National Consultant – to Develop Intervention with Faith – Based Groups for Healthy Relationships And Prevention Of Violence Against Women And Girls In Timor-Leste
To address the global challenges of VAWG, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations have partnered on a new multi-year programme, the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative. The Spotlight Initiative aims to support transformative change on the ground to end violence against women and girls. The overall vision of the Spotlight Initiative in Timor-Leste is that women and girls enjoy their right to a life free of violence, within an inclusive and gender equitable Timor-Leste. The programme is aligned to the Timor-Leste “National Action Plan on Gender-based violence (2017-2021) and National SDG Roadmap, particularly on SDGs 5 and 16. It will contribute to the National Strategic Development Plan and reinforce Timor-Leste’s Development Plan and reinforce Timor-Leste’s implementation of commitments under the Beijing Platform for Action, the Concluding Observations of the CEDAW Committee, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, among other international obligations.
The program was globally launched in 2017 and began implementation in Timor-Leste in 2020. There are five UN agencies participating in the Timor-Leste Spotlight Initiative. There are the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Labour Organization (ILO). The Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) provides overall strategic oversight and coordination for the Spotlight Initiative within the UN, with UN Women acting as the Technical Lead.
Despite progress which has been made, violence against women and girls, and particularly intimate partner violence, remains widespread, with 38% to 59% of women in Timor-Leste between the ages of 15 to 19 experience violence in their lifetime. As stated at Timor-Leste’s Voluntary National Review on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the report for the Beijing Platform of Action +25, there is a need for a comprehensive approach to ending violence against women and girls (VAWG).
The Spotlight Initiative will contribute to the elimination of domestic violence, including intimate partner violence (DV/IPV), by responding to the needs of women and girls and addressing the underlying causes of violence against women and girls, using a multi-sectoral and intersectional approach across the ecological model. This will involve strengthening and widening partnerships and solidarity across civil society, government, media, private sector and development partners. Based on the approved design of the Spotlight Initiative in Timor-Leste, community-level programming will be focused in Ermera, Bobonaro and Viqueque Municipalities.
It is important to advance the SDG principle of national ownership and the commitment to leave no one behind. These are both key goals of the Spotlight Initiative. As part of this principle, civil society organizations (CSOs) play a crucial role in advancing shared strategic objectives to promote gender equality, women’s rights and empowerment as well as addressing VAWG at all levels. CSOs continue to be an important constituency, working to hold the government accountable in order to deliver on commitments. Faith-based organizations are a critical component of civil society that can contribute to social norms change for prevention of VAWG given their presence and networks across the country. Evidence has shown the influence and positive role faith-based groups can play to promote gender equality and positive attitudes and behaviours among individuals, couples and families.
In this regard, UN Women, as part of the UN family in Timor-Leste is seeking a national consultant to support Spotlight’s approach to primary prevention in engaging faith-based groups. This will contribute to applying the ecological model, understanding that work at multiple levels is needed to prevent violence against women and girls. This model understands that gender equality is the root cause of VAWG, and various factors increase the risk of violence and other factors serve as protective factors at the individual/relationship and at the community level. Disability, gender inequitable attitudes, childhood exposure to violence and men’s use of transactional sex, are some of the risks for victimization.
Through this support, UN Women will partner with a faith-based organization or group of organizations in Timor-Leste to roll-out an intervention to prevent intimate partner violence against women and girls.
 The Asia Foundation 2016.Understanding Violence against women and children in Timor-Leste. Findings from The Nabilan Baseline Study: Summary Report. The Asia Foundation. Dili
 See for example, UN Women’s Brief on Religion and Gender Equality: https://www.partner-religion-development.org/fileadmin/Dateien/Resources/Knowledge_Center/Religion_and_Gender_Equality_UNWOMEN.pdf
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work/Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objective of the proposed consultancy is to support UN Women in provision of technical assistance to an organization or group of organizations in Timor-Leste to develop and implement prevention programming on violence against women and girls with faith-based groups, with a focus on domestic violence/intimate partner violence in targeted communities.
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Head of Office in Timor-Leste, supervised by UN Women’s Spotlight Initiative – EVAW Program Specialist, and collaborating with UN Women’s Spotlight Initiative Programme Officer, the National Consultant will provide support and technical assistance to the partner(s) in this activity (which will be faith-based organizations) in Timor-Leste in develop community mobilization intervention materials, adaption and promote non-violence and gender equitable norms through various activities at targeted communities.
This will specifically include the following tasks:
- Map faith-based organizations and activities related to prevention work of VAWG in Timor-Leste (with a focus on DV/IPV)
- Support civil society partner(s) to develop/adapt a faith-based group intervention as part of behavior change strategy to prevent VAWG (DV/IPV)
- Facilitate inter-religious dialogue about EVAWG (DV/IPV) prevention
- Coordinate with partner(s) to discuss and adapt a faith-based organization approach, including adapting from evidence on working with couples which exists in the community, which will contribute to inter-personal and community mobilization programming.
- Review inter-personal and community mobilization intervention materials for targeted communities (e.g. related to raising awareness, dialogue with couples, engagement and participation in community advocacy work to EVAWG).
- Provide technical support to faith-based organizations in the implementation of a community mobilization programme or intervention on inter-personal change on EVAWG (DV/IPV).
- Strengthen capacity building of faith-based organizations about inter-personal and community mobilization programing on preventing of the violence against women and girls.
- Provide support to networks at national and municipal levels to enhance the linkages with inter-religious groups, including vulnerable couples/groups.
- Draft quality presentations and collaborate in drafting project activity reports with the CSO(s) involved in this activity
- Provide accompaniment to implementing CSO(s) on their intervention planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting in the targeted municipalities on EVAWG prevention works.
Consultants for UN Women will also need to complete particular online training courses related to key issues of ethics, prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse and compliance with UN Women’s obligations. These will be identified to the consultant and included in the workplan.
Duration of the assignment
The duration of the assignment will be from 26 October 2020 – 31 July 2021 and will include some travel to municipalities: Ermera, Bobonaro and Viqueque.
The following deliverables are expected from the successful candidate.
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Nov 2, 2020
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Nov 23, 2020
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February 26, 2021
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April 30, 2021
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July 1, 2021
All the documents, including reports, questionnaires, presentations, and reports should be submitted in English language, or if in Tetum, include an English summary.
Upon receipt of the deliverables and prior to the payment of the instalment all submitted reports and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women.
All events should include a pre and post assessment, training materials and a report.
- UN Women will provide the consultant reference materials, printing facilities, and internet access as needed, and will facilitate coordination with key stakeholders.
- UN Women will facilitate in coordination with CSO (faith-based organization) logistics and transportation support when travelling out of Dili to municipalities if required in support of the assignment.
- UN Women will provide Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) to cover expenses outside of the Duty Station when applicable, and upon approval of a Travel Authorization.
All arrangements will need to be adapted to current conditions, guidelines and requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
Required Skills and Experience
The consultant’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timelines, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Master’s degree/bachelor’s degree, University training in Social Work, Communications, Psychology, Gender and Development or other relevant fields.
- At least Master’s degree with three years’ experience or bachelor’s degree with five years of experience of work on gender equality, women’s rights and prevention of violence against women and girls.
- Experience in training design and implementation, including development of curriculum materials or adaptation of curriculum materials
- Knowledge of best practice in social change-oriented activities
- Experience with young people’s organizations
- Demonstrated ability to produce documentation in Tetum and English
- Demonstrated ability to work with organizations to identify, plan and implement advocacy strategies
- Commitment to transformative change for gender equality
Language and other skills:
- Proficiency in oral and written English and Tetum languages
- Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology and equipment, IT tools, Internet and email.
Submission of application
Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application to UNDP Job site, not later than 15 October 2020 COB.
- CV and copy of the latest academic certificate.
- Letter of Interest containing the statement on candidate’s experience in the field of recruitment.
- The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount per each deliverable, including travel and administrative fees, based on the template in Annex 1. The lump sum costs must be accompanied by a detailed breakdown of costs calculation. The actual payment will be payable based on the stated lump sum for each satisfactorily achieved deliverable.
All applications must include (as an attachment) the CV and the financial proposal. Applications without a financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
Selected candidates will need to submit prior to commencement of work:
- UN Women P-11 form, available from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment
- A statement from a medical doctor of ‘good health and fit for travel’
Applications will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis.
- Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
- Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]
A three-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the proposals. Candidates who are fulfilling all the required skills and expertise will go to the technical evaluation process. The evaluation of the technical proposal is 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.
Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Technical Evaluation Criteria
Experience and skills
Language and other skills
Total Obtainable Score
Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidates.
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
Only the financial proposal of candidates who have all the required skills and expertise and have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.
- 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.
Annex I: Financial Proposal
BREAKDOWN OF COSTS SUPPORTING THE ALL-INCLUSIVE FINANCIAL PROPOSAL
Breakdown of Cost by Components:
Percentage of Total Price (Weight for payment)
Develop a workplan for the faith-based organization based on the TOR for UNW review and approval
Nov 2, 2020
Report (10 pages with relevant annexes) mapping on faith-based organizations for EVAW (DV/IPV).
Nov 23, 2020
3.Report (6 pages with relevant annexes) on behavior change strategy on EVAWG community mobilization intervention programming at targeted community
Feb 26, 2021
Report on faith-based organization community mobilization programming on EVAWG (DV/IPV) adapted
April 30, 2021
Final report on faith based organization – community mobilization intervention on EVAWG/(DV/IPV (Max 10 pages with relevant annexes including all material develops/tools and workshop reports)
July 1, 2021
The lump sum costs should include professional fees, travel and administration costs and expenses related to the consultancy. All prices/rates quoted must be exclusive of all taxes. The lump sum costs must be accompanied by a detailed breakdown of costs calculation.