International Consultant for Working Paper Series on Training for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

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Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :27-Jun-14 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :5 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :5 months


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.

The UN Women Training Centre (TC) in Santo Domingo is. dedicated to supporting the UN and other stakeholders to realize commitments to gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights through transformative training and learning. Its gender capacity-development programmes will range from basic and introductory levels to specialized and advanced levels for diverse audiences with different backgrounds. In terms of capacity-development strategies and techniques, the TC will make maximum use of on-line training techniques, paying special attention to e-learning courses and an active learning approach.

The Training Centre will also promote articulation and knowledge exchange among gender training specialists and other relevant groups and the development of tools and materials in the area of training for gender equality. In addition, it will support the documentation of existing good practices and innovative processes, as well as discussion and analysis of training methodologies and approaches directed towards contributing to ongoing capacity development as a concrete means for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Toward this end, the Centre has convened the Training for Gender Equality Expert Group (TGEEG). In its first meeting (September 2013), the group generated a work plan which aims to:
  • Produce and disseminate knowledge on Training for Gender Equality (TfGE) linking theory and practice;
  • Promote a process of quality assurance in TfGE; and
  • Consolidate the TGEEG group as a resource for informing and providing guidance on UN Women Training Centre work.
As part of the first output of this work plan, the TC plans to promote an informed discussion on conceptual and methodological approaches to TfGE, for which it will commission a series of working papers. These papers, listed below, will feed into the TC conceptual and methodological approach to TfGE and will follow a human rights-based approach and be built upon the international framework for development, including, CEDAW, the Beijing Platform for Action, the post 2015 Development Framework and the Beijing +20 context.
  • Thought piece on theory of change in TfGE;
  • Paper on politics of knowledge regarding the production of TfGE;
  • Pedagogical paper on the transformative learning process in TfGE.
The objective of this consultancy is to produce the three working papers, which includes tasks such as conceptualizing, writing, revising, ensuring coherence across papers, and coordinating the input of other experts, including participants from the Training for Gender Equality Expert Group, as needed. These papers will enable the UN Women Training Centre to advance its conceptual and methodological approach to its work as the UN’s leading centre for training for gender equality.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Training Programme Coordinator, the consultant will identify and coordinate with other experts and specialists on training for gender equality in the development of the working paper series within the given time frame. S/he must develop a work plan detailing distribution of labor and deadlines, followed by outlines and proposed length for each paper. A description of each paper will be provided through a concept note.

Specifically, s/he will be responsible for the following activities:
  • Developing a work plan detailing distribution of labor among TfGE experts and respective deadlines based on the general timeline required by the Training Centre;
  • Developing detailed outlines of each paper and any suggested changes in content, length or approach, for discussion and approval by UN Women Training Centre;
  • Preparing the first draft of working papers individually and/or in consultation with expert colleagues;
  • Ensuring the working paper on Monitoring and Evaluation of Training for Gender Equality (to be prepared through another consultancy) is in line with this series;
  • Incorporating any requested revisions and present final drafts;
  • Ensuring coherence in format and approach across papers. Completing copy editing and bibliographic formatting;
  • Completing the quality assurance process in line with TC guidelines;
  • Submitting final versions of the three papers to the TC. The papers, written in English, should be presented in Word format, approximately 25 pages in length (subject to negotiation). All assertions in the papers should be backed up with references to the relevant literature, which should be presented in a full bibliography in a format to be determined.


Core Values and Guiding Principles

  • Demonstrate the values of United Nations and UN Women, act without consideration of personal gain, resist undue political pressure in decision-making, no abuse of power or authority, stand by decisions in the organization’s interest, and take action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior.
  • Show pride in work and achievements;
  • Demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter, conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments and achieving results, motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
  • Show persistence when faced with challenges; and
  • Remain calm in stressful situations.
Respect for Diversity:
  • Work effectively with people from all backgrounds;
  • Treat all people with dignity and respect, treat men and women equally;
  • Show respect for and understand diverse opinions by examining own biases and behaviors to avoid stereotypical responses; and
  • Do not discriminate against any individual or group.
Core Competencies

Ethics and Values:
  • Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents.
Communicating Information and Ideas:
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication.
Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.
Working in Teams:
  • Building and promoting effective teams.
Self-management and Emotional intelligence:
  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization.
Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements:
  • Leveraging conflict in the interests of the organization & setting standards.
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
  • Fair and transparent decision-making; calculated risk-taking.
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.
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.
Technological Awareness:
  • Fluency in office software, email, and web-based applications.
Functional Competencies
  • Excellent writing skills, analytical skills, and capacity for synthesis;
  • Receptiveness to feedback and flexibility for incorporating revisions;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and timely submission of deliverables;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to coordinate research and publications.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced degree (PhD preferred) in education, gender or women’s studies, human rights, international development, social sciences or related area.
  • Senior-level consultant with a minimum of 10 years of experience working on or researching topics related to social change, training for gender equality, feminist theories, politics of knowledge, gender mainstreaming, gender and development, diversity and/or intersectionalities;
  • Experience in working in a multicultural and web-based environment;
  • Demonstrable experience in training for social change and training for gender equality required;
  • Demonstrable experience in research in education, social issues, training for gender equality, gender mainstreaming;
  • Familiarity with the UN system and specifically on gender equality and women’s empowerment within the UN system.
Language Requirements:
  • Excellent skills in oral and written English.

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.

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