Central Asia: Gender Mainstreaming Trainer


  • Job Type: Consultant
  • Anticipated Period of Performance: December 2020
  • Location: Central Asia (Online)
  • Application Deadline: 30 November 2020


Eurasia Foundation (EF) is seeking an experienced expert in gender mainstreaming and USAID-funded programming to conduct a highly participatory online workshop for the staff of the Civil Society Support Program in Central Asia (CSSP) in December 2020. The trainer will be responsible for thoroughly studying CSSP gender policy, developing a complementary training agenda and conducting training sessions for CSSP staff that cover keep topics and include participatory exercises such group discussions. After the training, the consultant must deliver a comprehensive report.  


The consultant is expected to develop and deliver a comprehensive series of training on gender mainstreaming to CSSP staff. To accomplish this assignment, she/he must do the following:

  • Carefully study the CSSP Gender Policy Handbook and USAID policies to develop materials to facilitate staff trainings on policies, procedures, terminology, tools and other elements of the handbook;
  • Work closely with the CSSP Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Gender (MELG) Specialist to assess participant needs and identify training format;
  • Develop all necessary training materials, questionnaires and additional materials for CSSP staff;
  • Deliver training according to an agreed-upon schedule and using practical training techniques such as questioning vs. lecturing to facilitate knowledge sharing;
  • Conduct pre and post-training surveys and analyze results to ascertain the knowledge gained by each participant;
  • Introduce additional resources to participants as supplemental reading materials for continued learning on topics of the training;
  • Submit a post-training report to CSSP summarizing training results and recommendations for changes in content, structure, and activities;
  • Respond MELG Specialist and trainee inquiries in a timely manner; and
  • Work in a professional manner with consistency, integrity and a commitment to a balanced approach.


Training Design and Content

The maximum budget for this project must not exceed $3,500 USD, which must cover all costs of preparation, conducting of at least eight (8) hours of training for this series and reporting. The consultant must propose a plan for scheduling all sessions to maintain participant engagement and maximize learning outcomes. The training must be held in Russian between 1 and 28 December for CSSP in Central Asia staff (approximately 20 individuals). The consultant must submit an illustrative training plan that includes the number, duration and topics of proposed sessions as part of the application package for this consultancy (see ‘Apply’ below).

The training must include (but is not limited to) the following topics: introduction into gender mainstreaming; gender mainstreaming in donor-funded projects; contextual analysis of gender mainstreaming in Central Asia; integration of a gender perspective into CSSP procedures; and gender analysis tools. Training content must reflect the specific nature of CSSP target countries in Central Asia  (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), including real case studies for participant review and analysis.

In addition to presentations, the training should contain a number of practical and group work assignments aimed at strengthening CSSP staff’s gender perspectives. The consultant should utilize effective instruments (e.g., the “web of institutionalization,” a practical tool for planning strategies to mainstream gender) and online learning platforms (e.g., communication tools, whiteboards, quiz makers, homework platforms) to engage CSSP staff during the presentations.

All CSSP staff are working remotely, and the training must be designed to fit an online format while maximizing outcomes, utilizing video conference software such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Cisco Webex or another platform free for use by participants and able to accommodate all participants during each training.


Learning Outcomes

Through this training, participants are expected to:

  • Gain a better understanding of why gender mainstreaming is relevant to all areas of CSSP work;
  • Examine how gender perspectives can be incorporated into CSSP’s routine procedures;
  • Identify useful resources for continued learning on gender mainstreaming; and
  • Determine specific steps that the team will take to further incorporate gender perspectives into CSSP following the training.



  • Finalized training plan (reviewed and approved by EF prior to training delivery);
  • Pre- and post-training questionnaires;
  • Workplans and materials for all training sessions;
  • List of additional readings on all covered topics; and
  • The consultant must prepare a report within one week of the final training that includes recommendations for the program to build on.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of gender mainstreaming and related issues in the regional context of Central Asia;
  • Three to five years of experience developing and delivering training sessions;
  • Outstanding presentations skills and in-depth knowledge of online deliverance is required
  • Bachelor’s in areas related to gender mainstreaming (e.g., gender studies, sociology, public administration, sociology, international relations) is required. Master’s degree preferred; and
  • Fluency in written and spoken Russian is required; proficiency in written and spoken English is a preferred.


Each proposal must include the following:

  • Cover letter, including budget estimate for delivering training, in US dollars (up to $3,500)
  • Resume(s) of proposed trainer(s)
  • Illustrative training plan, including proposed schedule of training sessions and topics
  • Sample training video (EN or RU; no longer than five minutes) developed or delivered by applicant (if available)

Each proposal will be reviewed and selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Clarity and suitability of proposed training topics
  • Innovation of approach and experience in online training
  • Technical expertise of proposed trainer(s)
  • Cost competitiveness

To apply, please send all materials to CSSPconsultants@eurasia.org with “Gender Mainstreaming Trainer” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

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