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National Consultant for Adopting a Community Policing-Oriented Approach for Reducing Gender-Based Violence

Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Gender-based violence
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-21

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Background

The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) provides technical assistance related to combating terrorism, organized crime, corruption and drugs to requesting Member States. This assistance also supports States Strengthening criminal justice and health systems and to ratify and successfully implement international conventions and protocols, in compliance with the rule of law and human rights.

The UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific’s (ROSEAP) Regional Programme outlines the proposed scope and focus of UNODC's work in the region for the years to come. It provides a framework for delivering a coherent programme of work to: (i) give clear focus to supporting Member States and regional partners in achieving priority crime and drug outcomes; and (ii) increase the responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness of UNODC's support to the region.

The Regional Promgramme focuses primarily on crime and drug challenges that are best addressed through coordinated cross-border and intra-regional cooperation. There are five sub programmes under the Regional Programme.

  • Transnational Organised Crime
  • Anti-Corruption
  • Terrorism Prevention
  • Criminal justice systems
  • Drugs and Health, and Alternative Development

Violence against women remains a great challenge in Cambodian society. Domestic aggressions, rape and sexual abuse, as well as trafficking in women and girls constitute widespread offences yet unreported due to fear of the abuser, lack of trust in the police, ignorance or social tolerance.The National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women prioritizes the strategic area of legal protection for women and girls to ensure their equal access to legal protection by mainstreaming women's rights into the formulation and implementation of laws, and by promoting effective service delivery to survivors of violence. As in other countries, COVID-19 has contributed to a significant increase in gender-based violence, something that will be addressed as a priority through this project.

While there are various initiatives linked to gender-based violence and related offences in Cambodia from different angles, little to no work has been done to develop community policing as one of the paths to address this phenomenon. UNODC long standing presence in the country will facilitate the interaction with governmental, non-governmental and academia actors directly and indirectly involved in the development of public policies, defining institutional responses and implementing practical operations to target gender-based violence, with a view to offering expertise, identifying areas of mutual cooperation and complementing efforts

The project “adopting a community policing-oriented approach to reducing gender-based violence in Cambodia” shall reorient the Cambodian response to GBV to focus on a community policing-oriented approach that encourages cooperation and collaboration between at-risk populations, victims, social services, and law enforcement. This project shall be a pilot project that addresses sexual and domestic violence in Phnom Penh through the implementation of evidence-based activities in selected neighborhoods.

The project will be managed in close cooperation with the national authorities, law enforcement agencies, the donor community and other partners. The role of the Cambodian National Police and its partners are particularly important in ensuring a coordinated and strategic approach. In particular, UNODC will work closely with the criminal justice authorities, NGOs and social workers who are playing a part in the reduction and prevention of GBV in Cambodia.

UNODC will coordinate closely with other UN agencies, recognizing that each has specialist skills to bring to the reduction and prevention of GBV, using the UNODC team in Phnom Penh. Other partners include Domestic Violence Rapid Response Teams (DVRRTs) from Vietnam in its modelling role in providing immediate support and options to victims of domestic violence and helping to build a zero-tolerance culture towards gender-based violence in communities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Regional Coordinator for the Border Management Programme, the consultancy will result in the following tasks:

  1. Survey communities, record victims’ experiences, and collect data about the situation on the ground in Phnom Penh. This includes determining the location of high-risk communities;
  2. Present a report to the authorities detailing the nature, pervasiveness, and context of gender-based violence in Phnom Penh, as well as the location of high-risk communities;
  3. Support the UNODC Programme Office in Cambodia, together with the authorities, to select neighborhoods/ high-risk areas to implement pilot activities to address and reduce gender-based violence;
  4. Organize one (1) meeting, gathering key stakeholders working on domestic violence and sexual assault from specialized law enforcement units, NGOs, social workers, and representatives from the Ministry of Justice. The purpose of the meeting will be to highlight challenges and identify recommendations for a coordinated response to enhance identification, referral, and support to victims of domestic violence among the different agencies involved;
  5. Organize one (1) closed-door technical meetings with law enforcement officers, NGOs, social workers, and representatives from the Ministry of Justice to discuss ongoing cases and develop a coordinated response;
  6. Deliver (2) trainings to front-line officers to strengthen identification, interviewing and reporting skills on GBV crimes;
  7. Support the promotion of initial exchange of information between Cambodian and Vietnamese authorities with a view to replicating the “Domestic Violence Rapid Response Teams (DVRRTs) concept from Vietnam” through the organization of a 1.5-day online webinar and discussion;
  8. Review of the GBV assessment and identify outcomes and recommendations related to communication, advocacy and outreach of issues related to GBV;
  9. Organize one (1) focus group session with representatives of law enforcement, communities and social services in selected neighborhoods with the purpose of gathering relevant data, information, and insights for the development of an advocacy strategy that promotes a culture of citizen reporting GBV and increase trust in local authorities;
  10. Contribute to awareness-raising events and advocacy for relevant stakeholders as well as supervise the production of the advocacy material (e.g. content and design) in close collaboration with outsourced company(ies); and
  11. Other tasks assigned by the Regional Coordinator (e.g. maintaining close interaction with counterparts, vendors, stakeholders).

Interested offeror must  read  the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=79092 for more  detail information about term  of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online

Competencies

  • Computer literacy, including proficiency in document design (MS Word or Google Docs), databases maintenance (MS Excel or Google Sheets) and visual presentations (MS PowerPoint or other tools) is desirable.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: 

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Anthropology, Gender and Development, Law, criminology, criminal justice, political science, or any other relevant discipline, is required. A first level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years of prior work experience in dealing with gender-related issues especially in Cambodian and the regional context is required;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in undertaking research or assessment, developing and delivering consultations and capacity building/ training programs especially in the area of gender and/ or gender-based violence in Cambodia and/ or in the region is required;
  • Experience working in Cambodia context and has strong network with national governments, law enforcement agencies, or local civil society is required;
  • Experience working with UN agencies, international institutions, law enforcement, the judiciary, military or other public security agencies is desirable;

Language Requirement: English is the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Khmer as a mother tongue and English, with excellent drafting and communication skills, is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested individual offeror must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

1. Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work

2. Financial proposal

3. Personal CV including experience in similar projects, list of publication written by Candidate and at least 3 references.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email aphikovith.phin@undp.org and cc procurement.kh@undp.org . While the Procurement Unit would endeavor to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 5 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice

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