Ministry of Defence and Army of Republic of North Macedonia increased capacities to conduct gender–sensitive job satisfaction research

25-26 March 2021, Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia. 

Thirteen representatives of the Ministry of Defence and the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia completed two-day training in designing and conducting job satisfaction research. The training was organized and delivered by SEESAC at the request of the MoD of North Macedonia.

The Ministry of Defence will conduct the research in 2021, aiming to learn more about the employees’ attitudes and satisfaction concerning their job, advancement, and training opportunities, as well as other aspects of the working environment. The research will enable gathering gender-segregated data, and its findings will help the Ministry of Defence to create evidence-based human resources policies.

During the training the participants from the Ministry of Defence of North Macedonia learned about the process, from drafting a proposal to developing a quantitative and qualitative methodology, including potential challenges in specific research phases. This training also contributed to the regional knowledge exchange. Representative of the Ministry of Defence of Montenegro shared experiences in designing their first job satisfaction research, conducted in 2020 with the SEESAC’s technical support.

The Strengthening of Regional Cooperation on Gender Mainstreaming in Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans project is financed by the governments of Norway and the Slovak Republic. With the support of UNDP SEESAC, the project provides the Ministries of Defence and Armed Forces in the Western Balkans with a platform where, over the next three years, they can exchange ideas and develop policies to ensure long-term and sustainable inclusion of the gender perspective in defense policies and practices.