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National Consultant to conduct Trainings on Gender Mainstreaming in Processes within the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance

Skopje

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Skopje
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-11

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 Sweden-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 Programme Presence Office in North Macedonia (hereinafter the Office) is seeking the services of a national consultant to conduct basic and advanced Gender Mainstreaming in IPA trainings to IPA structures staff in line ministries and other relevant institutions, based on the training packages for basic and advanced level trainings developed by the International Consultant to prepare Gender Mainstreaming in IPA Training Methodology and Training Modules for Basic and Advanced Levels Trainings, and conduct the Gender Mainstreaming in IPA Trainings. The trainings will be delivered in collaboration with an International Consultant.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the GEF Project Manager, and direct guidance and supervision of the GEF Coordinator for Output 1, in coordination with the SEA Training Center, and in collaboration with an International Consultant, the National Consultant will implement the following:

•    Coordinate closely with the UN Women GEF Project Team and Coordinator for Output 1, SEA, and the SEA Training Center;•    Support the development of a Concept Note, Methodology and Agenda for the basic-level and advanced- level/Training of Trainers on gender mainstreaming in IPA trainings, in collaboration with the International Consultant;•    Support the development of the training materials (extracts, guidance, toolkits…) for the basic-level and advanced-level/Training of Trainers Gender Mainstreaming in IPA trainings, in collaboration with the International Consultant and in consultation with GEF team;•    Organize 3 basic-level and 1 advanced-level/Training of Trainers on Gender Mainstreaming in IPA trainings, in close cooperation with SEA and the International Consultant, and in consultation with GEF team;•    Conduct 3 basic-level and 1 advanced-level/Training of Trainers Gender Mainstreaming in IPA trainings, in collaboration with the International Consultant;•    After each training, support the International Consultant to produce a Training Report, with inclusion of pre and post training assessment and its analysis;•    Submit a Final Report to UN Women Programme Presence Office in North Macedonia

Expected deliverables

Deliverables

Indicative Days

Timeframe

  1. Inputs to the Concept Note, Methodology and Agenda for the basic-level and advanced-level Gender Mainstreaming in IPA Trainings finalized, approved by UN Women Programme Presence Office in North Macedonia

2

30 September 2022

  1. Inputs to the Training materials, in line with the approved Training Methodology, for the basic-level and advanced-level/Training of Trainers Gender Mainstreaming in IPA Trainings, approved by UN Women Programme Presence Office in North Macedonia

5

14 October 2022

  1. 4 trainings in total conducted (3 basic-level and 1 advanced-level/Training of Trainers on Gender Mainstreaming in IPA Trainings): training reports after each of the trainings, list of participants, pre and post training assessment and its analysis, in collaboration with the International Consultant, submitted, and approved by UN Women Programme Presence Office in North Macedonia

12

12 December 2022

  1. Final Report for the activity, submitted and approved by UN Women Programme Presence Office in North Macedonia

1

15 December 2022

Total

20

 

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;
  • Excellent ability to review strategic documents from 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 (to be assessed based on sample/s submitted).

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s 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

  • Advanced academic degree (minimum Master’s) in Gender/Women’s Studies, Development Studies, EU Studies, Law, Public Administration, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, or related fields;
  • University Degree (Bachelor’s degree / first level) with a combination of two additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience in gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment or any related field, including analytical and research experience;
  • At least 3 years of experience in delivering trainings related to gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment or any related field, to public administration, at central and local level, civil society, international organizations, etc.;
  • Experience in IPA and IPA related processes, working with national structures on EU pre/accession, including sector working groups and other sector mechanisms, and related relevant EU pre/accession processes, is considered an asset;
  • Substantive proven practical experience in designing and implementing trainings, training modules, training methodologies, curricula, and other training materials;
  • Excellent analytical, facilitation and communications skills and ability to synthesize information.

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 http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment, 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);
  • Sample of similar documents authored or co-authored by the candidate.
  • 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:

Note: The application will be considered incomplete, if it does not include the Financial Proposal and Copies/reference to examples of relevant/similar information materials, kits, guidelines, knowledge products, tools etc. prepared/authored in the past.

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

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

  1. 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.

Payment will be disbursed in two installments: 35% after accomplishment of deliverables no. 1-2, and 65% at the end of the assignment upon submission of all deliverables, and approval and certification by UN Women North Macedonia that the services have been satisfactorily performed.

  1. 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 English

REQUIRED

Education

Advanced academic degree (minimum Master’s) in Gender/Women’s Studies, Development Studies, EU Studies, Law, Public Administration, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, or related fields;

 

University Degree (Bachelor’s degree / first level) with a combination of 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 experience in gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment or any related field, including analytical and research experience

20

 

 

At least 3 years of experience in delivering trainings related to gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment or any related field, to public administration, at central and local level, civil society, international organizations, etc.

15

 

 

Experience in IPA and IPA related processes, working with national structures on EU pre/accession, including sector working groups and other sector mechanisms, and related relevant EU pre/accession processes, is considered an asset

10

 

 

Substantive proven practical experience in designing and implementing trainings, training modules, training methodologies, curricula, and other training materials

10

 

 

Excellent analytical, facilitation and communications skills and ability to synthesize information

5

 

Total technical

 

 

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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