UN Women is seeking to hire a consultant to update its e-learning course on implementation of the Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security with new information, case study and empirical data. The e-learning course was developed in 2007 in response to the requests of the Security Council to raise awareness and promote implementation of the Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security, including through advocacy and capacity development. Since that date four new WPS resolutions have been passed and a great deal of policy and programmatic innovation has taken place in the fields of conflict prevention, resolution, peacekeeping and peace building. These developments need to be reflected in this basic introductory e-learning course. The course is intended to build understanding of the content and intent of these resolutions, as well as to establish a basic aptitude in gender and conflict analysis and linked operational measures such as developing a national action plan or adapting institutional practices (for instance in security sector, foreign policy or justice institutions) to implement these resolutions.
Resolution 1325 (2000), unanimously adopted by the Security Council in October 2000 under the Presidency of Namibia, is regarded as one of the most influential documents in establishing the legitimacy of addressing women’s and gender issues in the areas of peace and security. The Resolution provides a framework that makes the pursuit of gender equality relevant to every conflict-related action, ranging from mine clearance to elections to security sector reform. In subsequent years an ‘architecture’ of Women Peace and Security norms and actions have evolved via follow-up resolutions 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1889 (2009) and 1960 (2010).
While all major stakeholders need to take responsibility for the full implementation of these resolutions, Member States in particular should ensure that they are integrated into their national policies and training programmes to make their implementation systematic and sustainable.
In keeping with the spirit and objectives of the resolution, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is determined to continue strengthening the implementation of these resolutions at the regional and national levels through awareness-raising and capacity-building.
Two initial e-learning courses, mainly focussed on UNSCR 1325, with specific content appropriate to Latin America and the Caribbean on the one hand and Africa on the other, was developed in 2007 . The Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI) collaborated in the production and dissemination of these two e- learning training courses.
The courses consist of common modules in its first half that focus on general information about United Nations and its intergovernmental architecture for addressing the women, peace and security agenda. Region-specific modules address the nature and impact of conflict on women in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. T his approach provides both courses with the necessary common foundation but also addresses the specificity of the women, peace and security issues in these two regions.
The Peace Operations Training Institute has been responsible for administering the e-learning course to a broad audience.The Latin America course was released 27 April 2011 and has averaged 232 enrolments per month for a total of 1862 through the end of 2011. The Africa course was released 11 July 2011 and has averaged 249 enrolments per month for a total of 1373 through the end of 2011.