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Lead Consultant to Deliver UN Women's Training on Gender and Economics

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Economics
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-08

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UN Women Background:

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works 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 leads and coordinates UN system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world.

Unit/ Project Background:

Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are global policy priorities. Over the past decade, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and UN Women (UNW) have both made significant contributions to economic literature through country-level and cross-country analytical studies. Gender issues are also increasingly becoming an integral part of capacity development through the IMF’s technical assistance and training. On March 29, the Steering Committee of the Africa Training Institute (ATI) endorsed work on emerging macro-significant priorities, including gender-responsive macroeconomics.

Accordingly, ATI intends to launch, in collaboration with UNW and relevant IMF departments, a two-week course on gender and economics. Drawing from UN Women’s Training Manual on Gender and Economics, the course will present feminist approaches to macroeconomics, microeconomics and international economics; build capacity on gender analyses of global and regional economic trends, including those related to economic crises; and capacity for formulating gender-responsive economic policy for programme implementation, policymaking, and advocacy; The training will also provide an overview of international efforts to implement gender budgeting, key concepts and principles, and entry points in the budget process for addressing gender equality goals. It will review internationally recognized standards for successful gender responsive budgeting programs, drawing on UNW’s extensive experience. The overall objective of this two weeks course is to provide basic and intermediate level training modules on Engendering Economics, with the specific goal of building technical capacity of various stakeholders in the area of gender and economics to meet their needs, so as to equip them with tools to engage policy-makers and other development partners operating in the area of economic policy making and implementation. The target audience will comprise officials from ministries of finance and sectoral ministries committed to implementing essential components of gender budgeting in their home ministries.

This blended learning module aims to strengthen capacity development by sharing existing knowledge but also contributing to much needed new knowledge in today's fast changing social and economic environment.

At the end of the program we expect that participants will have the knowledge capacity to:

  • Understand the concept of gender as a category of economic analysis;
  • Advocate gender- aware analyses of economics;
  • Guide on gender-aware macroeconomics;
  • Work with governments, intergovernmental bodies and international development agencies to formulate gender-equitable economic policies at the national, regional and international levels;
  • Give analytical support to Civil Society Organizations in their advocacy efforts to promote gender equality in economic policy- making.

The IMF and UN Women have previously successfully collaborated, including in February 2018, when the two institutions collaborated to offer a peer learning workshop at ATI on gender responsive budgeting. Also, the two institutions have collaborated in undertaking research that recognizes and highlights the linkages between gender equality and economic growth; jointly delivered a regional training for staff of both institutions to strengthen technical capacity on the aspects of gender and macroeconomic frameworks. The collaboration between the two institutions is geared towards the goal of inclusive economic growth.

In this context, UN Women and the IMF are organizing a 10-day face-to-face training on gender and economics at the IMF Training Center in Mauritius from, 3rd – 14th February 2020.  As part of this process, UN Women is recruiting a lead instructor, who will provide overall guidance to the team delivering the training as well as deliver some trainings.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objective of the Consultancy:

The overall objective of the consultancy is to prepare the content (ppts, handouts and other resources) for the course on Gender and Economics as well as to lead the delivery of the10 days face to face sessions from 3-14th February 2020.  The course aims at strengthening the capacities of participants on gender-responsive economic policy. The course provides training on Gender and Economics, to facilitate the development practice that better reflects the needs and priorities of all people -leaving no one behind- including women and girls.

Description of the course:

The full course will include the following topics:

  • Concepts and Macroeconomic Cost of Gender Equality;
  • Employment, Decent Work and Social Protection;
  • Gender, Public Finance and Investing in Gender Equality ;
  • Gender Responsive Budgeting:
    • Introduction and Best Practices;
    • Practitioner’s experiences;
    • Application.
  • Economic Policymaking and the SDGs;
  • Gender Income inequality and poverty;
  • Gender Trade and Value Chains.

Description of Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Regional Policy Advisor (UN Women ESARO) and Deputy Director (IMF- ATI), with support of the Economics Specialist in the Economic Empowerment Section (UN-HQ), the consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:




Preparation of Sessions 

Prepare the content of the training (PowerPoint presentations, handouts and other resources), and a detailed agenda for the training. The consultant will tailor the training to the participants’ background, using the UN Women’s Gender and Economics Training Manual as background material.

2 days 

Lead and Deliver the Face to Face Training                                                                                                                                                                     

Lead and facilitate the Delivery of the 10-day training at the IMF Training Centre. This include providing guidance to three consultants who will be part of the team delivering the training. 

10 Days 

Final Report 

 Prepare final report of the training with recommendations 

3 days 


Duration of services:

This is a 15 days consultancy, beginning on 12 December 2019 and ending on 3rd March 2020.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • 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:

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • In-depth knowledge of gender equality and some knowledge of the UN system;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, ability to foster networks and partnerships; this is not critical for the assignment
  • Ability to work in team and develop synergies;
  • Ability to interact effectively with different stakeholders (internal and external);
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Innovative and Creative.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Ph.D. in Economics, with expertise in the areas of gender and development. Masters with over 15 years of experience will be accepted in lieu of a Ph.D.


  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in gender and economics;
  • Minimum 5 years of teaching economics, gender or development courses at the university level;
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the field of training for adults, capacity building, and transformative education;
  • Work experience in knowledge management and capacity development projects;
  • Experience leading participatory, interactive, multi-cultural training for adults;
  • Experience coordinating participatory processes;
  • Experience working with civil society, NGOs at the national level;
  • Experience working with development and cooperation organizations at the national and international level;
  • Work experience in the United Nations is a requirement.



Fluency in English is required;

Working knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.

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.
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