INTERNATIONAL GENDER EQUALITY EXPERT FOR DECENTRALIZATION REFORM (Joint ILDP/UNIFEM)

Vacancy Number: 144 /Pr-2010

Background

UNDP and UNIFEM SRO CIS (part of UN-Women) in partnership with the Government of Moldova (State Chancellery) with financial support from Sida are implementing a Joint Integrated Local Development Programme (Joint ILDP). The Joint ILDP was designed to improve the policy framework, as well as to support the administrative systems and procedures focused on efficient transfer of competencies to Local Public Administrations (LPAs), decentralization and promotion of LPAs’ role in decision making. It also helps in building the capacity of LPAs to plan, implement and monitor their strategic plans and improve local public service delivery, involving civil society and community efforts and participation.
In the framework of decentralization reform the Government has established the Parity Commission in order to assure the widest possible participatory process in elaboration of the decentralization strategy. Under the leadership of Parity Commission several Working Groups from representatives of the government and civil society will be established.
The main objective of the current assignment is to provide all the required advice to the State Chancellery, Parity Commission and Working groups in order to ensure proper consideration of gender equality issues and human rights principles in the process of decentralization reform.  

With an aim to effective implementation of this objective UNIFEM SRO CIS (part of UN-Women) is looking for qualified International expert on a short-term basis to enhance and support the Joint ILDP work on promoting GE & HRBA principles into the decentralization reform.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The selected expert will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Work closely with all Joint UNDP/UNIFEM ILDP consultants and HRBA team on mainstreaming GE in decentralization process.
  2. Undertake gender analysis of Joint ILDP studies (administrative-territorial division, administrative and fiscal decentralization, de-concentrated services) and provide recommendations on how to integrate GE and HR issues within the decentralization reform process;
  3. Conduct analysis of immediate and long-term effects of fiscal and administrative decentralization upon gender equality, non-discrimination and equal benefits for men and women;
  4. Ensure proper consideration of conclusions and recommendations of the study on vulnerable groups within the Joint ILDP studies on decentralization (on administrative-territorial structure, on administrative and fiscal decentralization, on de-concentrated services);
  5. Review existing sex-disaggregated indicators used by different governmental agencies and available in country and prepare the recommendations on gender responsive monitoring as part of the system of monitoring of decentralization process;
  6. Provide strategic and conceptual advice on GE and HR issues to the for Parity Commission and Working Groups established by the Government under the Decentralization reform.
  7. Undertake capacity assessment of State Chancellery, Parity Commission and Working Groups for decentralization reform. Based on the results of capacity needs assessment develop a short-term Plan on enhancement capacities of government officials on gender responsive decentralization policies.    
  8. Participate in all public and governmental discussions (round tables, seminars, conferences, etc.) relevant to the mainstreaming of gender in decentralization reform;
  9. Facilitate consultative discussions with relevant stakeholders, including civil society on promotion of gender equality in decentralization process, including consultations on priority needs and issues to be considered in the process of decentralization reform;
  10. Summarize (under the Report on policy activities - deliverable 4) the lessons learned in GE mainstreaming in decentralization reform and provide recommendations to JILDP on how to mainstream gender equality further under the implementation of the Action Plan (Road Map) for decentralization reform.

Terms of Reference

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences, Public Administration, Human Rights or related field

Experience

  • At least 5 years of international experience in gender equality
  • Track record in technical expertise in applying Human Rights Based Approach is an advantage
  • Experience in implementing donors programs related to Local Public Administration is an advantage
  • Experience with and understanding of international and national gender equality framework of relevance to Moldova 
  • Experience of writing comprehensive analytical reports
  • Experience of working with the inclusion of marginalized groups would be an asset.

Language and Other Skills:

  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of Romanian or Russian is an advantage
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools

 

Application Instructions

To apply, the prospective applicants should submit:

  1. P11 form (can be downloaded from http://www.unifem.org/attachments/about/employment/UNIFEM_personal_history_form_P11.doc)

  2. CV, outlining their relevant professional experience
  3. Cover letter, stating their interest in and qualifications for the consultancy.

Qualified women, persons with disabilities, and members of minority groups – including in particular Roma – are encouraged to apply.

The short-listed candidates only would be requested to submit a letter of interest including a price quotation indicating the lump sum (in USD or EUR) requested for the work envisaged in the section "Duties and Responsibilities".

Kindly send your applications with the mark “International Gender Expert for Decentralization Reform/UNIFEM Joint ILDP” by 13 August 2010, 17:00 (Moldova time) to the following address: UNDP Office, 131, 31 August 1989 Street, MD-2012, Chisinau, Moldova, alternatively by email to vacancies-moldova@undp.org