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National consultant on Public Finance Management and Gender Responsive Budgeting

Chişinău

  • Organization: UNWOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Chişinău
  • Grade: Consultancy - National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Administrative support
    • Banking and Finance
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Public Policy and Administration
  • Closing Date: 2024-05-30

Background

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. 

The work of UN Women in Moldova is guided by its , aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Moldova (2023-2027),  , National Programs and Strategies and aims to contribute to the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Strategic Note focuses on four main areas: 1) Ending Violence against Women; 2) Women’s Leadership and Governance; 3) Women’s Economic empowerment and 4) Humanitarian and Peace development nexus and UN Coordination on Gender equality.  

Based on the European Commission Implementing Decision on the Annual Action Plan in favour of the Republic of Moldova for 2022 , UN Women Moldova CO is implementing a four-year project (November 2023 – October 2027) under the name "Ending Violence, Expanding Livelihood Opportunities for Women and Accelerating Gender Governance in Moldova" (hereinafter EVOLVE4GE). The project is implemented in line with and in contribution to the of European Commission " Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in External Action 2021–2025", adopted in November 2020, and its which aim to accelerate progress on empowering women and girls, and safeguard gains made on gender equality during the 25 years since the adoption of . It will also support the Government to advance implementation of the gender equality commitments aligned with the EU candidacy status granted to the Republic of Moldova in June 2022.

The project builds on UN Women’s advocacy and past work in strengthening capacities for gender responsive governance, on the Country office best practices around women’s economic empowerment through business development and increased participation of women in sectors with high economic potential and high gender gap, as well as on lessons learned collected through the support provided to the Government in the development of integrated – survivor oriented – provision of assistance and establishment of specialist services for survivors of violence against women and girls.

The interventions will contribute directly to the implementation of the national priorities set the Government Programme on Gender Equality (2023-2027), The RoadMap for Economic Empowerment of Women, the National Programme on Ending Violence against Women (2023-2027), as well as to the gender responsive provisions of the  (2023-2030) and Public Administration (2023-2030).

The project, initiated in November 2023, and is funded from the European Union. Its overarching goal revolves around the following outcome: By 2027, women and girls actively contribute to and reap the rewards of enhanced gender-responsive policies, customized economic empowerment initiatives, and easily accessible quality essential services.

One of the anticipated results of the EVOLVE4GE project is the enhancement of the capacity of both Central and Local Government authorities to design and implement gender-responsive policies. To achieve this, the project aims to strengthen the capacity of central and local Gender Equality Mechanisms (GEMs); offer customized assistance to the Ministry of Finance and other central budget users to integrate gender considerations into public finance management; build the capacity of public oversight institutions to incorporate gender perspectives into oversight and audit practices; and by providing comprehensive support to Local Public Administration for piloting gender-responsive budgets.

In this framework, UN Women within EVOLVE4GE project seeks to contract a consultant (here and after “The Consultant”) to entail provision of multi-faceted, expertise to state institutions including but not limited to Ministry of Finance (MoF), Ministry of Labour and Social Protection  (MLSP), Ministry  of Regional development and infrastructure , Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Economic Development and Digitalisation (MEDD) and other sectoral ministries to enable institutionalized introduction of GRB in Moldova, and recommendations from the - and in line with the newly adopted and SDG indicator 5.c.1.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

More specifically, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Undertake thorough gender analyses of a minimum of two budgetary programs from at least two different ministries;
  • Based on gender analyses devise a tailored set of modifications for each programme, encompassing indicators, objectives, outputs, and outcomes to instill gender responsiveness;
  • Ensure that the modifications align with the unique needs and contexts of the target populations served by the programmes;
  • Provide hands-on mentorship to ministry representatives, elucidating the principles and methodologies of gender-responsive budgeting;
  • Formulate a comprehensive set of recommendations for enhancing an existing budget circular to incorporate gender-responsive elements;
  • Ensure that the recommendations are practical, actionable, and aligned with best practices in gender mainstreaming;
  • Facilitate the piloting of the revised budget circular within a designated ministry or department;
  • Monitor the implementation process closely, gather feedback, and make necessary adjustments to optimize effectiveness;
  • Document lessons learned and best practices for dissemination and future replication;
  • Develop a final report summarizing results (changes in capacities, key results achieved, lessons learned, and recommendations).

Deliverables

Deliverable

Expected completion time (due day)

Detailed outline – work plan for the assignment.

June 5, 2024

Gender analyses report summarizing the findings on existing disparities, gaps, and opportunities for improvement of budget programmes.

July 15, 2024

Budget Programme modification plans, encompassing tailored modification plans for each program, outlining specific adjustments in indicators, objectives, outputs, and outcomes to promote gender responsiveness.

July 1, 2024

Documentation of mentorship sessions conducted, including feedback and area of focus

July 30, 2024

Revised budget circular incorporating the recommended gender-responsive elements

August 17, 2024

Detailed plan outlining the facilitation of the piloting process for the revised budget circular

September 15, 2024

Monitoring report on the implementation process

November 20, 2024

Final report with specific information on the results achieved, challenges, and opportunities

December 1, 2024

Consultant’s Workplace and Official Travel

This is a home-based consultancy. In case travel is required, it will be covered by UN Women separately.

Payment

As full payment for the services performed by the Consultants, UN Women will pay the Consultants in accordance with the deliverables provided.

Payments shall be made following certification by UN Women that the services related to each deliverable have been satisfactorily performed and the deliverables have been achieved by or before the due dates, if any. 

Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism. 

Core Competencies: 

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:  

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Shares knowledge and experience
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UN Women
  • Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills. Communicates sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies
  • Ability to perform a variety of standard specialized and non-specialized tasks and work processes that are fully documented, researched, recorded and reported
  • Ability to review a variety of data, identify and adjust discrepancies, identify and resolve operational problems
  • Uses Information Technology effectively as a tool and resource

Leadership and Self-Management

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Proven networking skills and ability to generate interest in UN Women’s mandate
  • Identifies opportunities and builds strong partnerships with clients and partners

Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certification:

  • Master’s degree in public administration, social studies, development studies, gender studies and/or international relations, or any other degree relevant to the requirements of the TOR;
  • A first-level university degree, combined with two additional years of qualifying experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

  • At least 7 years of relevant professional experience in gender-responsive budgeting application either at the central or local level is required;
  • At least 7 years undertaking gender analyses and developing reports is required;  
  • At least 5 years experience in designing and delivering training and/or mentoring programmes on gender equality and gender mainstreaming in policy making and budgeting is required;
  • At least 7 years experience in working on central government finance policies and processes – including medium-term budgeting program (MTBP), budgeting methodologies, and approaches are required;
  • Previous experience working with international organizations is considered an asset;

Languages:

  • Fluency in Romanian and English (written and oral) is required;
  • Knowledge of the Russian language is an asset.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND SUBMISSION PACKAGE 

Interested candidates are invited to submit their online applications with the following documents:

  • Personal P11 (P11 can be downloaded from):  ). Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. 
  • A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page)
  • Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns, or other materials. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment.

Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

The United Nations in Moldova is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply.

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