HRH2030 Vets Gender Competency Work with Experts

HRH2030 Vets Gender Competency Work with Experts

With support from USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, HRH2030 recently convened a group of gender, family-planning, gender-based violence, and HRH experts and practicing midwives and nurses for a consultative forum to vet its work on defining and advancing gender competence in the family planning workforce.

HRH2030 is working to define what it means to be gender-competent as a family planning service provider and delineate the specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that form the building blocks for gender competency. By increasing health workers’ awareness of gender and fostering the development of the skills needed to provide gender-equitable health care, the team hopes to improve reproductive health outcomes and increase gender equity. HRH2030 has proposed a definition of gender competence and created a framework of gender competencies for family planning providers.

At the forum, held November 2, experts from multiple disciplines reviewed and provided feedback on the draft definition and framework developed by the HRH2030 team. Following a brief orientation, the event was organized into two parts. The first part encouraged participants to examine and suggest tweaks to the definition of gender competence. The second part of the session provided an opportunity to analyze the draft competency framework and provide feedback. The conversation was rich, and HRH2030 received useful feedback to incorporate into future drafts of the definition and framework.

With the forum complete, the HRH2030 team will incorporate feedback into the draft definition and framework and conduct an additional round of review for remote experts. Those interested in reviewing virtually should contact us for more information. HRH2030 will then pilot the gender competencies in one or two countries. The pilot will inform refinement of the resource and serve as a needs assessment for trainings.

Stay tuned in 2018 for a copy of the gender competencies for family planning service providers resource!

Participating Organizations
  • Chemonics International
  • EngenderHealth
  • FHI 360
  • Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health
  • Intrahealth
  • Iris Group International
  • Jhpiego’
  • Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications Program
  • Palladium
  • University Research Company