Consultant to adapt, implement and conduct training on the Batterer Intervention Programme under the Spotlight Initiative Guyana
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.
The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) have embarked on a new, global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) - The Spotlight Initiative. The Initiative is so named as it brings focused attention to this issue, moving it into the spotlight and placing it at the centre of efforts to achieve gender equality and women's empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Spotlight Initiative in Guyana will address the root causes of violence against women and girls (VAWG) with an emphasis on prevention. It will introduce and expand on preventive measures, address legislative and policy gaps, improve institutional capacities, augment service delivery systems especially in remote communities, enhance data collection and use, and build a stronger civil society response to ensure justice is delivered to women and girls experiencing multiple forms of discrimination and violence.
Pillar 1 will address legislative and policy framework in line with international human rights standards, on all forms of violence against women and girls; Pillar 2 speaks to building national and sub-national systems and institutions to plan, fund and deliver evidence-based programmes that prevent and respond to violence against women and girls; Pillar 3 is directed at gender inequitable social norms, attitudes and behaviours change at community and individual levels; Pillar 4 focuses on responsive services for women and girls to use available, accessible, acceptable, and quality essential services including for long term recovery from violence; Pillar 5 seeks to deliver quality, disaggregated and globally comparable data on different forms of violence against women and girls in line with international standards to inform laws, policies and programmes; and Pillar 6 gives prominence to women's rights groups, autonomous social movements and CSOs, including those representing youth and groups facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination/marginalization.
Under Pillar 3, UN Women is seeking a Consultant for the following activity:
Activity 3.2.2 Design and implement gender transformative programme at community levels targeting men and boys on violent masculinities and men’s violence linked to alcohol abuse including through Batterer Prevention programs (e.g. Partnership for Peace).
The Partnership for Peace (PfP) Programme is a court-based accountability programme which uses a psycho-educational approach to ensuring the prevention of continued violence against women on the part of men who are in the court system as perpetrators of domestic violence. The standardized intervention programme was developed by an expert group of human rights lawyers, clinical psychologists, social workers, and women’s rights advocates.
The programme is premised on basic principles that include the prioritization of the safety and protection of women victims of violence and the acknowledgement of accountability and responsibility by the perpetrator. The key elements of the programme are:
- Domestic abuse is conceptualized as part of “pattern of coercive control”.
- Abuse is solely the responsibility of the perpetrator and survivors should never be blamed for abuse.
- Counselling is not guaranteed to end the violence and that such intervention is not intended to salvage relationships.
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO - Caribbean Representative, the consultant will
- Develop a Guyana-specific engagement strategy for men and boys at the community level and leverage lessons from the Partnership for Peace Programme in the Caribbean
- Address violent masculinities in the target communities in Guyana, linked to alcohol abuse
- Increase capacity of CSOs and community members to utilize an intervention approach
- Strengthen Guyana’s response to family violence that focuses on perpetrator accountability and the protection of human rights.
- Generate support for the programme from judicial officers and the judicial network
- Train and support state agencies, civil society organizations and community leaders to manage the programme effectively
- Train court workers, social workers, police officers and other professionals from the social and health care system, as well as advocates, to facilitate the PfP programme, ensuring its sustainability
- Increase the capacity of male perpetrators of domestic violence to take responsibility for their actions and live violence-free lives
- Provide guidance and monitoring on the success of the Programme
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the UN Women Multi Country Office – Caribbean Representative with direct reporting to the Spotlight Programme Coordinator.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant is expected to deliver the following:
- A review of prior PfP engagements, manual and report for the Caribbean and lessons learned
- Inception Report or Concept Note outlining methodology and approach
- Workplan detailing activities, timelines, resources, and costs
- Findings from engagement of key stakeholders detailing the challenges, requirements, and gaps
- Framework containing the adapted programme and outlining any changes proposed to be approved by the UN Women Multi Country Office – Caribbean Representative and Spotlight Programme Coordinator
- A Guidance Document for the key stakeholders in the implementation and delivery of the Programme in the Guyana context
- A training concept and agenda that includes Training of Trainers methodology for in-person and virtual classrooms
- Alignment with the Spotlight Initiative Guyana Monitoring and Evaluation framework and achievement of targets set for this activity
- Support to CSOs implementing the Programme at the Community level under this activity
- Delivery of training to identified groups of stakeholders
- Preparation and administration of training evaluations with participants
- Report on training programme including analysis of all participant evaluations and M&E indicators, targets
- Final report and assessment of the Partnership for Peace programme in Guyana
For all workshops, training and the Consultant must produce:
- Participant agenda
- Event Report
- Participant Register
- Participant Feedback Form
- Pictures - group & interactive (including participants & presenters)
- Review of PfP implementation in the Caribbean - December 2020
- Inception Report and Workplan - January 2021
- Stakeholder consultations and report - January 2021
- Adapted programme framework - February 2021
- Guidance document and training concept - February 2021
- Training of stakeholders - March 2021 – June 2021
- Training evaluations and Training Report - July 2021
- Final Report - August 2021
- Support to CSOs implementing PfP in Guyana - Ongoing
- Excellent written and oral communications skills including the conveying complex concepts and recommendations, in a clear and persuasive style tailored to match different audiences.
- Ability to interact independently as part of a team.
- Ability to multi-task and operate effectively in stressful situations
- Fluency in English and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
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Required Skills and Experience
The Consultant should meet the following criteria:
- At least five years’ experience working on capacity development for the Judicial, Probation, Welfare or Social Work sectors is required.
- At least three years’ experience in the areas of education and training, including course development and training tools is required.
- At least three years’ consistent work on gender equality and/or human rights is required.
- At least three years’ experience working within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is an asset but not required.
- Experience with the PfP programme in the Caribbean is an asset.
- Post-Graduate qualification in any of the following areas: Law, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Psychology or Social Work.
- A first-level university degree in combination with three additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Location of Activities and Expected Travel:
- The consultancy will be home-based with online interaction for the duration of the assignment. Sessions will be conducted virtually or in person, dependent on the COVID-19 measures in place when training is scheduled.
- The consultant will be engaged for a maximum of 70 working days during the period 7th December 2020 – 31st August 2021
Other Relevant Information or Special Conditions
- The consultancy fee will be negotiated before contracting. Each payment will be based on a predefined and formal agreement between UN Women and the consultant and will be disbursed based on satisfactory completion of agreed deliverables.
- Interviews will be conducted with the shortlisted applicants.
- The consultant contracted will be required to sign a statement of confidentiality and freedom from any conflict of interest with potential future contractors with respect to the TORs and work that they will be delivering.
- The consultant should submit, along with his/her application, the curriculum vitae of team members.
- The remuneration for this contract type is an all-inclusive fee, the organization will not be liable for additional cost or benefits.? Hence, it is the responsibility of the consultant to secure adequate medical insurance for the duration of the contract and it is recommendable that the policy includes coverage for COVID-19 related illness. ??The medical coverage should be international when the contract requires missions or international assignment.
- If selected for this vacant post, proof of medical coverage should be presented within the first two months of the contract.
- Minimum of three client references that include the name of the contact person, title, and contact information.
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