Consultant to Lead a Scoping Study on Sexual Harassment and Violence Against Women and Girls in Public Spaces and to Develop a Safe Cities Programme in Kampala Uganda
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.
UN Women through financial support from the Government of Sweden and the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls in partnership with Kampala Capital City Authority is launching this call for applicants to conduct a scoping study on Sexual Harassment and Violence Against Women and Girls (SVAWG) in public spaces in Kampala and the neighboring municipalities, and to support development of the Safe Cities Programme in consultation with multi-stakeholders.
Across the world and in Uganda, women and girls are subjected to different forms of violence, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting among others. Within the community setting, women and girls also face sexual harassment and trafficking. Although violence in the private domain is now widely recognized as a human rights violation, violence against women and girls, especially sexual harassment in public spaces remains a largely neglected issue, often tolerated because it’s perceived as a ‘normal’ part of social life, with few laws, policies or programmes in place to effectively prevent and address it. There has been a growing concern over the spate of rampant kidnapping, brutal rape and murder of women and girls in Kampala and surrounding municipalities. Equally concerning are reports of trafficking, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual exploitation and abuse in densely populated urban settings, schools and tertiary institutions. This introduces new challenges for the city and urban authorities to ensure safer cities for all, especially women and girls.
In November 2010, UN Women launched the “Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls” Global Programme in partnership with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, UN-Habitat, leading women’s organizations, and over 50 global and local partners in five pilot cities; Quito (Ecuador), New Delhi (India), Kigali (Rwanda), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) and Cairo (Egypt). It is the first-ever global effort to develop, implement, and evaluate tools, policies, and comprehensive approaches to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women and girls in public spaces across different settings. The implementation of the Global Programme in Cairo was successful in tackling those issues and contributed to putting the problem of sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women in public spaces at the forefront of the local public policy agenda.
The Global Safe Cities Programme is centered around four key outcomes:
1) Gender-responsive locally relevant and owned interventions identified: Local ownership is the cornerstone for this flagship,
2) Comprehensive legislation and policies to prevent and respond to SVAWG in public spaces to enhance capacities of local stakeholders,
3) Investments in the safety and economic viability of public spaces: including public infrastructure and economic development and with special concern for creating economic opportunities for women in the renewed public spaces,
4) Social and cultural transformation – to ensure that attitudes and behaviors related to women’s and girls’ rights to enjoy public spaces free from SVAWG improved,
Expected Impact Level Results in the Safe City Sites of Intervention include:
- A reduction in sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women (SDG 5.2, SDG 11.7)
- A reduction of fear and increased feelings of safety of women and girls
- Increased autonomous mobility of women and girls in accessing and using public spaces.
Following the successful implementation of the programme in Cairo and other countries, UN Women in partnership with Kampala Capital City Authority now seek to conduct a scoping study on sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces and to develop and implement the Safe Cities programme in consultation with multi-stakeholders in Kampala and the neighboring town councils.
Objective of the Consultancy
To identify gender-responsive locally relevant and owned interventions to address sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces through a scoping study and multi-stakeholder consultative workshops.
Scoping study objective:
- To provide the evidence-base for stakeholders to identify locally relevant solutions to the problem of sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in Kampala and neighbouring municipalities;
- To provide valid and specific data to ensure a deep understanding of forms of sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces, the contexts in which it occurs i.e.; laws and policies, perceptions, victimization patterns, risks and vulnerabilities and drivers of sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces including cybercrimes.
- To build local ownership by creating multi-stakeholder partnerships through inclusive and participatory intervention design process;
Design of Intervention for safe cities:
- To engage key stakeholders in active reflection on the findings of the scoping study, and identify key priorities and safety concerns in public spaces in Kampala and neighbouring municipalities;
- To develop locally relevant interventions with a specific set of results, based on the local context, vision, and joint stakeholders’ accountability.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist Ending Violence Against Women and Girls and working in close coordination with Kampala Capital City Authority, the consultant will be responsible for;
- Developing a methodology for the scoping study in line with UN Women’s Guidance on Scoping Studies UN Women’s Guidance on Scoping Studies accessed here; http://www.endvawnow.org/uploads/browser/files/new_scoping_study_guidance_final_version.pdf. The methodology should answer Key Questions stipulated in the Guidance document. Produce annotated outline and approved methodology to UN Women.
- Conduct a desk review of literature related to sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces and cybercrimes including but not limited to policies and legislative framework, perceptions, victimization patterns, risks and vulnerabilities, drivers of sexual and prepare a summary report.
- Conduct the scoping study using quantitative and qualitative methodologies to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in Kampala and neighbouring municipalities of Entebbe and Wakiso. Ensure WHO ethical guidelines on researching violence against women are enforced throughout the research process.
- Lead and provide technical guidance for the intervention design workshops engaging multi-stakeholders to develop a robust programme design. This includes but not limited to, developing theory of change and intervention model in consultation with UN Women Guidance on Programme Design for Safe City Programme.
- An inception report on the content, methodology, and tools for the scoping study in line with the Scoping Study Guidance Note for UN Women accessed here: http://www.endvawnow.org/uploads/browser/files/new_scoping_study_guidance_final_version.pdf
- An analysis report on the desk-based literature review and quantitative and qualitative study on sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces and cybercrimes including but not limited to policies and legislative framework perceptions, victimization patterns, risks and vulnerabilities, drivers and prepare a summary.
- A draft programme design document with a well-formulated theory of change, outcomes, outputs and activities including risks and assumptions. This will involve consultation with UN Women Guidance on Programme Design for Safe City Programme, and adaptation of the Global Theory of Change for the Flagship, with inputs from UN Women.
- A report of the validation meeting on the findings from the scoping study and the draft programme design for the Safe City Programme with key stakeholders
- A final programme design document with a well-formulated theory of change, outcomes, outputs and activities including risks and assumptions and the final scoping study report incorporating inputs from the validation meeting. This will involve consultation with UN Women Guidance on Programme Design for Safe City Programme accessed here: http://www.endvawnow.org/uploads/browser/files/programme_design_guidance_-final.pdf and adaptation of the Global Theory of Change for the Flagship, with inputs from UN Women.
- Produce a policy brief on the findings and recommendations to key stakeholders;
- Produce a powerpoint presentation summarizing the findings of the scoping study to be used in seminars, conferences and workshops.
- UN Women and partners will provide the consultant with background materials related to the assignment.
- Kampala Capital City Authority will provide the consultant with the space and access to the internal institutional documents as necessary, to undertake the assignment.
- The consultant’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, quality of the products delivered and alignment to agreed principles and standards. The evaluation will be carried out and cleared by the appointed task force including representation from the Kampala Capital City Authority.
Core Values and Guiding Principles:
- Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of the UN systemin actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and a high degree of professionalism when dealing with survivors and sensitive information;
- Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity;
- Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff, and of those of Government of Uganda entities;
- Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN, particularly relating to gender equality and the empowerment of women;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, sexual orientation, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats all people fairly and without favouritism.
- Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities skills;
- Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail;
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work well with diverse and multicultural supervisors and staff members;
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.
Required Skills and Experience
- A Master’s Degree in Gender, Development studies, Women’s Human Rights, Research or relevant related field.
- Possession of a PHD in Gender, Development studies, Research or relevant related field is an added advantage
- A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in conducting social research and its analysis related to violence against women and girls, sexual harassment, or relevant field;
- Demonstrated experience in gender/social research, program design, operational planning, and management;
- Working experience in/on the justice system of a developing country, specifically in sub-Saharan/East Africa would be an asset;
- Experience working with the Ugandan justice system would be an asset;
- Experience in conducting consultations with diverse stakeholders to elicit actionable information would be an asset;
- Experience creating/editing documents for adoption/publication, and use by persons with varying levels of education would be an asset;
- Experience working with the UN system would be an asset.
- Fluent level of written and spoken English;
Application closing date: 24th September 2019 (Midnight New York, USA)