UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, 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.
UN Women plays an innovative and catalytic role in the State of Palestine since its inception in 1997 (as UNIFEM). UN Women Palestine focuses its activities on one overarching goal, namely to support the implementation at the national level of existing international commitments to advance gender equality in line with the national priorities. In line with the Palestinian Government’s commitment to fight Violence Against Women (VAW) as set in the National Strategy to Combat VAW, and in full partnership with the High Judicial Council (HJC), UN Women is currently implementing the inception phase of the UNDP/UN Women Joint Programme (JP)- SAWASYA II “Strengthening the Rule of Law in the oPt: Justice and Security for the Palestinian People”. Under this Programme, UN Women is working in close cooperation and coordination with the High Judicial Council on developing the provision of gender responsive specialized services for VAW cases in courts, including the development and strengthening of human resources and institutional capacities. To this end, in order to plan and design responsive programmes, UN Women in cooperation with the (HJC) is planning to conduct a baseline assessment on the court’s response and management for VAW cases during 2015-2016. The study aims at informing decision makers at the (HJC) and UN Women on needs, priorities and gaps existing within the courts on issues related to VAW cases.
Objective of the assignment:
UN Women is seeking to hire an experienced consultant to prepare a baseline study on the courts’ response and management of VAW cases during the years (2015-2016), as per the following description of the scope of the study.
Scope of the Study:
The baseline study will provide a baseline assessment on the judiciary’s response to VAW cases that reached the courts during the years 2015- 2016, including cases that were withdrawn and adjudicated. More specifically, it will provide an assessment to the level of gender responsiveness of the court’s environment, including the procedural aspects, the institutional and human resources capacities and sensitivity towards VAW. It will be based on measures encapsulated within CEDAW and other related international human rights conventions, and will include qualitative and quantitative indicators. Although victim’s assessment of factors and success/ gaps measures are crucial component, this baseline study will not include this aspect.
The study should utilize baseline tools and methods that are appropriate to provide analysis and inputs regarding the following aspects:
In addition to that, methods and tools should provide qualitative information regarding the level of gender responsiveness of the courts; which should include the following aspects:
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of UN Women’s Special Representative and the direct supervision of UN Women Rule of Law programme manager, and in close partnership and coordination with UN Women Justice Analyst, the national consultant will undertake the following tasks, duties and responsibilities:
Note: all documents have to be submitted in English
The assignment is expected to start in mid – October and to end in mid-December, 2017, with a total of approximate 20-30 working days.
Core values / Guiding principles:
Cultural Sensitivity / Valuing diversity:
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
Required Skills and Experience
Fluency (both oral and written) in English and Arabic.
This SSA modality is governed by UN Women General Terms and Conditions. UN Women will only be able to respond to applicants who meet the minimum requirements.
Candidates should clearly indicate how they meet the above mentioned criteria in their applications.
The following documents should be submitted as part of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials:
Candidates should have the ability to quickly submit degree certificates, medical certification (of good health) expression of Interest (EoI) and sample of previous work should they be short-listed in consideration of this consultancy.
Long listed candidates should provide a sample of a previous baseline or analysis study related to violence against women or gender based violence or access to justice in the formal justice sector
Evaluation of applicants:
Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications mentioned above; and financial proposal. A contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer receives the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 50 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for financial evaluation.
Technical Evaluation (70%) – max. 70 points:
Financial Evaluation (30%) – max. 30 points:
The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:
p = 30 (µ/z)
Using the following values:
|City, State:||Ramallah (with travel to other districts in West Bank)|
|Closing date:||September 24, 2017|