International Consultant on Technical Support to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade on Gender-Responsive Official Development Assistance – Kyiv

Application closing date: 2 June 2019

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.

The Ukrainian Constitution, policy and legal frameworks guarantee equality for men and women in Ukraine in all sectors. The country adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), joined the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action (BPfA) of the 4th World Conference for Women (1995) and ratified the main international instruments on gender equality and women’s rights, including the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its Optional Protocol.

UN Women in partnership with the Office of the Deputy-Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration (DPM) launched the project “Enhancing accountability for gender equality and women’s empowerment in national reforms, peace and security” (referred to as Reforms Project hereafter) with the goal to support the Government in achieving transformative results in Ukraine by integrating gender equality and women’s human rights commitments into the national reforms and the peace and security processes, and by putting mechanisms in place for adequate financing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

The efforts on increasing aid effectiveness have made clear that reform of aid management systems should translate into enhanced performance and results for development and gender equality. The Paris Declaration for Aid Effectiveness (2005), Accra Agenda for Action (2008), and Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (2011), as well as subsequent meetings and actions have clearly articulated the need for gender responsive ODA and acceleration and deepening of the implementation of the national priorities through gender responsive budgeting.

In 2012-2013, UN Women with support from European Commission, conducted a baseline study Gender Analysis of Official Development Assistance to Ukraine. The baseline contributed to enriching the knowledge and subsequent efforts related to gender-responsive ODA in Ukraine and regular mapping of gender equality commitments in the Official Development Assistance and creating an online Gender Equality Dashboard in Ukraine. The Government has demonstrated the commitment to gender-responsive ODA through the Gender Donor Coordination Group, led by Deputy-Prime Minister for EU and Euro-Atlantic Integration.

Aimed at contributing to the increased volume and effective use of aid to implement national commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment, UN Women Reforms Project is working with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade on introducing systems for tracking the allocations for gender equality in the ODA. UN Women will provide policy advice and technical support to the Government on establishing international standards of data generation; establish systems for evidence generation on gender financing gaps; thereby, establish systems to ensure the quality, volume and sustainability of the ODA that corresponds to the gender equality commitments related to national priorities in compliance with the Addis Ababa Action Plan. The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade will also be supported in using Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Gender Equality Policy Marker for a systematic approach to track the gender-responsiveness of ODA. Given the importance of DAC gender equality policy marker as a key monitoring and accountability tool in the context of 2030 Agenda, the gender equality tracking system will also enable the Government of Ukraine to strengthen the monitoring of progress on SDG Agenda 2030.

As outlined above, UN Women seeks to hire an International Consultant in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MoEDT) to undertake gender analysis of the ODA and introduce OECD-DAC Gender Equality Policy Marker for ODA tracking. The international consultant is expected to work in collaboration with a national consultant to be recruited by UN Women, and work closely with the MoEDT focal point during the entire assignment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Representative of UN Women in Ukraine and the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, the International Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • In cooperation with and with support of the national consultant, hired by UN Women, finetune the methodology, and workplan for the assignment (2 days) – by 25 June 2019;
  • In cooperation with and with support of the national consultant, hired by UN Women, prepare a report based on the desk-review/gender analysis of ODA in Ukraine in relation to Ukraine’s national gender equality commitments (using the donor dashboard), which will be aimed at assessing the following (11 days) – by 30 July 2019:
  • The volume of aid to implement national commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • The extent to which the national gender specific priorities of Ukraine are addressed through donor financing
  • The extent to which gender is integrated and prioritised in donors’ development assistance frameworks;
  • The extent to which gender indicators are included in performance assessments/joint reviews carried out by donors (including assessment of implementation of gender national action plans);
  • The extent to which gender is included in Joint reviews, TORs/reports and Performance Assessment Framework (PAFs) during the implementation of the programme;
  • The extent to which gender responsive aid is prioritized in ODA budget support, including the level of participation and decision-making entrusted to the gender equality experts in donor conferences on financing;
  • The extent to which gender expertise is utilized by bilateral and multilateral donors for the design or review of CSPs, PAFs, joint needs assessments, evaluations and joint reviews (incorporated after the first mission to Ukraine).
  1. Undertake a field mission to Ukraine to hold consultations and interviews with the key stakeholders (Parliament, Government (DPM Office, MoEDT, Ministry of Social Policy), donors, international development partners and CSOs) to assess to which extent gender expertise is utilized by bilateral and multilateral donors for the design or review of CSPs, PAFs, joint needs assessments, evaluations and joint reviews and to identify needs and entry points for establishing a monitoring system for gender-responsive finance tracking and reporting. The mission and consultations will be organized with the support and participation of the national consultant, hired by UN Women (5 days including travel) – by 12 September 2019;
  2. In cooperation with and with support of the national consultant, hired by UN Women, develop a locally adapted methodology, guidance and monitoring system for gender-responsive finance tracking and reporting on ODA using OECD-DAC gender markers (in coordination with the DPM Office and the MoEDT and with consultations and peer review of the draft methodology by OECD-DAC experts on gender marker) (13 days) – by 9 October 2019;
  3. Undertake the second mission to present and discuss the draft findings and recommendations at a multi-stakeholder workshop. The mission and consultations will be organized with the support and participation of the national consultant, hired by UN Women (4 days including travel) – by 18 October 2019;
  4. In cooperation with and with support of the national consultant, hired by UN Women, design a roadmap and training manual to conduct training with the selected ministries’ staff on gender sensitive finance tracking of the ODA (10 days) – by 8 November 2019;
  5. Undertake the third field mission to conduct the training. The mission and training will be organized with the support and participation of the national consultant, hired by UN Women (5 days including travel) – by 22 November 2019.

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications/Education:

Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Gender Studies, Development Studies, International Law, International Relations, Public Policy and Administration, and other related fields.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the field of gender responsive budgeting (GRB), gender and M&E, gender and organizational development, and other related fields;
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of international best practices, tools and methodologies on GRB, gender-responsive tracking of the ODA and gender markers, gender and M&E, gender and organizational development;
  • Proven track record of developing methodologies and tools for GRB, gender-responsive tracking of the ODA and gender markers, gender and M&E, gender and organizational development and leading trainings and workshops with national governmental institutions;
  • Proven experience with conducting a gender analysis and gender studies and preparing reports for national governmental institutions;
  • Advanced understanding of gender equality and women’s human rights;

Languages and other skills:

  • Fluent in English; knowledge of Russian or Ukrainian is an asset.
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email.

Chief Representative, BIS Representative Office for the Americas

Office location: Mexico City
Department: Office for the Americas
Unit:
Service:
Employment – Duration: 5 years
Contract type: Fixed-term
FTE%: 100%
Application Deadline: 09/06/2019

Purpose of the job:

Represents the BIS in central bank cooperation in the Americas with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean by ensuring that the BIS proactively identifies and responds to the needs of central banks in the region. Contributes to the BIS’s strategic planning and management in close association with the members of the Executive Committee (ExCo). Oversees the effective functioning of the Representative Office.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Proactively identifies and organises an appropriate response to the changing needs and demands of the region’s central banks.
  • In line with the overall direction of the BIS, and in agreement with the General Manager, formulates and implements a long-term strategy for the development of relationships and strengthened collaboration with central banks and financial organisations in the region.
  • Initiates and coordinates activities, including ensuring that they are adequately resourced, across all BIS departments, in support of projects and strategic activities in the Americas.
  • Manages the effective running of the BIS Representative Office for the Americas. In this respect, promotes BIS activities and publications in the region and actively supports BIS banking operations and services in the region, in particular through the operation of a trading floor in the office, and regularly reports on these activities to Head Office in Basel and the secretariat for the Consultative Council for the Americas (CCA).
  • Represents the BIS in contacts with central banks and at conferences hosted by the BIS in the region.
  • Oversees the provision of the secretariat for the Consultative Council for the Americas (CCA).
  • Provides timely and relevant information to Head Office on financial, economic and political developments in the region.
  • Asserts and protects the special privileges, exemptions and immunities of the Bank, its staff, premises, records and facilities.
  • Supports effective coordination of the Representative Office’s activities with those managed from Head Office.

Relationships and representation

  • Ensures the establishment and maintenance of contacts at the highest level with central banks, governments, financial institutions and organisations, in both the public and private sectors, and with officials who are relevant to achieving the BIS’s objectives in the region.
  • Represents the BIS, or ensures that it is represented, at all relevant events in the region.

Staff responsibilities

  • Oversees, motivates and develops the Representative Office staff in close collaboration with the department heads.
  • Supports the implementation of individual staff measures by making proposals in connection with recruitment, transfers, promotions and disciplinary measures.
  • Contributes to staff performance review discussions.
  • Promotes an efficient workflow in the area of responsibility.

Qualification and work experience:

  • MA/MSc or PhD in economics, finance or business, or equivalent qualification from a university of international standing
  • At least 15 years of experience and a clear record of achievement in a visible, senior executive position within a central bank, international financial organisation, leading research institution or private sector financial services organisation
  • Extensive track record of interacting with Governors of central banks and/or executives of international financial organisations
  • Experience in a top-level representative role working across institutions and/or regions

Skills:

  • Excellent understanding of the parameters surrounding supranational and central banking institutions
  • In-depth knowledge of the Americas market
  • Analytical, managerial and leadership skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Fluency in English and in Spanish; knowledge of an additional language or the willingness to learn one is a plus

The BIS is fully committed to equal opportunity employment and strives for diversity among its staff.

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