Technical Expert to support the review and monitoring of security sector institutions curricula
From 2014 to 2016 UN Women started engagements on gender mainstreaming in security sector academic education. A gender gap analysis of the curricula was commissioned and recommendations for gender mainstreaming were developed. In August 2015 UN Women partnered with the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) in South Africa on a successful programme on gender sensitive curriculum development, which resulted in adoption of 14 gender sensitive curricula modules proposed by UN Women.
As a result of these engagements four universities namely Solusi University, University of Zimbabwe, Bindura University of Science Education, Africa University, and three security sector institutions, Zimbabwe Staff College and the National Defence College and the Institute of Correctional Services managed to mainstream gender in their peace, leadership, governance and peace programmes in partnership with UN Women. This programme is part of UN Women’s broad mandate to mainstream gender in the education curricula of academic security sector institutions in Zimbabwe to influence a better understanding of gender issues and women’s increased participation in leadership and decision making in line with UNSCR1325. As part of carrying forward this progressive proposal, UN Women started discussions around setting up a Security Sector Academic Think-tank comprising the trained security sector actors that we are programming with, and who were part of the training with ACCORD on gender mainstreaming in the security sector and curriculum development and will also rope in representatives from the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development.
To support this, work, UN Women is planning to hold a national conference on curriculum implementation, monitoring and sustainability.? In this regard the Entity is seeking to contract a consultant with experience in curriculum development and gender to provide guidance on monitoring and quality assurance of the gender mainstreamed degrees for continued sustainability and replicability.
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objective of the consultancy is to assess levels of implementation of the degree programmes that were mainstreamed, to review curricula that was gender mainstreamed and is being implemented by security sector institutions and academic institutions that teach governance, peace and security courses in the country, to come up with strategies to ?support implementation of the designed curricula on a continual basis in the respective security sector academic institutions and other universities, design tools for monitoring. Part of the assignment will also be to train the relevant personnel in these universities on how to implement the designed degree programmes in line with expected gender norms and standards. It is imperative that any learning content be responsive to the operating environment or context therefore in reviewing the curricula the consultant will be expected to pay particular attention to how if at all the curricula covers issues concerning women’s insecurities during the electoral periods; if current curricula does not cover this subject explore if there is? scope to ensure that this subject be covered in the existing curricula.
The major activities to be undertaken by the service provider contracted include the following:
- Design programme for the ?national conference, clearly articulating all processes for the 3 days’ work;
- Facilitate the national conference paying particular attention to women’s security during the electoral period and strategies that can be employed by the security sector to enhance women’s security;
- Develop a clear proposal/plan and monitoring tools on how to monitor curricula implementation going forward;
- Produce a detailed report on the proceedings of the workshop clearly articulating emerging issues and recommendations for strengthening the curricula.
- Programme for the workshop;
- Proposal/plan and monitoring tools for curricula implementation;
- Develop a sustainability plan for the curricula implementation;
- Detailed report on the proceedings of the workshop
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- 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: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
- Knowledge and experience in training and conducting research on Gender, Peace and Security Issues, with specific focus on security sector;
- Knowledge and experience in strengthening the capacities of security sector to mainstream gender equality and women’s human rights;
- Expertise in Curriculum Development from human rights based approach and sensitivity to gender issues in security sector;
- Expertise in Adult Training and Learning Methodologies.
Required Skills and Experience
- PHD in the areas of Development Studies, Governance, Human Rights ,Peace and Security, Gender or Social Sciences;
- At least 5 to10 years’ experience in training and workshop facilitation of security sector or other gender and development issues.
- Excellent written and verbal command of English;
- Knowledge of at least one local language, preferably Shona or Ndebele.