Consultant - State Technical Coordinator- Gender Budgeting (GB) (Open to Indian Nationals)



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Location : Tamil Nadu, INDIA
Application Deadline :18-Jun-23 (Midnight New York, USA)
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)
03-Jul-2023
Duration of Initial Contract :9 Months (20 working days per month) (Renewable subject to Availability of Funds)
Expected Duration of Assignment :9 Months (20 working days per month) (Renewable subject to Availability of Funds)

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, men and diverse genders as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

All human development and human rights issues involve gender dimensions. UN Women globally focuses on key priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board. UN Women’s priority areas include increasing women’s leadership and participation in political spaces, ending violence against women, enhancing women’s economic empowerment, engaging in all aspects of women peace and security processes, making gender equality central to national planning and budgeting through Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) and advancing gender in intergovernmental processes.

UN Women’s work on Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) or Gender Budgeting (GB) involves ensuring that national planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation processes incorporate a gender perspective. UN Women’s GB programmes at the regional and country level have made significant contribution towards this by building political support, developing technical resources and capacities, generating good practices for improving women's access to services and increasing accountability for Gender Equality and Women’s empowerment (GEWE). At the forefront of global, regional and local advocacy for application of GB, UN Women has built partnerships with diverse government, inter-governmental and non-governmental partners to further efforts and demonstrate GB’s relevance to sustainable development, aid effectiveness, public sector reform and financing for development.

UN Women’s India Country Office, based in New Delhi is implementing a project with the objective of strengthening institutional mechanisms for GB resulting in an increase of gender perspective in budgets, improved availability of data, and tracking of progress on gender equality initiatives in select central ministries and states. It will aim to create a conducive policy environment and enhance institutional capacities on gender budgeting at the national and state level. Insights generated from this project will enable key stakeholders at the national and state level to accelerate their efforts to ensure that women’s priorities are adequately reflected in national and state budgeting processes, and to make concrete changes for adequate resource allocation towards women’s priorities.

UN Women through this programme will work with nodal GB state departments and line departments in 6 states, namely, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, to deepen anchoring of GB. The project will aim to enhance capacities of government officials and other stakeholders to implement gender responsive planning and budgeting measures, and leverage technology to advance gender budgeting including through an e-governance tool.

Within this context, UN Women seeks the services of State Technical Coordinator-Gender Budgeting (GB) who will be placed within the nodal GB department in Tamil Nadu and will be responsible for implementing programme activities on gender budgeting in the assigned State.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall programmatic guidance of Program Analyst- GRB, UN Women India and direct supervision of Policy Specialist - Gender, Tamil Nadu, UN Women India, the State Technical Coordinator- GB will provide technical support to the state government to advance gender budgeting. The incumbent will work with the project team to ensure that the project produces the results in the State to the required standards of quality and within the given time and cost specifications. 

The State Technical Coordinator-GB will work closely with the nodal department and have the following tasks:

Strengthening coordination and mechanisms for gender budgeting in the state:

  • Assist in establishing/strengthening effective coordination mechanisms within and among Women and Child Development/Social Welfare, Planning, Finance, SDG Coordination Centre and other line departments to institutionalize and promote GB in the state.
  • Provide technical expertise and support to nodal department to set up/review and monitor institutional mechanisms and processes to adopt/advance GB in the state including Gender Budget Statement, Gender Budget Cells, Inter-departmental monitoring processes etc.
  • Provide technical support for issuing advisory and necessary guidelines for line departments at the state level to create/strengthen gender budget cells, and implement GB.
  • Coordinate with relevant non-government actors including civil society organisations, academia, and women’s networks on GB and women’s budgets.
  • Advocate for organising pre-budget consultation with CSO, women’s groups, academia and other stakeholders in collaboration with Social Welfare, Planning, Finance and other line departments.

Research and Documentation:

  • Undertake mapping and documentation of the planning, budgeting and auditing processes at the state level.
  • Support the state government in developing state action plan on GB.
  • Provide support in undertaking sectoral/policy analysis for select sectors on GB and develop state specific sectoral policy briefs.
  • Document and disseminate resources and knowledge products on GB, such as case studies and good practices at the state level.
  • Support IT specialist and UN Women project team in roll out and implementation of e-governance tool on GB.
  • Support Policy Specialist- Gender to generate good practices on utilisation of Nirbhaya Fund from other states.

Facilitating draining and capacity development of relevant constituents on GRB:

  • Support to compile/develop training tools, manual, and other resource material on GB for the state.
  • Coordinate with the state nodal department and training institutions to conduct state specific training needs assessment as per level of officials, develop capacity building strategy and training calendar for GB.
  • Support in facilitating training programmes for state level officials, relevant stakeholders and create a pool of local GB experts.
  • Monitor the outcomes of the trainings by undertaking pre and post assessment and developing quality training reports.
  • Support Policy Specialist- Gender in facilitating capacity building initiatives on prevention of violence against women.

Implementation of project at state level:

  • Coordinate with project team for timely completion of project deliverables including periodic reporting.
  • Preparation of monthly progress reports.
  • Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Expected Deliverables:

  • Input and technical expertise provided to state nodal and line departments on GB.
  • Evidence based state action plan developed with the state nodal department on GB with monitorable targets and timelines.
  • Institutional mechanisms and processes including functional gender budget cells, gender budget statement, inter departmental monitoring committees and gender responsive program appraisal developed and implemented.
  • Training and capacity development of state officials, relevant stakeholders strengthened based on assessments and training calendar on GB developed.
  • Timely compilation and submission of reports.


Competencies

Core Values / Guiding Principles:

Integrity:

  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Professionalism:

  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Functional Competencies:

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.
  • Sound understanding of development issues and gender;
  • Adheres to deadlines and follows up on time-bound issues;
  • Maintains diplomacy, tact and strict confidentiality with internal and external partners and clients.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Social Sciences/Economics/Social Work /Gender Studies/Public Administration/Policy or related fields.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience at the national/state level working with development projects including hands-on experience of design, implementation and monitoring/evaluation of projects, preferably on Gender Responsive Governance, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment;
  • Some experience of working with national/ state governments on gender issues, preferably on violence against women, gender budgeting. State specific experience will be preferable.
  • Experience of undertaking budgetary/ policy analysis and capacity building of government officials on gender issues.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.).

Language:

  • Proficiency in English; good command over Hindi and Tamil is desirable.

Application:

Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site: jobs.undp.org

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:

  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;
  • Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment, please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment;
  • Applications received after the close date will not be accepted;
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Evaluation and Selection Criteria

Criteria for shortlisting of CVs will be based on the following assessment:

  • Required Degree and Qualification (5 points);
  • Minimum Experience relevant to the assignment (10 points);
  • Working knowledge and experience of writing on Gender Issues (5 points).

The evaluation process for selection of the candidate will be based on the following assessment:

  • Written Sample (20 points)
  • Interview (80 points)

Please Note:

  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 65 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work prior to engagement in the consultancy.
  • Due to large number of potential applicants only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the selection process.
  • This is a full-time assignment. The consultant is expected to disclose any outside activity and shall not be permitted to take up any outside work during the course of this assignment.

Note:

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.



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