National Expert/Trainer to develop and deliver training sessions during the winter school for Afghan Women students in Central Asia



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Location : Home Based with travels to 1) Almaty, Kazakhstan; 2) Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; 3) Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Application Deadline :30-Nov-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :3d 3h 15m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
11-Jan-2023
Duration of Initial Contract :5-15 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :5-15 working days


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.


Background

UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, was created to accelerate progress towards the fulfillment of their rights around the world. UN Women assists UN member states in setting international norms and standards for achieving gender equality and works with governments and civil society to develop laws, policies, programs, and services needed to implement these standards.

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) supports UN member states in implementing international standards for achieving gender equality and cooperates with governments and civil society in the development of laws, policies, programs, and services necessary to effectively implement these standards. The organization's actions are also aimed at implementing the global Development Agenda for the period up to 2030 - the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the benefit of women and girls, as well as promoting their equal participation in all aspects of life.

In 2017, the European Union began to plan a comprehensive support for public sector reform in Afghanistan. The same year, the project aimed at increasing the participation of women in economic and public life through education and empowerment. Following the first phase of the project in 2021, 50 Afghan women entered the higher and professional education to be completed by 2025.

Launched in 2021, the second phase of the project represents an expansion of an ongoing Phase I cooperation programme. It aims at building resilience and promoting the academic, economic and social empowerment of women in Afghanistan with focus on vulnerable women living in challenging conditions by enhancing their capabilities, employability and prospects through education and training in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. During Phase II, 105 Afghan women will graduate from Central Asian Universities and obtain higher and professional education by 2027.

The project is being implemented in cooperation with the EU, UNDP and UN Women Kazakhstan. Given the expertise in women’s economic empowerment, UN Women has been tasked to organize extra-curriculum activities for Afghan women-students in the form of winter/summer school trainings to enhance educational potential of Afghan women, raise their awareness about gender equality, women’s rights and leadership and provide them with practical tools, that will help them in their future professional and personal development.

In 2021, the winter and summer schools were conducted in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which were dedicated to the themes of gender equality, women’s economic empowerment, women leadership, business processes (based on examples of agriculture and mining), running NGOs in gender equality and women’s empowerment and starting own business.

Based on the preferences and suggestions of the Afghan women-students, the next winter school will be held in an offline format and designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of new cohort of Afghan women-students in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment, women’s political leadership, peacebuilding, conflict resolution, women, peace and security, enhanced employment opportunities, business planning, project management, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and personal development. As a result of the winter school, the Afghan women-students are expected to improve their knowledge and skills in planning their start-ups and other income generating activities, as well as enhance their employment opportunities.

Timeframe and Location

The winter school training is expected to be held in-person according to the following schedule:

Location

Date

Almaty, Kazakhstan

11-15 January (two simultaneous schools for 50 women students)

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

17-21 January (for 25 women students)

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

6-10 February (for 25 women students)

In this regard, UN Women is seeking professional and experienced trainers/ experts with proven expertise and experience to develop and deliver training sessions during the winter school for Afghan Women students in Central Asia.

Depending on the COVID-19 situation in hosting countries and state regulations, in-person event can be switched to a virtual event


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of UN Women Project Manager, the National Expert/Trainer is expected to deliver training sessions in a participatory manner and in a way that will enable Afghan Women students to learn practical skills in gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Duties and Responsibilities

The National Expert/Trainer is expected to undertake the following specific tasks:

  • Participate in a preparatory meeting with UN Women and other experts/facilitators before the school training to have discussion on the training agenda, facilitation processes, roles of key participants and expected results.
  • In consultation with UN Women, suggest a methodology for assessing capacity needs of the Afghan women-students to identify their training needs.
  • Develop customized training sessions in English to enhance the knowledge and skills of Afghan women-students, including but not limited to the following areas (one or several areas can be selected):
  • Gender concepts and mainstreaming, International Frameworks for Gender Equality
  • Women’s empowerment and young women leadership
  • Women, peace and security
  • Women's entrepreneurship development and business planning
  • Enhanced employment opportunities, and project management, marketing  
  • Career building for women, women’s participation in the labour market
  • Women in agriculture and construction
  • STEM and personal development.
  • In coordination with UN Women determine the most effective training techniques (interactive lectures, group work, debating, brainstorming, case studies, etc.) to ensure highly participatory and interactive approach.
  • Prepare supportive training materials (session plans, handouts, presentations, and reading materials) to be used by Afghan women students during and after the training.
  • Deliver training sessions during the five-day event (the number of days of contribution will depend on the approved learning agenda).
  • Prepare and deliver a final report on training sessions results, including main conclusions and recommendations for future work

The National Expert/Trainer is expected to work home based with travels to 1) Almaty, Kazakhstan; 2) Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; 3) Tashkent, Uzbekistan to deliver in-person training sessions.

All deliverables must be certified and approved by UN Women.


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • To learn more about UN Women values and competencies, please follow the link

UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Minimum university degree in development studies, social studies, or gender studies or other relevant field.
  • Additional qualification/certificate in gender, women empowerment and diversity or related areas is a clear advantage.

Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of hands-on experience in conducting capacity building activities in gender equality, human rights, gender mainstreaming, women’s economic empowerment and participation in leadership
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, and training management skills.  Excellent communication skills including interpersonal skills, ability to conduct presentations and explain complex ideas to persons from diverse backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of the international peace and/or human rights sector and experience in crisis or post-conflict countries is an asset.
  • Prior experience with UN agencies or other similar international organizations is desirable.

 

Languages:

  • Excellent communication and written skills in English are mandatory.

Technical evaluation criterion:

 

Criteria

Maximum

quantity points

Education

 

 

Minimum university degree in development studies, social studies, or gender studies or other relevant field

50

Additional qualification/certificate in gender, women empowerment and diversity or related areas is a clear advantage.

80

Professional experience

Minimum 5 years of hands-on experience in conducting capacity building activities in gender equality, human rights, gender mainstreaming, women’s economic empowerment and participation in leadership

 

5 year – 200

5-10 year – 250

<10 years - 300

Strong presentation, facilitation, and training management skills.  Excellent communication skills including interpersonal skills, ability to conduct presentations and explain complex ideas to persons from diverse backgrounds.

130

Knowledge of the international peace and/or human rights sector and experience in crisis or post-conflict countries is an asset.

 

50

Prior experience with UN agencies or other similar international organizations is desirable.

30

Languages

Excellent communication and written skills in English

 

60

 

 

Maximum overall technical score (70%)

 

700

Only candidates with a minimum of 490 points will be eligible for financial evaluation.

Financial assessment:

The evaluation of the submitted financial proposals will be made based on the following formula:

C low / C x 300, where

C is the price of the evaluated offer; and

C low - this is the lowest price of all evaluated offers among the corresponding offers;

300 is the maximum financial point you can get.The winner is the candidate who scores the highest score on the total score (according to the results of the technical assessment + financial assessment). The maximum possible score for the technical evaluation is 700 and 300 for the financial proposal.

Candidate selection:

The contract will be offered to the candidate with the highest score in the cumulative evaluation.

Application Process:

All documents should be sent including:

  • CV/ UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment);
  • Financial proposal of consultancy fees in KZT. Please prepare separate financial proposal for travel expenses for each training location. UN Women will cover travel expenses only within UN rates and limits
  • Cover letter: A summarized description of the intended areas of contribution (can be seen above), and a brief methodology of the planned sessions must be attached to the application.

Only candidates who have passed the preliminary selection will be informed and invited to the next recruitment stage.

Platform admin - jobs.undp.org only accepts one attachment, so you need to prepare all required documents, scan them as one PDF document and attach them to your online application.

* Each candidate must submit a consolidated financial proposal that includes all of the candidate's expenses required to complete the assigned tasks, including communication costs, travel expenses for the task, etc.

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need. 

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.  

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

 



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