Consultant to Develop Standard Operating Procedures for Management of Gender Based Violence and Violence Against Children in the Uganda Police Force
UN Women through the financial support of the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda in partnership with UNICEF is launching this call for applicants to develop gender-responsive and child survivor friendly Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure accountability and standardisation of protection and management services for Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Violence Against Children (VAC) cases in the Uganda Police Force (UPF) including prevention, investigation, referral, data collection, analysis and reporting.
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
UNICEF supports the Government of Uganda to ensure child-friendly justice is administered to all children in contact and in conflict with the law, including the investigation stage of Violence Against Children.
The Uganda Police Force is established and mandated under Article 211 and 212 of the Constitution of Uganda, 1995 (as amended) and section 2 of the Police Act, CAP 303. In fulfilling its mandate, UPF is also guided by international, regional legal regimes to which Uganda is a signatory. To adequately address the specific Child protection and GBV needs emanating from the above mandate, UPF established departments like: The Child and Family Protection, Community Policing, Sexual Offences and Women Affairs.
Uganda has ratified international and regional instruments and conventions that provide for protection of women and children. These include; The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) 1992. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the Declaration on Elimination of Violence Against Women (DEVAW, 1993), the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Africa Agenda 2063, United Nations Security Council Resolution (UN SCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, UN SCR 1820 on Sexual Violence in Situations of Armed Conflict and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region Protocol (ICGLR, 2006) and the African Charter on the rights and welfare of the child. Uganda also has put in place national laws and policies on GBV and VAC including: The Constitution (1995); Domestic Violence Act 2010 (DVA) and its regulations (2011); Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act 2010 and the Regulations (2011);Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act 2009; the amended Penal Code Act Cap 120, National Policy on the Elimination of GBV, 2016 and its Action Plan; the 2006 Persons with Disabilities Act, the Children’s (Amended) Act 2016.commitments.
GBV and VAC is highly prevalent and normalised. The prevalence of physical violence experienced by women in Uganda stands at 51%, far above the African average of 37.7%. This violence is perpetrated in both the public and private spheres. According to the 2016 Uganda Demographic Health Survey (UDHS), 49% of women and 41% of men believe a man is justified in beating his wife in certain circumstances. The Uganda Violence Against Children Survey (2015) found that 35% of females and 17% of males between the ages of 18 to 24 have experienced sexual violence—with 59% of females and 68% of males reporting physical violence during childhood. Women and Girls with disabilities are disproportionately affected.
As of February 2018, Uganda hosts 1,444,856 refugees and asylum-seekers originating from neighbouring States including South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Somalia and Rwanda. This population remains highly vulnerable—amongst South Sudanese refugees, women and children constitute 82% of the refugee population. From January – December 2017, 5,001 reported incidents of GBV -which occurred in both countries of origin and refuge/asylum—were documented across 12 refugee settlements, and in Kampala.
The UPF holds a critical role in deterring, preventing and responding to GBV and VAC crimes in Uganda. Within the UPF, three sections hold the mandate on GBV—the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (CID), the Child and Family Protection Department (CFPD) and the Community Liaison Department. CID holds responsibility for the investigation of criminal offences (including rape and defilement), while CFPOs are often the first contact point for survivors of GBV and VAC crimes within the formal justice system. The CFPD has officers designated to handle these cases at all stations countrywide, while CID has a designated unit for handling sexual offences at district level. Evidence requiring analysis is handled by the Directorate of Forensic Services at police headquarter and at Government Analytical Laboratory for serious cases, both centralised in Kampala. However, capacity for investigation including the lack of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) affects the handling of GBV/VAC cases with up to 7,222 defilement cases and 5,003 domestic violence cases reported in 2016 still under investigations. Help seeking by survivors of physical and sexual violence from the Uganda Police Force stands at only 16 % for women and 23% of men (UDHS, 2016). The Violence against Children Survey shows that only 7% of children who have experienced a form of violence seek services. The UPF Gender Policy requires that UPF develops SOPs to improve delivery of GBV response services.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of UN Women in partnership with UNICEF and the UPF, the consultant will be responsible for undertaking the tasks necessary to develop gender-responsive and survivor centred standard operating procedures relating to prevention and response to GBV and VAC. The specific deliverables of the consultancy will be as follows:
- An inception report detailing the expected content and methodology (5 days);
- Desk-based research conducted, and brief created, on gender and child -responsive survivor centred police force standard operating procedures, based on global and regional good practices, particularly from developing country contexts, on deterring, preventing, responding to and managing cases of GBV and VAC; including children in conflict with the law (5 days);
- National and regional documented and structured consultations with officers of UPF, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, the Judiciary, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Gender Labour and social Development and other stakeholders, in 12 of the UPF regions, with a minimum of one consultation with adult survivors (minimum of 12) and a minimum of 6 Child survivors who have passed through the current UPF case management processes; An analysis document created highlighting key areas to be tackled by/included in the SOPs based upon desk-based research and field consultations and a brief analysis of the complementary roles between the Police and the Social welfare service providers or structures (15 days);
- Development of draft SOPs covering: Sexual Offences, Domestic Violence, Trafficking in Persons, Child Abuse in general, Children in contact with the law/abandoned/missing, children in conflict with the law, in-line with the given brief, that is in line with international standards such the UN Essential service package, and National SOPs on GBV and international standards and guidelines on children in conflict with the law. (16 days);
- Validation meeting conducted for the draft SOP with heads of departments of the UPF, Justice Law and Order Sectors and stakeholders (1 day);
- SOP presented to the Police Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) for adoption ( 1 day);
UPF, UN Women and UNICEF will provide the Consultant with background materials related to the assignmentInputs
- UPF will provide the consultant with the space and access to the internal institutional documents and staff, as necessary to undertake the assignment
- The contractor’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, quality of the products delivered and alignment to agreed principles and standards. The evaluation will be carried out and cleared by the appointed task force at UPF in consultation with UN Women and UNICEF as needed
Core Values and Guiding Principles:
- Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women and UNICEF in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and a high degree of professionalism when dealing with survivors and sensitive information.
- Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity
- Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff, and of those of Government of Uganda entities;
- Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN's values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN, particularly relating to gender equality and the empowerment of women;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, sexual orientation, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats all people fairly and without favouritism.
- Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities skills;
- Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail;
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work well with diverse and multicultural supervisors and staff members;
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
- Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.
Required Skills and Experience
- PHD, Master’s (or equivalent) or higher Degree in Criminal Justice, Policing, Law, Human Rights, Gender, International Relations or related field
- Minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in developing SOPs, guidelines, policies in the context of a civilian police force, and in operationalised research on justice systems
- Experience in GBV /VAC programming including children in conflict with the law, and developing gender-responsive and survivor centred standard operating procedures would be an asset;
- Experience in law enforcement would be an asset;
- Experience working in the case management stream of violence against women and children cases would be a distinct advantage as well as experience with children in conflict with the law;
- Working experience in/on the justice system of a developing country, specifically in sub-Saharan/East Africa would be an asset;
- Experience working with the Ugandan justice system would be an asset;
- Experience training members of the justice system, particularly police officers, would be an asset;
- Experience consultations with diverse stakeholders to elicit actionable information would be an asset;
- Experience creating/editing documents for adoption/publication, and use by persons with varying levels of education would be an asset;
- Experience working with the UN system would be an asset.
- Fluent level of written and spoken English;
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
- Online application form with brief description of why the Offer considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment; and
- Personal UN P11, indicating all experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references.
- The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around the specific and measurable deliverables of the TOR. Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR, and deliverables accepted and certified by UPF, UN Women and UNICEF.
- The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; cost of travel from the home base to the duty station and vice versa, where required; living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract.
- In general, UN Women/ UNICEF will not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the International Consultant wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
If the Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UN Women under a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UN Women.
- The Financial Proposal is to be submitted along with the P11 form and writing sample/link.
- Please provide a short (1000 words) writing sample, or link to a similar project that you have completed. Applications without sample/link will not be considered.
Note: The above documents need to be submitted and uploaded to the online application system as one document.
Evaluation of Applicants
Candidates will be selected based on cumulative analysis of:
• Technical Qualification (100 points) weight [70%]
• Financial/Price Proposal (100 points) weight [30%]
A two-stage procedure will be utilised in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal 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.
a) Technical Qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the offer or/individual is evaluated based on following:
- Qualification and background - 20 points
- Previous experience in the development of institutional policies and strategies - 30 points
- Understanding of gender issues, especially in the justice law and order sector - 30 points
- Experience and familiarity with the UN System and UN Women's work - 10 points
- Language proficiency - 10 points.
b) Financial Proposal review criteria:
The financial proposal will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
- The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
- The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.
Deadline for application
All applications to be submitted no later than 10th October 2018.
UN Women is an equal opportunity Employer. Qualified women and men are encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.