Vacancy announcement

Consultant - Integrating gender equality and human rights into climate change and renewable energy in Asia

Vacancy type Consultant/Individual Contractor
Duration of the contract
6 months (on average at approx. 80%; some months may be more work-intensive than others)
Indicative contract starting date
15 May 2021
Deadline for submission of applications
02 May 2021
Organizational Unit
Green Development and Climate Change Programme Unit (GDCCPU)
USD 20'000 in total (output-based)
Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas:

Gender equality, human rights, climate change and renewable energy


UNITAR’s Green Development and Climate Change Programme (GCP) develops the capacities of individuals and training institutions in developing countries to advance green and climate resilient development in support of Agenda 2030. The Programme offers a range of services, including executive training, capacity development for education and training institutions, support for national learning strategies, learning methodology development, and knowledge-sharing. Activities are carried out through partnerships with other UN organizations, bilateral development partners, as well as leading learning institutions and think tanks.

As part of a new collaboration designed to respond to the challenges brought in by the COVID-19 pandemic, UNITAR, UN Environment and UN Women will develop an e-learning focusing on gender equality and human rights-based approaches in access to renewable energy, as well as related gender transformative climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.

The ultimate goal is to increase the knowledge and the skills of government officials, policy makers and financial institutions in the field of climate change, women affairs and renewable energy to apply gender equality and human rights-based approaches in their climate related work. The training will have a specific focus on the Asia-Pacific region and will have two separate learning paths – one for policymakers, one for businesses and financial institutions. The course will also be made publicly available and will be accessible to anyone interested.

The e-learning product will be self-paced and asynchronous. It will provide 6 hour of learning and include a multiplicity of interactive elements. It will be available in English on the UN CC:Learn e-learning platform.

General objectives of the contract:

In collaboration with the UNITAR team, the work of the Consultant will focus on the design,  development and evaluation of the e-learning course and support communications and reporting.

Responsibilities/description of professional services:
  • Assessment:

    • Collect and review relevant background documents, policies and case studies from the region;
    • Develop a competency framework, including an online questionnaire and interview questions;
    • Conduct a learning needs assessment (questionnaire and interviews) focusing on a selection of individuals from the key target groups.
    • Compile all results in a learning needs assessment report.
  • Design:
    • Based on the results of the learning needs assessment, finalize the learning objectives for the training.
    • Develop a syllabus for the e-learning course, setting out the different modules, with an indication of their specific learning objective, the content to be covered, the methodology and certification. The e-learning will be designed to include two separate learning paths, for the two key target audiences, and promote active engagement with the content.
  • Development:
    • Based on the outcomes of the assessment and design phases, develop the content and create a storyboard for each module in collaboration with other subject matter experts.
    • Work with the instructional designer to identify a number of activities that can support the learning process (e.g. background readings, exercises).
    • Work with the filmmaker to develop 3 videos for the e-course.
    • Work with the instructional designer, the graphic designer and the editor to finalize the materials.
    • Prepare the final quiz, the certification elements and the evaluation.
    • The complete package will include the following materials: dedicated course page on the UN CC:Learn e-learning platform, syllabus, e-learning course, a pre- and post-assessment, and an evaluation survey.
  • Implementation:
    • Organize the pilot testing of the course and integration of feedback.
    • Organize the launch of the course by November 2021.
    • Support the development of a communications campaign for the launch.
  • Evaluation:
    • Coordinate the development of pre- and post-assessment and evaluation survey.
    • Draft an interim narrative report.

Throughout the process coordinate closely with different stakeholders.

Performance Indicators for evaluation of results:
  • Effective communication with partners and colleagues;
  • Timely and quality preparation of all deliverables;
  • High degree of professionalism.
Skills and Competencies expected from the individual:
  • Knowledge of gender equality and human rights approaches and their integration in climate change and renewable energy policy and action, especially in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Demonstrable oral and writing skills in English, with an ability to convey complex ideas in a creative, clear, direct and lively style;
  • Experience in preparing and delivering trainings for adult learners;
  • Organized, with the ability to prioritize and work under pressure, often to tight deadlines;

Strong communications skills with the ability to engage with multiple stakeholders.

Reporting structure:

The incumbent will report to the Specialist, Green Development and Climate Change Programme Unit, Division for Planet.

Minimum requirements


  • An advanced degree in Economics, Environmental Science, Political Science, International or Development Studies, Gender Studies or another relevant field is required.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 6 years of professional experience in the field of gender, human rights, climate change/renewable energy.
  • Experience in providing technical assistance and/or training on the integration of gender and/or human rights into climate change and/or renewable energy.
  • Experience in working with policy makers, renewable energy service providers, financial institutions representatives and other stakeholders, particularly from Asia;
  • Experience with setting up and delivering trainings online.


  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.

General conditions of contracts for the service of Consultant apply.

The assignment will be home-based. The Consultant will be therefore required to use his/her own computer with standard Microsoft Office software.

Consultants are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local laws. UNITAR does not reimburse Consultants for any taxes, duty, or other contribution payable by the Consultant on payments made under the consultancy contract.

The Institute does not provide or arrange life or health insurance coverage for Consultant, and Consultant are not eligible to participate in the life and health insurance schemes provided by the UN for its staff members.

How to apply

Send a CV and a short motivation letter to with the following subject line: “E-learning on gender equality, human rights, CC and RE”

UNITAR will only contact shortlisted applicants.