National Expert to Support the Implementation of the National Study on Violence Against Women in Politics (VAWP) in Kyrgyzstan ((Open to Kyrgyzstan Nationals Only)

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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.

Women’s leadership and political participation is one of UN Women’s primary areas of work as mandated in its inception, recognizing the integral role of women in strong and stable democratic processes. Through its Leadership and Governance section, UN Women works to implement Output 4 of the Entity’s Strategic Plan 2018-21 “More women of all ages fully participate, lead and engage in political institutions and processes”.

To promote the leadership and participation of women in all levels of decision-making processes, UN Women works with a range of stakeholders including women leaders and aspiring candidates, national parliaments and parliamentarians, political parties, media, civil society organizations, and electoral management bodies, in coordination with UN partner Entities, through a wide range of interventions which include: i) support gender responsive legal reforms, and institutional processes to advance women’s participation and representation (including initiatives to address violence against women in politics); ii) build capacities of women leaders and aspiring candidates; iii) promote change of gender norms through advocacy and outreach initiatives targeting communities, political leaders and the media; iv) and support women leaders in gender responsive political institutions.

In 2022 the UN Women Kyrgyzstan Country Office plans to conduct a national study on Violence against Women in Politics. The study will document experiences of women in politics, with a particular focus on assessing obstacles to women participation in electoral processes held in Kyrgyzstan in 2021 i.e. the elections to Local Councils in April 2021 and the elections to the Parliament in November 2021. A particular focus of the study will be on the magnitude, forms of violence, risk and protective factors, help-seeking behavior, and consequences it may have on women’s health, well-being as well as on their political participation and leadership. The data collection methods used by the study will be quantitative sample study and qualitative interviews/focus groups. This information will be complemented by an assessment of the national and sub-national legislative and policy framework on women’s political participation and VAWP, enabling the identification of entry points for strengthening the normative and institutional framework on VAWP.

It is anticipated that the study will generate evidence on most critical barriers to women’s political participation and leadership in local government in Kyrgyzstan, guiding efforts of UN Women and its partners to promote and support women’s political empowerment and participation as office holders.

UN Women Kyrgyzstan CO is now seeking the services of a National Gender Expert, to support the implementation of this study. Under the overall guidance of the Head of Programmes, the National Gender Expert will provide technical and coordination support to the implementation of the National Study on Violence Against Women in Politics in Kyrgyzstan.

Duties and Responsibilities

The study has the following objectives:

  • Generate data on the prevalence and types of VAWP faced by women candidates, perpetrators, consequences of VAWP, reporting of VAWP and responses, that can inform evidence-based solutions.
  • Create opportunity for dialogue between women leaders, elected officials, political parties, civil society, electoral management bodies, the media, and other stakeholders on violence against women in politics in Kyrgyzstan via the convening of study result launch events and an evidence-based solutions co-creation workshops on VAWP.

Under the guidance and supervision from the UN Women Head of Programmes, the National Gender Expert (Expert) will provide technical support to the implementation of the National Study on Violence Against Women in Politics in Kyrgyzstan. To achieve this objective, the Expert will undertake the following tasks:

Task 1: Support overall coordination and implementation of all components of the VAWP candidates’ study in Kyrgyzstan

1.1 Develop a workplan for the implementation of the study, in close coordination with UN Women team and the research company.

1.2 Assist in the establishment of the Technical Team and Reference Group, contacting relevant partners, including notetaking and scheduling, as requested.

1.3 Provide technical support to the research company, including adaptation of the study to the country context.

1.4 Assist in overseeing the implementation of planned stages of the study by the research company to ensure timely implementation of the study.

1.5 Assist in the review and provide comments/recommendations on deliverables submitted by the research company.

1.6 Provide regular updates and assist in coordinating the meetings of the Technical Team and Reference group.

Deliverables:

• Workplan for the implementation of the study, in close coordination with UN Women team and the research company.

• Documents for the establishment of the Technical Team and Reference Group, ToR, list of relevant partners, minutes of the meetings (at least two meetings)

• Monitoring reports (at least 3 reports) on the progress of implementation of planned stages of the study by the research company to ensure timely implementation of the study, including set of comments/recommendations on deliverables submitted by the research company.

Task 2: Undertake background research and review of legislative and policy framework on VAWP in Kyrgyzstan

2.1 Conduct mapping of existing quantitative and qualitative approaches in collecting data on VAW and VAWP in the context of Kyrgyzstan, including:

• Gathering tools previously used in collecting information on VAWP (and VAW as needed) in the context of Kyrgyzstan (e.g., questionnaires, interview guides, focus group guides, manuals for data collection etc.);

• Identifying findings that could be used in the qualitative and quantitative components of the current study, including on issues covered (magnitude measurement, risk and protective factors, perpetrators, location, consequences etc.), specific modalities of obtaining information (phrasing questions, sequencing of issues covered in interviews), and reported challenges in data collection or presentation of the results.

2.2 Review of existing assessments of Kyrgyzstan’s current legislative and policy framework as it relates to women’s participation in elections and VAWP, and by comparison with standards set by international normative frameworks and global best practices. Voluntary strategies and initiatives (such as codes of conduct adopted by political parties) and key actors/stakeholders in monitoring, preventing, and responding to VAWP in Kyrgyzstan will also be identified. And especially the resent OSCE Study, which provides an overview of the national legal context.

Deliverables:

• Mapping of existing quantitative and qualitative approaches in collecting data on VAW and VAWP in the context of Kyrgyzstan, including a bibliography and preliminary analysis of materials

• Document with the review of Kyrgyzstan’s current legislative and policy framework, as it relates to women’s political participation and VAWP, and by comparison with standards set by international normative frameworks and global best practices.

Task 3: Conduct preliminary research and verification of the scope of Study

3.1 Conduct series of consultations with stakeholders relevant to preventing, mitigating or responding to violence against women in politics in Kyrgyzstan, including:

• 2 Focus Groups with women candidates in local and parliamentary elections in 2021, enabling documenting the findings that will then inform on the methodology of the quantitative and qualitative components of the study, including: a) risks and protective factors, defining on who are the perpetrators, when and where VAWP is taking place, what are consequences of violence; b) specific acts of violence experienced by women candidates; b) suggest specific phrasing that could be used when designing the questionnaires; and c) recommend which violent acts are perceived as most sensitive and therefore be placed at the end of the questionnaire/interview guide.

• Individual in-depth interviews with at least 4 women candidates (2+2), to facilitate disclosure of information in complete privacy.

• Up to 10 Individual interviews with stakeholders specifically involved in electoral processes, such as: Central Election Commission (CEC), provincial election commissions; political parties, NGOs and international organizations specialized on elections, justice sector engaged in addressing violence against women and girls, and violence against women candidates in particular.

Deliverables:

• Report with the analysis of information gathered during the preliminary consultations- focus groups and interviews

• Stakeholder mapping, a list of stakeholders proposed for participation in the study

Task 4: Provide technical support to the research company on the development of quantitative data collection tools and sample design, based on the findings of the preliminary qualitative research and verification of the scope of Study

4.1 Support in the development of the following documents:

• the questionnaires, which will reflect the purpose of the Study and capture experiences of women in politics, with a particular focus on assessing obstacles to women’s participation in local and parliamentary elections;

• the interviewer’s manual, which will cover all aspects of the Study, to serve as guidance during training and fieldwork operations;

• a testing strategy, including pilot training, to capture different methods and types of respondents and environments; data collection tools and training materials.

4.2 Support the development of the samples of the two surveys, ensuring the adequate representation of women candidates from all seven provinces of Kyrgyzstan, different geographical locations (south/north, urban/rural locations); women candidates on party lists/ independent candidates.

4.3 Review and support in finalization of the brief sampling note, which will detail the sample design, including the sampling frame, the principles used in selecting primary sampling units, the location of sampling units, and the respondent selection protocol for the two surveys.

4.4 Coordinate with the Central Election Commission and political parties on finalization of the lists of women candidates to be respondents of the study.

Deliverables:

  • Inputs to the questionnaires and interviewer’s manual
  • Inputs to the sample of the study, and to the brief sampling note

Task 5: Provide technical support to the research company on data collection, analysis and report preparation

  1. Support in the development of a ‘Data collection Plan’ (qualitative and quantitative) consistent with the sampling design and specifying the timeline of activities, number and selection of interviewers and supervisors, and the quality assurance mechanism for the data collection in the field.
  2. Support in conducting training, provide inputs to the design and support the facilitation of selected sessions (i.e. GEWE concepts and concerns, and research ethics and confidentiality) for enumerators and supervisors responsible for the administration of the quantitative and qualitative study. The trainings will build on WHO and UNSD guidelines on research ethics.
  3. Support in conducting of in-depth interviews with selected women candidates survivors of violence (at least 4 interviews)
  4. Support in the review and analysis of collected and transcribed data (qualitative and quantitative)
  5. Support in the development of a comprehensive Report of the Study integrating analysis of evidences from qualitative and quantitative data collection and the review of legislative and policy framework(qualitative and quantitative analysis, findings, recommendations)
  6. Review and provide comments to a brief report on lessons learned from the field (summarizing challenges in approaching respondents, if some questions didn’t work, etc.);

Deliverables:

  • Inputs to the qualitative ‘Data collection Plan’ including timeline of activities, number of interviews and selection of persons for in-depth interviews.
  • Facilitator’s notes for the training for enumerators and field supervisors, inputs to handouts (i.e. GEWE concepts and concerns, and research ethics and confidentiality).
  • Report on specific sessions during the training for enumerators and supervisors responsible for the administration of the quantitative and qualitative study.
  • Inputs to the detailed outline of the draft Report, which captures preliminary findings, key messages, and recommendations.
  • Inputs to the comprehensive final report that integrates evidence from qualitative and quantitative data collection and the review of legislative and policy framework.

Task 6: Lead and coordinate the process of presentation of the Study to a wide range of partners

  1. Provide substantive inputs to the development of advocacy materials (including infographics and photo stories if applicable) based on the comprehensive report and data collected.
  2. Coordinate the process of launching of the report and follow-up actions and lessons learned/ knowledge sharing (national event), engage key strategic partners for strengthening the monitoring, prevention, and response to VAWP in Kyrgyzstan based on the identified entry points and recommendations of the study.
  3. Facilitate social media campaign with advocacy infographics including issue press statement and engagement with key national and regional media partners.

Deliverables:

  • Inputs to advocacy materials
  • Report of the National event on launching of the Report, including follow-up actions lessons learned/ knowledge sharing
  • The plan for dissemination of the final Report and advocacy materials.

    Task

Anticipated

number of days

Task 1: Support overall coordination and implementation of all components of the VAWP candidates’ study in Kyrgyzstan

  • Workplan for the implementation of the study, in close coordination with UN Women team and the research company.
  • Documents for the establishment of the Technical Team and Reference Group, ToR, list of relevant partners, minutes of the meetings (at least two meetings)
  • Monitoring reports (at least 3 reports) on the progress of implementation of planned stages of the study by the research company to ensure timely implementation of the study, including set of comments/recommendations on deliverables submitted by the research company.

10 days - 5 days in the beginning and 5 days through the process of the Study

Task 2: Support to background research and review of legislative and policy framework on VAWP in Kyrgyzstan

  • Mapping of existing quantitative and qualitative approaches in collecting data on VAW and VAWP in the context of Kyrgyzstan, including a bibliography and preliminary analysis of materials
  • Document with the review of Kyrgyzstan’s current legislative and policy framework, as it relates to women’s political participation and VAWP, and by comparison with standards set by international normative frameworks and global best practices.

    10 days

Task 3: Conduct preliminary research and verification of the scope of Study

  • Report with the analysis of information gathered during the preliminary consultations- focus groups and interviews
  • Stakeholder mapping, a list of stakeholders proposed for participation in the study

    20 days

Task 4: Provide technical support to the research company on the development of quantitative data collection tools and sample design, based on the findings of the preliminary qualitative research and verification of the scope of Study

  • Inputs to the questionnaires and interviewer’s manual
  • Inputs to the sample of the study, and to the brief sampling note

    10 days

Task 5: Provide technical support to the research company on data collection, analysis and report preparation

  • Inputs to the qualitative ‘Data collection Plan’ including timeline of activities, number of interviews and selection of persons for in-depth interviews.

  • Facilitator’s notes for the training for enumerators and field supervisors, inputs to handouts (i.e. GEWE concepts and concerns, and research ethics and confidentiality).

  • Report on specific sessions during the training for enumerators and supervisors responsible for the administration of the quantitative and qualitative study.
  • Inputs to the detailed outline of the draft Report, which captures preliminary findings, key messages, and recommendations.
  • Inputs to the comprehensive final report that integrates evidence from qualitative and quantitative data collection and the review of legislative and policy framework.
  • Inputs to a brief report on lessons learned

    40 days

Task 6: Lead and coordinate the process of presentation of the Study to a wide range of partners

  • Inputs to advocacy materials
  • Report of the National event on launching of the Report, including follow-up actions lessons learned/ knowledge sharing
  • The plan for dissemination of the final Report and advocacy materials.

    10 days

Total number of days anticipated

100 days

Schedule of payments: Payment for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of each deliverable and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed. Payment will be based on the submission of the SSA report along with the timesheet and relevant annexes as supporting documents for the achievement of deliverables.

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Target Date

% of payment

1

Task 1: Support overall coordination and implementation of all components of the VAWP candidates’ study in Kyrgyzstan

Workplan for the implementation of the study, in close coordination with UN Women team and the research company.

-Documents on the establishment of the Technical Team and Reference Group, ToR, list of relevant partners, minutes of the meetings (at least two meetings)

Task 2: Support to background research and review of legislative and policy framework on VAWP in Kyrgyzstan

-Mapping of existing quantitative and qualitative approaches in collecting data on VAW and VAWP in the context of Kyrgyzstan, including a bibliography and preliminary analysis of materials

-Document with the review of Kyrgyzstan’s current legislative and policy framework, as it relates to women’s political participation and VAWP, and by comparison with standards set by international normative frameworks and global best practices.

10 days – by 15 September

10%

2

Task 3: Conduct preliminary research and verification of the scope of Study

-Report with the analysis of information gathered during the preliminary consultations- focus groups and interviews

-Stakeholder mapping, a list of stakeholders proposed for participation in the study

Task 4: Provide technical support to the research company on the development of quantitative data collection tools and sample design, based on the findings of the preliminary qualitative research and verification of the scope of Study

- Inputs to the questionnaires and interviewer’s manual

- Inputs to the sample of the study, and to the brief sampling note

-Monitoring report on the progress of implementation of planned stages of the study by the research company to ensure timely implementation of the study, including set of comments/recommendations on deliverables submitted by the research company.

20 days – by 15 November

20%

3

Task 5: Provide technical support to the research company on data collection, analysis and report preparation

-Inputs to the qualitative ‘Data collection Plan’ including timeline of activities, number of interviews and selection of persons for in-depth interviews.

- Facilitator’s notes for the training for enumerators and field supervisors, inputs to handouts (i.e. GEWE concepts and concerns, and research ethics and confidentiality).

-Report on specific sessions during the training for enumerators and supervisors responsible for the administration of the quantitative and qualitative study.

20 days – 15 December

20%

4

Task 5: Provide technical support to the research company on data collection, analysis and report preparation (continuation)

-Inputs to the detailed outline of the draft Report, which captures preliminary findings, key messages, and recommendations.

-Monitoring report on the progress of implementation of planned stages of the study by the research company to ensure timely implementation of the study, including set of comments/recommendations on deliverables submitted by the research company.

20 days – end of February

20%

5

Task 5: Provide technical support to the research company on data collection, analysis and report preparation (continuation)

-Inputs to the comprehensive final report that integrates evidence from qualitative and quantitative data collection and the review of legislative and policy framework.

- Inputs to the Brief report on lessons learned

20 days –

end of March

20%

6

Task 6: Lead and coordinate the process of presentation of the Study to a wide range of partners

-Inputs to advocacy materials

-Report of the National event on launching of the Report, including follow-up actions, lessons learned/ knowledge sharing

-The plan for dissemination of the final Report and advocacy materials.

10 days –

by end of April

10%

Total

100 working days

100 %

Competencies

Core Values and Guiding Principles

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling UN Women values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates a commitment to UN Women’s mission and vision;
  • Able to work effectively within a team;
  • Displays cultural and gender sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Able to multi-task and juggle competing demands;
  • Can assess and prioritize work needs quickly;
  • Able to relate to external partners, including other international organizations and agencies, NGOs, grassroots community groups, etc.

Functional Competencies

  • Sound practical knowledge on women’s political participation and EVAW programming, knowledge on prevention and mitigation of violence against women in elections/politics is an asset;
  • Previous experience in field-based women’s political participation and/or EVAW programming in a variety of cultural and political contexts;
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with people from varied cultures and professional backgrounds, demonstrating excellent interpersonal communication skills;
  • Results based management skills;
  • Ability to produce well-written reports and/or programme documents demonstrating analytical ability;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experience in working with UN Women or UN or international NGOs on women’s political participation, electoral assistance, or EVAW is an asset.

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications and skills:

  • Master’s degree in Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Law or relevant field;
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Computer literacy (minimum MS Word, Excel)

Experience:

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in qualitative research in the areas of women’s political participation, EVAW, or integration of gender equality in elections, including legal and policy review;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of EVAW and the status of gender equality in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Sound knowledge of international standards on human rights, women’s rights, elections and related instruments;
  • Experience engaging with multiple stakeholders including governments, electoral management bodies, women elected for public office, CSOs particularly women’s organizations, and the UN/ multilateral/bilateral institutions in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Experience in working as part of a research team.

Language: Fluency in oral and written Russian, English is an asset.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested Experts must submit the following documents/information in a single PDF file to demonstrate their qualifications through UNDP jobs site: jobs.undp.org.

  • Completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from: http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;
  • A sample of original research piece where the applicant is the lead author;
  • A separate page of financial proposal, proposing total lump-sum figure with breakdown of professional fee per deliverable.

The financial proposal must be submitted in a separate page using the following template.

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Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment, please combine all your documents into one single PDF document. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form and written sample will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

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