UN Women Home based international consultancy with 5 missions to Cambodia: Community of Practice for CSOs for Gender Mainstreaming into Climate Action and Disaster Risk Reduction

Home based with 5 missions to Cambodia: Community of Practice for CSOs for Gender Mainstreaming into Climate Action and Disaster Risk Reduction

LOCATIONHome based role with 5 missions to Cambodia
CAREER CATEGORYInternational Consultancy
SALARYNot Specified
TYPE OF CONTRACTInternational Consultant
DURATION01 March 2024 – 01 August 2025
DEADLINE26 February 2024

Home based with 5 missions to Cambodia: Community of Practice for CSOs for Gender Mainstreaming into Climate Action and Disaster Risk Reduction


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.

The UN Women Cambodia Programme Office (CPO) Strategic Note (SN) 2019-2023 focuses on three key priorities to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE). The priority is to strengthen government capacity and accountability to integrate international norms and commitments (CEDAW, SDGs, Beijing PfA, Sendai) into national legislative and regulatory frameworks, including supporting dialogue and CSO engagement in accountability for GEWE commitments. The second area of focus is Ending Violence Against Women where CCO’s focus includes creating an enabling environment to prevent, respond to and prosecute all forms of GBV as well as ensuring that marginalized women who experience violence, including women migrant workers, access services and protections. Thirdly, CCO works to enhance gender responsiveness in climate change action and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). A focus on empowerment, women’s leadership, challenging negative gender norms and leaving no one behind runs through the programme.

The Empower project: Women for Climate-resilient Societies is a unique partnership between UN Women and UN Environment, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency that aims to ensure that climate action and disaster risk reduction in Asia-Pacific respond to gender equality and human rights. From 2018 to 2022, EmPower phase I was implemented regionally across Asia and the Pacific, with national footprints in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Viet Nam. EmPower phase II (2023-2027) was built on the successes and lessons learnt of the phase I and aims to scale up for regional implementation and generate new regional commitments and national policies, financial mechanisms and tools, methodologies, evidence, and knowledge to further impact. The project will contribute to the overall Impact: “People in Asia-Pacific are less vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and experience greater gender equality and the full enjoyment of their rights, including equal access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.” EmPower aims to achieve the outcomes bellow:

  • Outcome 1: Asia-Pacific actors increase action on gender responsive climate change adaptation and mitigation.
  • Outcome 2: Women in all their diversity and other marginalized groups are represented as key environmental actors in climate and DRR decision-making
  • Outcome 3: Women and other marginalized groups in Asia-Pacific secure climate-resilient livelihoods

EmPower approach is to expand decision-making spaces, raise awareness and support the prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV) in the context of climate change and disaster. This includes empowering women and girls through amplifying their voice and sharing their stories. EmPower seek to not only explore women experience as the passive victims of the climate change and disaster but as change agents and the leaders for climate change action and disaster management.

In Cambodia EmPower phase I, which was implemented from 2018-2022, working to empower CSOs especially women-led organization and CSOs working on Climate change and disaster risk reduction issue, around 30 local CSOs have been engaged in networking and capacity development space created by the project in phase I. This includes providing training on gender and climate change and disaster management, gender and environment statistics and how to use gender statistic for advocacy purpose. The CSOs joining are those who either working on climate change and DRR or gender and women empowerment or both. Participating CSOs acknowledge the importance of such space to be link to one another and has continue sharing relevant information in digital platform.

For this reason, one of the focus of EmPower project phase II (2023-2007) is to enhanced capacity and engagement of civil society organizations in CC/DRR actions and decision-making by creating a Community of Practice (COP) focusing on gender responsive climate action and DRR. Through the project, UN Women Cambodia Programme is seeking for an international consultant who will provide technical lead of the development and technical coordination of the community of practice.


Assignment Title:Community of Practice for CSOs for Gender Mainstreaming into Climate Action and Disaster Risk Reduction
Duty Station:Home based with 5 missions to Cambodia
Full-time or Part time:Part time
Duration: 01 March 2024 – 01 August 2025
Type of Contract:Consultant
Supervisor:Country Program Coordinator
Cluster/Project:Cambodia Programme office, EmPower: Women for Climate-resilient societies

Task Description

The international consultant will provide technical expertise for the design and implementation of the community of practice for CSOs to create a platform which allows mutual learning among CSOs with difference expertise on gender, women empowerment, climate change and disaster risk reduction while also encourage them to explore the potential joint effort, actions and initiative to address gender issue and climate change. The key responsibilities of the consultant will be as follows:

  • Lead the design of the community of practice (CoP) project that is applicable for CSO in Cambodia, including defining what is CoP for the group, the methodology, topics, process and collaborative coordination  
  • Design a framework to identify participating members which include identification and the initial formation of the CoP process. The consultant will work with UN Women programme team to identify CSOs members to participate in the CoP space using the design framework. This will include producing material like CoP concept note and information sheet to aid the outreach and the identification process.
  • Design and facilitate the orientation workshop to introduce COP and encourage members’ ownership through participatory process. This involves physical and online meetings/workshops
  • Co-design with key identified members of CoP to identify topic/subject or areas of interest to be influential for advancing gender mainstreaming in climate actions and DRR
  • Lead in conducting learning event/workshop for mutual learning as identified, including  gender and climate change
  • Provide small group and/or individual coaching and follow up to members for effective gender mainstreaming in climate actions application in their individual and/or joint work.
  • Support the participants by providing technical assistance to their potential emerging joint action and/or initiative including joint position/advocacy paper to be used for influencing policy and decision making space
  • Document good practices, lesson learn and case study on CSOs CoP: Gender and climate change


Education and certification:

  • Master degree of development study, gender, social work, community development or other relevant discipline


  • At least ten years’ experience in gender mainstreaming work.
  • At least three years’ experience in working with CSOs in Cambodia context
  • Strong understanding of gender equality and social inclusion in the context of civic engagement among CSOs
  • Experience in working in the issue on climate change and disaster risk reduction is desired.
  • Experience in community building and network building is preferred
  • Experience in organization community of practice is desired
  • Sound experience in leading learning events/workshop with participatory approach

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Fluency in Khmer language would be an added advantage

How To Apply?

Interested candidates should apply for this opportunity by following the link below:

Carlos Seth

Carlos Seth is an international recruitment consultant with more than 10 years experience in global recruitment and executive search.

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