The Government of Zimbabwe is committed to promoting gender equality and womens empowerment programs as enshrined in the new Constitution. The economic blue print Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZIM Asset) 2013 2018 has a specific cluster result area on Gender and Development and the expected outcome is gender equality and equity. Zim Asset integrates GBV, womens economic empowerment and womens participation in political and decision making. In addition the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF 2012 -2015) has a standalone outcome on gender equality and the draft ZUNDAF 2016 2020 also has a standalone outcome on gender equality. Gender mainstreaming, including gender responsive budgeting, is a priority for the Government of Zimbabwe To further demonstrate its commitment to the advancement of womens rights and gender equality, the Government of Zimbabwe is party to several international, regional and sub-regional human rights instruments that protect and promote womens rights. It has chosen Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3 on promoting gender equality and empowering women as one of its three MDG national priorities, reflecting this choice throughout various national policy frameworks developed to guide the countrys economic growth and development process. The Post-2015 Sustainable development agenda has a standalone goal on gender equality and Zimbabwe has accepted the standalone goal. Zimbabwe has a national Gender Machinery (NGM) which includes the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and community Development (MWAGCD) which is supported, among others, by Gender Focal Points (GFPs) at the director level or above in all government departments; and the Womens Parliamentary Caucus whose mandate is to promote the gender agenda in Parliament. However, gender equality and womens empowerment commitments are much underfunded, which hampers national programming and coordination on the governments commitments on gender equality and womens empowerment. The Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development (MWAGCD) has the Government mandate to promote and lead womens empowerment and gender equality in Zimbabwe, through national coordination, accounting, tracking and evaluation, including leading the national reporting on CEDAW and other regional and international commitments on gender equality and womens empowerment. However their role is limited by the lack of adequate data on the situation of women and gender equality and inadequate capacity in collecting, analysing and disseminating data to relevant stakeholders and the public. It is against this background that the Joint Programme on Gender Equality has been developed. The JPGE has been developed within the framework of the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Framework (ZUNDAF) 2012-2015, which is aligned to government priorities on womens empowerment and gender equality in ZUNDAF Outcome 7.1 . Specifically, to support the Government of Zimbabwe, this joint programme focuses on:
(1) Combatting all forms of gender-based violence;
(2) womens participation in politics and decision-making;
(3) womens economic empowerment and working conditions, and
(4) national accountability on gender equality and womens empowerment. It is under the national accountability on gender equality and womens empowerment that the Joint Program seeks to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community to develop a national monitoring and evaluation system and framework for gender equality and womens empowerment. The objectives of the assignment included: Improved coordination capacity within the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development and between key line ministries; Improved data collection, analysis and dissemination of gender statistics among relevant line ministries, government departments and CSOs; and Tools and systems for collection, analysis and dissemination of gender statistics developed and implemented.
The two consultants successfully managed to complete the following tasks:
a. Desk review;
b. Conduct awareness raising meeting with key line Ministries;
c. Development of the monitoring and evaluation framework;
1. Identification of priority measurement areas and development of the Results Framework by;
i. Identifying key priority measurement areas / sectors for the M & E system;
ii. Identifying of priority results per sector; iii. Identifying gender responsive monitoring and evaluation indicators;
iv. Indicator definition; and
v. Identifying baselines, milestones and targets.
2. Development of the monitoring and evaluation plan and the risk mitigatory strategy;
i. Development of the monitoring and evaluation plan; and
ii. Development of the risk mitigatory strategy for the M & E system.
d. Develop an inception report detailing how the consultant would want to conduct the work; and
e. Stakeholder analysis, consultations and buy in.