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National Consultant – Gender Responsive Budgeting Coordinator

Remote | Home Based - May require travel

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Remote | Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: Consultancy - National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Administrative support
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2024-06-24

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 and the third gender as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

All human development and human rights issues involve gender dimensions. UN Women globally focuses on key priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board. UN Women’s priority areas include increasing women’s leadership and participation in political spaces, ending violence against women, enhancing women’s economic empowerment, engaging in all aspects of women peace and security processes, making gender equality central to national planning and budgeting through Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) and advancing gender in intergovernmental processes.

UN Women’s work on GRB involves ensuring that national planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation processes incorporate a gender perspective. UN Women’s GRB programmes at the regional and country levels have made significant contribution towards this by building political support, developing technical resources and capacities, generating good practices for improving women's access to services and increasing accountability for Gender Equality and Women’s empowerment (GEWE).  At the forefront of global, regional and local advocacy for application of GRB, UN Women has built partnerships with diverse government, inter-governmental and non-governmental partners to further efforts and demonstrate GRB’s relevance to sustainable development, aid effectiveness, public sector reform and financing for development.

UN Women’s work in Timor-Leste is aligned to the National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence (2022-2032), National Action Plan 1325 on Women, Peace and Security 2024-2028 (NAP 1325) and National SDG Roadmap, particularly on SDGs 5 and 16.  It contributes to the National Strategic Development Plan and reinforce Timor-Leste’s Development Plan and the implementation of commitments under the Beijing Platform for Action, CEDAW and the Concluding Observations of the CEDAW Committee, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, among other international obligations. 

 

In completing the efforts of EVAWG, a four- years Joint UN-KOICA Project Together for Equality: Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence in Timor-Leste was signed on 23 November 2020  cooperation between the Secretary of State for Equality (SEI) the and the UN family, UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA and IOM to support the development, implementation and monitoring of the National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence (NAP GBV), with aims to enhance efforts for all women and girls in Timor-Leste to enjoy their right to live free from gender-based violence in public and private spaces, and access quality essential services, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

Women’s economic empowerment is also one of the key pillars of UN Women’s programming in Timor-Leste. Establishing an enabling environment and gender-responsive public spaces for advancing their economic engagement is essential in achieving women’s economic empowerment. This aligns to the Government of Timor-Leste’s existing gender equality commitments including its Safe Dili and Safe Baucau commitments, the Maubisse Declaration for Rural Women, and institutional reforms including Public Finance Management (PFM), and mainstreaming gender in the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

To advance the national Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, in partnership with the Ministry of Interior, UN Women has been providing technical support to national security institutions and line ministries in the NAP 1325 structure including Ministry of Interior, in strengthening their capacities to plan, implement, finance, monitor and report their commitments in the NAP 1325 at both national and sub-national levels, in collaboration with the civil society organizations. In the past decade, UN Women provided support to the Government of Timor-Leste to develop and implement the first and second NAP 1325, and promote gender mainstreaming and GRB in national security policies and reforms and advance women’s meaningful leadership in decision-making processes at all levels, towards accountable policy implementation, gender-responsive conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and to promote services that meet the security needs of women and girls in Timor-Leste. The Government of Timor-Leste approved the second-generation NAP 1325 (2024-2028) in January 2024, and UN Women will continue the technical support to strengthen the capacities of the NAP 1325 Structure and line ministries and relevant key actors of the NAP 1325 to develop plans and invest in the implementation, and promote gender-responsive budgeting.

 

A team composed of an international consultant (GRB Expert) and a national consultant (GRB Coordinator) will work closely with UN Women Timor-Leste and provide technical support in the following areas:

  1. Enhancing capacity of relevant Government Institutions, such as Public Finance Committee, Ministry of Finance, Secretariat of State for Equality, Ministry of Interior on GRB
  2. Undertake an analysis of the State Budget 2024 and 2025 from a Gender Lens
  3. Based on the analysis and make relevant recommendations
  4. Comparative Analysis of the Timor-Leste State Budget in the context of ASEAN Countries
  5. Provide technical support and training to the relevant Government institutions on GRB and present analysis, and provide support to the National Parliament in promoting GRB.

 

Under this Term of Reference, UN Women seeks the services of a national consultant - Gender Responsive Budgeting Coordinator, who will provide technical and coordination support to UN Women Timor-Leste team and the international consultant (GRB Expert) in facilitating data collection, consultation and liaison with relevant line ministries and national institutions, and facilitate capacity-building activities and perform the relevant tasks in conducting and presenting GRB analysis and recommendations, and advocating for adoption of GRB principles and practices in budgetary planning and decision-making.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under overall guidance of the Head of Office and direct supervision of EVAW Technical Specialist, with close collaboration with the Programme Specialist EVAWG (Together for Equality Project) and WEE, and WPS Programme Analyst, the national consultant – GRB Coordinator will provide technical assistance and coordination support to an International Consultant – GRB Expert, in conducting data collection and supporting liaison and coordination with the National Parliament, the relevant line ministries and national institutions, and facilitating needs assessments and analysis tailored to the context and budgetary cycle and programming of Timor-Leste, and supporting presentation and dissemination of analysis and findings to line ministries, and providing technical assistance in institutional capacity development on gender-responsive planning and inclusive budgeting in public investment, State budget planning and decision-making processes.

 

This will specifically include the following tasks:

 

  1. Support data collection, coordination and liaison with the relevant line ministries and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate and liaise with the relevant line ministries and stakeholders to collect data related to the 2023-2025 State Budget of Timor-Leste and any existing analysis on public finance, state budget planning and execution, and present and communicate the data and key findings with the international consultant.
  • Provide support in undertaking analysis of the State Budget 2024 and 2025, implementation of budget, review of polices, plans and budget and inputs from a gender perspective.
  • Facilitate liaison and coordination with the identified partners, including the National Parliament, Secretariat of State for Equality, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Interior and Public Finance Committee, and relevant line ministries, and national institutions, and provide assistance to the international consultants in assessing and identifying needs and gaps for capacity development of the identified partners on gender mainstreaming in public finance and Gender-Responsive Budgeting.
  • Support consultations with relevant stakeholders synthesizing their feedback to inform the GRB analysis of 2024 and 2025 State Budget.
  • Provide assistance in collecting relevant data in Timor-Leste for a comparative analysis of State Budget 2023 and 2024 of Timor-Leste in the context of ASEAN Countries.
  1. Provide technical assistance in capacity development of the identified partners on Gender Responsive Budgeting and Planning, and provide support on research and analysis, and support advocacy efforts.
  • Communicate and coordinate with the identified partners, and assist the international consultant in presentation and dissemination of needs assessment reports, key analysis findings and capacity building plans to the identified partners including the National Parliament and Commissions, Ministry of Finance, Secretariat of State for Equality, Ministry of Interior, and line ministries and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide technical assistance to the international consultant and UN Women EVAW and WPS programme teams, and coordinate with UN Women’s partners in strengthening capacity development on gender-responsive budgeting and planning. Support planning and facilitation of workshops and multi-stakeholder dialogues on gender-responsive planning and budgeting as a part of the efforts to strengthen institutional processes and capacities for planning, allocating and monitoring expenditure of resources related to public investment in gender equality commitments, particularly the National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence, and National Action Plan 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
  • Provide support in developing the planning, monitoring and budgeting tools, and where available, reviewing of developed tools for gender mainstreaming and gender-responsive budgeting that facilitate the implementation of gender equality commitments in Timor-Leste encompassing the CEDAW Concluding Observations, National Action Plan on Gender Based Violence, National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security, Government Resolution on Equal Pay, National Employment Strategy and Maubisse Declaration on Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment, among the gender targets in the SDGs.

 

  1. Expected Deliverables and Timelines

 

The National Consultant will deliver the following deliverables:

 

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Deliverables

Expected Deadline

1

A report on the technical assistance provided in capacity building needs assessment, and collection of data related to the 2023-2025 State Budget of Timor-Leste and the existing analysis on public finance, and state budget planning and execution. Annexes should include data collected, and summary of key findings and analysis of strategic plans and policies for promoting GRB in Timor-Leste.

15 August 2024

2

A report on the technical support provided in capacity development of the identified partners and stakeholders, including planning and facilitation of capacity development sessions/workshops. The annexes should include Gender-Responsive Budgeting and Planning, and Monitoring tools and presentation materials developed (final version), and pre and post training analysis (with pre and post training evaluation tools agreed with UN Women programme team and international consultant), and a report with post-training reflections and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and response from the training.

 30 September 2024

3

A report on the support provided in developing the planning, monitoring and budgeting tools for gender mainstreaming and gender-responsive budgeting that facilitate the implementation of gender equality commitments in Timor-Leste.

30 October 2024

4

A final report on the assistance provided in conducting analysis of State Budget 2024 and 2025, implementation of budget, review of polices, plans and budget and inputs from a gender perspective. The report should capture the data and support provided for conducting the comparative analysis of State Budget 2024 of Timor-Leste in the context of ASEAN Countries. The annexes should include the final version of the key analysis provided.

10 December 2024

 

All deliverables should incorporate UN Women feedback before finalization, and all reports and training material shall be presented in English in electronic version.

  1. Inputs
  • The national consultant is expected to use her/his own computer, presentation equipment and software for related tasks.
  • The cost of telecommunication in Timor-Leste will be covered by the national consultant.
  • The cost of printing for capacity building sessions/workshops will be covered by UN Women.

Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Leading by Example Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s :

https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637

 

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women, with demonstrated experience of researching or working on gender issues;
  • Strong research and writing skills, with strong analytical skills and creative thinking;
  • Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail;
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Previous experience (also volunteer experience) from the non-profit sector is an advantage.
  • Ability to multi-task and address competing priorities
  • Ability to produce quality deliverables in a timely manner
  • Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, and Power Point

Required Skills and Experience

  1. Performance evaluation:

Consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the deliverables.

 

 

 

  1. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE  

Education:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences /Economics /Social Work /Gender Studies/Public Administration/Policy or related fields.

Experience:

  • Master with 3 years or Bachelor with 5 years of experience of work on gender equality, women’s rights and economic development.
  • Experience in producing gender analysis of Government Plans and Budgets in Timor-Leste.
  • Experience in capacity development of Government organizations and CSOs, preferably in gender equality, gender mainstreaming and gender responsive budgeting.
  • Experience with facilitation of high-level dialogues, trainings, workshops consultations, including with Government counterparts.

Language:

  • Proficiency in Tetum and English.

 

  1. Submission Package

 

Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application with the following documents to UNDP Job Site no later than 24th June 2024.

 

  • Cover letter and copy of the latest academic certificate  
  • CV, including contact information for 3 references
  • Financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount per deliverable in USD.

 

All applications must include (as an attachment) the CV and P 11 Form (downloaded from:  ). Kindly note that the system only allows upload of one document.

 

Selected candidates will need to submit prior to commencement of work: 

  • A statement from a medical doctor of ‘good health and fit for travel’ 

 

Payments

Payments for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of each deliverable and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed. Payments will be based on the number of days worked but for the completion of each stated deliverable within the indicated timeframes.

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