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CONSULTANCY - Study on Abuse against Older Adults in Lebanon

CONSULTANCY - Study on Abuse against Older Adults in Lebanon

Terms of Reference 

Study on Abuse against Older Adults in Lebanon

Population and Development Project 

Ministry of Social Affairs-United Nations Population Fund


1. Rationale

In response to the UNFPA supported Country Program’s output: “Enhanced Capacity to Utilize Data for Integrating Population Dynamics, Reproductive Health and Gender-Equality Concerns into Development Planning and Monitoring Processes, at National, Sectoral and Local Levels”, the Population and Development (PD) project, a joint collaboration between the Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) and UNFPA, aims at “Enhancing the capacities of MOSA in strategizing and mainstreaming Population and Development priorities and concepts – particularly Ageing issues - within their plans and programmes both centrally and through selected Social Development Centers”. More specifically, the PD provides a road map towards the support of MOSA’s leading role in fostering policy dialogue on Ageing, strengthening the National Commission on Elderly Affairs in Lebanon (NCEA) and its executive body represented by the Department of Family Affairs at MOSA (DFA).

The PD Annual Workplan for 2014 consists of a series of activities towards the above output, mainly in terms of generating knowledge base to support policies on Ageing, and strengthening the role of MOSA as a pioneer and leader on all matters related to integrating Ageing issues in national development plans.

Research around the world shows that persons aged 60+ are victims of domestic abuse and quite often a significant percentage of these incidents are not reported to authorities, denying victims the protection and support they need.  Given the significant underreporting, the Senate Special Committee on Aging estimated that as many as five million older Americans may be victims of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation every year (  These vulnerable elders are subject to injury and to premature death (Lachs et al., 1998), often from caregivers and family members.  Elder financial exploitation—commonly linked with other forms of abuse and neglect—threatens the health, dignity, and economic security of millions of older Americans.  Elder abuse is estimated to cost Americans tens of billions of dollars annually in health care, social services, investigative and legal costs, and lost income and assets. 

According to the latest national survey (PAPFAM, 2004), Lebanon currently has one of the greatest proportions of Elderly in the Middle East and North Africa region, which is projected to increase from 7% to 19% by 2050. Nevertheless, it lacks policies to ensure healthy and active Ageing for them. Furthermore, the rights of Older Adults in Lebanon are not well secured at both social and legal levels, leading to severe mal protection or absence of protection mechanism of this vulnerable group. The latter situation is coupled with anecdotal evidence (not adequately documented) of mistreatment of older adults and their exposure to different forms of abuse including physical, psychological, emotional, sexual, neglect, abandonment, financial/material exploitation, as well as self neglect. Add to this the lack of adequate, reliable and recent data regarding the situation and conditions of older adults living in poverty, with disability, as heads of households, etc.

The literature identifies different perpetrators of mistreatment and abuse on older adults in general and older women in particular such as family members (adult son/daughter, adult grandchildren, spouse, or other members of the family), formal/informal care givers, practitioners, employers, neighbors and friends, or strangers on the street.

The scarcity of data for programming purposes as well as informing policy was clearly underlined in the “Review of Legislations and Policies Impacting Elderly in Lebanon”, supported recently by the PD project, whereby one of the recommendations was “to increase investment in policy-directed research to better identify needs of Elderly… and to document the nature and extent of neglect, abuse and violence against Elderly in Lebanon”.

Moreover, the national efforts led by the Government and civil society organizations on advancing issues of Older people on the national agenda are guided by the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (PoA/ICPD) as well as the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA). In this context, two relevant MIPAA recommendations call states to intensify efforts towards the “Elimination of all forms of neglect, abuse and violence against older persons” and “Creation of support services to address elder abuse”. Whereas the ICPD PoA calls nations to “Monitor and eradicate all forms of direct and indirect abuse, including all forms of violence, over-medication, sub-standard care, and social isolation”.

2. Objectives

Based on the above rationale, MOSA in partnership with UNFPA, aims at supporting the undertaking of a study that would generate data about the elderly abuse in Lebanon in terms of type/forms, magnitude, perpetrators, access to services including protection (or barriers to seeking services), role of justice/legal system, coping mechanisms, women vulnerability, among others.

The study will look in particular at elderly abuse during crisis and emergency situation for internally displaced as well as refugees.

It is suggested that the data is collected from care givers, relevant stakeholders and elderly people themselves.

The study is expected to suggest policy response in terms of legislation and prevention as well as focused programmatic interventions.

3. Methodology

The following methodology will be used by the consultant(s)/firm to conduct the study:

  • Literature and documentation review
  • Drawing the sample based on the objective of the study
  • Participatory approaches for collecting data and evidence through interviews and focus group discussions with relevant stakeholders and beneficiaries
  • Discussions with PD, MOSA, NCEA and UNFPA of preliminary findings.

4. Main Tasks and Activities

UNFPA office in Beirut – and in consultation with MOSA - will commission a consultant(s)/firm who will undertake the following tasks as part of the study:
  • Prepare an action plan with timeline of activities to be carried out under this assignment including consultation/follow-up with PD, DFA and UNFPA, as well as review of relevant reports.
  • Conduct a desk/literature review on elderly protection issues. This will entail reviewing all relevant studies/assessments, reports, documents, etc... at global, regional, and national levels (i.e. ICPD, ICPD+5, ICPD+10 and ICPD+20 reviews, MDG national and regional reports, MIPPA documents/reports, social and pertinent sector policies/strategies, Plan of Action on Human Rights, Doha Declaration, country profile of Elderly people, and others). In addition, the consultant(s)/firm will review similar research findings.  It is expected that the desk/literature review would provide robust evidence on the need of conducting such study, as well as scientific references depicting concept and definition of abuse and violence against Elderly.
  • Hold consultation meetings with pertinent stakeholders and counterparts (UNFPA, MOSA, NCEA, Center for Studies on Ageing, or other) to discuss further the study objectives, scope, focus, methodology, target group including the selection criteria of the sample, and potential  partners (Social Development Centers affiliated to MOSA, NGOs, Elderly Institutions, local Municipalities, national projects…).
  • Hold consultation meetings with related associations/syndicates, pertinent research and policy centers, parliamentarians/commissions, line ministries, human rights activists,  organizations/social welfare institutions specialized in caring for the Elderly… to collect needed information.
  • Determine the sampling design based on the agreed upon selection criteria. While selecting the sample, particular attention needs to be given to ensure gender balance and wide geographic coverage, including elderly residing in homes or Elderly Institutions, as well as refugees.
  • Develop tools and instruments for data collection and consultation (questionnaires, interview guidelines, etc…).
  • Identify and agree on a set of qualitative and quantitative indicators based on specific and scientific criteria.
  • Carry out data collection phase in line with agreed upon methodology. As suggested earlier under the objectives, the data shall be collected from the Elderly people on one hand and caregivers and others on the other (such as parents, service providers…) to better assess actual and perceived needs and issues.
  • Analyze the findings of the field work with use of qualitative methods and content analysis techniques.
  • Prepare and ensure timely delivery of an analytical, gender sensitive and evaluative report synthesizing the findings and outcomes of the desk research and field work.
  • Ensure inclusion of practical recommendations highlighting necessary responses, measures and actions to protect Elderly, and especially women, from all kinds of neglect, abuse and violence. The recommendations need to specify the roles and responsibilities of key national actors at policy and community levels, and highlight needed capacity development initiatives.
  • Submit a draft report (in Arabic or English) for review and feedback by UNFPA and MOSA.
  • Participate in an expert group meeting to discuss draft report before finalization.
  • Revise report based on input and comments received.
  • Finalize full Arabic and English report and submit to UNFPA and MOSA along with an executive summary and a power point presentation (15-20 slides) highlighting key findings and recommendations
  • Act as a resource person or participate in one /more meetings to disseminate results and findings.

5. Expected Outcomes

The expected outcome of this study will consist of the following:

  1. A comprehensive and analytical report in Arabic and English highlighting key findings, and recommendations (structure of report to be discussed with consultant(s)/firm).
  2. Arabic and English Executive Summary report (15-20 pages) highlighting key findings and recommendations.
  3. Power point presentation (18-20 slides) in English and Arabic summarizing key findings and recommendations 

6. Duration of Assignment

This consultancy will be conducted over a period of 5 months starting from the date of issuance of the contract.

7. Support by UNFPA and PD/DFA

The PD project and DFA will provide to the extent possible assistance and support to the consultant(s)/firm as follows:

  • Ongoing guidance and advice to the consultant(s)/firm throughout the consultancy.
  • Provision of available and relevant material and resources.
  • Revising material/tools/drafts and providing substantive feedback and input.
  • Coordinating with NCEA members and stakeholders the organization of meetings and focus groups discussion.
  • Follow-up on the implementation of the consultancy as per the timeline. 

8. Required qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Social Sciences, Public Health or other related areas.
  • Considerable knowledge in development in general and elderly issues, specifically at global and national levels.
  • Good research, analytical and writing skills, and the capacity to communicate efficiently.
  • Good knowledge of the UN system as well as of relevant civil society groups/NGOs and public sector institutions that work on elderly issues in Lebanon.
  • Fluency and good writing skills in English or Arabic.
  • Ability to work in a team and respond positively to constructive comments.

9. How to apply

  • Interested experts/firms who meet the above qualifications should apply on line by submitting an updated CV and P11 form (link) detailing work experience that is relevant to the vacancy requirements as indicated in the TORs.
  • The CV/P11 form should be submitted to the following email address: no later than August 11, 2014. 
  • UNFPA will only be responsible to respond to those applicants submitting the required CV/P11 form and in which there is further interest.



Terms of Reference

 Data Analyst Expert

National Commission for Lebanese Women
& UNFPA Lebanon

Project: LBN3U705
Duty Station: Beirut, Lebanon
Reports to: National Director (NCLW)
Duration of Employment: 4 months (August  1- November  30, 2014) 


Since 2006, the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) has been collaborating with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) towards mainstreaming gender aspects in various development platforms, policies, and strategies. In 2012, this collaboration led to the development, consensus and launching of the National Strategy for Women in Lebanon.  The strategy spells out 12 priority objectives identified as essential ones for ensuring that gender equality dimensions are adequately mainstreamed in the social, cultural, economical, and political spheres.  In order to translate this strategic framework into concrete operational actions and results to be achieved by all stakeholders, NCLW developed - in a participatory approach - a plan of action that sets forth key interventions under each of the 12 strategic objectives along with indicators. The four years action plan was validated in early 2013 (2013-2016) and preparatory work was carried out throughout 2013 to transform it onto a soft application to be launched and adopted by all stakeholders by mid -2014.  The compiled data and information requested from stakeholders covers implementation progress made throughout 2013.

Based on the above, NCLW and UNFPA seek to identify and engage a data analyst expert whose prime responsibility is to process and analyze the data received from stakeholders and develop an analytical report. The report shall be drafted and developed based on (a) the compilation of data, (b) related references and (c) women strategy and its action plan. 

It is hoped that yearly reports would be developed and disseminated that would allow women machinery, national stakeholders, partners, donors, development agencies, etc to (a) observe/assess progress made at the national and local levels on gender equity, equality, and empowerment of women as well as challenges, (b) monitor the implementation of the women strategy in general and the 3 years action plan in particular, (c) contribute to future CEDAW reports, (d) guide future revisions of the women strategy and development of the next multi-year action plan, and (e) use the report findings for various purposes such as programming, policy development, advocacy and fund raising.     

2. Functions and tasks

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the National Director, the Data Analyst expert will be undertaking various tasks as described below:

  • Prepare a methodological plan with key milestones, timeline and deliverables;
  • Conduct a desk review of pertinent studies, assessments, reports, documents relevant to the objectives of the women strategy and action plan;
  • Review online and raw data received by NCLW and presented through tailored spreadsheets, tables, graphs, etc.;
  • Transform, validate, and model data with the purpose of understanding the data best suited to address given questions/sectors/areas;
  • Analyze the data in accordance with the 12 objectives of the women strategy and plan of action;
  •  Explore and apply new data visualization techniques (such as infographics) to increase insight and visibility to data trends;
  •  Submit draft report (based on an outline to be discussed with NCLW and UNFPA);
  • Ensure final report is comprehensive and inclusive of all comments obtained from UNFPA and NCLW (as well as others if relevant)
  • Prepare a power point presentation (20-25 slides) summarizing the main findings of the report; and
  • Take part in 1-2 technical meetings to disseminate the findings of the report 

3. Final Deliverables

The expert will be expected to deliver the following:

  • An analytical Arabic report highlighting progress made, challenges encountered, coordination and partnerships, policy and programme implications and way forward. The report shall include - in addition to the narrative sections – tables, graphs, quotes, infographics, and references;  (A detailed outline of the report including annexes will be discussed with the expert and agreed upon). The final report must be edited by the expert.
  • An executive summary document of the report (not more than 10 pages) in English; and
  • A power point presentation (20-25 slides) in Arabic summarizing the main findings of the report.

4. NCLW contribution

To facilitate the work of the expert, NCLW will be providing the following:

  • Raw data received through the online application
  • Pertinent reports including previous CEDAW reports
  • National women strategy and action plan
  • Review and input on the draft report, executive summary and power point presentation
  • Work space for the expert if need be

5. Required qualifications



Masters degree  in Social Sciences, Anthropology, Women Studies,  Development Studies, or equivalent work experience.


  • At least 6 years of increasingly responsible experience in data analysis and monitoring with focus on gender/development/human rights related work. 
  • At least 4 years experience in research (both qualitative and quantitative), with a strong emphasis on spatial analysis
  • Experience in strategic analysis and report writing
  • Familiarity with governmental and non-governmental entities in Lebanon is essential
  • Familiarity with UN work is desirable


  • Working in teams
  • Communicating information and ideas
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches
  •  Job knowledge/technical expertise
  • Results orientation/Commitment to excellence

Language requirements:
Fluency and excellent writing skills in Arabic.  Good English and /or French is essential  


Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply on line by submitting an updated CV detailing work experience that is relevant to the vacancy requirements as indicated in the TORs.

The CV should be submitted to the following email address: no later than August 4, 2014. 

NCLW will only be responsible to respond to those applicants submitting the required CV and in which there is further interest.



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Latest update: 5/18/2012