Baseline Study (Homebased): UN Women

Baseline Study (Homebased): UN Women

SALARYNot Specified
TYPE OF CONTRACTInternational Consultant
DURATIONMaximum of 60 Working Days from 1 April 2024 to 30 September 2024
DEADLINE21 March 2024

Baseline Study (Homebased): UN Women


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.

The UN Women MCO Caribbean covers 22 countries and territories in the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean, which are part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Strides towards gender equality in the countries covered by the MCO have resulted in gains for women and girls in the Caribbean, relating primarily to high education rates and increases in employment rates. However critical gaps remain. These gaps are further exploited during hazards like COVID-19 and other environmental hazards.

The MCO Caribbean 2022 -2026 programme builds on the works of the 2017-2021 Strategic Note with a focus on the Normative Framework (Proposed Outcome 1), Women’s Economic Empowerment (Proposed Outcomes 2 and 3), Ending Violence against Women and Girls (Proposed Outcome 4) and Climate Change and Disaster Risk Resilience (Proposed Outcome 5). All the Outcomes like the SDGs are interconnected and interrelated. Public engagement and events are critical opportunities for networking, sensitization and advocacy.

In 2023, UN Women launched a project titled ‘Vulnerable Population Response for Bahamas Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Agencies’, which seeks to reduce gender-based violence, youth crime and trafficking in persons in The Bahamas. The project’s logical framework is based on the findings of the UN Common Country Assessment, a mapping and assessment of the laws of the Bahamas, and administrative data from police and justice sectors which point to the impact of gender-based violence, youth crime, and institutional gaps in evidence-based policymaking and in the administration of justice as an inhibitor of progress towards advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Against this background, the project seeks to address these issues in three-part by:

  1. Assessing the current government capacity to respond to incidences of gender-based violence.
  2. Strengthening the capacity of duty-bearers to enhance and deploy prevention and reduction strategies, through training and sensitization, and by developing and implementing dedicated judicial and law enforcement response protocols.
  3. Adopting and implementing evidence-based programmes to increase perpetrator accountability and reduce impunity, which offer mechanisms for rehabilitation and prevent recidivism.

Task Description

Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO – Caribbean Representative, and day to day supervision of the Planning and Coordination Specialist the consultant will complete a baseline study to assess the knowledge, attitudes, practices, and behaviours among key duty-bearers towards gender-based violence, and violence among key and vulnerable groups to identify possible drivers for change.

The consultant is expected to deliver the following results:

  • Develop a detailed inception report and workplan to carry out the assignment, including a comprehensive timeline, and proposed approach and methodology.
  • Obtain ethical approval and other necessary clearances to conduct the study.
  • Complete desk research on gender-based violence and violence among vulnerable groups identified within the Programme Document, in the Bahamas.
  • Conduct stakeholder consultations and focus group discussions with relevant stakeholders including Government, Civil Society Organisations, and Donors/Development Partners to gather information for the assessment.
  • Prepare a draft report, on knowledge, attitudes, practices, and behaviours among key duty-bearers towards gender-based violence, and violence among key and vulnerable groups  in the Bahamas, and present for feedback.
  • Produce a final report based on consultation findings and feedback.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.
  • Results Oriented

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong gender and social research, analytical and report writing skills. 
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including conveying complex concepts and recommendations in a clear style. 
  • Knowledge of the social, cultural, legal and political context of the Caribbean.
  • Ability to interact independently as part of a team.
  • Ability to multi-task and operate effectively in stressful situations



  • An advanced University Degree in any of the following areas: Gender and Development, Statistics, Law, Public Health or a relevant Social Sciences discipline is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • At least 5 years’ experience working on gender equality, gender-based violence and human rights issues is required.
  • At least 10 years’ experience conducting research and analysis of gender-based violence/crime and violence is required.
  • Technical Report Writing skills is required.
  • Experience working within the Caribbean region is required.
  • Experience working with the United Nations is preferred.


  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.

Consultant’s Workplace and Official Travel

  • The consultancy will be home-based.  
  • The consultant will be engaged for a maximum of 60 working days within the period, 1 May 2024 to 30 September 2024.

How To Apply?

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