Consultant to conduct a series of webinars based on podcasts



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Kingston, JAMAICA
Application Deadline :08-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Mar-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :2 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :20 working days in a 2 month period

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.


Background

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.

UN Women - in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and European Commission - is implementing the regional programme “Win-Win: Gender Equality Means Good Business” to contribute to the economic empowerment of women, recognizing them as beneficiaries and partners of growth and development, by increasing commitment of private companies to gender equality and women´s empowerment and strengthening companies’ capacities to implement these commitments. The programme will ultimately contribute to the achievement of gender equality through enabling women’s labour force participation, entrepreneurship, economic empowerment and thus their full and equal participation in society.

Targeting women led enterprises and networks, multi-national companies, and relevant stakeholders in Europe and selected Latin American and Caribbean countries, the project will promote business links, joint ventures and innovation between women from both regions, while supporting inter-regional dialogue and exchange of good practices to increase the capacity of the private sector more broadly in the implementation of gender equal business.

The Economist Intelligence Unit Limited, in a 2015 report entitled “Private Sector Development in The Caribbean: A Regional Overview” referred to a scoping study of gender and enterprise development conducted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The study noted that the Caribbean is characterized by low levels of labour market participation by women. Moreover, where women do participate in the labour market, it is mainly as employees and in low-growth, low-status and low-paying sectors. The suggested reason for this is the high level of gender stereotyping in the Caribbean, which has led to women being segregated educationally and consequently also occupationally and sectorally; this is even though women dominate tertiary education enrolment across the region. A recent study by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), an economics focused think tank, found that Jamaican women have less access to paid work and resources than men do and bear the largest responsibility for unpaid reproductive work. The study showed clearly that the allocation of Jamaican women's time to unpaid care work has a negative correlation with their labour force participation rates, labour exclusion and gender pay gaps.

The guiding platform to achieve gender equality is the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), launched in 2010 by UN Women and the UN Global Compact. The WEPs are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and are informed by real-life business practices and inputs gathered from across the globe.

In Jamaica, a total of thirty-nine companies have signed the UN Women/UN Global Compact Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) CEO Statement of Support. Having demonstrated their high-level commitment to women’s empowerment and gender equality, it will be necessary to navigate these companies along the WEPs pathway enabling them to translate their commitments into corporate plans that are integrated throughout the business and across the value chain.

Description of Podcasts:

  • In collaboration with We-Xport Programme of the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), a 5-part Podcast series was developed, the objectives of which are:
  • Sensitize and create awareness on the issues faced by women in the private sector
  • Educate and expose markets to the critical role the private sector plays
  • Promote exports as a viable business growth strategy

The episodes are as follows:

  • Episode 1 – We Speak Introduction
  • Episode 2- Gender Equality Pays

Research shows that where businesses can successfully integrate gender equality into their strategy, the payoff is visible not only in an improved working environment but in their bottom line. In this episode

  • Episode 3 - Scaling Up Your Business

This episode assists with deciding on the right path to growth for businesses and provides tips for pursuit of growth. 

  • Episode 4 - Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

The proverbial glass ceiling is often referred to when employers, especially women, seemingly reach a plateau and find it impossible to advance any further.  Is the glass ceiling real? How do women break through it? And is entrepreneurship a viable alternative to the limits of the corporate world?

  • Episode 5 - To Europe and Beyond

This episode explores opportunities available beyond the Caribbean for regional products and services, while examining trends, key strategies for export growth and specific challenges women-owned businesses might encounter. Implications of the Brexit debate in the UK on the trade landscape for Caribbean businesses is also discussed. 

 


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultancy is under Win-Win Activity 1.1.3 Conduct 4-5 webinars with podcasts developed with Caribbean Export- Linked to UNLearn (the impact of COVID will also be introduced). The consultant will be contracted to conduct a series of interactive 2-hour webinars based on the podcasts.

Under the overall supervision of the UN Women MCO - Caribbean Representative and reporting directly to the National Private Sector Specialist, the consultant will conduct the following tasks:

  • Prepare workplan and timeline
  • Develop training materials for target groups of participants
  • Design webinar series for relevant key stakeholders
  • Conduct and facilitate 4 - 5 sessions of webinars (2-hour sessions) utilizing the podcasts as a basis.  
  • Prepare and submit reports of the consultancy activities and forward recommendations and lessons learned. 

The consultant must be equipped with a fully-functional laptop, which must run at least Windows 7. The consultant must be reasonably accessible by email and telephone (preferably mobile). The use of reliable, internet-based telecommunications application software (Skype or equivalent) is required.


Competencies

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:

https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637.

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to support the design and development of training and educational material for a professional audience.
  • Knowledge of Results-Based Management principles and approaches, including gender mainstreaming.
  • Ability to maintain networks and partnerships with key private sector partners.

 


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Postgraduate degree in public administration, law, economics, human rights, gender equality, management, social sciences or other related areas is required. In lieu of a post-graduate degree, 8 years of practical experience working in gender issues may be considered in addition to a Bachelor’s degree.  

Experience:

  • At least five (5) years’ experience working on gender and development issues, and human rights;
  • At least five (5) years’ experience developing guidelines/modules, facilitating workshops or trainings, advocating women’s rights/human rights
  • At least three (3) years’ experience working in private sector companies’ environment and corporate management practices and policies;
  • Excellent analytical skills and high level written and oral communications skills in English.
  • Experience working with women entrepreneurs is an asset; and

Languages:

  • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Spanish is an asset.

Desirable Skills:

  • Prior experience in the private sector and in the Caribbean is preferred
  • Prior experience in trade related issues in the CARIFORUM Region
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills

Note:

  • Submissions to UNDP Jobs are limited to a maximum of 10 MB, virus-free or corrupted contents to avoid rejection, and no more than 1 email transmission.  
  • All applications must be submitted through UNDP jobs. Please do not send applications to UN Women staff as they will not be accepted.

 

 

UN Women is committed to diversity in the world of work in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality and culture. Women and others belonging to groups of people of African descent, indigenous people, LGBTTI, with disabilities, living with HIV and other vulnerable groups are encouraged to present themselves.

 



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