Coherently integrating the transversal objective of gender equality into an analysis, assessing past cohesion policy results and impact, and drawing conclusions for the next cohesion period, demand preparation and competencies both of those in charge of tendering the report and the contractor.
In cases where the report is tendered by EU Commission staff, either internal staff need to have the adequate skills or external support or support structures for Gender Equality need to be provided. This will enable terms of references for a coherent integration of the dual Gender Equality approach into assessment and thematic issues or areas of intervention as an explicit part of the contractual task of the contractor, so that adequate resources are put in place.
For a sound assessment of the transversal objective of gender equality in EU cohesion policy, the contractor or staff need to have gender competencies including political, theoretical, process, sectoral, and methodological knowledge:
- Political knowledge: familiarity with the legal basis of EU gender equality as well as the objectives and approaches of the European Union Pact, Strategy, and/or Charter, following a dual approach of Gender Mainstreaming and specific actions;
- Ability to assess the impact of explicit gender equality objectives and programmes or measures, as well as of the horizontal principle to be applied in all policies, interventions, and thematic issues;
- Familiarity with different “gender regimes” within the European Union and national/regional gender equality policies, achievements, and gaps in the Member States and regions;
- Process competence: familiarity with gender mainstreaming as a coherent strategy and specific actions to address persisting gender gaps covering all aspects of the analysis and conclusions, the prerequisites for this and methods and tools for implementation;
- Sectoral competence: familiarity with gender aspects in the different fields of cohesion policy (e.g. gender aspects of national and regional gender disparities, poverty, or entrepreneurship, etc.) to be assessed with an integrated gender equality approach;
- Methodological competence: ability to apply and combine qualitative and quantitative methods and to generate, interpret and judge gender-based data and gender-equality indicators , as well as methods and instruments of gender analysis or gender impact assessment, for the sake of integrating such an assessment into the thematic analysis;
- Familiarity with qualitative research findings on the issue as well as the identification of causes of inequality and gender gaps.