Evaluation And Developing FAWE’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023

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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.


“Supporting girls and women to acquire education for development”


Evaluation And Developing FAWE’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023

1. Back Ground Information 

The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a pan-African non-government organization established in 1992 by five African women ministers of education on the realization that without putting measures to accelerate girls’ education via empowering girls and women through gender-responsive education. no African country in Sub-Saharan Africa would be able to meet the Education for all goals. FAWE was founded on the conviction that education is a fundamental human right of every African child and FAWE has since its inception, worked to transform education systems by advocating for gender responsive polices, for equity programs and played ‘watchdog’ to ensure that education policies are not implemented in ways that disadvantage girls and women.

FAWE's vision is a world in which all African girls have access to education, perform well and complete their studies and gender disparities in education are eliminated. FAWE's mission is to support girls and women to acquire education for development equity and equality in education in Africa by fostering positive policies, practices and attitudes towards girls’ education.

FAWE works hand in hand with communities, schools, NGOs both international and local, and Ministries of Education in their respective countries in the 33 countries where there are 34 chapters, to ensure that African girls receive equal education and life chances so that they grow into women who have the knowledge, skills and opportunity to contribute to the economic, social and democratic development of their societies.

The organization's members include female and male education policy-makers, planners and researchers, gender specialists and human rights activists. FAWE Rwanda chapter serves as the coordinating office and the National Chapter working hand in hand with FAWE Regional Secretariat, FAWE has been working to remove policy and implementation hurdles that impede girls and women’s full participation in, and benefit from the proceeds of education.

FAWE Rwanda has made significant contributions to the promotion of girls’ and women education in Rwanda; Schools in which FAWE Rwanda has undertaken interventions have recorded increased rates of enrollment, retention and completion for girls. Girls have been able to improve their overall performance and acquire social skills that allow them to better their quality of life and enhance their life chances. However; the challenges remaining are greater than the progress made especially when it comes to equality.

2. Background and context to the old and new Strategic Plan process

FAWE has framed its work within the context of the national agenda and the occurrence of emerging issues that have deeply impacted education sector policy, planning, financing and piloting. The organization has made a remarkable milestone on promoting girls’ and women education by the year 2017; the completion of its current Strategic Plan (2013-2017) and visioning for the next Strategy (2018-2022). FAWE seeks to identify opportunities and possible challenges to the gender equality goal in the changed development landscape driven by Agendas 2020 and  2050; explore alternative education interventions for the millions of girls and boys who are still without access to quality education across the country; consider strategies for scaling-up interventions that have proven successful, also those aiming at increasing female participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and mathematics at schooling and training levels; and share evidence based models for delivering quality, relevant, and accessible education to vulnerable girls and boys.

As FAWE’s current Strategic Plan 2013-2017 has come to an end; the organization has in earnest started working towards initiating the planning process for the combined exercise of evaluating the outgoing Strategic Plan 2013-2017 and developing the new Strategic Plan 2017-2022.

It is expected that the Strategic Plan for next period should (i) involve a call for stronger and more diversified partnerships, and (ii) take into account the region and the continental agenda and occurrence of emerging issues that have deeply impacted education sector policy, planning, financing and piloting as well as social development initiatives in Africa. The Strategic Plan will be a timely opportunity for FAWE Rwanda to push for the paradigm shift from access to issues of quality and inclusion and refocusing on gender equality rather than parity in relation with achieving the country vision.

Despite of the progress and achievements in last five years; organization to first look back and evaluate its performance and then prepare itself to do more and better in the future, as the challenges remain and amplify terms of girls’/women access to quality education.  The Strategic Plan evaluation and development process should furthermore factor in dynamics internal to FAWE such as the just ending Strategic Plan (2013-2017) and visioning for the next Strategy (2018-2022). Critical reflections will be put on the findings of the mid-term review report/s and outcomes.

3. Consultancy Services

In view of the above back ground and context, FAWE is seeking for the services of a qualified consultancy firm to support in the evaluation of the 2013 – 2017 Strategic Plan and also the development of the new Strategic Plan for the period 2018 - 2022

4. The overall objective of this assignment

The overall objective of this assignment is to evaluate FAWE past Strategic Plan (2013-2017) and develop FAWE’s new Strategic Plan for the period 2018-2022. Challenges, achievements, lessons learnt and opportunities will be assessed during the exercise so as to reposition FAWE Rwanda to contribute to its mission and vision.

More specifically, the assignment should: -

  • Evaluate the FAWE network, achievements, challenges, lessons learnt and opportunities under the just concluded Strategic Plan, taking into account issues of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability
  • Analyze the environment within which education operates and also generally the situation of gender both within and outside the education sector, identifying the mutually influencing relationships and look into the current regional and continental issues affecting girls’ and women education in general;
  • Design the next FAWE Strategic Plan that will spell out FAWE relevance, its comparative and competitive advantage, its future policy and programmatic orientations;
  • Identify a business model that will support the organization’s capacity to efficiently perform and achieve, assessing the level of resourcing required (HR and financial) to adequately run the organization, challenges, strategies, opportunities and sustainability inherent with the proposed business model.

5. Scope of work

The primary purpose of this assignment is to evaluate FAWE 2013-2017 SP and develop a roadmap, setting the direction for 2018-2022 and beyond. The plan will also be a blueprint for institutional development in the FAWE Network – including recruitment and training of FAWE Staff and capacity building, resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation.  The plan will incorporate a feasible, financial plan that can efficiently implement the programs in the short, medium and long term perspective. The final document should also include the following: a realistic financial and human resource structure, and action plan and work plan, resource mobilization and Monitoring and Evaluation plans and clearly defined roles and responsibilities.

6. Responsibilities of Consultants

  • Review existing project/s documents and benchmarking to the organization doing the similar activities;
  • Develop and present evaluation report and proposal for the new Strategic Plan to FAWE board and Management;
  • Work in collaboration with the FAWE Core team to identify the target group: partners, and stakeholders to participate in the entire process;
  • Coordinate consultations with targeted stakeholders;
  • Document the proceedings and prepare evaluation report of the 2013-2017 Strategic Plan
  • Based on the findings and other external factors, develop the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan with clear expected outputs, activities, a performance measurement framework indicators and budget;
  • Prepare power point of the key findings, outcomes and the new direction for FAWE Rwanda for presentation during the validation workshop
  • Generate a validation workshop report and incorporate any key issues from the validation workshop into the final documents

7. Expected Deliverables

At the end of the assignment; the following outputs are expected:

  • A well-articulated evaluation report of the old strategic plan and a new strategic plan developed
  • FAWE next strategic plan (2018-2022) and annexes with recommendations on guiding principles, mission, programmatic axis, organizational structure, priorities and which details FAWE competitive and comparative advantage, suggestions to consolidate strengths and correct/minimize weaknesses, opportunism and business model with a very clear work plan and budget for the entire Strategic Plan;
  • A well-coordinated and successful validation workshop and validation report.

The consultant will produce the documents in English in electronic and hard copy formats, as Microsoft Word documents, and submit them to FAWE Rwanda. Two hard copies in English and in color; will be submitted at the completion of the assignment. The consultant will submit all collected raw data and prepare a power point presentation as well for each product that synthesizes the main messages for presentation to the FAWE Rwanda Executive Committee for approval.

8. FAWE Rwanda Responsibilities

The FAWE Rwanda National Coordinator will be the contact persons for this assignment. To 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 all required background materials to the consultant in a timely manner.
  • Serve as liaison and assist in communicating with stakeholders
  • Provide timely feedback and assistance to the consultants.
  • Pay for the consultancy

9. Profile and qualifications of the Consultant

FAWE Rwanda seeks the services of a consulting firm with extensive experience in evaluation, strategic thinking, planning, formulation exercise, preferably with institutions in Sub-Sahara Africa, and understanding of education and gender to lead the coordination of the evaluation of FAWE outgoing 2013-2017 Strategic Plan as well as design of FAWE Rwanda’s Strategic Plan for the period 2018-2022.

The consulting firm/individual will be expected to demonstrative the availability of a team of individuals with varied expertise with the ability to deliver on the assignment. FAWE, therefore, invites qualified consultancy firms with the required expertise and experience to bid for the consultancy described in these terms of reference.

10. Expressions of interest

Prospective consultants or consulting firms may express their interest in carrying out this consultancy by submitting an application to FAWE Rwanda, with the following documents: -

  • A detailed outline of the proposed for consultancy, with reference to time frame (Work plan), methodological framework for the evaluation of the outgoing Strategic Plan and the new Strategic Plan development frame work with the budget; (technical and financial proposals)
  • CVs showing the qualifications and experience of the individual(s) who will undertake the consultancy in a summary form (no more than three pages);
  • Provide at least three recommendations of the similar assignments conducted in the past three years;
  • Provide Rwanda Development Board certificate of operation, Tax Clearance Recommendation from Rwanda Revenue Authority valid 2018;

How to apply:

The hard copies in a sealed envelope should be submitted FAWE Rwanda office located in REB premises in Remera, not later than 3rd July 2018 at 11 am and opening on the same day at 12 noon.

Dr. Kathy M. Kantengwa

National Coordinator

FAWE Rwanda Chapter