Support to the Government of Albania for implementing the EU Gender Equality acquis - Secondment of a gender expert for UN WOMEN

Contract partner: UN WOMEN - Albania Country Office Country: Albanien Funding amount: € 180.000,00 Project start: 01.05.2015 End: 31.10.2016

Short Description:

Overall goal

ADA seconds an international Gender Specialist to UN WOMEN to support the Government of Albania (GoA) in implementing the EU Gender Equality Acquis. She acts as Team Leader to coordinate, oversee and monitor all activities and to provide guidance such as:

• Support UN WOMEN and GoA in the transposition and adoption of the EU Gender Equality Acquis in practice at central and municipal level

• Ensure gender mainstreaming in government sector strategies

• Liaise with GoA partners

• Coordinate with IPA II Project Preparation Facility and engage in donor coordination

• Communicate progress and coordinate with the EU Delegation

• Identify best practice in gender mainstreaming in sector reform.

Expected results

• 4 government strategies and respective action plans consistently reflect gender sensitivity

• 8 IPA fiches (EU Sector Planning/Action Documents) reflect alignment with EU directives on gender mainstreaming and equal opportunities

• 6 topic-specific gender recommendations and briefs provided to decision makers

• 2 events for exchanging best practice of implementing the EU gender equality agenda

• 8 gender training modules provided to high-level public servants, the EU Delegation, and the Albanian School for Public Administration

• 1 knowledge product on mainstreaming gender into decentralization and local governance

• 1 publication on aligning national development and reform with the EU Gender Action Plan II 2016-2020

Target group / Beneficiaries

Direct beneficiaries, approx. 220 individuals, are government staff (Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, Ministry of EU Integration, Ministry of Urban Development), incl. Integrated Policy Management Groups , gender equality employees and EU task managers. The Gender Facility seeks to influence three key reform initiatives, the Employment and Skills, Decentralisation, and Public Administration reform priorities that are expected to impact on 700,000 citizens in the coming decade.


Activities focus on increasing the absorption capacity of government representatives and decision-makers through coaching, training, guidance and advice; technical assistance; the use of gender statistics; and preparation of draft proposals for submission to the EU.


In a separate agreement, ADA has already concluded an agreement with UN WOMEN whose main stakeholders are the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, the National Council for Gender Equality, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of European Integration.

project number 8338-01/2015
source of funding OEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
tied 180000
modality Donor country personnel
marker Gender: 2, Democracy: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.