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To contract services for 6 consultants to support the updating of the Partnership for Peace Batterer Intervention Programme curriculum in the Caribbean.
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||09-Dec-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||6 February 2023 to 31 August 2023 (Maximum of 120 days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 February 2023 to 31 August 2023 (Maximum of 120 days)|
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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 MCO Caribbean covers 22 countries and territories in the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean, which are part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Strides towards gender equality in the countries covered by the MCO have resulted in gains for women and girls in the Caribbean, relating primarily to high education rates and increases in employment rates. However critical gaps remain. These gaps are further exploited during hazards like COVID-19 and other environmental hazards.
All Caribbean countries have signified their commitment to eliminate all forms of violence against women through law reform and the use of legal remedies for victim protection as well as interventions with perpetrators. With very few exceptions, all Caribbean states have enacted domestic violence legislation, many of which were modelled on the Domestic Violence Legislation developed by the CARICOM Secretariat, in which the courts are empowered to order counselling for both perpetrators and victims. This counselling has generally been done by social workers within Ministries of Social Services.
In 2001, an evaluative study, published by The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on the implementation of domestic violence legislation in four countries in the Caribbean, suggested that the purpose of the counselling provided did not necessarily have as its primary objective to end violent behaviour but often emphasised marriage or union preservation. In addition, social workers who were assigned this task were not always specifically trained in this area.
In 2003, ECLAC and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) convened a meeting on ‘Gender-based Violence and the Administration of Justice’. The participants agreed that batterer intervention programmes (BIPs) needed to be guided by some basic principles that included the prioritisation of the safety of the abused and the acknowledgement of accountability and responsibility by the perpetrator. One of the recommendations from this meeting was for an examination of the standards for BIPs in other jurisdictions, with a view to developing a standardised approach to such programmes in the Caribbean.
In 2004, UN Women (then UNIFEM) convened a regional Expert Group Meeting consisting of persons from the field of psychology, counselling, probation, law, the justice system and gender. Most of the experts were involved in domestic violence work either in BIPs or working with victims. UNIFEM further commissioned the Grenada Legal Aid and Counselling Clinic (LACC) to implement a Batterer Intervention Pilot Project in Grenada in 2005 with some additional support from The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In addition, a comprehensive Programme Manual, including Operational Guidelines for Management of a standardized BIP, was authored by Dr. Dianne Douglas et al, with contributions from the BIP Regional Expert Group. The Programme’s generic title is: Partnership for Peace – A Domestic Violence Intervention.
From 2005 with the support of the Government of Iceland UNIFEM/ UN Women supported the adoption and expansion of the Partnership for Peace programme by governments, NGOs and Judiciaries in The British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, Belize and Grenada with varying level of success. This support included capacity development training for facilitators as well as support to facilitation and clinical supervision of the programme in various countries. These efforts further supported a strategy for Caribbean countries to standardize the Partnership for Peace Programme across the region.
Partnership for Peace (PfP) represents a 16-session curriculum for men designed to encourage and support men in achieving a violence-free lifestyle. It is based on the premise that violence is intentional and that abusive behaviors are chosen methods for gaining control of persons and situations. The program uses a psycho-educational approach in order to convey that violence is unacceptable and that violent habits can be broken, sharing concepts and techniques that help to replace violent behavior with preferences for respect, open communication and healthy relationships.
The key message is that violence is a choice, that participants are responsible for their choices, and that they alone are accountable for the consequences of the actions they take.
As a preventative strategy in reducing the prevalence of violence against women, this programme is a direct result of increasing calls for the development and scaling up of gender-responsive violence prevention programs that address the gendered causes and consequences of violence, including issues of masculine socialization, harmful and stereotypical gender roles and gender inequality.
The long-term objective of the Programme is “To Reduce Gender Based Violence in the Caribbean by increasing perpetrator accountability and effectively protect women’s human rights”
Other immediate Objectives include:
Having initiated and supported the implementation of Partnership for Peace in a number of countries in the Caribbean Region over the past decade, in 2020 UN Women MCO Caribbean undertook an assessment of the current status of the Partnership for Peace Programme in the Caribbean Region with the view to establishing the status of implementation of the programme in Grenada, Belize, BVI, Jamaica, St Lucia, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
The assessment assisted the MCO Caribbean to determine the nature of support and intervention required by implementing countries and agencies and give insight into the requirements for expansion to countries interested in adopting the partnership for peace programme. Further the assessment will support an understanding of the role and success of the PfP programme within the context of the range of complimentary programming required for successful secondary prevention of GBV in the Caribbean region.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of Assignment
Updating of the Partnership for Peace Batterer Intervention Programme curriculum in the Caribbean.
Scope of Work and Deliverables
The consultant will:
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO Caribbean Representative, with day to day reporting to the UN Women MCO Caribbean Deputy Representative and Ending Violence against Women and Girls Focal Point.
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