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 Senior Consultant – GRB Programme
 UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

 Location: New Delhi
 Last Date: August 25, 2011
 Email: jobs.india@unwomen.org (Reference: DevNetJobsIndia.org
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Date  of  Issue:    11 August  2011

Closing Date:       25 August 2011  

SSA Announcement No. UNWOMEN/SRO/2011/012 

Job Code Title            :    Senior Consultant – GRB Programme

Organization             :     UN Women – United Nations Entity for  

                                          Gender  Equality and the Empowerment of

                                          Women

Direct supervisor  :       DRPD, UNWOMEN SRO                                            

Duty Station           :       New Delhi

Type of Contract    :       SSA

No. of positions     :       One

Duration                   :      Six Months     

1.                   Background/Context

UN Women is a leading supporter of efforts towards ensuring that national planning, budgeting and monitoring and evaluation processes incorporate a gender perspective. UN Women's GRB programmes at cross regional, regional and country level have made significant contribution towards this by building political support, developing technical resources and capacity, generating good practices for improving women's access to services and increasing accountability to gender equality. The programmes have also launched partnerships with UN agencies and other development partners and resulted in increased support for GRB around the world. GRB initiatives supported by UN Women are continuously cited at high level policy forums and have been instrumental in building alliances with strategic stakeholders including the European Commission, OECD, UN agencies and the Commonwealth Secretariat among others.

UN Women's approach to GRB has focused on introducing strategic and sustainable changes into budgetary processes. This approach has been pursued by assisting governments to introduce measures for incorporating gender into their public finance management systems, and building the capacity of and officials to apply GRB to ensure that budget policies and outcomes are gender-responsive. This approach also emphasizes the importance of bringing gender equality advocates, parliamentarians and other stakeholders into the budgeting process.

UN Women's programming on GRB consists of a portfolio of cross-regional, regional and country level programmes. The cross-regional programmes on GRB were formulated with the vision that they would support piloting and knowledge building on GRB and generate approaches and lessons for mainstreaming gender in national budgeting processes. These cross regional programmes have set the foundation for expanded regional and country level programming on GRB.

The main regional programming is found in Latin America where UN WOMEN has been working in partnership with United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and CEPAL (with support from the government of Spain) to implement various projects to strengthen policy response to women's unpaid work and support women's role in participatory budgeting processes at local level. In recent years, CEE launched extensive GRB programming with a regional programme implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Moldova. In 2009, UN Women’s offices in Asia Pacific and Arab States convened in Bangkok to develop a coherent regional strategy for GRB. Finally, the Africa Region has issued the first draft of its regional GRB strategy. 

In India, Gender Budgeting has been recognized as an effective tool for women’s empowerment and addressing gender inequality. The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) adopted the mission statement of ‘Budgeting for Gender Equity’ in 2004-05 for universalizing Gender Budgeting both in the Centre and the States and developed a strategic framework of activities to implement this mission.  

UN Women has supported all GRB Initiatives of the Ministry of Women and Child Development since the beginning of GRB processes in the country. It has provided valuable resources for the GRB Handbook and Manual that the Ministry is going to launch in 2009. UN Women has also organized three regional workshops on CEDAW (Convention on Elimination of Discrimination against Women) and GRB for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and North Eastern regions, in close collaboration with the Ministry and civil society experts. 

Terms of Reference for Consultant: 

UN Women, South Asia Regional Office has received several requests for support for GRB. Many of these requests are critical for UN Women to be involved in. Support is needed for the GRB Unit to be able to respond to all these requests. This includes research support, support for trainings and support for administrative work. UN Women is seeking to engage two consultants for the same.  

The consultant will have the following responsibilities: 

Technical Support

  • Provide technical guidance to programme partners and staff in the implementation of GRB programmes within the region (cross regional, regional and national)
  • Identify and mobilize available technical expertise in support of GRB programmes
  • Design and implement capacity building activities for programme partners and staff and facilitate opportunities in the sub region
  • Support the application of GRB to address gender gaps within UN Women’s strategic priority areas (Poverty, VAW, HIV/AIDS, and Governance)

Knowledge and capacity development

  • Document approaches and lessons learnt through GRB initiatives and contribute to UN Women’s corporate forums on GRB
  • Facilitate and contribute to South-South knowledge sharing and dissemination within and beyond the sub region through meetings, publications etc.
  • Build and support a network of institutions and experts that are leading the GRB work within the region.
  • Ensure the visibility of the programme through contribution to UN Women reports and publications and relevant global, regional and sub regional meetings

Managerial:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Coordination – ability to support the sub regional programme and other UN Women GRB programmes in the sub region
  • Any other tasks assigned by the RPD/DRPD

2.       Deliverables

  • Submit monthly progress reports to Deputy Regional Programme Director
  • Provide inputs to other reporting mechanisms

3.       Time Frame

       October 2011 to March 2012

4.      The criteria for the selection of the consultant are as follows:

  • Masters degree in social sciences or equivalent
  • Deep understanding of gender issues and development challenges in the region
  • Specific expertise on gender responsive budgeting
  • Proven advocacy, analytical and writing skills
  • 5-10 years of relevant experience

5.      Language and Computer Skills: 

-       Excellent oral and writing skills in English

-       Excellent computer skills in MS Word, power point and Excel  

6.      Reporting Modality:  

Day to day reporting to the RPD & DRPD.  

7.      Financial Consideration: 

Payment would commensurate with experience and expertise of the consultant. Interested applicants are requested to submit their detailed Resume (not more than 4 pages), P11 form and covering letter along with the names of at least three professional referees. 

Interested applicants should apply for the vacancy, using the Personal History Form - P 11” and the latest CV.

Application to this vacancy should be sent to jobs.india@unwomen.org  

Please insert SSA Announcement Number in the Subject of the E-mail.  Applications without the SSA Number or with the incorrect SSA Number will not be accepted.

NOTE : Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

 

 

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