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UN Women announces Call for Proposals on VAW Data (East and Southern Africa)

UN Women announces Call for Proposals on VAW Data (East and Southern Africa)

Deadline: 20 May 2020

The UN Women-WHO Joint Programme on Violence against Women (VAW) Data seeks to partner with an institution or consortium of institutions in the East and Southern Africa region to develop and implement the regional capacity development initiative on VAW data, with an aim at enhancing expertise and capacity of national stakeholders in the region on the measurement of VAW in alignment with globally agreed standards and principles.

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In response to calls for the enhancement of the collection and use of data on VAW, UN Women and WHO joined forces to deliver a Global Programme on Strengthening Methodologies and Measurement and Building National Capacities for VAW Data, funded by the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID). The goal of the Joint Programme is to ensure quality comparable data on different forms of VAW are available and collected over time to address national data gaps, and used to inform policy and programmes to end VAW, as committed under the SDGs, CEDAW, and the Beijing Platform for Action.

To support the achievement of the goal, there are three expected outcomes:

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Measurement and methodologies for VAW data collection and use are strengthened and disseminated, including for national, regional and global monitoring and reporting requirements for SDG target 5.2 indicators;
Capacity of national institutions to collect VAW data in line with globally agreed standards is increased;
National data on VAW are collected, made accessible and used for advocacy, policy and programming to end violence against women and girls.
Description of required services/Results

The partner institution or consortium of institutions will, with UN Women and WHO’s support:

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Participate in the kick-off meeting to discuss the expected objective of the regional capacity program in detail, as well as to develop an agreed upon workplan and work-approach with timelines to implement the program.
Conduct a mapping of existing needs, capacities and tools particularly in the region to identify capacity needed to reach the VAW measurement capacity development objectives. The exercise is an analysis of desired capacities against existing capacities which generates an understanding of capacity assets and needs that can serve as input for formulating the capacity development response.
Regionalize a training curriculum based on those previously developed by WHO, UNFPA, and other organizations on measuring VAW using survey methodologies and standards that are internationally accepted best practices and that allow to report on globally agreed VAW indicators. A Technical Advisory Group will be established to advice and guide this work.
Deliver a pilot training using this curriculum and revise the curriculum based on lessons learned from the pilot training, and inputs from participants and members of the Technical Advisory Group. It should be noted that the selected institution will be expected to organize the pilot training, and arrange relevant logistics including travels and accommodation for course participants, with funding from the Joint Programme.
Develop a monitoring and evaluation framework to measure capacity shift pre and post training.
Identify opportunities to link this regional VAW measurement capacity development initiative with other related initiatives to build momentum of generating high-quality and reliable data on VAW to amplify the voices of women.
Recommend measures and take action towards ensuring the sustainability and institutionalization of the training curriculum for the East and Southern Africa region.
Exchange lessons learnt and experience with the similar regional capacity development initiative in the Arab State region.
Foster a community/network of VAW researchers in the East and Southern Africa region to support VAW survey initiatives. There needs to be mechanisms to ensure continuation of knowledge and experience exchange within the region, and cross-region.

Mapping of needs, capacities and resources to assess existing national capacities in order to inform the design of a training programme on VAW data measurement in the region, and preliminary capacity assessment results prior to inform the pilot training.
A regionally adapted training curriculum on measuring VAW using survey methodologies and standards that are international accepted best practices, and that allow to report on globally agreed VAW indicators, incorporating feedback and inputs from the pilot test and the members of Technical Advisory Group.
A trainer’s manual to guide the facilitators on the delivery of the training curriculum.
Validated instruments to measure knowledge and skill shift pre and post training or capacity building activities.
A pilot training using the curriculum to test the curriculum.
Identify and recommend potential government, inter-governmental and independent research and statistics institutions for collaboration, south-south learning and advocacy on VAW data.
Plan to integrate the training curriculum on VAW measurement into the organization’s regular training plan/programme.
Funding Information

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The budget range for this proposal should be USD120,000-USD180,000.

Timeframe: Start date and end date for completion of required services/results

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2020: Development of the training curriculum in English
2021: Pilot training, and finalization of the training curriculum
Specifications for the training curriculum

The in-person training programme should be between 1 and 3 weeks. Contents should include:

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Basic gender and power concepts and definitions
VAW types, concepts and definitions
Introduction to VAW data
Survey planning, budgeting, and objective setting
Questionnaire design, adaptation, and testing
Ethics and safety measures
Selection and training of interviewers
Data collection and processing
Data analysis
Dissemination and use of data
Coordination and partnerships
Data use and data literacy
Targeted audience of the training

Technical staff from National Statistics Offices
Staff members of National Women’s Machineries with basic understanding of data and research
Researchers and/or students from academic institutes who have basic understanding of gender-based violence
Members of civil society organizations and other institutions that will be involved in VAW surveys
Technical guidance and oversight

UN Women and WHO will provide overall guidance on the initiative. A technical advisory group (TAG) comprising of global, regional, and/or national experts will be set up to guide, provide advice, and accompany the process.
The course curriculum will be built upon existing materials and efforts of other institutions to strengthen and build capacity on the measurement of VAW taking into consideration newer forms of violence. The training curriculum developed will be reviewed by the TAG for quality assurance, ethics and principles, and adherence to the overall objective of this initiative.

UN Women is soliciting proposals from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Women’s organizations or entities are highly encouraged to apply.


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Technical/functional competencies required
Experience and technical expertise in the areas of data collection and analysis, preferably on gender-related issues, sexual and reproductive health, violence against women, or public health; This includes sound knowledge of quantitative research methods, preferably on VAW prevalence studies and all phases of research including planning, design, data collection, statistical analysis, interpretation, report writing and dissemination, as well as very good understanding of ethical and safety principles and requirements throughout all these the phases;
Experience in conducting participatory, multi-stakeholder training on VAW data collection and analysis;
Knowledge and understanding of safety and ethical measures in research studies;
Experience in developing training curriculum and conducting training based on adult-learning and experiential-learning approaches;
Proposals will be reviewed under the following overarching criteria:

The proposal is compliant with the call for proposal’s requirement to ensure an even playing field among the competing partners.
The organization mandate is relevant to the work to be undertaken in the TOR
The proposal demonstrates a sound understanding of the requirements of the TOR and indicates that the organization has the prerequisite capacity to undertake the work successfully.
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