Two National Consultants for Gender Responsive Budgeting and Planning at Local Level

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 20 December 2022
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 06 January 2023
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Background

I. Organizational Context

UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of 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.

In Türkiye, in line with its global Strategic Plan 2022-2025 and Country Strategic Note (2022-2025), and the overall UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Turkey (UNSDCF) (2021-2025), UN Women works towards the overarching goal of “Women and girls including those at greatest risk of being left behind fully exercise their human rights, enjoy a life free from violence and discrimination, and lead, influence and benefit from sustainable and inclusive socioeconomic development towards the advancement of gender equality in Türkiye”. UN Women works in four thematic areas: (i) governance and participation in public life; (ii) women’s economic empowerment; (iii) ending violence against women and girls; and (iv) women, peace and security, humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction. In line with its coordination mandate, UN Women promotes coordination and coherence across the

UN system to enhance accountability and results for gender equality and women’s empowerment, including through joint programmatic and advocacy actions and initiatives, standardized tools and guidance and services to strengthen the relevant capacities of the UN system. In line with these goals, UN Women supports the application of gender responsive budgeting at the central and local level.

Gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) is a well-recognized strategy and powerful tool to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. It enables governments to effectively reduce gender inequalities through policies, plans and budgets that address equally the specific needs and priorities of women and men, including the most excluded. It improves the effectiveness of public spending and strengthens accountability by urging for the creation of transparent budgets. UN Women has spearheaded and supported GRB interventions in more than 75 countries and has recognized global, regional and country-level technical expertise in this area.

In Türkiye, in the past years, UN Women has partnered with the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) on GRB to integrate gender equality into the strategic plan, budget processes and ultimately to the budget of the TGNA. In addition, UN Women has supported the development of a pool of trainers on gender equality to increase the institutional capacity of the TGNA on gender equality as well as to increase the sustainability of the efforts on gender equality and GRB. At the local level, jointly with UNDP, it has supported the integration of gender perspective into strategic plans and budgets in selected municipalities and the establishment of specific units dedicated to the advancement of women’s rights.

Building on these initiatives, UN Women embarked on a three-year project “Implementing Gender-Responsive Planning and Budgeting in Türkiye” as of December 2020, funded by the European Union and the main beneficiary of which is the Ministry of Family and Social Services (MoFSS) - General Directorate on the Status of Women (GDSW) whereas the co-beneficiary is Presidency of Türkiye- Presidency of Strategy and Budget (PSB). The project aims to increase financing for GEWE through strategic partnerships, providing tailored technical assistance and guidance, and building institutional capacity and knowledge. It consists of three components: awareness raising for national and local authorities, capacity building for national and local authorities, capacity building for gender advocates and women’s groups. The Project is designed to support selected line Ministries as well as four selected pilot municipalities (Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, Eskisehir Metropolitan Municipality, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Edirne Municipality). The project is benefitting from international expertise and close linkages with UN Women’s Regional Programme “Transformative Financing for Gender Equality in the Western Balkans” as well as other relevant initiatives.

Under this project, UN Women will establish gender budget groups (GBGs) to monitor to what extent GEWE priorities are reflected in the plans and budgets in four pilot cities (Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Kocaeli, Edirne). It is aimed to form the GBGs under the Women Assemblies in the pilot cities which are established under Citizen’s Assemblies. Also, GBGs will be open to all women’s organizations in the mentioned cities that are interested in taking part in this structure. Technical capacities of the members of the GBS will be developed and a GRB Monitoring Guideline will be prepared for the GBGs to help them to monitor and oversee the gender impact of public investments. The GBGs are expected to monitor at least 2 institutional strategy / budget documents and to develop a monitoring report, which will include the review of a strategic plan / performance programme through GRB.

In this regard, UN Women is looking for two (2) National Consultants to provide substantive and technical support on establishing GBGs in the four pilot cities (Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Kocaeli, Edirne), capacity building activities for the GBGs, facilitating monitoring activities of the GBGs and developing monitoring report by each 4 GBGs.


Duties and Responsibilities

II. Functions

Within the scope of the assignment, under the supervision of the Programme Specialist – Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting, national consultants are expected to work closely with project staff and other national and international consultants.

Consultants will be mainly responsible for providing technical and substantive support to UN Women Türkiye Office to:

Establish Gender Budget Groups (GBGs) in four pilot cities (Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Kocaeli, Edirne) through indicatively 8 domestic travels and meetings (face to face and/or via online tools e.g. Zoom),Prepare candidate member lists for the GBGs for each pilot cities and select the full members of the GBGs,Organize at least 2 meetings for members of Women Assemblies in each of the 4 pilot cities,Organize trainings to the members of the GBGs in the 4 pilot cities to increase their monitoring capacity,Develop a GRB Monitoring Guideline for the GBGs,Support and guide the GBGs for the monitoring of at least 2 institutional strategy / budget documents,Support and guide the GBGs for preparing a quality and timely monitoring report, which will include the review of a strategic plan / performance programme through GRB (1 for each GBGs, 4 monitoring report in total) Facilitate dialogue meetings among central and/or local officials and GBGs in pilot citiesOrganize online/offline capacity development trainings, workshops, seminars and drafting training materials, pre and post- tests and training reportsDevelop communications and advocacy materials on GRB and its impacts on enhancing gender equality.

The Consultant is expected to provide services when required with advance notice from UN Women Türkiye Office.

The abovementioned tasks are indicative and subject to further detailing through specific service requests to be made by UN Women Türkiye Office during the course of the contract duration.

III. Deliverables and Payment Schedule

Duration of the assignment is from 01 February 2023 – 30 September 2023. The Consultant is expected to spend up to 75 working days on a non-consecutive basis throughout the assignment. The consultant will use his/her own equipment.

The Assignment will include quarterly reports on the ToR deliverables, which are defined in the specific service requests to be made by UN Women to the consultant, along with a time sheet.

Deliverable No

Activities/tasks

Output (Deliverable)

Work Days Up To

Target Deadline

1

Facilitate establishment of GBGs in four pilot cities (Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Kocaeli, Edirne) through indicatively 8 domestic travels and meetings (face to face and/or via online tools e.g. Zoom), prepare minutes and follow-up with the potential members of the GBGs.Provide support to select the members of the GBGs in the 4 pilot citiesParticipate in and organize at least 2 meetings for members of Women Assemblies in each of the 4 pilot cities,Prepare candidate member lists for GBGs for each pilot cities with consultation and dialogue with members of Women Assemblies in each of the 4 pilot cities and local CSOs

Activity Reports, Attendance Sheets, Meeting Minutes, Candidate Member Lists for GBGs in each pilot cities

20 working days

February 2023-

March 2023

2

Provide trainings to the members of the GBGs in the four pilot cities to increase their monitoring capacitySupport and guide, the GBGs for the monitoring of at least 2 institutional strategy / budget documents, organizing regular meetings with them, monitoring and reporting the processSupport and guide the GBGs for preparing a quality and timely monitoring report, which will include the review of a strategic plan / performance programme through GRB (1 for each GBGs, 4 monitoring report in total) Provide online/offline capacity development trainings, workshops, seminars and prepare training materials, pre and post- tests and training reports

Training Reports / Attendance Sheets, Meeting Minutes, training materials, GBGs Monitoring Reports, Pre-post tests

30 working days

April 2023-

June 2023

3

Develop a GRB Monitoring Guideline for the GBGs

Monitoring Guideline for the GBGs

10 working days

February 2023 -

April 2023

4

Facilitate dialogue meetings among central and/or local officials and Gender Budget Groups in pilot citiesPrepare final report about the work carried out, key observations and recommendations

Reports/Minutes

12 working days

February 2023 -September 2023

5

Participate in regular and ad hoc meetings organized by UN Women Türkiye and its partners both at the local, regional and global level;Provide the Programme Specialist with regular updates on the progress with implementation of the assignment; Provide technical inputs to communications and advocacy materials on informing the general public, stakeholders, national, local and online media on GRB and its impacts on enhancing gender equality;

Communications And Advocacy Materials/meeting minutes

3 working days

February 2023-

September 2023

Total

75 W/D

The mentioned number of working days has been estimated as being sufficient/feasible for the envisaged volume of work to be completed successfully and is proposed as a guideline for the duration of assignment. It cannot and shall not be used as criteria for completion of work/assignment. The provision of envisaged deliverables and submitted timesheets approved by the UN Women Programme Specialist shall be the only criteria for national consultants’ work being completed and eligible for payment/s.

National Consultant(s) shall be paid upon on a quarterly basis based on the quarterly report including the deliverables produced within that quarter in addition to the timesheet indicating the days allocated for the specific deliverables produced in that quarter. Payment shall be affected only if the quarterly report and the timesheet are submitted to and approved by the Programme Specialist.

During assignment’s related missions, the Consultants may use the facilities of the office (i.e. internet access, printing, copying, local phone calls, etc.). However, s/he is expected to use his/her own personal computer.

Travel:

UN Women Türkiye Office will cover the organization and the costs of the consultant’s travel as per UN Women’s rules and regulations. UN Women will not cover transportation cost including the taxi costs within duty station (permanent address in case of home based).

Mandatory Courses:

The Consultant shall complete all the mandatory and further required UN courses, training and modules on time. Their certificates shall be submitted to the Hiring Manager during the contract preparation process. Please note that the required training courses could vary based on contract content and duration, the nature of the work and inclusion of travel. Hence, the Consultant is obliged to follow the instructions of his/her Hiring Manager upon which training modules to complete and when to complete them.

IV. Key Performance Indicators

Timeliness, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered,Willingness to shares knowledge and experience,Demonstration of excellent written and oral communication skills and communicating sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies,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,Adherence to UN Women standards and rules.


Competencies

V. Competencies

Core Values:

Respect for DiversityIntegrityProfessionalism

Core Competencies:

Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender IssuesCreative Problem SolvingEffective CommunicationInclusive CollaborationStakeholder EngagementLeading by Example

Functional Competencies

Ability to communicate sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies;Work experience with public institutions on local and central levels;Knowledge of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues;Focuses on impact and results;Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

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

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

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.)


Required Skills and Experience

VI. Required Skills and Experience

Education

Master’s degree in economics, politics, gender studies, or a related field is required.

Skills and Experience

Minimum 5 years of demonstrated professional experience in the area of gender equality, or gender mainstreaming at national or local level is required;Minimum 1 year of experience in working with right-based civil society organizations or women’s organizations in Türkiye is required;Demonstrated experience and knowledge in gender responsive budgeting and/or public policy and/or budget monitoring is an asset;Previous professional experience with the United Nations is an asset.

Language Requirement

Fluency in English and Turkish (written and oral) is required.

VII. Application Procedure:

The following documents should be submitted as part of the application:

Cover letter to include a brief overview about which of your previous experiences makes you the most suitable candidate for the advertised position.P11 including past experience in similar assignments; can be downloaded at http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employmentFinancial proposal (with breakdown of fee on a per day basis. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount. Financial proposal to be sent via e-mail to turkey.procurement@unwomen.org indicating the name of the position applied in the subject line of the e-mail no later than the application deadline. Please see Annex I: Price Proposal Guideline and Template and Annex II: Price Proposal Submission Form.

When applying; the Cover Letter, CV and the signed P11 Form should be merged into one (1) single PDF document since the system will allow only to upload maximum one document. Therefore, please combine these forms and documents into one (1) single PDF document and upload them to the system.

As for the Financial Proposal, please send it separately via e-mail to turkey.procurement@unwomen.org indicating the name of the position applied in the subject line of the e-mail. Since it is to be submitted separately via e-mail, the Financial Proposal should not be uploaded to the system or be included in the merged PDF which shall consist of the applicant’s Cover Letter, CV and Signed P11 Form. Please make sure not to include the Financial Proposal in the merged PDF document.

Candidates should have the ability to quickly submit degree certificates , medical certification and any other requested document should they be short-listed in consideration of the consultancy post.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

VIII. Evaluation of Applicants

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 receives the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.

Total Points

Max. Points

Technical Evaluation (70%)

70

Master’s degree in politics, economy, gender studies, or a related field is required.

(Masters Degree – 10 pts, PhD – 15 pts)

15

Minimum 5 years of demonstrated professional experience in the area of gender equality or gender mainstreaming at national or local level;

(5 years – 10 pts, for 5-7 years – 15 points, 7+ years 20 points)

20

Minimum 1 year of experience in working with right-based civil society organizations or women’s organizations in Türkiye;

(1 year – 5 pts, for 1-5 years – 10 points, for 5+ years 15 points )

15

Demonstrated experience and knowledge in gender responsive budgeting and/or public policy and/or budget monitoring;

(0: without experience 10:Demonstrated experience

10

Previous professional experience with the United Nations is an asset.

(0: without experience 5:Demonstrated experience)

5

Fluency in English and Turkish (written and oral) is required.

5

Financial Evaluation (30%)

30

TOTAL

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