Consultancy firm to review the TVET Sub sector from the gender perspective

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As a national Chapter of the Regional Pan-African Forum for African Women Educationalists, FAWE Rwanda is a non-profit membership organization that brings together women and men interested in promoting girls’ and women’s education and development in Rwanda. Since its inception in November 1997, FAWE Rwanda has grown to become a reputable partner and a focal point for girls’ education in Rwanda.

     TENDER NOTICE NO. 08/2018/FAWE-R

Consultancy firm to review the TVET Sub sector from the gender perspective

Context

The Government of Rwanda, through the Ministry of Education and the Workforce Development Authority (WDA), promotes Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) among the top country priorities that will drive the national employment program and the economic transformation. A TVET policy was developed in 2015  and in a move to increase access to TVET, the government and the private sector have put in much effort to increase the number of vocational schools. The national target was to have 60 per cent of students graduating from nine-year basic education enrolled into TVET schools by 2017, new targets will be developed with a new sector strategic plan. TVET is also expected to contribute toward creating 200,000 off-farm jobs annually by 2018 as projected in the second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS II).

Established in 1997, FAWE Rwanda aims to build a world in which gender disparities in education are eliminated and all Rwandese girls access education, perform well and complete their studies. FAWE Rwanda supported the development of the girls’ education policy  which promotes gender equality in education as well as a review of the TVET policy in 2010 . There have been major progress and reforms in the TVET subsector since the later review including the integration and upgrading of Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centres where the “C” now means College and all six under one umbrella the Rwanda Polytechnic. 

There is still a small number of girls enrolling in TVET schools for various reasons and the proportion of female teachers remain low. The Ministry of Education and FAWE Rwanda would like to know the reasons and eventually evaluate the best conditions to improve gender equality in TVET sub sector. It is in this regard that FAWE Rwanda seeks to hire a firm to carry out a rapid assessment and conduct a Gender analysis of Technical and Vocational Education and Training policy in Rwanda

Objectives:

The main objective of the rapid assessment is to provide a gender equality analysis of the TVET sector and come up with policy recommendations to improve the gender equality status in TVET.

Specific objectives include:

  • To conduct a desk review for a gender equality analysis of the current actors in the TVET sub sector and provide statistics by gender (WDA, schools management, teachers, students etc…)
  • To review the current TVET policy implementation
  • Review the implementation of the decision to enrol 80/20 girls to boys respectively in Nyanza TVET school and advise on how the approach affects girls’ performance compared to co-ed schools (boys and girls) or girls only schools
  • Assess the opportunity and relevance of creating additional girls only schools for TVET and propose an optimal model to ensure girls can learn and perform well in TVET schools
  •  Meet different stakeholders especially Work Force Development Authority, Rwanda Polytechnic and selected Integrated Polytechnic Regional Colleges and TVET schools for insights on determinants of girls’ choices for the different occupations
  • Provide recommendations to different actors to increase the number of girls in TVET and in varied fields that yield some of the best paying jobs

Deliverables

  1. Produce an evaluation report that states the gaps in the sector
  2. Presentation of preliminary findings to the Minister of State in charge of TVET and different stakeholders;
  3. Produce and submit a final report with in English to FAWE Rwanda
  4. Recommendations from the validation workshops with stakeholders on how the gaps can be filled

FAWE Rwanda Responsibilities

The FAWE Rwanda National Coordinator will be the contact persons for this assignment. The team will provide relevant background documents to the consultant and serve as liaison and assist in communicating with stakeholders;

To ensure a quick and efficient consultancy exercise, FAWE Rwanda will: -

  • Provide relevant background materials as needed by the consultant in a timely manner.
  • Serve as liaison and assist in communicating with stakeholders
  •  Provide timely feedback and assistance to the consultants.

Required competencies, qualifications, experience and area of expertise

The team should have the following, if a team member(s) has a combination of some of these would be of added advantage:

  • A master’s degree in education plus 5 years of experience
  • A masters degree in gender plus at least 5 years of experience
  • A masters degree in public policy and management with at least 3 years of experience
  • A masters in development studies
  • Show Skills in research and consultancy
  • Demonstrate strong skills with both draft and analyse documents and reports
  • Work experience in both education and gender

Duration of Assignment

The assignment should take 60 days

Interested candidates should submit their technical and financial proposals with the following;

  • CVs of the team members
  • Cover letter addressed to FAWE National Coordinator;
  • Company profiles and proof of completion of similar work/recommendations (3) in recent years
  • Technical Proposal with work plan
  • Financial Offer
  • Other documents required (Tax clearance and RDB Registration)

The quotations should reach FAWE Office not later than 29th June, 2018

Yours Sincerely,

Dr. Kathy M. Kantengwa

National Coordinator

FAWE RWANDA Chapter