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Research Consultant to design and conduct a scoping study on preventing violence against women and girls using a whole-school approach
|Duty Station:||Dili and 2 other districts (TBD),Timor-Leste|
|Application Deadline:||16 August 2013|
|Type of Contract:||Special Service Agreement (SSA)|
|Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|9 September 2013|
|Expected Duration of Assignment:||9 September – 31 December 2013 (approximately 60 working days, plus up to 10 days for travel to the selected districts)|
UN Women’s goal in Timor-Leste is to promote the rights of women and ensure inclusion of women’s participation and leadership as the country works towards safeguarding stability and promotes development. In this regard, its programming in the country is connected to its five corporate priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality.
Timor-Leste has made great strides in establishing national gender equality commitments, such as its ratification of the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 2002, soon after the first Constitutional Government was established, and setting quotas for women’s representation in the National Parliament and within the Village Councils. In the area of violence against women, years of advocacy by the women’s movement and other advocates led to the adoption of the Law against Domestic Violence in 2010, and in 2012, the establishment of a National Action Plan on Gender-based Violence.
The National Action Plan (NAP) on Gender-based Violence (GBV) is structured around four key areas: the prevention of violence, services for survivors, access to justice, and coordination of efforts, including monitoring of the NAP. In this regard, critical investments have been made to strengthen the availability of basic support services for women and girls who have experienced domestic violence, among other forms of gender-based violence, across the country. Access to justice for women has also been receiving increasing attention as part of broader justice sector reform efforts. While these investments are the foundation for an appropriate national response to address violence against women and girls and must be continued, there must be a complementary and equally strong investment in the prevention of violence before it starts as part of a holistic effort to end violence altogether.
Despite gender mainstreaming as a government strategy within its Five-Year Programme and the ongoing efforts of the Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality to support line Ministries in this regard, gender inequality and discrimination against women, as underlying causes of violence against women, continue to be perpetuated across communities and within government institutions.
Through discussions with government, civil society and development partners, the need for strengthened understanding and coherence to the various efforts to prevent violence against women and girls has been articulated. In response to this need, UN Women is supporting various activities to strengthen the knowledge base on prevention of GBV within the Timor-Leste context, toward improving the implementation of the prevention component of the current NAP on GBV, and informing a more comprehensive approach to prevention in future plans and policies to address violence against women and girls.
Specifically, UN Women Timor-Leste seeks to hire a research consultant to design and conduct a scoping study on using a whole-school approach to prevent violence against women and girls, contributing to the Prevention focus area of the NAP and its goal on “changing attitudes and behaviour through awareness-raising, education, political and economic empowerment”. The study will be conducted in partnership with a national research institution or organization with relevant research expertise in select pre-secondary schools and communities, and involve collaboration with the Ministry of Education- MoE (Basic Education Department) and the Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality (SEPI), among other relevant actors.
Objectives of the assignment
The main objective of this consultancy is to design and implement a scoping study on using a whole-school approach to prevent violence against women and girls, which will help to inform the design and of a school-based prevention intervention and contribute to the development of a theory-of-change underlying prevention efforts, while strengthening the capacity of the selected research institution partner. The study can also contribute to more comprehensive GBV policy and programming, for example, in the development of public campaigns promoting prevention, in the formulation of a future NAP on GBV, etc.
Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities
Under guidance of the UN Women Programme Specialist on Women, Peace and Security, with the overall supervision from the UN Women Country Representative in Timor-Leste, the consultant will perform the following tasks:
- Participate in the identification of a partner research institution/organization to conduct the study (to be led by UN Women).
- Through collaboration with the selected research institute/organization:
- conduct a participatory assessment of research capacity needs and develop a partnership agreement which identifies how these needs will be addressed through the scoping study process.
- conduct a desk review of existing prevention efforts in Timor-Leste and relevant whole-school approaches across regions, drawing upon existing mappings and literature provided by UN Women.
- contribute to the ongoing consultations between UN Women and the MoE and SEPI to identify pilot schools/ communities for the study (approximately 3 – 6).
- draft the study methodology and format, including a workplan for pre-testing, validating and further applying the study’s findings.
- design and test any instruments involving primary data collection.
- roll out the scoping study in selected schools/communities.
- compile and analyze data gathered within communities.
- distill findings into specific briefing papers to guide future programme development and NAP implementation (to be determined with UN Women).
- organize a debrief on the scoping study process and identification of lessons learned for future studies (in the form of a case study, checklist, or other tool to strengthen institutional knowledge and practices with scoping studies).
Duration of the assignment
The total duration of the contract assignment will be approximately 60 working days within a four-month period, between 1 September and 31 December 2013. The timeline of missions to the districts will be determined together with the selected research centre and UN Women.
The consultant is expected to work with the deliver the following results (with all activities implemented in full collaboration with the selected research institute/organization):
|Approximate number of days||Deadlines|
|1.||Submission of a partnership agreement with the selected research institution, highlighting roles and responsibilities of each in the scoping study and activities which will contribute to strengthen research capacities of the institution identified collectively.||5||20 September|
|Submission of desk review of existing prevention efforts in Timor-Leste and relevant whole-school approaches across regions, which will be used to inform contents of scoping study.
|3.||Submission of the final study methodology and format, including a workplan for pre-testing the strategy for validating and further applying the study’s findings (finalized in consultation with UN Women)||10||18 October|
|Roll-out of primary data collection and compilation of secondary analyses according to the scoping study methodology. The report for this phase should include an overview of process and lessons learned in design, testing, and implementation of data collection; key findings through the data analysis, and recommendations for development of briefing papers (to be determined with UN Women)||20||15 November
|Final Report submitted including overview of scoping study process and final briefs developed; results from the debrief with research institution and UN Women, and suggested next steps for utilizing briefs in programme design.||15||31 December 2013
All reports to UN Women should be submitted and written in English, while translation of the scoping study format and briefs may be included as part of the financial proposal.
Upon receipt of the deliverables and prior to the payment of the installment, the deliverables, related reports and documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women within one week of submission.
The Consultant will be required to be based in Dili for the assignment, with several missions to two other districts within Timor-Leste through the course of the assignment (up to 10 days will be covered for travel time incurred and UN Women will provide transportation for district travel), although the specific schedule and days required will be finalized in consultation with UN Women and the selected research institution.
UN Women will provide the Consultant with background materials for the assignment, and will cover the costs of daily subsistence allowance (DSA) for Dili and districts as per standard UN rate, as well as the costs of in-country travel (Dili and districts). The consultant is expected to work remotely (ideally, based with the research institution once selected) using their own computer, but may access the UN Women office for printing of relevant documents or should they be required to work on-site at any point during the assignment. UN Women will also cover the costs for translation of printed materials as required throughout the duration of the assignment.
Contractor’s performance will be evaluated based on: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Required experience and qualifications
The consultant should fulfill the following requirements:
- Master’s degree in Gender Studies, law, social science or other related fields
Experience and skills
- At least 7 years of experience of relevant work in the field of gender equality.
- Proven expertise in gender equality and violence against women programming, particularly related to programme design.
- Past experience strengthening the capacities of national organizations or institutions.
- Proven experience in conducting formative research on women’s human rights and violence against women at the community level, including the ability to: critically review existing literature; appraise and analyse data sets and statistics; collect and interpret qualitative information through key informant interviews and observation; plan and facilitate focus group discussions; undertake empirical data collection, involving design and delivery of questionnaire surveys; and integrate and synthesize information collected from varied sources into accessible formats for diverse stakeholders.
- Knowledge of Timor-Leste’s context or experience in the country would be an added advantage.
Language and other skills
- Good command of English both written and oral.
- Ability to communicate in any of the official languages (Tetum or Portuguese) or working language (Bahasa), would be an added advantage
- Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email.
- Letter of Interest containing the statement on candidate’s experience in the field of recruitment
- Financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount breaking down a dailyprofessional fee and international travel expenses (from the country of origin to Dili and back), visa and other travel related costs.
Submission of application
All applications must include (as an attachment) the CV and the financial proposal. Applications without financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Scoping study is a broad assessment of matters related to a particular issue or problem that is undertaken to inform project design. It involves problem and contextual analysis, collecting information that will inform project design, and is distinct from baseline, which is part of the evaluation. See Husain for UN Women (2011) Guidance for Scoping Studies.
 A whole-school approach refers to interventions that operate across: curriculum, teaching and learning; school policy and practices; school culture, ethos and environment; and the relationships between school, home and the community. See State of Victoria (2009). Respectful Relationships Education.