UN Women International Consultant: Case Study on Gender Responsive Budgeting in the Latin America and Caribbean Region

Location : Home-Based
Application Deadline :31-Oct-12 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Spanish  
Duration of Initial Contract :25 Days


Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations (UN) System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Duties and Responsibilities

Extending the reach and leveraging the investment in UN Women programme interventions depends in large part on capturing how successful gender equality results were achieved. UN Women also has an enhanced mandate to contribute to overall knowledge in regard to advancing gender equality. The “Effective Practices in Promoting Gender Equality through Gender Responsive Budgeting” documentation initiative seeks to identify, analyze and document practices with a high potential to contribute to the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality, in particular to capture practices that can be replicated in other locations and/or scaled up within countries. This case study will examine effective practices in Ecuador and in Bolivia, and to a lesser extent, Peru – at the local and national levels.

The initiative will contribute to increased knowledge in the following ways:

  • By supporting the development of substantive programme documentation that makes a convincing case regarding results achievement and promising practice.
  • Regional and global exposure and recognition of achievements.
  • Contribution to future strategy development for Gender Responsive National Planning and Budgeting in LAC region.
  • Documentation efforts strengthen programme evaluations and management responses.
  • Strong demonstration of results supports resource mobilization effort.
  • Distribution of high-quality analysis contributes to global knowledge on the “how-to” of achieving gender equality, informing evidence based policy and programming.
Scope of the Case Study:

The case study should cover the following issues:

  • Initial situation that justified the programme interventions as linked to national priorities.
  • Results achieved so far in terms of gender equality and women’s empowerment, providing qualitative and/or quantitative evidence.
  • Key context factors that influenced the practice and results achievement.
  • Strategies employed to address the identified issues.
  • Documented experiences of the role of partnerships and any coordination efforts in results achievement.
  • Successes during implementation and factors that helped the practice succeed.
  • Problems and challenges encountered and measures taken to overcome them.
  • Potential application of the practice beyond the original context and essential conditions necessary for replicating or scaling up.
  • Ways in which case studies can be used at government and UNCT levels to inform and influence future programming and resource allocation.
  • Evidence, both in quantitative and/or qualitative form, must back the description of the results and the implementation process. This evidence can come both from the monitoring process carried out by the programme itself and from other sources.
  • Results, implementation processes, challenges, lessons learned must also be described through the voices of involved stakeholders: implementing UN agencies, national and local government counterparts, civil society counterparts, community participants and other actors.
  • Final reports should be delivered in English and Spanish
Case Study Deliverables:

Interim deliverables:
  • Detailed work plan and timelines.
  • Details of methodology, including: methods for gathering information, key stakeholders to interview, and questionnaires for interviews, focus groups, etc.
  • Outline of the case study final document.
  • First draft of case study document.
Final deliverables:
  • Final case study document (15- 30 pages plus annexes).
  • Overall summary of the case study (2 pages)
  • Accompanying visual material: photographs, videos, etc., as well as other documents produced by the Programme.
  • Self-contained PowerPoint presentation of up to 5 slides and complete speaking notes that summarizes the final report.
  • Recommendations for  regional, national and subnational initiatives on GRB
Case Study Final Document Outline:

The case study should cover all of the following sections including respective topics and issues:

Analysis of the initial situation that justified the intervention.

  • What were the main constraints in terms of women's rights and/or gender equality? Provide quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Which are the main objectives of the intervention developed to overcome the identified constraints?
Description of the main results achieved through the intervention.
  • How has the intervention influenced gender relations and equality?
  • What national and/or local institutional capacities have been strengthened? How?
  • What civil society capacities have been strengthened? How? Consider women’s groups, youth groups, community-based organizations, NGOs, academia, media, private sector and other groups.
  • Has there been any unexpected result, either positive or negative?
  • Has GRB been effective in reaching LACs most vulnerable populations, i.e., indigenous and afro descendant women?
Analysis of the implementation process:
  • What context factors influenced the implementation of the strategy, both in positive and negative ways? Consider both internal and external factors.
  • Which have been the main successes of the experience? Which factors have helped to succeed?
  • Which have been the main challenges and difficulties encountered during implementation? Which measures have been taken to overcome them? How have these measures worked out? Have any of the challenges persisted? Why?
  • How participatory has the implementation process been? What type of participation, in which processes and spaces did the different actors have: national and local government counterparts, civil society counterparts, community, beneficiaries and other actors?
Strengths and weaknesses:
  • Which are the main strengths of the experience? Why?
  • Which are the main weaknesses of the experience? Why?
  • Are there any
  • What mechanisms and strategies have the programme designed to guarantee the continuity of activities and results beyond the life of the programme?
  • Has the programme already secured any political and/or financial support to continue the initiated processes?
Potential application and Lessons Learned:
  • What are the potential applications of this practice beyond the original context? Are there potential applications nationally, regionally, etc.?
  • What are the essential conditions necessary for replicating or scaling up the promising practices emerging from experience?
  • Are there lessons learned that could be shared to inform similar initiatives in other contexts?
  • Provide advice to future projects, based on this experience.


Core Values and Guiding Principles:

  • Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:
  • Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff.
  • Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity. 
Functional Competencies:
  • Substantive experience and record of accomplishment in the area of Gender Equality and Economics.
  • Familiarity with the gender issues in the LAC Region.
  • Good knowledge of UN Women and the UN system.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Proven ability to document scalable experiences.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in Economics or related field.
  • A Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience on gender and economics issues, and experience in gender responsive budgeting.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in written and oral Spanish and English.


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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