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National Research Consultant

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N.G.O./Social Services
Total Position:
Job Type:
Consultant ( First Shift (Day) )
Job Location:
No Preference
Minimum Education:
Degree Title:
A post graduate degree (PhD) in Social Sciences, (Women/Gender studies, Social and/or Public Policy, Sociology, or related Social Science fields and relevant experience in the field of Gender mainstreaming.
Career Level:
Minimum Experience:
7 Years(● Demonstrated minimum 7 years of research experience on issues of Gender and/or GBV related issues.)
Apply By:
May 26, 2018
Posted On:
May 21, 2018
Job Description

National Research Consultant for the Development of Interagency Protocols for Prevention and Response to GBV in emergency settings

Purpose of consultancy:


Emergency situations increases the vulnerability of women, girls, and boys to sexual and other forms of gender-based violence due to disruption of law and order as well as natural breakdown of social protection systems.


UNFPA seeks to prevent gender-based violence by increasing mutisectoral capacity and by using a continuum approach in development and humanitarian settings. UNFPA plays a prominent inter-agency role in leading the gender-based violence area of responsibility under the Global Protection Cluster.


In terms of providing leadership, UNFPA Pakistan has taken co-leadership roles in setting up the gender Humanitarian Task Force in Islamabad, GBV Sub-Cluster for KP-FATA and GBV Working Group in Sindh. In 2016, upstream policy work with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was started to ensure integration of GBV IASC Guidelines and UNFPA’s Minimum Standards in the country’s DRR policies and programmes.


UNFPA CO work with national and provincial institutions to strengthen national systems in GBV related policy, administrative protocols, and SOPs development, to ensure that internationally agreed standards and principles of survivor-cantered care are incorporated in the practice of service providers from relevant sectors.


With this focus CO sees Joint Program for Essential Service Package as an opportunity to foster linkages across the continuum of development actors and emergency responders in the field of GBV. The synergies across standards/protocols for both settings would help build over time, sustainable human capacity within government institutions which is critical to respond to GBV in development and in   times of crises in a country like Pakistan. This will also enable the country to move towards achieving longer-term development and resilience gains (underpinned by a sustainable communications and advocacy strategy).


In view of prevalence of GBV in the pre-emergency social settings over the years there has been more recognition of the greater possibility and threat of GBV occurring in humanitarian settings. Responding to GBV requires coordination among all stakeholders to respond to the needs of the survivors or to put in place the prevention mechanisms both in development and humanitarian settings.  UNFPA provided technical support to NDMA for initiating the process of drafting SoPs for prevention and response to GBV (emergencies) in 2016. NDMA has shown its commitment to take this process one step forward and to facilitate the steps towards contextualization of SoPs and to provide policy guidance for providing protection and support to victims of violence in humanitarian crisis. The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will facilitate joint action by all actors to prevent and respond to GBV.  Further to SoPs NDAM will also be initiating the process of development of interagency protocols to ensure smooth coordination and communication actions.


With this context, the Country Office Pakistan is seeking the services of National Research Consultant to lead the research study and build in house capacity of NDMA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa counterparts to develop interagency protocols for ensuring prevention and response to GBV in emergencies.


NDMA will also be hiring a research team to support the implementation of research methodology and coordination with the research participants. The research team will work in guidance provided by NDMA and the research consultant. NDMA will facilitate meetings with government officials as well as coordination for research meetings with government authorities.


Scope of Work:


Overall Objectives of the Assignment

Lead the research study (Action research) to strengthening the role of NDMA as coordinating body to support interagency protocols development for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


Key activities:

  1. Drafting Concept Note (methodology, literature review) accompanied with work plan and timelines.
  2. Desk review for informing the planning and design of the research inception workshop for development of the interagency protocols

v  Review of policy document

v  Meeting with NDMA and PDMA (KP)

v  Review of regional best practices - referral coordination mechanisms

v  Prepare the interview guide.

Team actions include

v   Interviews in selected districts to collect information from government officials

v  Analysis of desk review, interviews in the district, analysis to identify gaps and verify the information.

v  Preliminary gap analysis to inform the research inception workshop.

v  Workshop outline for research inception workshop.

v  Interagency Protocols structure and outline

  1. Planning and Design Workshop (Islamabad)

v  Facilitation

v  Material development for sessions, reference material for participants

v  Review final report of the workshop prepared by NDMA research associate

v  Draft Protocol

v  Draft Action plan on implementation of the draft interagency protocols

  1. Distance guidance and responding to queries of the research participants from field during implementation of the draft protocols.

v   Active support will also be provided by research coordinator and coordinator under the consultant’s supervision.

  1. Post field work workshop to document reflection on Action Plan Implementation

v  Sharing of experiences and lessons learned (divisional level)

v  Revision of the protocols and 2nd draft

v  Review final report of the workshop prepared by NDMA research associate

  1. Finalization of Interagency Protocol Draft

v  Finalization of changes and presentation to government officials for endorsement.

v  Finalization of interagency protocols

  1. Submission of final draft for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh interagency protocols for prevention and response to GBV in humanitarian settings.




Duration and working schedule:  49 days spread over June 2018 – July 2019



Places where services are to be delivered:   Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 


Delivery dates and how work will be delivered: The consultant will prepare a work plan with timelines and deliverables


Monitoring and progress control, including reporting requirements, periodicity format and deadline:  The payments will be subjected to meeting satisfactory quality standards

Supervisory arrangements: The Consultant will report to the International Humanitarian Coordinator UNFPA. NDMA’s role will be key in providing technical input to the material delivered by the consultant. 


Required expertise, qualifications and competencies, including language requirements:


A post graduate degree (PhD) in Social Sciences, (Women/Gender studies, Social and/or Public Policy, Sociology, or related Social Science fields and relevant experience in the field of Gender mainstreaming.


Knowledge and Experience

        Demonstrated minimum 7 years of research experience on issues of Gender and/or GBV related issues.

        Experience of writing research concept notes and leading policy papers.

        Familiarity with standards and guidelines for gender mainstreaming, including prevention and response mechanisms to address GBV.

        Experience in training, facilitation, capacity building, strategy development, etc.

        Experience with development of knowledge management, guidelines or policy documents.

        Familiarity with national humanitarian or development programming, coordination structures.

        Familiarity/knowledge about working with government will be added asset.

        Willingness to engage in local travels visiting field as required

        Excellent English oral and written skills.

        Be able to listen actively and respond effectively

        Candidate will be required to share previous published work.


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