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National Consultant on Gbv Policy and Institutional Capacity Development

tbilisi (with travel to regions)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: tbilisi (with travel to regions)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Legal - Broad
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Gender-based violence
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2021-04-21

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Background

Millions of women and girls worldwide suffer from some form of gender-based violence and harmful practices, be it domestic violence, rape, female genital mutilation/cutting, dowry-related killing, trafficking, sexual violence in conflict-related situations, son preference and the undervaluing of daughters, or other manifestations of abuse. In fact, for women and girls aged 16-44, gender-based violence is a major cause of death and disability (United Nations About UNiTE: Fact Sheet. Available at http://endviolence.un.org/pdf/factsheets/about_unite.pdf). Up to 70 per cen (United Nations, Violence Against Women: The Situation. Avalable at http://endviolence.un.org/pdf/factsheets/unite_the_situation.pdf.) of women experience violence in their lifetime. Violence against women persists in every country in the world as a pervasive violation of human rights and a major impediment to achieving gender equality. Such violence is unacceptable, whether perpetrated by the State and its agents or by family members or strangers, in the public or private sphere, in peacetime or in times of conflict.

UN Women, with the generous support by the European Union assists the Government of Georgia to meet its obligations undertaken on the international, regional and local levels inter alia in terms of eliminating violence against women and girls (EVAWG) and in particular domestic violence and sexual violence. Alongside with the government and development partners, UN Women is working towards addressing gender inequality in a coherent and comprehensive manner, covering a wide range of issues, including prevention and response to violence against women and girls.

UN Women has been supporting national partners to end violence against women and girls and domestic violence (VAWG/DV) since 2010. Throughout the past decade, technical assistance has been provided to the Government of Georgia to align national legislation and policies with the relevant international legal frameworks and standards. To enhance implementation of the laws and policies, UN Women Georgia has supported the establishment of specialized services for survivors of domestic violence, such as the first state-run shelters, crisis centers and hotlines and rehabilitation programmes for perpetrators.

In Georgia, current research points to widespread experiences of violence against women across the country. According to the 2020 UNDP and UNFPA joint study Men, Women, and Gender Relations in Georgia: Public Perceptions and Attitudes 52.5% of men believe that violence between husband and wife is a private matter and others should not intervene (UNDP and UNFPA joint study Men, Women, and Gender Relations in Georgia: Public Perceptions and Attitudes https://www.ge.undp.org/content/georgia/ka/home/library/democratic_governance/gender-survey-report.html). Intimate partner violence, as well as early and forced marriage, are among the most prevalent forms of violence against women in Georgia. These types of violence cut across all divisions of income, culture, and class. Despite its scale and socioeconomic impact, violence against women remains largely underreported and under-researched in key areas. The same study showed that 33% men agreed that in some cases, women want to be raped, and that a woman’s reputation would have to be questioned in any rape case. Importantly, half of all men and 30 percent of women still define rape in terms of women physically fighting back, ignoring fear and other forms of coercion often used in the context of sexual violence ( Ibid).

UN Women’s EU supported action Ending Violence Against Women and Girls in Georgia (EVAWGG) aims to support creation of an enabling environment to eliminate violence against women and girls, especially sexual and domestic violence in Georgia. The intervention on one hand, includes improvement of the policies and legislation that govern violence against women and domestic violence in Georgia, while, on the other hand, advancement of VAWG/DV support services; engagement in series of awareness-raising interventions and campaigns targeting the public and decision makers at all levels and aimed at changing the attitudes, values and structures that sustain inequality and discrimination and generating demand for the specialized services.

Within the Ending Violence against Women in Georgia (EVAWGG) project generously funded by EU, UN Women will provide technical support to the Government for the improvement of the socioeconomic rehabilitation programme for the victims/survivors of violence against women and domestic violence, pilot and finalize the socioeconomic rehabilitation programme for the victims/survivors, improve the psychological counselling offered to the victims/survivors, improve the procedures and policies of shelters, crisis centres and the hotline 116 006 and expand coverage of state-run shelters by adding one more shelter in Tbilisi. The improvement of the proposed services will be based on the independent external assessment of the effectiveness of Georgia’s State-run VAW/DV services, looking at the impact and outcome of these services for the victims/survivors of violence. The assessment will look at the effectiveness of shelters, crisis centres, hotlines (116 006 and 112) and the socioeconomic rehabilitation programme. Further, this activity will build on the findings and recommendations of the annual monitoring of the work of State-run shelters, crisis centres and the 116 006 hotline, carried out by the Public Defender’s Office with the support of UN Women and the Government of Sweden. The value added by this activity to the work carried out by the PDO lies in the deeper, more comprehensive assessment that it will deliver. The methodology of the assessment will derive from the Council of Europe tool “Mapping support services for victims of violence against women in line with the Istanbul Convention standards”, developed in 2018 by Professor Liz Kelly from London Metropolitan University.  The study methodology will be further informed by the guidelines on Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence, developed in partnership by UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, UNDP and UNODC in 2015.

On the other hand, an assessment of the domestic violence risk assessment tool of the police should be carried out to re-assess the effectiveness of the risk assessment tool and ensure its further update as per the findings and recommendations. The DV risk assessment methodology has been integrated into the restraining order protocol for DV offenders in accordance with the decree issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia on 13 July 2018. The tool informs the police, prosecution and courts during the investigation and pretrial stage to place appropriate restrictive measures against perpetrators and protective measures for survivors. The assessment will further allow to incorporate the utilization of the GPS tracking system of high-risk violence offenders as a protection measure.

For this purpose, an international organization with the requisite experience will be commissioned by UN Women to implement this task. In addition UN Women will recruit a National Consultant on Gender-Based Violence Policy and Institutional Capacity Development who will be responsible for overall support of the international organization in the implementation of the assessments, liaising and engaging with relevant state and non-state stakeholders, as well as the international experts commissioned by UN women to work on the assessment and development of policy initiatives on VAWG/DV and capacity development interventions more broadly.

Travel needs will be discussed between UN Women and the Consultant and arranged by UN Women directly if the set restrictions are lifted and Covid-19 related risks are mitigated.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the National Consultant are:

  • To provide technical support to international experts and organizations working with UN Women on GBV policy and capacity development in Georgia;
  • To provide substantive inputs to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of such interventions in terms of knowledge of the local context, legislative framework and institutional environment;
  • To liaise and engage with the relevant state and non-state stakeholders in relation to the tasks outlined above;
  • To develop draft amendments to VAWG/ DV related legislation, legislative initiatives, and relevant policy papers;
  • To perform duties as necessary in relation to the policy and legislative initiatives (such as further research, data collection, inquiries, etc.) deriving from the above tasks;
  • To review and update relevant training modules on VAWG/DV for different professionals and conduct training, as necessary;
  • Provide other technical support to UN Women’s EVAW programme as necessary.

Deliverables:

Deliverables should be supported by timesheet and progress report:

  • Support provided to international experts and organizations working with UN Women on GVB policy and capacity development in Georgia;
  • Drafts of VAWG/DV related legislative amendments, initiatives and policy papers developed and submitted to UN Women;
  • Research, analysis, data collection related to the policy work performed and submitted to UN Women;
  • DV/VAW NAP drafted and submitted to UN Women;
  • Training modules developed and/or updated on VAWG/DV for different professionals/service providers to VAW/DV survivors and relevant trainings conducted;
  • Other tasks performed as necessary.

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

Technical/Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent analytical and research skills;
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Proficiency in IT skills demonstrated;

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced University degree (Masters) in Law, Human Rights, Gender Studies, Sociology or related field.

Experience and competencies: 

  • At least 3 years of proven experience of working on the prevention and response to VAWG/DV;
  • At least 3 years of working experience in the field of development around gender equality, discrimination and VAWG/DV;
  • At least 3 years of experience in working with state and non-state stakeholders on developing strategies, policies and tools, training programmes etc.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in Georgian and English.

Evaluation Procedure

The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria; technical and financial evaluation. The candidates must possess minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation.

The candidate must possess the following minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation:

  • Advanced University degree (Masters) in Law, Human Rights, Gender Studies, Sociology or related field.
  • At least 3 years of proven experience of working on the prevention and response to VAWG/DV;
  • At least 3 years of working experience in the field of development around gender equality, discrimination and VAWG/DV;
  • At least 3 years of experience in working with state and non-state stakeholders on developing strategies, policies and tools, training programmes etc.
  • Fluency in Georgian.

Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):

  • Advanced University degree (Masters) in Law, Human Rights, Gender Studies, Sociology or related field (max 70 points)
  • At least 3 years of proven experience of work on the prevention and response to VAWG/DV (max 90 points)
  • At least three years of working experience in the field of gender equality, discrimination and violence against women (max 90 points)
  • Prior experience in working with the government stakeholders on developing strategies, policies and tools, training programmes etc. will be an asset (max 70 points)
  • Fluency in Georgian (max 30 points)

Maximum total technical score amounts to 350 points. Only candidates who have passed over the minimum qualification criteria and have accumulated at least 245 points out of maximum 350 under technical evaluation will qualify for the next stage i.e. evaluation of their financial proposals.

Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 150

S – score received ofn financial evaluation;

Fmin – the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;

F – financial offer under consideration.

The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).

Management arrangements:The contractor will report to and work under direct supervision of the UN Women EVAW Project Analyst and UN Women EVAW Programme Analyst and overall guidance of UN Women Georgia Deputy Country Representative.

Financial arrangements:The payment will be disbursed based on the consultant’s request for payment calculated per working day spent for specific activities/deliverables, and upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by UN Women that the services have been satisfactorily performed.

Application submission package:

  • Financial Proposal - lump sum proposal/offer* in GEL (including breakdown of this lump sum amount, indicating all necessary costs to complete this assignment).

How to Submit the Application:

  • Download and complete the UN Women Personal History Form (P11)- https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558
  • Merge your UN Women Personal History Form (P11), CV and the Financial Proposal into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded.
  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement).
  • Click 'Apply Now' button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click 'Submit Application;'
  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above).
  • You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system.

Notes:

  • UN Women retains the right to contact references directly. Due to the large numbers of applications, we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
  • Applications without the financial offer will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • The individual consultants should take the mandatory learning security course prior to commencement of assignment– details will follow before the issuance of contract.
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