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. Placing women’s rights at the centre of its efforts, UN Women is mandated to lead and coordinate United Nations’ system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming are translated into action. It is also mandated to provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a UN mandate, a GoT goal, and a programming principle for development assistance within the UNDAP II (2017-2020). The UN Women Tanzania Country Programme is part of the United Nations Delivering as One and included as part of the UN Development Assistance Programme, (UNDAP) II (2016-2021) Outcome area Democratic Governance, Human Rights and Gender Equality “National governance is more effective, transparent, accountable and inclusive”, the UN Women Tanzania, Country Strategic Framework 2017-2021, CEDAW, SDGs and other regional commitments. As a step towards implementing partnership between LGAs on increased financing for gender equality UN Women intends to enhance the technical and operational capacities of relevant government ministries, department and agencies in Tanzania, on systematically integrating gender- relevant considerations into the diagnosis, planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and performance evaluation in the selected LGAs. This is directly in line with Tanzania Five Year Development Plan II (FYDP II 2016- 2016-2021) objectives viii and xi “to emphasize the role of local actors in planning and implementation; and to assimilate global and regional solidarity agreements, specifically SDGs with the aim of mainstreaming them into the national development planning and implementation frameworks”. Gender responsive planning and budgeting is central for the achievement of SGDs goal 5” Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women”
UN women partnership with KOICA and UNESCO, aim to strengthen LGAs capacities and accountability on GEWE in Sengerema, Kasulu, Ngorongoro in Mainland and Mkoani in Pemba to develop gender responsive plans and allocating resources with a focus on water and sanitation. This intervention forms part of the UN Women and UNFPA global Joint Programme on “Empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Women through Education”. It is also aligned with KOICA’s Better Life for Girls’ Initiative to support better life for girls through provision of health and education.
Financing new and existing commitments on gender equality is central to implementing and achieving all sustainable development goals including all successive international and regional agreements and policies on GEWE. UN Women spearheaded Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) links gender equality commitments with planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation systems; through providing technical support and capacity development of national and sub national partners tasked with planning and budgeting (ministries of finance, planning, line ministries &LGAs), including national women’s machineries, as well as civil society and parliamentarians’ role to ensure adequate funding and actions in favor of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Financing water and sanitation infrastructure for schools provides and enabling environment for educational attainment of adolescent girls and young women and unlock the persistent political, social and economic inequalities; enable them to achieve their full potential; enjoy their right to education and achieve gender equality and empowerment of women.
LGAs have key responsibilities in preparing and developing of short, medium and long term LGAs development plans, and programming those plans for the government and following up and monitoring projects. The approach to build transformed governance structures and mechanisms that are more responsive to empowering the adolescent girls and young women require to conduct a GRB needs assessment to identify the existing situation in those districts and identify remedies to strengthen capacity, coordination and cooperation to facilitate formulation of gender-responsive policies, legislations and budgets that would enable developing girls and young women friendly education environment.
In this context, UN Women seeks the services of a qualified, experienced gender expert /consultant to undertake a GRB capacity needs assessment and GRB training for LGAs actors. The GRB needs assessment will involve a mission to the four districts, desk review and selected individual and focus group interviews. This will be followed by a tailor-made training/capacity development aimed at building awareness and practical skills for Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting on water and sanitation in Sengerema, Kasulu, Ngorongoro and Mkoani in Pemba.