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Review of Female Military Officers Course
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||09-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|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 :||60 days over 3 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||60 days over 3 months|
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.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) program “Women, Peace and Security Global Facility: From Resolutions to Accountability and Leadership” is designed to support women’s and men’s equal leadership and participation in shaping peace and security and humanitarian action. Despite efforts by national militaries, the UN System, -dedicated advocacy and calls for more women in peacekeeping since the adoption of United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325 in 2000. Women are still significantly underrepresented in the military components of UN Peacekeeping Operations.
Since then, further policy initiatives and resolutions have been established to accelerate this call to action. These include the Department of Peacekeeping (DPO) Uniformed Gender parity Strategy1, the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) Initiative, and UN Security Council resolution 2242 of October 2015, which seeks to double the number of women in military and police contingents of UN PKO over the five years to 2020.
In support of this effort to increase the participation of women in in peacekeeping and on peace operations UN Women, in 2015 developed the Female Military Officers’ Course (FMOC). The FMOC is a measure designed to directly respond to this lack of progress and increase the number of military women in peacekeeping, with a particular focus on assisting to increase the numbers of women deployed as military experts on mission and as staff officers. This course supports the Secretary Generals mandates to the aim increase the number of women deployed on peacekeeping operations by helping to prepare them with the specific skills and knowledge necessary to be considered, selected, and deployed by their national military forces. Specific aims are defined as:
The FMOC course is a 10-day residential program that has been conducted a total of seventeen times since it was designed and piloted in 2015. In 2020 because of the global pandemic the course was modified for delivery in an online (virtual attendance) format with two courses being successfully run. In 2021 one virtual course has been run thus far and there is a plan to host four more, including the pilot Francophone course aimed at participants from French speaking Troop Contributing Countries (TCC) only. When the training is delivered in an in-person modality the course is hosted at peace-keeping centers in different global regions.
The course whilst centrally managed by UN Women utilizes contracting staff to deliver the training package. UN Women also has a relationship with Department of Peacekeeping Operations to assist in facilitating invitations via the Permanent Missions in New York and to assist in tracking previous participants to determine if they have bene deployed post undertaking the course.
The review will be gender and human rights responsive and comply with the UN Development Group Evaluation Guidelines (assessing relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability). The review will consist of a desk review of relevant program and policy documents, stakeholder interviews and field visits. It will include a mixed-methods approach using both qualitative and quantitative data. Stakeholder and beneficiary inputs will be gathered through field visits to the missions (where FMOC graduates are deployed), through focus groups and individual interviews where feasible and appropriate and virtual interviews when deemed necessary.
The Review should also use recent studies conducted by partner organisations where applicable to inform the recommendations. The review must comply with UN Evaluation Group Ethical Code of Conduct and UN Evaluation Norms and Standards. The review will take place over a four-month period, with a final validation meeting to be held at headquarters with identified stakeholders including donors, via webinar to ensure buy in of the findings and recommendations.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant is expected to produce the following:
An inception report:
The inception report should include the following:
The initial ‘learning report’:
The main body of the learning report should not exceed 30 pages and should include an executive summary, brief project background and main findings, with quotations where relevant. Technical information should be included in appendices only. The learning report should contain the following annexes:
Key Performance Indicators
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification: