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International Consultant to support the Family Protection Authority

Male (Maldives)

Background

The Maldives is a developing country attempting to build on considerable economic and human development gains, but simultaneously still challenged by deep socio-economic, environmental and political issues. As part of the democratic transition, a new Constitution was ratified in 2008. In recent years, a number of important achievements have occurred in democratic governance, rule of law and human rights in Maldives. These included the establishment of key independent institutions such as the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM), the Elections Commission (EC) and the Family Protection Authority (FPA), as well as the promulgation of a Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVP Act), Prevention of Human Trafficking Act and a new Penal Code that just came into force on 16 July 2015.

Important challenges, however, remain, particularly regarding the development of effective and inclusive governance institutions and processes. Consolidation of the rule of law, and evolution of an informed civil society and an independent, professional media thus all remain in their formative stages. To better understand the justice sector and its challenges, UNDP conducted the first ever Legal and Justice Sector Baseline Study in 2014. The report highlighted structural and individual barriers to accessing justice sector services including lack of awareness of the roles, functions and procedures of the legal and justice sector agencies and the lack of affordability for legal assistance. The baseline study recognizes that “access to justice is most difficult for members of vulnerable and marginalized groups in both urban and rural settings across the Maldives”.

The first comprehensive study on violence against women in the Maldives in 2007 revealed that 1 in 3 women between ages of 15-49 have experienced some kind of physical or sexual abuse at some point in their lifetime[1]. The study also revealed that among those women who have experienced violence, very few sought help from formal services including formal justice system. The ratification of the DVP Act in 2012 was a positive step towards strengthening the legal framework for combating and preventing domestic violence (DV) in the Maldives. The DVP Act clearly establishes the roles and responsibilities of the duty bearers which encompasses agencies of various sectors in the Maldives. The FPA was established under the DVP Act with the aim to combat domestic violence; create public awareness on issues of domestic violence; provide the required services to the survivors of such violence; co-ordinate the work of the relevant government institutions including the Police and the Health Sector, coordinate various local efforts made by individuals (to protect survivors of domestic violence) by bringing such efforts under a national policy and implementing such policies and; to undertake a leading role in carrying out such work on a national scale. Most importantly, the FPA is designated as the main authority to establish the inter-linked mechanism to regulate and monitor the provisions of the law. FPA continues to face several challenges in implementation of the Domestic Violence Act and require further capacity to create a functional support system across agencies. One of the major challenges in implementation of the DVP Act is lack of harmonized training across stakeholder agencies. Against this background, UNDP in partnership with the FPA is seeking the service of a consultant to support the FPA in developing content for e-learning modules for training professionals in addressing domestic violence.

[1]  Ministry of Gender and Family, 2007, Maldives Study on Women’s Health and Life Experiences  

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Family Protection Authority and UNDP, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Conduct a desk review of existing literature including legal framework, policy papers, consultation reports and assessments on domestic violence as well as international best practices on addressing domestic violence.
  • Based on the desk review and in consultation with key stakeholders develop module outlines, content, and assessments to test knowledge gained. 
  • Training of Trainers based on the content developed.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

The consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables;

  1. Inception Report inclusive of a work plan and desk review of relevant literature.
  2. Draft Training Module including lesson outlines, content, and assessments developed through consultation with key stakeholders.
  3. Facilitation of a validation workshop of the modules.  
  4. Training of Trainers programme based on the content developed.
  5. Final Module, Content, and Assessments.

The following table shows an indication of the duration for the deliverables;

Deliverables/ Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Inception report

7 days

Draft training modules

20 days

Validation workshop and TOT

7 days

Final training modules

5 days

Institutional Arrangement

The consultant will work under the guidance of the Family Protection Authority and UNDP. The consultant will be accountable to the Project Coordinator of Result Area 2, IGP, for each deliverable as stipulated in the proposal. Meetings with UNDP senior management will be held as and when needed.

Duration: 39 working days

Duty Station: Maldives 

Competencies

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Functional Competencies

  • Inter-personal skills;
  • Exceptional analytical skills, solution oriented program design skills;
  • Research and evaluation skills including ability to synthesize information;
  • Excellent oral, and effective presentation and report-writing skills;
  • Ability to work under with minimum supervision, while meeting deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability of timely completion of assignments;
  • Excellent social and communication skills;
  • Strong facilitation skills;
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural settings;
  • Good working knowledge of information technology;
  • Excellent Managerial and analytical skills;
  • Proven co-ordination and networking skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Post graduate degree in gender studies, law, human rights or related social science

Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of work experience on similar issues such as domestic violence, sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Proven experience in developing similar trainings, including facilitation skills for professional trainings.
  • Familiarity with domestic violence/gender issues in the Maldives or similar context will be highly desirable 

Language Requirement

  • Excellent English writing and communication skills 

Application Documents

  • The application must include a letter of interest to undertake this task, the CV, Personal History Form (P11), and a financial proposal (indicating the daily fee (in USD) for the assignment). The applicant must also submit the reference letters from past supervisors/clients. To download P11, kindly please visit the link: http://www.mv.undp.org/content/maldives/en/home/operations/jobs
  • Please combine all the documents into one single file, as the system will allow for only one document to be uploaded.
  • We will only accept online applications
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.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Male (Maldives)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-10

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