National Gender Responsive Media Training Consultant 143 views

Location : Home based with domestic travel, TURKEY
Application Deadline : 01-Dec-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category : Gender Equality
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required :
English
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
20-Dec-2021
Duration of Initial Contract : 20 December 2021 – 30 December 2022 (up to 60 working days)
UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of 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.

In Turkey, in line with its global Strategic Plan 2022-2025 and Country Strategic Note (2019-2022), and the overall UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, UN Women works towards three overarching goals: 1) Women lead, participate in, and benefit equally from governance systems; 2) All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence; 3) 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.

Towards these goals, UN Women implements programmes and projects that aim to advance gender equality, improve women’s access to opportunities, rights and services in political, social and economic life and combat gender stereotypes, discrimination and violence, as required by international and national legal and policy commitments. UN Women collaborates with numerous partners – central and local level government authorities, civil society organizations, including women’s organizations and platforms, academia, private sector companies, other UN agencies. It commits itself to the Leaving No One Behind principle, by supporting targeted actions to remove the obstacles that marginalized and vulnerable groups of women face in accessing their rights and to promote them as agents of change.

In Turkey, despite progress made in the past decades, the participation of women in politics and in decision-making in economic and business life, remains low and below global and regional averages. In the previous years, UN Women implemented the project “Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey” which worked with the Turkish Grand National Assembly, local administrations, civil society organizations (CSOs) and women leaders to advance gender-responsive policies and legislation and women’s participation in decision-making processes. UN Women has also increased its partnership base and its engagement with different stakeholders, such as the private sector, media and male champions, in order to achieve larger-scale impact and results.
Building on the achievements and lessons learnt over the previous years, in 2021, UN Women will start implementing the project “Advancing gender equality and women’s leadership in political and business life” with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The project has an overall objective to advance women’s leadership and participation in decision-making in Turkey by focusing on key stakeholders and actors in the fields of politics and private sector. Two sub-objectives of the project are:
i. Provide support for increasing women’s leadership in political decision-making, establishing a cadre of interested, diverse and capable women to run for political office at local level, increasing solidarity and gender equality awareness among women from different political affiliations and with women from outside government, advancing the national and policy legal framework, strengthening gender-sensitive governance at the local level.
ii. Promote women’s leadership and influence in the private sector, strengthen the engagement of men political and corporate leaders in advancing gender equality, work with media current and future professional and media outlets to advance non-stereotypical portrayal of women in media as political and business leaders and to practice gender-sensitive practices internally and externally.
Within this context, a specific activity of the Project aims at supporting the related shareholders in exploring the concept of gender equality and gender sensitive language especially towards women politicians. For this purpose, as a continuation of trainings targeting senior university students within the previous phase of the project, gender equality and gender responsive media trainings for undergraduate students at the the final year of the Journalism, Public Relations and Communications departments are planned to be organised. The trainings will aim students, who are future correspondents of the media, to explore gender equality issues, portrayal and representation of women in media, the language used in media, and the portrayal and coverage of women politicians. All these knowledge aspects will be transferred to skills aspects through monitoring media materials, texts, videos, role plays and games/group work. The training will aim all participants to look at stereotypical (and also prejudice wise) practices and cultural lenses on gender equality. There is also a specific activity within the project on strengthening media partners’ capacities in gender sensitive reporting and their involvement in awareness raising on gender equality. The project also aims to diversify the target groups and institutions that will receive the gender responsive media trainings to ensure media’s important role on promoting gender equality.
In addition, UN Women has collaborated with Fenerbahçe Sports Club under the framework of the HeForShe movement, with the support of Tüpras, since 2018. This collaboration represents a first and unique undertaking to make a sports club more inclusive and egalitarian through a holistic framework of analysis, capacity building and measurable actions.

Under this collaboration, a gender analysis of Fenerbahçe Sports Club and Affiliated Companies was conducted in 2019 in five strategic areas in sport: 1. Participation 2. Leadership 3. Coaching 4. Gender-based violence (verbal and discourse-level) 5. Representation in media. In 2021, UN Women conducted an assessment on the findings of the initial gender analysis, which included a brief comparative study (similar international practices). Tailor-made targeted gender awareness trainings for capacity building and mobilization of male and female allies in Fenerbahce Sports Club (staff, management, athletes and technical personnel) have been designed and delivered.

Fenerbahçe Sports Club has become a national champion of gender equality in and through sports as it has implemented gender-responsive plan for gender equality and women’s empowerment, has become the first sports club in Turkey and Europe that signed United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and the first sports club in Turkey that committed to UN Women’s Sports for Generation Equality principles.

In 2020-2021, UN Women Turkey developed the Guidelines for Gender-responsive Sports Organizations on the basis of the UN Women’s Sports for Generation Equality Principles, taking into account the experience of Fenerbahçe Sports Club over the past years. The Guidelines are first of their kind attempt to translate the Sports for Generation Equality principles into a step-by-step guide of how to develop strategies and translate these into measurable actions.

In the next phase of the collaboration, UN Women Turkey and Fenerbahçe Sports Club will work to advance gender equality in and through sportsin line with the six principles of UN Women’s Sports for Generation Equality initiative. The partnership includes creating a model for the sports ecosystem, including sports clubs, federations, and local amateur sports organizations to implement the Guidelines for Gender-responsive Sports Organizations developed by UN Women, in partnership with Fenerbahçe Sports Club under the previous collaboration. It extends the work done in the first phase of the partnership with professional branches of Fenerbahçe Sports Club to five amateur branches: rowing, athletics, swimming, table tennis, boxing.

Within this context, a specific activity of the collaboration aims to support Fenerbahçe Sports Club in exploring gender responsive sports media to promote women’s bias-free representation in sports media, including communications to eliminate harmful gender stereotypes and promote positive roles. For this purpose, a training on gender sensitive media reporting in sports for Fenerbahçe Sports Club will be planned. The training will aim Fenerbahce Sports Club’s media and communications staff, to explore gender equality issues, portrayal and coverage of women athletes, coaches and managers in media, the language used in media reporting. All these knowledge aspects will be transferred to skills aspects through monitoring sports media materials, texts, videos, role plays and games/group work. The training will aim all participants to look at stereotypical (and also prejudice wise) practices and cultural lenses on gender equality in sports media.

In this regard, UN Women is looking for a National Gender Responsive Media Training Consultant for providing technical support on designing and delivering gender responsive media trainings including sports media for different target audiences.

This assignment consists of delivery of Gender Responsive Media Trainings which will cover gender equality, gender-sensitive language, gender bias and stereotyping in printed, online and social media content with a specific focus onportrayal of women politicians in media.

Under the direct supervision of UN Women Programme Specialist (Women Lead) and in close collaboration with the project teams, the National Consultant will be responsible for below generic tasks:

  1. Prepare agenda and content of the trainings;
  2. Prepare easily adaptable, structured training modules and materials for the training(s) based on agreed outline;
  3. Conduct pilot sessions to testing the training materials as per the request of the supervisor;
  4. Prepare assessment and evaluation materials;
  5. Deliver trainings to diverse target groups but at least seven trainings for at least 140 students and at least 4 trainings for 80 Fenerbahce Sports Club media and communications professionals;
  6. Prepare a combined assignment report for each specific target group to summarize the trainings organized in the respective quarter includinglessons learnt and recommendations for future steps.

The trainings will be full day and organized online or face to face. Apart from Fenerbahce Sports Club, the targeted universities and institutions will be determined in due course.

National Consultant is expected to lead the assignment, ensuring completion of deliverables and bringing in expertise on gender equality, women’s portrayal in media including sports media and gender perspective in news media content. National Consultant will also ensure that trainings planned under this assignment is in line with the specific needs of the target audience. The materials, reports and deliverables will be developed in close cooperation with the UN Women project team.

The National Consultant is expected to provide services when required with advance notice from UN Women Turkey Office. The abovementioned tasks are are indicative and subject to further detailing through specific service requests to be made by UN Women Turkey Office during the course of the contract duration.

All deliverables will be prepared in Turkish and annual assignment report will prepared both in Turkish & English.

Duration of the assignment is from 20 December 2021 to 30 December 2022. The Consultant is expected to spend up to 60 working days on a non-consecutive basis throughout the assignment. The consultant will use his/her own equipment.

Expected Deliverables:

The following table summarizes main activities and expected deliverables against targeted delivery deadlines and indicative working days to be invested by the Consultant.

Activities/Tasks Output (Deliverable) Estimated Working days assigned (indicative)
Preparation of the agenda, content and materials of the trainings;
Conducting pilot sessions;
Preparation of assessment and evaluation materials;
Delivery of trainings;
Delivery of combined assignment reports for each target group;
Assignment Report for Gender Responsive Media Trainings 12 days for 2021
48 days for 2022

Note: Within the consultancy, 40 days are allocated under Women Lead Project whereas 20 days are allocated under HEForShe Project. Out of 60 days, 12 days are estimated to be spent in 2021 whereas 48 days are estimated to be spent in 2022.

The mentioned number of working days has been estimated as being sufficient/feasible for the envisaged volume of work to be completed successfully and is proposed as a guideline for the duration of assignment. It cannot and shall not be used as criteria for completion of work/assignment. The provision of envisaged deliverables approved by the UN Women Programme Specialist shall be the only criteria for Consultants work being completed and eligible for payment(s).

Payment Schedule:
National Consultant shall be paid upon on a quarterly basis based on the report including the deliverables produced within that period in addition to the timesheet indicating the days allocated for the specific deliverables produced in that period.

Payment shall be affected only if the deliverables are submitted to and approved by the Programme Specialist.
Without submission and approval of the deliverables, the Consultant shall not receive any payment even if they invest time for this assignment.

During assignment’s related missions, the National Consultant may use the facilities of the office (i.e. internet access, printing, copying, local phone calls, etc.). However, s/he is expected to use his/her own personal computer. All the payments to the Consultant will be processed in Turkish Lira.

Travel:
The assignment is home-based with domestic travel. Due to COVID-19 measures, the trainings of 2021 are planned to take place in an online environment. However, for the trainings in 2022, four domestic travels to Istanbul and five domestic travels for five different provinces that will be decided in the course of time are foreseen.

The Consultant will be responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses and daily subsistence allowances associated with undertaking this assignment. All travels and logistical arrangements shall be coordinated with UN Women in Turkey and shall be included in the total contract amount of the contractor.
In the case of an unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs should be agreed upon, between UN Women in Turkey and the Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

Mandatory Courses:
The Consultant shall complete all the mandatory and further required UN courses, training and modules on time. The certificates shall be submitted to the Hiring Manager.
Please note that the required training courses could vary based on contract content and duration, the nature of the work and inclusion of travel. Hence, the Consultant is obliged to follow the instructions of his/her Hiring Manager upon which training modules to complete and when to complete them.

Key Performance Indicators

• Timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
• Adherence to UN Women standards and rules.

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies

  • Ability to communicate sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies;
  • Knowledge of social media platforms and experience in social media outreach;
  • Knowledge of local country media landscape;
  • Knowledge of gender, human rights and/or refugee response issues desirable;
  • Focuses on impact and results for client;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf .

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided?on the basis of?qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.  

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application. 

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)  

 

Education
  • Master’s degree is required in communication, journalism, media, women’s studies or a related field, PhD degree is desirable.
Skills and Experience
  • Minimum 6 years of teaching and training experience of communications and media studies at academic level;
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in conducting trainings on gender equality concepts or gender responsive media;
  • Previous professional experience in gender equality in sports is an asset;
  • Previous work experience with UN Agencies and other international organizations is an asset.
Language Requirement
  • Fluency in English and Turkish (written and oral)

Application Procedure:

  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your email/cover letter how (vacanciesinturkey.com) you heard about this position.

The following documents should be submitted as part of the application:

  • Cover letter to include a brief overview about which of your previous experiences makes you the most suitable candidate for the advertised position.
  • CV in English containing the relevant educational and professional experience.
  • Signed UN Women Personal History P11 Form including past experience in similar assignments; can be downloaded at http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment.
  • Financial proposal with breakdown of fee on a per day basis. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount. Financial proposal to be sent via e-mail to [email protected] indicating the name of the position applied in the subject line of the e-mail no later than the application deadline
  • Please see Annex I: Price Proposal Guideline and Template and Annex II: Price Proposal Submission Form

When applying; the Cover Letter, CV and the signed P11 Form should be merged into one (1) single PDF document since the system will allow only to upload maximum one document. Therefore, please combine these forms and documents into one (1) single PDF document and upload them to the system.

As for the Financial Proposal, please send it separately via e-mail to [email protected] indicating the name of the position applied in the subject line of the e-mail. Since it is to be submitted separately via e-mail, the Financial Proposal should not be uploaded to the system or be included in the merged PDF which shall consist of the applicant’s Cover Letter, CV and Signed P11 Form. Please make sure not to include the Financial Proposal in the merged PDF document.

Candidates should have the ability to quickly submit degree certificates and medical certification should they be short-listed in consideration of the consultancy post.

Should they be short-listed in consideration of the consultancy, candidates should be able to quickly submit degree certificates, medical certifications or any other requested document.

Incomplete applications such as applications without a financial proposal may not be considered. Applicants are responsible to make sure to have provided all the requested application materials before the deadline.

Evaluation of Applicants

Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. Contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer receives the highest score out of below defined technical and financial criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.

Criteria Total points Max. Points
Technical Evaluation (70%) 70
  • Master’s degree is required in communication, journalism, media, women’s studies or a related field (10 points)
  • PhD degree on these relevant fields will be considered as an asset (5 points)
15
  • Minimum 6 years of teaching and training experience of communications and media studies at academic level (6 years – 15 pts, 6-8 years 20, 8+ years 25)
25
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in conducting trainings on gender equality concepts or gender responsive media (2 years – 10 pts, 2-5 years – 15 pts, 5+ years – 20 pts)
20
  • Previous professional experience in gender equality in sports is an asset; (With experience: 5 Without Experience: 0)
5
  • Previous working experience with UN Agencies and other international organizations is an asset. (With experience: 5 Without Experience: 0)
5
Financial Evaluation (30%) 30
TOTAL 100

The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion. A suggested formula is as follows:
p = 30 (µ/z)
Using the following values:
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
An interview/practical test may also be used for the selection of best candidates.

Annex I: Price Proposal Guideline and Template
The prospective Individual Consultant should take the following explanations into account during submission of his/her price proposal.

1. Daily fee

The daily price proposal should indicate a “lump sum amount” which is “all-inclusive”; All costs (professional fees, communications, consumables during field related missions, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor needs to be factored into the proposed price.
UN Women will not withhold any amount of the payments for tax and/or social security related payments. UN Women shall have no liability for taxes, duties or other similar charges payable by the Individual Contractor in respect of any amounts paid to the Individual Contractor under this Contract, and the Contractor acknowledges that UN Women will not issue any statements of earnings to the Individual contractor in respect of any such payments.
2. Travel Cost

The assignment is home-based with domestic travel. However, due to COVID-19, the trainings in 2021 are planned to take place online through zoom. The trainings in 2022 are planned to take place in physical environments. The consultant may need to travel to Istanbul four times and to five different provinces which will be decided during the course of time. Nevertheless, the necessity of travels in 2022 will be assessed based on the status of pandemic.

The Consultant will be responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses and daily subsistence allowances associated with undertaking this assignment. All travels and logistical arrangements shall be coordinated with UN Women in Turkey and shall be included in the total contract amount of the contractor.

In the case of an unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs should be agreed upon, between UN Women in Turkey and the Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

3. Currency of the price proposal

The applicants are requested to submit their price proposals in Turkish Lira.

Annex II: Price Proposal Submission Form
To: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Ref: National Gender Responsive Media Training Consultant

Dear Sir / Madam,

I, the undersigned, offer to provide professional consulting services to UN Women within the scope of the referred Assignment.
Having examined, understood and agreed to the Terms of Reference and its annexes, the receipt of which are hereby duly acknowledged, I, the undersigned, offer to deliver professional services, in conformity with the Terms of Reference.

My maximum total price proposal for the assignment is given below:

Costs TRY
Daily Fee, all inclusive
Total Fee for the Assignment for 60 days
Travel Fee
Domestic Flight Tickets and Transfer Cost x 9

(This is in line with the maximum estimated number of travels for this assignment. The domestic flight ticket will be from the city where the mission originated to other mission provinces. The price should reflect the fee of a round travel for 5 times as well as the transfers within the city where the mission originated and the city of mission. For each travel the Consultant will be paid for one item.)

Daily Substance Allowance (DSA) Cost x 18

(This is in line with the maximum estimated number of travels for this assignment. The missions may be for two days DSA or three days DSA based on the number of nights spent in the city of mission. As per UN Women guidelines; the DSA consists of accommodation (50%), breakfast (6%), lunch (12%), dinner (12%) and miscellaneous expenses (20%). The DSA fee of the Consultant should indicate the lump sum fee for accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner and miscellaneous expenses. The Consultant will receive reduced DSA for the items as per the percentages stated above covered within the organization provided by UN Women. Important notice: For each night away from the duty station, the Consultant will be paid one day DSA.)

Total Travel Fee
Total Fee (Daily Fee + Travel)

I confirm that my financial proposal will remain unchanged for 120 days. I also confirm that the price that I quote is gross, and is inclusive of all legal expenses, including but not limited to social security, income tax, pension, etc., which shall be required applicable laws.
I agree that my proposal shall remain binding upon me for 120 days.
I understand that you are not bound to accept any proposal you may receive.
[Signature]
Date:
Name:
Address:
Telephone/Fax:
Email:

 

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