MADRE seeks an individual or a team of Website Developer(s) / Designer(s) to build a bilingual (French-English) website, and a database and data collection tool that will serve as a hub for an Observatory devoted to tracking and reporting domestic violence (DV) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Background and Objectives of the DV Observatory Project:
Introduction of the DV Observatory Project Participants
The commissioning organization, MADRE, is a non-profit international women’s human rights organization based in New York that supports grassroots women’s organizations around the world in war, disaster and their aftermath. It helps women meet urgent needs, build safer and healthier communities, and advocate for lasting change.
In the DRC, MADRE works closely with Solidarité Féminine pour la Paix et le Développement Intégral (SOFEPADI), a Congolese non-governmental organization that works to ensure prevention of and response solutions to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) through the provision of holistic care for victims, community mobilization and outreach, as well as advocacy work at local, national, and international levels. Alongside SOFEPADI, up to 20 other Congolese women’s rights organizations will contribute to data collection within the Observatory Project.
Background of the DV Observatory Project
Domestic violence is a hidden aspect of violence against women and girls in the DRC that is rarely talked about and often downplayed. Socio-cultural customs and practices in the DRC are not conducive to women and girls reporting DV, including marital rape. There is no specific legal framework addressing domestic violence in DRC. This climate of silence, stigma, and impunity prevents victims from accessing justice and services. As a result, domestic violence is underreported in the DRC. The official national form used to register SGBV cases does not include the option to classify a case as DV, resulting in a lack of valid, reliable and comprehensive data.
In response to this gap, the DV Observatory Project will capture DV-related data from different regions in the DRC and disseminate findings as well as analyses, thereby creating and supporting advocacy tools designed to shift public opinion, and educate lawmakers and international stakeholders.
Objectives of the DV Observatory Project
The overall objective of the DV Observatory Project is to create a tool that demonstrates to different audiences (the government, the legislative and judicial powers, and the general public) the extent and seriousness of DV in the DRC. While not guaranteed or intended to document every incident of DV, coordinated documentation in several provinces of the country will provide useful information on what types of domestic violence, involving which groups of victims and offenders, occur in a given period of time within a specific geographic radius. Through continuous collection, periodic analysis and mapping of prepared primary data, the Observatory pursues the specific objectives of (1) demonstrating the incidence of the different recurring forms of DV in selected geographic areas; (2) strengthening the capacities of local organizations to document DV; and (3) contributing to MADRE’s and SOFEPADI’s “Campaign to End Domestic Violence and Guarantee Access to Services and Justice for Survivors” and promoting better legal protections for DV survivors.
- Fluency in one of the following languages and mid-level fluency in the other: English; French. The backend tools will need to be in French. Knowledge of Kiswahili would be of advantage.
- Familiarity with, and commitment to, the need for confidentiality and sensitivity surrounding documentation of gender-based violence (GBV).
- Awareness of conditions that GBV victims in DRC face.
- Experience with agile development tools, such as Pivotal Tracker, which allow a designated couple of MADRE and SOFEPADI staff to monitor and participate in the development of the web site.
- Ability to recommend or provide hosting services that will ensure easy access to website and quick downloading of content, as well as easy-to-use data analytics tools.
- Ability to use open source software / operating systems.
- Ability to present the mock-up or prototype design of the DV Observatory to a wider audience in mid-January either in person or via Skype.