Home-based Consultant, Second Chance Education and Vocational Skills (SCE) Programme for marginalized women in Australia

Location : Homebased
Application Deadline : 31-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 17d 19h 36m
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Jul-2019
Expected Duration of Assignment : 11 months


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.

Aligned with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Women’s Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning (SCE) Programme is a solution for those who have missed out on education. The Programme will be implemented in a number of pilot countries globally, including Australia. This project aims to develop context specific, affordable and scalable learning, entrepreneurship and employment pathways for empowering the most disadvantaged women and young women. It offers women and young women, their families, local communities and societies the benefits of access to educational services which are tailored not only to their needs as learners, but also to their future as earners. The SCE Programme achieves this by leveraging the opportunities of innovative teaching approaches, digital technologies and social networks.

The Programme will contribute to the following outcomes of SCE in Australia: i) More marginalized women and young women access and benefit from high quality educational content, material and learning pathways; ii) More marginalized women and young women benefit from increased employment, livelihood and entrepreneurial opportunities; iii) Fewer marginalized women and young women are disadvantaged and denied education opportunities due to harmful and discriminatory social norms; iv) More marginalized women and young women have improved access to education and employment pathways through enhanced multi-sectoral policy and financing frameworks that enable scaling of successful SCE solutions.

Under the oversight and management of the SCE Global Programme Manager in Geneva, Switzerland, the consultant will be required to support key processes and milestones for the timely and successful implementation of the SCE Programme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the Greater Western Sydney area and for refugee and migrant women in the Greater Melbourne area.

Duties and Responsibilities

Functions and Responsibilities:

The consultant will be responsible to support the implementation of the Australian component of the SCE programme. The consultant will assist the global programme manager in the day-to-day coordination of partners and the implementation of the SCE Australia country plan.

Key Deliverables:

The consultant will report to the Global SCE Programme Manager and be responsible for providing relevant updates and reports as required by UN Women. Below are the key deliverables to be achieved by the consultant:

Deliverable 1: Development and design of the SCE programme in Australia

The consultant should work closely with the global programme manager for the continuous development and roll-out of country workplan.

  • Support in mapping of relevant local online content for the SCE programme
  • Facilitate the establishment of identified partner relations and monitoring systems
  • Build network with potential national and local private sectors stakeholders/partners for implementation of SCE programme in Australia

Deliverable 2: Programme Monitoring and Implementation support to the SCE programme

  • Establish monitoring system and conduct regular monitoring visits to project sites to ensure accountability of results in coordination with SCE Global programme team based in Geneva
  • Draft briefs and other strategic programme materials as required
  • Review and provide comments on the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework developed by the Global programme team
  • Provide quarterly reporting updates to the Global Programme team on the status of the programme implementation in accordance with targets and KPIs
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning; disseminate regionally or globally

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Education, Gender Studies, Political Sciences, Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics or related field.


  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience in providing management advisory services and programme management in the areas of education or livelihoods or women’s economic empowerment;
  • Experience with women’s empowerment and gender equality;
  • Solid experience in programme design, coordination and implementation throughout the programme cycle;
  • Experience in establishing relationships among international organizations and national governments in the field of gender and education;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people strongly encouraged to apply;
  • Previous experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English. Working knowledge of other UN official working languages is desirable.

Mode of Contract Execution

This consultancy will be home-based in Australia

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