National Consultant-To edit English version of the Gender and Aid Effectiveness toolkit for Ministry of Finance Economic Cooperation Directorates
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
According to Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Guidelines for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in Development Cooperation (1999), Gender equality is recognized as a vital issue for development and development co-operation, stated as: “Full development cannot be achieved unless women and the resources they represent are integrated into the development process. Investment in gender equality and women’s empowerment is vital for improving economic, social and political conditions in developing countries within the framework of sustainable development. A focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment in development co-operation is a means to enhance the total effectiveness of aid. The knowledge, insights and experience of both women and men are required if development is to be both effective and sustainable.”
Government budgets are the largest single source of financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment in most countries. Although Official Development Assistance (ODA) only covers on average between 10 to 15 per cent of a recipient country’s budget, the way it is spent can show the accountability relationships, not just between donors and recipients, but also between government and citizens. It is through national and sub-national budgets that government’s promises are translated into policies and programmes.
In 2005, during the second high-level forum on aid effectiveness, countries set five principles to manage the delivery and quality of aid. Despite various scholastic arguments made on the effectiveness of aid, the principles are considered as the frameworks of aid management. Gender equality as the major international development agenda, these principles have meaningful effect in ensuring that aid in support of gender equality is adequate. Therefore, linking aid effectiveness and gender equality is practicing a gender responsive aid scheme from both the donor and recipient side.
It is with this understanding that Ministry of Finance (MoF) Gender Directorate in collaboration with UN Women developed a manual on Gender and Aid Effectiveness and provided training based on the manual for the staffs of External Resource Mobilization Directorate in MoF and for various sectors and regional bureaus to enhance their capacity on gender and aid effectiveness and strengthen their accountability system.
As a follow-up, UN Women has recruited a national consultant that developed English and Amharic version of gender and aid effectiveness toolkit based on previously developed manual which will be used specifically by Economic Cooperation experts in MoF to provide a brief step-by-step guide to conduct gender responsive external resource mobilization. In addition, other stakeholders and sector institutions can use the Toolkit during the external resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation processes to check whether gender aspects are well considered or not.
To this effect, UN Women Ethiopia would like to recruit a national consultant who will undertake the task of editing the English version of the toolkit to ensure the quality of the undertaken work.
Duties and Responsibilities
The National consultant will accomplish the following tasks:
- Conduct quality language editing (in track changes) of the English version of Gender and Aid effectiveness Toolkit using United Nations Editorial guideline http://dd.dgacm.org/editorialmanual/ (do not make changes on the content)
- Correcting typographical errors, punctuation, spelling, grammar and vocabulary
- Create a list of acronyms and ensure correlation between the list and their occurrence throughout the texts.
- Check the Amharic version of the toolkit if there is any unclear sentence written in the English version and revise accordingly.
- Provision of standard and quality edited English version of the toolkit based on comments/feedbacks from UN Women Ethiopia.
- Comments/feedbacks from UN Women Ethiopia will be provided in case the editing is not done up to the expectation.
- Editing needs to be done immediately after signing of the contract.
- Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct
- Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity
Ethics and Values:
- Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
Development and Innovation:
- Take charge of self-development and take initiative
Work in teams:
- Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multiethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds
Communicating and Information Sharing:
- Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
- Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others
- Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
- Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
- Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making
- Ability to work with minimal supervision
- Evidence of having undertaken similar assignments
- Experience on professional editing and proofreading
- Knowledge on gender equality and women empowerment as well as resource mobilization and finance system, and its role
- High level written and oral communications skills in Amharic and English
- Result-oriented, team player, exhibiting high levels of enthusiasm for gender equality, diplomacy and integrity
- Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and professional skills in interacting with government and development partners
Required Skills and Experience
- Degree in Communication, literature, Gender, or other relevant Social Science field
- At least 10 years of professional experience in the stated qualifications
- Extensive and demonstrated experience in editing, proofreading and writing on development issues with strong knowledge on gender equality and women empowerment
- Experience on editing of UN documents is an advantage.
- Please note that applications without a completed and signed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment
Language Requirements: Amharic and English
UNWOMEN 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 confidenc