UN Women’s programme on Second Chance Education (SCE) and Vocational Training aims to reach out to and enable 40,000 underprivileged young women and women in India through education, training, employment and entrepreneurship skills. The programme aims to address the structural barriers young women and women face in realizing their full economic potential by trying out innovative pilots in all these verticals across project states viz Bihar, Maharashtra, Odisha and Rajasthan. To support young women and women in getting skilled and gainfully employed, the project adopts an empowerment approach to livelihoods as against the instrumental approach where the focus is merely on skills/income generation.

The activities to strengthen women’s learning and earning pathways, therefore, will be coupled by the capacity building initiatives on making women aware about their rights and entitlements, raise voice against violations and demand accountability from duty bearers. The Programme will adopt evidence-based policy advocacy, leveraging UN Women’s and implementing partners’ institutional relationships with key relevant Ministries such as Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Rural Development/National Rural Livelihoods Mission and Ministry of Human Resource Development. The programme intends to create a supportive ecosystem to enhance, women’s participation in the workforce and opportunities of self-employment, at the state as well as national level. The programme will be implemented in three districts in each of the four states.

Objectives of the Assignment:

Creation of women entrepreneurs is a key component of the SCE programme. However, lack of access to digital technology often acts as a barrier to women’s entrepreneurship. According to Internet and Mobile Association of India, only 18% of internet users were from rural areas in 2015 and among that, only one in 10 are women, which means there is a huge skew towards women not being able to access the internet. This is a huge barrier to encouraging rural entrepreneurship, implementing digital and financial inclusion, and building rural capacities and livelihoods. Therefore, familiarity with the internet and smart devices had been identified as one of the key skills required for the rural entrepreneurship because it played a great role in terms of improved incomes, knowledge, access to opportunities and access to government schemes. Thus, through the SCE programme UN Women is working towards promoting rural and digital entrepreneurship amongst the rural women and young women.

UN women have adopted the model of establishing 12 Women Empowerment Hubs (WEH) across the 12 programme districts. These WEHs are digitally enabled physical spaces with basic Information Technology set up that includes, laptops, computers, internet connection, printer, TV etc. The WEH is being managed by a hub manager in an integral manner to empower women from the community by acting as a “Community Resource Centre”.

UN Women is keen to seek technical expertise of a senior consultant to explore the possibility of enabling women to use the WEHs as a localised Social Enterprise. The capacity of the women will be built to act as entrepreneurs  to use the WEHs to earn a living by providing services   - e ticketing, filling forms online, online KYC, opening bank accounts etc, at a cost.In addition to these activities, the WEH that are currently functioning primarily as an education facilitation center can also act as a production centre linking the women to local supply chain.

The consultant will ensure that the 12 WEHs have a business plan to ensure sustainability post the programme duration. The consultant will also handhold women in these 12 hubs, who will be trained as entrepreneurs, in the first few months to implement the business plan. In addition to acting as a economic resource centre the WEH will also:

  • Promote women’s access to resources and opportunities
  • Support women in becoming economically independent through creating sustainable livelihoods.
  • Assist with self-reliance, raise self-esteem and a positive self-concept

Through this assignment the SCE programme will support the consultant to reach out to the identified women in programme districts, who would want and be able to reflect and bring transformational changes at business generation front. UN Women’s Implementing Partners will support the consultant in identifying women leaders from the ground who have already displayed some leadership skills and have interest in pursuing entrepreneurship. The consultant will develop training materials and train these women in entrepreneurial skills  and enhance their skills around expansive areas such as: Digital literacy, Basics of smartphone, Digital marketing, Citizen and financial services, Smartphone as a tool for business, Social media for networking and Online Safety. Three months after the initial training the consultant will also conduct a refresher training to reinforce the knowledge, capacity and skills in the identified women.

These women after the receiving the training will develop their business plans with the support of the Implementing Partners, on using the WEHs as social enterprise. The consultant will review the business plan and will provide need based mentoring support to women entrepreneurs.

Deberes y responsabilidades

  • Identify 45 master trainers and discuss their interest in leadership and entrepreneurship, in consultation with the Implementing Partners across the 12 Districts.
  • Map existing curriculums on the digital entrepreneurship in for rural women and conduct a desk review.
  • Compile/ develop a three-day training curriculum on rural and digital entrepreneurship to train the 45 selected master trainers to run and sustain an enterprise and create a ripple effect aiming to form rural entrepreneurs in four states – Bihar, Odisha, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.
  • Develop a pre and post training assessment questionnaire.
  • Develop training kit which includes hard copies of reference material for the trainees to be used during and post training. These kits will be distributed to the 45 trainees.
  • Translate the training curriculum and the kit in 3 languages –Hindi, Odiya and Marathi.
  • Conduct the 3 days orientation training.
  • Training report of the orientation training.
  • Review business plans made by women entrepreneurs and provide them mentoring support between first and second training
  • After three months conduct a three-day refresher training to review, reinforce and upgrade participants’ existing knowledge and skills of the master trainers.
  • Training report of the refresher training.


  • A list of 45 women mentors to be trained.
  • Orientation training curriculum for a three-day training.
  • Orientation training report.
  • Finalised business plans.
  • Refresher training Curriculum.
  • Refresher training report.


Core Values / Guiding Principles:


  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Functional Competencies:

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills.
  • Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.

Habilidades y experiencia requeridas


  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences/ Social Work /Gender Studies/Public Administration/Policy or related fields.


  • Minimum 5 years of experience at the national/state level working with development projects including hands-on experience of training and capacity building on issues related to Gender Equality and Women’s Rights.
  • Substantive experience of conducting mentorship trainings/workshops/capacity building exercises essential.
  • Substantive experience of working in the area of digital entrepreneurship.
  • Experience of working with national/ state governments; particularly on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women is a must.


  • Proficiency in English; good command over Hindi in reading and writing.

Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site:


Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:

  • All 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, please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment;
  • Applications received after the close date will not be accepted;
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Evaluation and Selection Criteria: 

Criteria for shortlisting of CVs will be based on the following assessment:

  • Required Degree and Qualification (5 points);
  • Minimum Experience relevant to the assignment (10 points);
  • Working knowledge and experience of working with National /State Government (5 points);

The evaluation process for selection of the candidate will be based on the following assessment:

  • Interview (100 Points)

Please Note:

  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 65 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.


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.