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International Consultant to Strengthen the Capacity of the Government of Liberia and Women’s Organizations on Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Monrovia, LIBERIA|
|Application Deadline :||19-Aug-20 (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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||11 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||11 months|
The 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, peace and security.
UN Women’s goal in Liberia is to promote women’s human rights and gender equality which are key in sustaining and furthering achievements in stability and development. In this regard, its programming in the Country is connected to five corporate priority areas: women’s leadership and political participation; enhancing women’s economic empowerment (WEE); engaging women in all aspects of women, peace and security (WPS) processes; advancing women’s rights to live free from violence and gender responsive budgeting and governance. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s joint work in advancing gender equality.
UN Women in collaboration with the OHCHR is implementing a joint project to advance the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) on Women, Peace and Security. This joint project is generously funded by the Peace Building Fund and is implemented in partnership with the Government of Liberia. This intervention has thus been designed to accelerate the implementation of the second Liberia National Action Plan on Women, Peace and
Security-2019-2023 (NAP WPS) which is a peacebuilding policy document that is aligned with global, regional and national commitments such as the SDGs, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the UNSCR on WPS. This project aims to enhance allocation of financial resources for the implementation of the second NAP WPS through innovative financing and Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB). To this end, this project will equally strengthen the capacity of women’s organizations and targeted government agencies on GRB and innovative financing.
The UNSCR 2242 (2015) and the 2017 report on WPS agenda of the Secretary General (SG) to the General Assembly calls for increased funding for Gender Equality and WPS programming. A lack of financial resources has been identified as one of the major challenges that impeded the implementation of the Liberian first NAP WPS. Despite significant attempts by the government to advance the implementation of the UNSCR on 1325 and the subsequent NAP WPS, failure to allocate sufficient resources and funds has been the most serious and persistent obstacle to the implementation of the WPS agenda over the past 10 years.
The Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting (GRPB) component of the above mentioned joint programme aims at generating resources for delivery of the peacebuilding activities of the Second NAP WPS (2019-2023). The Government through the Public Finance Management Reform Strategy and Action plan (2017-2020) and the National GRB policy approved in 2018, committed to using gender-responsive planning and budgeting as a tool to mainstream gender issues into the public financial management system with the main purpose of ensuring that the benefits of plans and budgets reach the vulnerable groups characterized by their different gender needs and priorities.
In this context, UN Women Liberia seeks to hire an International Consultant (IC) who will strengthen the capacity of Government actors, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Women Rights Organizations on GRPB to ensure increased allocation of financial resources for the implementation of the NAP WPS. The IC will closely work with a National Consultant (NC) who will support with the production of deliverables.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment:
Conduct an assessment to facilitate capacity building on GRPB for both Government, CSOs and women’s organizations to be able to conduct and produce sector budget analysis. The assessment should generate an understanding/mapping of current capacities in the respective ministries and gaps that will be addressed through training/mentorship, etc.
Through this assessment, doable and sustainable resources will be identified for both Government Agencies (Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP), Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), and Liberian National Police (LNP), Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and women’s organizations. The IC will:
Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the overall guidance of Women Peace and Security Specialist and direct supervision and support from the Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Programme Specialist and a NC and in close consultation with the MFDP, LRA and the MGCSP, the IC will accomplish the following tasks:
Task 1. Develop a Consultancy Workplan
Task 2. Conduct institutional capacity assessment on GRPB in relation to NAP WPS of relevant government agencies (LNP, MIA) and two county administrations (Nimba and Grand Bassa).
Task 3. Organize tailored gender responsive planning and budgeting trainings for relevant institutions including mentoring sessions to ensure that national and local budgets (county Social Development Fund) integrate actions from the NAP WPS
Task 4 Develop evidence-based advocacy and GRB tools to facilitate the integration of the NAP WPS into the planning, budgeting and monitoring processes for MGCSP, MFDP, CSOs and women rights institutions
Task 5. Conduct a gender assessment to inform the planning, budgeting and monitoring processes and to allocate resources for the implementation of the NAP WPS.
Task 6. Enhance the capacity of Government officials and CSOs on how to conduct a gender analysis of the national budget FY 2020/21
Task 7. Support CSOs and women’s rights organization and Government to establish a monitoring mechanism to track how resources are generated and used.
Task 8. Facilitate exchange of learning between Liberia and other countries on GRPB for the promotion of Gender Equality, through the UNSCR 1325 Regional network.
The IC’s performance will be evaluated based on:
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in Gender Studies, Public Finance, Law, Public Administration or other related fields
3. Language and other skills:
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.