National Consultant to Support Gender Mainstreaming in Public Finance Management



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Location : Home-based, Tbilisi, GEORGIA
Application Deadline :29-Nov-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :2d 2h 34m
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
30-Nov-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :20 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :20 working days in the period of 30 November 2022 – 30 April 2023


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. UN Women in Georgia supports state and non-state partners towards the achievement of substantive gender equality in Georgia. In line with national and international commitments, UN Women works on the levels of policy and legislation, institutions and grassroots, in order to achieve transformative results for increased gender equality and greater protection of the rights of women and girls.

Within the framework of the “Good Governance for Gender Equality in Georgia” (GG4GEG) project, UN Women in cooperation with the Government of Norway works jointly with the Government of Georgia and non-state partners towards the overarching goal of strengthening governance systems for gender equality in Georgia. Within the framework of the project, UN Women provides technical support to national partners in institutionalizing gender responsive budgeting (GRB) as a part of the public finance management system in Georgia.

Governments, including the Government of Georgia, have committed to the principle of adequate financing for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls through numerous international agreements and partnerships. The principle of adequate financing for gender equality is rooted in the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action adopted in 1995 (For more information on Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, see: http://beijing20.unwomen.org/en/about) and highlighted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Both documents link the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment with adequate and appropriate financing and make specific references to gender responsive budgeting.  As a result, gender responsive budgeting has been gaining increased traction in public financial management, with more than some 80 countries having institutionalized GRB in one form or another.

In 2019, the World Bank designed the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) (The Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) is a framework for assessing and reporting on the strengths and weaknesses of public financial management (PFM) using quantitative indicators to measure performance. PEFA is designed to provide a snapshot of PFM performance at specific points in time using a methodology that can be replicated in successive assessments, giving a summary of changes over time.PEFA framework it is subsequently established as a standard methodology for PFM diagnostic assessments,. Since 2001 PEFA has become the acknowledged standard for PFM assessments.) supplementary framework for assessing gender responsive public financial management (GRPFM) (https://www.pefa.org/news/pefa-grpfm-framework-available-english-french-spanish-and-portuguese-languages). The PEFA’s GRPFM is a set of nine indicators which collect information on gender responsive public financial management practices. These indicators are built on the PEFA framework and mirror the mapping of PFM practices and assessment of PFM institutions, processes, and systems as typically carried out during a PEFA assessment process. As a rule, the PEFA GRPFM supplementary assessment is conducted on a voluntary basis concurrently with a PEFA assessment.

In 2022, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) with UN Women support conducted the PEFA GRPFM self-assessment. The assessment is a part of the larger PEFA assessment and evaluates the degree to which Georgia’s public finance management (PFM) system is gender responsive. The assessment results are expected to facilitate the measurement of progress and to inform a broader strategy for the Government of Georgia on improving the PFM system and institutionalizing GRB in Georgia. Both PEFA and GRPFM reports are expected to be validated by the PEFA Secretariat housed with the World Bank and released in the fall of 2022.

To support the MoF in integrating GRPFM findings in the 2023-2026 Public Finance Management (PFM) Reform Strategy and its Action Plan (Strategy and Action Plan), UN Women will be recruiting a national consultant. In close collaboration with the international consultant and aligned with the findings of the GRPFM, the national consultant will be responsible to support gender mainstreaming in the PFM system.

More specifically, the national consultant will be responsible for the following tasks and deliverables:


Duties and Responsibilities

More specifically, the national consultant will be responsible for the following tasks and deliverables:

  • Review and analyse findings of the PEFA GRPFM supplementary assessment report, as well as international best practices on integrating gender in the PFM frameworks
  • Hold and participate in workshops, consultation meetings, discussions as required
  • Collect, process, and analyse inputs from different stakeholders
  • Based on the GRPFM assessment findings, with guidance from the international consultant and UN Women Regional Advisor on Gender Responsive Budgeting, develop detailed recommendations on integrating GPRFM assessment findings in the PFM strategy and action plan
  • Aligned with the GRPFM assessment findings, provide strategic inputs to the PFM reform strategy and action plan

Deliverables:

  • Review of international best practices completed and consultation meetings with the national gender machinery, the MoF, experts and other relevant stakeholders conducted (4 working days) – by 30 January 2023.
  • Based on the GRPFM report findings, detailed recommendations on integrating gender in the PFM reform strategy and action plan developed and submitted to UN Women (9 working days) – by 28 February 2023.
  • Presentation and discussion of the recommendations on integrating gender in the PFM reform strategy and action plan conducted for MoF and other relevant stakeholders (1 working day) – by 20 March 2023.
  • Based on the GRPFM assessment findings and recommendations, relevant inputs to the PFM reform strategy and action plan drafted and submitted to UN Women (3 working days) - by 20 April 2023.
  • Advocacy meetings with MoF and other stakeholders on integrating gender in the PFM strategy and action plan conducted (3 working days) – by 20 April 2023.


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • At least Master’s degree in Public Finance, humanitarian affairs, development policy, and/or any relevant field directly related to the assignment.

Experience: 

  • At least 3 years of experience in supporting public administration and public finance management reforms
  • Proven experience in research and analysis in the field of gender equality will be a strong asset
  • Previous experience of working on PEFA and PEFA GRPFM frameworks will be a strong asset
  • Experience in facilitating consultations and workshops and engaging with diverse stakeholders, including CSOs, NGOs, national governments, UN agencies will be an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in producing well written reports demonstrating analytical ability and communication skill will be an asset

Language and other skills:

  • Fluent in Georgian
  • Fluent in English

Language:

  • Fluency in Georgian and English

Evaluation Procedure:

The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria; technical and financial evaluation.

The candidates must possess following minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation:

  • At least Master’s degree in Public Finance, humanitarian affairs, development policy, and/or any relevant field directly related to the assignment.
  • At least 3 years of experience in supporting public administration and public finance management reforms
  • Fluent in English
  • Fluent in Georgian

Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):

  • At least Master’s degree in Public Finance, humanitarian affairs, development policy, and/or any relevant field directly related to the assignment (max 80 points)
  • At least 3 years of experience in supporting public administration and public finance management reforms (max 80 points)
  • Proven experience in research and analysis in the field of gender equality will be a strong (max 50 points)
  • Previous experience of working on PEFA and PEFA GRPFM frameworks will be a strong asset (max 50 points)
  • Experience in facilitating consultations and workshops and engaging with diverse stakeholders, including CSOs, NGOs, national governments, UN agencies will be an asset (max 30 points)
  • Demonstrated experience in producing well written reports demonstrating analytical ability and communication skill will be an asset (max 20 points)
  • Fluent in Georgian (max 20 points)
  • Fluent in English (max 20 points)

Maximum total technical score amounts to 350 points. Only candidates who have passed over the minimum qualification criteria and have accumulated at least 245 points out of maximum 350 under technical evaluation will qualify for the next stage i.e. evaluation of their financial proposals.

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.

The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).

Management arrangements:

The contractor will report to and work under direct supervision of UN Women Governance & Participation in Public Life (G&PPL) Programme Analyst and under the overall supervision of the UN Women Deputy Country Representative.

Financial arrangements:

Payment will be disbursed upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by UN Women Programme Analyst that the services have been satisfactorily performed as specified below:

  • Deliverables 1, 2, – 65%
  • Deliverables 3, 4, 5 – 35 %

Application submission package:

*The applicants are required to submit an aggregated financial offer: “aggregated financial offer” is the total sum of all financial claims of the candidate, including travel costs (ticket, DSA etc.) for accomplishment of all tasks spelled out in this ToR.

How to Submit the Application:

  • Download and complete the UN Women Personal History Form (P11)- https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment/application-process  
  • Merge your UN Women Personal History Form (P11), CV and the Financial Proposal into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded.
  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement).
  • Click 'Apply Now' button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click 'Submit Application;'
  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above).
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Notes:

  • UN Women retains the right to contact references directly. Due to the large numbers of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
  • Applications without the financial offer will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • The individual consultants should take the mandatory learning security course prior to commencement of assignment– details will follow before the issuance of contract.

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