UN Women

Entrepreneurship and GRP Training Consultant

UN Women

Job Description

  The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (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.

Empowering women in the economy and closing gender gaps are key to achieve the sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 5 on gender equality, and Goal 8 on promoting full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Economic empowerment is one of the priority areas of UN Women. UN Women works with Governments and multilateral partners to promote women’s economic empowerment and increase their access to economic opportunities, especially for those who are most excluded. The flagship programme contributes towards outcome 3 of UN Women’s strategic plan: women have income security, decent work, and economic autonomy through contributions to see that more women own, launch, and manage small, medium and large enterprises.

UN Women launched the Flagship Programme Initiative (FPI) on stimulating equal opportunities for women entrepreneurs in July 2018. The programme is implemented in UAE, as well as in South Africa and at a global level from UN Women’s headquarters. It is funded by NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, a semi-governmental entity in Sharjah, UAE and is implemented under the supervision of the UN Women Liaison Office (LO) for the GCC.

The FPI was designed as a three-year research, Capacity Building, and advocacy programme to support women entrepreneurs through promoting Gender-Responsive Procurement (GRP) in the public and private sector, supporting women entrepreneurs to access these opportunities and to strengthen their Access to Finance. The programme takes forward the findings of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) which highlighted the benefits of inclusive procurement from women-owned businesses (WOBs).

The programme aims to foster WEE through entrepreneurship. The theory of change is that if organizations make concerted efforts to procure from WOBs and engage in gender-responsive supply chain and investment practices and if women business owners’ capacity to access finance and skills development is strengthened, then women will have access to a more equal share of the market and will be able to seize these new market opportunities to increase their sales, leading to their higher incomes and expansion of operations, thus creating jobs.

UN Women launched a survey in UAE, in partnership with NAMA, to collect information on the current business status and general barriers faced by WOBs in UAE, in particular throughout and post-Covid 19. The survey Analysis enables the Programme to identify the business sectors, size, supply capacity, financial challenges, marketing barriers, in addition to the training needs of women entrepreneurs.

With the objective to improve access of women entrepreneurs to supply chains, the FPI aims at creating customized trainings for women entrepreneurs adapted for the UAE context and needs to improve their entrepreneurship skills and business performance. Potential subjects would include marketing, e-commerce, Digital Marketing, financial planning, project management, understanding of the procurement process, and others. Entrepreneurs need solutions to their problems and cannot invest long hours of their time on training modules or long hours of in person trainings hence they require simple and interactive training methods. UN Women LO for the GCC therefore seeks to hire a consultant for providing entrepreneurship training for women and GRP training for corporates and public sector entities in the UAE. The consultant shall develop a two-year training plan and implement the training programme based on the needs of women and the UAE market challenges.

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop a two-year comprehensive training plan meeting the FPI objectives in the UAE.

The training plan should include:
  • Description of each training course, including session objectives, suggested methodology, intended outcomes and duration, relative to each topic
  • Recommendation on platforms for delivery: most suitable approach to enhance the delivery and outcome of each training topic (whether recorded, online live, or in person), considering the impact of Covid-19 and other factors specific to the needs of UAE women entrepreneurs and business owners, while advising on most suitable online platform where to host the online trainings and store the content.
  • Indicator to monitor efficacy of the training programme (evaluation plan)
  • Target audience outreach: ensuring the training reaches out to optimal number of women entrepreneurs and identify the entities through which the trainings to be delivered (startup hubs, chambers, business associations, business networks and others)
  • Integration of budget requirement for implementing the plan.
Create curriculum for courses and identify the learning material and reference documents for each topic.

  • Develop, test, pilot, implement, scale up and coordinate the blended delivery of training for women entrepreneurs, business owners and corporations.
Deliver the trainings for women entrepreneurs through online live webinars or workshops, pre-recorded videos depending on each training topic.

Deliver the trainings for private sector corporates and public sector entities on gender responsive procurement, how to source from women and implement Women Empowerment Principles using UN Women guidelines and references related to this topic.

Evaluate efficacy of training programme: develop assessment tools and indicators for reaching targets and objectives.

Deliverables:
  • Comprehensive two-year training plan – by 31 March 2021
  • Learning material and reference documents for 4 priority training topics resulted from the plan.
  • Deliver four learning sessions for women entrepreneurs and business owners on the priority areas resulted from the plan - 2 in March and 2 in April.
Financial arrangements: Payment will be disbursed upon submission of approved monthly progress report that contain follow-up on tasks and responsibilities mentioned in the TOR.

Travel: The selected applicant will work remotely given the current restrictions in the UAE.  The selected candidate may be required to continue the assignment in-person when it is feasible. No international travel needs are anticipated. For local business travel requirements for meetings and events across the emirates and if any international travel emerges, the UN Women LO for the GCC will organize the logistics of the travel including providing daily substance allowance and terminal fees as per UN Women travel policies.

Competencies

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
Functional competencies:
  • Experience in advocacy and communications aimed at stakeholders including businesses, government, and civil society in participatory processes to deliver programme outcomes
  • Demonstrated achievement in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment through feminist publications and projects
  • Strong writing skills, particularly the ability to present accessible, persuasive, coherent and well-founded arguments to a broad audience of policymakers, academics and activists.
  • Reliably takes action to honor commitments; takes international outlook in decision-making.
  • Demonstrates analytical rigor, intellectual creativity and contributes original ideas
  • Contributes to team spirit, inspires, and motivates staff and colleagues at all levels
  • Remains composed under stress
  • Result driven and solution oriented.
  • Makes efficient use of available resources

Required Skills and Experience

Qualification Education:
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in adult education, political science, economics, international development, and gender, or related fields.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience:
  • Experience in delivering Training Courses for women entrepreneurs, corporates, and public sector entities in UAE.
  • At least 10 years of related work experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of the UAE women entrepreneurship needs and challenges.
  • Demonstrated experience in business skills development for the private and public entities in UAE
  • Strong networking capabilities - ability to identify opportunities and builds strong relationships with client and external actors
  • Proven knowledge in procurement and entrepreneurship
  • Strong writing and copy-editing skills; ability to convey technical and complex concepts for a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills suitable for collaborating with multiple stakeholders.
Language requirement:
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
Submission of application: Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application by the deadline indicated in the post by submitting the following:
  • Letter of Interest containing the statement on candidate's experience in the field of recruitment.
  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from P11 form. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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