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  • Added Date: Wednesday, 24 March 2021
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 24 June 2021

National Consultancy: Review of New and Emerging Forms of Family Violence in Guyana

Job no: 538928

Position type: Consultancy

Location: Guyana Division/Equivalent: Latin America and Caribbean Regional Off

School/Unit: Guyana

Department/Office: Georgetown, Guyana

Categories: Child Protection, Human Rights

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The United Nations and the European Union (EU) collectively launched the Spotlight Initiative to eliminate all forms VAWG worldwide by 2030. This Initiative is a global partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls and is in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Initiative provides a model for partnerships with donors, civil society, and the UN to deliver on the SDGs in a comprehensive manner leveraging comparative expertise. SDG 5 and the achievement of gender equality are placed at the centre of efforts (alongside Goal 16) with the aim to provide an enabling environment for the implementation of all goals. Within the UN, the Initiative will operationalize the UN development system reforms and model a new way of delivering on the SDGs in an integrated way, leveraging collaborative advantages.

In Guyana, the Spotlight Initiative aims to address the root causes of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) with an emphasis on prevention of family violence which includes sexual and gender-based violence, intimate partner violence and school-based violence.

Under this project, one of the objectives is to review new and emerging forms of family violence- as part of ensuring update of the laws/policy on violence.

This review also includes social norms regarding good accountability and governance issues- e.g. related to mandatory reporting, treatment and follow-up on cases and attitudes. It is expected that this review will contribute to the larger work on policy, legislative and institutional reforms and the consultant will be expected to work with the team leading aspects of this work to ensure synergies in research. Finally, the research will be instrumental in creating a common, clear and accepted agenda for change and action that is articulated with/by/for the affected population (and wider population as a whole) to drive needed change on family violence. For instance, it is expected that the findings from this consultancy will be used in inform any proposed reforms on family violence (including domestic violence in Guyana) and assist in bring "new" forms to violence to the forefront- e.g. Economic violence, psychological aggression, use of small arms and light weapons, or other forms of family violence (e.g. cyber related) that may be culturally or otherwise hidden among different groups or segments of the population.

Purpose and scope of the study:

Under the overall guidance of UNICEF, the purpose of this review is to analyse new and emerging forms of family violence. The research will feed into the proposed model law, as there is need to both expand the concept of family violence and address with emerging and new trends (which may not be documented) and may not find its way into the legislative or policy agenda. This analysis will inform the work on legislation, policy and institutional strengthening (in particular) and wider work on communication for development (including social norms) as part of the joint EU-UN Spotlight Initiative in Guyana. The research will also present an opportunity for the country to vision and plan for all types of family violence and for the evidence to be used with all stakeholders as part of the advocacy for change.

Further, family violence is often rooted on unequal gender power relations and women and girls (and boys) are usually the most affected by its consequences. Focusing on family violence provides the opportunity to address the consequences and root causes of violence across the lifecycle. The review must take into consideration the current, new and emerging forms of family violence, including as it operates within the following communities or target population/issues: o Persons (including children, youth and adolescents with disabilities). o Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities; o Children (across the lifecycle- including the early childhood development years) o Elderly- while including families as a whole o Indigenous communities o Perpetrators o Migrants (including economic migrants o Faith Based Communities and organisations- e.g. issues concerning mandatory reporting (including non-reporting) o Members of Parliament o Social norms- anything in particular o Use of small arms/light weapons o Communities (including institutions of learning, homes) o Detention centres and residential care institutions

Qualifications and Experience

The analysis will be conducted by suitably qualified personnel, selected on the basis of their ability to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Master's Degree in Social or related Sciences
  • A minimum of 7 years of related work experience (in research)- including knowledge of and working with government partners
  • Excellent and proven analytical skills
Excellent and proven English writing skills Excellent organizational and communication skills, ability to prioritize and work with minimum supervision Good understanding of the of child protection issues, criminal justice and child protection issues Experience of facilitating consultation and workshops with both government and civil society partners Sound knowledge of the Domestic Violence Act 2006 and the Sexual Offences Act The consultant must be able to work independently

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Please access the complete ToR: TOR- New and Emerging Forms of Violence.pdf

This Vacancy announcement is being re-advertised and all previous applicants are encouraged to apply.

All candidates must submit a technical and financial proposal. Financial proposals must be submitted in local currency

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered "staff members" under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF's policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Advertised: Mar 22 2021 SA Western Standard Time Application close: Apr 13 2021 SA Western Standard Time


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