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Gender Training Toolkit Development and Roll out Consultant

Gender Training Toolkit Development and Roll out Consultant

West Bank- Jerusalem

VN/WB/004/2018

Deadline for Applicant: 27 January 2018

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000 staff.

BACKGROUND

The proposed project seeks to foster gender equality and thereby reduce gender based violence, by mainstreaming non-hegemonic notions of masculinities throughout UNRWA schools.

It is increasingly recognised that in order to transform socio-cultural norms, interventions must target men and boys. Given the preferential power that patriarchy confers on men (who adhere to dominant notions of masculinity), profound changes in gender relations are unlikely to occur without the active engagement of men and boys. Such endeavours must support men to internalise notions of manhood that are conducive to gender equality. Women also play a central role in the construction and reproduction of dominant ideas of manhood. For example, as mothers, wives and sisters, women reward, praise, and expect men to conform to hegemonic masculinities.

Moreover, alongside the family, the first few years of school play a critical role in a child’s gender socialisation. Curriculum and instructional materials often (re)produce gender bias which is then played out within the school yard through peer and teacher interactions[1]. However, there is increasing awareness that teaching material designed and reviewed through a gender lens, with an explicit commitment to gender equality, accompanied by robust teacher training, can begin to transform the root causes of inequitable gender norms and GBV.

Description of Duties and Responsibilities

In light of the above, the purpose of the consultancy is to develop gender training toolkit and support the roll-out of teaching materials and activities that promote alternative masculinities, to be used in grades one to four of UNRWA schools, as well as with children from grades one to nine during school vacation activities. Specifically, the purpose of the assignment is to: 

•         In partnership with an international consultant, contribute to the below deliverables by providing both technical and cultural inputs and providing translation and interpretation where required;

•          Review the curricula/teaching materials currently used within UNRWA schools from grades 1 to 4;

•         In close consultation with an UNRWA Technical Steering Committee, develop teaching material/activities that promotes alternative masculinities to be used in grades 1 to 4 of UNRWA boys and girls schools.

•         Develop session plans/activities that promote alternative masculinities to be used with students in grades 1 to 9 during summer break camps.

•         Develop a training package on the teaching material;

•         Develop a ToT training and on the job coaching package;

•         Deliver a ToT to a cadre of education staff and support them to deliver the training package to 2 to 3 training cohorts; 

Essential Qualifications and Experience

•         Post Graduate degree from an accredited educational institution in Gender Studies or a related field;

•         Professional qualification in the provision of trainings and assessments;

•         Five years of experience in developing and delivering training and coaching packages

•         Eight years of relevant work experience in gender based violence prevention and gender quality programs in Palestine;

•         Experience in facilitating and building participatory/consensus approaches and processes;

•         Ability to translate and interpret from English to Arabic and vice versa.

•         Previous experience in curriculum development particularly in primary school level would be an asset.

Competencies

•         Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic;

•         Strong leadership and interpersonal skills;

•         Excellent organizational and prioritization skills;

•         Able to manage well under pressure and tight deadlines;

•         Good knowledge of participatory approaches;

•         Strong concern for efficiency, accuracy and attention to details,

•         Good knowledge of communication strategies and techniques;

•         Able to work independently while being a strong team player;

•         Excellent computer skills: must be competent in the use of Windows, MS office programs (Word, Excel, etc), and email programs;

•         A valid driving license and willingness to drive throughout the West Bank.

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

•         The duration of the consultancy is 8 months;

•         Remuneration for this consultancy will depend on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To start the application process, applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.org by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Only applications received through http://jobs.unrwa.org will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted. Please ensure that the e-mail address and mobile phone number that you will indicate in your Personal History Profile are accurate, candidates shortlisted for test or interview can be contacted by e-mail or phone.

The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process. The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.

General information

This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates.

UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.

Date of issue: 10 January 2018

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location:
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date:

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