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International Consultant To Train Local Ngos On Monitoring Budget From A Gender Perspective

Location : home based, ALBANIA
Application Deadline :14-Apr-11
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :25 April – 31 May, 2011


For the past two years, UN Women has worked with national and local partners in strengthening democratic governance and promoting women’s human rights by supporting policy planning and budgeting processes to incorporate a gender perspective. UN Women has been supporting the incorporation of women’s voices and needs into local policy making and budgetary processes in selected municipalities. In this work, UN Women has developed broad partnerships with national and local government institutions and civil society organizations, and provided them with support to ensure the promotion of gender equality and the needs and priorities of women in policy and budgetary processes.
Taking into consideration existing opportunities, UN Women, has been working with several municipalities in Albania to pilot initiatives which aim at building evidence and understanding on the use of gender budgeting as a tool for achieving the implementation of gender equality commitments in Albania, particularly those under the National Strategy on Gender Equality and Domestic Violence, and the National Strategy on Social Protection. The long-term result of the initiative is the incorporation of gender equality priorities and perspectives into budgetary processes of Municipality leading to more gender-sensitive allocation of budgets, greater understanding and commitment of the need to address gender in policy development and implementation by Municipality staff and local civil society organizations. 
On the other side, the need for monitoring system at local level capable of capturing gender disaggregated data that will inform the planning and formulation of budgets at the local level has become critical. In the majority of the cases, there is no system at the local level that collects data that gender gaps can be identified and monitored. The development of such a system is important if budgets at local level are to address gender needs and issues. Parallel with the work that UN Women is doing to increase capacities of Local Government Units, encouraging civil society participation to take part in this process will increase transparency and improve the monitoring and evaluation of outcomes of government actions.
In this framework UN Women is developing capacities of the local NGOs in order for them to be able to use the monitoring tools to effectively monitor the integration of gender equality priorities into local-level policies and budgets. To support this work, UN Women is recruiting an international expert to conduct two-days training for local NGOs on how to monitor municipality budget and policies based on performance indicators with gender lenses.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working under the supervision of UN Women Albania Country Programme Manager and UN Women National Program Coordinator on GRB, the international expert will be tasked for the following:
1.     Prepare a two-day training for local NGOs on “How to improve the use of tools to monitor gender equality in policies and budgets”.
2.     Prepare all background materials and presentations required for the training and facilitate the two-day workshop, ensuring active participation of attendees.  Ensure that the following outputs are achieved at the training:
  • Good knowledge on local government policy and budget cycle.
  • Identification of the role that civil society organisations could play during the policy and budget cycle preparation and implementation.
  • Good knowledge of gender indicators that identify and measure gender gap. 
  • Idea for future work in the regions expressed by participants.
3.     Provide tools/evidence of capacity change resulting from the training such as initial capacity assessment etc, which in a way can measure if there any change in capacities happened as a result of the training.
4.     Prepare a report - in English and Albanian - on the consultancy, including suggestions to UN Women for future work in the area of strengthening civil society organizations to become budget watch dog organizations.


Core values:
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards. 
  • Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Core competencies:
  • GRB: Strong expertise in the application of gender responsive budgeting methodologies and gender mainstreaming. 
  • Policy and budget cycle at local level: Knowledge and expertise on policy and budgetary framework at local level.
  • Communication: Excellent communication skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations, both orally and in writing, in a clear and persuasive style tailored to match different audiences.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced University degree in Economics, International Law, Development Studies, and/or Gender Studies and/or International Relations, or related fields.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Previous training experience on public policies analysis and monitoring with gender perspective.
  • Experience with Adult learning cycle and participatory methods in trainings.
  • Knowledge on Local government policies and processes – including budgeting processes.
  • Knowledge on CEE region, local government policies would be an asset.
  • Experience with report writing.
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in gender work.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.
  • Strong analytical, writing and communication skills in English.
  • Good computer skills in Windows environment, knowledge of internet communications and command of MS Office applications (Power Point, Word, Excel).
  • Fluency in written and verbal English.
Application Procedure:
The application should contain:
  • Completed P11 form, which may be downloaded from the following website: http://www.unifem.sk/uploads/doc/P11.doc    
  • Kindly provide a short letter of interest including a price quotation indicating the lump sum (in USD) requested for the work envisaged in the description above.
UN Women and UNDP Albania apply fair and transparent selection process that would take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. UN Women and UNDP will provide a lump sum to cover costs of travel and accommodation to Albania, which will be released upon start of assignment.  The remaining payment will be made upon satisfactory completion of all tasks in the assignment, and submission and approval by UN Women and UNDP Albania of final report.
Due to large number of applicants, UN Women and UNDP Albania regret that it is unable to inform the unsuccessful candidates about the outcome or status of the recruitment process. Qualified members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Duration of Assignment :
8 working days within given period
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