International Consultancy for SWAP Scorecard in Kosovo


Location : Prishtina, Kosovo, UNSCR 1244 (1999)
Application Deadline :21-Sep-18 (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)
08-Oct-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :08 October - 2018 - 30 November 2018 (15 working days within this period)
Expected Duration of Assignment :08 October - 2018 - 30 November 2018 (15 working days within this period)

Background

The 2016 Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) and the 2017 ECOSOC Resolution on gender mainstreaming also call for acceleration of UN efforts to mainstream gender and use the Scorecard.  The Scorecard is an accountability framework that promotes improved planning, coordination, programming and results for GEEW at the country level, tied to the support from the UN system for the Member States to achieve the SDGs. The Scorecard supports UNCT’s to self-assess and report on their status of performance Indicators drawn from inter-governmental mandates and based mainly on review of UNCT documents.

The QCPR calls upon the United Nations Development System to expand and strengthen the use of the Gender Scorecard as a planning and reporting tool for assessing the effectiveness of gender mainstreaming in the context of the UNDAF (OP 83).  Along these lines, including internal assessments, the UNCT SWAP-Scorecard methodology has been revised in tandem with the United Nations System-wide Action Plan for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-SWAP) to ensure greater alignment with the UN-SWAP and the SDGs. These also foresees drawing on good global practices with motivating, managing and measuring institutional change processes.

The United Nations Kosovo Team (UNKT) is presented by19 UN agencies, funds and programmes,  and affiliates. UNKT  includes OHCHR, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNHCR, IOM, WHO, FAO, ILO, UNDP, UN-HABITAT, UNOPS, UNWOMEN, UNV as well as other Non-resident Agencies, UNESCO, UNEP, and UNODC. The IMF and WB are also members of the UNKT.

The last Gender Scorecard Exercise for the UNKT was conducted in Kosovo in February – March 2014. This coincided with the  end of the previous Common Development Plan- a UNDAF like document. The UNDG does not require Kosovo to have a fully-fledged UNDAF process due to Kosovo’s non-UN Member State status of Kosovo.. Instead, the UN Kosovo Team developed the second UN Common Development Plan (CDP) for the period of 2016-2020 with the aim of focusing and harmonizing the work of UN Organizations over the period of five years (2016- 2020).

The CDP Annual Reports reveal that UN development system in Kosovo is currently stronger  in gender mainstreaming processes in the areas of planning, programming, decision-making and monitoring and evaluation, although there is some room for enhancement in these areas. On the other hand, there is more room for improvement in the areas of partnership, UN system capacities, and budgeting. A short description of key findings by dimension is highlighted below, starting with areas that scored more strongly and followed by areas that received a weaker score in the analysis.

UN Women Office in Kosovo, with the support of the UN Development Coordination team is planning to hire an International consultant and lead the Gender Scorecard exercise. This will to ensure it is done in a participatory and timely manner and ensure better accountability of UNKT towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Objectives of Assignment

The main objective of this consultancy is to facilitate the UNKT SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard and assess the effectiveness of the UN Kosovo Team in gender mainstreaming, promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment as well as to provide a set of actions for improvements.
Purpose of the exercise is:

  • To assist UNKT in identifying areas where they meet   minimum standards.
  • To stimulate a constructive dialogue within the UNKT about the current status of support for gender equality and women’s empowerment and how it can be improved.
  • To identify areas where technical assistance can support the achievement of minimum standards.
  • To share good practices in support to national priorities to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Office in Kosovo, the consultant will conduct the following activities and submit respective deliverables within the stipulated timeframes:

Activity

Deliverable

Number of days

Planned Timeline

Target Date for Submission of the Deliverable

Review of background documents:

  • Scorecard and Users’ Guide
  • Partnership for Sustainable Development (2016-2020)
  • UNKT planning and programming documents
  • National Strategy for Gender Equality, National Strategy for protection against Domestic Violence and other relevant documents
  • UNKT budget, CDP results groups, GTG Workplans, and budgets

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3

1-5 October

05 October

Interviews:

  • Development Coordinator
  • Gender Theme Group
  • UN staff from CDP results groups
  • Heads of Agencies
  • Counterparts, including women’s machinery, other government ministries, and civil society

Approximately 15-20 interviews

Interview notes

3

5-15 October

15 October

Completion of draft Scorecard and narrative report

Draft report

3

15-30 October

30 October

Verbal debriefing with DC/UNKT, completion of final Scorecard, narrative report and follow-up matrix, and debrief with Gender Theme Group

Final Report (including final version of the scorecard and narrative report)

1

2 November

2 November

Final documents submitted

Gender Score Card Report

5

15 November

15 November

Total

 

15

 

 


Competencies

Competencies:
Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example Functional Competencies
  • Programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings
  • Good analytical skills
  • Good knowledge of technical area

 
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent), preferably in gender equality / women’s empowerment as related to development, economics, political science, law or other related disciplines;

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in a broad range of monitoring and evaluation, and in gender related research;
  • Work experience, in or on Kosovo context is an asset;
  • Languages – Fluency in oral and written English, knowledge of Albanian and/or Serbian would be considered as an asset.
  • Experience in working with international organizations and supporting similar programs are considered an asset
  • Experience in working with the UN or international organizations on gender related research is key.

Duration and Remuneration:
The duration of the contract is for maximum 15 working days in the period of October 8 – November 30, 2018. 

Application Procedure:

  • The following documents should be submitted as part of the application:
  • Cover letter, to include: (i) a brief overview about which of your previous experiences makes you the most suitable candidate for the advertised position; and (ii) a brief outline methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work.
  • Financial Proposal: (Specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this Terms of Reference). The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (daily rate, travel costs and number of anticipated working days)
  • P11: including experience in similar assignments; can be downloaded at http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment

Payment Schedule:

  • The payment will be effected to the consultant upon submission of the final deliverable, which is the final version of the scorecard matrix and narrative report and its approval by the UN DC and the UN Gender Thematic Group (GTG).

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