Gender mainstreaming, according to UNWomen is a globally accepted strategy for promoting gender equality. Mainstreaming is not an end in itself but a strategy, an approach, a means to achieve the goal of gender equality. It involves ensuring that gender perspectives and attention to the goal of gender equality are central to all activities – policy development, research, advocacy/ dialogue, legislation, resource allocation, and planning, implementation and monitoring of programmes and projects. In line with this call for mainstreaming many countries and organizations have created the position and appointed Gender Advisers/Focal Persons to support the process. However, there are very few courses designed to meet the needs of such appointees. The overarching role of gender advising is to support gender mainstreaming. However, gender mainstreaming is a comprehensive strategy and gender advisers are known to work in many different ways, depending on the environment. This course concept was designed to meet the diverse needs of a gender adviser. Thus, to establish what gender advisers in various ecosystems do and what skills they consider to be important for their work, this course concept was preceded by an extensive training needs assessment sent out to former and current gender advisers.



This course concept is not designed for people who need to know more about the concept of gender as such, but for people who want to become more effective in promoting gender mainstreaming, what we refer to as gender advising. Accordingly, the overall course aims to provide participants with knowledge, practical tools and skills that will enhance their ability to support gender mainstreaming in an international mission. This has been captured in three overarching learning objectives accompanied by a number of more specific session objectives, defining what the participants should be able to do after each session.

The course assistant will provide their expertise to support the overall course implementation, take responsibility for individual project tasks and contribute to the regional networking and stakeholder management.


  1. Active contribution to the development of the lesson plans for the contents at the KAIPTC.
  2. Cooperate, coordinate and liaise with Head of WPSI at KAIPTC and Senior Specialist, Women, Peace and Security at FBA during preparation, implementation and follow-u of all GAC related activities.
  3. Follow up on invitations and participants’ logistical arrangements in line with KAIPTC systems in regards to the course.
  4. Support the development of course materials and publications
  5. Track and recommend cooperation and synergies with the activities of WPSI and FBA and contribute to the regional networking and stakeholder management
  6. Perform other tasks assigned by his/her supervisor within the scope and context of the role as Course Assistant



The eligibility criteria for becoming a Course Assistant includes satisfaction of the following criteria:

  • A masters degree in gender studies or any related discipline or at least 3 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Demonstrated capacity in gender equality, gender mainstreaming, women’s empowerment, gender relations in organisational settings; knowledge of intersectional and transformative gender approaches. Knowledge in mainstreaming would be an asset;
  • Fluency in both French and English;
  • Experience as trainer and facilitator. Curricula development and course design experience would be an asset;
  • Demonstrated capacity in gender and conflict analysis. Experience as a gender counsellor would be an asset;
  • Demonstrated capacity of MS office programmes (word, excel, outlook, TEAMS); experience working with scientific document management systems would be an asset;
  • Good intercultural and interpersonal skills.



75 working days (Jan 2022 – May 2022).

Interested applicants are kindly requested to send their CV together with 3 references and a professional work portfolio by e-mail to not later than 26 January, 2022.

Please indicate the job tile clearly in the cover letter; otherwise your application may not be considered. Applicants will be short-listed on the basis of their qualifications and relevant work experience. Only short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.


KAIPTC is an equal opportunity employer.