UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works 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 leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality (GE) and gender mainstreaming translate into action globally. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN Women Office in North Macedonia is implementing the programme “Promoting Gender Responsive Governance in North Macedonia “funded by Sweden. The overall goal is to ensure that women and girls in North Macedonia benefits from accountable, transparent and gender responsive governance. It builds on UN Women’s past work and results achieved in promoting gender responsive policy making and budgeting and transposing the EU Gender Equality Acquis into national strategies, policies and actions and it grounded on the longstanding partnership established with the Government of North Macedonia to advance gender equality.

The Programme is in line with its priorities set in the UN Women Strategic Plan (2022-2025) and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (2021-2025) and envisages a complex set of interventions that aim to respond to the growing demand created for expertise, knowledge, and tools for mainstreaming gender in the strategic planning processes and public finance management and the implementation of the EU Gender Equality acquis.

The intervention under Gender Equality Facility -GEF focuses on comprehensive and synergetic approach with EU accession and IPA programming and implementation, creating synergies and enhancing collaboration

between relevant stakeholders at national and regional level. It will provide gender mainstreaming expertise for the advancement of the national legislative strategic, policy and negotiation frameworks, in their alignment with the EU Gender Equality acquis, and support for capacity building within EU/IPA national structures and public administrations bodies to secure inter-institutional cooperation on gender equality. Thematic capacity development and exchange opportunities with focus on the international standards and best practices (regional peer to peer) will also be provide for CSOS to be able to meaningfully participate in relevant drafting processes and meetings decision makers.

The UN Women Office in North Macedonia is seeking the services of an experienced international consultant to adapt/develop advanced professional Training of Trainers on Gender Mainstreaming in IPA, based on results of conducted advanced level/Training of Trainers on Gender Mainstreaming in IPA trainings to IPA structures in line ministries and other relevant institutions in the country.

The consultant will be reporting to GEF Outcome Coordinator, under overall guidance of the UN Women Head of Office in the country.

Duties and Responsibilities

The national consultant will be expected to complete the following deliverables:


Expected completion time (due day)

Payment Schedule (optional)

Developing of methodology for the Training of Trainers on Gender Mainstreaming in coordination with the national consultant; In the preparation phase must be taken in account all updated documents related in IPA processes and recent developments on gender mainstreaming progress made in different sectoral areas of interest to the EU negotiation process

From 15 July to 19 July 2024

From 20 July to 10 August 2024

Preparation of Concept Note and review of the training packages for the Training of Trainers on Gender Mainstreaming in IPA processes

From 22 July to 24 July 2024

From 25 July to 10 August 2024

Conduct one training (in total two days) for the Training of Trainers on Gender Mainstreaming in IPA processes in close cooperation with SEA, the National Consultant and GEF team

From 25 July to 10 September 2024

From 11 September to 20 September 2024

Preparation of Guidelines for developing and conducting Gender Equality Training;

From 10 September to 20 September 2024

From 25 September to 30 September 2024

Preparation of final report submitted and approved by UN Office in the country

From 21 September to 30 September 2024

From 01 October to 15 October 2024

Consultant’s Workplace and Official Travel

This is a home-based consultancy. As part of this assignment, the place for the training will be specified later.


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 

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:


  • Proven record of advanced knowledge on gender equality;
  • Proven experience in conducting and delivering training assignments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming;
  • Experience in coordination with multiple stakeholders on EU pre/accession matters/assistance;
  • Excellent writing skills in English;
  • Ability to work in coordination with multiple stakeholders;
  • Ability to lead and coordinate teams;
  •  Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;

Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certification:

Specialist/Advisor levels:

• Advanced academic degree (minimum Master’s) in Gender/Women’s Studies, Development Studies, EU Studies, Law, Public Administration, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, or related field

•  University Degree (Bachelor’s degree / first level) with a combination of two additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • At least 4 years of experience in delivering trainings related to gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment or any related field, to public administration, at central and local level, civil society, international organizations, etc.;
  • At least 2 years of experience in gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment or any related field, including analytical and research experience;
  • At least 1 years of experience in EU and IPA related processes, working with national structures on EU (pre-)accession, including sector working groups and other sector mechanisms, and related relevant EU (pre-) accession processes;
  • Substantive proven practical experience in designing and developing training packages, training modules, training methodologies, curricula, and other training materials;
  • Excellent analytical, facilitation and communications skills and ability to synthesize information;


 Fluency in written and spoken English

How to Apply