|Date Posted||September 11, 2019|
Social Services & Nonprofit
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 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 identity locally relevant solutions to the problem of sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in Kampala and neighboring 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 the 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 neighboring 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 neighboring municipalities of Entebbe and Wakiso. Ensure WHO ethnical 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.
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.
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.
Possession of a PHD in Gender, Development studies, Research or relevant related field is an added advantage