UN WOMEN: International Consultant to provide methodological support in reviewing Violence Against Women Survey

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Background
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. The UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECA RO) was established in Istanbul, Turkey in early 2014. It provides support and oversight to Country Offices in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Ukraine. In addition, the Regional Office directly supports programme and project presence in Kosovo (under UN Security Council Resolution 1244), Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tajikistan and Turkey.

In September 2015 the United Nations Summit adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in New York which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The SDGs cover a very broad range of critical gender issues, including anti-discrimination, violence, unpaid care and domestic work, voice and participation, assets, income, labour, social protection etc. The agenda highlights women’s rights and gender equality significantly by including the stand alone fifth goal on gender equality in addition to gender-sensitive targets across other goals.

Given these imperatives the need to produce relevant and quality gender-sensitive indicators to monitor the SDGs is now greater than ever. To respond to the challenges, but also harnessing the current momentum and support for the SDGs and for gender statistics more broadly, UN Women has launched 5 years Flagship Programme Initiative Making Every Woman and Girls Count (MEWGC) aims to affect a radical shift in the production, availability, accessibility and use of quality data and statistics on key aspects of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Since 2018 the UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECA RO) is implementing the regional project and provides technical support to countries on gender statistics and to strengthen regional-level collaboration with key partners in order to better contribute to SDGs monitoring at the country and regional levels. In ECA region countries are at varying stages of nationalizing and assessing current capacity to produce

and use the statistics needed to monitor SDG progress and gender-responsive SDGs prioritization and monitoring continue to be a challenge in the region. One of the main challenges faced by many countries are lack of reliable and timely data and statistics on violence against women and girls.

Domestic violence, gender-based violence, and Intimate partner violence (IPV) hinders the full participation of women in any society, with long-term consequences and costs for women’s families, communities and countries. It affects people, especially women of all generations, nationalities, and social strata, regardless of age, ethnicity, presence or absence of disabilities and other characteristics. Recent estimates suggest that around 30 per cent of women aged 15 and over worldwide have experienced physical and / or sexual violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. IPV has become the leading cause of murder of women worldwide and has many other negative health consequences. The economic and social costs of violence against women are significant and evidence from around the world shows that violence undermines development at different levels, leading to the devaluation of physical, human and social capital.

Collecting and disseminating data on the prevalence and incidence of various forms of violence against women, as well as on the causes and consequences of such violence, are the starting point for the development of effective mechanisms at the political level to eradicate violence. Population surveys are the best source of data for assessing the prevalence of violence against women if they are properly conducted with proper quality and ethical standards. In 2011, the United Nations Statistical Commission approved a number of statistics on violence against women (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2014).

Kazakhstan, like many other UN member states, has joined almost all major international commitments in the field of gender equality, including the SDGs until 2030, where one of the main objectives of the 5th Goal is to eliminate violence against women and girls. Taking into account the need to collect data on the prevalence of this phenomenon, the Committee on Statistics of the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan conducted the first national survey on violence against women in 2015. The national survey included two components: qualitative (in-depth interviews and focus groups) and quantitative (survey of respondents in households). The survey instruments used were an adapted version of the UNECE survey module on violence against women, based on the methodology of the WHO Intercountry Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women.

The National Statistics Committee has started the preparation for the second national survey on violence against women to be conducted in 2021-22. At this stage it is necessary to review the survey methodology from the perspective of latest international recommendations and best practices on measuring prevalence of different forms of violence through population-based surveys, including but not limited to adjustment of survey tools (questionnaire, instructions, etc. ), new topics to be surveyed to respond to national policy needs, recommendations and guidance on piloting survey instruments, etc.

Goal and objectives

National practices on measuring prevalence of violence against women and girls vary depending on applied methodology, data collection method, reference population, selection of respondents and other criteria that implies a choice of survey and sampling strategy, technical expertise on data collection, ethnical issues associated with data collection and research, etc., that ultimately results in different operational costs and expected outputs of survey.

UN Women and UNFPA Kazakhstan on the request of National Statistics Committee intend to provide technical support on revision of survey methodology and strengthening the capacity of data producers and policy makers in designing, data collection and analysis of data on prevalence of VAW/G in accordance with best practices from the region and applying the international standards and recommendations on producing data on VAW/G as part of official statistics.

UN Women is seeking an international consultant to provide methodological support in preparing for the second national survey on violence against women and girls. The consultant will also be responsible for training personals on the latest development on survey methodology for NSO Kazakhstan and concerned policy makers and representatives of CSOs. The international consultant, will work closely with the national consultant to be hired by UNFPA Kazakhstan, under the direct supervision of UN Women Gender Statistics Specialist and in consultation with the head of the SDG Statistics Department of the NSO Kazakhstan.

Duties and Responsibilities
The International Consultant will cover the following tasks to fulfill the assignment:

  • Conduct training on methodology of measurement of VAW/G for NSC and policy makers;
  • Assist NSC with consultations to discuss national priorities and data needs in the area of violence against women and girls;
  • Analysis and revision of the 2015 survey methodology, taking into account the latest international recommendations for measuring all forms of violence against women and girls;
  • Assistance in revising survey instruments (including instructions for interviewers), taking into account additional indicators (reproductive health, harassment, sexual harassment, etc.), as well as specific recommendations on reference population, selection of respondents, etc.;
  • General rrecommendations on sample strategy, survey protocols, survey plan and budget
  • Assistance in the development of a methodology for pilot survey to be conducted in 2021;
  • Document all lessons learned, problems.
 Expected deliverables

 No. Result / Expected deliverables Date of completion / deadline for completion Approximate number of days for execution Payment in %
Methodology and work plan. 15 November 2020 2 w/ days  

30%

Conducting training on methodology for measuring violence against women (agenda, PPP, etc.) 25-30 November 2020 5 w/ days
Participation in user consultation to identify survey objectives and data needs (consultation report) December 2020 3 w/ days 50%
Recommendations for improving the survey methodology, including on the data collection toolkit, selection criteria for respondents, guidance for interviewers 30 December 2020 10 w/ days
Recommendations for Testing and Pilot Survey 25 January 2021 5 w/ days 20%
Final report 31 January 2021 2 w/days
Total 27 w/days

 

Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications Education:

Advanced degree (Masters, or PhD) degree or equivalent in demography, statistics, economics or other fields of study of social sciences – that is relevant to the requirements of the ToR.
Experience:

At least 10 years of experience in the quantitative household surveys design on VAW/G measurement at international and/or national level. Prior VAW/G Survey methodology development and/or survey management experience is required;
At least 5 years of proven experience of work in data and statistics area at the national and/or international level;
Good knowledge and experience in leading and designing statistical capacity on data for VAW/G;
Strong knowledge of international standards recommendations on production of data on VAW/G;
Previous professional experience with development agencies and/or the United Nations is an asset.

Languages and other skills:

Proficient in written and oral English.
Computer literacy and ability to effectively use computers, including advance Excel skills and and/or knowledge of related analytical software (SPSS, Stata etc.) and standard applications for concise communication and development of complex written documentation;
Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills.
Application Process

The application should include:

Personal History Form (P-11) – including past experience in similar assignments; can be downloaded at http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment, a signed copy should be submitted;
Financial Proposal: Specify a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this Terms of Reference. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (per deliverable, per day and along with any other possible costs).
Travel expenses will be covered separately (If any). Include in financial proposal.
Candidates should have the ability to quickly produce degree certificates and medical certification (of good health) should they be short-listed in consideration of the consultancy post.
Management and financial arrangements

The contractor will report to and work under direct supervision of UN Women ECA RO Gender Statisticians Specialist.

Payment will be disbursed in three installments upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by UN Women ECA RO that the services have been satisfactorily performed as specified below:

  • Deliverable 1-2: 30% of contract amount
  • Deliverable 3-4: 50% of contract amount
  • Deliverable 5-6: 20% of contract amount

Evaluation process

Consultants will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of qualifications and financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) Having received the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.

The candidates must possess following minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation:

  • University degree (Masters or PhD) in social and political sciences or relevant field to the requirements of the TOR;
  • At least 10 years’ experience in coordination and implementation of household-based surveys to measure VAW/G;
  • Strong knowledge of international methodological framework on Data for VAW (classification of activities, guidelines, etc.)

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.

Evaluation Criteria Max points
TECHNICAL EVALUATION (70%)
Language Requirements Fluency in written and spoken English REQUIRED
Education Advanced (Masters) degree or equivalent in demography, statistics, economics or other fields of study of social sciences 10

0: without relevant university degree

0 – 10: relevant university degree

(PhD degree will be considered as the advantage)

Professional Experience At least 10 years of experience in the quantitative household surveys design on VAW/G measurement at international and/or national level. Prior VAW/G Survey methodology development and/or survey management experience is required 15

 

0: without relevant expertise and experience

0-10: up to 10 years of experience

10-15: more than 10 years of experience

At least 5 years of proven experience of work in data and statistics area at the national and/or international level 15

0: without experience

0-10: 5 years of experience

10-15: more than 5 years of experience

Specialized Knowledge Good knowledge and experience in leading and designing statistical capacity on data for VAW/G 10

0: without experience

0-10: demonstrated experience

Strong knowledge of international standards recommendations on production of data on VAW/G 15

0: without experience/knowledge

0-10: 5 years of experience/knowledge

10-15: more than 5 years of experience/knowledge

Previous professional experience with development agencies and/or the United Nations is an asset. 5

0: without experience

5: demonstrated experience

Total technical 70

 

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.

Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: p = 30 (µ/z)

Using the following values:

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated