UN Women: Training/Capacity Development Specialist

Location : Santo Domingo, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Application Deadline :09-Feb-12 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
English   Spanish  


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 centre 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.
In collaboration with Capacity Development and Knowledge Management sections, Santo Domingo Training Centre will develop and implement UN Women's strategy for capacity development of national partners in key functions, as well as for UN system staff. It will develop UN system training programmes in gender equality and empowerment of women, in close partnership with UN Staff College, UNITAR, and other UN training institutions, making maximum use of on-line training techniques.
The Training/Capacity Development Specialist post is based at UN Women Training Centre in Santo Domingo. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the UN Women Santo Domingo Training Coordinator and in close collaboration with the Knowledge Management section at UN Women HQ. The Training/Capacity Development Specialist will provide support towards the further development and operation of the Training Centre to meet the needs for gender training worldwide.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:
  • Implement pedagogical principles and best practices into developing training programmes and monitor their effectiveness and relevancy;
  • Establish baselines on Gender Training and monitor standards;
  • Support the establishments of a Gender Training Roster and provide substantive, technical and administrative support to the Roster;
  • Further develop and maintain the Gender Training Community of Practice (CoP);
  • Apply new technologies in developing online programmes, courses, materials in collaboration with other UN Women colleagues.
Implement pedagogical principles and best practices into developing training programmes and monitor their effectiveness and relevancy
  • Incorporate pedagogical best practices into gender training courses;
  • Develop training materials, programmes and user manuals;
  • Provide training on the use of these manuals under the pedagogic quality standards;
  • Support training activities for UN Women staff , UN system Staff and partners;
  • Contribute to  the development of new online tools, surveys and other pilot projects;
  • Support the evaluation of the adequacy of existing training and training tools for gender training and make pedagogic adaptations as needed;
  • Monitor delivery of work against plans and report on progress;
  • Participate in the preparation of annual work plans for training/capacity building.
Establish baselines of Gender Training
  • Support the development and analysis of needs assessment surveys;
  • Contribute in design, development implementation, testing  and evaluation of new on line applications on Gender Training  Participate in record-keeping and data management of training and capacity development initiatives;
  • Contribute to effective working partnerships with counterparts.
Support the establishment of the Gender Training Roster
  • Provide substantive, and technical support to the Gender Training Roster;
  • Support the identification of  experts and practitioners for the Gender Training Roster;
  • Support  deployment of trainers to field offices as requested;
  • Support the evaluation of trainers deployed with the field offices.
Further develop and maintain the Gender Training  Community of Practice (CoP)
  • Ensure that training information and tools are regularly used, relevant, updated and accurate;
  • Lead the establishment  and maintenance of  thematic sections within the Gender Training Community of Practice;
  • Manage the membership of the CoP, ensuring regular communication and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned.
Apply new technologies to the development of online courses and materials in collaboration with UN Women IT personnel and webmasters
  • Lead application of new technologies to the development of online courses and training materials;
  • Keep abreast of available technology, and apply it appropriately in the work of the Centre;
  • Keep abreast of new developments, approaches and best practices on gender training;
  • Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
Impact of Results:
The efficient and prompt delivery of services will contribute to positioning the Training Centre as the leader on Gender Training among the UN training institutions.


Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrate integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards;
  • Advocate and promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN Women;
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treat all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:

Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Promote a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example. Identify client's needs and match them to appropriate solutions ensuring the inclusion of new and emerging issues/approaches.
Client Orientation
  • Monitor ongoing developments inside and outside the client's environment to keep them informed and anticipate problems;
  • Meet timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.
Technological Awareness
  • Experience in working in a multicultural and web-based environment;
  • Fluency in office software, email, web-based applications and databases.
Planning and Organizing
  • Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments and adjusts priorities as required.
Ability to organize, facilitate and participate in workshops
  • Outstanding networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills;
  • Capacity to work with diverse partners including governments, donors and civil society;
  • Interest and commitment to the empowerment of women particularly through gender training and capacity development.
  • Ample knowledge of gender issues;
  • In-depth substantive knowledge of gender training approaches is required.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master degree or equivalent in Education, Gender, Social Sciences, International Development, or other related fields.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in the fields of pedagogy, training/capacity development related to Gender and/or Development, Education, or other related areas;
  • Experience at the international level is highly desirable;
  • Experience in the design and management of e-Learning materials is highly desirable. 
Language Requirements
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish is required;
  • Knowledge of additional official UN language is an asset;
  • Knowledge of French is particularly desirable.

Note: 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.

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