National Consultant-to support engendering the Ethiopia Police University Curriculum and modules

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Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :01-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
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Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Forty-five days within a period of four months
Expected Duration of Assignment :Forty-five days within a period of four months

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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) mandate provides for support to catalytic and innovative programmes which promote gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights in Ethiopia. UN Women globally is working towards ensuring women and girls who have experienced violence to access available, accessible and quality essential services so that the impact of violence is addressed, and perpetrators are held accountable. UN Women’s Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) three-year programme on “Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls in Ethiopia (VAWG) “is broadly focused on a comprehensive approach that encompasses legislation and policies, prevention, services for survivors, research and data. The programme supports an effective response to combat VAWG through enhancing the skills of law enforcement personnel on handling and responding to VAWG cases including strengthening their institutional capacity through development of standardised protocols and guidelines.

Police officers have an ethical duty to safeguard the rights of all victims, irrespective of their background. Given that communities are often very diverse; it is important that the policing approach is sensitive and responsive to this diversity. Inadequate law enforcement is still one of the main challenges to the elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), leading to high levels of perpetrator impunity, insufficient allocation of resources to respond adequately to victims/survivors needs and weak monitoring and coordination of initiatives. According to UNODC, police act with a survivor-centered approach when 

they place needs of the survivor at the core of any intervention, from institutional policy, all the way to operations and concrete actions. This entails ensuring a service delivery that protects, assists, and supports the empowerment of women and girls, at the same time prioritizing issues of physical and psychological safety.

Gender-responsive policing is meant to be regularly informed, broadly consulted, and dynamic in partnership building. Its foundation is an institutional understanding of the nature of VAWG, its causes and consequences and how it impacts women and girls differently and disproportionately. From this understanding, gender-responsive policing reverts to its framework of principles and common characteristics Integrating a gender perspective into policing more effectively provides safety and access to justice for all. Men, women, boys, and girls face different safety concerns because they experience different crimes, in different locations, perpetrated by different offenders. This involves reviewing existing policies and procedures to check that they are non-discriminatory and gender inclusive and identifying gaps or areas for improvement at strategic and operational levels. Curriculum approaches are important, as education that encourages people to question, negotiate and challenge violence and gender discrimination is critical for preventing Gender Based Violence (GBV). The curriculum is the strongest tool to transmit and transform the culture, values, and beliefs of society to the learner. Since every society has its gender belief system and gender stereotypes i.e. the prevailing images of what men and women are supposed to be like, the same are reflected and portrayed in the curriculum.


There has been ad hoc partnership between UN Women and the Ethiopia police university (EPU) previously to mainstream gender in the university college’s programmes and activities, a short-term course was developed on VAWG, and support was provided to strengthen the gender desk.

The Ethiopia Police University (EPU) is the oldest higher education institution in Ethiopia, established as Abadina Police College established in 1946. It was re-established as Ethiopia police university in 2007 by regulation No. 132/2007 of the Council of Ministers. As a dedicated higher education institution for the police, it offers several capacity buildings programs (short term on job trainings, rank transition courses, specialized certificate courses, diploma, BA/BSc degree courses and master’s degree courses). The University College has been upgraded to university status in 2021.  Currently, the university has a plan to revise the existing curriculum and module in gender responsive manner and institutionalize the issue of gender and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in its existing and upcoming programs. In the year 2020, UN Women signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the EPU to strengthen the ongoing efforts of curriculum/module revision, various capacity building initiatives and institutionalization of gender in the overall university college structures.


The main objective of the consultancy is to support the curriculum and module revision in a gender sensitive manner.

The specific objective of the assignment is

  • To address gender-based stereotypes and attitudes that assign various characteristics, roles, and behaviours to men versus women including sexual roles and behaviours
  • To ensure curriculum and modules have integrated survivor friendly police service provisions
  • To show case in the curriculum and modules the prevention and manning of VAWG cases are different in nature than handling other crimes
  • To design training modules and approaches for first responding officers to be able to safeguard survivor’s well-being in cases of VAWG
  • To promote gender sensitive teaching- learning process

Duties and Responsibilities


The revision of curriculum and modules will focus on

  • Together with the Curriculum development committee, identify and sample modules that need revision
  • In close collaboration with the curriculum development team, review module and course descriptions
  • Identify contents and technically support inclusion of the contents in the modules and courses for the selected courses
  • Together with the curriculum and module development committee, present the revised versions to the EPU leadership, incorporate inputs, and validate


  • Identify and sample curriculum and course modules for gender mainstreaming
  • Provide contents for every sampled curriculum and module
  • Present the revision to the reference group that is led by the University’s academic dean
  • Ensure final curriculum and modules incorporate inputs and submit the final contents


Core values

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity


Core competencies

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of gender equality and women’s rights issues
  • Excellent level of conceptual and analytical capacity
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively
  • Demonstrates use of initiative and ability to make appropriate linkages in work requirements
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback
  • Meets deadlines for delivery of products or services
  • Able to work virtually, using communication technologies
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Required Skills and Experience


  • The consultant must have master’s degree in Social Science (Education, Gender Studies, Law and related fields)


  • The consultant must have a minimum of eight years of relevant experience in research, analysis and data collection and particularly on issues of Gender and Gender analysis
  • Previous experience working with the UN is an asset

 Language and other skills:

  • Fluency in English and Amharic (oral and written) is required;
  • Computer skills: full command of Microsoft applications (word, excel, PowerPoint) and data encoding software’s
  • Please note that applications without a completed and signed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • UNWomen Personal History form (P-11) can be downloaded from

UNWOMEN 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.

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