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International Consultant on Gender Mainstreaming
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based, with travel to Georgia, GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||20-Feb-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|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 :||37 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||37 working days in the period of March 2020 – July 2020|
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 and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
UN Women in Georgia supports state and non-state partners towards the achievement of substantive gender equality. In line with international and national commitments, UN Women works on the levels of policies and legislation, institutions and grassroots, in order to achieve transformative results for increased gender equality and greater protection of the rights of women and girls.
Within the framework of the Good Governance for Gender Equality in Georgia (GG4GEG), UN Women in cooperation with the Government of Norway works jointly with the Government of Georgia and non-state partners towards the overarching goal of strengthening governance systems for gender equality in Georgia. To this end, UN Women provides technical support to the Government of Georgia to meet their targets under the nationalized Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) particularly SDG 5 to ensure that gender equality and gender mainstreaming are institutionalized at national and local levels and that national and local level capacities for gender mainstreaming are developed and sustained.
Gender mainstreaming in governance and national planning at all levels is an essential for achieving gender equality and better policy making. When institutions, policies and programs fully integrate gender considerations into their work they produce better and more equitable policies for men and women, therefore contributing to the good governance (OECD 2018, OECD Toolkit for Mainstreaming and Implementing Gender Equality Implementing the 2015 OECD Recommendation on Gender Equality in Public Life; Available at: https://www.oecd.org/gov/toolkit-for-mainstreaming-and-implementing-gender-equality.pdf). Furthermore, evidence shows that although stand-alone equality policies are crucial for achieving gender equality, they are insufficient. Strategic planning for gender equality requires a dual approach – mainstreaming gender in the design, implementation and evaluation of all public policies and actions in parallel to adopting targeted stand-alone programmes to eliminate gender discrimination and enable progress in specific areas.
Responsibility to mainstream gender in all governmental policies and programmes in enshrined under various international instruments, including the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), SDGs and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination (CEDAW) et al. BPfA, calls on the national governments to, inter alia, “ensure mainstreaming of a gender perspective in all policy-making processes (Article 205), and further calls on the national machineries for the advancement of women to support governmentwide mainstreaming of a gender-equality perspective in all policy areas (Article 201). The Council of Europe (CoE) Resolution 2290 (2019) “Towards an ambitious Council of European Agenda for Gender Equality” calls on the Council of Europe member and observer states to “implement a gender mainstreaming approach when designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating all policies and measures at all levels of administration, including gender-responsive budgeting (Article 16.9).
In the last three decades, Georgia has made tangible progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Georgia has signed, ratified and is a party to the most women’s human rights instruments and has made significant strides in improving legislative and policy frameworks to foster gender equality. The Constitution of Georgia adopted in 1995 guarantees equality between sexes, while the constitutional amendments introduced by the Parliament of Georgia in 2018 (Article 11) provide for introducing special measures for achieving substantive equality of men and women to eradicate existing inequalities. National laws on gender equality (Law of Georgia on Gender Equality, 2010) and violence against women (Law of Georgia on Violence against Women and/or Elimination of Domestic Violence, Protection and Support of Victims of Violence, 2006) have been adopted. To support implementation of Georgia’s gender equality commitments, the Government of Georgia adopts periodic national action plans, including the National Action Plan on the Implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (1325 UNSCR), the National Action Plan on the Measures to be Implemented for Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and Protection of Victims/Survivors and a Gender Equality Action Plan integrated as a part of the periodic Human Rights Actin Plan. Additionally, the government of Georgia has nationalized SDGs with all 17 goals, 99 targets and over 200 indicators, including seven out of nine targets under SDG 5. thus committing to integrate selected nationalized SDG targets into the national planning and development. Progress has also been made on establishing national institutional mechanisms for gender equality: The Parliamentary Gender Equality Council set up at the legislative level (2010), Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (2017) – at the executive level and the Public Defender’s Office providing monitoring and oversight.
Despite tangible progress, notably with regards to developing stand-alone laws and action plans on GEWE, significant shortcomings remain: gender mainstreaming commitments under the BPfA have not been translated into national frameworks, gender is not integrated into planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of sectorial policies such as the economic development, agricultural development, public employment and budgeting. Institutionalizing gender mainstreaming and developing gender mainstreaming capacity of national actors is the next logical and necessary step to advance GEWE agenda in Georgia.
To support the Government of Georgia in acting upon its international commitments on gender mainstreaming and gender equality, UN Women is seeking to contract international consultant. The international consultant will work in close partnership with the institutional mechanism on gender equality in the executive branch of the government – the Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and its line ministries and under the overall coordination from UN Women CO and will deliver on the tasks described below.
Duties and Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the international consultant are:
Please, visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637
Required Skills and Experience
At least Master’s degree in Gender, Public Administration, Sociology or similar fields.
The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria; technical and financial evaluation.
The candidates must possess following minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation:
Maximum total technical score amounts to 350 points. Only candidates who have passed over the minimum qualification criteria and have accumulated at least 245 points out of maximum 350 under technical evaluation will qualify for the next stage i.e. evaluation of their financial proposals.
Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 150
The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).
The contractor will report to and work under direct supervision of UN Women Governance Programme Analyst and UN Women Gender Data Specialist
Payment will be disbursed upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by UN Women National Programme Officer that the services have been satisfactorily performed as specified below:
Application submission package:
*The applicants are required to submit an aggregated financial offer: “aggregated financial offer” is the total sum of all financial claims of the candidate, including travel costs (ticket, DSA etc.) for accomplishment of all tasks spelled out in this ToR
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
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.