Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the assignment
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO - Caribbean Representative, the Gender Responsive Budgeting Expert will spearhead the conduct of a fiscal space analysis for the provision of universal day care services specifically for children age zero to three in St. Lucia. The analysis should include the following:
- Documentation and analysis of budgetary allocations and expenditures on public day care and pre-primary education;
- An assessment of the capacity of public day care centres to meet current and future demand;
- An assessment of the accessibility and affordability of childcare services provided by both the public and private sector;
- Recommendation of at least three models for providing universal access to day care services for children ages zero to three;
- Unit costs for the provision of the ideal full-day model for providing day care services; and a half-day model;
- Scenarios which should include (1) Minimum Cost for the ideal full-day universal provision for day care services; (2) Expansion through half-day programmes and full day programmes for the socially vulnerable; and (3) Expansion through half-day programmes.
Scope of Work and Deliverables
The Gender Responsive Budgeting Expert is expected to travel to St. Lucia (if not domiciled in this country) for the full duration of the consultancy; and deliver the following results:
- Document outlining study methodology and approach (May 2020);
- Documentation and analysis of budgetary allocations and expenditures on public day care and pre-primary education. (May 2020);
- Assessment of the capacity of public day care centres to meet current and future demand (May 2020 – June 2020);
- Assessment of the capacity of accessibility and affordability of childcare services provided by both the public and private sector (May 2020 – June 2020);
- Recommendation of at least three models (universal full day model; half-day model; half-day model and full day for socially vulnerable populations) for providing universal access to day care services for children age zero to three. (June 2020 – July 2020);
- Unit costs for the provision of the ideal full-day model for providing day care services; and a half-day model. (July 2020 – August 2020);
- Scenarios, which should include (1) Minimum Cost for the ideal full-day universal provision for day care services; (2) Expansion through half-day programmes and full day programmes for the socially vulnerable; and (3) Expansion through half-day programmes. (September 2020 – October 2020);
- Report “Fiscal Space Analysis for the Provision of Universal Access to Day Care Services for Children Age Zero to Three in St. Lucia” (October 2020);
- Preparation and delivery of presentation of findings during a National Dissemination Meeting (November 2020).
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO-Caribbean Representative, with direct reporting to UN Women Programme Specialist for Economic Empowerment and Statistics.
Core Values / Guiding Principles:
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example.
- Strong gender responsive budgeting, economic analysis, social research and analytical skills;
- Excellent written and oral communications skills including the conveying complex concepts and recommendations, in a clear and persuasive style tailored to match different audiences;
- Ability to interact independently as part of a team;
- Ability to multi-task and operate effectively in stressful situations.
Required Skills and Experience
The Gender Responsive Budgeting Expert should meet the following criteria:
Required skills and experience:
The Gender Responsive Budgeting Expert should herself/himself meet the following criteria:
- A Master’s Degree in any of the following areas: Economics, Econometrics, Public Policy, Social Policy.
- At least five years’ experience as a gender responsive budgeting professional is required;
- At least three years’ experience undertaking economic forecasting and modelling is required;
- At least five years’ experience working on gender equality and/or human rights is required;
- At least three years’ experience working within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is an asset but not required.
- Fluency in oral and written English is required.
- Minimum of three client references that include the name of the contact person, title and contact information.
- The consultancy fee will be negotiated before contracting. Each payment will be based on a predefined and formal agreement between UN Women and the consultant and will be disbursed based on satisfactory completion of agreed deliverables.
Hardware, Software and Communication:
- The consultant must be equipped with a fully-functional laptop, which must run at least Windows 7. The consultant must be reasonably accessible by email and telephone (preferably mobile). The use of reliable, internet-based telecommunications application software (Skype or equivalent) is required.
Location and Duration:
- The consultancy will be home based with travel to St. Lucia, if the consultant is not domiciled in this country. Fees related to travel should be included in the proposed renumeration;
- The consultant will be engaged for a maximum of 40 working days during the period 1 May 2020 – 30 November 2020.
- Interviews will be conducted with the shortlisted applicants;
- The consultant contracted will be required to sign a statement of confidentiality and freedom from any conflict of interest with potential future contractors with respect to the TORs and work that they will be delivering;
- The consultant should submit, along with his/her application, the curriculum vitae of team member
Application Deadline : 28-Feb-20 (Midnight New York, USA)