UN Women consultancy on creating training course

UN Women - Consultancy to Conceptualize a Training Course on Communications for Gender Equality - Home-based

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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.
The UN Women Training Centre (TC) is dedicated to supporting the UN and other stakeholders to realize commitments to gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights through transformative training and learning. Its mission is to become the leading UN Centre that contributes, through training for gender equality, to building a society that respects and promotes human rights for all women and men. The gender capacity-development programmes range from basic and introductory levels to specialized and advanced levels for diverse audiences with different backgrounds. In terms of capacity-development strategies and techniques, the TC makes maximum use of on-line training techniques, paying special attention to e-learning courses and an active learning approach.
The Training Centre also promotes articulation and knowledge exchange among gender training specialists and other relevant groups and the development of tools and materials in the area of training for gender equality. It supports the documentation of existing good practices and innovative processes, as well as discussion and analysis of training methodologies and approaches directed towards contributing to ongoing capacity development as a concrete means for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Communications can be a powerful catalyst for political, social and economic transformation. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women (1995), clearly recognized the potential of communications to make a greater contribution to the advancement of women and gender equality. The Declaration called on governments and international organizations to take action to address gender stereotyping and inequality in women’s access to and participation in all communication systems. In order to assist governments and international organizations in undertaking this task, UN Women Training Centre shall develop a training course aimed at: (i) highlighting the need for reflecting gender perspectives in communications and media content, and (ii) strengthening capacities of communications practitioners to strategize communications for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The objective of this consultancy is to conceptualize a course on communications for gender equality. The consultancy includes tasks such as: conducting a training need assessment and mapping existing work related to this topic, and developing a concept note and detailed outline for the course.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Training and Capacity Development Specialist, the consultant will be responsible for the following activities and deliverables:
  • Analysis Report of the training need assessment, including activities such as developing a training/learning need assessment tool (based on the UN Women Training Capacity Assessment Tool), conducting and analyzing the assessment to identify needs, demand, and gaps for a course on communications for gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Report of mapping analysis to take stock on what has been done in terms of communications for gender equality and women’s particularly in terms of training and including literature review and a list of existing training materials, initiatives, and institutions on this topic;
  • Concept note for the course based on key findings from the need assessment and the mapping exercise for the course;
  • Detailed outline for a course on communications for gender equality including suggested reading materials and training methods.
Core Values and Guiding Principles:
  • Demonstrate the values of United Nations and UN Women, act without consideration of personal gain, resist undue political pressure in decision-making, no abuse of power or authority, stand by decisions in the organization’s interest, and take action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior.
  • Show pride in work and achievements, demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter, conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments and achieving results, motivated by professional rather than personal concerns, show persistence when faced with challenges, and remain calm in stressful situations.
Respect for Diversity:
  • Work effectively with people from all backgrounds, treat all people with dignity and respect, treat men and women equally, show respect for and understand diverse opinions by examining own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses, and do not discriminate against any individual or group.
Core Competencies:
Ethics and Values:
  • Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents.
Organizational Awareness:
  • Building support and political acumen.
Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring:
  • Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation.
Working in Teams:
  • Building and promoting effective teams.
Communicating Information and Ideas:
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication.
Self-management and Emotional intelligence:
  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization
Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements:
  • Leveraging conflict in the interests of the organization & setting standards
Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
Functional competencies
  • Excellent level of conceptual and analytical capacity.
  • Demonstrates use of initiative and ability to make appropriate linkages in work requirements.
  • Able to work virtually, using communication technologies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proven skills in desktop computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced degree in communications for development, education, gender or women’s studies, human rights, international development, social sciences or related area.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment, communications for development, and gender justice;
  • Of which a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience in the field of training for adults, training of trainers, capacity building, and transformative education;
  • Work experience in knowledge management and capacity development projects;
  • Experience in facilitating participatory, interactive, multi-cultural training for adults;
  • Work experience in coordinating participatory processes;
  • Experience working with civil society, NGOs and other development and cooperation organizations at national level;
  • Familiarity with the UN system and specifically on gender equality and women’s empowerment within the UN system.
Language Requirements:
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
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