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International Consultant in EU gender equality acquis and policies to carry out pre-EU accession capacity analysis, within a COVID environment
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based with potential mission to Sarajevo, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA|
|Application Deadline :||24-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||15 days|
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 center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coor-dinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality (GE) and gender main-streaming translate into action globally. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) progress in recent years respecting and promoting Gender Equality is highlighted in a series of international commitments and in national legal and policy frameworks. The main achievements in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment reside in BiH’s institutional capacity development for the work on gender equality. Indeed, the legal provisions guaranteeing women’s rights and gender equality are largely in place – the Gender Equality Law, the Gender Action Plan, the Election Law amendment instituting quo-tas, the Action Plan for the implementation of UNSCR 1325, and the ratification of the Istanbul Convention are normative achievements that influence the institutional practice in promoting gender equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Pursuant to the Gender Equality Law of BiH, the Agency for Gender Equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AGE) is entrusted with monitoring the enforcement of the law. Furthermore, the Agency, along with the Gender Center of the Federation of BiH (GC FBiH) and the Gender Centre of Republika Srpska (GC RS) (collectively referred to as the “gender institutional mechanisms”) are key institutional mechanisms for gender equality in the BiH Council of Ministers, Government of the Federation of BiH and the Government of Republika Srpska, in charge of directing efforts towards fighting discrimination and achieving gender equality in BiH by developing strategic documents and action plans.
BiH still copes with deep-rooted, patriarchal stereotypes regarding the role and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society at large. Women in BiH face a particularly precarious reality – they are excluded from the political and decision-making processes; they have disproportionately limited access to employment and many of them are subjected to violence. Gaps in policy development and the slow implementation of the adopted legislation constitute important structural obstacles to achieving gender equality. Improvements are needed in both strengthening institutional capacities and enhancing cooperation between the gender mecha-nisms and key ministries as well as with civil society organizations in order to increase gender mainstreaming in all aspects of government work, primarily policy development and budgeting as the means for achieving gender equality.
As the Government of BiH prepares to align with the broader European Union (EU) Acquis in a wide range of sectors, it is prioritizing investment in particular sectors with specific areas of social and economic reform, providing for the adoption of a comprehensive sector-based approach to development. BiH’s accession to the EU is structured on the Stabilisation and Association Process (SAP), the implementation of which is monitored by the European Commission. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s authorities have delivered answers to the Questionnaire, with the European Commission adopting its strategy for “A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans”.
The EU funded Gender Equality Facility (GEF) in BiH is based on the Action Document for the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) for the year 2018 “EU Gender Equality Facility”, entrusted for direct management and implementation to the UN Women in BiH.
GEF aims to strengthen the effective implementation of domestic and international legal frameworks concerning gender equality and women’s rights; mainstreaming gender into EU integration and planning processes for pre-accession assistance; and strengthen institutional mechanisms for gender equality in line with the EU standards. Furthermore, GEF will support institutions in correctly aligning with the EU Gender Equality acquis. The focus of the project intervention is on the role and functioning of institutional mechanisms for gender equality and their engagement in all aspects of EU integration and planning and implementation of pre-accession assistance. Sup-port includes strengthening the gender institutional mechanisms; the Gender Action Plan (GAPs) Coordination Committees and civil servants tasked with providing gender expertise in sectoral areas (gender focal points in ministries); and also the enhancement of capacities for implementing and monitoring GAPs and other relevant policies at the state and entity level. The intervention will address challenges in the implementation of laws and gender equality policies through support to the institutions mandated for gender equality and between coordi-nation and monitoring of gender equality policies and measures.
The UN Women Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina is seeking to recruit an International Consultant to provide a pre-EU accession capacity analysis, gap identification, and needs assessment of the gender mecha-nisms and related institutions (the BiH Directorate for European Integration, the Ministry of European Integra-tion and International Cooperation of Republika Srpska, and the Office of the Government of the Federation of BiH for European Integration) with a specific focus on capacities to absorb the EU gender equality acquis and implementing and monitoring gender equality policies in BiH. The work of the International Consultant will be supported by a National Consultant with specific local knowledge of gender equality issues in BiH in terms of its EU accession path.
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objective of this consultancy is to strengthen the capacities of gender institutional mechanisms.
The specific objectives of the assignment are:
Under the direct supervision of the UN Women GEF Project Manager, the overall supervision of UN Women Programme Specialist and with the support of a National Consultant, the International Consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:
Throughout the assignment, the International Consultant is expected to:
To facilitate the delivery of the above outputs, UN Women will provide the International Consultant with the following:
The consultant will be expected to submit the following deliverables within the indicative timeframe:
The consultancy will last 15 days, in the period from 15 March 2021 to 16 August 2021. The assignment will not require presence on UN Women premises.
All deliverables should be submitted to the UN Women GEF Project Manager in English. The final Pre-EU Accession Capacities Analysis Report, in English, should be delivered at the latest by 22 June 2021. Approval time required to review the deliverables before authorizing payments is 7 days.
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Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 50 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for an inter-view. Top 3 candidates (with highest number of points in the technical evaluation) will be interviewed. The max-imum number of points assigned to the financial proposal will be allocated to the lowest price proposal among those candidates who have reached at least 5 points in the interview. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion.
Technical Evaluation (70%) – 70 points
Financial Evaluation (30%)
Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 30
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Qualified women and men and members of minorities are encouraged to apply. UN Women applies fair and transparent selection process that would take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals.
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.