Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) 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. Rooted in UN Women’s mandate on ending violence against women, UN Women has been working since 2011 to implement the Global Flagship Initiative “Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces” including a Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls Global Programme, in over 35 cities. The Initiative is the first ever global effort to develop model approaches to prevent and respond to sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces, which can be assessed for impact.
The Flagship builds on over 40 years of sustained efforts undertaken by women’s organizations, grassroots, and international networks, local governments in cities around the world to create safe cities and safe public spaces for women and girls. It was designed with local and global partners in response to the growing concerns about every day experiences of women and girls of sexual harassment in public spaces and other forms of sexual violence, as they go about their daily routines. Sexual harassment happens in many public spaces across the world, whether on city streets, in parks and market, when transiting to schools, work, in around transport such as buses and trains, etc. Such occurrences infringe upon women and girls’ rights and freedoms as equal citizens to enjoy and pursue freely opportunities for autonomous mobility, education, work, recreation and participation in political life. Despite affecting millions of women and girls, such forms of violence have long been tolerated, and the issue is neglected in policy and practice.
Impact level results of each safe city programme include:
- Women and girls enjoy a greater sense of safety, and increased comfort in public spaces and participation in socio-economic activities
- Increased use of public spaces and increased autonomous mobility of women and girls in the city
- A reduction in different forms of sexual violence in public spaces, especially in the intervention sites
Violence against Women and Girls in Ethiopia
In 2019, UN Women Ethiopia office will work with authorities, UN agencies, grassroots women, and other partners of civil society to assess the potential in developing a multi-year Safe City and Safe Public Spaces Programme in Hawassacity, SNNP region.
According to the EDHS 2016 which includes for the first-time data in the country on the prevalence of violence against women. Accordingly, in SNNPR region nearly one quarter (17%) of women have ever experienced physical violence while (6.1%) have ever experienced sexual violence. While domestic violence is illegal, the enforcement of existing laws against rape and domestic violence remains a challenge. According to this data 24% women in SNNPR never sought help to stop violence while 5.8 % never sought help but told someone while 70% of women never sought help and never told anyone.
VAWG incidence and prevalence is accompanied by attendant challenges of gaps in the justice system, denying women access to justice and providing bulwark against impunity – poor documentation and inadequate investigation, negative behavior and attitudes by communities, and service providers in institutional structures responsible for addressing the issues, and poor systems to provide immediate, and often lifesaving services to victims of violence, especially sexual violence.
In this context, UN Women Ethiopia seeks a National consultant who will be working together with an International consultant to conduct a scoping study in Hawassa, guided by the UN Women’s Global Framework on the Flagship Programme Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces with Women and Girls, which can be adapted to local city context, and provide technical assistance in developing a comprehensive and evidence based safe city programme involving multi-stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Scoping study will include a literature review and conducting some primary data collection through qualitative methods with local stakeholders including: local authorities, civil society organizations and groups of women with particular vulnerabilities, to understand the safety concerns for women and girls in public spaces, and their experiences of sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence.
The study may be implemented in at least two areas in Hawassa (to be discussed and agreed with the local stakeholders, guided by UN Women’s Guidance on Scoping Studies in Safe Cities). The selection of the study sites will consider: the level of sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence (areas with high rates being prioritized) socio-economic indicators – areas with characteristics of inequality and exclusion, availability of and actual or potential engagement with women’s grassroots groups, including those working with adolescent girls. Existence of or the potential for effective, efficient, available and accessible referral services in the area. Local authority support for project implementation in the areas. No or limited direct exposure to other Safe City activities in Hawassa. Findings from the study will be shared with stakeholders to identify key priorities and agree on common action to jointly work together to address these priorities.
Under the overall supervision of UN Women program specialist EVAWG in Ethiopia and with the technical input from UN Women’s Technical Team in the Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) Section in Headquarters, the national consultant will be responsible for following tasks during the period February 25, 2018 to April 14, 2019.
- Support the international consultant to prepare outline and methodology of a scoping study in line with UN Women’s Guidance on Scoping Studies. The methodology should propose questions in line with the general lines of enquiry in the Guidance note.
- Following the tools provided by the international consultant, review and finalize a list of questions for key informant interviews and focus groups discussions and submit to UN Women for review and incorporation of Un Women Technical inputs, and also inputs form the international consultant.
- Conduct a scoping study using qualitative methodologies to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls (SVAWG) in selected areas of Hawassa. Ensure WHO ethnical guidelines on researching violence against women are enforced throughout the research process.
- Produce a power point presentation on the findings of the scoping study which will be used in programme design workshops, including in a validation workshop.
- Provide technical support to ensure the development of a robust programme design in design workshops held, engaging multi-stakeholders (the central government, local authorities of Hawassa civil society organizations, UN agencies and others). This includes but not limited to, developing a theory of change and intervention model. This process is conducted in consultation with UN Women Guidance on Programme Design for Safe City Programm, and involves the adaptation of a Global Theory of Change (TOC) developed for the Flagship, with inputs from UN Women Ethiopia, and UN Women’s Global Policy Advisor, Safe Public Spaces
- Substantive knowledge and understanding of gender and development, ending violence against women and girls and human rights issues of the country
- A proven track record in designing and conducting analyses that use participatory methods
- Experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative data analysis and synthesizing information into concise, analytical written documents.
- Knowledge about/ familiarity with the scope of work and standard operating procedures of rehabilitative and reintegration services
- Ability to carry out gender focused research and analysis that are able to contribute to the formulation of policies, procedures and guidelines on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
- Ability to conceptualize and analyze problems and to identify key issues and underlying action-oriented recommendation,
- Ability to establish and maintain productive relationships with partners and other stakeholder’s and responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view.
- Strong background in participatory approaches and facilitation;
- Excellent reporting writing, public speaking and presentation skills
Compliance of the UN Core Values:
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
- Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
Required Skills and Experience
The selected consultant should fulfill the following requirements:
- University post-graduate level in gender, development studies, research or relevant related field.
- At least 10 years of experience in working with gender/social programme design, operational planning, and management.
- Having previous experience in conducting social research and its analysis related to violence against women and girls, sexual harassment, or relevant field. Experience in safe cities programming in other countries is an asset.
- Demonstrated experience in research and programme development. Experience in Ethiopia is an asset.
- Excellent analytical, management and coordination skills.
- Good interpersonal skills and capacity to liaise with parties concerned.
- Ability to work with diverse group of partners, under strict timelines.
- Strong Facilitation, writing and presentation skills.
- Excellent verbal and written English and the local language skill.
HOW TO APPLAY
Interested applicants must submit the following document/information (in PDF format) to demonstrate their qualifications
- Letter of interest explaining why they are the most suitable for the work
- Technical proposal of no more than 3 pages outlining the applicants understanding of the issue to be addressed in the study and proposed methodology for the assignment, including stakeholders to be met.
- Signed Curriculum vitae with contact details of 03 clients for whom you have rendered preferably similar services
Financial proposal (with your signature)
- The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount in US Dollar including consultancy fees and all associated costs i.e. airfares, travel cost, meal, accommodation, tax, insurance etc. Travels to Hawassa city are expected.
- Please note that the cost of preparing a proposal and of negotiating a contract, including any related travel, is not reimbursable as a direct cost of the assignment.
- If quoted in other currency, prices shall be converted to US Dollar at UN Exchange Rate at the submission deadline.
Complete applications should be sent to UN Women firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Scoping Study