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International Consultant on Gender Equality in Parliamentary and Electoral Development Issues
|Location :||Home-based with 3 missions to Chisinau, MOLDOVA|
|Application Deadline :||20-Apr-15 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||May - October, 2015|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||55 working days|
UNDP Moldova Programme “Improving the Quality of Moldovan Democracy through Electoral and Parliamentary Support” (further referred to as “Programme”) is a multi-year institutional development project that aims to support the institutional consolidation of the Moldovan Parliament and Moldovan Central Electoral Commission (CEC) towards their increased transparency, accountability and efficiency.
As regards Parliamentary component, the Programme is focusing on improving of the legislative, oversight and representation functions of the Parliament. The Programme also assists the Parliament to increase the participation of civil society and citizens in policy making and oversight processes. It also builds the capacities of Members of Parliament in budget understanding, development and monitoring of its implementation.
In relation to the Electoral support, the overarching goal of the electoral component of the Programme is improvement of the democratic and governance processes in the Republic of Moldova through organization and conduct of democratic elections, conducted in line with best international standards and practices, fully representing the will of Moldovan people. Among the Programme objectives is to support the CEC and the electoral administration at regional and local levels to deliver inclusive and professional elections, gender and human rights mainstreamed.
Duties and Responsibilities
The assignment shall be implemented under auspices of the programme identifying synergies between Parliamentary and Electoral components wherever possible. At the same time the assignment shall include specific objectives for each of programme’s components.
Joint issues for Democracy Programme
The consultant will be required to provide recommendations to the Programme on further improvement of gender mainstreaming in programme document, LogFrame and Programme work plan.
In relation to the parliamentary development, during the last three years the Parliament of Moldova has been very active in reforming its institutional structure and ensuring the capacity building of its staff. With support of the Programme, the Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff were trained in different areas like regulatory impact assessment, communication, performance appraisal and gender equality etc.
The Law on Gender Equality states that the Parliament will (a) adopt gender sensitive laws and regulations, (b) monitor gender impact of the adopted regulation and (c) will hold other state institutions accountable to promote and implement gender equality in their activity. In order to increase its efficiency and effectiveness, the Parliament requires a combination of greater numbers of women, stronger gender-sensitive infrastructure and stronger policy and legislation on gender equality. It is also important that parliament has the ability to consider and address how its work – especially in terms of legislation and national budget – affect women in society. Placing gender equality issues at the heart of policy decisions, institutional structures and resource allocation through a process of gender mainstreaming can address these issues.
For its further development and modernization, parliament needs to assess how it responds to the needs and interests of both men and women in its own structures, operations, methods and in its work as a core legislative institution. Therefore, the first step is to carry out the internal assessment of parliament’s capacity to mainstream gender issue. This process will take the shape of an internal audit, which is an exercise aimed at providing evidence on the status of gender mainstreaming efforts, thus allowing the Parliament to plan accurately and effectively to fill capacity gaps with regard to gender mainstreaming.
The expected output for the consultant’ assignment is to carry out an internal assessment of parliament’s capacity to mainstream gender, conducting an auditing on how it responds to the needs and interests of both men and women in the Parliament’s structures, operations, methods and in its work as a core legislative institution. The consultant will gather primary information and provide recommendations on the ways in which parliament can best become a gender-sensitive institution and effectively mainstream gender into its work.
In order to achieve the stated objective, the consultant will have the following responsibilities:
Undertake a Gender Audit of the Parliament:
Develop a Report on the Gender Audit of Parliament with the specific focuses on the followings:
Undertake follow up actions based on the Gender Audit findings and recommendations, including:
Support to the functioning of Women’s Caucus in the Parliament of Moldova:
CEC has been one of the first public institutions in Moldova to conduct a gender audit and adopt gender Action Plan. Implementation of this action plan has started in 2013 and has allowed CEC to amend and improve some of the key internal policies in regards to gender equality on, inter alia, human resources management. Further CEC required the programme assistance in implementation of the Action Plan through, among others, support in increasing CEC staff capacity on completion of the mid-term gender assessment and mainstreaming of further internal policies in line with gender equality principles.
At the CEC the consultant is expected to provide support in mainstreaming gender in electoral processes through delivery of the following consultancy services:
Undertake 3 missions to Chisinau, Moldova, as per schedule below:
* The report should include, but is not limited to the following:
All communications and documentation related to the assignment will be in English or Romanian. The Parliament and CEC will provide consultant with working space, access to Internet, printer and telephone line.
The timeframe for the work of the Consultant is tentatively planned through May – October 2015. The consultancy should involve about 46 working days of work in Moldova. The remaining 9 working days are home-based.
The Parliament will provide consultant with working space, access to Internet, a printer and a telephone line.
The Consultant will work under the overall supervision from Programme Manager (UNDP Democracy Programme) and guidance from Parliamentary and Electoral Specialists and Senior Programme Officers of Democracy Programme.
The Consultant will be supported by a National Consultant who will facilitate the process of organizing and conducting required activities with UNDP Programme, the Parliament, CEC and other required stakeholders. The Consultant will also receive technical support from National Consultant for the efficient delivery of activities.
In relations with the Parliament of Moldova and the Central Electoral Commission the Consultant will coordinate with Programme’s counterparts at the Parliament and CEC, respectively.
Payment will be disbursed in four installments upon submission, approval and certification by the UNDP staff that the services have been satisfactorily performed as follows:
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Since technical possibilities allow uploading only 1 (one) file, please ensure that the above listed documents are saved in a single file.
We reserve the right to reject incomplete applications.
Required Skills and Experience
For complete information about this vacancy, including detailed tasks and responsibilities, full and detailed description of the evaluation procedure which will be applied, as well as the UNDP General Conditions of Individual Contract, please refer to the Terms of Reference, the Individual Consultant Procurement Notice published at the UNDP Moldova website, Jobs Section: http://www.undp.md/jobs/current_jobs/.
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.