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Location : Monrovia, LIBERIA
Application Deadline :21-Mar-23 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :28 March – 31 March 2023
Expected Duration of Assignment :28 March – 31 March 2023

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.


Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women will work 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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Promoting women’s political participation is one of UN Women’s primary areas of work. It was mandated in its inception as a recognition of the integral role of women in strong and stable democratic processes. To strengthen the leadership and participation of women in decision-making processes, UN Women works to promote gender equality in legislatures at all levels, electoral processes, and political institutions contributing to the entity’s achievement of UN Women SP UN-Women Strategic Plan 2022-2025 Impact Area 1, Participation and Governance in Public Life: Women and girls participate in leadership and decision making and benefit from gender responsive governance. These efforts are designed to guide countries towards reaching Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 5.5: “ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.”

In 2019 UN Women HQ developed a Manual for Political Leadership and Candidate Training. It is a tool for delivering a comprehensive training curriculum designed to support UN Women’s programmes on women’s political empowerment and leadership, specifically by helping expand the pool of qualified women willing to run a campaign, win and serve in elective office. The manual is intended for use by UN Women Country Offices and the lead trainer(s)/implementing partners they select to deliver the training curriculum as part of broader women’s political participation programming implemented by UN Women. The curriculum is adaptable to women political aspirants and leaders in a variety of contexts. It is designed for women beginning their political careers, and more experienced women politicians looking to sharpen their skills.

In Liberia UN Women, in collaboration with key stakeholders such as the National Elections Commission, Women Legislative Caucus of Liberia, gender machineries and local civil society organizations (CSOs), has been implementing interventions focused on norm change, advocacy for the adoption of temporary special measure, capacity building and dialogue to promote women’s participation. Considering the upcoming presidential and legislative election that will take place in October 2023, UN Women Liberia is planning to expand its national network of trainers qualified on women’s political participation to support the Political Leadership and Candidates Training (2019) in Liberia. UN Women Liberia is therefore organizing a Training of Trainers (TOT) for qualified trainers working in Liberia 27 March – 02 April 2023 . Up to 15 experienced trainers on gender equality, elections and women’s political participation will be selected through a competitive process. Participants will have the opportunity to learn UN Women’s curriculum, deliver some of its components and receive a certificate upon completion of the four-day programme. Selected participants will have the opportunity to join UN Women Liberia’s roaster of Political Leadership and Candidate trainers.

In this context, UN Women Liberia Country Office will contract a master trainer to help facilitate the TOT. The Consultant will work with Governance and Participation in Public Life Section to adapt its methodology for a TOT agenda, help prepare the necessary content, facilitate portions of the TOT and help build capacity of trainers to deliver the UN Women curriculum.

Duties and Responsibilities

About the Programme:

The training curriculum contains five modules covering 18 sessions on core political leadership and campaign skill areas:

  1. Preparation and leadership (Transformative leadership; the decision to run; “your story”; the constituency, the political landscape, office, and electoral laws; political parties; and running as a woman);
  2. Communications (Creating a message; public speaking; creating a communications plan; promoting the interests of your political party; and talking about gender equality and women’s empowerment);
  3. Fundraising and financial planning (Finding donors and asking for money; fundraising tools and plan; and women’s fundraising networks);  
  4. Voter contact (Goal setting and targeting; and voter/constituent engagement); and
  5. Campaign management (Campaign plan; campaign team; and campaign budget).

The TOT will cover four days. On the first day, the lead trainer will cover the core elements of each of the five Modules, adding exercises and content specific to training techniques and considerations. Participants, receiving the Manual in advance of the TOT in advance, will have the opportunity to deliver components of versions of selected training sessions and activities on the remaining days.

After attending the TOT, participants will:

  • Be familiar with UN Women’s curriculum on women’s political leadership and candidate training;
  • Know how to organize and run a training on political leadership and campaigning for women political aspirants and candidates;
  • Understand the national, regional and global political context, including normative frameworks on political rights, for promoting gender balance in decision-making bodies;
  • Know core skill areas women need to engage in leadership contests and run competitive campaigns, including preparation, message and communications, voter contact and targeting, resource mobilization and campaign management;
  • Be able to apply knowledge and skills as trainers for women’s political empowerment and leadership, specifically to support increasing technical skills of women to engage in leadership contests; and
  • Have the opportunity to be considered to join UN Women Liberia’s roster of political leadership and candidate trainers (Note: participation in the TOT is not a guarantee of roster membership.)


Core values

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

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

Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Gender Studies, Law, Human Rights, Political Science, International Relations, or relevant field.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline acceptable with minimum three years training experience.


  • At least three years’ professional experience as a trainer on gender equality, elections and/or political participation.
  • Personal and professional political experience will be considered in lieu of professional training experience.
  • Substantive knowledge of and experience in women’s political participation, elections and
  • Campaign planning and women’s leadership, generally.
  • Experience in working and communicating in a multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated political impartiality and no current partisan political affiliation.
  • Currently working in Liberia or West Africa.
  • Training certification or accreditation from relevant international and regional training programmes such as BRIDGE, country accredited trainings, and UN Women country office commissioned training programmes are considered assets.


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