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National Consultancy: Review of New and Emerging Forms of Family Violence (Guyana)

Georgetown (Guyana)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Georgetown (Guyana)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Human Rights
    • Gender-based violence
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-31

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Under the overall guidance of UNICEF, he purpose of this review is to analyse new and emerging forms of family violence. The research will feed into the proposed model law, as there is need to both expand the concept of family violence and address with emerging and new trends (which may not be documented) and may not find its way into the legislative or policy agenda. This analysis will inform the work on legislation, policy and institutional strengthening (in particular) and wider work on communication for development (including social norms) as part of the joint EU-UN Spotlight Initiative in Guyana. The research will also present an opportunity for the country to vision and plan for all types of family violence and for the evidence to be used with all stakeholders as part of the advocacy for change.

 

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Background

The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in support of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. It was launched in September 2017 by the UN Secretary-General and the EU High Representative and Vice President (HRVP). This  Initiative provides a model for partnerships with donors, civil society, and the UN to deliver on the SDGs in a comprehensive manner leveraging comparative expertise. SDG 5 and the achievement of gender equality are placed at the centre of efforts (alongside Goal 16) with the aim to provide an enabling environment for the implementation of all goals. Within the UN, the Initiative will operationalize the UN development system reforms and model a new way of delivering on the SDGs in an integrated way, leveraging collaborative advantages. 
 
In Guyana, the Spotlight Initiative aims to address the root causes of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) with an emphasis on prevention of family violence which includes sexual and gender-based violence, intimate partner violence and school-based violence.

For Guyana also, one of the objectives in the programme is to review new and emerging forms of family violence- as part of ensuring update of the laws/policy on violence.  This review also includes social norms regarding good accountability and governance issues- e.g. related to mandatory reporting, treatment and follow-up on cases and attitudes.  It is expected that this review will contribute to the larger work on policy, legislative and institutional reforms and the consultant will be expected to work with the team leading aspects of this work to ensure synergies in research.  Finally, the research will be instrumental in creating a common, clear and accepted agenda for change and action that is articulated with/by/for the affected population (and  wider population as a whole) to drive needed change on family violence.  For instance, it is expected that the findings from this consultancy will be used in inform any proposed reforms on family violence (including domestic violence in Guyana) and assist in bring “new” forms to violence to the forefront- e.g. Economic violence, psychological aggression, use of small arms and light weapons, or other forms of family violence (e.g. cyber related) that may be culturally or otherwise hidden among different groups or segments of the population
 
Purpose and Scope of the Study
 
Under the overall guidance of UNICEF, he purpose of this review is to analyze new and emerging forms of family violence. The research will feed into the proposed model law, as there is need to both expand the concept of family violence and address with emerging and new trends (which may not be documented) and may not find its way into the legislative or policy agenda.  This analysis will inform the work on legislation, policy and institutional strengthening (in particular) and wider work on communication for development (including social norms) as part of the joint EU-UN Spotlight Initiative in Guyana. The research will also present an opportunity for the country to vision and plan for all types of family violence and for the evidence to be used with all stakeholders as part of the advocacy for change.

Further, family violence is often rooted on unequal gender power relations and women and girls (and boys) are usually the most affected by its consequences. Focusing on family violence provides the opportunity to address the consequences and roots causes of violence across the lifecycle.  The review must take into consideration the current, new and emerging forms of family violence, including as it operates within the following communities or target population/issues:

1. Persons (including children, youth and adolescents with disabilities)
2. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities;
3. Children (across the lifecycle- including he early childhood development years)
4. Elderly- while including families as a whole
5. Indigenous communities
6. Perpetrators
7. Migrants (including economic migrants
8. Faith Based Communities- e.g. issues concerning mandatory reporting (including non-reporting)
9. Social norms- anything in particular
10. Use of small arms/light weapons
11. Communities (including institutions of learning, homes)
12. Detention centres and residential care institutions
 

Scope and Focus


The critical research questions to be answered including:
I. Recognised and Non-recognised types (including in policy, legislation, national plans of action) of family violence (globally, regionally, locally)
II. Implications for integrating (or non-integration) of these types of family violence in policy and legislation.  This must include opportunities and barriers- including within the education, health and social welfare systems
III. Specific recommendations for integration- e.g. including in current legislation on Domestic Violence or Sexual Offences or specific laws relating to children.
IV. Clear and specific opportunities for visioning and planning for the prevention and reduction of current, new and emerging types of family violence.
 
Study team and composition
 
The analysis will be conducted by a suitably qualified institution, selected on the basis of their ability to demonstrate the following competencies:
 
• Master’s Degree in Social or related Sciences
• A minimum of 7 years of related work experience (in research)– including knowledge of and working with government partners
• Excellent and proven analytical skills
• Excellent and proven English writing skills
• Excellent organizational and communication skills, ability to prioritize and work with minimum supervision
• Good understanding of the of child protection issues, criminal justice and child protection issues
• Experience of facilitating consultation and workshops with both government and civil society partners
• Sound knowledge of the Domestic Violence Act 2006 and the Sexual Offences Act
• The consultant must be able to work independently.
 

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Please access the complete Terms of Reference Download File ToR - Review of New and Emerging forms of Violence- Spotlight Guyana .pdf
 
All applicants must submit a technical proposal and only shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a financial proposal (daily fee + estimated field work cost).
 
The technical proposal must include the following:

1. Example of similar/related work
2. Method of Research for Assignment
3. Summary description of the members of the team (if applying as an institution)
4. Date of availability of consultancy
 
Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit financial proposals.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

 

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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