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The Spotlight Initiative (SI) is a global partnership between the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls (EVAWG), including harmful practices by 2030. Premised on the key principles of sustainable development goals (SDGs) of leaving no one behind (LNOB) and reaching the furthest behind first, the Spotlight Initiative in Samoa - addresses Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence (DV/IPV).
The SI in Samoa builds on existing Government commitments to ending domestic and intimate partner violence (IPV) and cultural institutions that support ending violence against women and girls.
The 2020 Samoa Second National Review Report on the SDG’s confirms the increasing rates of violence against women and children. Furthermore, the National Public Inquiry into Family Violence 2018 states 89% of women have experienced physical abuse by a family member, with alarming rates of sexual abuse against girls. Recommendation 20 of the Inquiry Report signals the significant role of the Village Fono to establish a credible mechanism for preventing family violence that ensures regular and ongoing programs are conducted. For instance, the mechanism refers to the establishment of ‘Village Family Safety Committees' (VFSC) within each village, solely responsible for all matters relating to family violence prevention.
To implement Recommendation 20 of the 2018 Inquiry, the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) embarked on a Village Family Safety Committee pilot program to implement a ‘Violence Free Village Programme in six (6) villages in Samoa. Modelled on the significance of the 'faasamoa', the pilot program uses a culturally responsive centred approach to empower village leaders and members to proactively be the vanguards of change in the prevention of domestic violence within their own villages. The program aims to establish Village Safety Committees to not only recognize DV as a serious problem and act as the support network for prevention and awareness-raising about family violence including DV/IPV. Furthermore, capacity support is provided to the committees to develop safety plans to promote family safety initiatives within their own village environment. In 2020, funding assistance from the Spotlight Initiative through UNDP has supported the set-up of and capacity building training for safety committees, development of safety plans and implementation for some initiatives.
UNDP in partnership with NHRI seeks through this request for proposal, the services of a national consultant to evaluate the performance and impact of the Village Family Safety Committee pilot program in the six (6) pilot villages identified.
 NHRI Samoa 2020; Village Family Safety Committee Pilot Project. Phase II Report.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK
The national consultant will be supported by the National Human Rights Institution to undertake the following scope of work.
To assess the performance (including the approach) of the pilot program to date and make recommendations on what is working for future programme enhancements. The evaluation approach is expected to look at the relevance, effectiveness, results or impact and sustainability. This includes implementation challenges and documentation of any innovative best practices and or promising future practices.
The evaluation is expected to provide an overview of progress since the program commenced in terms of activities, objectives, and deliverables as well as impact and achievement of program outcomes. The final report produced by the consultant will determine the next phase of program implementation for NHRI.
The scope of evaluation will include all six (6) villages under the pilot Village Safety Committee program and review of available related documents but not limited to the following: Village Safety Committee pilot program concept note, village safety plans, activity reports, media including social media releases, articles, annual reports, and strategic plans.
The consultant will work on this assignment for a period of 25 working days ending 2 November 2021.
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES
1. Develop and submit an evaluation work plan which includes the evaluation approach -addressing the following key areas- relevance, effectiveness, results or impact and sustainability. This includes challenges and documentation of innovative best practices and or promising future practices). In addition to the work plan must include objectives, methodology, timelines, list of key informants to be interviewed. The work plan should be developed in consultation with the NHRI Rights division.
1.1. Incorporate the required relevant outcomes and output indicators of the EU & UN Spotlight Initiative Monitoring & Evaluation framework into the assignment evaluation work plan to ensure alignment and reporting on relevant indicators and their achievement.
1.2. Develop the evaluation tools to support the conduct of the assignment where necessary. Ensure the Samoan translation is included where appropriate for engaging the community-based audience (information sheet on the evaluation, questionnaires, interview questions etc).
2. Review available documents but not limited to the following: Village Safety Committee pilot program concept note, village safety plans, activity progress and monitoring reports, related media including social media releases, articles, annual reports, and strategic plans.
3. Interview key informants and beneficiaries; Village Safety Committees, NHRI Human Rights Steering Committee, trained committee members and leaders, selected members of the OneUN (Samoa) Spotlight Initiative technical task force, key partner organisations supporting implementation from government ministries and civil society organisations.
4. Capture and document transformational human interest or village group stories and testimonies from the pilot villages. Including documentation of evidence-based lessons learned that lead to innovative community best practices or promising practises for the prevention of violence against women and girls.
5. Analysis and synthesis of results into a draft and final evaluation report for NHRI and UNDP. Include key recommendations for specific changes, opportunities building on the best practice lessons learned and promising practices of the program implementation and approach.
5.1 Conduct a joint meeting with NHRI and UNDP to discuss the draft findings of the report according to the assignment deliverables.
5.2. Prepare and submit the final report on the key deliverables of the assignment in both hard and soft copy in English to NHRI and UNDP with necessary attachments.
Payments will only be disbursed upon successful completion and approval by UNDP of the milestones.
The Local Consultant will be recruited up to 25 days from the effective date of the contract.
The consultancy is to deliver on the Initiative pilot ‘Samoa Violence Free Village Program’ implemented through the National Human Rights Institution.
Inputs by NHRI
The NHRI will make available to the consultant, the services of their division team managing the Pilot village program and all relevant information to assist the consultant in effectively carrying out the services. These include physical workspace if deemed necessary for the delivery of services.
Inputs by UNDP
UNDP through the SI program coordinator will make available to the consultant all relevant information and materials including access to the UN Spotlight Technical Lead and resource team where needed to achieve the objectives of this assignment.
The National Human Rights Institution of the Office of the Ombudsman maintains ownership of all data and information used in the duration of this assignment, other than those materials originally sourced, authored and produced by UNDP, EU & UN Spotlight Initiative and other agencies.
The Consultant is or is required to report to the Ombudsman and UNDP ARR GPRU. The consultant is required to submit relevant milestone reports for endorsement to the Ombudsman through the Director of NHRI and the UNDP GPRU Assistant Resident Representative.
DURATION OF THE WORK
The duration of time for the Consultant to provide the services will be up to 25 working days from the effective date of the contract.
Leadership and Self-Management
Required Skills and Experience
EVALUATION PROCESS & CRITERIA
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as;
TECHNICAL CRITERIA WEIGHT – 70%
FINANCIAL CRITERIA WEIGHT – 30%
Technical Evaluation Criteria will be based on the information provided in the CV and the relevant documents must be submitted as evidence to support the criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% of the total technical points will have their financial proposal considered for combination.
Qualification and Experience – Evaluation of CVs for Shortlisting
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