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National Consultant - Gender and Economics, Engendering Fiscal Stimulus Packages and Recovery Efforts Adopted in Response to the COVID-19 Health and Economic crises
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE|
|Application Deadline :||07-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Portuguese|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||5 Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||5 Months|
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.
Women in East and Southern Africa represent the most deprived group of the population in spite of their paramount social and economic role. They have limited access to, and control over critical resources, as a result of social, cultural and economic norms. UN Women’s programmatic work to support women’s economic empowerment in the region is centered around three pillars: (i) Improving women’s access to climate resilient agricultural value chains; (ii) Promoting and strengthening women entrepreneurship; and (ii) Enhancing women’s income security and social protection.
COVID 19 hit East and Southern Africa at the beginning of the second quarter of 2020. The pandemic has exacerbated existing gender inequalities in economic opportunities across East and Southern Africa where most people earn their livelihoods through the informal economy. The shock triggered by COVID-19 came at time when the region’s economy was already plagued by rising income inequality, financial fragility and mounting debt, and limited fiscal space by Governments. The socio-economic impact of the pandemic affected women disproportionally in the region as a result of their overrepresentation among very small businesses, and informal and vulnerable workers. The lockdown measures have also increased the unpaid care burden of the region or rates of Gender Based Violence against women’s and girls.
To respond to the crisis, Governments across the region are spending significant resources to provide immediate support measures and to boost economic recovery through ‘fiscal stimulus’ packages. It is important to ensure that adopted economic stimulus and recovery package are gender responsive and address equity gaps. UN Women has developed a range of policy tools to support Governments in identifying and addressing the gender impacts of the pandemic, including one on “How to Assess and Engender Fiscal Stimulus Packages to Respond to the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19”. The end goal is to ensure that “Women’s livelihoods and their access to social protection, healthcare, infrastructure, food, and housing are secured through the adoption and implementation of gender-responsive macroeconomic and social policies.”
UN Women, with support from the Government of Korea, is launching the programme “Engendering Fiscal Stimulus Packages and Recovery Efforts Adopted in Response to the COVID-19 Health and Economic crises” to support Governments in East and Southern Africa in engendering fiscal stimulus packages through direct advice and technical assistance, as well as advocacy and policy dialogue. UN Women is seeking to engage the services of a National economist to serve as project coordinator and expert for the implementation of the project in Mozambique.
Reporting to the WEE Programme Officer at UN Women Mozambique Country office and working closely with the UN Women Regional Office for East and Southern Africa, the National Consultant is responsible for implementing the programme “Engendering Fiscal Stimulus Packages and Recovery Efforts” which includes coordinating relationships with national partners and stakeholders, monitoring and reporting. He/she will work under the overall guidance and support of the Regional Programme Coordinator on Gender and Economics in the Regional Office.
Key facts on the current situation in Mozambique
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment:
Scope of Work:
The Consultant will be responsible for achievement of the UN Women’s results on:
Output 1.1: Mozambican government has access to policy tools and technical support to identify gender gaps in the implementation of policies and programmes to respond to the economic impact of the crises.
Output 2.1: The key results of the gender-responsive assessment of fiscal stimulus packages and recovery efforts are widely disseminated.
Output 2.2: National discourse on promoting a gender-responsive implementation of government policies and programmes on COVID-19 is improved and strengthened.
The post will be based at UN Women office in Maputo. However, due to COVID-19 containment measures the consultant is expected to work from home complemented by in-person presence at office as required, government and stakeholders’ events and data collection meetings.
Technical assistance will be extensive to the management of all day-to day logistics related with engendering the fiscal and economic stimulus in the response to COVID-19. For the scope of this assignment a fiscal stimulus package is defined as an increase in public spending or a reduction in taxes that a government undertakes to support economic growth and/or recovery. For instance, government bailout packages benefiting various businesses, boosting public spending in infrastructure, public work programmes, and increasing spending in social services can be considered a form of fiscal stimulus. Specific duties are described below:
Duties and responsibilities
Basic project management skill
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree or equivalent in development economics, feminist economics or any other relevant field of economics or public policy.
Fluency in English and Portuguese (written and spoken) is required.
UNWOMEN 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.