Consultant to provide management and coordination support for the Sexual Offence Bill Conference in Somalia
Advertised on behalf of : Location : Mogadishu (Home-based), SOMALIA
Application Deadline : 28-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required : English
Expected Duration of Assignment : 10 working days
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women through its engagement in Somalia, has prioritized to work in promoting women political participation, ensuring women peace and security and increasing women’s access to justice. UN Women’s existing country program for Somalia, the Strategic Note, was developed at the end of 2016 with a three-year time span from 2017 to the end of 2019 and was updated in mid-2017 to align with the emerging and national priorities. The Strategic Note, at the moment, is being extended till December 2021. UN Women’s engagement in Somalia is based on the National Development Plan (2020-2024) and the new UN Strategic Framework (2017-2020) which outlined UN’s support to the implementation of the National Plan.
Despite substantial progress achieved in the past year, protracted conflicts, violence, displacements and climatic shocks have continued to hinder attainment of substantive GEWE gains. These persistent obstacles have resulted in severe protection issues particularly for women and girls who constitute estimated 50% of the affected population as per the Humanitarian Needs Overview 2019. These issues have made women and girls vulnerable to conflict related sexual and gender-based violence (CRSGBV). According to the GBVIMS data, women and girls are at risk of GBV accounting for 96% of the reported incidents and the report indicated that the most of the GBV incidents are reported by the displaced persons, accounting for 78% of the reported incidents in Somalia.
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, reports of gender-based violence are increasing in the country. With Gender Based Violence highlighted as one of the most prevalent human rights violations in Somalia where 60% women have been physically abused, the outbreak of COVID-19 is most likely to exacerbate the problem.
Given the situation in Somalia and in order to effectively respond to the high levels of sexual violence in Somali society, the Cabinet of the Federal Government of Somalia unanimously accepted and approved the Sexual Offences Bill (SOB) in May 2018. This landmark Bill marked the first time a country adhering to Sharia Law had recognized the need of such progressive legislation. The Bill has provisions on sexual offences, their definition, prevention and protection of all persons from harm associated with unlawful sexual acts. It also defines and criminalises rape, gang rape, sexual assault, unconsented sex, sexual slavery, sex tourism, sex trafficking, forced marriage, sexual harassment, abduction or unlawful detention for sexual purpose and child marriage, among others. The Bill was then sent to the parliament to be presented, discussed and passed on the floor of the House.
On the contrary, in an unprecedented move and against the parliamentary orders and procedures, the Speaker of the Lower House unilaterally withdrew the Bill before it could be presented and discussed on the floor of the parliament. From the beginning, the Bill has continued to face an onslaught and opposition from many quarters, especially the clerics with distorted and extreme ideologies, mostly using the media to instil fear in the public targeting mainly parliamentarians in order to deter government’s political commitment to get the SOB pass through the Federal Parliament.
In light of this, UN Women in partnership with National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and UNFPA is planning to organize a digital campaign platform on sexual offences legislation to bring together key human rights activists, women activists, journalists, trade unionists, parliamentarians, youths and religious elders to discuss the importance of SOB and its positive impact in the Somali society. The engagement is aimed at shedding light on the unconstitutional challenges and barriers against the Bill as well as the urgency to return the SOB to the parliament.
UN Women is seeking an international consultant to manage and coordinate the planned engagements that will reinvigorate the SOB. This will include rolling out a digital campaign and the media assessment. The consultant will lead in organizing the interactive social media campaigns in consultation with UN Women and UNFPA. The consultant will serve as the prime contact for implementation of the proposed activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Methodology: The consultancy will be homebased and mainly virtual convenings. The total number of days will be ten days. The consultant will work in consultation with the UN Women Programme Manager. UN Women will provide the consultant with all necessary guidance and related information.
Specific Tasks: The consultant is expected to perform the following activities among others:
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Required Skills and Experience
UNWOMEN is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.