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National Consultant- Assessment on cases of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)reported to police, investigated, prosecuted and adjudicated in Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa city Administrations

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Gender-based violence
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-18

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Background

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women’s) mandate provides for support to catalytic and innovative programs which promote gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights in Ethiopia. UN Women’s three-year programme on “Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women and Girls in Ethiopia” focuses on a comprehensive approach encompassing legislation and policies, prevention, services for survivors, research and data. In addition to prevalence surveys and studies on VAWG, the availability and use of administrative data related to VAWG incidents and survivors’ use of available response and support services is key.  The administrative data collection can be useful for assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of existing provisions. It will also identify what kind of help do survivors need and the assistance they have received. Administrative data are an important source of information that often can be readily accessed and used to complement VAWG prevalence studies by providing information on VAWG survivors’ access to services. Administrative data can also be used to measure progress towards VAWG-related SDG targets and indicators that do not require prevalence data including SDG indicator 16.1.1 and 16.2.2.

Data and information collection as well as monitoring of the administrative data collection systems is a much-needed endeavour to support the adoption of laws according to CEDAW and rule of law principles, as well as to document cases of VAWG and their linkages with systematic discrimination against women and girls, as well as the institutional response to them. Under CEDAW general recommendation 35 (2017), the Committee recommended state parties to undertake data collection on areas of prevention, protection, prosecution, punishment and redress; and monitoring and international cooperation to accelerate elimination of gender-based violence against women. The Committee highlighted that all these measures should be implemented with a victim/survivor-centred approach, acknowledging women as subjects of rights and promoting their agency and autonomy. In addition, the absence of administrative 

data on VAWG cases reported to police, which have been investigated, prosecuted and adjudicated has limited the ability of EVAWG programmes to conduct trend analysis of women’s access to justice.

UN Women Ethiopia Country Office in collaboration with the Federal Attorney General (FAG) intends to support the collection and analysis of data on cases of different forms of VAWG reported, investigated, prosecuted and adjudicated in Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa city administrations in the past three years (2015/16-2017/18). The assessment will inform programs and interventions and enable Government to meet its policy and reporting commitments under the SDGs, CEDAW, Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and the Beijing Platform for Action. In addition, the assessment will assist Government and development partners including UN Women to monitor progress in the reporting trend on VAWG cases and quality of services provided by each justice sector in the two cities. The findings will guide strategic interventions to improve services as well as administrative data collection on VAWG.

UN Women Ethiopia seeks to hire a national consultant together with two qualified junior consultants to conduct an assessment on VAWG cases reported to police, investigated, prosecuted and adjudicated in Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa city asministrations. 

UN Women Ethiopia is commissioning the assessment to identify the reporting trend, availability, accessibility and quality of services provided by the justice sector for women and girls who have experienced VAWG.

The Specific objectives this assessment is the following:

  • To inform and serve as baseline for the administrative data collection systems that FAG is planning to establish in each justice office in the two cities.
  • To addresses the administrative data gaps on VAWG and enable the Government to meet its policy and reporting commitments under the SDGs, CEDAW, UPR and the Beijing Platform for Action.
  • To provides strategic recommendation on improving systems to collect, store, analyses and share data on survivors’ use of police and justice services.
  • To provide strategic recommendation on collecting these data in an ethical way that respects survivor’s confidentiality and anonymity
  • To identify challenges that practitioners encounter in relation to proper recording and analyzing VAWG cases.
  • Identify the estimate needs and how far legal aid services are accessed by survivors of VAWG
  • Evaluate the access and quality of services provided by the justice sector for survivors of VAWG and thus identify gaps and recommend improvement

Duties and Responsibilities

The main expected activities to be undertaken by the consultants include:

  • Develop inception report including methodology for the assessment and the tools for data collection in consultation with the EVAWG team
  • Present the report at the inception meeting in the presence of all stakeholders, incorporate feedback and submit final version of the inception report
  • Conduct a desk review and thorough mapping of existing guidance, tools, good practices and practices that need improvement in VAWG administrative data systems with a specific focus on the justice sector
  • Compile and share an analytical report with findings and recommendations, using clear examples and references and not assumptions in both hard and soft copies. The data processing and analysis need to triangulate the data with other studies rather than producing descriptive report. The consultants should use and refer to reliable data.
  • Submit draft assessment report with full content including findings, proposing good practices and recommendations in relation to generation of administrative data on VAWG in the justice sectors using a standardized methodologies and systems 
  • Incorporate inputs and submit the revised assessment report
  • Present the revised report at the validation workshop and clarify issues raised by participants
  • Integrate inputs and submit final assessment report in both hard and soft copies

Competencies

Core values

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core competencies

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of gender equality and women’s rights issues
  • Excellent level of conceptual and analytical capacity
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively
  • Demonstrates use of initiative and ability to make appropriate linkages in work requirements
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback
  • Meets deadlines for delivery of products or services
  • Able to work virtually, using communication technologies
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Required Skills and Experience

Education :

  • The consultant must have master’s degree in Law, legal studies Human Rights, criminology and related fields

Expeirence 

  • The consultant must have a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in research, analysis and data collection and particularly on issues of administrative data, prevalence studies, women’s rights and/or sexual and gender-based violence
  • Experience on data management system is desirable
  • The consultant must bring a team of two Junior Consultants who have first degree in Law with more than five years’ experience as public prosecutors
  • Previous experience working with the UN is an asset

 Language and other skills:

  • Fluency in English and Amharic (oral and written) is required
  • Computer skills: full command of Microsoft applications (word, excel, PowerPoint) and data encoding software’s

NOTE

Interested applicants must submit

  • Signed Curriculum vitae with contact details of 03 clients for whom you have rendered preferably similar services
  • Proof of previous written work in English

Complete applications should be sent to Addisalem Befekadu with addisalem.befekadu@unwomen.org 

Only applications with all items mentioned above will be considered.

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. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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