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Overview of the Spotlight initiative
In September 2017, the European (EU)and the United Nations (UN) launched a global partnership- the Spotlight Initiative (SI) to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide. The SI’s main thrust is to amongst other factors operationalize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relevant targets, in particular, SDG 5, Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls, SDG 3, Health and Well Being for All at All Levels and All Ages and SDG 16 Promote Inclusive Societies, Justice and Institutions for Sustainable Development and Promote Strong and Inclusive Institutions. The programme is beneficial to 22 countries globally and Zimbabwe is part of the eight African countries benefitting from the SI. The Spotlight Initiative (SI) aims at mobilizing commitment of political leaders working in collaboration and partnerships with civil society, especially women ‘s movement, private sector, academic institutions, ordinary women and girls. The Initiative aims at ending on all forms of violence against women and girls, targeting those that are most prevalent and contribute to gender inequality across the world.
The overall vision of the Spotlight Initiative in Zimbabwe is that women and girls realize their full potential in a violence-free, gender-responsive and inclusive Zimbabwe. The SI Zimbabwe is being implemented across six UN agencies to which UNDP is one of them, through broad partnership with amongst other, academic institutions, civil society organizations, especially CBOs, women’s groups and female human rights advocates, government, private sector and media. Women, men, girls and boys at all level, but mostly at community level will be partnered with as champions and agents of change. A specific focus will be on reaching out on those usually left behind, especially women and girls who are often isolated and most vulnerable to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), Harmful Practices (HPs) and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues due to intersecting forms of discrimination such as women and girls with disabilities and adolescent girls. The SI Zimbabwe has in place a Steering Committee which is co-chaired by the Minister for Women Affairs, Small to Medium Enterprises and Community Development and the UN Resident Coordinator. The Spotlight Initiative is jointly implemented by six UN agencies namely, UNWOMEN, UNFPA, UNDP, ILO, UNESCO and UNICEF, coordinated by the RCO and is structured around the following six outcomes: Outcome 1: Legislative and Policy Frameworks
Outcome 2: Strengthening Institutions
Outcome 3: Prevention and Social Norms
Outcome 4: Delivery of Quality, Essential Service
Outcome 5: Data Availability and Capacities
Outcome 6: Supporting the Women’s Movement
In regards to the geographical scope of the SI in Zimbabwe, following an extensive mapping of existing SGBV, HIV and SRHR programmes implemented in Zimbabwe by UN agencies, government, civil society, EU and other development partners-funded initiatives, and the use of a set of key SGBV, HP, SRHR, HIV and poverty prevalence data , five provinces and 23 Districts (two of which are large, impoverished urban settlements) were selected for the implementation of the SI country programme.
The overall vision of the Spotlight Initiative in Zimbabwe is that women and girls realize their full potential in a violence-free, gender-responsive and inclusive Zimbabwe. The Spotlight Initiative will directly contribute to Zimbabwe’s achievement of two of the country’s prioritized Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 3 and SDG 5. The programme will contribute to the elimination of SGBV and HPs through the creation of a broad partnership with Civil Society, Government, Private Sector, Media, among others; and, build a social movement of women, men, girls and boys as champions and agents of change at the national, subnational and community levels. A specific focus will be on reaching and including in the programme women and girls who are often isolated and most vulnerable to SGBV and HPs due to intersecting forms of discrimination. The programme also will seek to address the SRHR needs of all women and girls using a life-cycle approach.
While implementation of SI in Zimbabwe will be both upstream and downstream to achieve the most effective impact of the interventions across the six Outcomes, the focus of the work in Outcome 3 which includes the women ‘s economic empowerment component will be at community level in targeted districts.
UNDP role in the Spotlight Initiative
Over the past 20 or so years, UNDP has invested in poverty alleviation programmes in Zimbabwe anchored in addressing the needs of the poorest and the marginalized. Specific programming has been done over the years targeting women as vulnerable members of communities. UNDP core funded projects such as the Inclusive Growth and Livelihoods reached thousands of women working through Internal Lending and Saving Schemes, women’s small and medium enterprises for increased livelihoods for women. UNDP has worked with different stakeholders including private sector, financial institutions, local authorities, CSOs and relevant government ministries and departments providing technical expertise and playing the role of coordination and integrating of the various stakeholders for achievement of economic empowerment on the ground. The highest number of beneficiaries for UNDP’s livelihoods and economic empowerment initiatives over the years are women and in recognition of the gender specific demands by women, UNDP has developed special expertise in packaging interventions to respond to the multi-layered needs of women while recognizing their multiple roles and intersecting discrimination that they face.
Since 2014, UNDP has been working through the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF) and targeting over 830 000 beneficiaries in building livelihood resilience in 18 districts in Zimbabwe. Some of these operational districts for ZRBF overlay with the selected Spotlight districts thereby creating an opportunity of building Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) not only for sustainable livelihoods for women but also for increased capacity to effectively deal with shocks and hazards that make them vulnerable to economic and social stress factors. UNDP and UNICEF are jointly implementing the Urban Resilience programme in Chipinge which is an SI/WEE district. The livelihoods and economic empowerment modeling under the ZRBF anchored in strong private sector partnerships and linkages with financial services (including through commercial banks and the Women’s Micro-Finance Bank) provide a strong foundation for supporting SGBV/HP survivors in the selected districts for long term economic and social recovery.
The WEE programme will be implemented in Chipinge, Muzarabani, Hopley and Umzingwane. Muzarabani and Hopley are the two districts which all SI implementing UN agencies are converging together. It is therefore proposed that the WEE intervention will have a multipronged and integrated approach which will maximize the utilization of resources and impact. The selected I/NGO partner will be expected to be present in the identified four districts for effective and efficient programme implementation. Furthermore, where appropriate the selected partner will work through already existing ZRBF’s implementing partners in the field. This will allow for utilization and leveraging of already existing knowledge, lessons learned and approaches. The WEE model will be subsequently replicated in other target areas of SI programmes in the next phase. The successful WEE programme partner will be expected to work with other SI UN implementing agencies in particular, the International Labour Organization.
Further details of the CFP are in the attached guidance note. Interested I/NGOs may download the attached relevant guidance note. All submissions should be made using the templates in the guidance note.
For application details, kindly refer below:
Applicants shall bear all costs related to proposal preparation and submission.
Applicants must submit their proposal in two envelopes of a technical and a financial proposal to:
Ms . Esther Dzviti
Block 10, Arundel Office Park
Norfolk Road, Mt Pleasant
As a minimum, proponents shall complete and return documents as per attached CFP guidance note (Annexes to this CfP) as an integral part of their proposal. Proponents may add additional documentation to their proposals as they deem appropriate.
Failure to complete and return the listed documents as part of the proposal may result in proposal rejection. Only one submission per organization is allowed. Once the application is complete and submitted, revised versions of proposal documents will not be accepted.
Proposals with supporting documents should be submitted by 17:00 30 August 2019 (Zimbabwe time). Proposals received after the deadline WILL NOT be considered.
Applicants requiring clarification in relation to the call for proposals may send their questions to UNDP in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org before 15:00 on 21 August 2019. To afford prospective applicants’ reasonable time in which to take the amendments into account in preparing their Proposals, UNDP may, at its discretion, extend the deadline for submission of Proposals.