliver one training session for journalists working in Abkhazia, Georgia;
  • To support development of guidelines and self-regulatory standards to enhance respect for women’s dignity and gender-sensitive reporting for Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics.

Deliverables

  • The guidelines and self-regulatory standards developed in cooperation with Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics by June 25, 2021 (5 working days);
  • A draft training programme on gender-sensitive and ethical reporting with a focus on gender-based violence and LGBTQI issues for journalists, bloggers, editors and producers designed and submitted to UN Women by 15 July 2021 (5 working days);
  • Two ToTs conducted by 15 October 2021 (4 working days);
  • One training session conducted for journalists working in Abkhazia, Georgia (2 working days) by 8 November, 2021;
  • A report on the work carried out and observations of further capacity development needs of journalists and producers based on the training dynamics developed and submitted to UN Women (1 working day) by 15 December 2021.


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

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

Education:

  • University degree (Bachelors) in Journalism or related field.

Experience: 

  • At least five years of professional experience in journalism or news production;
  • At least three years of experience in coverage of gender equality, violence against women issues;
  • At least two years of experience in training journalists on gender-sensitive and ethical reporting;
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of media self-regulatory guidelines for to enhance respect for women’s dignity and gender-sensitive reporting;
  • Understanding of the regional and local context will be an asset.

Language:

  • Fluency in English;
  • Knowledge of Georgian and /or Russian will be considered an asset.

Evaluation Procedure

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:

  • University degree (Bachelors) in Journalism or related field;
  • At least five years of professional experience in journalism or news production;
  • Fluency in English. 

The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria followed by technical and financial evaluation.


Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):

  • University degree (Bachelors) in Journalism or related field (max 30 points);
  • At least five years of professional experience in journalism or news production (max 100 points);
  • At least three years of experience in coverage of gender equality, violence against women issues (max 80 points);
  • At least two years of experience in training journalists on gender-sensitive and ethical reporting (max 70 points);
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of media self-regulatory guidelines for to enhance respect for women’s dignity and gender-sensitive reporting (50 points)
  • Understanding of the regional and local context will be an asset (max 20 points).

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 winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).

Management arrangements:

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.


Financial arrangements:

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:

  • Deliverable 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (17 working days) –100%;

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.


How to Submit the Application:

  • Download and complete the UN Women Personal History Form (P11)- https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558
  • Merge your UN Women Personal History Form (P11), CV and the Financial Proposal into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded.
  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement).
  • Click 'Apply Now' button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click 'Submit Application;'
  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above).
  • You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system.

Notes:

  • UN Women retains the right to contact references directly. Due to the large numbers of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
  • Applications without the financial offer will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • The individual consultants should take the mandatory learning security course prior to commencement of assignment– details will follow before the issuance of contract.



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