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|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based with field visits, SOUTH AFRICA|
|Application Deadline :||08-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||70 working days|
UN Women is grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. UN Women’s mandate entails the elimination of discrimination against women and girls and promotion of equality between women and men. To accomplish this mandate, UN Women partners with government, private sector and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in advancing gender equality and women empowerment globally.
UN Women partnered with De Beers Group in 2017 in a programme aimed at building the capacity of women micro-entrepreneurs in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. A programme of support called Acceleration of Women Micro-Entrepreneurs (AWOME) was developed in 2017 and has been implemented since 2018 in the three programme countries. AWOME Programme will be implemented until December 2022 with evaluations and handover to partner governments planned for 2023. The capacity building entails training of micro-entrepreneurs on business management and life skills, handholding the entrepreneurs to implement actions to change their businesses and by linking the entrepreneurs to other services that can support the growth and sustainability of their businesses and/or advance the quality of their lives.
AWOME Programme is co-implemented in a model where UN Women shares responsibilities with implementing partners in the respective countries. In Botswana, UN Women has a partnership with the government, Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs (MNIGA), as well as with an NGO implementing partner called Adore Little Children (ALC). In South Africa, government partners are Musina and Blouberg Local Municipalities while NGO implementing Partner is Hand in Hand Southern Africa. In Namibia, AWOME Programme partnership is with the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (MGEPESW). MGEPESW is both a strategic partner (to represent government interests and perspectives in the programme) and also an implementing partner of the Programme.
The AWOME Programme has three main outputs as follows;
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective and scope of the assignment
UN Women seeks to contract a consultant to provide communication support for the programme and produce the following deliverables.
AWOME Model utilizes a unique approach involving a range of diverse partners (Government, Private sector, United Nations and NGOs) as well as robust implementation approach that is aligned with the globally acclaimed ILO model called Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) Programme. The model departs from typical training programme as it delivers training in approaches tailored to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and provides post training support to apply skills gained from the training and drive positive change. Feedback from the entrepreneurs show that the nature of the implementation model is a significant contributor to the success of the programme.
Literature and global experience show the value of partnerships in the achievement of development goals. The value of partnerships is duly recognized by the international community as articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, SDG 17 (Partnerships for Goals) which exalts the need to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize global partnerships for sustainable development.
AWOME Programme seeks to document both the partnership and the programme model into a knowledge product that can be used internally by partner organizations and/or shared externally with other organizations to inform partnerships by organizations of similar nature. The knowledge product should highlight both the positive aspects as well as lesson learnt for improvement.
UN Women would like to document a number of case studies showcasing the results of the programme. The case studies will target the following beneficiaries;
The stories should be documented professionally and be compiled in a professionally designed booklet. UN Women requires both print ready soft copies of the booklet as well as the set of case all studies documented individually. The programme has collected professional photos. Those interviewed may already have been photographed in other occasions. In the event that photos are not available and travel is not possible, UN Women will organize with partners to take photographs for use in the booklet.
Training of Trainers and Partner Organizations for effective communications.
UN Women is responsible for strengthening technical capacity to enable the implementing partners to execute their responsibilities (output above). AWOME Programme provides a range of capacity building interventions targeting trainers as well as programme team from partner organizations to enhance capacity to deliver on the programme and on other institutional mandate that contribute to the empowerment of women and girls.
UN Women aims to strengthen the capacity of trainers and partner organizations in communication skills with a focus on the following aspects:
The consultant will be required to conduct up to six workshops virtually to provide capacity building on the above areas. In addition, the consultant will need to provide limited time to mentor the trainers by giving them practical assignments, reviewing them and providing feedback. For improvement. The mentorship can be provided in groups if the dignity of each participant is protected through e.g., anonymity in the source of document. Sensitivity to group dynamic and individual differences is required and a pre-requisite for successful learning outcomes.
Key Performance Indicators and deliverables
The table below details the key performance indicator, expected deliverables and time allocation.
Competencies and Qualifications
Core values / guiding principles
Required Skills and Experience
Technical skills and professional experience:
Proposal (Maximum 4 pages):
The application should be submitted by 8 August 2020. Your application package must include;
Please note that you must include your technical and financial proposal together with your CV before submitting. CVs that do not have tecnical and financial proposals will be considered invalid and will not be further considered.
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.
UN WOMEN 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 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.