Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
In Uganda, UN Women has been partnering with the Uganda Police to conduct community policing in Moroto and build capacity of middle managers to provide survivor friendly services to women and girls who experience violence.
The Uganda Police Force (UPF) has sought support from UN Women for the development of a Gender Policy and a costed implementation strategy that will provide a framework for gender mainstreaming in the systems, structures, procedures and staffing of the institution. UN Women seeks to hire services of a consultant to provide technical support and facilitate the gender policy development process for the UPF. Under this partnership UN Women will link the police process of developing the Gender Policy to other good practices in the region.
The need for a Gender Policy in the UPF stems from the prevailing gender conditions in the force which include; unequal treatment and access to opportunities by female police officers as seen by low female representation in the police management structures, gender biases and stereotypes during recruitment, deployments and promotions and possible sexual harassment all shaped by the historical and socio-cultural context of both the institution and the society it operates in. Gender concerns in service delivery systems and procedures, poor attitudes and communication skills among police officers, lack of private and gender separated spaces for conducting interviews/investigations, lack of confidentiality during interviews and investigations, long waiting hours for complainants and availability of few female police officers in some posts limit women’s and girls’ access to services. A review of the existing operational procedures and systems and development and implementation of the policy are necessary to ensure the institution is gender sensitive and responsive.
The need to develop a Gender Policy is supported by the need to comply with national and international obligations that Uganda has committed to. Uganda is a signatory to various instruments including; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979), the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000). Uganda has a strong Constitution (1995) that guarantees equality between men and women in political, social and economic rights (Articles 21, 32, 33). It has also a legal framework that recognizes equality between women and men such as the National Gender Policy (2007) and the Equal Opportunities Act (2007). The 2030 agenda for the sustainable development goals provides a benchmark for achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. The gender policy will address internal gender inequalities and those resulting from systems and procedures that exacerbate or expose beneficiaries of the police services to gender inequalities or violence.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of UPF team/committee and technical support from UN Women, the national consultant will be responsible for the following:
Ethics and Values:
Work in teams:
Communicating and Information Sharing:
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
Required Skills and Experience
Candidates will be selected on the basis of cumulative analysis of:
• Technical Qualification 70%;
• Financial/Price Proposal 30%.
Technical Qualification evaluation criteria:
Financial Proposal review criteria:
Indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per the deliverables expected to meet the objectives of the assignment (The financial proposal template is included in the template of Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability above)
The application should include the following documents/information in as one SINGLE Pdf Document.