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Consultancy Women's Economic Empowerment Study atKvinna till Kvinna, Rwanda - CLOSE: 30/11/2017 Kigali


Consultancy Women's Economic Empowerment Study atKvinna till Kvinna, Rwanda - CLOSE: 30/11/2017 Kigali





Terms of Reference


Women’s Economic Empowerment Study


“Enhancing Women’s Rights Protection, Qualitative Participation and Freedom from Violence in Rwanda 2017-2019”


1. Introduction


Despite the rise in international efforts emerging to respond to concern of Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) and women’s rights, there remains a significant economic gap between women and men, both in terms of their wealth and their power over resources.


Economic empowerment has been defined in several ways by various researchers and organisations. In simple terms, economic empowerment combines the concepts of empowerment and economic advancement. Conventional approaches to economic empowerment concentrate on factors that help women succeed and advance in the economic markets, however, Kvinna Till Kvinna argues that approaches must also recognise that economic empowerment is intertwined with social and political empowerment and must take into account the underlying social and cultural factors that limit women’s ability to progress.





There are various approaches that have been adopted to respond to WEE that fall into three broad categories: (1) enabling institutional and legal frameworks that support WEE, economic security and rights; (2) supporting women to secure decent work, productivity and earnings through tools varying from provision of micro-credits, land and loans to training to develop technical skills development and financial literacy; (3) strengthening women’s agency and challenging inequalities.


In any given context, it is necessary to have WEE interventions that fall into all of the above categories to deliver long term change in terms of WEE. Laws that enshrine women’s rights to land, property, inheritance and safe labour are vital, alongside decent work opportunities, and the effective challenging of inequalities are all needed to enable WEE. Economic interventions alone, such as micro finance, are not sufficient to economically empower women (though they may increase women’s income) rather, a more integrated approach to programming is required. WEE, gender based violence, political participation and empowerment are interconnected processes and WEE development programmes must enable women to increase their potential for political mobilisation.


2. About Kvinna Till Kvinna


The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation (hereafter Kvinna till Kvinna) has been strengthening women in regions affected by war and conflict since 1993. Kvinna till Kvinna supports over 100 partner organisations in 21 countries that work to empower women, build women’s leadership and address gender based violence. The approach is based on strong local ownership, long-term financial support, networking and organisational development through dialogue and capacity development for partner organisations.


Kvinna till Kvinna works in the intersection of peace, human security and development and views poverty as multi-dimensional and as a lack of entitlements due to unequal structures in society. Transforming power relations is at the heart of women´s empowerment. The support to partners is focusing on women´s active participation in decision-making at different levels such as national and local governance and in various arenas for instance advocacy and peace-building or on the household level.


Kvinna till Kvinna has been supporting partner organisations’ interventions in the area of Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) for a number of years and is currently in the process of systematising this work through a global analysis of the support Kvinna till Kvinna has been conducting throughout the foundation to identify interventions and best practices pertaining to WEE and develop recommendations for strategic programming within this thematic area.


Kvinna till Kvinna has opened an office in Rwanda in 2017 with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency to implement a three-year programme entitled “Enhancing Women’s Rights Protection, Qualitative Participation and Freedom from Violence in Rwanda 2017-2019”. The expected outcomes are: (1) Improved protection from gender-based violence with a specific focus on prevention; (2) Enhanced women’s qualitative participation in political and economic decision-making and conflict resolution; (3) Increased capacity of partner organisations to operate effectively and sustainably.


3. The Assignment


Kvinna till Kvinna seeks a consultant (or a team of consultants) to support the country programme in the development of its programmatic work in the area of WEE with an in-depth study mapping and analysing local, national, regional and international actors conducting or supporting WEE interventions in Rwanda, highlighting lessons learned and good practices to inform Kvinna till Kvinna supported interventions in this thematic area.


The objective is to provide Kvinna till Kvinna with the necessary information and recommendations on what the added value of Kvinna till Kvinna would be in Rwanda in the area of WEE, in light of Kvinna till Kvinna’s methodology, specific expertise and holistic approach to WEE as interlinked with political participation and gender based violence. Though the research should have a rigorous methodology, it should have a programmatic focus rather than a strong academic approach.


4. Methodology


The study will use a combination of primary and secondary sources and the use of case studies will help situate the state of WEE interventions in Rwanda and inform programmatic recommendations for Kvinna till Kvinna. The work shall be carried out in close collaboration with Kvinna till Kvinna staff in Rwanda.


§ Desk study of publications from reputable and diversified sources within academia, government and civil society at large. The study will be informed by a recent report conducted by Paperboat consulting for Kvinna till Kvinna which provides a mapping of previous Kvinna till Kvinna supported WEE interventions and learnings.


§ Interviews with key local, national, regional and international stakeholders (e.g. local NGOs and networks, international NGOs, national academia, government, bi- and multi- lateral donors with WEE programmes) who conduct or support WEE interventions in Rwanda in selected areas and focus groups discussions at community level... The suggested structure of the field work should be presented in the proposal and will be refined in discussion with Kvinna till Kvinna.


5. Deliverables


§ An inception report detailing the proposed methodology as modified to include Kvinna till Kvinna’s suggestions. The report should consider, inter alia, the themes of the research; research tools (structure of FGDs, interview maps, background data check-list); confidentiality and ethics; exact locations of field research; a detailed workplan, as well as identification of who is involved.


§ A draft report not exceeding 25 pages including any tables and graphs but excluding annexes, with an executive summary of two-three pages. The report shall include (1) a mapping of actors and interventions within WEE in Rwanda which identifies and systematises lessons learned (2) an identification of gaps in the area of WEE programming in Rwanda and recommendations for Kvinna till Kvinna´s niche/operational programming.


§ A final report incorporating comments from Kvinna till Kvinna and stakeholders.


§ A reporting workshop in Kigali, Rwanda for Kvinna till Kvinna and partner organisations.


§ A presentation of findings to key government stakeholders in Rwanda.


6. Time frame


The duration of the assignment is an estimated total of maximum 31 working days between December 2017 and April 2018. A work plan should be discussed with Kvinna till Kvinna within one week after signing of the contract. The draft report should be available no later than 20st March 2018. The final documentation to be submitted no later than 1st April 2018.



How to apply:




The research team (max 3) should include at least one Rwandan researcher. In addition to delivering the outputs described above one (1) consultant – lead or senior consultant – will be responsible for the overall organisation of the work, supervision and guidance of other consultants and final submission and quality control of the report. The division of labour shall be presented in the tender.


1. Required skills and competencies:


§ Knowledge of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, gender and development, economics, and human rights based approaches;


§ Documented knowledge of Women’s Economic Empowerment within the Great Lakes Region of Africa, preferably in Rwanda;


§ Experience of working with civil society organisations and knowledge of development programming.


§ Extensive experience conducting research;


§ Excellent writing skills (in English); other language skills are a strong asset (French, Kinyarwanda);


§ Relevant university degree, Minimum a BA degree in international development, development studies, political science, international human rights law, gender, etc.


§ Experience of conducting inclusive and learner-centred capacity building.


2. Eligibility and Tender Submission


Kvinna till Kvinna seeks applications of interest from qualified consultant(s)/consultancy firms. Interested parties should submit an application including a short cover letter outlining their qualifications for this assignment, accompanied by a CV, two (2) certificates of completion of previous assignments, proposed methodology and a financial proposal. The financial proposal should include all costs, including daily consultant fees inclusive of social security contributions, VAT and any other taxes, if needed, travel and accommodation costs and any other expenses related to the assignment.


Tenders must be sent to Kvinna till Kvinna no later than November 30th, 2017


Kvinna till Kvinna intends to sign a contract no later than December 15th 2017


Tenders should be sent by email to julia.weiner.mercier@kvinnatillkvinna.se


Contracted consultants cannot further subcontract the assignment. In cases where the tender includes a team of consultants, their division of labour shall be presented.


3. Contact


For any questions, please contact Violet Kabarenzi, Programme Officer, violet.kabarenzi@kvinnatillkvinna.se




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