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Consultant–Gender Responsive Budgeting - UN WOMEN MCO, Open to Indian nationals Only
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Department of Finance, Government of Maharashtra (Mumbai), INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||31-Aug-17 (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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||October - December 2017 (20 working days per month)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||October - December 2017 (20 working days per month)|
UN Women is the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. UN Women is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide.
All human development and human rights issues have gender dimensions. UN Women focuses on priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board. Focus areas include ending violence against women, economic empowerment, leadership and participation, peace and security and national planning and budgeting. The UN Women Multi Country Office, based in New Delhi, India, covers four countries of the region, i.e., Bhutan, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka.
In India, Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) has been recognized as an effective tool for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) adopted the mission statement of ‘Budgeting for Gender Equity’ in 2004-05 for universalizing GRB both at the Centre and the States and developed a strategic framework of activities to implement this mission.
Since 2005-06, the Union Government has taken a slew of measures to institutionalise GRB in the country. Production of Gender Budget Statement and constitution of Gender Budget Cells have been key institutional mechanisms for operationalizing GRB at the level of ministries/departments. Akin to the union government, several states have also adopted GRB.
Maharashtra was the first state in India to develop a Women’s Policy in 1994 and thereafter in 2001. The State’s third Women Policy of 2013 recommends gender budgeting. GRB was introduced in Maharashtra after issuance of a government resolution in 2006. The resolution mandated that after meeting the expenditure committed to by the municipal corporation, five per cent of the balance be kept reserved for the work done by women and child welfare committees. Maharashtra is among the few states that have mandated GRB at the local level.
The Government of Maharashtra is committed to Public Finance Management (PFM) reforms to uphold greater transparency in fiscal responsibility laws, fiscal rules and performance based budgeting (PBB). Performance oriented budgeting is a way of incorporating information into the budget cycle that measures the goods and services produced by government and the impacts of government expenditure and revenue raising on the community. Likewise, GRB initiatives are also fundamentally concerned with assessing what goods and services governments produce and the impacts of policies and budgets on men and women, and boys and girls. Hence, PFM reforms in the form of performance based budgeting or performance oriented budgeting offer a potentially valuable framework for GRB.
It is in this context that UNICEF and UN Women are presently working in partnership with the Department of Finance and Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD), Government of Maharashtra to put in place appropriate institutional mechanisms and policy guidelines at the state level since these are an important prerequisite for successful implementation of GRB initiatives. UNICEF and UN Women recently commissioned a scoping study in Maharashtra with the objective of identifying possible entry points for GRB as well as recommending a state specific roadmap. It is now critical that these recommendations are implemented.
UN Women and UNICEF would like to place a technical expert within Department of Finance, Government of Maharashtra to assist the Department in integrating gender concerns into planning and budgeting, through Gender Responsive Budgeting.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant will undertake the following key tasks and other responsibilities as may be assigned:
The Technical Consultant will be placed within Department of Finance, Government of Maharashtra to support UN Women Technical Expert on GRB in working with the government in strengthening GRB. Specifically, the consultant will be engaged in the following tasks:
Core Values / Guiding Principles:
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
Ethics and Values:
Work in teams:
Communicating and Information Sharing:
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
Required Skills and Experience
Post Graduate in Gender studies, Social Sciences or relevant field.
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:
Evaluation and Selection Criteria:
Criteria for shortlisting of CVs will be based on the following assessment:
The evaluation process for selection of the candidate will be based on the following assessment:
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.
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.