International consultant on Public Finance Management and Gender Responsive Budgeting

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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, the UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world.

The work of UN Women in Moldova is guided by its new Country Strategic Note 2023-2027, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Moldova (2023-2027), UN Women Global Strategic Plan, National Programs and Strategies and aims to contribute to the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Strategic Note focuses on four main areas: 1) Ending Violence against Women; 2) Women’s Leadership and Governance; 3) Women’s Economic empowerment and 4) Humanitarian and Peace development nexus and UN Coordination on Gender equality.

Based on the European Commission Implementing Decision on the Annual Action Plan in favour of the Republic of Moldova for 2022 NDICI-GEO-NEAR/2022/ACT-61535 EU4 Resilience and Governance, UN Women Moldova CO is implementing a four-year project (November 2023 – October 2027) under the name "Ending Violence, Expanding Livelihood Opportunities for Women and Accelerating Gender Governance in Moldova" (hereinafter EVOLVE4GE). The project is implemented in line with and in contribution to the Gender Action Plan III (GAP III) of European Commission " Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in External Action 2021–2025", adopted in November 2020, Country gender profile and its Country Level Implementation Plan – CLIP for the Republic of Moldova which aim to accelerate progress on empowering women and girls, and safeguard gains made on gender equality during the 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action . It will also support the Government to advance implementation of the gender equality commitments aligned with the EU candidacy status granted to the Republic of Moldova in June 2022.

The project builds on UN Women’s advocacy and past work in strengthening capacities for gender responsive governance, on the Country office best practices around women’s economic empowerment through business development and increased participation of women in sectors with high economic potential and high gender gap, as well as on lessons learned collected through the support provided to the Government in the development of integrated – survivor oriented – provision of assistance and establishment of specialist services for survivors of violence against women and girls.

The interventions will contribute directly to the implementation of the national priorities set the Government Programme on Gender Equality (2023-2027), The RoadMap for Economic Empowerment of Women, the National Programme on Ending Violence against Women (2023-2027), as well as to the gender responsive provisions of the Public Finance Management Strategy (2023-2030) and Public Administration (2023-2030).

The project, initiated in November 2023, and is funded from the European Union. Its overarching goal revolves around the following outcome: By 2027, women and girls actively contribute to and reap the rewards of enhanced gender-responsive policies, customized economic empowerment initiatives, and easily accessible quality essential services.

One of the anticipated results of the EVOLVE4GE project is the enhancement of the capacity of both Central and Local Government authorities to design and implement gender-responsive policies. To achieve this, the project aims to strengthen the capacity of central and local Gender Equality Mechanisms (GEMs); offer customized assistance to the Ministry of Finance and other central budget users to integrate gender considerations into public finance management; build the capacity of public oversight institutions to incorporate gender perspectives into oversight and audit practices; and by providing comprehensive support to Local Public Administration for piloting gender-responsive budgets.

In this framework, UN Women within EVOLVE4GE project seeks to contract a consultant (here and after “The Consultant”) to entail provision of multi-faceted, expertise to state institutions including but not limited to Ministry of Finance (MoF), Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MLSP), Ministry of Economic Development and Digitalisation (MEDD) and other sectoral ministries to enable institutionalized introduction of GRB in Moldova, and recommendations from the Public Expenditure and Finance Accountability Assessment (PEFA) supplementary assessment on gender - and in line with the newly adopted Public Finance Management Strategy (PFM) for 2023-2030 and SDG indicator 5.c.1.

Duties and Responsibilities

More specifically, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Conduct a comprehensive analysis aimed at identifying strategic entry points for Gender-Responsive Budgeting (GRB) within the framework of the new Public Financial Management (PFM) reform.
  • Develop guidelines for line ministries and establish a quality assurance mechanism involving the Ministry of Finance and other institutions coordinating gender equality efforts.
  • Practice developed guidelines and procedures for GRD policy planning and budgeting in specific selected ministries.
  • Develop methodology for GRB implementation for Budget Users and deliver trainings for budget users, based on the requirements in the budget circular.
  • Design and deliver comprehensive training sessions for budget users, ensuring alignment with the specifications outlined in the budget circular.
  • Provide technical support and mentoring to Ministry of Labour and Social Protection to apply GRB in the planning and execution of one budgetary programme, in line with the instructions from MoF.
  • Support the MLSP to develop a GRB progress reports using consolidated gender budgeting documentation (plans and performance reports) to identify alignment with National Gender policies.
  • Develop final report summarizing results (changes in capacities, key results achieved, lessons learned and recommendations)

Deliverables

Deliverable

Expected completion time (due day)

Detailed outline – work plan for the assignment.

April 15, 2024

Draft a set of actionable recommendations for the revision of policy, legislative, and operational documents, including budget instructions and circulars, to integrate gender considerations.

May 1, 2024

Set of guidelines and procedures for integrating GRB into the PFM system.

June 1, 2024

GRB progress reports using consolidated gender budgeting documentation (plans and performance reports) to identify alignment with National Gender policies

July 30, 2024

Detailed methodology for the implementation of GRB tailored specifically for Budget Users.

August 29, 2024

Training curriculum for budget users, encompassing presentations, agendas, handouts, pre- and post-evaluation materials, and a post-training report.

September 15, 2024

At least one budgetary programme as part of mentoring support offered to MoF or another ministry in applying GRB

November 20, 2024

Final report with specific information on the results achieved, challenges and opportunities

December 1, 2024

Consultant’s Workplace and Official Travel

This is a home-based consultancy, with the possibility of traveling to Moldova.

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

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment/application-process#_Values

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Shares knowledge and experience
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UN Women
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
  • Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills. Communicates sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies
  • Demonstrates very good understanding of and experience in communications and outreach/advocacy
  • 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

Leadership and Self-Management

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
  • Proven networking skills and ability to generate interest in UN Women’s mandate
  • Identifies opportunities and builds strong partnerships with clients and partners

Work in teams:

Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certification:

  • Master’s degree in public administration, social studies, development studies, gender studies and/or international relations, or any other degree relevant to the requirements of the TOR.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in gender responsive budgeting application either at the central or local level is required.
  • At least 2 years of experience in designing and delivering training and/or mentoring programmes on gender equality and gender mainstreaming in policy making and budgeting is required.
  • At least 2 years of experience in working on central government finance policies and processes – including medium-term budgeting program (MTBP), budgeting methodologies and approaches is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in drafting and writing policies, reports, or guidelines, preferably in the context of gender analysis, budgetary programs, or gender-responsive budgeting initiatives; (Samples of previous work will be required.)
  • Familiarity with country and regional context on gender equality is considered an asset.
  • Previous experience working with international organizations is considered an asset.

Languages:

  • Fluency in written and verbal English is required.
  • Knowledge of Romanian or Russian language is an asset.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND SUBMISSION PACKAGE

Interested candidates must submit via online submission system the following documents/ information to demonstrate their qualification:

Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment.

Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

The United Nations in Moldova is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply.

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