RE-ADVERTISEMENT: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Training and Institutional Development Specialist (Previous applicants will be considered in this round and should not re-apply)
This document sets out the terms of reference for a Short-term Consultant to provide expert inputs for the operationalization of the Protocol on Prevention and Suppression of Sexual Violence against Women and Children (SGBV Protocol) under the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region’s (ICGLR) Pact on Security and Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region. Specifically, article 6 (9): ‘Member States agree to set up a special regional facility for training and sensitizing judicial officers, police units, social workers, medical officers and other categories of persons who handle cases of sexual violence in the Great Lakes Region’. This research forms part of collaboration between the Learning on Gender and Conflict in Africa Program (LOGiCA) managed by the World Bank, and the ICGLR Conference Secretariat (CS) ahead of the annual Summit in December 2011 including a special session on SGBV.
LOGiCA: Established in 2009, LOGiCA and aims to contribute to peace and security in Sub-Saharan Africa by supporting gender-sensitive activities related to insecurity and violence in conflict-affected and post-conflict countries in the region. LOGiCA is funded through a Multi-donor Trust Fund mechanism supported by the governments of Canada, Denmark, Norway and Sweden and managed by the World Bank. LOGiCA’s specific objectives are to: (i) increase gender-sensitive programming in Demobilization and Reintegration operations supported by the Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program in the Great Lakes Region by better addressing the gender-specific needs of male and female ex-combatants; (ii) generate knowledge and good practice on how to address gender and conflict issues - with a focus on programs addressing Demobilization and Reintegration, SGBV and male youth at-risk. ICGLR: an inter-governmental organization comprised of eleven Member States was established to implement the Pact on Security and Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region. The vision of the ICGLR is ‘to transform the Great lakes Region into a space of sustainable peace and security for States and peoples, political and social stability, shared growth and development… . The ICGLR Pact has the following objectives: (i) provide a legal framework governing relations between Member States to which this Pact applies, (ii) implement the Dar es-Salaam Declaration, the Protocols, Programs of Action, the Regional Follow-up Mechanism, and the Special Reconstruction and Development Fund, (iii) Create the conditions for security, stability and sustainable development between Member States. Entrenched within the Pact are 10 binding regional protocols with obligations to be implemented by Member States under the Pact, including the domestication of the protocols. One such Protocol specifically addresses SGBV – ‘Prevention and Suppression of Sexual Violence against Women and Children (SGBV Protocol)’. This Protocol is one of the few regional and internationally legally binding instruments to combat sexual violence by protecting survivors as well as prosecuting perpetrators. It also provides a legal basis for the surrender of fugitives and for persons accused of sexual violence. ICGLR’s Conference Secretariat (CS) is the technical and coordinating body of the ICGLR; it harmonizes, coordinates and facilitates, in cooperation with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), activities falling under its mandate as well as in cooperation with National Coordinating Mechanisms (NCMs) for implementation of the Pact at national levels.
In light of the shared theme of addressing SGBV in the Great Lakes Region, LOGiCA and ICGLR CS have embarked on a partnership to enhance knowledge generation and good practice on SGBV in the Great Lakes Region and are collaborating on the related preparations ahead of the 2011 Summit. During the 2010 Summit held in Zambia, the Heads of State and Government of the ICGLR Member States agreed to have a Special Session on SGBV during the ordinary Summit of 2011. The purpose of the session is to allow Member States and Governments to build upon progress since the signature of the ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region (2006). It is now clear that the ratification of regional and international human rights instruments by Member States is a necessary but not sufficient approach to prevent and eradicate SGBV. Work must now be undertaken to turn commitments into action by operationalizing the relevant ICGLR instruments. This assignment refers specifically to the operationalization of the special regional facility for training and sensitizing judicial officers, police units, social workers, medical officers and other categories of persons who handle cases of SGBV in the Great Lakes Region under Article 6 of the related protocol to inform Summit in December 2011.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Short-Term Consultant will conduct a feasibility assessment for the implementation of Article 6 under the SGBV protocol, and will subsequently provide specific and practical recommendations for the operationalization of the special regional facility for training and sensitization on SGBV in the Great Lakes Region. The Short-term Consultant will work in close collaboration with ICGLR CS and LOGiCA to understand and develop their vision with regard to the implementation of the special regional facility and how it could be implemented in the context of the ICGLR’s existing framework, as well as detailing the specific needs ahead of the 2011 Summit
Tasks include, but are not limited to:
-Undertake a situation analysis of existing national capacities on SGBV training in the Great Lakes Region through desk review and stakeholder consultations; this will include a stock-take of existing training tools and initiatives for training across judicial officers, police units, social workers, medical officers and other categories of persons who handle cases of SGBV in the Great Lakes Region -Develop a set of practical recommendations for operationalization of the regional training facility including inter alia: suggested partners, trainers, pedagogic approach for different actors, participation of which specific actors and an indicative budget. -Package findings and recommendations as a ‘tool kit’ for ICGLR Member State’s implementation. -Provide inputs and advice as required to the various technical and expert committees convened ahead of the Summit relating to the development of the regional training facility. -Work closely with LOGiCA and ICGLR, providing regular updates of key findings throughout research conducted for feedback as appropriate.
-Overall report outlining the key findings and recommendations of the research including: (i) feasibility of facility establishment based on situation analysis, (ii) stock-take of existing related initiatives/actors and (iii) practical considerations for the establishment of the facility, sustainability and indicative budget. Section (iii) should comprise the focus of the report. -Member State’s Tool Kit for operationalization of regional training facility -PowerPoint Presentations on findings and recommendations to date for various technical coordination and expert meetings as appropriate -PowerPoint Presentation on recommendations to ICGLR Member States at the Summit
Selection Criteria: Postgraduate degree in social sciences or relevant discipline; Minimum 10 years experience working on SGBV and related institutional and capacity development issues; In-depth knowledge of SGBV issues as they pertain to police, judiciary, security, social and health sectors. Demonstrable experience and proven related results in a senior advisory capacity on similar issues; Experience and in-depth knowledge of the greater Great Lakes Region Experience working with a range of actors across government, civil society and multilaterals from the local level to participation in high level expert groups and interaction and ministerial level and above Excellent facilitation, negotiation and inter-personal skills Fluency in English and French