Social Norms & Research Expert

UNOPS, Kathmandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th January, 2019


Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific

DFID funded Integrated Programme for Strengthening Security and Justice in Nepal (IPSSJ)

The Integrated Programme for Strengthening Security and Justice (IPSSJ) is a six year (2014-2020) complex, multi-dimensional investment in improving security and justice for the poor and marginalised in Nepal with a specific focus on gender-based violence. IPSSJ works closely with Nepali government stakeholders including the Federal Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), the Nepal Police and the Federal Ministry for Women, Children and Senior Citizens (MoWCSC) and relevant Local and Provincial Governments. IPSSJ currently has 8 implementing partners but with several partnerships coming to a natural end from 2019 onwards, it will have 4 implementing partners:

  • UNOPS working with Nepal Police nationally and in 27 districts;
  • CARE delivering a community-based access to justice intervention in 5 districts;
  • Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO)/International Alert (IA) Consortium testing different combinations of social norms and community-police interventions in 46 Gaun/Nagarpalikas overlapping with UNOPS project areas;
  • A Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) component led by Palladium.

Although IPSSJ has had a wide national reach, in its final two years, IPSSJ will focus in 3 provinces selected based on the prevalence of gender-based violence and police priorities. In the final two years, there will be an increased focus on generating evidence of the impact of integrating social norms approaches with security and justice programming to inform the development of a successor programme. Therefore, IPSSJ needs to its capacity on social norms, research, and evidence.

Under IPSSJ, UNOPS is implementing the Modernisation and Improvement of Policing component, the largest component of IPSSJ. MIPP is increasing its efforts on community-police engagement work and other reform efforts of Nepal Police, as requested. MIPP has expertise on police reform, community engagement, infrastructure development, and training. This post will supplement existing expertise across IPSSJ implementing partners but take a more proactive role in ensuring that evidence and learning is shared and that social norms approaches are integrated across components.

Job Specific Background

UNOPS is seeking to recruit an energetic and collaborative Social Norms & Research Expert to support the Integrated Programme for Strengthening Security and Justice (IP-SSJ) as part of Nepal’s programme on mainstreaming approaches to tackle harmful social norms. The Expert will support the ongoing programme in security & justice in Nepal, with a particular focus on ensuring that approaches are tested and learning integrated into existing and future programming. The Expert will work in a dynamic and committed team spanning multiple organizations as part of the IPSSJ Programme.

One of the key objectives of the role is to support IPSSJ partners to learn about how social norms interventions focusing on GBV can best be coupled with wider security and justice interventions to have the most impact in preventing GBV as well as responding to it when it does occur.

The Social Norms & Research Expert will coordinate, advise and support MIPP, VSO/IA social norms/operational research, and the MEL components of IPSSJ ensuring that they complement and learn from each other. The Expert will share this learning and expertise with all IPSSJ partners and stakeholders as well as potentially other programmes with a potential to positively impact on gender inequality. The Expert will have proven expertise in applying social norms approaches and operational research to programming, ideally in a South Asian context of security and justice interventions. They will be collaborative and partnership focused, ideally understand and be able to communicate in Nepali, and be prepared to frequently travel to project locations.

The successful candidate will be based in UNOPS Nepal and directly report to the MIPP Project Manager and will work closely with the Governance and Service Delivery Team (GSDT) of DFID. Staff working in the GSDT team include a Senior Responsible Officer (governance/conflict adviser), a GBV expert (social development adviser), and two part-time programme management staff. It is a strong, collaborative and busy team. The successful candidate will also work closely with this team and work collaboratively across IPSSJ partners, DFID Nepal, Nepal Police and relevant government agencies.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

IPSSJ is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated Social Norms & Research Expert to ensure the quality of and oversee the social norms, learning, adaptation and research components of IPSSJ. This role will also support IPSSJ to integratesocial norms approaches to address gender inequality and tackle gender-based violence. The successful applicant will be based in UNOPS and will work very closely with the DFID IPSSJ Team and IPSSJ partners. It is envisaged that the successful applicant will divide their time equally between UNOPS, DFID, and IPSSJ partner premises, spending at least 20% of their time travelling to programme locations. This role will also provide thought leadership on social norms programming and research and work with other relevant programmes as requested.

Functional Responsibilities

IPSSJ is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated Social Norms & Research Expert to ensure the quality of and oversee the social norms, learning, adaptation and research components of IPSSJ. This role will also support IPSSJ to integratesocial norms approaches to address gender inequality and tackle gender-based violence. The successful applicant will be based in UNOPS and will work very closely with the DFID IPSSJ Team and IPSSJ partners. It is envisaged that the successful applicant will divide their time equally between UNOPS, DFID, and IPSSJ partner premises, spending at least 20% of their time travelling to programme locations. This role will also provide thought leadership on social norms programming and research and work with other relevant programmes as requested.

The key functions of this role are as follows:

  • Technical and thought leadership support on how to integrate social norms approaches in programming with a key role supporting UNOPS, DFID and its partners to adapt programme approaches in ways that support contributions to gender equality and reduced vulnerability to gender-based violence;
  • Technical advice on generating and adapting to operationally relevant research;
  • Support Capacity building of IPSSJ and DFID and its partners on social norms programming, including mentoring and coaching of staff and designing and implementing training and learning initiatives;
  • In coordination with DFID programme manager support two of the four components of the IPSSJ programme, namely VSO/International Alert and Palladium, implementing Monitoring, Evaluation and Leaning component of IPSSJ, in coordination with a DFID Programme Manager;
  • Provide support to DFID Programme Manager on the design and development of a future programme on security and justice.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • Technical advice, especially on applying social norms approaches and operationally relevant research across IPSSJ;
  • Coordinate, advise and support VSO/IA and Palladium partnerships;
  • Cross-cutting capacity support on social norms programming and leaving no-one behind;
  • Adaptive programming approaches and context analysis;
  • Coaching and mentoring of staff, supporting a culture of empowerment.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

  • University Degree (bachelor’s degree / first level) in Sociology, criminology, public administration, psychology, social science or related discipline is required;
  • Advanced University Degree/Master’s degree in related field will be an asset.

Work Experience

  • Four years’ of progressive experience in the field of social norms with a specific focus on generating impact on gender-based violence, particularly in the field of South Asian Context is required;
  • Proven track record of designing, overseeing, conducting, and/or applying research in relevant social science areas, including understanding of qualitative and quantitative and mixed methods is an asset;
  • Strong experience of programme design and implementation in a relevant field and demonstrated adaptation to evidence and context analysis is highly desirable;
  • Demonstrated experience in building the capacity of others, sharing learning, coaching and mentoring methodologies is desirable;
  • Strong partnership-building and communication skills, ideally both in community settings and policy level discussions is an advantage;
  • Open, collaborative working style based on trust and delegation, with a genuine commitment to inclusion is highly desirable;
  • Proven track record of drafting concise products in English on complex issues is desirable.

Language Proficiency in written and spoken English and Nepali is required.

Source:https://jobs.unops.org/pages/viewvacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=16999#1


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