Short course tender
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Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Alumni Advisory Group:
Reporting to: Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Coordinator
Duration: Up to 15 days inputs per year
Timing: 1 October 2018 – 30 September 2019, with the possibility of renewal until 31 March 2020
Australia Awards–Africa is a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) funded initiative designed to:
equip Africans with the skills, knowledge and networks necessary to contribute towards sustainable development of their own countries;
foster a view of Australia as a valued partner in targeted African countries
establish and maintain positive ongoing links between Alumni and Australia.
Australia Awards–Africa provides a mix of Scholarships and Short Courses to Africans in the public, civil society and private sectors in targeted disciplines that support the home countries’ developmental priorities. The Australian government has made a strong commitment to promote Gender Equality, disability Inclusion and HIV support and this resolve is subsequently replicated in the Australia Awards program. Australia Awards uses the umbrella term Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) to refer to these cross-cutting issues.
The Australia Awards Scope of Requirement document articulates the need to appoint ‘advisory resources’ to drive the implementation of the GESI strategy. Similarly, the GESI strategy outlines the planned GESI activities and approaches which will draw on the expertise of advisors.
The program has in the past recruited regional GESI experts for the annual GESI roundtable workshops to advice on the African social and policy environment for excluded groups. This recruitment was premised on the understanding that while the international advisers could speak on GESI from the international sphere, there was a need for local expertise.
In 2014, an Alumni was invited to share their award experience during the GESI roundtable forum and stakeholders (DFAT, Australia Awards and International advisers) agreed that the input from the alumni perspective was invaluable.
Australia Awards–Africa has, therefore, constituted a GESI Alumni Advisory Group from 2016 – 2018 as a resource for the program. This call for applications is intended to renew the Group.
Some alumni have demonstrated an understanding and expertise of the regional GESI environment in the various alumni forums. They:
Have an in-depth knowledge of GESI issues in the African context;
Have been to Australia for studies and understand Scholars’ experience during the Award cycle and can
therefore advise on how the program can be more inclusive;
Have been working in the GESI sector before and after their award and have amassed knowledge and experience;
Have a demonstrated commitment towards inclusive development.