Terms of Reference for Capacity building expert for conducting training on gender responsive budgeting for 5 Local Action Groups: LAG Plackovica, LAG Malesh-Pijanec, LAG Belasica-Ograzden, LAG Bojmija and LAG Aber-2015

Project title: Community Development Program (CDP)

Implementer: Rural Development Network of North Macedonia

Partners: LAG Plackovica, LAG Malesh-Pijanec, LAG Belasica-Ograzden, LAG Bojmija, LAG Aber-2015 and SEG Holding.

This project is implemented by the Rural Development Network of North Macedonia, with funding from the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Objective: To develop rural areas in the targeted regions of North Macedonia and engage local actors in the identification and prioritization of the real community needs to rely on their own resources to undertake socio-economic and environmental-friendly investments, with increased commitment from (local) public and private sector. The goal of CDP is to catalyze the development of less developed, rural communities in N. Macedonia (North-East, East, and South-East Planning Regions) through utilizing emerging cross-sector (public, private and civic sector) platforms represented also through 5 Local Action Groups: LAG Plackovica, LAG Malesh-Pijanec, LAG Belasica-Ograzden, LAG Bojmija, and LAG Aber-2015. This program is part of the Local Works initiative through which USAID is helping communities to drive their own development by creating their own programs and activities. Rather than follow the typical top-down approach of initiatives created outside communities, CDP stimulates locally led development by supporting Local Action Groups and other local leadership efforts to engage community members in the design and delivery of solutions to their challenges and seek local resources to develop rural areas.

Project Components:

Component 1: Networking and Empowerment – Enabling single-sector and cross-sector liaising and capacity building of local stakeholders for developing innovative actions for improvement of local community wellbeing.

Component 2: Mobilization of local resources for achieving sustainable locally-led development models – as a process of bringing together as many stakeholders as possible to raise people’s awareness of and demand for actions for community development and to assist in the delivery of resources and services while strengthening community participation for achieving sustainability and self-reliance.

Component 3: Outreach and transfer of knowledge – community outreach implies providing critical information and access to that information to the wider community and public to achieve a broad understanding of the community self-reliance approach and transfer of knowledge to all interested stakeholders.


The project activities take place in three planning regions of the country: East, North-East and South-East, through 5 Local Action Groups (LAGs), that include 18 municipalities, capitalizing on the established foundations of this interests-shared model of all involved parties.

Introduction to consultancy mission:

SEG Holding, as one of the CDP implementing partners, is responsible for realization of capacity building activities for the Local Action Groups and/or other relevant stakeholders in the targeted regions. During the Training Needs Assessment (TNA) of the LAGs, conducted within the CDP, one of the deficiencies present in all LAGs was the lack of knowledge on gender-responsive budgeting.  Namely, gender responsive budgeting is one of the required approaches in budget planning for achieving gender equitable allocation of funds that would contribute to achieving successful implementation of LAG strategies.  

Thus, the purpose of this Contract is to provide 1 training session for the participants from the target LAGs on gender-responsive budgeting in preparation of LAG strategies and in implementation of community development initiatives. By integrating gender-responsive budgeting into community development initiatives, LAGs can ensure that resources are allocated in a way that promotes gender equality, addresses the specific needs of women and girls, and leads to more inclusive and equitable development outcomes.

Scope of Work

The main responsibility of the Capacity building expert will be to conduct one-day training on a gender-responsive budgeting for the purpose of community development initiatives. Timeframe for implementation of the training: April 2023

The Capacity building expert will have total of 5 working days to prepare, implement and report on the training delivery. The person will be responsible for preparing a methodology for conducting the training, designed according to the needs of the participants. The content of the training should cover the following topics:

Gender-responsive budgeting training:

  • Introduction to Gender-responsive budgeting including national legal requirements: Definition, principles, and objectives of Gender-responsive budgeting.
  • Gender analysis: Understanding the gender dimensions of inequality and development, and the importance of conducting a gender analysis in the budgeting process
  • Budgeting for gender equality: Identifying the key elements of a gender-responsive budget, such as gender-sensitive planning, budgeting, and monitoring
  • Mainstreaming gender in the budget cycle: Examining how gender considerations can be integrated into different stages of the budget cycle, such as planning, formulation, execution, and evaluation.
  • Monitoring and evaluation: Examining the importance of monitoring and evaluating gender-responsive budgeting initiatives, including the use of gender-responsive indicators, performance measures, and evaluation methods.
  • Case studies and best practices: Examining case study and contexts to illustrate the challenges and opportunities of gender-responsive budgeting.

The Capacity building expert will receive support from the responsible person at SEG Holding during the process of preparation of the methodology, introduction to the needs of the participants, as well as during the implementation of the training.

Tasks to be performed by the Capacity building expert:

  • Development of work methodology for the training
  • Preparation of presentations (Power Point) that will remain available to the organization pertinent to the training
  • Preparation of working materials for the workshop participants for training
  • Conducting a one-day training
  • Preparation of report for training delivery

Required qualifications of the Capacity building expert:

  • At least Bachelor’s degree in law/economics/social sciences or related disciplines or at least 7 years of experience working with different sector entities in socio-economic development and/or rural development and/or regional/municipal development. Master’s degree will be considered an advantage.
  • At least 3 references in preparing/conducting/facilitating trainings/workshops/seminars with focus on gender justice/fiscal justice/gender-sensitive policies and researches.
  • Ability to plan, organize and communicate effectively and efficiently
  • Fluency in Macedonian and English language
  • Focus on timely fulfillment of assigned tasks


All interested candidates are required to submit:

  • professional biography (CV),
  • portfolio / list of clients / organizations which received the same / similar activities (e.g. training),
  • proposed brief methodology for the planned training and
  • financial offer form for training and respective days

The documents marked Call for hiring a Capacity building expert for conducting training on gender responsive budgeting, should be submitted by email to: contact@seg-holding.com, no later than 05.04.2023 until 12 p.m.

The applicants will be notified of the results of the call, electronically, no later than 5 days after the selection.

Criteria for selecting a Capacity building expert:

  • Experience – 70%
  • Financial offer – 30%

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