GBV Analyst –TEENs Project

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UNFPA

Hiring Office: UNFPA Malawi Country office Individual
Type of Consultant: Consultant: GBV Analyst –TEENs Project

Purpose of consultancy
UNFPA Malawi Country Office is committed to deliver results outlined in the 8th Country Programme that starts from 2019 and lasts till 2023, with clear outcomes in the areas of: a) sexual and reproductive health/rights, b) adolescents and youth, c) gender equality and women’s empowerment,
and d) population dynamics. UNFPA Malawi is also a part of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and operates under United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2019-2023, fully embracing the UN development system reforms and stepping up its system wide support for the Government of Malawi.

Towards the end of 2021, UNFPA with support from the Ireland Embassy embarked on a project titled: Technology and empowerment enhancing networks in safe spaces. All women and girls, particularly the most vulnerable, live free from harmful practices and are able to make choices about their sexual and reproductive health and rights. The overall objective is to ensure that Teen and adolescent girls (15-24) are empowered to target harmful practices and make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. Adolescent girls are effectively making their own informed decisions and choices regarding marriage, education and sexual and reproductive health and targeting violence against women and girls. This is expected to be achieved through Promoting a supportive and gender equal environment which includes provision of safe spaces and tools and support services and raise awareness of gender inequalities and their negative consequences for adolescent girls and boys, the economy and society, and work with local champions and influencers at all levels including in households, communities, local institutions (including schools and health centres) and at all levels of government to address them.

UNFPA Country Office also manages other on-going programmes such as the Spotlight Initiative, a UN joint programme funded by European Union, tackling gender based violence (GBV) in six districts, and the SRHR project funded by Iceland with a geographic focus on the Mangochi district – all of which are geared towards promoting integrated service delivery across SRHR, HIV/AIDS and GBV. Moreover, UNFPA plays a key role in humanitarian response and preparedness in terms of GBV, leading GBV Sub-cluster under the Protection Cluster as well as ensuring close linkages with the SRH components of Health Cluster response.

Therefore, UNFPA needs to strengthen its own capacity to effectively promote linkages between SRHR, GBV and PSEA in these flagship programmes while it also champions the PSEA agenda as the lead agency in this domain. It is against this backdrop, that an extra expertise, in the form
of a consultancy, supplementing the existing Country Office capacity is required.

Scope of work:

(Description of services, activities, or outputs) Under the direct supervision by the Gender Officer and overall supervision by the Assistant Representative and Deputy Representative, the consultant will work closely with both the Gender Team and the SRH Team of UNFPA Country Office in Malawi.

More specifically, the consultant will fulfil the following responsibilities:

● Support the Ministry of Gender at the Lilongwe District offices and the Implementing partners in executing the programme.
● Facilitate and Monitor Psychosocial support counselling and referral activities. These may include interactive group and individual sessions for psychosocial support and counselling for survivors, updating referral pathways for survivors of gender based violence including counsellors and information points. Support for capacity building for psychosocial counsellors and social networks for psychosocial support to adolescent girls and young women. Spearhead entrepreneurship, vocational and livelihood training with community driven business solutions.

● Support widening Information, prevention and outreach activities through strengthening mentorship sessions for young women and adolescent girls on sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender based violence in safe spaces, support campaign to promote awareness of sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender based violence; engagement of religious and community leaders and men and boys in gender based violence prevention and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights linked to safe spaces as well as supporting Intergenerational dialogues with adolescent women and girls, families and communities through the training of community leaders

● Support Technological innovation, learning and scaling up of TEEN activities. This will include facilitating training mentors /mentees on basic digital and online skills on how to use a tablet, MS Office packages, internet and email: Comprehensive sexuality education digital application tool for use on tablets in safe spaces (maintenance and upgrade); fast track Research and field trips for research including assessment of digital literacy needs. Manuals, guidebooks and reference works, support the establishment of digital reporting platform on beneficiaries receiving counselling and
mentoring using tablets including development of scaling up plan through conducting of scoping of safe spaces, consultation with safe space on scaling up, and budgeting and planning.

● Support UNFPA’s strategic engagement and advocacy with the Ministry of Health through the Reproductive Health Directorate, Ministry of Gender both at Headquarters and District offices.

● Continuous liaison and reporting to the donor on the progress of the implementation of the activities.

● Attend district meetings

● Perform any other duties assigned by RR and DR in the areas of GBV, TEENs and Adolescent girls and Young women.

Duration and working schedule:

The consultancy is for the period of 3 months starting from 1st October 2022 – 31st December 2022

Place where services are to be delivered

UNFPA Malawi Country Office with intense visits to the Lilongwe district offices for both Ministry of Gender and GENET

Delivery dates and how work will be delivered By the end of each month, a monthly report clearly indicating the following:

● Number of safe spaces in progress; girls’ session attendance; utilisation of tablets; engagement with
decision makers and progress towards the TEENs milestones in the month as well as a summary of the activities carried out in the month will be submitted.

● Monitoring and progress control, including reporting requirements, periodicity format and deadline:

An inception meeting or teleconference will be conducted to discuss how the consultant understands
the scope of work and the deliverables. Thereafter, progress will be monitored through regular meetings with the Gender Officer. The consultant will document the proposed scope of work.

Supervisory arrangements: Under the direct supervision by the Gender Officer and overall supervision of the Assistant Representative and Resident Representative, the Deputy Representative will provide the direct supervisory role.

Expected travel: The consultant may be required to travel within Malawi as required by the country office to perform functions related to the deliverables. Travel and DSA will be provided (in accordance with DSA guidelines) Required expertise, qualifications and competencies, including language requirements:

Qualifications:

● A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline including Gender Studies, Public Health, Development Studies, International Relations, or Social Science fields is required.

● A Bachelor’s degree in one of these fields with a minimum of five years’ work experience in the relevant field may be considered in lieu of a master’s degree.

● A thorough understanding of the UN system in general, and especially UNFPA mandate, policies and operations is required.

● Excellent analytical, planning, and negotiation skills.

● Excellent communication skills required – both in terms of writing and oral.

Experience

● At least a minimum of 5 years of experience in the fields of programme management, development cooperation, gender issues or public health is required.

● Experience in technology and innovation or the use of digital application tools is required

● Prior experience of work in the relevant fields of UNFPA’s mandate, including sexual & reproductive health and rights, youth and gender is desirable.

● Prior experience in GBV, Mentorship of Adolescent girls is an asset.

● Prior experience in inter-agency coordination is an asset.

Required Competencies

Values: Exemplifying integrity, demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN System, embracing cultural diversity, Embracing change

Core Competencies: Achieving results, being accountable, developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen, thinking analytically and strategically, working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships, Communicating for impact

Functional Skills:

● Results-based programme development and management

● Innovation and marketing new approaches

● Leveraging the resources on national governments and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships.

● Digital media

● Delivering results-based programmes

● Internal and external communication and advocacy for resource mobilisation

● Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds.

Inputs / services to be provided by UNFPA or implementing partner (e.g. support services, office space, equipment), if applicable:

UNFPA will provide:

● Office space.
● Support services where required including transport, and DSA, travel.

Other relevant information or special conditions, if any: Individual consultancy contract will be signed between the consultant and UNFPA Malawi Country Office.