Inclusive Legislatures for Gender-Responsive Policies
CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST BY QUALIFIED EXPERTS AND CALL FOR PROPOSALS
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday 12th of July 2023
TYPE OF CONTRACT: Individual Contract
AREA OF EXPERTISE: GENDER RESPONSIVE BUDGETING
The Global Affairs Canada funded Inclusive Legislatures for Gender-Responsive Policies (ILGRP) project implemented in Ghana, Kenya and Togo aims at improving development outcomes and human rights. The project supports three partner parliaments and parliamentarians to consider the differential impacts of policies, laws, and budgets on the poorest and most marginalized populations, particularly women and girls. This project is a pioneer effort in providing support towards the strengthening of Parliaments on inclusiveness and gender equality issues. The implementing organizations are the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA) and Parliamentary Centre (PC).
As part of the implementation of the project in Ghana, a set of initiatives and activities have been planned with the aim of increasing capacities of legislatures to improve inclusive, gender sensitive, responsive law-making and budgeting. Consequently, the project is building a pool of experts who would support the implementation of these initiatives.
This is a call for Gender Budgeting Experts/Consultants who would like to work with the ILGRP Team in Ghana and Canada, to provide services towards enhancing the capacity of the Parliament of Ghana in the area of gender budgeting during the period July to September 2023.
The objective of the assignment is to enhance the capacity of MPs from target committees and the Women’s Caucus to initiate, debate, amend and pass inclusive and gender responsive budgets. Specifically, the successful consultant will:
● Provide training to Committees and Women’s Caucus on gender budgeting.
● Provide methodological support to parliamentary staff to conduct gender analysis of state budgets.
● Provide practical support to Committees and Women’s caucus in undertaking engagements with Women’s Rights groups and CSOs on state budgets.
Scope of Work:
Working closely with a Canadian/international consultant(s), the ILGRP Team in Ghana and Canada, the successful consultant will provide specific services/deliverables as described below.
A] Training sessions for committees and women's caucuses on what is gender budgeting and why gender budgeting (Activity 1211.5)
The consultant is expected to:
- In collaboration with the Canadian/international consultant will develop training materials and tools to train Committees and the women’s caucus of the Ghana Parliament on what gender budgeting is and why there is the need for it.
- Training with practical exercises on gender budgeting using at least one national budget current (or in development) to identify if the budget is gender sensitive/responsive.
- Training on “what is Gender budgeting and why gender budgeting” - Design and conduct training on the aforementioned topic.
- Conduct post training evaluation.
- Produce a work plan and a draft table of contents for the report on the training, to be submitted no later than two days following the signing of the contract.
- Produce a report on the training sessions to be submitted no later than 1 week following the training.
B] Technical training for parliamentary staff on how to conduct a gender analysis of state budgets (Activity 1211.6)
The consultant is expected to:
- In collaboration with the Canadian/International consultant, develop/ prepare training materials such as PPT, checklists/tools etc. for training parliamentary staff on how to conduct gender analysis of state budgets as well as identifying issues and key areas (gender sensitive).
- Design and conduct training sessions that will provide practical support to parliamentary staff on the aforementioned topic.
- Conduct end-of-training evaluations.
- Produce a work plan and a draft table of contents for reports on the trainings, to be submitted no later than two days following the signature of the contract.
- Produce reports on trainings for parliamentary staff on how to conduct gender analysis of state budgets and identify issues and key areas (gender sensitivity).
C] Methodological process developed on engagements with CSOs and WRGs on select draft laws, state budgets and oversight (Activity 1311.3)
The consultant is expected to:
- In collaboration with the Canadian/International consultant, develop a process guide for committees and women’s caucus that helps them in planning and carrying out engagements with CSOs and WRGs on select state budgets.
- Hold a practical session with MPs to explain the process guide and how it can be applied.
- Produce a draft outline of the process guide, to be submitted no later than two days following the signature of the contract.
Outputs and Deliverables:
1. Training sessions for committees and women’s caucus with CSOs/WRG participation
2. Training sessions for parliamentary staff
3. Training materials (PPT and related documentation for training) – for each training
4. Templates/Checklists on gender analysis of state budgets
5. Training reports including activity evaluations per training
6. Process guide on engagement with CSOs and WRGs
7. Practice session with MPs using the process guide
Duration of assignment:
The consultant is expected to provide short term services for a few days/hours at a time not more than LOE 4.5 days (35.40 Hours) between July and September 2023.
Required qualifications and experience:
▪ University degree, Masters/and or a doctorate in social sciences, law, Public Affairs or Politics or related fields.
▪ Demonstrate a solid knowledge of gender and inclusion issues in Ghana and gender budgeting in particular;
▪ Demonstrate a solid knowledge of the parliamentary processes and the legislative process in particular;
▪ Have analytical skills and good ability to dialogue;
▪ Demonstrate a strong capacity for team management, workshop facilitation/training and work in a multi-stakeholder and multicultural context;
▪ Have proven communication skills (oral and written);
▪ Experience working with the Parliament would be an asset.
▪ Have very good writing and communication skills;
▪ Ability to analyze and synthesize;
▪ Meet commitments;
▪ Capacity for innovation;
▪ Good team spirit;
▪ Sense of responsibility;
▪ Assume all responsibilities and honor commitments;
▪ Compliance with professional technical standards and quality;
▪ Be immediately available.
Application file: Applications must include:
▪ A letter of application addressed to ACEPA;
▪ An updated copy of curriculum vitae (CV);
▪ A financial offer (daily rate);
Applications must be sent by email with the mention " GENDER RESPONSIVE BUDGETING” The application file must be sent no later than 12th July 2023 at 17:00 GMT to the following address:
NB: Females are strongly encouraged to apply