International Consultant to design I-CHANGE Capacity Building Training

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The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is implementing a "Capitalizing on Human Dimension Mandate to Advance Gender Equality (CHANGE)” (ExB, IRMA No. 1300835)** project. The CHANGE project is designed as a policy and innovation project. It attempts to addresses the status quo where the desired change in advancing gender equality has not yet materialized fully. Further considerable advances depend on gender transformative approaches. Thus, the CHANGE project integrates the most prominent elements and approaches from across ODIHR's mandate required to address the existing obstacles to gender equality. It is an intervention that creates opportunities for individuals and institutions to actively challenge gender norms, promote positions of social and political influence for women in communities, and address power inequalities between persons of different genders in five project target countries.

The project activates CHANGE at the individual, collective and institutional levels. At the individual level, the project will target both women and men to shift discriminatory attitudes and stereotypes, in particular toward women's leadership and empowerment. At the collective level, CHANGE will be promoted by supporting women's networks, movements and human rights organizations. It will reach out to government bodies, religious, community-based and other organizations that can have a positive impact on de jure and de facto gender equality. Coming together, women and male allies will be able to formulate strategies for change, channel their voices and challenge existing power structures. At the institutional level, the project will support policy making and strengthening democratic institutions to make them (more) gender responsive and inclusive in decision-making. Such institutions will be able to better formulate and deliver on OSCE commitments related to gender equality and women's human rights standards.

I-CHANGE is a capacity building training for self-advocacy seeking to activate individual-level change. The training itself is conceptualized as innovative because: a) it borrows from the disability movement to address discrimination in a broader context and by women from different groups; b) it seeks to build on solidarity among participants connected through a shared learning process for empowerment of each individual participant; finally, c) the post-pandemic environment brings out the emphasis on the use of technology in self-advocacy and it helps to strengthen technological competencies of participants. In the context of the CHANGE project, self-advocacy is understood as a women’s ability to speak up for herself and other women facing similar issues, which are not visible enough or not urgent enough for policy and decision-making.

There are different strategies to achieve gender equality. One of them is to focus on women and give women priority and additional support in order to address the gender gap. It works in combination with other measures. In pursuit of this strategy, I-CHANGE participants are women who start from a position of implicit or explicit lack of access to power, underrepresentation, marginalization, and/or deprivation in a variety of settings. They are empowered through capacity building to speak up for gender equality, take responsibility for solving gender concerns, question people’s expectations of them and gender norms, and/or start or act together for gender equality. I-CHANGE targets women only because it seeks to strengthen women’s gender aware self-representation*.*

As a key part of individual level CHANGE, ODIHR is currently looking for a Consultant to design the I-CHANGE capacity building training curriculum. The training will be delivered to mixed groups of women. It will seek to familiarize them with their rights and responsibilities and to enhance effective communication, outreach and media strategies in the digital age, so that they can influence decision makers and advance gender agendas. The position comprises of identification of the key learning outcomes for different target groups and the design of training materials.


The overall objective of this assignment is to design I-CHANGE capacity building training for self-advocacy.

The specific objectives are:

· To contribute to diversifying and strengthening women’s leadership and women's movements in target countries.

· To overcome additional obstacles for women from under-represented/minority women in politics, motivating women to enter politics and support other women in politics will be addressed.

· To develop the overall training materials for the three training modules (including detailed training outline, training agenda, training presentations, handouts, self-advocacy tools and exercises, pre- and post-training assessment and training evaluation) for the I-CHANGE training in line with the CHANGE project objectives and based on the training module organization provided by ODIHR.

· To integrate lessons learned during COVID-19 regarding training design and delivery to ensure the training is accessible for different groups of women, adjusted to online adult learning best practice, organized in a meaningful and realistic online/offline format, and takes into consideration different language skills and cultural, and/or educational backgrounds of participants.

· To recommend the optimal duration of each module under the different scenarios: three modules online, or a mix of online and offline training.

I-CHANGE will be a flexible and agile training, i.e. adaptable to the circumstances in which it is delivered (online and/or offline) and responsive to the needs of diverse groups of women. It will consider the needs of women experts working in environments where rules were imposed by men (e.g. women judges and women in politics), and underrepresented women (e.g. Roma and Sinti women, young women in politics, women with disabilities, young women, migrant women, and other women facing obstacles to political participation and/or social inclusion) working on policy change in CHANGE target countries. Through an agile design the training will seek to fully exploit the educational potential of existing online tools or software, while remaining mindful of ease of access for the different groups, in relation to their educational background, speed of Internet connection, and skills and comfort level in using different applications and tools.

The capacity building training consists of three modules:

· The first training module will seek to contribute to ‘promoting, expanding and protecting civic space across all domains, including online, and support the efforts of women to defend civic space and eliminate barriers to feminist action, organizing and mobilization in all its diversity’. The first module starts from individual level obstacles and challenges.

· The second training module will focus on ‘increasing the meaningful participation, leadership and decision-making power of girl, women, and feminist leaders through building self-advocacy skills, including self-awareness, identification of strengths and challenges, own and group needs and interests, understanding rights, issue articulation, advocacy tools, and gaining traction from the power of experience. Capacities of women for dialogue with governments will be strengthened in relation to enhanced skills on raising the visibility of gender inequalities in judiciary and politics. The second module refers to “I” in connection to others and “I” as a bridge.

· Finally, the third I-CHANGE module will offer participants some of the effective and innovative strategies to address gender stereotypes. It will address issues like values-based communication with enablers and disablers, finding allies, as well as safety and self-advocacy resources. It focuses on the use of tools that increase access and enhance visibility of self-advocates.

As a result of this capacity building training, participating women will be empowered, as well as acquire new skills and support networks.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of ODIHR’s Project Co-ordinator and close collaboration/co-ordination with ODIHR’s Project Officer at the Project Co-ordination Unit (PCU), the Consultant will perform the following tasks:

  1. Identify key learning outcomes for the I-CHANGE capacity building training programme for online and offline delivery.

  2. Design I-CHANGE capacity building training outline and agenda.

  3. Design detailed session outline for the I-CHANGE capacity building training, power point presentations and training handouts including self-advocacy tools and exercises.

  4. Design I-CHANGE pre- and post-training participant self-assessment sheets as well as training evaluation sheets.

  5. Incorporate feedback received from ODIHR on the draft versions of documents listed above.

  6. Provide final versions of design (curriculum, training objectives and agenda, detailed session outline, handouts, power point presentations, pre- and post-training self-assessment sheets).

The Consultant will work remotely, including regular weekly meetings with PCU.


· Master degree in gender studies, international affairs, sociology, social or political science, public administration or another related field;

· A minimum of six years of professional experience in training design and delivery including work with women from underrepresented groups;

· Proven experience of designing at least two online trainings, preferably within the thematic area of gender equality;

· Proven experience in gender equality work and diversity inclusion, preferably in an international setting or from multiple OSCE participating States;

· Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;

· Ability to work under minimum supervision; experience in working as part of a team is highly desirable;

· Professional fluency in English with good drafting and presentation skills;

· Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds.

Deliverables and performance indicators

Deliverable 1 - Drafted and submitted key learning outcomes for the I-CHANGE capacity building training Modules 1 – 3.

Deliverable 2 - Drafted and submitted I-CHANGE capacity building training agenda and session outline.

Deliverable 3 - Drafted and submitted I-CHANGE capacity building training detailed session outline, power point presentations and training handouts including self-advocacy tools and exercises.

Deliverable 4 - Drafted and submitted I-CHANGE pre- and post-training participant self-assessment sheets and training evaluation sheets.

Deliverable 5 - Submission of final versions of deliverables 1 through 4, based on the feedback received from ODIHR.

Consultancy period: August-September 2021

The number of working days envisaged – 25

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will be based on the selected consultant’s/expert’s qualifications, experience, the tasks and deliverables for this position and in accordance with the OSCE established rates.

How to apply

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