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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Ankara
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-10

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A team of National Consultants (2) for Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Capacity Development

Ankara (Turkey)

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 centre of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. 

In this respect, UN Women in Turkey had conducted Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) within the UN Joint Program (UNJP) on Promoting the Human Rights of Women. The UNJP had been carried out in 11 pilot povinces by UNDP, UN Women and Sabanci University in cooperation with Ministry of Interior, Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Family and Social Policies and Union of Municipalities of Turkey. By UN Women’s interventions within the UNJP, strategic plans of municipalities were prepared with a more equalitarian approach, budgets allocated for women’s empowerment increased and the cooperation between municipalities and CSOs strengthened. Besides, good practices which enable women to benefit more from the municipal services have been developed. On the other hand, a legislative expert of the Committee on Equal Opportunity for Women and Men (EOC) participated a Regional Exchange Workshop on GRB in Albania, where participants exchanged experiences, challenges and lessons learned, and the EOC legislative expert presented the Republic of Turkey’s experience on GRB. The workshop enabled the EOC legislative expert to gain knowledge on GRB at the local, central and parliamentary levels, and the expert’s participation was the first step of the future activities that the Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation Project in Turkey has been conducting with the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TGNA) on GRB.

 “Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey” Project started to be implemented by UN Women in December 2014, as a second phase of the UNJP with the partnership of EOC and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The Project aims to ensure that women are able to participate in all aspects of decision making within the TGNA, including in positions of leadership. Grounded in UN Women’s Strategic Plan (2014-17), the Project works to contribute:

  • Legal frameworks and policies to advance gender equality and women’s right to participate in decision making are reformed/adopted and implemented,
  • Women’s leadership and participation in politics is promoted by gender responsive measures (parliamentary mechanisms, processes and services),
  • Legal frameworks and policies to increase women’s leadership and political participation are influenced by gender equality advocates

The Project works to operationalize legal frameworks and policies to advance gender equality and women’s right to participate in decision making by activities aimed at supporting the EOC and relevant partners within the TGNA to identify and address legislative and policy gaps. Within this context, a specific activity of the Project aims at supporting EOC in cooperation with relevant bodies of the TGNA in exploring and piloting possible measures to enhance a gender responsive parliamentary budget through providing technical expertise.

The Project organized GRB trainings in June 2016, targeting parliamentarians from EOC and Committee on Plan and Budget, along with the Secretary General of TGNA, TGNA staff and experts from the Presidency and relevant minstries.

In 2017, a study visit was organized for parliamentarians and TGNA’s Strategic Planning Department. Participants of the study visit met with their peers in Madrid and Andalusia parliaments to discuss gender responsive budgeting and gender equality issues. By these meetings they gained an understanding of the mechanisms and instruments of Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) that have been successfully implemented by the National Parliament and Andalusian Government of Spain.

For preparation of new parliamentary budget, TGNA’s Strategy Development Department issued a call to all administrative departments to submit their budgets.  In cooperation with UN Women, the Head of Strategy Development Department asked administrative departments to integrate GRB in their departmental budgets. This call followed by a GRB workshop within TGNA on 22 June 2017. The workshop supported capacities of TGNA’s administrative departments on gender responsive budgeting and provide some practical information for responding the call for departmental budgets.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of the Assignment

In line with the requests of TGNA staff and parliamentarians, the Project aims to continue its support to building parliamentary capacity on GRB by delivering training and developing necessary tools for effective utilization of GRB within budgetary processes of the parliament and public sector.

This assignment consists of delivery of trainings on GRB, development of a GRB guideline for parliamentary and ministerial staff, provision of direct support to TGNA departments during budget preparation process and implementation of a pilot analysis in order to deliver below results:

  1. Support TGNA’s internal technical capacity on GRB through providing knowledge and promoting exchange of information between participants;
  2. Enhance internal dialogue and ownership on GRB within the TGNA and public sector, by bringing together different actors who will lead the GRB process within Turkey’s public sector;
  3. Develop recommendations and guidelines for utilization of GRB within strategic plans and budgets of the TGNA and public sector; and
  4. Identify gaps and priorities for future interventions on GRB.

Scope of Work

In order to achieve these results, a team of two National Consultants will be contracted. National Consultants will work together to deliver:

I. GRB Trainings for staff of TGNA’s Strategy Development Department and other administrative departments and staff of ministries who are involved in strategic planning and budgetary processes. The trainings will cover GRB concepts and principles, present case studies and best practices of GRB initiatives at national and international levels, and focus on public budgetary process and integration of GRB within strategic plans, performance monitoring and reporting of TGNA and other public agencies.  Throughout the trainings, practical information will be provided for the audience, focusing on budget preparation, implementation and accounting processes. The trainings will be organized in two sessions in order to reach out maximum number of administrative staff. Each session will be organized as a 3-day training out of Ankara, including appr. 30 participants.

II. A GRB Guideline for supporting effective utilization of GRB in planning, implementation and monitoring of parliamentary and public budgets. The guideline will be developed with the inputs received from relevant administrative staff of TGNA and ministeries. GRB guideline will provide practical information and tools for integration of GRB in strategic plans and budgets and its monitoring through performance programs, activity reports and gender responsive auditing. It will aim to provide an understandable and practical tool for relevant technical staff to use during budgetary processes.  

III. A Pilot Analysis that will show the existing situation with respect to utilization of GRB principles in TGNA’s administrative processes. The analysis will focus on a selected administrative department and find out needs and gaps that needs to be addressed by this assignment, as well as future interventions on GRB. 

IV. Direct Support to TGNA Departments during  TGNA budget preparation process. This support will help TGNA staff to integrate GRB principles into budgetary processes and practice GRB guideline developed. The nature of this direct support may require organization of workshops, meetings, desk reviews and one to one coaching, based on the needs of the relevant TGNA staff.

IV. An Assignment Report summarizing the activities undertaken within this assignment, comments and observations on the assignment’s contribution to TGNA’s capacity to utilize GRB within budgetary processes, lessons learnt and policy recommendations for future activities and interventions on GRB. The Consultants are expected to provide their own observations and comments on the assignment report, as well as collecting feedback from counterparts within TGNA and ministries.

The team of two National Consultants are expected to work together to complete this assignment and submit joint deliverables. National Consultant 1 is expected to lead the assignment, ensuring completion of deliverables and bringing in theoretiacal and practical expertise on GRB, including pilot analysis, GRB guidelines and trainings. Meanwhile National Consultant 2 will provide in depth knowledge and expertise on TGNA’s internal procedures and strategic planning and budgetary processes in public sector in general, ensuring that all interventions planned under this assignment is in line with the specific needs of the target audience. She/he will also give support to National Consultant 1 on the completion of the deliverables including but not limited to pilot analysis, GRB guidelines and trainings.

All delivearbles will be prepared in Turkish.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of UN Women Project Manager and overall guidance of UN Women Country Programme Manager, Turkey, the National Consultants will be responsible for the following specific tasks:

  1. Prepare a scheduled outline for GRB Training and GRB guidelines after meeting with Project Manager and relevant stakeholders in TGNA;
  2. Prepare training materials based on agreed outline;
  3. Deliver two sessions of 3-day GRB trainings;
  4. Conduct pilot analysis on GRB;
  5. Develop GRB guidelines for TGNA’s and ministeries’ use; and
  6. Prepare and assignment report to summarize activities, lessons learnt and recommendations for future steps. 

Duty Station

Duty station for this assignment is Ankara. Travel will be required for delivery of GRB trainings, for which locations will be determined.

Duration of the Assignment and Expected Deliverables against Timeframes

Duration of the assignment is from 25 September 2017 to 31 March 2018.

National Consultant 1 is expected to spend a total number of up to 58 working days on a non-consecutive basis throughout the assignment.

National Consultant 2 is expected to spend a total number of up to 30 working days on a non-consecutive basis throughout the assignment.

The following table summarizes main activities and expected deliverables against targeted delivery deadlines and indicative working days to be invested by the Consultant.

Deliverables

Responsible

Working days assigned

Indicative  deadline

D1. Outline for GRB training and GRB guidelines

National Consultant 1

2

1 October 2017

National Consultant 2

1

D2. GRB training materials

National Consultant 1

5

15 October 2017

National Consultant 2

2

D3. Delivery of GRB training (Session 1)

National Consultant 1

3

25 October 2017

National Consultant 2

3

D4. Implementation of pilot analysis

National Consultant 1

10

20 November 2017

National Consultant 2

5

D5. Draft GRB guidelines

National Consultant 1

10

20 December 2017

National Consultant 2

5

D6. Direct Support to TGNA Staff

National Consultant 1

10

31 January 2018

National Consultant 2

5

D7. Final GRB guidelines

National Consultant 1

10

15 February 2018

National Consultant 2

3

D8. Delivery of GRB training (Session 2)

National Consultant 1

3

15 March 2018

National Consultant 2

3

D9. Assignment report

National Consultant 1

5

20 March 2018

National Consultant 2

3

National Consultant 1

58

National Consultant 2

30

NB: The mentioned number of working days has been estimated as being sufficient/feasible for the envisaged volume of work to be completed successfully and is proposed as a guideline for the duration of assignment. It cannot and shall not be used as criteria for completion of work/assignment. The provision of envisaged deliverables approved by the UN Women Project Manager shall be the only criteria for Consultants work being completed and eligible for payment(s).

Services and facilities to be provided by UN Women 

UN Women project team will provide project documents and background information for the National Consultants. The meetings planned for the assignment will be organized by the project team.  UN Women will not provide an office space or related facilities for this assignment. Consultants are expected to use his/her own personal computers.

Travel and logistics arrangements:

For the GRB trainings which will be organized outside of Ankara, UN Women will provide National Consultants’ travel and accommodation costs. No Daily Subsidy or Termanal allowance will be paid. UN Women will undertake logistical arrangements for meetings, trainings, workshops organized under this assignment and cover associated costs.

Performance evaluation:

Contractor’s performance will be evaluated against such criteria as: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.

Payment Schedule

National Consultants shall be paid upon successful completion of each deliverable. Payment shall be effected only if all the deliverables in this TOR are submitted to UN Women Project Manager within the timeframes stipulated in the TOR and they are approved by UN Women Project Manager. Without submission and approval of the deliverables, Consultants shall not receive any payment even if they invest time for this assignment. 

Deliverables

Amount of payment

Indicative deadline for payment

D1. Outline for GRB training and GRB guidelines

20% of total contract amount

5 November 2017

D2. GRB training materials

D3. Delivery of GRB training (Session 1)

D4. Implementation of pilot analysis

30% of total contract amount

31 December 2017

D5. Draft GRB Guidelines

D6. Direct Support to TGNA Staff

30% of total contract amount

25 February 2018

D7. Final GRB Guidelines

D8. Delivery of GRB training (Session 2)

20% of total contract amount

31 March 2018

D9. Assignment Report

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: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf

Functional Competencies

  • Good knowledge of technical area
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings
  • Strong analytical and presentation skills
  • Capacity to analyze needs and formulate recommendations for appropriate responses
  • Familiarity with human rights concepts and approaches;

Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience

NATIONAL CONSULTANT 1

NATIONAL CONSULTANT 2

Education

Education

Master’s degree or equivalent in law, economics, public finance, women’s studies or a related field.

Master’s degree or equivalent in law, economics, public finance, women’s studies or a related field.

Skills and Experience

Skills and Experience

  • At least 10 years of experience in planning, programming and budgeting systems of the public sector;
  • At least 2 years of experience in gender responsive budgeting, including drafting training materials and delivering trainings;
  • Knowledge of  internal working of the public sector;
  • Experience in training central administrative body or allied services or ministerial departments;
  • Previous working experience with UN Agencies and other international organizations is an asset;
  • Full computer literacy;
  • At least 10 years of experience working on planning, programming and budgeting of the public sector;
  • In depth knowledge of public sector processes with a specific emphasis on preparation, implementation and monitoring of strategic plans and budgets;
  • Knowledge and experience on gender responsive budgeting, including drafting training materials, delivering trainings and developing tools is a strong asset;
  • Experience in training central administrative body or allied services or ministerial departments is an asset;
  • Previous working experience with UN Agencies and other international organizations is an asset;
  • Full computer literacy;

Language Requirement

Language Requirement

Turkish

Turkish

Application procedure

The following documents should be submitted as part of the application:

  • Cover letter to include a brief overview about which of your previous experiences makes you the most suitable candidate for the advertised position.
  • Financial Proposal
  • P11 including past experience in similar assignments; can be downloaded at http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment

Applicants should specify whether they are applying for consultant 1, 2 or both in their application, based on their background, experience and availability.

Evaluation of Applicants

For evaluation of candidates, a cumulative analysis scheme will be applied with a total score being obtained upon the combination of weighted technical and financial attributes. Cost under this method of analysis is rendered as an award criterion, which will be 30% out of a total score of 100 points.

Evaluation of submitted offers will be done based on the following formula:

where:

T

is the total technical score awarded to the evaluated proposal (only to those proposals that pass 70% of maximum 70 points obtainable under technical evaluation);

C

is the price of the evaluated proposal;

Clow

is the lowest of all evaluated proposal prices among responsive proposals; and

X

is the maximum financial points obtainable (30 points)

Technical evaluation will be represented through desk review of applications and further interview will be organized if needed, depending on the short-listed candidates’ qualifications.

Technical Evaluation:

The technical part is evaluated on the basis of its responsiveness to the Terms of Reference (TOR).

NATIONAL CONSULTANT 1

#

Criteria for technical evaluation

Max. points

1

Master’s degree or equivalent in law, economics, public finance, women’s studies or a related field

10

2

At least 10 years of experience in planning, programming and budgeting systems of the public sector

15

3

At least 2 years of experience in gender responsive budgeting, including drafting training materials and delivering trainings

15

4

Knowledge of  internal working of the public sector

10

5

Experience in training central administrative body or allied services or ministerial departments

10

6

Previous working experience with UN Agencies and other international organizations is an asset

5

7

Full computer literacy

2

8

Proficiency in Turkish

3

Total Technical Scoring

70

NATIONAL CONSULTANT 2

#

Criteria for technical evaluation

Max. points

1

Master’s degree or equivalent in law, economics, public finance, women’s studies or a related field

10

2

At least 10 years of experience in planning, programming and budgeting systems of the public sector

15

3

In depth knowledge of public sector processes with a specific emphasis on preparation, implementation and monitoring of strategic plans and budgets

15

4

Knowledge and experience on gender responsive budgeting, including drafting training materials, delivering trainings and developing tools is a strong asset

10

5

Experience in training central administrative body or allied services or ministerial departments is an asset;

10

6

Previous working experience with UN Agencies and other international organizations is an asset

5

7

Full computer literacy

2

8

Proficiency in Turkish

3

Total Technical Scoring

70

Financial evaluation:

In the Second Stage, the financial proposal of candidates, who have attained minimum 70% score in the technical evaluation (at least 49 points), will be compared.

WINNING CANDIDATE

The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).

Annex I: Price Proposal Guideline and Template (National Consultant-1)

The prospective Consultant should take the following explanations into account during submission of his/her price proposal.

1.       Lump Sum Amount

The price proposal should indicate a "lump sum amount" which is "all-inclusive"; All costs (professional fees, living allowances, communications, consumables, travel and accommodation expenses during field related missions, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor needs to be factored into the proposed price.

UN Women will not withhold any amount of the payments for tax and/or social security related payments. UN Women shall have no liability for taxes, duties or other similar charges payable by the Individual Contractor in respect of any amounts paid to the Individual Contractor under this Contract, and the Contractor acknowledges that UN Women will not issue any statements of earnings to the Individual contractor in respect of any such payments.

Contract price is fixed to activities/deliverables indicated in the ToR, regardless of the changes in the cost components (such as days invested for completion of the deliverables.)

2.       Travel costs

For the GRB trainings which will be organized outside of Ankara, UN Women will provide National Consultants’ travel and accommodation costs. No DSA or TRM will be paid. UN Women will undertake logistical arrangements for meetings, trainings, workshops organized under this assignment and cover associated costs.

3.       Daily Subsistence Allowance

Not applicable.

4.       Currency of the price proposal

The applicants are requested to submit their price proposals in Turkish Liras (TRY).

 

Annex II: Price Proposal Submission Form (National Consultant-1)

To: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Ref: Consultants for Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Capacity Development (National Consultant -1)

Dear Sir / Madam,

I, the undersigned, offer to provide professional consulting services to UN Women within the scope of the referred Assignment.

Having examined, understood and agreed to the Terms of Reference and its annexes, the receipt of which are hereby duly acknowledged, I, the undersigned, offer to deliver professional services, in conformity with the Terms of Reference.

My maximum total price proposal for the assignment is: TRY _____________________ for a maximum of 58 (fifty eight) working days, with a daily consultancy rate of TRY____________________.

I confirm that my financial proposal will remain unchanged. I also confirm that the price that I quote is gross, and is inclusive of all legal expenses, including but not limited to social security, income tax, pension, visa etc., which shall be required applicable laws.

I agree that my proposal shall remain binding upon me for 90 days.

I understand that you are not bound to accept any proposal you may receive.

[Signature]

Date:

Name:

Address:

Telephone/Fax:

Email:

Annex I: Price Proposal Guideline and Template (National Consultant 2)

The prospective Consultant should take the following explanations into account during submission of his/her price proposal.

1.       Lump Sum Amount

The price proposal should indicate a "lump sum amount" which is "all-inclusive"; All costs (professional fees, living allowances, communications, consumables, travel and accommodation expenses during field related missions, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor needs to be factored into the proposed price.

UN Women will not withhold any amount of the payments for tax and/or social security related payments. UN Women shall have no liability for taxes, duties or other similar charges payable by the Individual Contractor in respect of any amounts paid to the Individual Contractor under this Contract, and the Contractor acknowledges that UN Women will not issue any statements of earnings to the Individual contractor in respect of any such payments.

Contract price is fixed to activities/deliverables indicated in the ToR, regardless of the changes in the cost components (such as days invested for completion of the deliverables.)

2.       Travel costs

For the GRB trainings which will be organized outside of Ankara, UN Women will provide National Consultants’ travel and accommodation costs. No DSA or TRM will be paid. UN Women will undertake logistical arrangements for meetings, trainings, workshops organized under this assignment and cover associated costs.

3.       Daily Subsistence Allowance

Not applicable.

4.       Currency of the price proposal

The applicants are requested to submit their price proposals in Turkish Liras (TRY).

 

Annex II: Price Proposal Submission Form (National Consultant-2)

To: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Ref: Consultants for Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Capacity Development (National Consultant -2)

Dear Sir / Madam,

I, the undersigned, offer to provide professional consulting services to UN Women within the scope of the referred Assignment.

Having examined, understood and agreed to the Terms of Reference and its annexes, the receipt of which are hereby duly acknowledged, I, the undersigned, offer to deliver professional services, in conformity with the Terms of Reference.

My maximum total price proposal for the assignment is: TRY _____________________ for a maximum of 30 (thirty) working days, with a daily consultancy rate of TRY____________________.

I confirm that my financial proposal will remain unchanged. I also confirm that the price that I quote is gross, and is inclusive of all legal expenses, including but not limited to social security, income tax, pension, visa etc., which shall be required applicable laws.

I agree that my proposal shall remain binding upon me for 90 days.

I understand that you are not bound to accept any proposal you may receive.

[Signature]

Date:

Name:

Address:

Telephone/Fax:

Email:

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