Context: The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK’s democracy assistance agency, working in partnership with political parties, parliaments and civil society organisations around the world to create more inclusive, accountable and transparent democratic systems. WFD strengthens the capacity of these key democratic institutions, helping ensure they have the systems, knowledge and skills to […]
Local consultant to support the review of gender plans in the Bangsamoro
WFD is looking for a local consultant to assist the Bangsamoro Women Commission (BWC) in Reviewing Gender Plans and Budgets for the various government agencies and officers in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)
The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK’s democracy assistance agency, working in partnership with political parties, parliaments and civil society organisations around the world to create more inclusive, accountable and transparent democratic systems. WFD strengthens the capacity of these key democratic institutions, helping ensure they have the systems, knowledge and skills to perform effectively. WFD also fosters improved democratic processes, bringing together individuals and institutions and encouraging them to work together to solve concrete problems, applying democratic values and principles.
WFD is leading on supporting democratic stability in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) through a programme with the UK Conflict Stability Security Funding (CSSF) managed by the Foreign and Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO). Recognising the establishment of the Bangsamoro Organic Law 2018 (BOL) being a key entry point for locally owned institutions and processes to develop and adopt inclusive and accountable practices, the programme is designed with the overall aim of supporting the implementation of BOL. The programme will support the establishment of BOL by strengthening locally owned institutions to become increasingly accountable, inclusive, and pluralistic.
The programme combines:
- Strengthening the Bangsamoro parliament as an institution and developing the expertise of its members and staff.
- Supporting more inclusive and responsive policy making by creating more opportunities for engagement between parliament, government, and civil society.
- Supporting Bangsamoro women as political leaders and politically active citizens to coalesce around shared objectives and agenda and to be equipped with the right expertise to identify and influence key policy and legislative change.
- Supporting the development of existing and fledging Bangsamoro political parties and brokering dialogue between them around the emerging rules of the game within the new system of governance.
WFD is working with the Bangsamoro Women Commission (BWC) to make gender and inclusion central to the transition process in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). As part of the wider programme, WFD is supporting BWC to review the Gender Plans and Budgets (GPBs) submitted by the various government offices within the BARMM with the end view of creating a practical guide to designing and drafting gender plans and budgets. This document will become a reference that BWC can use in the future to train GAD focal persons from the different government agencies and offices in the region.
In this context WFD is seeking to procure a local consultant to assist the BWC in reviewing and evaluating the GPBs that have been submitted to their office by their different LGUs, ministries, and other government offices in the BARMM. The local consultant has to be someone who is willing to work in Cotabato City and will:
- Work with BWC in drafting a detailed workplan for dividing up work with other individuals who will be involved in evaluating the GPBs;
- Review and assess individual GPBs (37 from the different regional ministries and offices; 116 from the different local government unites within BARMM) based on compliance with relevant provisions of Bangsamoro Autonomy Act No. 8 and BWC’s Memorandum Circular on Enhanced Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of the 2022 Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget (GPB) using tools/templates recommended by WFD GAD expert and agreed with BWC;
- Compare current GPBs of 37 regional ministries and offices with approved submissions made in the last financial year;
- Draft a report synthesizing common themes and misunderstandings from the GPBs and present these in a report to help develop a practical guide for designing and drafting GPBs; and
- Work with WFD’s GAD expert to develop and finalize the practical guide for designing and drafting GPBs for government agencies and offices.
Required skills and experience
- At least 8 years of experience in gender programming
- Experience working with government budgets (desirable)
- Familiarity with legal references for drafting departmental GPBs, such as the PCW-NEDA-DBM Joint Circular No. 2012-12 and relevant regional laws and memoranda
- Knowledge of BARMM government and parliamentary system
- Experience working with BARMM government departments/parliament (desirable)
- Working fluency in English
- Excellent communication skills and confident working with government stakeholders
- Creative problem solving and attention to detail
Renumeration for this contract will amount to Php 200,000.00 which will be downloaded to consultant’s account based on submission of deliverables, as such:
Upon contract signing, completion of due diligence process, and submission of detailed workplan
Upon reviewing at least 76 (50%) GPBs of ministries/offices and LGUs
Upon finishing review and assessment of all 153 GPBs and comparison notes between current and last year’s GPBs of 37 regional ministries and offices
Upon submission of first draft of the summary report
Upon submission of the final draft of the summary report and the practical guide to drafting GPBs for BARMM
July 05 – August 05, 2021
Please submit updated CV and a brief proposal to Eleanor.firstname.lastname@example.org by July 14, 2021
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