Professional Development Programme for Gender Trainers

6 months
EUR 4,950
Registration Opens
1 March 2018
Registration Closes
29 June 2018
Deadline for tuition fee payment
31 August 2018
Course Duration
6 months

This six-month certificate programme, offered by KIT and UN Women Training Centre, aims to:

  • sharpen training skills and knowledge of gender and development concepts as a gender equality trainer
  • enable participants to better employ learning and knowledge strategies
  • support participants to re-claim training for gender equality as a political feminist process
  • renew participants as a gender equality trainer and their commitment to gender training as a transformatory process

Using a combination of lectures, guest presentations and practical activities and assignments, the programme strengthens trainers’ capacities in three inter-related domains:

  • Conceptual Depth and Clarity: gender and development theory and practice in various themes; and global approaches to gender in development
  • Feminist Practices: gender knowledge and knowledge making and power; reflexivity; change and resistance; and global governance of development and client relations
  • Training Skills and Methods: training design, delivery and evaluation; communication skills; and learner-centred pedagogy

The programme employs blended design including face-to-face workshops, virtual seminars as well as mentoring and networking.


The programme works in a co-creation process with experienced gender trainers from both the global south and north who:

  • have a minimum of three years of training experience on gender issues
  • have knowledge of gender and development and gender in public policy
  • have an institutional affiliation/experience: UN agencies, international and national NGOs, national governments, academia, etc
  • demonstrate commitment to completing the six-month process of professional development

"After the first face-to-face session I returned home so empowered. The session held the attention of all the participants throughout. The knowledge, venue, materials & facilitation was excellent."

Kiran Qazi, WASH officer, UNICEF Pakistan


Since the Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995, gender training remains a key policy and programme response to address a wide range of perceived needs to make gender mainstreaming happen. In many respects, it has become a cure-all to address the many challenges gender mainstreaming entails. Seen as a missing element, repeated calls for gender training reflect a ‘more of the same but better’ approach to addressing the limitations of gender mainstreaming (Milward et al., 2015).

Transformatory aims

What has now become evident is how complicit gender experts (Prügl, 2013) and the gender knowledge they broker have contributed to undermining the transformatory aims originally envisioned. As gender experts, including trainers, and gender expertise have become embedded in development cooperation, it has “not always [been] in the ways that feminists would have liked” (Mukhopadhyay, 2016).

In part, this has been how gender training has been approached (Lazreg, 2002), as a singular short-term event (Mukhopadhyay, 2014) with little room for reflection, which would otherwise allow for participants to “make choices about their gendered behaviors” (Albury and Laplonge, cited by Laplonge, 2015). In this context, gender is presented as a “set of skills, which can be straightforwardly delivered and reproduced” emphasizing “‘knowing that’ rather than ‘knowing how’, and encourage[ing] the parroting of slogans rooted in frameworks disembodied from lived experience” (ibid: 362).

Re-capturing and re-imagining

It is within this context that the UN Women and KIT offer a professional development programme for gender trainers. This is especially timely and critical given the changing landscape of development assistance, the shifting (and sometimes declining) role of the nation state along with the integration of aid and trade in many foreign policies. Additionally, the rising predominance of new private sector and philanthropist actors working in the name of development has demonstrated a further need for (re) claiming an autonomous spaces for feminist knowledge production, such as gender training (Cornwall, 2016). Lastly, the Sustainable Development Goals challenges development policy maker and practitioners to re-think how to address social and gender inequity to ensure that indeed, “no one is left behind.”

The programme aims to contribute to the re-capturing and re-imagining of gender training, as a feminist project, in light of these trends, and establish a new approach to training for gender equality.

Approach and Structure

The programme facilitates the professional development of participants in three inter-related domains:

1 ) Conceptual Depth and Clarity: gender and development theory and practice in various themes; and global approaches to gender in development

Under this domain, the learning objectives are to

  • ensure a solid foundational base of gender and development theory
  • develop conceptual understanding of gender as a social relation and interface with development
  • enable participants to critically engage with development programmes

2 ) Feminist Practices: gender knowledge and knowledge making and power; reflexivity; change and resistance; and global governance of development and client relations

Under this domain, the learning objectives are to

  • understand the politics of knowledge production
  • strengthen critical self-analysis skills
  • develop skills to navigate insider-outsider status of gender trainers

 3 ) Training Skills and Methods: training design, delivery and evaluation; communication skills; and learner-centred pedagogy

Under this domain, the learning objectives are to

  • Strengthen specialized training design, delivery and evaluation skills
  • Strengthen communication skills to convey complex concepts intelligibly
  • Deepen understanding of learner-centred pedagogy
  • Become fluent with an array of case studies and examples for practical application

Click here for programme overview and outline.



Programme dates

  • Participant pre-programme preparation: October 1 – 22, 2018
  • Programme: October 22, 2018 to May 3, 2019

Module dates and location

  • Module 1: face-to-face workshop in Amsterdam (NL), October 22-26, 2018
  • Assignment 1: virtual networking, October 26 – March 1, 2019
  • Module 2: moderated online sessions, January 21 – March 1, 2019
  • Assignment 2: individual assignment, March 1 – April 29, 2019
  • Module 3: face-to-face workshop in Amsterdam (NL), April 29 – May 3, 2019

Venue and Accommodations

Workshops are at KIT’s meeting facilities in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Accommodations are participants’ responsibility with KIT providing coordination support. Options include KIT Amsterdam Tropen Hotel, shared accommodations and participants’ own arrangements.



Scholarships information

A limited number of scholarships are available to attend the programme.

Criteria for applicants include:

If you are eligible for a scholarship, please apply via the apply now link and indicate your financial needs.

  • Meeting the overall requirements:
    • A minimum of three years of training experience on gender issues.
    • Knowledge of gender and development and gender in public policy.
    • Institutional affiliation/experience: UN agencies, international and national NGOs, national governments, academia, etc.
    • Demonstrated commitment to completing the six-month process of professional development.
  • Must be a national of, and reside in, one of the following countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh or India.
  • Currently working as a gender trainer.
  • Strong consideration given to those who can also co-fund their participation

KIT Gender, UNW Training Centre and programme resources

KIT Gender is an international team of gender specialists with a demonstrated track record of capacity strengthening for gender equality and has been a pioneer in gender training theory and practice. Our gender training expertise and experience builds from seminal global gender and rights training programmes first established in 1989. Today we offer organizational wide-training initiatives as well as stand-alone training activities, as part of wider programmes in support of gender mainstreaming, to government ministries, international organizations, UN agencies and NGOs. Core to these are understanding of and experience with gender and development, grounded in theory and practice, which KIT brings to all phases of training: needs assessment, training methodological development and design, curriculum and learning resource development, delivery, training evaluation as well as capacity strengthening of gender trainers.

The UN Women Training Centre is dedicated to supporting the UN and other stakeholders to realize commitments to gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s right through transformative training and learning. We provide high quality training courses, programmes and resources on key issues related to UN Women’s priorities as well as emerging topics. We foster and employ innovative, participatory learning approaches and methodologies, working with diverse partners around the world to ensure the quality and effectiveness of our training services and products. In addition to our self-paced, scheduled and customized trainings, we also provide technical assistance, quality standards, needs assessments on learning and training, learning facilities to conduct face-to-face training, and an eLearning Campus featuring a community of practice and databases of training institutions, opportunities and resources.

Programme Directors

Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay, PhD, is a social anthropologist specialised in social development with a focus on gender and development. She has expertise in social and institutional analysis, citizenship and rights in development and integration of equity concerns across sectors in policy development, programme and project planning, monitoring and evaluation. She has extensive experience and skills in applied and action-oriented research, teaching and training and has several publications in her fields of expertise. She has worked in Asia, Africa and the Middle East with multilateral and bi-lateral agencies, national governments, international and national non-governmental organisations on a broad range of development issues.

Franz Wong, PhD, is a senior social development and gender equity advisor and KIT Gender Team Coordinator. He has worked in development for over 25 years and as a gender specialist since 2002 in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and has 20 years’ experience in gender training as designer, trainer/trainer of trainer and researcher as well as an academic lecture. Franz is also gender and organizational change specialist with expertise in gender mainstreaming policy and strategy, research and assessment (gender audits) and capacity development for gender equality. He has trained in a variety organisational settings including UN agencies, NGOs, government ministries and international research organizations.

Programme Resource Persons

The programme includes participation of international resource persons. People we are currently working with for the cohort of 2017-2018, include:

  • Nandinee Bandyopadhyay: Independent consultant on community engagement for marginalized populations
  • Lucy Ferguson (PhD): Senior consultant and researcher
  • Anne Marie Goetz (PhD): Clinical Professor, Center for Global Affairs, New York University
  • Naila Kabeer (PhD): Professor in Gender and Development, Department of Gender Studies, London School of Economics
  • Christine Okali (PhD): Independent researcher on Gender and Agriculture
  • Noemi Gonda (PhD): Researcher, Department of Urban and Rural Development, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

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Franz F. Wong

Senior Advisor

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Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay

Senior Advisor

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