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)
09-Mar-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :37 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :37 working days in the period of March 2020 – July 2020

Background

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:

  • To conduct desk review of relevant studies, assessments, reports, policy papers/strategies and action plans vis-à-vis Georgia’s international and national commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming;
  • To conduct stakeholder consultation meetings (both bilateral and multilateral) engaging representatives of government, development partners and civil society organisations to gain first-hand information about status quo, challenges and opportunities for gender mainstreaming in Georgia;
  • To conduct gender mainstreaming capacity development workshop for the representatives of the Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and other relevant representatives of the women’s national machinery. The training shall cover basic concepts, frameworks and tools on gender mainstreaming in policies and institutions in line with the internationally established standards and best practices;
  • To develop rapid assessment report of gender mainstreaming in Georgia vis-à-vis Georgia’s international and national commitments on gender mainstreaming and gender equality integrating results of the desk review and stakeholder consultations identifying gaps and opportunities for action;
  • To develop guidelines/instructions on gender mainstreaming in institutions and policies, entailing detailed instructions and relevant checklists on gender mainstreaming in institutional frameworks and public policies. The instructions should be developed in line with the internationally established best practices, standards and tools (OECD 2018, Toolkit for Mainstreaming and Implementing Gender Equality Implementing the 2015 OECD Recommendation on Gender Equality in Public Life;Council of Europe (2004), Gender mainstreaming: Conceptual framework, methodology and presentation of good practices. Final report of activities of the Group of Specialists on Main­streaming (EG-S-MS).European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) toolkits on gender mainstreaming; available at: https://eige.europa.eu/gender-mainstreaming/toolkits). The objective of the toolkit is to provide a range of decision-makers with step-by-step guidance on mainstreaming gender in their internal processes and outputs such as policies, legislation and services;
  • To conduct comprehensive gender mainstreaming capacity development trainings for the representatives of the Government of Georgia;

Deliverables:

  • Desk review completed and inception report submitted to UN Women by 8 March 2020 (5 working days);
  • Stakeholder consultation meetings conducted in Georgia (requires in-country visit) by 26 March 2020 (3 working days);
  • Relevant training materials, including presentations and handouts prepared and a two-day gender mainstreaming capacity development workshop for the representatives of the government of Georgia conducted in Georgia (requires in-country visit) by 26 March 2020 (5 working days);
  • Rapid assessment report on gender mainstreaming in institutions and policies in Georgia developed and submitted to UN Women by 20 April 2020 (7 working days);
  • Guidelines for gender mainstreaming in the national planning developed and submitted to UN Women by 29 May 2020 (10 working days);
  • Training materials prepared and two (2) 2,5-day capacity development trainings on guidelines for gender mainstreaming in institutions and policies conducted in Georgia for the representatives of government (requires in country visit) and the training report submitted to UN Women by 06 July (7 working days).


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Effective Communication
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies

  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent writing, presentation/public speaking skills
  • IT literacy

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

Education:

At least Master’s degree in Gender, Public Administration, Sociology or similar fields.

Experience:

  • At least 6 years of experience in working on mainstreaming gender in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes;
  • At least 3 years of experience in developing policies, guidelines and/or tools on gender equality and gender mainstreaming;
  • At least 4 years of experience in providing capacity development trainings on gender equality and gender mainstreaming to various stakeholders, including representatives of national and local governments, CSOs etc.,
  • Previous professional experience working with national and local governments on gender mainstreaming is a strong asset;
  • Previous professional experience with development agencies and/or the United Nations is an asset;
  • Familiarity with Georgian context is an asset;

Language:

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.

Evaluation Procedure:

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:

  • University degree (Masters) in Gender, Public Administration, Sociology or similar fields (max 30 points)
  • At least 6 years of experience in working on gender mainstreaming in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes (max 80 points)
  • At least 3 years of experience in developing policies, guidelines and/or tools on gender equality and gender mainstreaming (max 80 points);
  • At least 4 years of experience in providing capacity development trainings on gender equality and gender mainstreaming to various stakeholders, including representatives of national and local governments, CSOs etc (max 70 points);
  • Previous professional experience working with national and local governments on gender mainstreaming (max 40 points);
  • Previous professional experience with development agencies and/or the United Nations (max 20 points);
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English. (max 30 points)

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
S – score received on financial evaluation;
Fmin – the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;
F – financial offer under consideration.

The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).

Management arrangements:

The contractor will report to and work under direct supervision of UN Women Governance Programme Analyst and UN Women Gender Data Specialist

Financial arrangements:

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:

  • Deliverable 1, (5 days) 13%
  • Deliverable 2,3,4 (14 days) 40%
  • Deliverable 5,6 (17 days) 47%

Application submission package:

  • CV;
  • Dully filled Personal History Form PHF11 that can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment
  • Financial Proposal - lump sum proposal/offer* in USD (including breakdown of this lump sum amount indicating all necessary costs to complete this mission: total remuneration, travel expenses (per diems, tickets, lodging and terminal expenses, if applicable)

*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.

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