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

National Individual Consultant to strengthen technical and operational capacities of CSOs

Job no: 538238

Position type: Consultancy

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

School/Unit: Guyana

Department/Office: Georgetown, Guyana

Categories: Child Protection

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Background and Project Description

The Spotlight 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 in support of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. It was launched in September 2017 by the UN Secretary-General and the EU High Representative and Vice President (HRVP). 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 the prevention of family violence which includes sexual and gender-based violence, intimate partner violence and school-based violence. Therefore, under the pillar related to "institutional strengthening", it is recognised that longer-term plans of action (and "visioning") are needed for documented sector plans which are actionable and monitored. These actions will help address, among other things, the power imbalance and gender equality as a foundation for the work on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG), siloed approaches, and matters of accountability within and between sectors. It will provide institutions with key tools to allow for increased "decentralized" responses in the sectors and in the local governance system to strengthen access to prevention and response services (including access to justice and social support).

The products of this consultancy will become a critical reference point(s) for the work related to the gender-responsive budgeting into government programmes and mechanisms for the systematic analysis of the impact of policies on EVAWG. It is also expected that the products of this consultancy will assist in ensuring task forces and reporting mechanisms are strengthened to support the coordination, monitoring, accountability and oversight of work on family violence.


Under the direct supervision of the UNICEF and with support from UN Women and MoHSSS, the consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:

  • Mapping of CSOs (this includes presenting a list of the selected CSOs and develop a work plan for strengthening and empowering them to carry out activities under pillar 6 and work within Spotlight and beyond with approval of the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security (MoHSSS) in Guyana
  • Conduct Training Needs Assessment
  • Training and Capacity Building of CSOs
  • Engage to implement project activities.
  • Work closely with the selected CSOs to provide tools and techniques to ensure that they are well equipped to lead and implement the activities.
  • Monitor and evaluate their acquired skills and use of resources.

The consultant must also:

- Identify registered and non-registered CSOs within Guyana which work with the identified underserved communities (as per Spotlight target) and other communities on EVAW. - Convene meetings with the identified CSOs to gain insight into their operations and undertakings - Conduct an analysis of the CSOs in relation to their suitability and capacity to engage in activities under pillar 6 such as developing new forms of social activism, and accountability frameworks) and other work on Ending Violence; identifying strengths and weaknesses, challenges and opportunities.

Furthermore, the consultant will be expected to:

Provide biweekly updates as it relates to the achievement of consultancy objectives. Demonstrate management and leadership skills. Demonstrate the ability to communicate comprehensively at all levels. Be available to travel to the regions of Guyana, including remote areas. Have a working knowledge of the local CSOs and non-governmental landscape in Guyana. Have a knowledge of gender-based violence and family violence issues. Have good inter-personal, networking, partnership and team-building skills. Be fluent in written and spoken English.

Please find complete

Terms of Reference ToR strengthening of capacities of CSOs.pdf


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

All candidates should include a technical and financial proposal (in local currency, Guyana dollars). Candidates without same will not be considered.

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: Feb 11 2021 SA Western Standard Time Application close: Apr 13 2021 SA Western Standard Time


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