Background of the training
Achieving Gender Equality is a key policy objective of EU development cooperation. To promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in its own external relations, the EU has adopted a framework known as the EU Gender Action Plan (GAP) II. The EC is currently elaborating a GAP III for the years 2021-2025. Gender equality is furthermore an integral part of the EU’s Rights-Based-Approach (RBA) to development cooperation. For all EuropeAid project proposals, the promotion of Gender Equality has to be integrated as a cross-cutting issue.
While this might seem obvious for projects that explicitly aim to enhance gender equality in a given country (i.e. “Gender equality projects” like projects against Gender-based violence, projects to capacitate women CSOs, projects to improve women’s access to the labor market etc.), it can be more challenging to properly include a gender perspective / gender mainstreaming in EU project proposals that have other main objectives (e.g. capacitating trade unions, improving the quality of journalism, improving transparency/accountability of political institutions, security sector reform etc.) or in projects that – at first glance – appear to be gender neutral.
Objective of the training
The main objective of the training is to explain the concept and implication of a gender perspective and gender mainstreaming in EuropeAid applications/projects and to illustrate how to best include it even if the project’s main objective is not explicitly geared towards improving gender equality. The training will equip participants with a variety of very practical ideas to promote gender equality in the design and implementation of EU projects (i.e. beyond the typical quotas for female participants etc.). It should provide concrete tips how to illustrate in the application documents (Concept Note, Full Application form, Logframe, Budget) that a gender perspective has been taken properly into account.
Scope and methodology of the training
- Introduction: Raising awareness of the significance of gender and the impact of gender differences on EU projects (even if they appear “gender neutral”) and how to treat gender equality as a cross-cutting issue
- How to include gender analysis into the overall design of the project? (e.g. assessing diverging needs/constraints of men and women in the project’s target groups)
- Beyond quotas: What kind of techniques and activities can be proposed to ensure the conclusions of the analysis are well addressed in the project (e.g. targeted activities, extra budgets etc.)
- How to draft gender sensitive indicators
- Practical tips: How to show in the application and reporting documents (Logframe, Full Application, Budget, Concept Note, Interim and Final Report) that gender perspective has been taken into account (e.g. referencing relevant EU policy documents, budgeting specific activities etc.)
- Tips for Gender sensitive project implementation
- Methodological mix: Combining input by the trainer with interactive elements such as group work, mini-surveys etc.
- Leaving room for individual questions of participants and exchange of experience among participants
- Providing Power Point Presentation & list of online resources that participants can use after the training
Required profile of the trainer
- Substantial expertise and experience in gender mainstreaming and gender-oriented project and program planning processes;
- Experience of conducting gender trainings in international contexts;
- Good understanding of EU approach to Gender equality in development cooperation;
- Substantial experience in consulting for / writing / reviewing / conceptualizing successful EuropeAid project applications;
- Fluency in English both written and oral;
- Experienced in conducting online trainings.
- Receipt of training offer by 16 August 2022
- Moderation and facilitation of a 2-day à 3 hours online training via Zoom (in total 6 hours of training that should divided among 2 days in one week).
Expression of interest
Experts with the above mentioned profile are kindly invited to send their CV, outlining their relevant experience and their expected overall fee for the preparation and the facilitation of the training as well as proposed program of the training. Applications shall be sent to Aleksandra Starčević firstname.lastname@example.org by 16 August 2022.
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