Call for Tenders - Gender in Peace and Conflict

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Application deadline: 23 October 2023

The Academy for Conflict Transformation, part of forumZFD, is looking for a trainer to develop and deliver a seven-week online thematic training on the topic of “Gender in Peace and Conflict”, scheduled for May/June 2024.

1. Background information

forumZFD supports people involved in violent conflicts on the path to peace and strives to help overcome war and violence.

Our Academy for Conflict Transformation, the qualification department inside forumZFD, offers a learning space for professional, international peace work and is training experts in the field of civil conflict transformation. Our educational work is an expression of our conviction that non-violent, constructive ways of dealing with conflicts can be both taught and learned. The main goal is to provide specialists who already work or intent to work on international peace projects and conflict-sensitive development cooperation with practical tools that allow them to contribute to building lasting peace. In our courses and trainings, we create learning spaces where theory meets practice. Within this, our educational concept focuses on personal development, self-determination, responsibility and the ability to act in conflicts. One of our central concerns is fostering a personal attitude oriented towards peace-related values among all those who participate. The international intercultural exchange and participatory learning are particular strengths of all our trainings.

The Academy’s portfolio consists of longer, comprehensive training courses in peace and conflict work as well as shorter trainings focused on specific topics – both as in-person and online. Furthermore, we offer specific exchange platforms for alumni and orientation trainings for people interested in the Civil Peace Service (CPS). The Academy also offers tailor-made trainings in the field of peace and conflict transformation.

2. Training description

With the thematic online trainings, the Academy aims to reach peacebuilders who want to expand and deepen their existing knowledge through specialized topics in the field of peace and conflict work. These trainings are designed to allow participation alongside a regular job and from a variety of locations around the world. The majority of the participants are active in peacebuilding and already have knowledge on basic theories around peace and conflict.

In 2024 the Academy aims to offer a thematic online training on the topic of “Gender in Peace and Conflict”. Gender-sensitive approaches are crucial when it comes to an intervention in the field of conflict transformation. This specific lens helps identifying black spots and new opportunities for change. The Academy for Conflict Transformation has been offering trainings on this topic for many years. Also, in 2023, this topic will be taken up, and this time trainer is invited to hand in a proposal - reconsidering the title of the training and justifying its selection. After the training, participants should at least have accomplished the following learning objectives. The participants…

  • understand the main terms related to gender, feminism, intersectionality, as well as gendered views on peacebuilding and conflict transformation;
  • have an awareness of power and its dynamics related to gender;
  • consider gender-based violence and sexualized violence as a particular weapon in conflict settings and have learned tools to practically implement violence prevention and care mechanisms;
  • are able to integrate a gender-sensitive lens into a conflict analysis and project planning and implementation and understanding its potential for conflict transformation;
  • have reflected their own role and position within gender and other power dynamics.

The planned schedule is seven weeks of training with weekly two-hour live sessions. Adjustments are possible, if they are suitable for the topic. Between the live sessions, the participants will work independently and together with others on provided material (literature, podcasts, videos or similar). The training aims to be as hands-on-oriented as possible and to be embedded in the context of the participants. Larger project-related tasks can create that link over those seven weeks. However, the weekly workload for the participants in addition to the live sessions should not exceed four to five hours.

The Academy for Conflict Transformation promotes an interactive, varied and playful learning environment and exchange-oriented communication of content in the digital space. In addition to input from the trainer, the exchange of ideas among the participants, for example in group work and discussions, is also crucial and a valuable resource. We emphasize a warm, encouraging, trusting and appreciating atmosphere in this online setting. The facilitator’s expertise and the personal exchange between participants will constitute key components of these trainings. The Academy is aware of different power structures and considers it in the designing of the content and the training. Together with the trainers, we are striving to create a room when needed, where related thoughts and concerns are discussable.

To ensure a productive exchange on both a professional and personal level, the target number of participants is 16 people. If there are any changes in this regard, the trainer will be notified in a timely manner.

Our online thematic trainings are conducted on the learning platform ILIAS. For the live sessions we use BigBlueButton. This virtual learning space is only open to participants and the facilitator.

3. Deliverables

The trainer shall perform an online thematic training (preparing, holding and follow-up) and is responsible for designing and accompanying both the synchronous and asynchronous parts of the learning process, supported by and in agreement with the Academy’s team. This includes the following tasks:

Conceptualization and preparation of the training

  • Providing information on the training for the acquisition of participants
  • Depending on the needs at least one consultation with the Academy’s educational advisor on the tools used during the training. After a detailed briefing we expect the facilitator to be able to use these platforms independently.
  • Providing the content for the different modules on the learning platform and designing the tasks and deliverables for participants to invest 4 hours weekly in the training in regular consultation with the educational advisor
  • The detailed and updated training outline shall be sent to the educational advisor four weeks before the start

Implementation of the training

  • Independent facilitation of the live sessions and preparation thereof
  • Feedback to participants’ deliverables and contributions
  • Creating a safe space in the online environment
  • Adapting the training to participants’ needs and the learning process
  • Friendly and responsive communication with the participants

Evaluation of the training

  • One last evaluative meeting with the educational advisor or a written report

The Academy for Conflict Transformation supports the methodical and content-related organization and is responsible for the advertising of the training, done in cooperation with the facilitator. It also provides the technical infrastructure for the training (e.g. access to the learning platform ILIAS and the video conferencing tool BigBlueButton). Additional software and platforms, such as interactive whiteboards or brainstorming tools, can be used and offered by the Academy if agreed to in advance. Furthermore, we provide the trainer with information on participants’ experience and expectations before the start of the training. The educational advisor is always available for consultation.

4. Requirements to apply and assessment procedure

The following seven criteria have to be fulfilled:

  1. Substantial knowledge of the theory of the training subject
  2. Relevant hands-on experience in areas related to the training subject
  3. Substantial experience as a trainer and/or in adult education in transcultural contexts
  4. Strong communication skills, ability to recognize and respond to participants’ needs, willingness to implement constructive feedback
  5. Previous experience with online learning processes, dynamic and interactive online tools and the creation of safe spaces in the virtual environment.
  6. Excellent skills of the training language (English)
  7. Being aware of various power relations and one’s own role as well as taking an anti-racist stance

Rating criteria: Qualification and Experience

Weighting: 40%

Rating criteria: Quality of the Concept

Weighting: 60%

5. Fees

The Academy offers a daily rate of 650 € (excl. VAT).[1] This training implies seven daily rates (preparation, implementation and evaluation).[2]

6. Submission of proposals

The proposals should include:

  • A CV
  • A cover letter explaining your motivation and working approaches, including information on availability
  • A training concept and outline (see annex 1)

Please submit all documents in English. 

Please send your application to Vi Pundt (tender@forumZFD.de) Please make sure to clearly state in the email subject [Surname, Name, Online Training].

We look forward to receiving your application by 23 October 2023.

In case of questions, do not hesitate to contact Hannah Würbel (wuerbel@forumzfd.de) or Marianne Albrecht (albrecht@forumzfd.de).

Further information about our organization can be found on our website www.forumZFD.de/en. English information about our academy is provided under www.forumzfd-akademie.de/en

[1] If you wish to apply as a trainer tandem, the daily rate needs to be shared.

[2] Remark: The Academy receives public funding and is therefore bound to an economic allocation of resources.

 

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