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National Consultant for Development of National Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on Violence against Women, Focusing on Women Migrant Workers
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Bangkok, home based, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||26-Nov-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 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.
Violence against women (VAW) is a pervasive human right violation that affects one out of three women worldwide. Cutting across all distinctions of geography, class or ethnicity, it is firmly grounded in unequal power relations between women and men and reinforced by discriminatory and gender-biased attitudes, norms and practices that both contribute to such violations and allow them to continue unchallenged. VAW impedes human development and has serious negative consequences, ranging from multiple immediate to long-term physical, sexual and psychological impacts, which often prevent women and girls from fully participating in society. In addition, it carries tremendous economic costs for women, their families, for businesses, national budgets, the economy and society at large.
VAW is rooted in gender inequality, discrimination, and harmful cultural and social norms. It is an expression of power and control of men over women. Harmful notions of masculinity, the sense of sexual entitlement that many men have over women and their bodies, and the widespread cultural acceptance of violence, drive violence against women and allow it to continue unchallenged.
Women migrant workers are disproportionately vulnerable to violence, abuse and exploitation at all stages of the migration cycle and they often experience intersectional forms of discrimination due to the sector of labour market insertion, legal status, limited access to information, debt bondage, among others. As outlined in the 2017 Report of the Secretary-General on “Violence against women migrant workers”, while women can considerably increase their agency through their decision to migrate, they are also overwhelmingly featured as survivors of VAW and trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation. Women migrant survivors of violence and trafficking face multiple challenges while seeking justice or accessing essential services. Lack of gender-sensitive facilities and reception services, absence of protection orders, limited referral networks and coordination mechanisms are among the main barriers faced by survivors of VAW.
Safe and Fair: Realizing women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region (2018-2022), is part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls, a global, multi-year initiative between the European Union and United Nations. Safe and Fair is implemented through a partnership between the ILO and UN Women with the overriding objective of ensuring that labour migration is safe and fair for all women in the ASEAN region. The programme aims to address women migrant workers’ vulnerabilities to violence and trafficking, strengthen rights-based and gender-responsive approaches to violence against women and labour migration governance, and support access to essential services.
In Thailand, Safe and Fair works in close cooperation with governments and social partners to achieve three inter-linking specific objectives: (1) Women migrant workers are better protected by gender-sensitive labour migration governance frameworks; (2) Women migrant workers are less vulnerable to violence and trafficking and benefit from coordinated responsive quality services; and (3) Data, knowledge and attitudes on the rights and contributions of women migrant workers are improved. The programme strategy mainstreams three cross-cutting topics: women’s voice and agency; rights-based approach; and broad engagement of stakeholders.
In 2019, Safe and Fair conducted Scoping Studies Research with the objective of increasing knowledge on existing legal frameworks and referral structures in the field of violence against women (VAW), labour migration and trafficking. Through extensive country reports, a deep overview of existing services for survivors of violence, including women migrant workers, is provided.
In August 2019, the National Workshop on Coordinated Quality Services for Ending Violence against Women, held in Bangkok, the importance of developing and operationalizing localized Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on VAW referral mechanisms was agreed among key stakeholders, such as government agencies and civil society organizations. Furthermore, in December 2019, during the Workshop on Quality VAW Service Coordination in Mae Sot, key stakeholders discussed the development of local SOPs on VAW prevention and response, mapped existing key actors on VAW services with a particular focus on women migrant workers.
As a result of the consultation in 2019, in 2020, the Mae Sot Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on Violence against Women was drafted. It is expected to be verified by service providers in Mae Sot by year-end of 2020 to ensure effective implementation of local level coordination and governance of coordination.
As part of the effort to strengthen effective functioning of coordination at the national level, Safe and Fair plans to support the discussion, drafting, and development of agreements, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on Violence against Women, Focusing on Women Migrant Workers.
 World Health Organization, Global and Regional Estimates of Violence against Women: Prevalence and Health Effects of Intimate Partner Violence and Non-partner Sexual violence (2013), p.2. Available from: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/85239/1/9789241564625_eng.pdf
Duties and Responsibilities
2. SCOPE OF WORK
The Consultant will be responsible for:
This consultancy will contribute to the Programme’s “Output 02.04: Capacity of front-line services providers (health, social and criminal justice) to respond to the needs of women migrants experiencing violence and trafficking is enhanced”, “Activity 2.4.2 Skills building on quality responses and service referral to front-line/initial contact service providers, to increase access for migrants who are or have experienced violence and trafficking” and “Indicator 2.4.3 Number of joint task forces (linking, for example, criminal justice, labour, immigration and VAW) established on women’s protection/trafficking.”
3. DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINE
Payments for this selected individual will be based on the achievement of each following deliverables and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed. Payments will not be based on the number of days worked but on the completion of each stated deliverable within the indicated timeframes.
The service provider will produce the following deliverables:
4. DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT
The duration of the consultancy is from 1 December 2020 to 15 June 2021. The duty station is Bangkok (home-based). In the event that the consultant needs to travel related to this assignment, UN Women will bear the costs of requested travel expenses.
5. CONTRACT SUPERVISION
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of Programme Analyst – Ending Violence against Women, Safe and Fair Programme, UN Women who will be responsible for the quality assurance of the deliverables.
6. SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
Payment upon submission and satisfactory deliverables of the analysis report submitted.
Required Skills and Experience
7. DEGREE OF EXPERTISE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis.
A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.
Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
9. HOW TO APPLY:
Interested applicants are requested to submit documents listed below:
When applying; the CV, the signed P11 Form and proposed lump sum professional fee should be merged into one (1) single PDF document since the system will allow only to upload maximum one document. Therefore, please combine these forms and documents into one (1) single PDF document and upload them to the system.
Should they be short-listed in consideration of the consultancy post, candidates should have the ability to quickly submit degree certificates, medical certifications, or any other requested documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants are responsible to make sure to have provided all the requested application materials before the deadline.