|TERMS OF REFERENCE (to be completed by Hiring Office)
Mapping of WGSS interventions and services in UNFPA humanitarian response
|Hiring Office:||Humanitarian Response Division|
|Purpose of consultancy:||UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2022-2025) aims at expanding the humanitarian response capacity to better safeguard the lives of women, adolescents and youth, especially adolescent girls, while also addressing mental health and psychosocial issues.
Creating safe spaces for women and girls is a critical part of GBV programming. A women’s and girls’ safe space (WGSS) is an intervention that GBV programme actors in humanitarian programming, have used for decades as an entry point for women and girls to report protection concerns, express their needs, receive services, engage in empowerment activities and connect with the community. For over 25 years, UNFPA has promoted Women’s and Girls Safe Spaces (WGSS) where millions of women, girls and GBV survivors could be free from harm; access care, services and information; and gain skills empowering them to make choices to advance their own safety and well-being. From supporting approximately 400 Women’s and Girls’ Safe Spaces (WGSS) in 2015, UNFPA supported over a thousand in 2022. The establishment of and services offered in WGSS has taken different forms in different contexts, based on Country Offices (COs) capacities, and perceived needs, gaps, opportunities and resources. UNFPA is committed to sustain Women’s and Girls’ Safe Spaces (WGSS) as a core protection, empowerment, and gender-transformative intervention. UNFPA has also made a clear commitment in the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies, to invest in gender-transformative work in WGSS.
Services and activities offered in the Women and Girls Safe Spaces (WGSS) vary depending on context, women’s and girls’ preferences, the safe space modality (static, mobile, virtual). Although specific WGSS interventions may include different services and activities, all should work towards the five standard objectives as articulated in the Inter-Agency GBViE Minimum Standards and the Women and Girls Safe Spaces: A Toolkit for Advancing Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in Humanitarian Settings (IRC and IMC, 2020).
To this extent, UNFPA wants to assess and document the full, consistent and quality field implementation of the available global guidance on WGSS across different contexts.
For UNFPA, it is crucial to know:
This role aims to:
- Map services and activities offered by UNFPA in WGSS in selected contexts, both for adult women and for adolescent girls, including case management services, structured and unstructured PSS and empowerment interventions.
- Understand the extent to which UNFPA and its implementing partners in the field are using available programmatic guidance, tools and other resources for the design, implementation and monitoring of WGSS interventions.
- Highlight and promote good and promising practices in selected contexts through the development of case studies and learning briefs, especially on how WGSS models and services are tailored to context, needs and different groups of population (adolescent girls, girls at risk of child marriage, married girls, women and girls with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ women and girls…);
- Develop a practical tool to monitor the extent to which WGSS fulfils the 5 standard objectives and meet the needs of women and girls.
Women and Girls’ Safe Spaces (WGSS) offer unique opportunities to address harmful social and gender norms; strengthen UNFPA’s integrated approaches to GBV and SRH programming; safely access psycho-social support; tailor interventions to the needs of adolescent girls. UNFPA also implements strategies to promote local ownership and support national and local actors, including government, civil society actors and WLOs, in having the necessary knowledge, capacity, assets and human and financial resources to sustainably manage WGSS.
The mapping and analysis should include a specific focus on:
GBV-SRH linkages, PSS, localization, partnerships with WLOs, gender transformative approaches in WGSS, adolescent girls within WGSS, and how WGSS are leveraged to create synergies with other services and programmes in a given context (e.g. addressing Child Marriage and working with married girls).
UNFPA will review and document good practices, challenges and quality enablers, standards, risks, and outcomes of gender-transformative Women’s and Girls’ Safe Spaces (WGSS).
UNFPA is looking for a Specialist to finalise the mapping exercise of UNFPA-supported WGSS.
UNFPA started the WGSS mapping in late 2022 and, due to time constraints, it was not possible to finalise it. This ToR builds upon the work initiated in 2022 which included an online survey, 1 field mission, limited KIIs.
The Specialist will work in close collaboration with the GBV in emergencies Specialists of the Programme Support Unit (PSU) at the Humanitarian Response Division (HRD).
|Scope of work:
(Description of services, activities, or outputs)
|Specifically, the Specialist will:
Deliver 2 field missions of about 1 week each. The countries will be identified by UNFPA (probably Mali, DRC and/or Bangladesh).
|Duration / working schedule||The contract is full-time for 6 months, starting 1st October 2023 until the 31st of March 2024.
The total number of days is: 120 days (including travel days for the field missions), which will be divided in the following way:
From the 1st of October until the 31st of December 2023 (60 days)
From the 1st of January until the 31st of March 2024 (60 days)
|Place where services are to be delivered:||The role is home-based with 2 field missions in countries to be defined in collaboration with UNFPA.|
|Delivery dates and how work will be delivered (e.g. electronic, hard copy etc.):||The Specialist will work with the GBV in Emergencies Specialists to determine specifics.
Key deliverables will include:
|Monitoring and progress control, including reporting requirements, periodicity format and deadline:||
|Supervisory arrangements:||The Specialist works under the technical guidance of the GBViE specialist in the Humanitarian Response Divisions in Geneva.
|Expected travel:||Missions to selected priority countries (1 or 2 missions of about 7 days each)|
|Required expertise, qualifications and competencies, including language requirements:||Education:
Knowledge and experience:
Access to the internet while on mission and a UNFPA email address will be provided.
|Inputs / services to be provided by UNFPA||Access to internet while on mission and a UNFPA email address will be provided|
|Other relevant information or special conditions||Women from the Global South having set up, managed, trained and supervised teams, or directly delivered services or facilitated activities within WGSS in their own or in other communities are strongly encouraged to apply.|