Gender Equality and Humanitarian Action Specialist At UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Gender Equality and Humanitarian Action Specialist

The main deliverables are organized into the following four phases:
Phase one – programme design: the design of the Package is expected to build on existing materials that are adapted to OCHA’s context with case study materials and exercises that are relevant to the strategic and operational environment. Detailed learning needs will be identified through a review of existing documentation, consultation with key stakeholders across the organization. Consultations with key partner organizations will also be undertaken to map key references including the UNS mandatory gender course, good practices and models that can be replicated. The main output from this phase is a comprehensive assessment of learning needs and preparation of a framework for the Package which includes the expected outcomes, activities/outputs for each, inputs, timeline and responsibilities.
Phase two – self-study module: design of the module to provide learners with information on gender equality and gender analysis concepts, methods, tools and case study. It will have targeted sections for senior managers, programme/operational staff and all staff. It will draw on a mix of resources from articles, videos, e-courses and other. This also entails development of modules/power point sessions on gender that can be used by participants in delivery of gender analysis trainings.
Phase three: applied skill building E workshop series: building on the self-study modules, design and deliver two webinar series; one focusing on senior managers (2 sessions of 2 hours each); and a TOT for gender focal points and other key staff (3 sessions of 2 hours each). The workshops will be interactive and applied with space for exchanging on issues, sharing good practices and building a community. A detailed Workbook that outlines skills, tools and approaches to be provided to all participants at the start of the workshop. It should also contain a personal action plan to facilitate the application of learning into their work. For the TOT participants, a personal plan will be developed to deliver the training in their offices/region.
Phase four: application with peer coaching: this phase builds the learning from self-study and the E workshop series to focus on application. Participants will continue to apply the learning and to go deeper in developing their skills and knowledge. Two facilitated learning exchange sessions will be held following the E workshop so participants can discuss on issues, challenges and share successes.

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Expected duration

The initiative will begin in October 2021 and conclude in August 2022. Noting the core design and delivery is from November 2021 to March 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities

OCHA’s commitment to gender equality and empowerment of women is anchored in its new Gender Policy Instruction and Action Plan 2021-2025 which is being rolled out across the organization. As a priority, in support of the new policy and OCHA’s enhanced capacity to effectively promote gender equality in humanitarian coordination, it is planned to develop the OCHA Gender Equality and Humanitarian Action Learning Initiative. In line with the priorities of the new policy, the initiative will focus on strengthening capacity in gender analysis, engaging women and girls and GBV. The target audience is for all levels of the organization with priority to equip Gender Focal Points, country and regional office managers and other operational/programme staff such as inter cluster coordinators, focal points on need assessment, protection, civil military coordination; fund managers and others. This Terms of Reference outlines a consultancy to design and deliver the package under the overall guidance of the People Strategy and Management Committee (PSMC) and managed by the OCHA Gender Unit, OASG. The contract is expected to run from 1 October 2021 to 31 August 2022.
The OCHA Gender Equality and Humanitarian Action Learning Package will be structured in four parts: i) an online self-study package that covers the three priority areas outlined in the Policy Instruction on Gender Equality; iii) interactive TOT webinar training series with a focus on developing capacity to implement the priority areas; iii) senior managers forums; and iv) application with peer coaching. It will target multiple levels including senior managers and programme/operational staff (e.g. humanitarian funds, inter cluster coordination, protection focal points, CMCcoord focal points, other).
The overall aim of the initiative is to support the implementation of the Policy Instruction on Gender Equality and the Gender Action Plan 2021-2025. Specific objectives are to:
• Strengthen and build new knowledge and skills in gender equality concepts and gender analysis in support of humanitarian action and OCHA’s role;
• Establish minimum professional standards in gender equality and gender analysis resulting in common approaches and consistency across the organization; and
• Build a common OCHA culture and networks across the organization in support of the new gender policy and plan.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: • Available reference materials that cover concepts, tools and models on gender equality and gender analysis in the humanitarian action context.
• Ability to design a customized E Workshop series which builds on existing modules and targets needs of senior managers and a TOT version for Gender Focal Points.
• Ability to deliver interactive and engaging webinar-based training with case study and other learning methods which allow for exchanges on issues and good practices.
Academic Qualifications: Degree in social sciences, political sciences, international relations, education and other as relevant. A post graduate degree is desirable.
Experience: • Experience in delivering gender equality and gender analysis training to humanitarian entities in the UN System including senior managers, technical and operational staff. A working knowledge of OCHA’s mandate/role and humanitarian coordination is desirable.
• Candidates from the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply.
Language: Fluency in English. Knowledge of French

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