Gender inequality is one of the obstacles to reducing loss of lives and livelihoods in disaster settings since it shapes the extent to which men, women, boys and girls are vulnerable to, experience and affected by disasters. Often, women and girls are disproportionately exposed to risk including sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), increased loss of livelihoods, security, and even loss of lives, during and in the aftermath of disasters. This is mainly due to deeply entrenched gender based social norms, economic, religious and cultural constructs that often marginalize and exclude them. In most community structures, women occupy subordinate roles that compound their vulnerability and hinders their effective participation in socio-economic development. Such gender-based inequalities place women and girls at a greater risk to disasters and humanitarian crisis including limited access to early warning information, knowledge and information on humanitarian response, limited participation in preparedness planning, policy and decision-making processes.
Furthermore, crises radically affect social and cultural structures including a shift of the roles of women and men. Women may assume new and additional responsibilities as heads of households, while men may be required to do some domestic work due to separation from their families. Therefore, if humanitarian interventions are not planned with a gender lens, not only do the chances of doing greater harm and the risk of not addressing the real needs of specific populations increase, but the opportunity to support and promote gender equality during response and recovery stages can also be lost.
As an entity dedicated to gender equality, UN Women Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) works with key partners ranging from government, civil society and UN organizations in development and humanitarian settings to enhance gender equality and empowerment of women in Ethiopia. In crisis settings, UN Women supports in the coordination of gender mainstreaming, evidence-based response, targeted programming and in building capacities of humanitarian stakeholders including governments and local actors to achieve their gender commitments.
To strengthen this role, UN Women Ethiopia is organizing five rounds of Gender in Humanitarian Action (GiHA) training of trainers (TOT) for humanitarian stakeholders, including cluster representatives, national and international NGOs, and local civil society organisations (CSOs) including women-led organisations (WLOs)/ women rights organisations (WROs). The aim of this training is to equip participants with tools and knowledge that will allow them to better understand and implement gender in humanitarian action to better serve women and girls in affected communities. It will also create a pool of skilled humanitarian actors who can support colleagues and partners to further advance GiHA in Ethiopia.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Gender in Humanitarian Action (GiHA) Programme Specialist at UN Women Ethiopia, the consultant(s) will develop and deliver contextualised GiHA ToTs to six cohorts of humanitarian stakeholders in Ethiopia.
As such, main responsibilities and tasks for this consultancy will include:
Work closely with supervisor to develop a training plan with deliverables as well as agenda for each session, which should be approved by the GiHA Team at UN Women;
Develop a technical GiHA ToT training package based on the IASC Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action, including powerpoints and handouts (as well as any pre-reading for participants). The training modules, contextualised to the Ethiopian context, should include:
Introduction the UN Women’s approach and role in advancing GiHA
Why Gender Equality is Essential in Humanitarian Action
Key approaches to GEEWG in Humanitarian Action
Needs analysis and Assessment
Implementation and Monitoring
Methodologies and exercises to prepare participants to organise and facilitate GiHA workshops for respective colleagues and partners at national and regional levels.
Deliver in-person GiHA ToT sessions to six cohorts of humanitarian stakeholders in Addis Ababa. Each ToT will last 3 days and will be delivered between October 2022 and March 2023.
Develop a pre- and post- training survey to measure increase of participant’s knowledge and abilities to apply GiHA in their work.
Develop a short training evaluation form for participants to complete.
Provide participants with facilitator notes / training guide so that they can roll-out GiHA training to their colleagues and partners.
Submit a training report to the UN Women GiHA team.
Respect for Diversity;
Awareness and Sensitivity;
Creative Problem Solving;
Leading by Example.
Strong background in adult learning design;
Strong understanding of the humanitarian setting in Ethiopia;
Strong understanding of the humanitarian architecture and gender in humanitarian action (GiHA)
Proven success in developing and facilitating capacity-building activities on GiHA.
Experience of delivering GiHA ToTs is an asset.
Experience in and knowledge of UN and IASC policies and guidance related but not limited to PSEA, AAP, GBV and Centrality of Protection.
Excellent writing and presentation skills;
Ability to work precisely with attention to detail;
Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds;
Ability to work independently and meet sudden and tight deadlines in a high-pressure environment.
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification
Master’s degree or equivalent in related field;
A certification related to photo and video editing is an advantage.
Minimum 7 years of progressively experience of GiHA programming;
Technical experience in GiHA is required;
Deep understanding of the humanitarian architecture is required;
Experience in designing and delivering adult learning is required;
Experience of delivering GiHA training is required;
Experience working in the UN System in humanitarian emergencies is an asset;
Experience working in Ethiopia is an asset;
Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.
Fluency in English is required.