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National Consultant/Trainer on DV for General Education Institutions
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based, Tbilisi, GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||21-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|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 :||Up to 24 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 June 2021 – 31 May 2022|
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.
Millions of women and girls worldwide suffer from some form of gender-based violence and harmful practices, be it domestic violence, rape, female genital mutilation/cutting, dowry-related killing, trafficking, sexual violence in conflict-related situations, son preference and the undervaluing of daughters, or other manifestations of abuse. In fact, for women and girls aged 16-44, gender-based violence is a major cause of death and disability (United Nations About UNiTE: Fact Sheet. Available at http://endviolence.un.org/pdf/factsheets/about_unite.pdf) . Up to 70 per cent (United Nations, Violence Against Women: The Situation. Avalable at http://endviolence.un.org/pdf/factsheets/unite_the_situation.pdf) of women experience violence in their lifetime. Violence against women persists in every country in the world as a pervasive violation of human rights and a major impediment to achieving gender equality. Such violence is unacceptable, whether perpetrated by the State and its agents or by family members or strangers, in the public or private sphere, in peacetime or in times of conflict.
UN Women, with the generous support by the European Union supports 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 (DV) and sexual violence. 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 (VAWG).
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. In 2017, Georgia ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) and adopted a milestone legal framework aimed at harmonizing the domestic legislation with the requirements under the Istanbul Convention. As a result of the legislative reform, the scope of DV-related legislation, which was previously gender-neutral, has now been expanded to also apply to other forms of gender-based violence (GBV) against women. To increase the disclosure rate of VAW/DV incidents, the new legislation extended the group of individuals authorized to report domestic violence cases. Specifically, exceptional circumstances have been determined for professionals with statutory confidentiality obligations (doctors, teachers, lawyers) that permit them to disclose information in the event of a risk of repeated violence.
The 2016 and 2017 amendments to the legislation related to DV reporting require school personnel to report suspected violence against children. Since then, even though still low, teacher reporting of violence against children has been on the rise, according to data from the Office of Resource Officers of Educational Institutions (OROEI). Despite the increase in reporting, the data also show that many schools have never reported an incident of violence, indicating that there is a problem of underreporting. Since teachers are the public sector actors that work most closely with children and are often aware of the children’s situations at home, it is critical that they report suspected violence to the relevant authorities.
The UN Women study Teacher Reporting of Violence against Women and Children (The study is available at https://www2.unwomen.org/-/media/field%20office%20georgia/attachments/publications/2019/teacher%20reporting%20of%20violence%20against%20chioldren%20and%20women.pdf?la=en&vs=2939) conducted in 2019 suggests that there are barriers to reporting beyond the scope of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport (MoESCS) mandate which require inter-agency cooperation. The qualitative data of the report suggests that even though teachers know they need to report incidents of VAWG/DV, they do not necessarily understand the mechanisms for doing so. It is therefore necessary to use the findings of the study to design tailored training that enhances the ability of teachers and other education system stakeholders to report cases of violence against women and girls.
Key informant interviews further indicated that the Child Protection Referral Procedures (CPRP) have not been adopted throughout relevant institutions across the general education system. The MoESCS has developed procedures for schools, but it remains unclear as to whether these procedures are more specific than those outlined under the CPRP. By developing specific procedures for schools and providing clear and simple instructions, the reporting procedures are more likely to be used. Hence, is the study recommended that (a) online and printed materials be provided to teachers that clearly and simply lay out the reporting system within schools, with materials incorporated into the training; and (b) a schematic representation of the reporting process outlining each stage of reporting, with short and clear descriptions, be provided to teachers as part of the training. The study also found that teachers are aware of the different forms and signs of child abuse. However, they view “light” forms of abuse as not worth reporting and think that only sexual violence and repeated and “heavy” physical violence are sufficiently severe to warrant intervention. In this regard, it is recommended that teachers be informed through the training about the harm of all forms of GBV, including domestic violence on children.
The study also showed that teachers are often hesitant to report based only on their suspicion when they do not have direct evidence of violence. They are concerned that they may inadvertently make a false report. Some fear legal repercussions as a result of reporting an unconfirmed suspicion of domestic violence. Hence, it is recommended that the training explains what constitutes a well-grounded suspicion based on which teachers are obliged to report, irrespective of direct evidence. Further, teachers should be informed that even if they cannot prove that violence has taken place, they will not be punished if they act in line with the rules and regulations. The data indicate that teacher self-efficacy is strongly and positively associated with reporting behavior. Therefore, training should be focused on not only familiarity with the procedures but also encouraging the development of self-efficacy in reporting by simulating such scenarios.
UN Women’s EU supported action Ending Violence Against Women and Girls in Georgia (EVAWGG) aims to address the issue by supporting the MoESCS to develop a training manual for teachers, principals and school resource officers covering all relevant aspects of violence against women and domestic violence and pertinent reporting obligations; and offering the training to selected groups of teachers, principals and school resource officers on domestic violence.
For this purpose, UN Women seeks to recruit a National Consultant/trainer who will develop a training manual for school personnel and conduct training of trainers (ToT) for them.
Duties and Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the National Consultant are:
Deliverables should be supported by timesheet and progress report.
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
Knowledge and Experience
The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria; technical and financial evaluation. The candidates must possess minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation.
The candidate must possess the following minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation:
Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):
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).
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.
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:
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: