The Gender Group of the Cambodia REDD+ Program have identified that while integrating gender into design and implementation of REDD+ initiatives increases its efficiency and sustainability, it seems that in Cambodian women have received less information, education and training opportunities compared to men in relation to conservation and protection of natural resources. Further, the engagement of women in forest management has been unequal to that of men, particularly in terms of decision making, at both local and national levels. To address this, the REDD+ program created the Gender Group to advise the REDD+ Taskforce on gender mainstreaming into the design of the National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) and the REDD+ pilot implementation. In 2018, one specific focus for the Gender Group is ensuring gender is mainstreamed into the preparation, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the NRS Action and Investment Plan for Cambodia. In addition to and alignment with the REDD+ priorities and actions, UN Women have been requested to provide specialised training to the REDD+ taskforce.
UN Women Cambodia is therefore planning to adapt a five-day intense masterclass programme that was developed by UN Women Bangladesh and pilot it for the REDD+ team. As part of UN Women in Bangladesh’s flagship programme on gender and climate change, UN Women staff, implementing partners and wider stakeholders underwent a learning process, through a number of iterations, to develop a guiding analytical framework to work on issues of gender and climate change. Implementing partners and stakeholders themselves identified this need to enhance all partner’s capacity to adequately address rights and gender equality in climate change adaptation. The final part of this process resulted in a five-day masterclass to develop a common understanding of a gender equality and a rights-based approach to climate change and to build consensus among practitioners from government, NGOs and academia on the analytical framework for gender and climate change. The masterclass curriculum focused on applying analytical tools to conduct gender analysis in climate change case study examples, understanding a rights-based approach to addressing gender in our climate change projects, and south-south learning on gender and climate change from other regional based colleagues.
The objective of the UN Women Cambodia masterclass will be to develop a common understanding of the gender equality dimensions of climate action, particularly in the context of natural resource management and forest management in Cambodia. The masterclass will provide participants with a set of gender analysis tools, rights based thinking, and a space to practice applying these tools to case study examples relevant to the REDD+ work in Cambodia. It will also create a space for REDD+ taskforce members to collaborate, build on existing working relationships and strengthen each other’s ability as a taskforce to advocate for the inclusion of gender equality and women’s rights in the work of REDD+ and forestry management. From this pilot masterclass, it is expected that participants will actively participant and help contextualise the content for Cambodia, allowing for the finalisation of the manual and its further use. It is also expected that from this initial training, participants will be able to identify other entry points to leverage this new knowledge and practical tools and suggest other ways similar trainings and further capacity building can continue to support the REDD+ taskforce in their advocacy efforts and their day-today work to integrate gender into forestry management.
Therefore, UN Women in Cambodia requires the services of a technical expert on gender, human rights and climate change/DRR to look at the Masterclass module and contextualise to meet with Cambodia’s climate change action and DRR.
 REDD+ Gender Group, (2018). Mainstreaming gender considerations in National REDD+ Action and Investment Plan and Implementation Framework
 Masterclass manual can be accessed at this link: http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2015/04/un-women-master-class-training-manual
Duties and Responsibilities
Required Skills and Experience
International Training Consultant on Gender, Rights and Climate Change/DRR