Consultant – Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India (Open to Indian Nationals Only)
New Delhi (India)
UN Women is the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women created in 2010 as a UN entity, to accelerate progress on gender equality and the realisation of women’s rights. UN Women is a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels. In 2015, UN Women commemorated 20 years of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA, 1995), and successfully advocated with partners, for the stand-alone gender equality goal under the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. UN Women is involved in strengthening the commitment of UN member states to the Agenda 2030, Beijing Platform for Action, and other normative frameworks such as CEDAW, by investing directly in the rights of women and girls, and in supporting gender mainstreaming initiatives, to ensure substantive equality, particularly for those from marginalised communities.
With the advent of technology, whereas cyber and social media platforms, have opened immense opportunities for the empowerment of women and girls, they have also been increasingly misused for gender-based cyber violence there by limiting or undermining the participation of women and girls in virtual space(s). The recent spike in online trolling, death and rape threats, verbal and image based misogynistic messaging including, revenge pornography, morphed images and posting of other objectionable content has resulted in virtual spaces becoming repressive and discriminatory for women and girls. Addressing gender-based cyber violence requires both preventive as well as institutional response mechanisms to be strengthened. A host of efforts are required from multiple actors, including the government, internet intermediaries, service providers, non-governmental organizations, academia, media and the private sector.
The Information Technology Act 2000 together with the Indian Penal Code 1860, provides the legal framework for countering pornographic content. Sections 67, 67A and 67B of the Information Technology Act provide for stringent punishment and fine for publishing or transmission of pornography in electronic form as well as hosting on website any information which is lascivious, or contains sexually explicit act or conduct, or depicts children engaged in sexually explicit act. The said Act terms certain offences as publishing of obscene materials on the internet, tampering the data and hacking as punishable offences.
Taking note of the increasing cyber bullying and harassment directed against women and children, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) has announced a host of measures. It introduced #IamTrolledHelp so women could raise an alarm on Twitter apart from e-mailing complaints and announced a dedicated portal to tackle the growing menace. The Ministry of Home Affairs, using Nirbhaya Funds, has recently set up an online complaint-based portal called Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC), to remove offensive and objectionable content from Internet portals. In June this year the MWCD had organized a multi-stakeholder meeting to discuss the issue of cybercrime against women and children, particularly the elimination of online child sexual abuse material, rape imagery and other offensive material. The three immediate priorities identified were to (i) Build an international alliance to ensure full protection to women and children from the borderless nature of cybercrime; (ii) Development of an online Central Reporting Mechanism for lodging and escalating complaints of cybercrime from anywhere anytime; (iii) Making a mechanism for real time removal/blocking of offensive material online.
In this context, UN Women is seeking the services of a consultant to support the Ministry of Women and Child Development in mapping the existing mechanisms and global best practices on preventing such content and facilitate coordination with the existing stakeholders to design a mechanism that could self-identify and remove objectionable contents online to ensure swift action. as it has become important to address this emerging form of harassment through strong legislative measures and policies.
The purpose of the assignment is to make available global good practices on active identification, mapping and proactive removal of objectionable content such as rape revenge images, child pornographic images, trolling content etc and; coordination with relevant stakeholders to set up a mechanism to do the same thus a speedier response to address the issue.
- Review of existing frameworks, mechanisms, good practices from across the globe on preventing and responding to gender based cyber violence to inform the priorities set up by the Ministry.
- Coordination with relevant stakeholders for alliance building to allow full protection to women and child victims of cyber violence.
- Facilitate drafting of the design, scope, coverage, components and contours of an innovative mechanism for real time removal/blocking of offensive material online.
Main users of the Learning Document:
The main users of the Learning Document will be:
- Government, Non-government, Academic Research stakeholders working on the issue.
- UN Agencies, UN Women programme staff and partners.
The Consultant is expected to carry out the following duties under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, EVAW Unit and overall supervision of the Deputy Rep UN Women MCO.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Review, map the scope and coverage (beneficiaries), provisions /components of the existing frameworks, mechanisms from across the globe on gender based cyber violence;
- Identify, in particular, global best practices to prevent and remove objectionable contents online, including e.g. revenge pornography, child sexual abuse images and videos online to make the internet a safer and gender equal space;
- Draft the Terms of Reference to set up the mechanism for real time removal/blocking of offensive material online;
- Facilitate and coordinate meetings between the ministry, UN Women and other stakeholders working on the issue;
- Develop and propose recommendations for structuring of schemes and programmes of the MWCD to respond to women and children facing such issues on social media platforms;
- Prepare periodic progress reports of the work undertaken by the Ministry;
- Any other duties incidental to the above-mentioned tasks as assigned by Supervisor from time to time.
Monthly detailed and comprehensive narrative report of all activities undertaken (as part of the report include templates & plans developed, anecdotes that capture the process, partnerships, best practices and lessons learnt, photographs, press coverage, questionnaires, human interest stories, lists of participants, key strategies and recommendations) in hard and soft copy will be submitted to UN Women with an acknowledgement of UN Women’s support to the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
- Demonstrates commitment to UN Women’s mission, vision and values;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Knowledge Management and Learning:
- Shares knowledge and experience;
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
- Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to design, planning and implementation of programme, managing data, reporting;
- Ability to provide input to and use new IT based systems.
Leadership and Self-Management:
- Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Remains calm, in control even under pressure;
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
- Good understanding of gender and development in South Asia;
- Demonstrable ability to work in a team;
- Ability to work under pressure;
- Good writing and communication skills;
- Excellent computer literacy and skills.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree in Law or Gender Studies or International Development or any Social Sciences.
- Minimum 2 years of experience working on issues of gender equality, women and child rights and public policy;
- Relevant experience of research and policy analysis is preferred;
- Excellent analytical and writing skills in English;
- Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
- Fluency in English and working knowledge of any other Indian language.
Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site: jobs.undp.org
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
- All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/about-us/jobs;
- Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment, please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment;
- Applications received after the close date will not be accepted;
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Evaluation and Selection Criteria
Criteria for shortlisting of CVs will be based on the following assessment:
- Required Degree and Qualification (5 points);
- Minimum Experience relevant to the assignment (5 points);
- Experience of working in gender related projects would be desirable (5 points);
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) required and advance knowledge of spread sheet and database packages desirable. (5 points).
The evaluation process for selection of the candidate will be based on the following assessment:
- Interview (100 points);
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