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National Research Associate to support planning and roll-out of 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:||18 September 2013|
|Type of Contract:||Special Service Agreement (SSA)|
|Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|30 September 2013|
|Expected Duration of Assignment:||30 September – 31 December 2013 (up to 55 working days, including 5 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 national research consultant to work in collaboration with a lead 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 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 support the design and implementation of a scoping study on using a whole-school approach to prevent violence against women and girls, which will help to inform the design of a school-based prevention intervention and contribute to the development of a theory-of-change for prevention efforts. 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
In full partnership with a lead Research Consultant and 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:
- prepare a work plan for the scoping study, outlining roles and responsibilities between the Research Associate and Lead Research Consultant along the timeframe of activities.
- contribute to a desk review of existing prevention efforts in Timor-Leste, particularly reviewing materials in Tetum and other languages as appropriate, and 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 3-4).
- compile data and other statistics from existing research or sources of information for drafting the study methodology and format, and support the pre-testing, validating and further application of the study’s findings.
- support the design and testing of any instruments involving primary data collection, particularly ensuring validation of translations.
- facilitate the roll-out of the scoping study in selected schools/communities (communicating with the appropriate authorities, coordinating logistical arrangements with UN Women, such as translation, transportation, conducting data collection, etc.).
- compile and support analysis of data gathered within communities.
- assist with preparation of specific briefing papers to guide future programme development and NAP implementation (to be determined with UN Women), including review of translations.
- document 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 UN Women’s institutional knowledge and practices with scoping studies).
Duration of the assignment
The total duration of the contract assignment will be approximately 55 working days within a four-month period, between 23 September and 31 December 2013. The timeline of missions to the districts will be determined together with the Lead Research Consultant and UN Women.
The Research Associate consultant is expected to work with the deliver the following results (with all activities implemented in full collaboration with the Lead Research Consultant):
Approximate number of days
|1.||Submission of the work plan, with roles and responsibilities of the Research Associate and lead Research Consultant in the scoping study activities.||2||25 September|
|2.||Submission of the desk review of existing prevention efforts in Timor-Leste, which will be used to inform contents of scoping study. This should be submitted jointly with the lead research consultant.||5||1 October
|3.||Submission of data collected towards the final study methodology and format, including summaries and analyses of existing statistics and research, as well as an annotated list of references for facilitating application of the study’s findings (finalized in consultation with UN Women)||10||18 October|
|4.||Submission of a summary report from the 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, stakeholders reached, and summary of data collected (in excel and accompanied by simple graphics), including challenges and lessons learned, as well as recommendations for development of briefing papers (to be determined with UN Women)||25 (including up to 5 days of travel)||29 November
|5.||Final Report submitted, including Tetum summary of scoping study process and final briefs developed; notes from the debrief with UN Women and next steps for utilizing briefs in programme design.||13||31 December 2013
All reports to UN Women should be submitted and written in English, with the exception of deliverables specified in Tetum.
The payment will be processed in 3 installments:
– the 1st upon receipt of the work plan and desk review of prevention efforts in Timor-Leste (on or around 1 October);
– the 2nd upon receipt of the summary report from the roll-out of primary data collection and compilation of secondary analyses according to the scoping study methodology (on or around 29 November);
– the 3rd upon receipt of the Final Report, including Tetum summary of scoping study process and final briefs developed; notes from the debrief with UN Women and next steps for utilizing briefs in programme design (on or around 31 December).
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 National Research Associate will 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 relevant partners.
UN Women will provide the National Research Associate with background materials for the assignment, and cover transportation for the district-based travel and related daily subsistence allowance (DSA). The National Research Associate Consultant is expected to work with the Lead Research Consultant remotely, 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.
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:
- Advanced university degree in Gender Studies, Law, Social Science or other related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with at least seven years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- At least 3 years of experience of relevant work in the field of gender equality.
- Experience in gender equality and violence against women programming is desirable.
- Ideally, experience conducting or supporting formative research on women’s human rights and violence against women at the community level, including the ability to: critically review existing literature; compile and analyse data sets and statistics; collect qualitative information through key informant interviews and observation; plan and facilitate focus group discussions; and synthesise information collected from varied sources into accessible formats for diverse stakeholders.
Language and other skills
- Good command of English both written and oral is essential
- Proficiency in oral and written Tetum
- Computer literacy and ability to effectively use Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, IT tools, internet and email.
- Letter of Interest containing the statement on candidate’s experience in the field of recruitment.
- Financial proposal, specifying a total lump sum amount breaking down the professional fee.
Applications will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis.
- Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
- Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]
A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.
Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Technical Evaluation Criteria
|Experience and skills||
|Language and other skills||
|Total Obtainable Score||
Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidate.
Financial/Price Proposal Comparison:
- Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.
- The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
- The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price. [Lowest Price x 100 / Other Price under Consideration] = Points for Other Candidate’s Price Component.
Submission of application
All applications must include (as an attachment) the CV, the letter of interest and financial proposal. Applications without a letter of interest and 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.