20 years after the 1992-95 war, which was marked by serious violations of International Humanitarian Law, including widespread rape and sexual violence, many survivors of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) have not been redressed and still suffer the dramatic consequences of these violations on their daily lives.
As recognized by Mme. Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, and by Mme Zainab Hawa Bangura, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, the critical need to provide assistance and comprehensive services to survivors of CRSV in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is greater than ever. Indeed, both societal and governmental recognition of the harms suffered by CRSV survivors – both women and men – during the war is lacking and survivors suffer from widespread stigma. Moreover, survivors need enhanced access to tailor-made services, such as free legal advice and access to affordable and appropriate psycho-social and health care services, including mental, sexual and reproductive health services, as well as economic empowerment. Even where these services exist, there are no institutional mechanisms for the referral of survivors between institutions and the exchange of information is often not systematized.
In 2014 the UN developed a Joint Programme entitled “Seeking care, support and justice for survivors of conflict related sexual violence in BiH”. The Joint UN Programme is aimed at promoting the rights and respond to the needs of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) from the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the early 90s, and at providing redress to both them and their families. In particular, the Programme works on improving the status of CRSV survivors and their access to reparations, justice, health, social protection and economic empowerment programs in their respective communities. It represents the combined efforts of IOM, UNDP, UNFPA and UN Women, and demonstrates the resolve of the entire UN Country Team (UNCT) to tackle this issue.
As part of the Joint Programme, UNDP, UNFPA and UN Women are working to improve service providers’ response to the needs of CRSV survivors. While UNDP is focusing on the justice sector, UNFPA’s focus are health care, mental health and social protection service providers; finally, UN Women is concentrating on economic empowerment and economic rights. In order to better guide and link these elements into an institutional mechanism that can ensure proper referral of users amongst institutions as well as a comprehensive response to the needs of CRSV survivors, UN Women and the other UN Agencies are looking for an international lead consultant to develop an optimal referral model for comprehensive support services to conflict-related sexual violence survivors in BiH. The lead consultant will oversee and review the work of three national consultants respectively working on:
Duties and Responsibilities
The development objective of this consultancy is to provide the UN and BIH government partners with a roadmap to comprehensively address the needs of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in BIH and improve the current delivery of services.
The main objective of this consultancy is to develop a report delineating an optimal referral model for comprehensive support services to conflict-related sexual violence survivors in BiH. The referral model should be tailored to the BIH context, and in particular to the administrative and institutional setting of the country and be comprised but not limited to the three sectors of health, justice & security and economic empowerment.
The model should be based on UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and other relevant global and regional standards in developing referrals for survivors of domestic violence, UNFPA Minimum standards for CRSV referrals in BiH, the work already done by the UNFPA in BiH in the health sector as well as existing practices and guidelines for referring survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and CRSV in BiH.
Further to that, the specific objectives of the consultancy are:
Under the direct supervision of the UN Women Programme Specialist and Conflict Related Sexual Violence Coordinator and the Joint Programme Manager, and in consultation with representatives from UNDP and UNFPA working on the Joint Programme, the consultant will be expected to deliver the following outputs:
1. Preparatory work:
1.1. Desk review, including:
1.2 Draft a methodology for the conduct of the research including, but not limited to:
The methodology needs to be submitted, presented and discussed with the UN Agencies before starting the development of the report.
2. Development and validation of the report:
2.1. Conduct interviews with, at least:
Tasks performed through taking three trips across the country.
2.2. Draft a report delineating an optimal referral model for comprehensive support services to conflict-related sexual violence survivors in BiH containing at minimum:
The chapter on the specific role of the institutions relevant for the economic empowerment sector will be drafted by the national consultant to conduct accessibility assessment for the economic empowerment of CRSV survivors in BiH hired by UN Women and reviewed by the international consultant.
The chapter on the specific role of institutions relevant for the justice and security sector will be drafted by the national consultant on justice and security hired by UNDP and reviewed by the international consultant.
The chapter on data management and exchange will be drafted by the national consultant to develop guidelines on data exchange and management for multi sectorial referrals for CRSV survivors hired by UN Women and reviewed by the international consultant.
2.3 Present and discuss the draft report with the UN Agencies and with the Joint Programme Manager; address comments and make amendments as per the UN Agencies’ request.
2.4 Validate the model of multi sectorial referral mechanism through a two-day workshop with all relevant institutions, integrate the comments and suggestions and finalize the report. The costs of the workshop will be covered by the UN Agencies.
The consultant will be expected to complete the following tasks within the indicative timeframe:
The consultant will report to the UN Women Programme Specialist and UN Women CRSV Coordinator as well as to the Joint Programme Manager.
Required Skills and Experience
Skills and Experience:
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents:
Please note: All documents have to be uploaded in 1 single file.
EVALUATION OF OFFERS
UN Women applies a fair and transparent selection process that takes into account both the technical qualification of potential consultants as well as the financial proposals submitted in support of consultant applications. Candidate applications will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of applicant qualifications and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for an interview. Top 3 candidates (with highest number of points in the technical evaluation) will be interviewed. The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal will be allocated to the lowest price proposal among those candidates who have reached at least 70% of points in the interview. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion.
Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 20
Please note that travel costs and accommodation cost should be covered by the consultant and included in the financial offer.
Qualified women, men and members of minorities are encouraged to apply. UN Women applies fair and transparent selection process that would take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals.
Due to large number of applications received, UN Women will inform only the successful candidate about the outcome or status of the selection process.
Organization: United Nations Development Programme
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
City, Town, State: Home-based with travel within Bosnia and Herzegovina
Posted date: November 25, 2016
Closing date: 28-Nov-16 (Midnight New York, USA)