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International consultant to support Civil Society Organizations in the Republic of Moldova in preparation of Gender Budget Watchdog reports
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based with travel to Chisinau, MOLDOVA|
|Application Deadline :||16-Mar-18 (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 :||Up to 15 working days (9 days home-based and 6 days in Moldova)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||2 April - 31 August 2018|
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, the UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world.
Through its programmes and projects, UN Women is providing technical assistance to national partners (governmental and non-governmental) in the implementation of existing international and national commitments to women’s rights and gender equality, it facilitates networking and exchange of good practices and advocates for women’s rights and gender equality in all areas of life.
UN Women’s presence in the Republic of Moldova has evolved from being a project-based office in 2007 to a Country Office with fully delegated authority as of 2015. The work of UN Women in Moldova is guided by its new Country Strategic Note for 2018-2022, aligned with the Republic of Moldova–United Nations Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development 2018–2022, the Global Strategic Plan of UN Women for 2018-2021, the National Strategy on Gender Equality for 2017-2021 (NSGE), and aims to contribute to the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The newly approved UN Women Strategy for Moldova 2018-2022 focuses on three main areas: 1/strengthening women’s participation in politics and decision making, 2/economic empowerment of women and 3/ending violence against women and girls. To achieve progress under these areas, UN Women works with variety of national and international partners and as part of different national and regional initiatives. Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) is integrated in the current Strategic Note for 2018-2022 under the “Women lead, participate and benefit equally from governance system” Outcome, and is meant to contribute to increased capacities of the public institutions to analyze and improve policies, regulations, and budgets to fulfill gender equality commitments.
The second National Strategy on Gender Equality (NSGE) for 2017-2021 and its associated Action Plan, approved in early 2017, focus on ten areas of interventions with one dedicated to GRB. These are: women’s participation in decision-making, labour market and gender pay gap, social protection and family policies, health, education, climate change, institutional mechanism, stereotypes in the society and non-violent communication, gender equality in the security and defense sector and gender responsive budgeting. Under the GRB area of intervention, the NSGE will focus on development, piloting and institutionalizing of GRB tools (gender sensitive indicators, expenditure strategies and concepts) and building capacity of relevant central and local government staff on gender equality and support for development of ministries’ gender sensitive sectorial action plans.
Since 2011, UN Women, with the financial support of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), has been implementing the regional project “Promoting Gender Responsive Polices in South-East Europe and the Republic of Moldova” covering Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR Macedonia) and the Republic of Moldova (Regional GRB Project). Its overall goal is to support the advancement of implementation of national and international commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with national Sustainable Development Goals priority targets.
During the previous phases of the Regional GRB Project, the participating countries have achieved important progress in formulating and implementing gender-responsive fiscal policies and public financial management practices and tools, as well as in strengthening oversight of central and local government programs, policies and budgets towards gender equality commitments. UN Women in Moldova invested in building expertise on GRB at all levels of the public administration and provided support for elaboration of GRB courses at the post-graduate level, creating an academic platform for GRB research, and developing a series of knowledge products on GRB. However, much remains to be done to ensure that GRB is properly understood and practiced at national and local level in the four countries.
UN Women Moldova invested in building expertise on GRB at all levels of the public administration. The support included developing GRB case studies, technical assistance in the process of budget analysis at the local level in three districts, elaboration of GRB courses at the post-graduate level, addressing the knowledge gap on GRB, creating an academic platform for GRB research, and developing a series of knowledge products on GRB. Workshops and study visits gave the opportunity to women Members of Parliament, Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection (MoHLSP) representatives, university professors, students in finance/economics and local public administration officials to learn from their peers in other countries and international experts.
During the current phase of the Regional GRB Project, UN Women Moldova and MoF, with the financial support of ADA, have intensified the collaboration in mainstreaming of gender equality priorities and objectives in policy and budget preparation and execution processes, based on the results achieved and lessons learnt from GRB initiatives implemented in Moldova and other CEE countries, and recommendations of members of the Advisory Board of the Regional GRP Project.
UN Women places important focus on accountability and monitoring mechanisms for tracking performance on gender equality commitments. In Moldova, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including women's groups, networks and gender advocates still lack capacities to adequately monitor budgetary expenditure through the lens of its impact on women and men. On the other hand, CSOs play an important role in keeping local governments accountable to gender equality commitments and their dialogue and advocacy efforts are crucial for inclusion of gender issues in policy and programme planning at national and local level.
Thus, UN Women in Moldova will support CSOs to develop their knowledge and skills to monitor the impact of public policies and public spending on women and men. The CSOs will be selected through an open call, targeting national and local CSOs, interested and committed to dedicate time for Gender Budget Watchdog reporting in pilot areas of the Republic of Moldova. The pilot municipalities and towns will be selected in consultation with the participating CSOs.
Given the lack of national expertise in this field, UN Women will engage an international consultant to develop and deliver a 3-day Training and a 3-day Workshop to support up to 20 CSOs in preparation of Gender Budget Watchdog reports by exposing them to best international practices on gender responsive budgeting and the experiences of the best gender budget watchdog groups in different countries.
Therefore, UN Women is seeking to recruit an international consultant who, in partnership with a leading local CSO, to be selected by UN Women, will be responsible for developing and delivering of:
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Head of Office a.i. UN Women Moldova and Regional GRB Project Manager, and direct supervision of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme Coordinator, the international consultant will be responsible for three major tasks as follows:
Task 1: To develop programs for a 3-day training on Gender Responsive Budgeting and Budget Monitoring and a 3-day Workshop on Gender Watchdog Reporting (tentative period by mid- April 2018).
This will include the following home-based activities:
Task 2: To undertake the first mission to Moldova to lead the delivery, in partnership with a leading local CSO to be selected by UN Women, of a 3-day training on Gender Responsive Budgeting and Budget Monitoring (tentative period by end May 2018).
The training will target up to 40 participants, representing CSOs, registered in different areas of Moldova, with proven working experience in gender equality, local governance, human rights, public finance and auditing, and interested and committed to dedicate time for Gender Budget Watchdog Reporting.
The consultant will draft a report on the delivered training, including all materials, evaluation tools and follow-up recommendations for participants (home based).
Task 3: To undertake the second mission to Moldova to lead the delivery, in partnership with the leading local CSO, of a 3-day workshop to facilitate finalization of at least 10 local Gender Watchdog Reports, prepared by the CSOs capacitated under Task 2 (tentative period by end August 2018).
The consultant will draft a report on the workshop results, including final recommendations for participants (home-based).
The international consultant will work in close collaboration with UN Women designated personnel, which will be directly responsible of provision of conceptual and logistical support for organization of GRB and expenditure monitoring training and mentoring program for CSOs different areas of the Republic Moldo
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Required Skills and Experience
Knowledge and skills of relevant computer applications of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Power Point), knowledge of Internet communications and command is required.
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.
UN WOMEN 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.
APPLICATION INFORMATION Pr18/01690:
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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.