Research consultant, online and ICT facilitated violence against women



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Location : Cairo, EGYPT
Application Deadline :05-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months (50 days of work over 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.


Background

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.

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. It can include physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, and it cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography. It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools, the workplace, in farm fields, refugee camps, during conflicts and crises.

The growing reach of the Internet, the rapid spread of mobile information and communications technologies (ICTs) and the wide diffusion of social media have presented new opportunities and enabled various efforts to address VAWG. However, they are also being used as tools to inflict harm on women and girls and to perpetrate VAWG. Online and ICT facilitated -VAWG is emerging as a global problem with serious implications for societies and economies around the world. Women in politics, including parliamentarians, are particularly targeted by ICT- facilitated violence. This situation has been compounded with the COVID-19 crisis, which has initiated a shift to the online space and has fueled both online misogyny and ICT-facilitated violence.

Online violence against women refers to any act of gender-based violence against women that is committed, assisted or aggravated in part or fully by the use of ICT, such as mobile phones and smartphones, the Internet, social media platforms or email, against a woman because she is a woman, or affects women disproportionately. While there is still a lack of comprehensive definition and data on online and ICT facilitated violence, research suggests that women are both disproportionately targeted and suffer serious consequences as a result . When women and girls do have access to the Internet, they face online violence more often than men through a continuum of multiple, recurring and interrelated forms of gender-based violence.

In the Arab States, very limited data is available on the prevalence of online and ICT facilitated violence. A recent survey conducted in Morocco highlighted that 14% of women have been exposed to online violence . Anecdotal data from Tunisia confirms similar trends. Moreover, some groups of women in the region, including human rights defenders, women in politics, journalists, bloggers find themselves targeted by ICT-facilitated violence. With the spread of violent extremist ideas in some countries of the region, and shrinking space for civil society and women’s rights, violence towards women leaders and activists has increased : In Libya for instance, gender-specific threats and violent language directed at 

women online constitute a form of violence against women that seeks to silence women in online forums . A recent study conducted by UN Women Regional Office to document the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls in 9 countries in the region highlighted that online violence was the highest reported form of violence by respondents who witnessed or knew a woman who was subjected to violence during the lockdown.   The same trend was noted by civil society organizations in the region as they pointed out an increase in online violence against women.

According to a 2018 study conducted by Amnesty International in eight countries, approximately one in four women reported to have experienced online abuse or harassment.  Around one third stopped expressing their opinions online or withdrew from public conversations as a result.  Further, in 2020, Plan International released its 2020 State of the World’s Girls Report, describing girls’ and young women’s experience of online harassment. More than half of the 14,000 girls surveyed, from around the world, have been harassed and abused online. One in four girls abused online feels physically unsafe as a result. 

International and national laws and trans-national collaborative alliances are slowly evolving to address common global concerns of cyber-VAWG. There is however a consensus around the lack of comprehensive global definition and data on online and ICT-facilitated violence, particularly in the Arab States region.

UN Women is looking to engage a consultant to conduct qualitative research on online and ICT facilitated violence against women.


Duties and Responsibilities

The research will aim to provide an understanding of the experiences of women survivors of online violence, its consequences, and barriers to report or seek support.  The research will aim to provide an in-depth analysis of experiences of women having been subjected to online and ICT facilitated violence, the consequences for women survivors and barriers to accessing services. The consultant will specifically carry out the below specified tasks under the guidance of the EVAW Regional Program Specialist:

  • Conduct literature review on online violence against women, gender relations, women and men’s attitudes on online violence and equality.
  • Propose a methodology to undertake qualitative research, including the development of research tools both in English and Arabic, the identification of a sample and the validation of this content with UN Women ROAS EVAW team. This will include focus group discussions and in-depth interviews including with key informants.
  • Conduct qualitative data collection in the region (using virtual tools). The consultant will need to work with a least one other researcher of the opposite sex, in order to conduct FGDs/IDIs with men/women.
  • Conduct thematic analysis on the qualitative data to extract key relevant findings.
  • Prepare a draft qualitative report to be reviewed (40 pages)
  • Revise the preliminary qualitative draft and submit a final qualitative report to be validated.
  • Prepare a summary qualitative report (of maximum 4 pages) featuring the key findings of the qualitative research.
  • Present the qualitative results’ findings to key stakeholders.

 

Deliverables

 

Timeline

Payment

Concept note with proposed methodology (including the proposed research tools) and approved timeline (10%)

 

May 2021

10 %

Review of the concept note and finalization of research tools.

 

May 2021

 

Data collection, including piloting of questionnaire guides.

 

June 2021

20%

Data analysis

 

June 2021

 

Preliminary qualitative research report (upon delivery, 30% of payment to be issued)

 

July 2021

30%

Final qualitative report after integrating comments from partners (upon delivery, 40% of payment to be issued)

 

July 2021

40%


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

Functional Competencies:

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to lead strategically including management and reporting;
  • Ability to lead data collection
  • Strong research and drafting skills
  • Ability to lead formulation, oversight of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the initiative;

Management and Leadership:

  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Ability to lead effectively, mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Social sciences, Law, or Law and Gender Equality, or other related relevant academic degree.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in the area of research on gender issues, qualitative methods
  •  Experience undertaking qualitative research is highly desirable.
  • Experience in research on violence against women is highly desirable

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of Arabic of French is an asset.

Evaluation Criteria:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the financial evaluation

Applications will be screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Social sciences, Law, or Law and Gender Equality, or other related relevant academic degree.
  • Language: Fluency in English. Knowledge of Arabic or French is an asset.
  • Mandatory submission of UN Personal History form (P11).  
  • Brief concept note with proposed methodology, AND two samples of work that show your competence to undertake this assignment.
  • Competences and qualifications based on the UN P11 form submitted by each candidate.

Shortlisted Candidates will be interviewed and assessed against the following evaluation criteria.

Technical evaluation (70 points):

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Social sciences, Law, or Law and Gender Equality, or other related relevant academic degree (20 points)
  • Work sample and motivation letter demonstrate expertise undertaking research, including qualitative data collection (30 points)
  • Extensive experience working on Gender and Gender Based Violence (20 points)

Financial Evaluation (30 points): The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:

  • Contract will be awarded to the technically qualified consultant who obtains the highest combined score (financial and technical);
  • The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula: (Lowest Bid Offered*)/ (Bid of the Consultant) x 30;
  • 'Lowest Bid Offered' refers to the lowest price offered by Offerors scoring at least 49 points in the technical evaluation.

Application:

Interested applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • A cover letter with a brief presentation of your consultancy explaining your suitability for the work and link to portfolio of work;
  • UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;

The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all them, since the online application submission does only permit to upload one file per application. Incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.

Note:

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW, and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.



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