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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: un women office
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Administrative support
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-25

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UN Women - Team Leader of National consultants to extend expert, training and mentoring services on gender responsive budgeting

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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; the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development; human rights; as well as humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, 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.

UN Women Programme Office in the Republic of North Macedonia in line with its priorities set in the UN Women strategic plan and in the UN Partnership for Sustainable Development, is coordinating the UNCT on gender equality, supports the country on the normative commitments and is working in two thematic areas – governance, leadership and participation and ending violence against women. In fulfilling its mandate, UN Women is cooperating with UN, the government and CSOs to advocate for women’s empowerment and advancement of gender equality.

Over the past years, through the regional project “Promoting Gender Responsive Polices in South-East Europe and the Republic of Moldova”, UN Women has provided extensive support to national and local stakeholders to strengthen democratic governance and advance women’s rights through initiatives aimed at mainstreaming gender in policy planning and budgeting. As result, gender responsive budgeting has increasingly been recognized as important tool for advancing gender equality in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Republic of North Macedonia and Republic of Moldova.

In 2018, UN Women Programme office in Skopje has started with the implementation of a new 4-year project “Promoting Gender Responsive Policies and Budgets: Towards Transparent, Inclusive and Accountable Governance in the Republic of North Macedonia” (2018-2022). The project is structured around two outcomes:

  1. The Government’s public finance management and the strategic planning processes are improved to respond to the different needs of women and men as a result of effective application of gender responsive budgeting.
  2. Civil society organizations, women, including the most vulnerable actively participate in planning and decision-making mechanisms, and their priorities are fully reflected in public policies and budgets. 

The programme’s country component implemented in the Republic of North Macedonia includes activities focused on enhancing the institutionalization of GRB at central and local level.

The local level component covers total of twenty-one local self-government units in the country, that have piloted and implemented GRB initiatives. The cooperation with those LSGUs will continue, focused on upscaling the proven approaches in mainstreaming gender in sectoral programmes through gender analysis, introduction of gender specific objectives and measures and monitoring progress and impact on lives of women and men.

To support these LSGUs to mainstream gender in sectoral programmes and to introduce gender specific objectives and measures that help the monitoring process and impact at local level, UN Women is seeking to recruit a team leader of local team of experts that will provide capacity development and mentoring support to the LSGUs.

Scope of work

The objective of the assignment is to strengthen the capacities of the local administration and municipal council members on gender responsive programme planning and budgeting. More specifically, the aim is to further strengthen the capacities of the 21 LSGUs that have already been exposed to GRB capacity development and/or have implemented GRB initiatives and have undertaken specific measures to engender their local programing and budgeting, by assisting the local administration to analyse specific local programmes and budgets and develop gender specific measures and indicators, as well as by mentoring the local councilors to review local policies from a gender perspective.

With this ToR, UN Women is seeking to hire a national consultant to act as a Team Leader of a comprehensive training and mentoring programme, and to coordinate the work of a team of three national consultants. The team of experts will be responsible for delivering expert training and mentoring services to 21 municipalities that have already piloted GRB initiatives and have the basic capacities and skills to mainstream gender in policies and programmes. Each expert will cover total of 5 LSGUs while the lead expert will cover 6 LSGUs.  

The team leader, in addition to the expert training and mentoring support, will be tasked to coordinate the overall training and mentoring process in the municipalities and ensure the work between the experts is synchronized and well-coordinated.

Duties and Responsibilities

Based on the above-described objectives of the assignment, under the supervision of the GRB Regional Project Manager and GRB programme team, the local consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Desk-review of findings of relevant programme analyses conducted in the framework of the project, training evaluations and other materials on gender mainstreaming and gender responsive budgeting to inform the work on the assignment;
  • Conduct initial unified capacity needs assessment in the targeted municipalities for the purposes of designing tailored training and mentoring approach in cooperation with the team of local experts;
  • Develop and deliver standard orientation programme for capacity building of local administration and members of municipal councils and commissions for equal opportunities to introduce the objectives of the local level training and mentoring on GRB;
  • Extend mentoring support and coordinate the overall mentoring to 21 LSGUs that have implemented GRB initiatives and supporting them to engender selected local programmes, develop local action plans and/or strategies on gender equality;   
  • Submit monthly time sheets for recording the time spent on each activity;
  • Extend expert training support and coordinate the overall training and mentoring to public officials from targeted departments of 21 LSGUs, local Commissions for equal opportunities between women and men, local Intersectoral working groups for gender equality and Commissions for budget and finance on gender responsive budgeting;
  • Facilitate series of 8 training workshops for members of regional municipal councils;
  • Lead the developing of an improved check-list and reporting template designed to monitor and track progress and results achieved at local level, including documenting good practices;
  • Extend expert support and training services to the Association of the Units of Local Self-Government (ZELS) by adapting the Training and mentoring programme on gender responsive budgeting for the needs of their training activities;
  • Lead the process of exchange of good practices and lessons learned among local level policy and budget makers by participating and facilitating thematic roundtables and thematic events on GRB;
  • Participate in introductory session and regular preparatory and coordination meetings with UN Women and other consultants throughout the assignment;
  • Facilitate workshops with participation of public officials from different municipalities to exchange experiences and learn from each other
  • Collect regular updates from team of local experts on the progress with implementation of the assignment for the final report on the assignment; 
  • Prepare quarterly progress reports summarizing the activities and results at local level;
  • Prepare final report of the team, summarizing key results (change in capacities, engendered local programmes, specific gender measures, budgetary allocations, lessons learned and recommendations for future UN Women programming;
  • Prepare individual report on the assignment.

Key deliverables, activities and timeframe

The Local consultant-team leader, in close cooperation with the team of local consultants, will be expected to complete the below tasks within the indicative timeframe:

Tasks

Deliverables

Working days

Prepare a detailed plan for the assignment

  1. Work plan for the assignment

1 day (by 15 April 2019)

Conduct initial capacity needs assessment (in selected number of municipalities and in coordination with the other experts)

  1. Training needs assessment report with identification of capacity needs and interventions.
  2. Training and mentoring plan for 21 LSGUs

5 days (by 25 April 2019)

Desk review of relevant analyses, training materials, training evaluations and local actions plans on GE

  1. Detailed outline of the training and mentoring programme and proposed exercises

4 days (by 15 May 2019)

Develop and deliver standard orientation programme (in coordination with the other experts)

  1. Training programme with exercises and handouts

10 days (by 15 September 2019)

Develop training programme and materials for training and mentoring of 21 LSGUs and deliver two advanced training sessions

  1. Training Agenda, detailed training and mentoring programme with exercises and handouts
  2. Pre/post training evaluation questionnaires, final analysis of the evaluations

4 days (by 15 April 2020)

Develop detailed mentoring plan and deliver continued mentoring support to 6 LSGUs, with oversight of the mentoring in all 21 LSGUs  

  1. Mentoring plan with specified activity timetable and expected results
  2. Monthly progress updates on the mentoring work and results

50 days (by 30 July 2019)

Regular updates until 31 October 2020

Develop and deliver 8 capacity building trainings for regional municipal councils

  1. Capacity needs assessment
  2. Training agenda and materials
  3. Pre/post training evaluation

12 days (by April 2020)

Monitor and track progress in engendering local level programs and/or development of new action plans/local strategies

  1. Improved monitoring check-list and reporting template
  2. Consolidated progress reports on the training and mentoring work from the team of experts

10 days (by 30 May 2019)

Regular updates, on a quarterly basis until 31 October 2020

Extend expert support and training services to ZELS

  1. Training Agenda, detailed training programme with exercises and handouts
  2. Pre/post training evaluation questionnaires, final analysis of the evaluations

6 days (by 31 October 2020)

Preparing final report of the team, summarizing results (changes in capacities, engendered local

  1. Progress reports and final joint report of the team of experts

4 days (by 15 November 2020)

Reporting

  1. Final individual report with specific information on the results achieved, challenges and opportunities in English (max. 3 pages)

4 days (by 25 November 2020)

Total

110 working days

Reporting

Under the overall supervision of the to the GRB Regional Project Manager and the GRB programme team at UN Women Skopje Office, the Local consultants will develop and deliver the above listed deliverables in accordance with the indicative timeframe.

All deliverables of an acceptable standard and quality should be submitted to the UN Women and in languages as specified above.

Competencies

Core Values/guiding principles:

  • Integrity - Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Professionalism - Demonstrate professional competence and Consultant knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity - Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Additionally, the individual should have an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

  • Planning & Organizing – Develops clear goals in line with agreed strategies, identifies priorities, foresees risks and makes allowances accordingly.
  • Organizational Awareness - Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Teamwork - Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Accountability – Takes ownership of all responsibilities and delivers outputs in accordance with agreed time, cost and quality standards.

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:

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Shares knowledge and experience
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UN Women
  •  Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
  • Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills. Communicates sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies
  • Demonstrates very good understanding of and experience in communications and outreach/advocacy
  • 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
  •     Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
  •     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

Academic Qualifications:

  • A university degree in public administration, social studies, development studies, gender studies , international relations, or any other degree relevant to the requirements of the ToR. A Master’s degree is considered an asset.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 7 years of demonstrated professional experience in the area of gender equality with focus on gender responsive budgeting and/or public policy and budget monitoring;
  • Previous experience in designing and delivering training and/or mentoring programmes on gender equality and gender mainstreaming in policy making and budgeting;
  • Experience and knowledge on, decentralization, local policy and budget development processes in the Republic of North Macedonia;
  • Previous work experience as a project team leader or manager would be considered as an asset;
  • Knowledge on results-based management and strategic planning is a strong asset;
  • Previous experience working with international organizations would be considered as an asset;

Language

Fluency in Macedonian and English is required.

Evaluation of applicants:

UN Women applies a fair and transparent selection process. Applicants will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications/skills and their financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultants whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive to and compliant with the ToR; and
  • Having received the highest score out of below combined technical and financial criteria.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Criteria

Total points

Max. Points

Technical Evaluation (70%)

70

Relevant education

10

10

0: without relevant university degree

5: A first-level university degree

10: master degree

A minimum of 7 years of demonstrated professional experience in the area of gender equality with focus on gender responsive budgeting and/or public policy and budget monitoring

15

15

0: without relevant expertise and experience

0-5: 2 years of experience

5-10: 5 years of experience

15: more than 7 years of experience

Previous experience in designing and delivering training and/or mentoring programmes on gender equality and gender mainstreaming in policy making and budgeting

15

15

0: without relevant expertise and experience

0-5: 2 years of experience

5-10: 5 years of experience

15: more than 7 years of experience

Experience and knowledge on decentralization, local policy and budget development processes in the Republic of North Macedonia

15

15

0: without relevant expertise and experience

0-5: 2 years of experience

5-10: 5 years of experience

15: more than 5 years of experience

Previous work experience as a project team leader or manager would be considered as an asset

5

5

0: without experience

5:Demonstrated experience

Knowledge on results-based management and strategic planning is a strong asset

5

5

0: without experience

5:Demonstrated experience

Previous experience working with international organizations would be considered as an asset

5

5

0: without experience

5:Demonstrated experience

Language requirements

Fluency in Macedonian and English is required.

REQUIRED

Financial Evaluation (30%)

30

TOTAL

100

Evaluation of submitted financial offers will be done based on the following formula: S = Fmin / F * 30

S - score received on financial evaluation;

Fmin - the lowest financial offer out of all the submitted offers qualified over the technical evaluation round;

F - financial offer under the consideration.

1.Duration and remuneration:

The national consultants will be engaged for a total of 110 working days during the period of 5th April 2019 until 25th November 2020. Deliverables from the consultants will be reviewed and approved by UN Women before they are considered final.

UN Women will divide the payment of consultancy fee into the following instalments:

I instalment - 25% upon submission and approval of deliverables 1-4 (30 May 2019)

II instalment - 25% upon submission and approval of deliverables 5,8,9 and 13 (30 November 2019)

III instalment - 25% upon submission and approval of deliverables 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12 (30 June 2020)

IV instalment - 25% upon satisfactory completion of all tasks in the assignment, submission and approval of final report by UN Women (5 December 2020)

Application:

Interested individual consultants are requested to apply electronically through the following link: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm  no later than 25th March 2019 and to submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • Short Letter of interest, including financial proposal in local currency (MKD), indicating a total lump sum for the delivery as per above description. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (consultancy fee, travel and any other possible costs).
  • Completed UN Women Personal History (P11) form, that can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment
  • 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.
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.
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