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International Consultant for assessing progress on the implementation of recommendations on gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) in the Central Asia (CA) region

Home-based

  • Organization: UNWOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Home-based
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Administrative support
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-23

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Background

The Spotlight Initiative regional programme for Central Asia and Afghanistan managed from Kazakhstan in cooperation with all participating countries will harness the collective expertise, experiences, challenges and energy of gender equality advocates from the five Central Asian countries, as well as Afghanistan.

Pillar 2 envisions the creation of an Alliance for Central Asia, which will be the driving force behind legislative, policy and institutional reforms in the area of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), taking into account the regional context. Given the complexities of cross-border alliances, its development will primarily demonstrate the power of collective action and leverage the work of the Spotlight Initiative country programs in the region.

Through the collective thinking and advocacy of governments, parliamentarians, civil society, human rights defenders and women's activists, survivors of violence, and women from marginalized groups the Spotlight Initiative regional progarmme will develop models of legislative, political and institutional reform that take into account the specifics of Central Asia.These models will be based on international norms and standards that govern SGBV work, including CEDAW, CRC, and the Istanbul Convention. In addition, these models will reflect the importance of applying gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) methodologies – including costing (“how much does violence cost the state”) – to ensure reliable prevention and response to SGBV and harmful practices. There is still a lack of efficiency and integration of the national monitoring and evaluation system in the CA countries. For example, there is a lack of synchronization of indicators of framework programs and strategies and programs of local development, insufficient use of gender statistics in planning, the potential of civil servants to use the principles of gender equality in the preparation, monitoring, and implementation of budget programs. Regardless of the progress in establishing the regional Alliance, the development of the regional models, tools and best practices will be made available to all key national stakeholders working on SGBV in the countries in the region.

In this regard, the Spotlight Initiative regional programme plans to hire one International Consultant (Consultant) who will work together with another already hired International Consultant (International Consultant) and prepare an analysis and assessment of progress in theimplementation of gender-responsive budgeting in the Central Asia region, and to prepare recommendations to further strengthen GRB across the region. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The tasks of the Consultant include the following, in close collaboration of the International Consultant:1. Developing a detailed work plan for conducting an analytical review, case study, data collection, development of a monitoring system (indicators) and recommendations, as well as deadlines for each task.2. Conducting a desk review: a) of the existing national regulatory frameworks on GRB in the field of combating violence against women in Central Asia (CA) countries, as well as related sectors (social and health care, etc.); b) government programs; c) relevant initiatives to introduce gender principles into the state planning and budgeting system implemented by UN-Women in CA countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan) over the past 10 years. Conduct interviews with UN Women country teams in CA countries, if necessary. This review should provide a clear understanding of the status of institutionalizing GBR in national legal frameworks and policies on SGBV, including domestic violence. 

3. Together with the International Consultant identifying key partners in Central Asia (government agencies, NGOs, international organizations, expert community) and conducting initial consultations with partners in the region including but not limited to the staff of the Spotlight Initiative regional programme, country programs in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, UNCTs.

4. Conducting a case study to include the analysis of a selected sector or department plan and budget in response to SGBV in CA countries. The case study is also to analyse the extent to which COVID-19 has been influencing the government response to SGBV (e.g. changesin the budget, measures, planning cycle, etc.). 

5. In collaboration with the International Consultant, developing a guide including recommendations to build up monitoring systems with indicators for subsequent use by partners in Central Asia, and recommendations for the further promotion of GRB.

6. Together with the International Consultant, preparing to conduct online discussion(s) to validate the findings and recommendations: preparing list of key partners in CA countries, consultation’s concept note, program of the event, presentation and other materials based on the intermediate results for the regional discussion event. Intermediate results agreed online by submitting materials for review and approval prior the event.

7. Submitting final report on the work undertaken in English and Russian with supporting documents in the form of attachments 1) analytical review; 2) a list of recommendations. UN Women will arrange the translation of analytical review and recommendations into Russian or English depending on which language documents will be developed by the Consultant. Consultant ensures translation review.

The Consultant will work from home and conduct online consultations with representatives of the Spotlight Initiative regional programme and other stakeholders, where possible, in coordination with the International Consultant. The communication will take place through emails, meetings in MS Teams, Zoom and other platforms.

English will be the only form of written and verbal communications with the International Consultant.

All results must be submitted within the specified time frame (see IV), reviewed by the International Consultant, and approved by the Project Officer. There will be 3 rounds of reviews of developed documents: 1 initial draft prepared by the Consultant, 2 draft with the InternationalConsultant and Project Officer suggestions (comments and edits); final draft reflecting suggestions and edits.

 

Competencies

Core values: 

Tolerance and respect

Honesty

Professionalism 

Key competencies:

Gender awareness and sensitivity

Accountability  

Effective communication

Inclusive collaboration

Required Skills and Experience

The selection process will be based on the following criteria:Education:- Bachelor’s degree in finance, public administration, law, gender or related fields.

Work experience:- At least 5 years of professional experience in the analysis of government programs and policies, assessment of the implementation of action plans, especially in the field of gender equality, human rights and other related areas;- At least 3 years of professional experience in GRB.- Experience in Central Asia region is an asset;- At least 3 years of professional experience in analysis of national and regional budgets, budget tracking, gender responsive budgetary allocation and execution;- At least 2 years of professional experience in developing and applying methodology for collection of quantitative, qualitative data and gender indicators, as well as data analysis;- At least 2 years of professional experience working with UN agencies and / or other international organizations on similar tasks in the field of gender equality and human rights. 

Language skills:- Full professional working proficiency in Russian and professional working proficiency in English.

Evaluation criteria
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications that will be included in the future technical assessment process. The next step in the evaluation process will support the cumulative analysis methodology of the candidate's technical proposal (70%) and financial proposal (30%).

 

Criteria

Maximum points

Education

 

Bachelor’s degree in finance, public administration, law, gender or related fields

 

50

 

Professional work experience

- At least 5 years of professional experience in the analysis of government programs and policies, assessment of the implementation of action plans, especially in the field of gender equality, human rights and other related areas;

- At least 3 years of professional experience in GRB. Experience in Central Asia region is an asset;

- At least 3 years of professional experience in analysis of national and regional budgets, budget tracking, gender responsive budgetary allocation and execution;

- At least 2 years of professional experience in developing and applying methodology for collection of quantitative, qualitative data and gender indicators, as well as data analysis;

- At least 2 years of professional experience working with UN agencies and / or other international organizations on similar tasks in the field of gender equality and human rights.

120

 

120

 

120

120

 

100

Languages

Full professional working proficiency in Russian and professional working proficiency in English

70

 

Maximum total technical scoring (70%)

Minimum technical scoring to be qualified for financial evaluation (70%)

700

490

Only candidates who score at least 490 (70%) points out of the maximum 700 points in the technical assessment process will be qualified for the financial proposal *.

All documents must be provided including:- Resume and UN Women Personal History form (P-11), which can be downloaded from the website http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment- A technical proposal describing how the expected task will be carried out. The technical proposal must also include:o supporting materials or link(s) to documents are available to learn about candidate's experience in gender equality / women's empowerment and gender mainstreaming in policies, legal regulations and government programs;o supporting materials or link(s) to documents, publications to learn about candidate’s experience in GRB;o reference to the conduct of similar analytical work of government programs and policies, budget assessments and implementation of action plans, especially in the field of gender equality, human rights and other related areas;o reference to work on the development of a methodology for the collection of quantitative, qualitative data and gender indicators, as well as data analysis;- Experience working with UN agencies and / or other international organizations on similar tasks in the field of gender equality and human rights.- Financial proposal with amount in USD including all costs and expenses that the Consultant will have to perform to complete all tasks under this ToR. The Consultant should also include the daily rate ad lump sum in the submitted financial proposal.

Only pre-selected candidates will be informed and invited to the next stage. There might be an online interview conducted by UN Women.

Please note that the system will only allow only one attachment, therefore all supporting documents such as Form P11, financial proposal and technical proposal must be scanned as one attachment. Applications without a completed UN Women P-11 form will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for further evaluation.

 

Pillar 2 envisions the creation of an Alliance for Central Asia, which will be the driving force behind legislative, policy and institutional reforms in the area of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), taking into account the regional context. Given the complexities of cross-border alliances, its development will primarily demonstrate the power of collective action and leverage the work of the Spotlight Initiative country programs in the region.

Through the collective thinking and advocacy of governments, parliamentarians, civil society, human rights defenders and women's activists, survivors of violence, and women from marginalized groups the Spotlight Initiative regional progarmme will develop models of legislative, political and institutional reform that take into account the specifics of Central Asia.These models will be based on international norms and standards that govern SGBV work, including CEDAW, CRC, and the Istanbul Convention. In addition, these models will reflect the importance of applying gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) methodologies – including costing (“how much does violence cost the state”) – to ensure reliable prevention and response to SGBV and harmful practices. There is still a lack of efficiency and integration of the national monitoring and evaluation system in the CA countries. For example, there is a lack of synchronization of indicators of framework programs and strategies and programs of local development, insufficient use of gender statistics in planning, the potential of civil servants to use the principles of gender equality in the preparation, monitoring, and implementation of budget programs. Regardless of the progress in establishing the regional Alliance, the development of the regional models, tools and best practices will be made available to all key national stakeholders working on SGBV in the countries in the region.

In this regard, the Spotlight Initiative regional programme plans to hire one International Consultant (Consultant) who will work together with another already hired International Consultant (International Consultant) and prepare an analysis and assessment of progress in theimplementation of gender-responsive budgeting in the Central Asia region, and to prepare recommendations to further strengthen GRB across the region. 

Through the collective thinking and advocacy of governments, parliamentarians, civil society, human rights defenders and women's activists, survivors of violence, and women from marginalized groups the Spotlight Initiative regional progarmme will develop models of legislative, political and institutional reform that take into account the specifics of Central Asia.These models will be based on international norms and standards that govern SGBV work, including CEDAW, CRC, and the Istanbul Convention. In addition, these models will reflect the importance of applying gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) methodologies – including costing (“how much does violence cost the state”) – to ensure reliable prevention and response to SGBV and harmful practices. There is still a lack of efficiency and integration of the national monitoring and evaluation system in the CA countries. For example, there is a lack of synchronization of indicators of framework programs and strategies and programs of local development, insufficient use of gender statistics in planning, the potential of civil servants to use the principles of gender equality in the preparation, monitoring, and implementation of budget programs. Regardless of the progress in establishing the regional Alliance, the development of the regional models, tools and best practices will be made available to all key national stakeholders working on SGBV in the countries in the region.

3. Together with the International Consultant identifying key partners in Central Asia (government agencies, NGOs, international organizations, expert community) and conducting initial consultations with partners in the region including but not limited to the staff of the Spotlight Initiative regional programme, country programs in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, UNCTs.

4. Conducting a case study to include the analysis of a selected sector or department plan and budget in response to SGBV in CA countries. The case study is also to analyse the extent to which COVID-19 has been influencing the government response to SGBV (e.g. changesin the budget, measures, planning cycle, etc.). 

5. In collaboration with the International Consultant, developing a guide including recommendations to build up monitoring systems with indicators for subsequent use by partners in Central Asia, and recommendations for the further promotion of GRB.

6. Together with the International Consultant, preparing to conduct online discussion(s) to validate the findings and recommendations: preparing list of key partners in CA countries, consultation’s concept note, program of the event, presentation and other materials based on the intermediate results for the regional discussion event. Intermediate results agreed online by submitting materials for review and approval prior the event.

7. Submitting final report on the work undertaken in English and Russian with supporting documents in the form of attachments 1) analytical review; 2) a list of recommendations. UN Women will arrange the translation of analytical review and recommendations into Russian or English depending on which language documents will be developed by the Consultant. Consultant ensures translation review.

The Consultant will work from home and conduct online consultations with representatives of the Spotlight Initiative regional programme and other stakeholders, where possible, in coordination with the International Consultant. The communication will take place through emails, meetings in MS Teams, Zoom and other platforms.

English will be the only form of written and verbal communications with the International Consultant.

All results must be submitted within the specified time frame (see IV), reviewed by the International Consultant, and approved by the Project Officer. There will be 3 rounds of reviews of developed documents: 1 initial draft prepared by the Consultant, 2 draft with the InternationalConsultant and Project Officer suggestions (comments and edits); final draft reflecting suggestions and edits.
Evaluation criteria
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications that will be included in the future technical assessment process. The next step in the evaluation process will support the cumulative analysis methodology of the candidate's technical proposal (70%) and financial proposal (30%).All documents must be provided including:- Resume and UN Women Personal History form (P-11), which can be downloaded from the website http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment- A technical proposal describing how the expected task will be carried out. The technical proposal must also include:o supporting materials or link(s) to documents are available to learn about candidate's experience in gender equality / women's empowerment and gender mainstreaming in policies, legal regulations and government programs;o supporting materials or link(s) to documents, publications to learn about candidate’s experience in GRB;o reference to the conduct of similar analytical work of government programs and policies, budget assessments and implementation of action plans, especially in the field of gender equality, human rights and other related areas;o reference to work on the development of a methodology for the collection of quantitative, qualitative data and gender indicators, as well as data analysis;- Experience working with UN agencies and / or other international organizations on similar tasks in the field of gender equality and human rights.- Financial proposal with amount in USD including all costs and expenses that the Consultant will have to perform to complete all tasks under this ToR. The Consultant should also include the daily rate ad lump sum in the submitted financial proposal.
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