Social Accountability Consultant
Grenada (United States of America)
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.
In September 2017, the EU and the UN launched an ambitious partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide. The Spotlight Initiative (SI) aims at mobilizing commitment of political leaders and contributing to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Initiative aims at ending all forms of violence against women and girls, targeting those that are most prevalent and contribute to gender inequality across the world. The Spotlight Initiative will deploy targeted, large-scale investments in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Pacific and the Caribbean, aimed at achieving significant improvements in the lives of women and girls. Guyana, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago are three of the countries in the Caribbean to benefit from this transformative initiative.
The Spotlight Initiative in Grenada will contribute to the achievement of gender equality, peace, social inclusion and protection of human rights, which are catalytic for sustainable development (particularly SDGs 5 and 16) and inclusive growth, in accordance with Agenda 2030, as well as the priority areas of the UN Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework. The Initiative will contribute to the full implementation of Grenada's Gender Equality Policy and Action Plan (GEPAP), and Government's Public Service Delivery Agreement (2019) to strengthen interventions to combat Family Violence, including Intimate Partner Violence and Child Sexual Abuse linked to Enhancing Social Capital and Citizen Wellbeing pillar of Government's Medium-Term Agenda for 2019-2021. In addition, the outcomes of this initiative will be integrated into the National Sustainable Development Plan 2035, which is being developed, to take effect from 2020 to 2035.
The Grenada Spotlight Initiative will build on lessons learned from former and existing programmes with its partners, including CSOs, development agencies such as UN Agencies, EU and others to address bottlenecks hindering progress and to build on successes to ensure a successful and sustainable y programme achieving visible gains to End Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) in Grenada.
The SI Country Programmes will use a multi-sectoral, multi-layered, interlinked community-centered approach to the implementation of the interventions on the following six Outcome Areas based on the socio-ecological model for addressing SGBV:
Pillar One: Legislative and Policy Frameworks
Pillar Two: Strengthening Institutions
Pillar Three: Prevention and Social Norms
Pillar Four: Delivery of Quality, Essential Services
Pillar Five: Data Availability and Capacities
Pillar Six: Supporting the Women’s Movement and CSO
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO - Caribbean Representative, and day to day supervision of the Planning and Coordination Specialist (Trinidad and Tobago) the consultant will (i) work with CSO and government partners to develop appropriate tools and systems using participatory methodologies and to support testing of same including strategies to generate the enabling environment to apply them.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Planning and Coordination Specialist (Trinidad and Tobago), the consultant will conduct the following tasks:
- Conduct a desk review of the following:
- CSO Assessments, reports and data relevant to the CSO community in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique
- The state response to Family Violence, including programmes, policies, budgets and other relevant data and interventions, particularly on the administration of justice.
- Social accountability tools, strategies and mechanisms based on best practice, including tools and strategies developed in other Spotlight country programmes
- Conduct stakeholder consultations with the gender focal points in Government, the Judiciary, civil society organisations, the Spotlight Initiative Grenada implementing team, and other key actors on state and social accountability in response to Family Violence in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
- In consultation with the key stakeholders and using available models, develop social accountability tools and mechanisms to monitor and evaluate the state response to Family Violence on the administration of justice.
- Prepare a guidance document for the implementation of the state and social accountability strategy and tools.
- Support at least two training sessions on the strategy and tools for CSOs, Government and key stakeholders.
- Support the validation of the tools and mechanisms through a pilot test of one or more key sectors (including the justice sector).
- Prepare a gap analysis report based on the results of the pilot and recommendations for an enabling environment to apply state and social accountability mechanisms.
- Prepare and submit a Final Report on the project, including lessons learned, challenges and opportunities.
- Respect for Diversity.
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues.
- Creative Problem Solving.
- Effective Communication.
- Inclusive Collaboration.
- Stakeholder Engagement.
- Leading by Example.
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- Integrity and Fairness: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
- Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results.
- Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Required Skills and Experience
Each consultant should meet the following criteria:
- At least 3 years’ experience working on accountability strategies, tools and/or processes is required.
- Experience working on gender equality and human rights issues, especially in the area of ending violence against women, would be an asset.
- Experience working with public sector programmes/services or responses to Family Violence/Gender-Based Violence would be an asset.
- Experience working with Civil Society would be an asset.
- Experience working in the CARICOM region is required.
- Fluency in English is required.
- A Master’s Degree in Public Sector Policy, Gender Studies, Law, or other related social science field is required.
- A first degree in any of the fields, with an additional three years of qualifying experience, may be accepted.
LOCATION AND DURATION
- The consultancy will be home based however, field visits across Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique will be required.
- The consultant will be engaged for a maximum of 40 working days during the period 1 October – 31 December 2021.
- 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.
- 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 take out 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.
HARDWARE, SOFTWARE, AND COMMUNICATION:
- The consultant must be equipped with a fully functional laptop, which must run at least Windows 7. The consultant must be reasonably accessible by email and telephone (preferably mobile). The use of reliable, internet-based (Skype or equivalent) is required.
- Minimum of three client references that include the name of the contact person, title and contact information.
- 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
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