For the Caribbean in general and for Grenada, specifically, gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most prevalent forms of violence and it directly impacts citizen security, including the stability and health of a family and community. And the most prevalent form of gender-based violence is violence against women. Despite the prevalence of GBV in Grenada and other CARICOM territories, citizen security approaches too often fail to give consideration to GBV – including sexual violence – as “serious” citizen security issues. Rather, GBV cases are often seen as “soft” issues or “private” family issues and separate from the state security concerns related to the more public manifestations of insecurity such as crime, including drug interdiction and small arms control.
Despite the overwhelming indicative statistics, no CARICOM member state, including Grenada, generates regular and comprehensive national data on the prevalence, nature and response to GBV, including sexual violence. While there have been notable efforts by police and key Ministries in the collection of administrative data on GBV, lack of comprehensive and systematic data remains a serious bottleneck in determining the scope of the problem.
Government and Non-Government organisations in the Caribbean have expressed concern about the lack of both types of data, and UN Women, the Caribbean Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP and others will work to support nationally-owned processes to address these gaps throughout the CARICOM region.
To this end, with the support of the UN, CARICOM statistical experts and governments reviewed the various models of assessing prevalence of gender-based violence, and agreed to CARICOM piloting and adopting a CARICOM Model on National Prevalence Surveys on Gender-Based Violence. The CARICOM Model being piloted is based on the original WHO global model for assessing prevalence of intimate partner violence (with specific focus on women as the most affected group). Once adopted, the CARICOM Model should be implemented once every ten years in a country as a minimum.
Subsequently, a partnership was developed between the Government of Grenada, UN Women, and a Development Partner, to pilot the model in Grenada as the second nationally-led Prevalence Study on GBV in CARICOM, with Jamaica being the first. Results of the pilot will inform the use of the Prevalence Survey throughout CARICOM. Technical support will be provided by UN Women with support from a Development Partner and in partnership with the Government of Grenada. The Prevalence Survey is to be implemented by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in partnership with UN Women.
The objectives of the Prevalence Survey are as follows:
To guide the Piloting and implementation of the Prevalence Survey in Grenada, a National Steering Committee will be formed. It is to be chaired by the Government, under the leadership of the Ministry of Finance in close partnership with the Ministry of Social Development and Housing. The CSO is the main implementing partner. A Research Sub-Committee will also be formed to guide the research management process.
UN Women has contracted the Global Women’s Institute (GWI) of George Washington University to provide technical advice and support to the implementation of the Prevalence Survey model, where required.
The ethics and methodology for the Survey are to be grounded in the CARICOM Model and subsequent WHO tools.
On behalf of the Government of Grenada, UN Women will be contracting a Project Coordinator to support and coordinate the Survey process and finalization of the end Report.
Duties and Responsibilities
Working with the Assistant Statistician, who will serve as Focal Point within the CSO, the Project Coordinator is expected to:
The Project Coordinator will also be responsible for coordinating and ensuring the implementation of the following activities by the operational group:
Core Values / Guiding Principles:
Integrity and Fairness:
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
Required Skills and Experience
Applications from individuals that do not meet the following Minimum Requirements will be disqualified. The minimum criteria for the Project Coordinator are as follows:
Desired Skills and Experience:
Experience and competencies desired will be assessed by a written test and competency-based interview.
Deliverables and Specific Activities:
Official Travel and Other Requisites:
Hardware, Software and Communication:
Location and Duration:
Application for consultancy:
Please submit your application by Friday, 30 September 2016.
Applications must include: