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Vacancy Announcement: Knowledge Management Intern – ICT and GBV

Project Background

Gender based violence affects more than 20 percent of our populations every year. Out of those, only 30 to 40 percent chose to lodge a formal complaint and out of those make formal complaints only a few could access to counseling, medical, rehabilitation, legal, livelihood, and other essential services.

With a national NGO in Rwanda as partner, SocialWell has won the 2016 FIRE Africa innovation grant for its innovative concept of using GBV data and analytics to improve access to services among the victims and institutional accountability and governance. In addition, we are working on a case management tool that would allow providers and institutions collaborate, refer, and document services delivery.

In the course of the project design, our project team couldn’t find any global knowledge base on using ICTs in GBVs. There is a need for guidelines on data collection, storage, and sharing for the provider, NGOs, and government agencies as well. We also felt need for collating research and evaluations on the effectiveness of ICTs in various aspects of GBVs.

In view of this, SocialWell is working to develop a portal that will provide a bibliography with links to full texts, projects directory, calendar of events, experts database, blog, and a mailing list. In addition, we are working to form an ‘International Working Group on ICTs and GBV’ to help develop guidelines and organize a conference, subject to availability of funding.

This portal will act as an advocacy tool for civil organizations, governments, international organizations, private sector, and donors working in GBV to explore role ICTs could play. It will also encourage more organizations to bring innovative approaches and attract funding.

Role and responsibilities

  • Manage the overall portal activities – keeping the portal continuously updated with new content in various categories mentioned above.
  • Search database for research publications and examine their relevance for inclusion in the ICT for GBV bibliography.
  • Invite experts, researchers, and practitioners to register in the portal
  • Identify relevant projects across the globe, discuss with implementing organizations, and create pages and content for the project
  • Write case studies and blogs on topics and schedule in discussion with team. Conduct research and develop analyses to incorporate in those writings
  • Post content through social media
  • Maintain a global calendar of events on ICTs and GBVs
  • Participate in select events when opportunity permits and post the meeting highlights in the portal
  • Support formation of ‘International Working Group on ICTs and GBV’ and help working group members with relevant information and documents in their work

Your profile

  • Completing or have completed master degree in any one branch of social sciences
  • Active interest on the topic ICT and GBV and strong understanding and knowledge in ICT and/or GBV (Note: this means understanding of application of ICTs in social sector, not technological details), as evident in the form of curricula, thesis, research work, letter of recommendation, blog posts, etc.
  • Strong understanding of research methods in social sciences, shown in thesis, research paper, publications
  • Ability to write in simple and concise manner, suitable for web and social media
  • Able to give 2 – 3 hours in week days for at least 3 months
  • Expert level English language mandatory, French desirable

What we offer

This is an unpaid internship for duration of 3 months. The duration and nature of contract may be reviewed based on mutual discussion and availability of funding for this project. We provide offer and recommendation letters.

How to apply

Send a cover letter mentioning how you fit for the criteria mentioned for the profile of the candidate, along with your CV, and a writing sample, to info@socialwell.net with a copy to uwibona@socialwell.net. Last date: March 3, 2017.

 

By @SocialWellNet

Why Are We Calling Data, Privacy, and Security Experts to Join Our ‘Working Group on ICT and GBV’

By @SocialWellNet

In our review of available ICT interventions in tackling gender-based violence (GBV), we couldn’t help but notice a remarkably low number of projects, evaluations, tools, technologies that exists to use ICTs in GBV. GBV is as much a socio-cultural problem, as it is problem of providing access to services and coordinating among state and civil agencies.

In our review, we also found a steady growth of mobile applications that would send triggers to 10 friends whenever someone is in danger. In fact, this has become a pet project for students in computer science department in India at least. We also found a good number of mobile applications that were used for recording GBV cases by the health workers. Some organizations implemented these applications. There are several case management systems implemented at project and country levels.

A consortia of international organizations comprising of UNFPA, IRC, UNHCR, UNICEF, and International Medical Corps created an MIS – Gender-based Violence Information Management System – to manage GBV cases in humanitarian contexts. GBVIMS was created to ‘harmonize data collection on GBV in humanitarian settings, to provide a simple system for GBV project managers to collect, store, and analyze their data, and to enable the safe and ethical sharing of reported GBV incident data’.

Data sharing is key to successful coordination within various arms of the government and with civil agencies responsible for providing services in GBV interventions. GBV helpline that collects report of GBV cases usually managed by the ministries of women and family promotion, whereas the investigation and judicial services are provided by the ministries of home and ministries of justice. Without an effective and proven mechanism, it is likely that many cases reported through GBV helpline will remain unattended to.

When we started looking for tools, guidelines, and data standards for sharing cases and aggregated data, we couldn’t find any. Understandably, there is considerable fear among many within the government departments in parting with sensitive data on GBV that can put victims into harm’s way.

The aggregated data, on the other hand, can provide insights on access and timeliness of psychosocial, legal, judicial services in sub-national, national, and regional levels. There is an opportunity to improve institutional accountability and response to GBV using aggregated data.

To develop and discuss this issue which we will eventually confront in Rwanda GBV Monitor project that APESEK and SocialWell will implement in Rwanda, we thought to review and publish practices and case studies through a knowledge hub.

At the same time, we have also started consulting with experts in areas of GBV, ICT, open data, privacy, and data security in governments, industry, academia, and civil society with the view to explore following key questions:

  • First, how do we store and manage case data in a networked environment.
  • Second, how do we share case and aggregated data within the agencies working in GBV interventions and also with general public and media through open data mechanism.
  • Third, what will be the key data points that may provide greater insights in GBV cases as such.
  • Fourth, what will be the mechanism to publish aggregate GBV data through open data framework.
  • Fifth, what will be the privacy and security mechanism that each agency handling GBV data must be adhering to.

As we are consulting with several experts and organizations to be part of this development, we always welcome your interests and inputs. Get in touch with: Jeanne Sheila Uwibona, Project Coordinator – Rwanda GBV Monitor, SocialWell.

By @SocialWellNet

APESEK and SocialWell Awarded Grant by FIRE Africa to Enhance Access to GBV Data

FIRE Africa, an innovation program to promote access to ICTs in Africa, has today named APESEK to lead a project along with SocialWell to develop a data portal on gender based violence (GBV) in Rwanda.

APESEK and SocialWell will engage a team of experts in GBV, gender data, and data analytics to build capacity among the state and civil society institutions in Rwanda in creating a GBV data portal “Rwanda GBV Monitor.” Rwanda GBV Monitor emphasizes upon improving accountability and governance among those institutions.

“Our team will seek to partner and work with various institutions of the Government of Rwanda at local and national levels, besides taking inputs from the NGOs working in the field of police, justice, and women empowerment”, said Emmanuel Nyandwi, Director of APESEK.
Noting that stopping violence against girls and women is central to the SDGs, Atanu Garai, CEO of SocialWell said, “the FIRE African grant provides us an opportunity to use data in improving institutional accountability towards the victims of GBV.”

When implemented, “Rwanda GBV Monitor” will be first of its kind not only in Rwanda, but also in the East Africa region.
“In a sense, the project will strengthen our common resolve to strengthen Rwanda’s effort to fight GBV”, said Nyandwi.

About APESEK: Founded in 2002, APESEK is an NGO based in Rwanda promoting well-being of orphan and vulnerable. APESEK has designed and implemented large scale GBV projects in Rwanda.

About SocialWell: Established in early 2016, SocialWell (www.socialwell.net) is a social enterprise that brings ICT driven innovations and sustainable business models in social and public sectors. SocialWell implements web, data-driven, and mobile solutions in areas of maternal and child health (MCH) and gender based violence (GBV) in Asia and Africa.

Contact:
Emmanuel Nyandwi
Email: apesec.socialwell@gmail.com

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APESEK and SocialWell Awarded Grant by FIRE Africa to Enhance Access to GBV Data