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National Consultant to support 6 municipalities on application of gender and children responsive planning and budgeting in the local Medium-term Budget programme (MTBPs)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Tirana, ALBANIA|
|Application Deadline :||23-Mar-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Tirana, with 3 travel missions to Pogradec, Kamza, Devoll, Puka, Rrogozhina.|
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 .Placing women's rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
The Government of Albania has made national and international commitments to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women in many different socio-economic aspects. Several international conventions and platforms, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Platform for Action, demonstrate Albania’s commitment to the realization of women’s rights and the achievement of gender equality and SDGs as women’s equality and empowerment is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, but also integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development.
Over the past years, UN Women has provided support to national and local stakeholders in strengthening democratic governance and advancing women’s rights through initiatives aimed at mainstreaming gender in policy planning and budgeting. Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting (GRB) has been identified as important tool for advancing gender equality in key national documents as in accordance with existing Albanian national policy documents on social inclusion and gender equality. In this framework, Albania has made important steps towards the institutionalization of gender responsive budgeting at central and local level.
GRB has been included as a legal requirement to the Local Government Financial Management cycle. The approval of law no. 68/2017 "On Local Government Finances”, paved the way for the effective inclusion of GRB in all the phases of local financial management cycle (medium term and annual budget programming, monitoring & reporting, evaluation and auditing) by local government units. The inclusion of the Gender Responsive Budgeting in the Medium-Term Budget Program as well as the legal changes in the field of Public Financial Management at local level, provide greater responsibilities and challenges for public entities in effectively managing gender-based policies, by devoting the budget resources to achieve them.
In the framework of the UN Joint Programme “Catalysing Municipal Social Protection” implemented by four UN Agencies (UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, and UN WOMEN), in partnership with the Albanian Government, UN Women will continue its support at the local level in using GRB as a tool to advance gender equality and ensure that women’s needs are incorporated in local social protection policies and related budgets. The local government units play a vital role in designing policies at local level in providing and distributing the budget resources and in providing public services in the communities. When local government units give priorities to gender equality as policy targets, and when they directly involve communities and citizens – both women and men – in the process of local governance, the benefit they have is undoubted.
UN Women in cooperation with UNICEF intend to support the municipalities of Tirana, Pogradec, Kamza, Devoll, Puka, Rrogozhina to apply gender and children responsive planning and budgeting in the process of local Medium-term Budget programme (MTBPs). The ultimate aim is that the targeted municipalities plan and implement budgets and programs that take into account the needs of men and women, girls and boys and various groups including those most vulnerable. In this frame UN Women will support the 6 target Municipalities in improving the delivery on national legal and policy commitments related to gender equality by applying GRB and to effectively address the needs of women and girls, with specific focus on socially excluded groups. Work will be coordinated with UNICEF which will engage in a similar process with the same target municipalities but with a focus on children. Work will focus in upscaling the past proven approaches in conducting sectoral programme analysis and identifying gender responsive measures and indicators by having more profound focus on equitable and gender-responsive social protection and care services at the local level. This will entail deeper gender analyses and use of data and evidence and capacity strengthening of municipalities (budget users; program staff) on how to use GRB tools and methods, its importance for local economic growth, and its implications for social inclusion.
In this context, UN Women requires technical support of one national consultant to provide direct support to the Municipalities of Tirana, Pogradec, Kamza, Devoll, Puka, Rrogozhina to integrate gender equality perspective in the budgeting processes of the municipal budgets through the whole cycle of the local public finance management system.
The consultant will coordinate with UN Women and UNICEF team on a unified methodology/approach that will be applied in all six muncipalities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Program Manager of National Planning and Budgeting at UN Women Albania and in close collaboration with the General Directorate of Social Services in the Municipalities of Tirana, Pogradec, Kamza, Devoll, Puka, Rrogozhina the national consultant is expected to conduct the following:
Duration and remuneration:
The duration of the contract will be up to 30 working days between March 2020 - October 2020. The payment will be made monthly upon satisfactory completion of all tasks and deliverables in the assignment, and submission and approval by UN Women.
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
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services and travel- 3 travel missions to each municipality).
Payment will be made as per the payment schedule in the contract upon (i) satisfactory completion of tasks; (ii) provision of deliverables specified in the ToRs; (iii) submission of and approval by UN Women; and (iv) submission of the respective invoice.
Recommended Presentation of Offer:
Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their application no later than 2 March 2020:
Evaluation of applicants:
Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Evaluation –70 points:
Financial Evaluation – 30 points
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation
The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:
p = 30 (µ/z)
Using the following values:
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
How to Submit the Application:
To submit your application online, please follow the steps below:
Note: Applications without the financial offer will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further 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.
The United Nations in Albania is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, are particularly encouraged to apply.
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.