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Re-advertisement - International Consultant to develop a Community Model to engage Mothers to Promote Peaceful and Tolerant Communities
|Location :||Male', MALDIVES|
|Application Deadline :||26-Sep-19 (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 :||39 working days|
Maldives graduated from the Least Developed Country status in 2011 and is now considered a middle-income country; however, with various factors such as the geographical dispersion, weak implementation of the local governance system and inequal distribution of resources, those residing in the outer islands have continued to face challenges and remains marginalized and excluded from society. Furthermore, an increasing number of people have migrated to Greater Male’ area to access better quality education and employment opportunities resulting in a larger disparity between the capital Male’ and the atolls and has led to a plethora of new development issues.
The increase in geographical inequality has further marginalised women, particularly young women in the atolls who are eager to work for their livelihood but are often faced with limited opportunities to do so. In a country where sexual and gender-based violence is highly prevalent, with 1 in 3 women between ages of 15-49 having experienced some kind of physical or sexual abuse at some point in their lifetime, the increase in women’s financial dependence on their male family members/spouses greatly increases their risk of facing violence in the future. Moreover, high levels of gender inequality and gender-based violence in the country have also been found to be an indicator for increased vulnerability to political violence and the use of more severe forms of violence in conflict .
Due to the gendered underpinnings usually associated with violence, the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment in itself serves as a direct countermeasure and places women at the forefront of leading the change and shaping communities. Prevention efforts then need to focus on women’s experiences and their participation in political, social and economic life. Results of such programmes have recognized the impact of women, particularly the role of mothers in ensuring social cohesion within their families and the overall community. Armed with knowledge and skills, mothers have banded together to form support groups tackling instances of violence and cultivating a spirit of peace and tolerance in their communities.
UNDP Maldives through the Integrated Governance Programme (IGP) has been working to establish peaceful and tolerant communities and is seeking the service of an international consultant to undertake an assessment to identify the best model of engagement with mothers in the peacebuilding process.
 Ministry of Gender and Family, 2007, Maldives Study on Women’s Health and Life Experiences
 World Bank Group, 2018, Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant is expected to fulfill the following criteria in terms of the expertise and qualifications;
Under the guidance of UNDP, the consultant will undertake the following tasks;
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The following table shows an indication of the duration for the deliverables;
The consultant will develop the detailed methodology and carry out the data collection, data analysis and finalize the draft report which will be presented to UNDP for validation. The consultant will work under the guidance of UNDP and will be accountable to the assigned Programme Officer, IGP, for each deliverable as stipulated in the proposal. Meetings with UNDP senior management will be held as and when needed.
Duration: 39 days between August – October 2019
Duty Station: Maldives
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individuals must submit the following as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications.
Note: Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into one single file.
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.