National Senior Consultant for The Development Of The Strategic Plan For The Rwanda Women Parliamentary Forum (FFRP SP 2022-2026), Kigali at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF): (Deadline 21 November 2021)
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The consultant will be responsible to support the development of the Strategic Plan for the Rwanda Women Parliamentary Forum (FFRP) aiming at equipping the Forum with a strategic planning tools focusing on Rwanda’s transformation that will enable the Parliament to be effective in catalyzing and ensuring Gender equality and the rights of women and children as stipulated in the Forum’s Vision Statement.
Scope of Work:
- Context and justification
Rwanda has made tremendous progress in promoting gender equality and empowering women. An impressive impact has been noticed during the past two decades in various domains, evidenced by the improvement of key indicators for political participation, human rights and social-economic wellbeing of Rwandans, especially women and girls. Rwanda is one of the Countries in Sub Saharan Africa that achieved almost all the Millennium Development Goals (2000- 2015) and the Voluntary National Review (VNR) to the UN High Level Political Forum presented by Rwanda 2 years ago on SDGs looked equally promising .
Since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030, Rwandan engaged to strengthen collaborative partnership and reach the set targets for gender equality, which is a critical prerequisite for inclusive and sustainable development.
Various key institutions, especially those engaged in the robust National Gender Machinery are multiplying their efforts for pushing the gender agenda on a comprehensive and multisectoral frameworks, taking into account the gains of the last years, new paradigms for advancing, sustaining and leveraging the gains and emerging threats that are likely to hinder rapid progress, including the covid-19 and others natural shocks, whose unexpected impediments are critical to reaching set targets for humanity better life and global development.
he Rwanda Women Parliamentary Forum (FFRP) is one of the Networks of Parliamentarians affiliated to the Parliament of Rwanda, dedicated to mainstreaming gender, women and girls empowerment in the agenda of the Parliament.
Considering the core mandate of the Parliament which is to legislate and oversee government action and the crosscutting nature of Gender Equality; basing on the mandate of the FFRP as an institutional machinery that is the best entry point for any strategic partner passionate about engaging with Parliamentarians for advancing the gender and family agenda, there is a clear advantage to working with the Parliament for advancing gender issues.
Any new partnership will build on lessons learnt, for example a life-long partnership with UN WOMEN that supported the FFRP to enhance its delivery in strengthening a Gender Sensitive Parliament and the fast growing partnership with UNICEF, that has paved the way in engaging and strengthening the capacities of Parliamentarians to position the nutrition agenda among key priorities for the Parliament of Rwanda towards a greater contribution in speeding-up the Social Transformation of Rwanda in compliance with NST1 ( 2017-2024).
After reaching a shared vision of leveraging synergies between UN WOMEN and UNICEF for a more impactful partnership with the Parliament of Rwanda through the FFRP, UNICEF and UN WOMEN agreed to invest in a collaborative and unified framework to strengthen the capacities of the FFRP for strategic planning translated into a medium term (5 year strategy ) and provide the Forum with quality deliverables for streamlining its interventions and mobilization adequate resources to set a solid foundation for the future of the Forum, that has embarked in its 25th years of existence.
In order to develop the framework which requires wide consultation, it was deemed necessary to hire an individual consultant to support the Rwanda Women Parliamentary Forum in developing a Strategic Plan and Associated Frameworks as detailed in the deliverables for the assignment.
II. Responsibilities and specific tasks to be performed by the consultant
Under the direct supervision of the Clerk of the Chamber of Deputies with the political guidance of the Executive Committee of the Rwanda Women Parliamentary Forum, UNICEF and with the technical support from a multi stakeholder’s team of knowledgeable staff and experts, the consultant will be the resource person and technical facilitator for the development of the SP. He/she will be held accountable for fulfilling the following responsibilities:
- Carry out a succinct review of FFRP achievements of 25 years of existence: Assess the Relevance, Efficiency, Effectiveness and Impact of the FFRP, put key milestones on records as the basis for a continuous impactful contribution, lessons learnt and challenges to be addressed;
- Conduct a SWOT analysis of the Forum and assess its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats towards being a vibrant forum that is capacitated to play the triple role as think tank, catalyst and mobiliser while discharging its mandate as a body affiliated to the Parliament and contributing to the mission of the Parliament;
- Develop FRP Strategic Plan for the next five years (2022-2026), including its Monitoring and Evaluation System and a resource mobilization Strategy, specifying key actions to be undertaken by the Forum with the support of UN Women, UNICEF and other strategic partners ;
- Prepare tools, work plans and reports for meetings and workshops related to the accomplishment of the assignment, from the inception report up to the final validation of the Strategic Plan 2022-2026 and its associated implementation tools.
- EXPECTED DELIVERABLES
- Inception report describing how the consultant has understood the assignment, proposed methodology, road map and tools for data collection and key stakeholders to engage in consultations.
- A thorough assessment report of FFRP vision, mission, and achievements, determining important milestones to build on and bottlenecks to be addressed for optimizing the impact of the Forum.
- FFRP Final Draft Strategic Plan 2022-2026 with its Logical Framework, monitoring and Evaluation Framework, costing and Resource mobilization strategy for validation and implementation.
- Joint Framework for strengthening the Partnership between the Parliament/FFRP with Key partners in implementing the Strategic Plan (2021-2026).
in a bid to optimize the quality of deliverables and the ownership by the FFRP and its members, the Consultant will be requested to elaborate its methodological approach, taking foundations on the following principles:
- Use a participatory process all over the mission;
- Consult a variety of the Stakeholders at National and local level;
- Work in close collaboration with the Executive Office of the FFRP and focal persons from the contracting Agencies;
- Get approval of deliverables and developed tools for presentation from the quality assurance team before intending any validation step.
IV. KEY ELEMENTS FOR THE ESTABLISHEMENT OF THE ROADMAP FOR THE ASSIGNMENT
The consultant should develop a roadmap for the accomplishment of the mission, building on the following indicative activities:
4.1. Inception phase
– Briefing and preparatory meeting with the focal persons for the contractors and the Supervisor
– Working session with the Supervisor
– Research, Desk Review, preparation of tools, work plan and practical sessions
– Presentation and approval of the Inception Report
4.2. Consultations of Stakeholders, Development of the SP and associated Action Plans and submission of the drafts and integration of feedbacks
– Session with members of the FFRP on Strategic planning and prioritization of interventions
– Consultations with Stakeholders;
– Drafting and Reporting of the SP and associated Frameworks;
4.3. Validation of the Final Deliverables
– Pre-validation Workshop of the Strategic Plan and associated Plans of Action with the quality Assurance team
– Integration of the feedback and submission of the Final Drafts for validation;
– Validation workshop with the Leadership Team of the FFRP
- EVALUATION CRITERIA
The Technical proposal will be weighted at 70% and 30% for the financial proposal.
Before the offer of a contract, the Consultant will be invited to negotiate the financial offer and the terms of the contract with the assessment/ recruitment team
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Master’s degree in development studies, Policy Analysis, Public Administration or Social Sciences
- Minimum 8 years of Experience in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, with tangible references;
- Proven experience in working with Government Institutions and Development Partners ;
- Proven Skills and Experience in developing capacity development tools and conducting workshops for a wide range of stakeholders;
- Mastering Gender and Governance, Transformational Leadership;
- Proficiency in English, and Kinyarwanda, with Basic Knowledge of French.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies: Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness, Works Collaboratively with others, Builds and Maintains Partnerships, Innovates and Embraces Change, Thinks and Acts Strategically, Drive to achieve impactful results, Manages ambiguity and complexity.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should send their Technical Proposal and a cover letter explaining what makes them suitable for this consultancy.
Only successful candidates from the technical evaluation exercise will be contacted and requested to submit their most competitive Financial Proposal.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
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