Australian Professional Opportunity - Leading for Women’s Economic Empowerment

Applications are now open for an Australian Professional Opportunity (APO) on ‘Leading for Women’s Economic Empowerment’.

This activity aims to build the capabilities of up to 20 participants to understand and address the diverse barriers women face in accessing decent and safe work.

The Australian Professional Opportunity will explore a holistic approach to women’s economic empowerment, recognising that creating safe and decent work environment requires governments, businesses and communities to work in partnership to address intersectional systemic barriers. The proposed APO uses the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles as its foundation. The APO will also provide opportunities for linkages and learnings between participants and Australian and regional organisations and coaches.

Participants will gain:

  • an understanding of modern-day slavery; gender responsive supply chains; linking gender-based violence and women’s health rights to women’s economic empowerment programming; addressing the burden of unpaid care work; the role of governments in providing gender sensitive social safety nets; and the UN Women and UN Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles (grounded in the recognition that businesses have a stake in and responsibility for gender equality and women’s empowerment).
  • skills in identifying harmful gendered norms-change and planning norm change campaigns.
  • confidence and skills to step into leadership roles for women’s economic empowerment.
  • coaching support and linkages with leading gender specialists from Australia and the region.

The course will be delivered online in six, 3-hour webinars over a 10-weeks period from the week beginning 15 November 2021 to 14 February 2022. Four weeks of small group coaching support will also be delivered by a team of Australian based coaches.

  • Webinars 1 – 4 will be held every week on a Wednesday morning (Nepal time) from 17 November to 10 December 2021. Participants are required to be available for 3 hours to engage online.
  • Small group coaching sessions will be held once a week at a time mutually agreed with the participants on 15 December and then from 19 January to 2 February 2022
  • Webinar 5 – 6 will be held on Wednesday morning (Nepal time) on 9 February and 16 February 2022. Participants are required to be available for 3 hours to engage online.

Interested female applicants are invited to read the Concept Note and submit an online Application Form by 28 September 2021.

Participants will identify as female and will belong to:

  • government departments and ministries who are working or have the scope to work on gender equality and women’s empowerment (e.g. trade, economic development, health, finance, social or family welfare, agriculture, labour and human resources).
  • civil society and private sectors working or wanting to improve their performance in areas relevant to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Participants will have the opportunity to share and collaborate on challenges and opportunities for women’s economic empowerment facing the region.

There will be a maximum of 20 participants in the course

Candidates who have the potential to apply the knowledge and experience gained through this course are encouraged to apply.

Participants of diverse ethnicity, ability/disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expressions and sex characteristics are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible candidates must:

  • Be a Nepalese citizen currently residing in the country.
  • Identify as female.
  • Be able to obtain the necessary study leave approvals from your employer to participate fully in the requirements of the activity.
  • Demonstrate digital literacy including experience with online learning and meeting platforms.
  • Should be currently working or volunteering in a relevant area in an early to mid-level role.
  • Have occupied their current position for at least 6 months.
  • Have stable internet connectivity as well as availability of laptop/computers to access course content for download, webinar participation and live sessions.
  • Demonstrate a high level of English proficiency to be able to participate in this activity.

To apply for this APO, applicants must complete the online Application Form by 28 September 2021. Only completed applications submitted online will be considered.

Completed and eligible applications will be assessed and ranked based on the above eligibility criteria. A shortlist will be provided to the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal to finalise the selection process.

Dates  Description 
17 September 2021 Applications open
28 September 2021 Applications close
15 November to 17 December 2021 Weeks 1 to 4 of webinar training
20 December 2021 Week 5 small group coaching session
24 December 2021 to 14 January 2022 Small group independent action learning and research
17 January 2022 Week 6 small group coaching
24 January 2022 Week 7 small group coaching
31 January 2022 Week 8 small group coaching
7 February 2022 Week 9 presentations
14 February 2022 Week 10 presentations (final week)


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