Call For Applications: Experts And Trainers Roster (Un Women East And Southern Africa Regional Office - ESARO)

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Various in Eastern and Southern Africa
Application Deadline :30-Oct-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English   French   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)


Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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 the efforts of the United Nations system to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. UN Women provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

In order to connect UN Women with a diverse range of knowledgeable and experienced gender experts and trainers around the world who possess expertise in the areas of work covered by UN Women’s mandate, UN Women ESARO is establishing a regional roster of experts and trainers. This roster will facilitate the recruitment, hiring and evaluation of consultants from several thematic areas.

In this context, UN Women is currently inviting experienced experts and trainers (individuals consultants) to apply to be considered for registration in the UN Women ESARO expert and trainers roster in the following thematic areas:

  • Area 1: Women, Peace and Security;
  • Area 2: Gender and Humanitarian Action ;
  • Area 3: Training for Gender Equality.

The consultant should identify the thematic area that best fits his/her range of experience and expertise. If applicable, it is possible to select more than one thematic area.

Training Accreditation: Experts/firms interested in providing training consultancy services in their areas of expertise can apply for the training accreditation. After joining a thematic roster, applicants will be able to provide information about their training background and complete a competency-based test to demonstrate their knowledge in adult learning. If successful, the candidate will be recognized as both an expert and trainer in the related fields.

Duties and Responsibilities

Consultants will provide a range of advisory services to clients (UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), Country Offices in ESAR, project teams, and partners as needed). Specific reporting and working relationships will be specified at the time of contracting for a specific assignment.

When demand arises in a particular thematic area, pre-selected consultants will be called upon to provide demand-driven services. The range of tasks for the consultants may include applied research, diagnostic missions, provision of strategic and operational advice, training and capacity development activities, strategic development of policy papers, on-site support to programmes, programme evaluation, and drafting of policy papers, among others.


Specific Thematic Areas

  • Area 1: Women, Peace and Security:

Violent conflict affects men, women, girls and boys in different ways. And, women and girls have specific contributions to make to conflict and crisis prevention, resolution and peace building. UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) recognized, as a matter of international peace and security, the urgent need to address women's participation in peace processes and peace building, as well as the need to protect women and girls from violations of their rights during and after violent conflict. UN Women works to ensure that women’s voices and priorities are heard in international security debates and that internationally, regionally and nationally led peace and security interventions respond to women’s needs.  The varying nature of conflicts in the region, including terrorism, religious extremism and the shrinking space for democratic principles; the role of women in conflict and the impact of women’s engagement in the current regional security context needs greater understanding.  

Expert practitioners are required to support UN Women’s country programming in post-conflict and peacebuilding context, as well as its mandate and international and regional policy frameworks and regional bodies on Peace and Security.

  • Area 2: Gender and Humanitarian Action:

Consisting of a pool of senior advisors that can be deployed at short notice, UN Women ESARO’s roster of advisors on gender and humanitarian action will support humanitarian actors at the country level to mainstream gender equality programming in all sectors/clusters – camp coordination & camp management, education, early recovery, food security, health, emergency shelter and non-food items, WASH, etc. - and in all phases - preparedness, response and recovery - of humanitarian action. Advisors serve as additional and/or surge capacity to the in-country UN Women office and/or as an inter-agency resource to support the UN Humanitarian/Resident Coordinator (HC/RC), humanitarian country teams (HCTs) and sector/cluster leads in the initial stages of sudden-onset emergencies and in protracted humanitarian situations.

Specific tasks may include disaster preparedness and contingency planning, participating in post-disaster needs assessments (PDNAs) or in multi-sector initial rapid assessments (MIRAs), training and capacity strengthening, conducting gender analyses, coordination of gender and women’s empowerment as a cross-cutting issue, etc.

  • Area 9: Training for Gender Equality:

UN Women ESAR will offer trainings for gender equality and women’s empowerment to UN Women staff, UN agencies, as well as government, civil society and partners. The gender capacity-development programmes will range from basic and introductory levels to specialized and advanced levels, aimed at diverse audiences with different backgrounds. In terms of capacity-development strategies and techniques, the training will make maximum use of on-line training techniques, paying special attention to e-learning courses and an active, participatory learning approach.

This roster aims to identify training for gender equality specialists with wide experience and a solid background and knowledge of training processes with different stakeholders that will allow them to adapt and implement good practices in the design and facilitation of participatory and innovative training for gender equality processes and materials both for face to face, eLearning and blended learning processes.


  • Demonstrates commitment to UN Women’s mission and vision;
  • Strategic strong technical capabilities;
  • Strong reporting and writing abilities;
  • Ability to work in a team, develop synergies and establish effective working relations with government counterparts, donors, NGOs and other development and humanitarian partners;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, and negotiating skills, and the ability to cope with situations that may pose conflict;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling UN Women’s values and ethical standards;
  • Sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Ability to accommodate additional demands on short notice;
  • Ability to work under pressure and in stressful situations;
  • Ability to manage heavy workloads and solve complex problems with minimum supervision.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Master, PhD) relevant to the thematic area.


  • At least five years of proven working experience relevant to the selected thematic area;
  • Extensive technical knowledge relevant to the thematic area;
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Excellent drafting and formulation skills; proven record of official reports or papers/studies in the selected area;
  • Experience with training and facilitation is an asset.


  • One or more of the following languages – English, French, Arabic or Portuguese;
  • As a minimum, candidates need a working knowledge of English or French as a minimum to be able to complete the application process;
  • Additional language skills are highly desirable.

Evaluation of Applicants:

Applicants will be screened against qualifications and the competencies specified for each thematic area/subcategory.

Contracting Arrangements:

  • Successful candidates will be included in the relevant thematic area of the UN Women Experts and Trainers Roster;
  • Entry into the roster system does not necessarily mean a guaranteed contract with UN Women. This will depend on forthcoming needs;
  • When a request for services arises, pertinent UN Women will contact the most appropriate consultant from the roster. While a formal direct selection process will not be conducted, there may be some selection procedures (i.e. verification interview or a request for a lump sum quote). A specific Terms of Reference outlining the outputs for each assignment will be provided and a Special Service Agreement (SSA) Contract will be issued to the consultant, detailing the timeframe and deadlines for the position. Conditions of a particular assignment may be negotiable;
  • Only applicants who pass all screening procedures will be included in the roster.



  • Payment will be made upon confirmation that the agreed upon services have been satisfactorily performed, as specified in the contract with UN Women.

Application procedures:

All online applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from

Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

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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