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UN Women recruiting International Trainer


Istanbul, Turkey, 28 February 2014

Background

UN Women Georgia Country Office has been supporting increase of the role of women in confidence building and conflict prevention processes. The initiatives aiming at people to people (p2p) diplomacy and confidence building among conflict divided communities (Georgia proper and its breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia) have been implemented by UNIFEM since 2001.[1] Most recently, since 2010, in the framework of project “Women for Equality, Peace and Development in Georgia” (WEPD) supported by the government of Norway UN Women actively engaged different groups of IDP and conflict affected women as well as women’s NGO representatives across the ceasefire lines in confidence and peacebuilding initiatives. In this regard, UN Women has also established partnership with the South Caucasus regional office of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) resulting in a number of joint initiatives, such as:

  • Workshop on "Advocacy and Reporting Strategies" with the participation of ten Georgian, Abkhaz and South Ossetian journalists in Yerevan, Armenia, in June 2012. The outcome of the training was the creation of a Russian language website (www.womenpeace.net)[2] where network members are sharing information and uploading articles/?video reports covering issues such as: lack of freedom of movement across the Administrative Boundary Lines (ABL) between Abkhazia and Georgia proper, barriers to visit cemeteries on religious days in conflict zones, the lack of health care facilities for women, etc.;

  • Training “Gender Aspects of Mediation and Role of Women in Conflict Resolution Processes” organized in November 2013 in Yerevan, Armenia. As a result of the training Georgian, Abkhaz, and South Ossetian participants (one man and 15 women) gained knowledge on challenges as well as best practices on the women’s engagement in peace-building, and learned about formats of official peace processes concerning conflict in Georgia as the Geneva International Discussion (GID) and the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM). [3]

The training in gender aspects of mediation conducted in Yerevan in November 2013 already contributed to forming a platform for IDP and conflict-affected women from different civil society organizations to start discussing joint, mostly humanitarian issues influencing lives of Abkhaz, South Ossetian and Georgian communities as a result of unresolved/frozen conflicts. UN Women 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 formal talks. 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 - strategies for increasing women’s role in peacebuilding” will be conducted in close cooperation by UN Women and IWPR. The training will be focused on mediation and advocacy skills’ building. Suggested four-day training will be organized in Istanbul in April 2014. Participants will include 16-18 Georgian, Abkhaz and South Ossetia women peace activists and gender equality advocates. Two participants from the Regional Women’s Lobby for Justice, Pease and Security in the South-eastern Europe (RWL) will be invited to share their experiences and good practice in a special session.[4] The proposed initiative will be fully in line with the UN SCR #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’ understanding, knowledge and confidence in women’s contributions to conflict resolution and peacebuilding processes;

  • 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;

  • to enhance knowledge about formal peace process relevant for the conflicts in Georgia (GID and IPRM).

UN Women WEPD project together with UN Women WPS Section intends to hire the international trainer/consultant to prepare and conduct the training in “Gender Aspects of Mediation - strategies for increasing women’s role in peacebuilding” for the group of selected 17-18 participants by IWPR. Selected trainer is expected to build their programme on the basis of United Nations Guidelines on Mediation. All aspects of training logistics will be taken care of IWPR Caucasus Programme.

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 - strategies for increasing women’s role in peacebuilding” and submit it for approval to UN Women;

  • 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 scenario are used for role plays and exercises;

  • To ensure that the training materials reflect real women’s needs, practices, lessons learned and is conducive to real learning for women activists;

  • To conduct four-day intensive training on “Gender Aspects of Mediation ” for 16-18  selected Georgian, Abkhaz and South Ossetian women with the aim to enhance participants’ understanding, knowledge and skills in women’s contributions to conflict resolution and peacebuilding processes; conflict mediation and leadership, and existing formal peace processes format in Georgia;

  • 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 trainings, 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 gender and mediation and supporting increase of gender equality advocates’ and women’s capacity in mediation and peacebuilding;

Deliverables

  • Developed training needs assessment questioner, training module, agenda and methodology – April 4, 2014 (5 working days);

  • Conducted four-day training for 16-18 selected human rights and gender equality activists/NGO representatives – by 16 April 2014 (4 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– 26 April, 2014 (2 working days).

The timeframe for the work of international trainer/consultant is planned through for 11 working days in the period of 2–30 April, 2014.

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