UN Women National Consultant: Review of the Multi-sectoral approach to domestic violence at the local level in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Multiple locations (Various)
In April 2016 UN Women has officially launched a three-year programme “Standards and Engagement for Ending Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina” that is financially supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The programme aims to strengthen the institutional and social response mechanisms to violence against women and domestic violence in BiH by contributing to the implementation of the Istanbul Convention.The programme builds on the work done in the past years in partnership with the Gender Mechanisms, relevant institutions and CSOs at the legal, policy and strategic level as well as the support provided to improve services for survivors and to prevent violence against women and girls, with a strong focus on engaging men and boys.The current programme has two main components that are focusing on protection of survivors and prevention of violence against women and domestic violence. Under the first component, the program aims to enhance availability, access and quality of services utilizing a multi-sectorial approach to address violence against women and domestic violence in BiH. This will be realised by providing support to service providers in line with the requirements of the Istanbul Convention, with a strong focus on capacity development of relevant service providers in selected communities.Under the second component, there will be a strong focus on working with women, men and youth to address and understand gender roles through awareness campaigning and educational activities. In addition, key media actors and outlets will be engaged in advocacy, research and capacity building towards improving gender sensitive reporting and preventing violence against women and girls.
Duties and Responsibilities
Through this consultancy UN Women seeks to receive information about the viability of the applied approaches to establishing multi-sectoral referral mechanisms at the local level in Bosnia and Herzegovina to inform future programming support. Conclusions will be drawn using a case study of 6 multi-sectoral teams at the local level in RS and FBiH. Final report should answer the following questions:
- Is the referral mechanism set in its full capacity (full participation of local level institutions, clear division of tasks between members, defined coordinating agency, regular meetings, data collection and sharing, protocols and action plans developed, etc.)?
- Is the sustainability ensured (will referral mechanism continue to function beyond the intervention of project partners, is the funding for functioning of the referral mechanism allocated, are there accountability schemes set in place, etc.)?
- Is multi-sectoral referral providing quality service to survivors of domestic violence (qualifications of members of the team, how many cases are processed, feedback from the survivors, how are challenges in cooperation overcome, sharing knowledge with others)?
- To which extent are applied approaches for establishing referral mechanisms aligned?
In answering these questions, consultant should reflect on the process of setting up and strengthening targeted referral mechanisms, identify good practices and challenges, draw conclusion and recommendations that will inform future programming.
The selected consultant shall be responsible for the following deliverables:
a. Detailed Methodology. In developing a detailed methodology, the consultant should include the following:
- Desk review. Desk review should at minimum include the review of the following set of documents: international policy documents and tools such as Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and UN Essential Service Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence; state/entity/cantonal/local level legal and policy documents (entity Laws of Domestic Violence, entity/cantonal/local level protocols and action plans on combating domestic violence); documents outlining the process of establishing and strengthening multi-sectoral referral mechanisms at the local level (UN Women project documents, progress reports from Gender Centre RS and Gender Centre FBiH, mid-term review of the project “Standards and Engagement for Ending Violence against Women in BiH” and other related documents);
- Field work. In developing a final report, consultant is expected to collect information directly from implementing institutions (two Gender Centres), local level stakeholders and beneficiaries in 6 target locations (Prijedor, Visegrad, Milici, Travnik Tomislavgrad and Gorazde). Consultant is expected to conduct interviews with the main local level governmental stakeholders, non-governments organizations and beneficiaries. The consultant may be asked to extend the list of interviewees during the consultancy;
b. Final report. The consultant is expected to produce a document of minimum 10 and maximum 15 pages based on a) desk review of documentation; b) interviews with stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries, and; c) the fair and impartial judgement of the consultant. The report should be prepared in BHS and English language and submitted to EVAW project Manager. The report should outline challenges, best practices, lessons learned and recommendations for future interventions in setting up and strengthening multi-sectoral referral mechanisms at the local level.
Activities and timeframe
The Consultant will be expected to complete the indicative list of tasks within the indicative timeframe. Final list will be agreed between UN Women and the consultant at the beginning of the consultancy.
Tasks Days Delivery date by
- First meeting with the UN Women 0.5, April 9th;
- Draft of the methodology 2 April 12th;
- Final methodology 0.5 April 17th;
- Desk review 4 April 23th;
- Field visits 8 May 6th;
- Draft of the final report 4 May 14th;
- Final report 1 May 25th
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women Program Specialist and the direct supervision of the EVAW Project Manager, the consultant will develop and deliver the above listed outputs in accordance with the above outlined timeframe. All the outputs should be provided in English and B/H/S.
- Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
- Display cultural, gender, nationality, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability.
- Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards.
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- Excellent interpersonal, presentation and communication skills.
- Great organizational skills;
- Ability to conceptualize information into written reports;
- Delivers oral/written information in a timely, effective and easily understood manner;
- Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with people of different ethnic backgrounds
Required Skills and Experience
- University degree in gender studies, law, public policy, psychology, sociology or any other related social science. MA degree in one of these areas will be considered as an advantage.
- At least 5 years of demonstrated research experience, preferably in the field of gender issues;
- Demonstrated experience in the field of gender based violence, preferably with service provision or/and prevention;
- Track record of similar assignments (applied research studies, PCM, evaluations);
- Demonstrated experience in applied research with data collection, analytical and presentation skills and demonstrated ability to structure information;
- Experience working with projects related to gender and gender equality will be considered an asset.
- Experience developing logical frameworks for development interventions;
- Experience developing monitoring and evaluation matrix for development interventions;
- Proven record of facilitation of working group meetings;
- Previous experience working /consulting for UN agencies will be considered an asset.
The candidate should demonstrate excellent oral/written communication skills in both local language (B/H/S) and English.
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:1. Expression of interest letter2. Detailed financial proposal - broken down to demonstrate the consultancy fees and a budget for travel and accommodation)3. UN P11 formPlease note: Both documents have to be uploaded in 1 file.
Evaluation of Offers
UN Women applies a fair and transparent selection process that takes into account both the technical qualification of potential consultants as well as the financial proposals submitted in support of consultant applications. Candidate applications will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of applicant qualifications and a financial proposal. The contract will be awarded, based on the desk review, to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
- responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
- having received the highest score out of below defined technical, interview and financial criteria.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 50 points in the technical evaluation will be considered as qualified and evaluated further. Only top 3 candidates (with highest number of points in the technical evaluation- documents based) will be interviewed. The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal will be allocated to the lowest price proposal among those top 3 qualified candidates. All other price proposals will receive points in reverse order.
Criteria:Technical Evaluation – documents and interviewed based (80%)
Financial Evaluation- based on submitted offer (20%)
Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 20S - 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 the consideration.
Please note that travel costs and accommodation cost should be covered by the consultant and included in the financial offer.
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply. UN Women applies fair and transparent selection process that would take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals.Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
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