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United Nations recruiting International Trainer on Gender Aspects of Mediation and Networking


Istanbul, Turkey, 09 February 2015

Background

The training in gender aspects of mediation conducted in Yerevan in November 2013 and in Istanbul in April, 2014 already contributed to the forming of a platform for IDP and conflict-affected women from different civil society organisations to start discussing joint, mostly humanitarian issues influencing lives of Abkhaz, South Ossetian and Georgian communities as a result of unresolved/frozen conflicts. United Nations in partnership with IWPR plans to further strengthen the capacity of women peace activists and gender equality advocates, especially women affected by conflicts and displacement. The goal is to create a pool of local gender experts / well informed advocates with knowledge and capacities to influence formal peace processes and successfully advocate for inclusion of women/ women’s interests in the confidence building and conflict resolution processes. It is also expected that these capacities can be successfully used in mediating local conflicts.

With this aim, another cycle of capacity development training in “Gender Aspects of Mediation and Networking” will be conducted in close cooperation by United Nations and IWPR. The training will be focused on mediation and networking skills’ building. Suggested three-day training will be organized in Istanbul by the end of March beginning of April 2015 (final decision on the timeline will be made together with the selected trainer). Participants will include 15 Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Abkhaz and South Ossetian, Ukrainian and Moldovan women peace activists and gender equality advocates. The proposed initiative will be fully in line with the UN SCR #1325 and further #2122 (2013) aiming to strengthen women’s role in all stages of conflict prevention.

The specific aims of the training will be:

  • to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills about networking to influence the peacebuilding processes at local and regional levels; 

  • to enhance participants’ understanding, knowledge and confidence in women’s contributions to  conflict resolution and peacebuilding processes;

  • to increase participants’ knowledge and skills in conflict mediation and leadership in order to influence and participate / advocate for participation of women as well as women’s needs in conflict resolution and peace building processes.

United Nations WEPD project in partnership with IWPR intends to hire an international trainer/consultant to prepare and conduct the training in “Gender Aspects of Mediation and Networking” for the group of selected 15 participants. Selected trainer is expected to build the training programme on the basis of United Nations Guidelines on Mediation.

Duties and Responsibilities

In further details the duties and responsibilities of the international trainer/consultant will be as follows:

  • To prepare a training needs assessment questioner to be filled out by all participants, detailed training module, agenda and methodology on “Gender Aspects of Mediation and Networking” and submit  it for approval to United Nations;

  • To ensure that training module is adequate for the audience on the basis of the received filled in questionnaires and previous experience working on women, peace and security issues and that suitable case scenarios are used for the role plays and exercises;

  • To ensure that the training materials reflect women’s needs, some of the best across conflicts’ networking practices, lessons learned and is conducive to learning for women activists;

  • To conduct three-day intensive training on “Gender Aspects of Mediation and Networking” for 15  selected women with the aim to enhance participants’ understanding, knowledge and skills in women’s contributions to  conflict resolution and peacebuilding processes; on how to create the network and how to contribute to the peacebuilding processes through such networking;

  • To elaborate the training evaluation questionnaire and ensure that all key substantive questions are included to help evaluate the level of the participants’ knowledge prior and after the training;

  • Submit a comprehensive final training report. The report shall include comprehensive information on conducted training, its evaluation based on filled in questionnaires and observations during the training;

  • Trainer shall ensure that final report includes recommendations for further work in the area of mediation and networking in order to increase the gender equality advocates’ and women’s capacity in networking and peacebuilding;

Deliverables:

  • Developed training needs assessment questioner, training module, agenda and methodology  – March 25, 2014 (4 working days);

  • Conducted three-day training for 15 selected human rights and gender equality activists/NGO representatives – by 12 April 2015 (3 working days);

  • Submitted final narrative training report including information on conducted training sessions and learning outcomes, documented any significant training achievements, summery of evaluation based on filled in questionnaires and observations during the training and final recommendations for future work in the area– 20 April, 2015 (3 working days).

Submission Deadline: 27 February 2015

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