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Gender Frameworks Trainer
|Location :||Nairobi (with travel to Somalia), SOMALIA|
|Application Deadline :||24-Apr-13 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||26 Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||26 Days|
The UNDP Country Office for Somalia (CO) has since 2010 been re-positioning itself for a more effective and coherent response to gender equality and women’s empowerment in its programmes. While CO programming to date has been informed by significant efforts to ensure gender sensitivity and gender responsiveness, the current move is to upscale to more gender transformative programming i.e. by addressing the causes of gender inequality through strategic actions that seek to transform the unequal power relations between men and women resulting in improved status of women and gender equality.
The current Country Programme Document (CPD) (2011-2015) provides a framework within which to implement the mandates of gender mainstreaming in the country programme overall and responds directly to the acute challenges faced by Somali women today. The CPD contains one specific outcome on gender (Outcome 4) and gender is mainstreamed across the other three outcomes.
The 4 CPD outcomes are:
In 2012, the country office established a gender unit to have dedicated capability to implement gender specific interventions and support mainstreaming across other projects. The Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment project is implemented by the gender unit and responds to the four sub-outcomes under Outcome 4 of the CDP.
The 4 sub-outcomes are:
The GEWE project works with CSO’s and the national gender machineries to empower women to achieve these outcomes. Through decades of conflict, Somali women have contributed immensely to maintaining daily life and keeping local communities functioning. However, they continue to face a great number of challenges in their daily lives and in accessing justice and other basic rights. Women were largely marginalized in the peace process and in the new Somali parliament less than 14 % of seats are held by women. Sexual and gender based violence is widespread and response mechanisms insufficient. Illiteracy rates are higher for women than for men, girls continue to be taken out of school earlier and women continue to be subject to the authority of male family members.
Furthermore, with the inroad of Islamist ideologies promulgated from some Arab Gulf countries the public perception of acceptable behavior for women within Islam has become stricter over the recent decades. While the most radical versions of this ideology, as exemplified in Somalia by Al-Shabab, is not readily accepted by the Somali population, the general trend has been towards conservative interpretations of Islam that generally limit women’s freedoms and opportunities. This means that there has been only very limited space for more progressive views on women’s rights in Islam.
While there are a number of strong and active women’s rights organisations operating in Somalia, the years of conflict have limited opportunities for formal training and exchange with organisations from other countries in the region. Knowledge and understanding of international gender frameworks are limited among Somali women’s rights activists meaning that they are not able to draw effectively on international standards and experiences when developing local campaigns and interventions. It is against this backdrop that the GEWE project is planning to provide trainings to Somali women’s rights activists on the international frameworks on gender and how these can be applied in Somalia. For this purpose, a gender trainer is required to develop and facilitate training that will build the advocacy capacity of Somali women’s rights activists and enable them to promote legal and policy frameworks in Somalia in line with CEDAW and relevant SCR’s.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment
The purpose of the Consultancy is to build the capacity of women’s rights activists and women in elected bodies in Somalia to do effective advocacy for women’s rights based on international standards.
The specific objectives of the Consultancy are to:
The objectives of the training will be:
The consultant will work closely with the Gender Unit to plan and deliver the gender trainings and be supervised by the Gender Specialist.
The consultant will be expected to review relevant documentation especially national gender policies and strategies of the various regions of Somalia, reports of consultations between UN agencies and Somali women, Human Development Report and other recent UN reports on women’s situation in Somalia with a view to understanding the context that Somali women’s rights activists are working in.
This review will form the basis for the final design of the training modules, programme and development of training materials tailor-made to the Somali context with sensitivity to each region.Training delivery:
The consultant will deliver a participatory training that will increase the participants’ technical knowledge of international frameworks on gender and foster reflection on how these can be applied to promote women’s rights in Somali.
At the end of the workshops, all participants will be asked to record on video the most important lesson they are taking away from the training (an alternative in form of audio or writting may be provided if some beneficiaries feel uncomfortable with video). These recordings may be used by UNDP and its partners for public awareness raising campaigns.Development of user guide for Somali women’s rights activists:
Following the training the consultant will develop a contextualized user guide for Somali women’s rights activists providing inspiration and guidance on how to apply and invoke international gender frameworks in the Somali context.Development of localized outreach activities with participants.
Working with the Gender Unit the consultant will facilitate a session during the trainings in which participants in groups develop small localized outreach activities aimed at disseminating the knowledge of international gender frameworks within their professional networks. Following the training, the consultant will liaise with participants to finalize the activity descriptions and collect activity reports from participants for submission to the gender unit.
The consultant will prepare a Workshop report for submission to the UNDP Gender Specialist.
Monitoring and Progress controls
This entire Consultancy is expected last for 24 working days within a validity period of 5 months (from issuance of the consultancy contract) broken down as follows: 10 workshop days (including travels to the regions); 10 planning, preparation and reporting days; 4 days for development of the sub-office action plans and other knowledge products. The consultant will work under close supervision of the Gender Specialist based on the draft plan of work below. The consultancy will be monitored and progress to set tasks determined accordingly:
Activity 1: Initial meeting with the gender unit
Output: Notes of meeting with final agreed training modules, deliverables and timelines
Schedule: 1 day
Activity 2: Review of documents on women’s rights in Somalia and preparation of an analysis of entry points and challenges for application of international gender frameworks in Somalia.
Schedule: 2 Days
Activity 3: Production of training materials and contextualized user guide for Somali activists
Output: Final training materials and user guide
Schedule: 3 Days
Activity 4: Delivery of workshops per region including travel days
Output: Training conducted
Schedule: 10 days
Activity 5: Preparation of and follow-up on project description for participants to conduct localized outreach activities
Output: Project descriptions for localized outreach activities
Schedule: 3 days
Activity 6: Preparation of final workshop report; including post-training evaluation assessment.
Output: Final workshop report
Schedule: 2 days
Required Skills and Experience
Terms of Service
This is a non-staff contract under the Individual Contractor (IC) modality of hiring of the UNDP. Individuals engaged under an IC serve in their individual capacity and not as representative of a government institutions, corporate body or other authority external to UNDP. The incumbent shall not be considered as staff of UNDP, the UN common system or the government and are therefore not entitled to any diplomatic privileges or any other special status or conditions.FC: 30000
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.