Gender Awareness Trainer

Post Level: SB4 - Local Professional (Junior & Mid Level)

Vacancy Announcement



Only nationals and/or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are eligible to apply. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.



11 May 2022

Individual Service Agreement

NonStaff-When Act. Employed

26 May 2022

Organizational Context

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development in the next fifteen years. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices. The Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business (DTA) coordinates and mainstreams the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in its technical cooperation, strategic, normative activities aiming at fostering the inclusive and sustainable development in the era of 4IR.

The Directorate creates new and innovative technical cooperation deliverables in the areas of trade, investment, technology
innovation and agro-industry and agri-business. The Directorate comprises the Department of Digitalization, Technology and
Innovation (DTI) and the Department of Agri-Business (AGR).

The Department of Agri-Business (DTA/AGR) provides a range of technical cooperation services to assist developing
countries add value to the output of their agricultural sector and generate employment opportunities in off-farm activities for
rural communities, thereby contributing to increased food security and a sustainable reduction of poverty. The department
provides support for the development of agri-business corridors in developing countries in collaboration with International
Financial Institutions. The Department drives the Organization’s mandates of creating shared prosperity and advancing
economic competitiveness. It supports initiatives to build human capital and raise total factor productivity through focused
vocational training and industrial skills development activities. With its programmes, the Department addresses the root
causes of migration and helps alleviate migration pressures at the origin.

This position is located under the Agro-Industries and Industrial Skills Development Division (DTA/AGR/AIS). DTA/AGR/AIS
provides a range of specialized services and knowhow to address the specific needs of Member States in the industrial
processing of nonfood agricultural produce and technical skills development to provide their populations with sustainable


Under the Private Public Partnership (PPP) Project “Training Institute for Commercial Vehicle Drivers in Ethiopia”, UNIDO, VOLVO, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Selam Vocational Training Centre (VTC) and Federal Transport Authority are jointly engaged, to transform the commercial vehicle drivers training in Ethiopia through a fully functional model training academy. The overall objective of the project is to create productive employment opportunities for Ethiopian youth, both young women and men, in commercial vehicle driving and improve the shortage of skilled labor in transport enterprises. The project will ultimately aim to reduce road traffic accidents and improve the health of truck drivers around the country. It will also contribute to the efforts of the government in transforming the country’s driving schools.

Ethiopia has one of the highest fatality rates per vehicle in the world, with 65 fatalities per 10,000 vehicles. The majority of accidents are attributed to limited driving skills as a result of poor quality of driving trainings. The project intends to reduce road traffic accidents and skill gaps of drivers by contributing to the efforts of the government in transforming the driving schools in the country. The project output emphasis to address the existing driving skill gaps and gender imbalance in the sector by producing certified trainers and setting a role model to strengthen the institutional capacity of driving schools within the country.

The transport sector in Ethiopia is definitely not gender balanced with close to nil female participation as trainers. The project has special interest to promote women participation and empowerment in the transport sector through addressing inequality, creating and facilitating better job opportunities in the transport sector. The project targets to increase female drivers’ participation and capacity of female driving school trainers. Women face challenges when it comes to inclusion, safety, accessibility or entering the workforce in the transport sector. Awareness raising among relevant stakeholders and engaging in advocacy are essential factors in ensuring that gender issues are identified and addressed.

Mainstreaming gender within the organizational structures of transport-related ministries, transport businesses in the private sector, transport unions, associations and other transport related entities is essential for effectively creating capacity and a constituency to ensure that the issues are systematically addressed. It is increasingly clear that there are important opportunities for mainstreaming gender in transport through multi-sectoral approaches.

Duty Station: Ethiopia/Home-based / When Actually Employed
Approximate duration: 9 days over any given period

Main Functions

The gender training focus areas will be the following:

- Create gender awareness and stimulate behavioral change
- Strengthen the institutional environment for gender mainstreaming within the organizational structure and empowering women in the transport sector
- Strategies on achieving gender equality within the academy and beyond through motivating, attracting and engaging female trainees
- Empowering women trainees through post training support and facilitation of recruitment
- Increase the capacity of staff and partners for addressing gender barriers in the transport sector
- Ensure women’s security in transport system and prevention against violence and harassment towards women

And also :
To develop a detailed agenda and modules, presentations and relevant training materials (power point format);

To develop training modules on gender awareness, women empowerment and prevention against violence and harassment towards women;

To produce a training needs assessment questionnaire and conduct an online needs assessment of the training participants (as needed);

To develop pre- and post-training questionnaires to assess the knowledge level before and after the trainings as well as satisfaction of the trainees;

To conduct training on gender awareness and women empowerment for the training participants (with the possibility to travel to the regions);

To draft and submit the final training report outlining the training process, pre-and post-training assessments and recommendations for follow up actions, including on further capacity development needs of the participants.

Core Competencies

Core Values
WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.
WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.
WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.

Key Competencies
WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.
WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.
WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.
WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.

Minimum Requirements


Advanced university degree in economics, business administration, social science or other relevant social science discipline is required.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in written and spoken Amharic is required.

Field of Expertise

• At least three (3) years of professional/expert’s experience in gender mainstreaming and women empowerment for development projects at national level is required.
• Experience in designing training materials, coaching, facilitation of trainings for capacity building, is desirable.
• Exposure in evaluating the needs, conditions and problems of gender aspects in the country or in a similar country in the region is desirable

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.

Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependants, under the procedures established by the Director General.

NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.

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