UN WOMEN: INTERNATIONAL TRAINER TO CONDUCT THE TRAININGS IN GENDER RESPONSIVE BUDGETING (GRB) WITHIN THE PROJECT ‘WOMEN FOR EQUALITY, PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT IN GEORGIA’ (WEPD II PHASE)


Location : Home-based with travel to Georgia
Application Deadline :17-May-13
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
25-May-2013
Duration of Initial Contract :12 working days in the period of 25 May - 5 July, 2013
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 working days in the period of 25 May - 5 July, 2013

Background

UN Women has been implementing a project “Women for Equality, Peace and Development in Georgia” (WEPD) since 2010 with support of the Government of Norway. The aim of the project is to support the efforts and strengthen the capacities of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), conflict-affected and national minority women’s groups, other partners from civil society, and government to advance gender equality and women’s human rights in Georgia. The overarching goal of the project is to support the realization of gender equality and the reduction of feminized poverty through addressing women’s social, economic, and political needs, with particular focus on IDPs, and conflict-affected and national minority women’s groups. Towards this end, the project will continue to work at the three interdependent and mutually reinforcing levels:

  • at national policy level, to ensure that strategies, policies, plans and budgets are in line with CEDAW and UN SC Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (1325, et. al);
  • at the level of national institutions, towards strengthening capacities to deliver better information and services for IDPs, conflict-affected and national minority women; and
  • at the grassroots level, by supporting IDPs, conflict affected and national minority women’s groups and communities to organize and participate actively and effectively in influencing policies and decisions that affect their lives.

The project is implementing in the following target locations: Tbilisi, Qvemo Qartli, Shida Qartli, Imereti and Samegrelo regions of Georgia where there is a high number of IDPs and national minorities as well as conflict affected individuals. One of the intended expected outputs of the WEPD II is that civil servants and service providers have increased capacity to provide adequate legal, social, and economic services to excluded groups of internally displaced, conflict-affected, and national minority women. At this level the project will focus on collecting evidence and conducting a number of baseline and needs assessment studies to analyze existing social protection policies and the needs of the women of the target groups with regard to their access to social, vocational, legal and economic services. Based on the findings of the studies relevant recommendations will be elaborated and advocated by women’s groups to be adopted and integrated by respective governmental structures. Based on the findings and recommendations from the needs assessment and policy analysis UN Women will develop the capacity building plan for relevant civil servants. The project will then train civil servants, especially at local levels, in gender equality principles and women’s rights. Specific emphasis will be on building their capacity to understand and apply gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) principles and contribute to gender mainstreaming in policy making and service provision processes. Project plans to support the dialogue between local government and mobilized women’s groups about existing needs and priorities and possible actions to be taken and resources allocated to the specific needs of conflict affected and IDP women. This will be possible after building capacities in GRB approach both of ‘duty bearers’ representatives of local governments in order to fulfill their obligations and ‘rights-holders’ of mobilized IDP, conflict affected and national minority women to claim their rights.

To increase the in-country capacity on GRB, UN Women will hire the international trainer expert in GRB issues to conduct two intensive GRB trainings with the aim to ensure ownership of the GRB principles among representatives of local governments in city councils and municipalities and UN Women’s implementing local partner Taso Foundation (TF) and Women’s Information Center (WIC). The first three-day training will be conducted for the representatives of the regional governments from all target regions and for Taso Foundation staff. TF is responsible for the social mobilization component of the project in rural areas. It is essential to develop the capacity of Taso Foundation as they will continue the practice of social mobilization in the target regions of the project including a new location to target the national minority women in Qvemo Qartli (particularly in Marneuli municipality where Azerbaijani population constitutes 40 percent of the local population) . TF’s role is to prepare and mobilize the women’s self-help groups (SHGs) and facilitate the needs assessments at the local level. Thus increased capacity of TF’s local staff in GRB principles will assist them in effective and efficient implementation of the local joint community-governmental initiatives. After the training TF will conduct the follow up roundtable meetings with the participation of mobilized women’s self-help groups, Community Based Organizations and local governments in Marneuli, Gori, Zugdidi, Samtredia, and Tetritskharo municipalities. TF has already formed the local community groups called ‘community GRB committees’ which were conducting the community needs assessments for the first phase of the project. TF will facilitate the roundtable advocacy meetings with the local government and present the needs of the local villages for the next year budget planning. The practice has shown that women’s groups and TF itself needed to strengthen their capacity in order to achieve the results and to stimulate the application of gender-responsive budgeting at the local level to benefit deprived IDPs and conflict affected communities. The training will allow TF staff and already created SHGs to strengthen and build their capacity to conduct better needs assessments and round table discussions with the local governmental representatives and to ensure the consideration of priority needs of local communities in local planning/budgeting for the next fiscal years in Marneuli, Gori, Zugdidi, Samtredia, and Tetritskharo. The process will be built on an already existing practice of working with local governments with the active engagement of mobilized groups of IDPs and conflict affected women.

The second training more shorter in time 1,5 day will be conducted for Tbilisi City Hall and its administrative, social and finance departments and the WEPD project implementing partner organization Women’s Information Center (WIC). Tbilisi is the biggest city of Georgia with almost half of the country’s total population and with the highest concentration of IDPs (37% of IDPs - 98,550 out of a total of 265,109 – live in Tbilisi), some of them still staying in so called collective living centers (shelters) in miserable conditions without minimum living standards. Tbilisi City Hall holds a big portion of the local budget and has recently started to pilot and implement the programme budget where the budget is allocated in line with the annual action plan of the City Hallwith a strong focus on social, education, healthcare and cultural provisions for the city population. It also envisages some principles of participatory budgeting and planning processes. However this approach has not been practiced yet.WIC has successfully applied the so called ‘One Window Shop Principle’ methodology established by WEPD project at the local level. The One-Window Shop meetings have been used to document the most problematic cases of human rights violations of IDPs and the conflict affected population and to present them to the local governments for immediate and rapid response and actions to redress by relevant representatives of local and central government in one place, with the participation of the beneficiaries and members of civil society. The practice of One Window Shop meetings will be continued at local level and will for the first time be applied together with the Tbilisi City Hall to facilitate the dialogues between IDP communities and address their immediate needs through a participatory budgeting process. The training will assist in developing the capacity of WIC and Tbilisi City Hall in order to start the application of GRB for next year’s budgeting. Tbilisi City Hall and its Mayor expressed motivation and interest in strengthening their in-house capacity and to start the implementation of GRB principles in line with the new move to programme budgeting. 

Georgia has committed to shift from a traditional line-based budgeting practice to programme budgeting in 2012 based on the new approach and methodology elaborated by the Ministry of Finance in 2011. According to the new budget codex all budget organizations have been obliged to shift to programme budgeting already in 2012. Six ministries - Justice; Labour, Health and Social Affairs; Agriculture; Correction and Legal Aid; Education and Science; and Environment - have started to pilot the approach in line with the ongoing reform.  According to the new reform the programme budget aims to commit the spending in line with the planned programmes towards the implementation of the overall strategy/objective of the specific institutions in order to achieve intended results. In 2012 the state budget had an annex of the programme budget which was approved later on. For the municipalities, the strategic policy documents (the so called ‘municipality passports’) have to be prepared indicating the following information: demography, social capital, natural resources, labour market, local budget etc. The shift to the programme budget is very new for the country, it is a long-term process and it is anticipated that piloting will take 3-4 years. This new direction and reform in the country gives good entry points for the implementation of the GRB principles in local budgeting processes as anticipated in the WEPD project to address specific needs and priorities of people affected by conflicts.

With an aim to support local stakeholders to introduce GRB tools into local planning and budgeting, UN Women intends to provide a series of trainings for the representatives of city councils and municipalities from the WEPD project target regions of Tbilisi (capital), Marneuli and Tetritskaro municipalities in Qvemo Qartli, Gori municipality in Shida Qartli, Samtredia municipality in Imereti and Zugdidi municipality in Samegrelo regions. The participants of the training will represent local finance and social policy departments, especially senior specialists who are able to participate in decision making processes at local levels. For the first cycle of the three-day training two representatives of the city councils and municipalities will be invited from all 5 regions together with the Taso Foundation community workers and head of mobilized women’s groups from the same regions. The second training will be attended by Tbilisi City Hall and its social, financial and administrative departments and representatives of Women’s Information Center. Each training will be attended by maximum 20-22 participants. In total about 40-44 participants from local governments and partner civil society organizations will benefit from the trainings. The international invited trainer will be assisted by a national GRB trainer hired by TF, who will serve as a resource person to bring more local context, case studies, examples during the trainings. The training will be conducted in English with simultaneous translation to Georgian. Costs of the simultaneous translation and translation of training materials from English into Georgian will be covered by the project.

To deliver the trainings UN Women intends to hire an international trainer experienced in development and facilitation of the similar trainings. The international trainer will work in close cooperation with UN Women WEPD Programme Manager, UN Women Gender Advisor for Georgia,  and in consultation with UN Women Sub-regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) and UN Women’s GRB section at UN Women HQ in New York.


Duties and Responsibilities

In more specific terms, the International trainer is expected to perform the following tasks:

  • to prepare and conduct the three-day intensive  training (by using interactive training methods) together with national trainer (hired by TF) on key principles and application of GRB for the representatives of regional municipalities, city councils from Qvemo Qartli, Shida Qartli, Imereti and Samegrelo regions, and representatives of WEPD project implementing partners Taso Foundation and Women’s Information Center in order for them to better understand the essence and principles of GRB, its role in addressing feminized poverty and social needs such as the needs of IDPs and other conflict affected people, and key definitions and principles of how to design and implement GRB in the local context;
  • to prepare and conduct the 1,5 day shorter interactive training on key principles and application of GRB for the representatives of Tbilisi City Hall and WEPD project local implementing partner Women’s Information Center in order to start the application of GRB for next year’s city budgeting and programming;
  • to develop questionnaires to undertake pre- and post-training capacity assessments of participants and document findings of the assessments;
  • to develop and discuss with UN Women staff the training materials, including the agenda, resource materials, case studies, etc.;
  • the trainings have to be provided in a format allowing improved understanding to the participants about the role of gender mainstreaming in economic policy making;
  • to assist training participants in defining the key stakeholders and their roles in GRB implementation, level of engagement of government, civil society and other external agencies for gender sensitive local planning and budgeting;
  • to provide participants with the knowledge on what  constitute effective financing for gender equality and defining the gender sensitive indicators to measure a progress of implementation of policy;
  • to assist participants to understand their local context and to identify the potential entry points for the beginning of gender budgets work in the process of state budget creation and budget monitoring and especially when anticipating the special programmes for IDPs or when trying to address the needs of IDPs in mainstream programmes;
  • to provide participants with the tools, guidelines and opportunity to apply GRB practically in small group work during the training on how to make gender analysis and mainstreaming in the budget;
  • to present the case studies and practical examples of mainstreaming gender into budget planning, government and civil society collaboration for GRB work and citizens participation in budget processes in other countries;
  • to present case studies and best practices from other countries on women’s participation in planning and budget decision-making processes;
  • to assist the training participants to fulfill the practical exercise - to elaborate the joint action plan and partnership strategy for engagement with civil society in their municipalities on how to implement GRB principle into their operations for the next year’s planning, and defining core strategies for local programmes as a final result of the trainings;
  • to prepare and submit a final reports on trainings with clear recommendations for further capacity development and monitoring of results of trainings (application of skills and knowledge gained).

Key Deliverables and Timeframe:

  • Prepared and submitted detailed training agenda, methodology and training materials in English agreed with WEPD programme manager based on the previous training experiences and materials already available and used in other countries - 15 June, 2013 (4 working days);
  • Conducted pre and post capacity assessment of the participants on their knowledge and understanding on the principles of GRB and the role and importance of gender mainstreaming in implementation of the local programmes and policies - 30 June, 2013 (1 working day);
  • Conducted three-day training on the key principles and application of GRB for the  representatives of regional municipalities and city councils from Qvemo Qartli, Shida Qartli, Imereti and Samegrelo regions, representatives of WEPD project implementing partners - NGOs Taso Foundation providing them with the theoretical knowledge and illustrated practice examples and case studies from counties which have already applied the GRB approach in Tbilisi, Georgia - 30 June, 2013 (3,5 working days);
  • Conducted 1,5 day shorter training key principles and application of GRB for the representatives of Tbilisi City Hall and UN Women partner organization Women’s Information Center in Tbilisi, Georgia - 30 June, 2013 (1,5 working day)
  • Written and submitted final training report in English highlighting training process, achieved results and final recommendations on how to follow up initiated work in long-term to strengthen the integration of GRB principles in local budgeting and programming processes in Tbilisi capital as well as in  Qvemo Qartli, Shida Qartli, Imereti and Samegrelo regions of Georgia - 5 July, 2013 (2 working days).

The timeframe for the work of international trainer is tentatively planned through for 12 working days in the period of 25 May – 5 July 2013.

Evaluation Procedure:
 
The candidates will be evaluated in two stages: technical and financial evaluation.

Technical evaluation criteria:

Criteria / Maximum points

  • University degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Humanities or other related field (under-Master’s – 20 pts, Master’s – 30 pts) - 30
  • At least five years of professional experience in women’s rights, gender equality, gender responsive budgeting (GRB) and supporting women’s participation in planning and budget decision-making processes or economic policy development - 70
  • Language skills (fluency in English) - 10
  • Sound understanding and proved knowledge on key principles of how to design and implement GRB on national and local levels, and the role of gender mainstreaming in economic policy making (reference to relevant papers, training materials developed has to be provided) - 70
  • Demonstrated experience of planning and conducting international trainings and workshops in gender responsive budgeting for multiple governmental and civil society stakeholders (list of trainings, consultations facilitated) - 70
  • Demonstrated experience of cooperating with different government, civil society and other external agencies for supporting GRB implementation on country or regional levels -  70
  • Excellent writing skills with demonstrated ability to describe the training methodology, approaches, ability to plan and undertake international training on GRB in  line with the  given timeframe - 60

Maximum total technical scoring: 350.

Only candidates who have passed over the mandatory criteria and have accumulated at least 245 points under technical evaluation will qualify to the next round of financial evaluation.

Evaluation of financial proposal

Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 150
 
S – score received on financial evaluation;
Fmin – the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;
F – financial offer under consideration.
 
Winning candidate
 
The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical
scoring + financial scoring).
 
Submission package:

  • CV and P11 form;
  • Proposed concept on training methodology explaining why candidate considers her/himself the most suitable for the work and providing a brief methodology concept-vision on how she/he will approach and conduct the training;
  • Financial proposal*– aggregated and with breakdown(total remuneration, travel expenses in country, including per diems, tickets, lodging and terminal expenses and any other costs related to the assignment.

*The applicants are required to submit an aggregated financial offer (“aggregated financial offer” is the total sum of all financial claims of the candidate for accomplishment of all tasks spelled out in this TOR).

Management Arrangements:
The international trainer will work under the direct supervision of UN Women WEPD programme manager and overall supervision of UN Women Gender Adviser in Georgia and will benefit from  technical and operational support of UN Women WEPD project.

Financial arrangements:
Payment will be disbursed upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by WEPD programme manager that the services have been satisfactorily performed:

  • Prepared and submitted detailed training agenda, methodology and training materials – 20%
  • Conducted capacity assessment, three-day and 1,5 day trainings in Tbilisi, Georgia – 30%
  • Written and submitted final training report and recommendations in English  – 50%


Competencies

Functional Competencies:
  • Sound understanding and proved knowledge on key principles of how to design and implement GRB on national and local levels, and the role of gender mainstreaming in economic policy making (reference to relevant papers, training materials developed has to be provided);
  • Demonstrated experience of planning and conducting international trainings and workshops in gender responsive budgeting for multiple governmental and civil society stakeholders (list of trainings, consultations facilitated);
  • Demonstrated experience of cooperating with different government, civil society and other external agencies for supporting GRB implementation on country or regional levels;
  • Excellent writing skills with demonstrated ability to describe the training methodology, approaches, ability to plan and undertake international training on GRB in  line with the  given timeframe


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • University degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Humanities or other related field

Experience:

  • At least five years of professional experience in women’s rights, gender equality, gender responsive budgeting (GRB) and supporting women’s participation in planning and budget decision-making processes or economic policy development

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in English

All online applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from
 http://www.unwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/P_11_form_UNwomen.doc

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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