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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • International Relations
    • Political Affairs
    • Social Affairs
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-30

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Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)


Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women will work 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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Women’s leadership and political participation is one of UN Women’s primary areas of work as mandated in its inception, recognizing the integral role of women in strong and stable democratic processes. Through its Leadership and Governance section, UN Women works to implement Goal 1 of its Strategic Plan 2014-17 “Women lead and participate in all areas of decision-making”. To that end, UN Women developed a comprehensive, peer-reviewed theory of change (TOC) on women’s political empowerment and leadership and a strategic programming approach to enable more women of all ages to fully participate, lead and engage in political institutions and processes. The TOC is grounded in the achievements, knowledge generated and lessons learned from the implementation of UN Women’s Strategic Plans 2011-2013 and 2014-2017, and are designed to guide countries towards reaching Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 5.5: “ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.”

Capacity development of women leaders through training is a core activity undertaken by UN Women Country Offices. A variety of training tools and approaches have been used to date with varying degrees of success and consistency across countries. In 2016, UN Women supported a mapping and analysis of more than 200 training courses produced by both UN Women and external organizations on various aspects of women’s leadership. The mapping yielded recommendations for a standard UN Women curriculum on women’s political leadership that could contribute to UN Women’s goal that more women of all ages fully participate, lead and engage in political institutions and processes. UN Women is now seeking a consultant with advanced training expertise to design a comprehensive, modular training curriculum on women’s political empowerment and leadership.

Duties and Responsibilities


Under the supervision of the UN Women Policy Advisor and/or Policy Specialist on Political Participation and in collaboration with the UN Women Training Centre, the consultant will be responsible for designing a comprehensive, modular training curriculum on women’s political empowerment and leadership that will take the form of a UN Women training manual for women’s political empowerment and leadership. Specifically, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

Task 1: Design a training manual for UN Women on political empowerment and leadership that can be adapted to national contexts

  • Review UN Women’s 2016 training course mapping report, analysis and recommendations as well as relevant training materials consulted for the mapping.
  • Review UN Women’s TOC for women’s political empowerment and leadership and related documents to ensure curriculum’s strategic alignment.
  • Design a modular training curriculum incorporating recommendations of the mapping and aligning with UN Women’s Strategic Plan, and based on the 4 components of UN Women’s TOC for women’s political empowerment and leadership:

                      i.        Electoral frameworks and arrangements promote gender balance in elections and decision-making bodies;

                     ii.        A cadre of interested, diverse and capable women political leaders is formed;

                    iii.        Women are perceived as equally legitimate and effective political leaders as men; and

                   iv.        Women are promoted as leaders in gender sensitive political institutions.

Draft a training manual organized around these 4 components, with several modules ready for delivery, and scope for adding modules over time as needed.

Task 2: Develop complete training modules on priority topics for adaptation/delivery by UN Women’s Country Offices

  • Develop up to 5 training modules to be included in the training manual that can be adapted at country-level based on priority training areas identified by UN Women’s Political Participation unit, and as requested by UN Women Country Offices.
  • Modules will include activities, facilitators’ notes, and corresponding support materials and/or templates that can be adapted for country-level training (i.e. PowerPoints, handouts, reading lists, etc.).

Priority topics will include:

                      i.        A core module on women’s political participation, with a component on young women’s leadership;

                     ii.        A core training module on campaigning for women candidates; and

                    iii.        A partial adaptation of a local government training module originally developed in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Additional priority topics, time permitting, may include:

                      i.        Violence against women in politics;

                     ii.        Inclusive electoral processes;

                    iii.        A module on social norms; and

                   iv.        A core module for elected women representatives.

Task 3: Support co-creation and/or piloting of training curriculum with select UN Women Country Office(s)

  • Work in concert with select UN Women Country Office(s) to inform, adapt and pilot completed modules of the training curriculum, and adjust the curriculum accordingly.
  • Consult regularly with the Women’s Political Participation Unit and Training Centre on good practices and evolving training needs of UN Women’s partners.


1.    Proposal and work plan for training manual and module design/development (Tasks 1-3)

2.    A draft UN Women modular training manual on women’s political empowerment and leadership (Task 1)

3.    At least 4 completed training modules ready for delivery, with supporting materials, exercises and templates (Task 2)

4.    At least 1 pilot of one or more completed modules in select country in collaboration with UN Women Country Office and Training Centre (Task 3) 



Core Values and Guiding Principles

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling UN Women values and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to UN Women’s mission and vision.
  • Able to work effectively within a team.
  • Displays cultural and gender sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Able to multi-task and juggle competing demands.
  • Can assess and prioritize work needs quickly.
  • Able to relate to external partners, including other international organizations and agencies, NGOs, grassroots community groups, etc.

Functional Competencies

  • Sound expertise in gender equality and women’s empowerment, including on women’s political participation.
  • Advanced expertise in training curriculum design and development.
  • Training facilitation experience in different countries.
  • Broad knowledge of training techniques and tools.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Fluent in Microsoft word, excel, e-mail, web-based applications and databases.
  • Demonstrated leadership and personal examples of promoting knowledge management and a professional learning environment.
  • Outstanding networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills.
  • Capacity to work with diverse partners including governments, donors and civil society.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with people from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.
  • Ability to produce well-written documents demonstrating excellent interpersonal communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience



  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Gender Studies, Education-related fields, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, or relevant field and/or equivalent practical experience.


  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as in training facilitation and curriculum design/development.
  • Substantive knowledge of and experience in women’s political participation, elections and campaign planning, local government, and women’s leadership generally.
  • Experience in working and communicating in a multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated capacity to draft and produce well-written, clear training manuals and training materials for effective understanding, adaptation and delivery.
  • Experience with UN organizations and programmes or intergovernmental processes, including those related to women’s empowerment, gender mainstreaming and gender equality is an asset.
  • Experience working with multi-stakeholder organizations is essential: governments, CSOs, and the UN/multilateral/bilateral institutions.


  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Working knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.


Please submit the following to demonstrate your interest and qualifications:

Price proposal (All-inclusive daily fee)

Interested individuals are kindly requested to submit an all-inclusive daily consultancy fee. The applicable cost for travel from home to duty station (most economical route) will be provided for by UN-Women.

Personal CV and/or P11

Interested individuals must submit their applications online through UNDP Online Recruitment System. Applicants are encouraged to fill and sign a P11 Form and submit it on the online application, although regular CVs are also acceptable. The P11 Form can be obtained at

Application Evaluation Process

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the Cumulative Analysis methodology [weighted scoring method], where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

The following criteria will be used in Technical Evaluation:

  • Relevant work experience in the field of communications, including experience in electronic knowledge network management and project management.
  • Expertise in gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Demonstrated leadership and personal examples of promoting knowledge management and a professional learning environment.

UN Women is applying fair and transparent selection process that would take into account both the technical qualification of Consultants as well as their price proposals. The contract will be awarded to the candidate obtaining the highest combined technical and financial scores.  

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.
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