UN Women, the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has been created to accelerate up the process of meeting the needs of women and girls across the world. As a part of the UN reform agenda, it brings together resources and mandates which will subsequently have a lasting impact on the whole community. Gender inequality contributes to the spread of HIV and increases infection rates and reduces the ability of women and girls to cope with the epidemic. Often, women and girls have less information about HIV and fewer resources to take preventive measures. They face barriers to the negotiation of safer sex, because of unequal power dynamics with men. Sexual violence, a widespread violation of women’s rights, exacerbates the risk of HIV transmission. Evidence suggests that forced and arranged marriages can be a major risk factor, especially for young women and girls. Many women livings with HIV struggle with stigma and exclusion, aggravated by their lack of rights. Women widowed by AIDS or living with HIV may face property disputes with in-laws, complicated by limited access to justice to uphold their rights.
Promoting women’s leadership and decision-making is a core component of UN Women’s efforts across its thematic areas: promoting women’s economic empowerment, addressing violence against women and girls, advancing the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda, and ensuring legal and policy commitments on gender equality are implemented and monitored. Transformative leadership has been recognized as a vital key to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Despite to the significant progress in advancing leadership and advocacy skills by women living with HIV in Tajikistan, they continue to face discrimination and violence from the home, in the streets and in workplaces. In this respect, UN Women Programme office in Tajikistan plans to conduct four days training on “Transformative Leadership for gender equality and non-discrimination in HIV” focused on transformative leadership in HIV programming; understanding the HIV challenge for effective women’s leadership response; Institutional management; effective communication and its importance in transformative leadership, networking partnerships and advocacy, mentorship; and action planning and personal experience sharing of living with HIV.
The training seeks to strengthen leaders’ use of gender-inclusive and transformative leadership principles and practices to address gender biases and promote commitments to gender equality and women’s rights.
For this purpose, UN Women is seeking for a National Consultant to support in design and facilitation of the training on “Transformative Leadership for gender equality” for women living with HIV.
The overall objective of the proposed consultancy is to provide technical support to UN Women Tajikistan in developing of the training module and facilitation of the 4 days long “Transformative Leadership for gender equality and non-discrimination in HIV” training for women living with HIV. Focus should be done on:
The training module should adapt the concept of transformative leadership to the context of Tajikistan, show how it is linked from grassroots to global level, and how to effectively integrate and mainstream sustainably within partners organizations and different programs and projects and promote gender-responsive approach and advancing gender equality.
The consultant will develop the training module “Transformative Leadership for gender equality” for women living with HIV and provide four-day training to emerging leaders from a group WLWH. At the end of the course we are expecting that the participants will have a clear understanding about:
Participants should also:
Under an overall guidance of the UN Women Country Programme Manager and under the supervision of National Program Coordinator on Youth and HIV, the Consultant will perform, but will not necessarily be limited, to the following tasks:
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Proven excellent communication and facilitation skills
Knowledge of languages:
UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities:
Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems
Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy
All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence
Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action
UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda. The entity works to position gender equality as fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, and a more inclusive world.