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National Consultant on Public Finance Management and Gender Responsive Budgeting
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Tirana, ALBANIA|
|Application Deadline :||02-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||80 working days in the timeframe February 2021 – January 2022|
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.
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 UN Beijing Platform for Action, demonstrate Albania’s commitment to the realization of women’s rights and the achievement of gender equality.
Over the past years, UN Women in Albania 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 Budgeting -GRB has been included as a legal requirement in both the Organic Budget Law (2016) and Local Government Financial Management Law (2017) which both paved the way for the effective inclusion of GRB in all the phases of central and local financial management cycles (medium term and annual budget programming, monitoring & reporting, evaluation and auditing). GRB is currently an 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 order to strengthen the work hitherto done and ensure sustainability of the interventions on GRB, UN Women has initiated a regional programme with participation of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Serbia and North Macedonia on "Transformative Financing for Gender Equality towards more Transparent, Inclusive and Accountable Governance in the Western Balkans” (2020-2024) funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation. The main programme approach will be transformative financing as an enabler factor for policy and financing actions to accelerate implementation of existing national and international commitments on gender equaonTransformative Financing for Gender Equality towards more Transparent, Inclusive and Accountable Governance in the Western Balkans” lity and women’s empowerment. The country component of the regional programme will focus on expanding the strategic partnerships with Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) and Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MoHSP) toward increasing funding for GE priorities. Technical assistance and continued mentoring will be provided to strengthen institutional capacity and knowledge of budget users at central and local level, as well as of oversight bodies, including the parliament commissions, Ombudsperson and the Commissioner for Protection Against Discrimination. The newly established partnership with the State Supreme Audit Institution (ALSAI) will be further expanded through provision of technical and expert support for strengthening the capacities of its professionals on GRB and in conducting gender audits of policies and budgets. In addition, the programme focuses on strengthening monitoring and measuring the impact of GRB, by using key performance indicators, as well as collecting and using sex disaggregated data as part of the Albanian Financial Management Information System, which represents the main tracking tool on Gender Responsive Budgeting.
The program is also highly relevant for Albania during and post COVID 19 Pandemic, in providing technical support to the Government to ensure gender specific impact is closely considered in the decisions on financial allocations the response measures. In this respect, UN Women will work with the government by guiding and assisting them to apply gender responsive budgeting in the new planning cycle and ensure that No One is left behind in the actual emergency situation, as well as in long-term plans for recovering from this pandemic.
In this context, UN Women seeks to recruit one national consultant to extend continued expert support and advise Government stakeholders at central and local level on Gender mainstreaming in Public Finance Management and to contribute to relevant strategic and policy documents. The consultant will work in close cooperation with the MoFE, MoHSP, and other line ministries and state institutions implementing GRB.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Programme Manager of Gender Responsive Policies Planning and Budgeting at UN Women Albania, and in close collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Economy the national consultant is expected to conduct the following tasks:
Duration and remuneration:
The duration of the contract will be up to 80 working days between February 2021 - January 2022. The payment will be made in installments upon satisfactory completion of all tasks and deliverables in the assignment, and submission and approval by UN Women.
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).
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 certification of payment.
Recommended Presentation of Offer:
Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their application no later than 2 February 2021:
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:
Financial Evaluation – 30 points
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) in the technical evaluation would be considered for 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. The calculation formula applied is as follow:
p = 30 (µ/z); where: 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: