Job Opening

Posting Title: International Consultant to work on strengthening the capacities of the Jordanian National Commission for Women in estimating the cost of violence against women
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 13 May 2022 - 19 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia-181448-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Based on the data collection experience and lessons learnt, ESCWA and JNCW are interested in engaging a consultant to estimate the prevalence of violence, out-of-pocket costs and loss of productivity due to marital violence in Jordan. Therefore, the objectives are to:
• Build the DoS team's capacity to carry out a similar survey in other governorates;
• Analyze national data, and;
• Prepare a report on detailed findings relating to the areas mentioned above.

Work Location

Jordan

Expected duration

Until 30 November 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

Violence against women (VAW), including marital violence, is a human rights violation. According to Jordan's Demographic and Health Survey of 2017-2018, 26 per cent of ever-married women aged 15-49 years have ever experienced spousal physical, sexual, or emotional violence. Notably, only 19 per cent of women who have experienced any physical or spousal sexual violence have sought help, and two-thirds have never sought help nor told anyone about the violence. This is due to social factors and the limited availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of services delivered. Available research indicates that Jordan faces several challenges in providing services to survivors, including a strained national system for protection from violence, a scarcity of resources, and the limited synchronization between policies and service provision.
Although largely undocumented, the social and health costs of VAW are considered enormous by researchers, practitioners, and advocates. Estimating the economic cost of VAW at large, including the cost of services, is a vital tool for understanding the financial gaps that hinder the implementation of quality, available and accessible services for survivors. Furthermore, estimating the cost of VAW can provide an evidence base to redirect budget allocations and ensure a sufficiently funded, comprehensive and ultimately effective response to VAW at the legal and service provision levels. In addition, it contributes to increasing the efficiency and transparency of budget allocations, especially for States that have a limited budget for gender equality.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the United Nations Population Fund in Jordan and the Jordanian National Commission for Women started the collaboration in late 2020 to estimate the cost of marital violence in Jordan. In consultation with the Department of Statistics (DoS), the three partners conducted a prevalence survey in the Balqa governorate. Based on this data collection experience and lessons learnt, ESCWA and JNCW would like to engage a consultant to build the DoS team's capacity to carry out a similar exercise and analyze national data and report on findings relating to the prevalence of violence, out-of-pocket costs and loss of productivity due to marital violence in Jordan.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced degree (preferably a PhD) in economics, econometrics, demography, statistics and/or women's/gender studies.
Experience: • At least ten years of experience in conducting research using quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including data analysis
• At least ten years of experience in conducting research on socio-economic development through a gender lens, including research on the economic cost of violence.
• A high-quality publication history on similar topics.
• An ability to meet deadlines and deliver quality products on time.
• Excellent drafting, reporting and presentation skills, as well as communication skills
Language: Fluency in written and spoken English is required

No Fee

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