Workforce Gender Equality Accelerated Program: Facilitator Guide

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This guide includes the instruction needed for partners to successfully deliver the program virtually and/or in person. It also outlines the resources needed to run the course effectively, including a scope of work that outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Accelerated Program Coordinator.

Welcome to the Workforce Gender Equality Accelerated Program! USAID’s Engendering Industries program is excited to offer this program as an activity that managers, leaders, and organizations in male-dominated industries can use to advance gender equality in the workforce.

Expanding women’s participation in traditionally male-dominated industries leads to tangible economic outcomes and improved organizational performance that benefits everyone. Women represent half of the world’s employment potential, and developing their talent increases an organization’s competitive advantage. Research shows that gender equality pays dividends, and a 2018 McKinsey study of 1,000 companies across 12 countries found that gender-diverse companies were more profitable than their national industry average. Tapping into women’s unique contributions and experiences can strengthen organizations in male-dominated industries and add trillions to the global gross domestic product. Strong organizations drive strong economies.

Each of us has an important role to play in making gender equality a reality, and we look forward to collaborating with you to advance this important work around the world. Changing workplace culture, policies, and practices that improve gender equality takes an intentional and sustained effort by both women and men within organizations. When we work toward this common goal together, everyone thrives. Thank you for being on this journey with us, and we look forward to seeing the great change you will bring to the world.


  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • The Accelerated Program Facilitator Guide
  • The Accelerated Program Approach
  • Gender-Aware Program Design and Delivery
  • Phase 1: Managing the Recruitment, Application, and Registration Processes
  • Phase 2: Conduct Pre-Program Assessments and Learning
  • Phase 3: Conduct Accelerated Program Virtually or In Person
  • Phase 4: Post-Program Assessments and Coaching
  • Module Facilitation
  • Introduction Module
  • Module 1: Gender Equality: The Vision
  • Module 2: Gender Equality: Common Obstacles
  • Module 3: Gender Equality and the Role of Male Leaders
  • Module 4: Gender Equality: The Benefits
  • Module 5: Gender Equality Strategy and Change Management
  • Module 6: Gender Equality, Organizational Culture, and Corporate Communication
  • Module 7: Gender Equality and the Role of Male Leaders as Allies
  • Module 8: Gender Equality in the Workforce
  • Module 9: Empower Yourself and Lead the Change
  • Module 10: Gender Equality in Management and Leadership Teams
  • Module 11: Build Your Gap and Plan for Success Coaching Session
  • Module 12: Wrap-Up
  • Annexes

For More Information

ENGENDERING INDUSTRIES PROGRAM – The Workforce Gender Equality Accelerated Program is a leadership program that develops the skills and tools needed to increase gender equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Two power line technicians—one male, one female—in their safety gear stand in a lift, preparing to work on power lines during a training exercise
At a Kenya Power safety training, two power line technicians in their safety gear prepare to work on power lines. Kenya Power is integrating gender equity practices throughout their operations with the assistance of USAID's Engendering Industries program.
Ellen Dragotto / USAID

2015–ONGOING, GLOBAL – This program works with organizations in male-dominated industries to increase economic opportunities for women, improve gender equality, boost business performance, and strengthen economies.

Monday, February 28, 2022 - 12:15pm

Last updated: June 15, 2022