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National Consultant to Support the Secretariat for European Affairs and the Sector Working Group “Health” on Gender Mainstreaming

Home Based - May require travel

  • Organization: UNWOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Remote | Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date:

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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; 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 center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality (GE) and gender mainstreaming translate into action globally. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Progress of North Macedonia in recent years respecting and promoting gender equality is highlighted in a series of international commitments and in national legal and policy frameworks. The main achievements in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment reside in the country’s institutional capacity development for the work on gender equality. The legal provisions guaranteeing women’s rights and gender equality are largely in place – the Law of Equal Opportunities of Women and Men, the Election Law amendment instituting quotas, the Action Plan for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 (2020-2025), and the ratification of the Istanbul Convention are normative achievements that influence the institutional practice in promoting gender equality in North Macedonia.

However, gaps in policy development and slow implementation of the adopted legislation are important structural obstacles to achieving gender equality. Improvements are needed in both strengthening institutional capacities and enhancing cooperation between the gender mechanisms, the key ministries and civil society organizations in order to increase gender mainstreaming in all aspect of government work - primarily policy development and budgeting - as the means for achieving gender equality.

The Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA III) presents a solid policy-driven approach, with strategic and dynamic deployment of assistance, putting the fundamental requirements for EU membership at the core of the instrument. It identifies six thematic windows as facets of the EU policy for enlargement, interlinked in a complementary manner, with several cross-cutting themes, such as gender equality and the rights-based approach, to be mainstreamed.

The SIDA-funded project “Gender Equality Facility” (GEF) aims at supporting the Government of North Macedonia in transposing the EU Gender Equality acquis, strengthening the effective implementation of national and international legal frameworks on gender equality and women’s rights, mainstreaming gender equality into EU integration and planning processes for pre-accession assistance, and strengthening institutional mechanisms for gender equality in line with EU standards. The intervention will also address challenges in implementation of laws and gender equality policies by providing support for enhancing coordination and monitoring of gender equality policies and measures. In the medium to longer-term, and in line with the EU Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 and the Principles of the EU Gender Action Plan III (2021-2025), the Project aims to secure implementation/application of gender equality legislation, policies and standards through policy dialogue, technical expertise and guidance, development and sharing of good practice, and strategic partnerships and cooperation.

Main partners of the Project are the Secretariat for European Affairs (SEA, the main project beneficiary), Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) structures, the Equal Opportunities Department at the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy (MLSP), and National Gender Machinery officers.

The UN Women Office in North Macedonia is seeking the services of an experienced national consultant to provide support to the managerial, operational, and human resources of the Secretariat for European Affairs (SEA), with specific focus on gender mainstreaming in the Sector Working Group (SWG) on Health.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the UN Women North Macedonia GEF Project Manager, and direct supervision of the GEF Coordinator for Output 1, the National Consultant will provide substantive input, guidance, and technical support on gender mainstreaming and EU integration to the SWG on Health, which will include the following tasks:

  • Coordinate closely with the UN Women GEF Project Team and Coordinator for Output 1, the Head of Office as applicable, the Secretariat for European Affairs, the International Consultant to Support the Secretariat for European Affairs and the Sector Working Group “Health” in Gender Mainstreaming (as relevant), the relevant IPA Departments/Units in the Ministry of Health, the entity/ies in charge of gender equality, respective IPA Coordinator/s in other related Ministries, and members of the SWG on Health;
  • Provide expert advice on EU-aligned gender mainstreaming in the scope of work of the SWG on Health to SEA and the relevant IPA Coordinator(s), through the UN Women Office in North Macedonia, and troubleshoot as needed, incorporating national gender equality legislation, EU sector-specific gender mainstreaming guidance for the Health sector, EU Gender Equality Law, the use of sex-disaggregated data and gender statistics, reflection of women’s and girls’ position, needs, and entitlements, relevant Thematic Objectives of the EU Gender Action Plan III (2021-2025), and IPA III regulations;
  • Maintain communication and good working relations with designated staff of the SEA;
  • Conduct consultations with SEA and the members of the SWG on Health on possibilities, modalities and procedures for gender mainstreaming/gender-responsive health-care provision/gender-responsive resource allocations;
  • With a specific focus on gender equality, contribute to and provide comments/suggestions on (draft) documents of the SWG on Health, including rules and procedures, plans and strategies (such as documents related to development of secondary and tertiary healthcare, access to health services, e-health, modernization of healthcare systems, health sector reform, (public) health policy formulation, health financing, health care provision, human resource development and training, among others), reports, briefings, background papers, summaries, knowledge products, and similar;
  • Contribute to and provide comments/suggestions related to gender mainstreaming in the annual revision of activities and results envisaged in the National Programme for the Adoption of the Acquis 2021-2025, relevant to the scope of work of the thematic area on Health;
  • Regularly and actively participate in meetings of the SWG on Health, and support the SWG Coordinator to ensure consistent gender mainstreaming throughout the scope of work of the SWG on Health;
  • Strategically advise on planning, meetings, and milestones of the work of the SWG on Health;
  • Support with technical advice the SWG on Health in achieving results on gender equality and gender-responsive care provision/services related to the thematic Health focus area in the EU accession processes;
  • Identify gender training needs of government representatives engaged in the Health sector;
  • Identify and document good practices, technical expertise and strategic opportunities for promoting gender equality/gender-responsive care provision and services in the Health sector, in the context of EU integration; suggest concrete measures and propose measurable indicators;
  • Liaise with relevant technical staff of the EU Delegation in the country and with other supporting parties, including with gender-responsive health initiatives, as requested by the Project Manager and Coordinator for Output 1, in agreement with the UN Women Head of Office;
  • Participate in and contribute to capacity development activities undertaken by the GEF Project as per the GEF Work Plan.

Throughout the assignment, the National Consultant is expected to:

  • Maintain close contact with the GEF Coordinator for Output 1 and the GEF Project Manager;
  • Provide regular briefings, status updates/reports, following an agreed timeframe;
  • Liaise and coordinate with the UN Women GEF International Senior Gender Mainstreaming and EU Integration Consultant, and as relevant, with the International Consultant to Support the Secretariat for European Affairs and the Sector Working Group “Health” on Gender Mainstreaming;
  • Perform any other duty related to this ToR as assigned by the UN Women GEF Project Manager and Coordinator for Output 1, in agreement with the Head of Office.

Expected deliverables

 

Deliverables

Working  Days

Timeframe

1

Consult and coordinate with the GEF Project Manager and Head of Office in conducting an initial meeting with relevant SEA and/or representatives of the SWG on Health, including production of minutes of the meeting

1

Within 2 weeks of start of the consultancy

2

First (draft) Workplan of the consultancy, discussed with the GEF Coordinator for Output 1 and approved by the Project Manager

1

Within 2 weeks of start of the consultancy

3

Bi-monthly review and update of Workplan, list of Deliverables and tasks performed

2

No later than the end of every two months after contract signature.

4

Gender review of, and contribution to, strategic documents of importance for SEA/SWG on Health, in agreement with the UN Women Office in Skopje.

 

Guidelines on gender mainstreaming in the Health thematic area based on the recommendations from the gender gap analysis conducted by the international expert; notes of coordination with gender-responsive health initiatives

Up to 22

The deadline of submission for each assignment will be indicated with the instructions for each assignment.

5

Participation in, and contribution to, strategic meetings, consultations, training sessions, and similar in collaboration with SEA, the SWG on Health, IPA-related structures.

Up to 13

The deadline of submission for each assignment will be indicated with the instructions for each assignment.

6

Final report with indication of key achievements, deliverables, and recommended follow-up action.

1

Two weeks prior to the end of the contract

 

Total

40

 

 

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

Functional Competencies:

  • Proven record of advanced knowledge on gender equality/gender mainstreaming;
  • Excellent ability to review strategic documents from a gender perspective;
  • Proven research, analytical and report writing skills;
  • Excellent writing skills in English;
  • Ability to work in coordination with multiple stakeholders;
  • Ability to analytically review and consolidate documents from varying sources;
  • Ability to lead and coordinate teams;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Excellent analytical skills and strong writing and editing skill (Macedonian and English).

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree (minimum master’s degree or equivalent) in public health, medical studies, legal studies, health management, economics, gender studies, social sciences, development studies, or areas related or relevant to the requirements of the ToR;
  • University Degree (Bachelor’s degree / first level) with two additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of work experience in the areas of public health, health sector reform, development of secondary and tertiary healthcare, universal access to health services, e-health, health policy formulation, preventive care, modernization of healthcare systems, and related fields, including analytical and research experience;
  • A minimum of 3 years of engagement in gender analysis and gender mainstreaming at the level of policy development/review and programming in areas of public health, health sector reform, development of secondary and tertiary healthcare, gender-responsive health policy formulation, modernization of healthcare systems, occupational safety and health, mental health, and related fields;
  • At least 3 years of practical experience in donor-funded health sector reform/modernization projects in the EU (pre-)accession context that specifically address the gender dimension, including women’s health needs and rights, sexual and reproductive health, access to quality health care services, as well as accountability and participatory aspects;
  • Previous experience in EU approximation projects on gender-responsive health sector reform, development of secondary and tertiary healthcare, and modernization of healthcare systems in the countries of the Western Balkans, implemented in direct collaboration with government, will be considered an asset;
  • Experience  in coaching, facilitation and institutional capacity development on gender-responsive health care service provision with health care professionals and/or government, is considered an asset;
  • Previous experience with international development organizations, EU Delegations and/or the United Nations is considered an advantage.

Language requirement:

  • Fluency in Macedonian and English (written and spoken) required.

Other skills:

  • Good computer skills in the Windows environment, knowledge of internet communication and command of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Power Point), Zoom and MS Teams

Application Process

The application should include:

  • Filled UN Women Personal History Form (P-11 form) - including past experience in similar assignments; can be downloaded at https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-P11-Personal-History-Form.doc, a signed copy should be submitted.
  • Financial Proposal: Specify a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this Terms of Reference. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (per deliverable and any other possible costs as relevant);
  • Candidates should have the ability to quickly produce degree certificates and medical certification (of good health) for consideration of the consultancy post.

Recommended Presentation of Offer:

Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their application no later than the deadline indicated above:

  • A Letter of Confirmation of Interest including a brief description explaining why the individual considers her/himself as the most suitable for the assignment.
  • Completed and signed UN Women Personal History Form (P11) that can be downloaded at link:  UN Women Personal History Form (P11)  or https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment
  • Financial Proposal specifying the total lumpsum in US Dollars for the tasks specified in this assignment. Please ensure a USD daily rate is also included in the information on the financial proposal.

Note: The application will be considered incomplete if it does not include the Financial Proposal.

Please upload your application package in one single pdf/doc as the system allows only one attachment.

Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements (education/ years of experience and knowledge/language requirements) as presented below will not be considered for the assignment.

Management and financial arrangements

The consultant will report to and work under direct supervision of the UN Women GEF Project Manager and Output Coordinator for Result 1, in coordination with the UN Women Head of Office.

Payments will be made upon submission and approval of timesheets, and evaluation of the satisfactory performance by the direct supervisor upon approval of deliverables.

Evaluation process

Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

•           Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and

•           Having received the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.

Technical Evaluation – 70 points:

 

Evaluation Criteria

Max points

TECHNICAL EVALUATION (70%)

 

Language Requirements

Fluency in written and spoken Macedonian and English.

REQUIRED

Education

Advanced university degree (minimum master’s degree or equivalent) in public health, medical studies, legal studies, health management, economics, gender studies, social sciences, development studies, or areas related or relevant to the requirements of the ToR;

University Degree (Bachelor’s degree / first level) with two additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

10

 

 

Professional Experience

At least 5 years of work experience in the areas of public health, health sector reform, development of secondary and tertiary healthcare, universal access to health services, e-health, health policy formulation, preventive care, modernization of healthcare systems, and related fields, including analytical and research experience

10

 

 

A minimum of 3 years of engagement in gender analysis and gender mainstreaming at the level of policy development/review and programming in areas of public health, health sector reform, development of secondary and tertiary healthcare, gender-responsive health policy formulation, modernization of healthcare systems, occupational safety and health, mental health, and related fields

15

 

 

At least 3 years of practical experience in donor-funded health sector reform/modernization projects in the EU (pre-)accession context that specifically address the gender dimension, including women’s health needs and rights, sexual and reproductive health, access to quality health care services, as well as accountability and participatory aspects

15

 

 

Previous experience in EU approximation projects on gender-responsive health sector reform, development of secondary and tertiary healthcare, and modernization of healthcare systems in the countries of the Western Balkans, implemented in direct collaboration with government, will be considered an asset

10

 

Experience in coaching, facilitation and institutional capacity development on gender-responsive health care service provision with health care professionals and/or government, is considered an asset

5

 

Previous experience with international development organizations, EU Delegations, and/or the United Nations is considered an advantage

5

 

Total technical evaluation

70

 

Financial Evaluation – 30 points

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

The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:

p = 30 (µ/z)

Using the following values:

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

µ = price of the lowest priced proposal

z = price of the proposal being evaluated

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UN Women?has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.? All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

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