CONSULTANCY: Selection of three (3) Civil society organizations (CSOs) to design and implement community projects aligned to national and subnational policies, including the NSAP-GBV, Community Priority Plans and Local Sustainable Development Plans (LSPD) and that addresses the needs of women, girls and other groups who are most vulnerable to sexual & gender-based violence (SGBV) and harmful practices (HP).
Post Level: National/International Consultancy
Type of Consultancy: Institutional Consultancy
Deadline: 26 March 2021
Expected start date: April 2021
Period of assignment/services: 6 months
In September 2017, the EU and the UN launched an ambitious partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide. The Spotlight Initiative (SI) aims at mobilizing commitment of political leaders and contributing to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Initiative aims at ending all forms of violence against women and girls, targeting those that are most prevalent and contribute to gender inequality across the world. The SI will deploy targeted, large-scale investments in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Pacific and the Caribbean, aimed at achieving significant improvements in the lives of women and girls. Jamaica is one of the countries in the Caribbean to benefit from this transformative initiative.
The overall vision of the SI in Jamaica is that women and girls realize their full potential in a violence-free, gender-responsive and inclusive way. The SI is aligned with the National Strategic Action Plan on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls (NSAP-GBV) and will directly contribute to the achievement of three of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Goal 5 on Gender Equality, Goal 3 on Good Health and Well-being and Goal 16 on Inclusive and Peaceful Societies. It will contribute to the elimination of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) through the creation of a broad partnership with a wide variety of stakeholders (civil society, government, private sector, media, among others) that builds a social movement of women, men, girls, boys and other vulnerable people as champions and agents of change at the national, subnational and community levels. A specific focus will be on reaching and including in the program women and girls who are often isolated and most vulnerable to sexual & gender-based violence (SGBV) and harmful practices (HP) due to intersecting forms of discrimination. The program will also seek to address the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) needs of all women and girls in all their diversity using a life-cycle approach.
The SI Jamaica Country Program will use a multi-sectoral, multi-layered, interlinked community-centred approach to the implementation of the interventions on the following six Outcome Areas based on the socio-ecological model for addressing SGBV:
• Pillar One: Legislative and Policy Frameworks
• Pillar Two: Strengthening Institutions
• Pillar Three: Prevention and Social Norms
• Pillar Four: Delivery of Quality, Essential Services
• Pillar Five: Data Availability and Capacities
• Pillar Six: Supporting the Women’s Movement and CSO
The SI in Jamaica is national in scope and targeted intervention will focus on the following four parishes: The Kingston Metropolitan Area (Kingston and St. Andrew), St. Thomas, Clarendon, and Westmoreland. It will address three key priority areas within the overall focus on Family Violence against women and girls: 1) Child Sexual Abuse, 2) Intimate Partner Violence and 3) Discrimination against vulnerable groups. The approach will be guided by the ecological theory that underpins the connections between family and society. The ecological model is seen as the best framework within which to address the causes, consequences, and response to family violence in Jamaica. The approach will also be guided by the core principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – Leaving No One Behind and underpinned by an intersectional approach that will ensure interventions address key social factors such as socio-economic status, age, sexual orientation, health, educational and disabilities status.
This Call for Proposals falls under Pillar 2 – Strengthening Institutions, which seeks to ensure that national and sub-national systems and institutions plan, fund, and deliver evidence-based programmes that prevent and respond to violence against women and girls within the family. CSOs, including those representing youth and groups facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, are crucial actors that drive progress on efforts to end family violence at the community level. They also provide critical support in implementing the plans created by national and sub-national government institutions. This initiative therefore seeks to utilise the expertise of qualified CSOs to buttress the work of national and sub-national institutions, through the delivery of integrated, coordinated, high-quality, evidence-based, sustained programmes to address family violence.