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Terms of Reference to Document Flow Ii/Power Project Best Successful Interventions and Create Database of 245 Farmer Groups’ Best Practices Related to the Strengthening of Women’s Groups

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TERMS OF REFERENCE TO DOCUMENT FLOW II/POWER PROJECT BEST SUCCESSFUL INTERVENTIONS AND CREATE DATABASE OF 245 FARMER GROUPS’ BEST PRACTICES RELATED TO THE STRENGTHENING OF WOMEN’S GROUPS

  1. Introduction and Background

ActionAid Rwanda (AAR) is an Associate member of the Global Federation– an anti-poverty agency working with poor, voiceless people, communities, and similar-minded partners worldwide. In partnership with Dutch’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs through FLOW Programme phase 1 &2, AAR has been implementing FLOW Programme since 2012 with the main objective of increasing the income of rural women smallholder farmers in Rwanda and their ability to control their income, through practicing Climate-Resilient Sustainable Agriculture/Agroecology, better access to markets and reducing, recognizing and redistributing their Unpaid Care Work. The project focuses on the following four outcomes of the project on 1) mobilization and Organisation of rural women farmers to increase women’s influence at household and community level;2) reduction and redistribution of unpaid care work, 3 ) market access and Agroecology and 4)raising the visibility of intersections  of unpaid care work, CRSA/ agroecology and VAWG at national regional and international levels

 Evidence suggests that economic empowerment cannot be achieved without addressing women’s unequal workload, which reinforces gender inequalities by impinging upon education, restricting opportunities for paid work, putting women at greater risk of gender-based violence (GBV), and limiting women’s political participation. Currently, gender time poverty limits women’s opportunity to learn how to increase sustainable productivity and how-to better access markets; to know how to claim their rights; and to participate in decision making which affects control over their resources. For this reason, women are less likely to take full advantage of economic opportunities and to participate in income-generating activities (IGAs). We believe that prevailing gender norms and power relations which justify women’s heavy workload and limited control over productive resources must be challenged if the economic participation of women is to be improved. It is with the above context that ActionAid Rwanda under FLOW II/POWER Project seeks to hire a qualified individual consultant/consulting company to carry out the documentation of FLOW II/POWER Project best practices and create a digital database for all documented information include detailed information from 245 women smallholder farmer groups directly working with the project located in 5 Districts of Nyanza(3 sectors), Gisagara( 3 sectors), Nyaruguru(1 sector) Musanze(2 sectors) and Karongi(2 sectors).

  1. Project Background

ActionAid’s vision for women’s economic empowerment is of a world in which women have equal access to and control over resources and opportunities including skills development and market information and live in a social, cultural and political environment in which women have control over their time, access to income-generating opportunities and control over that income. Across all societies, this vision is far from realized due to a combination of interlinked social, economic, and political factors. Deep-seated views of women as caregivers, and men as ‘breadwinners’, continue to perpetuate the discrimination of women, restricting women’s movement and thus limiting their participation in society and the economy. This is often compounded by a lack of policies and poor implementation at local, national, and international levels.

Our long-term objective is to increase the economic empowerment of women and contribute thereby to gender equality. The Promoting opportunities for women empowerment and rights aims to increase the income of 7,350 women smallholder farmers in Rwanda and their ability to control their income, through practicing Climate-Resilient Sustainable Agriculture, better access to profitable markets and reducing, recognizing and redistributing their Unpaid Care Work. The project will focus on the following four interlinked areas;

  • The empowerment of women at household and community level, raising awareness of and claiming their rights;
  • The recognition, redistribution and reduction of Unpaid Care Work which keeps women in the private sphere;
  • The increase of women’s access to productive resources, markets and knowledge of sustainable practices, which will ensure women continue to have a livelihood in the longer term, and;
  • Effecting policy and institutional change to provide an enabling environment that supports women’s economic empowerment.

Our approach recognizes that women have multiple identities (as individuals, mothers, wives, workers, community members) and do not live single-issue lives. We are therefore tackling all the above issues simultaneously since barriers to markets and economic participation as well as an unequal burden of UCW and widespread GBV are all results of and drivers of gender inequality. In doing this we engage with the main stakeholders to collectively address challenges of women empowerment in Rwanda   

We believe that IF rural women farmers in Rwanda organize themselves: to demand their rights as farmers and carers; to increase their representation in decision making spaces; to advocate at the household, community and government level for enhanced awareness about UCW and increased resources to address UCW; are supported to practice agroecology interventions as well as to access markets to sell their produce; AND IF evidence of the correlation between agroecology, Unpaid Care Work and economic participation are disseminated at national and international level with policy and decision-makers to influence relevant policies, THEN they will have enhanced influence over their households and communities, increased income and control over it, and greater recognition and reduction of UCW, leading to their improved economic empowerment. 

  1. Overall Objective

The overall objective of this assignment is to professionally document Project best practices relating to the empowerment of rural women smallholder farmers and create a database for better management, access, and share of project results and lessons both within the organization and external stakeholders.  The intended documentation will also serve as preparation of project closure products which will be presented to all key stakeholders during the FLOW II/POWER Project handover event in November 2020 to influence scale-ups and sustainability of project best practices.

  1. Key deliverables of the assignment

The tasks of consultant include but not limited to:

Focusing on the FLOW II/POWER Project  piloted time- and labor-saving interventions aimed at reducing time spent on and burden of unpaid care work and Agroecology & access to markets interventions aimed at increasing income for target women farmer groups, the consultant will produce the following products:  

A.    Component 1:  Unpaid Care Work interventions

 i.    Produce a 10-15 mins video documentary on the impact of UCW related time- and labor-saving interventions include but not limited to ECD, Energy-saving cooking stoves, provided water wells, tap water, and rainwater harvesting tanks and how all these interventions and UCW related sensitizations/trainings have impacted on lives of direct and indirect target groups in relation to UCW recognition, redistribution, reduction and representation since the start of the project. The content of documentary will include but not limited to images and provided quantities of each best practice, quotes from beneficiaries and various stakeholders including local and national authorities, reached population(direct and indirect), contributions/commitments of local government for the implemented best practices, their sustainability and suggestions for sustainability and scale-ups. The video documentary will be narrated in Kinyarwanda with subtitles in English

ii.    Produce 20 copies of a well-designed small handbook (Magazine style, A4 paper, between 30 – 50 pages) on the impact of UCW related best practices written in English. The content shall include but not limited to the impact of piloted interventions include photos of best practices, provided quantities, reached population(direct and indirect), quotes from beneficiaries and other stakeholders per each best practice, contributions/commitments of local government for the implemented best practices and their sustainability and suggestions relating to sustainability and scale-ups. The handbook will be professionally written in English

iii.    Make at least 100 well designed and printed colored brochures of 4 pages maximum of summary of the impact of best practices with photos, major quotes of beneficiaries and stakeholders, key quantities per each best practice, contributions/commitments of local government for the implemented best practices and their sustainability and suggestions for sustainability and scale-ups

iv.    All final products to be submitted on original flash disk at least 20 branded flash disks of soft products, share a YouTube link of a final video documentary.

v.    With the technical support of AAR Communications Officer, produce well-designed 2 pull-ups/banners of key best practices with respect with ActionAid branding, donor, and partners logos under the coaching of ActionAid Communications Officer and AAR PQL Coordinator & Project MEL Officer.

vi.    The consultant shall design and develop a MIS and upload all documented products.

 B.    Component 2: Agroecology/CRSA interventions/Access to markets

i.    Produce a 10-15 mins video documentary on the impact of Agroecology/CRSA related interventions include but not limited to livestock distribution, seeds provision, solar-powered small irrigation schemes, rainwater harvesting, greenhouses, established community selling points with eco-friendly postharvest handling and how these interventions and related sensitizations/trainings have impacted on the income/lives of direct and indirect target groups since the start of the project. The content of documentary will include but not limited to (in-action) images and provided quantities of each best practice, quotes from beneficiaries and various stakeholders including local and national authorities, reached population(direct and indirect), contributions/commitments of local government for each implemented best practice, their sustainability and suggestions for sustainability and scale-ups. The video documentary will be narrated in Kinyarwanda with subtitles in English

ii.    Produce 20  copies of a well-designed small handbook (Magazine style, A4 paper, between 30 – 50 pages) on the impact of Agroecology/CRSA related best practices in English. The content shall include but not limited to the impact of piloted interventions include photos of best practices, provided quantities, reached population(direct and indirect), quotes from beneficiaries and other stakeholders per each best practice, contributions/commitments of local government for the implemented best practices, their sustainability, and suggestions relating to sustainability and scale-ups. The handbook will be professionally written in English

iii.    Make at least 100 0 well designed and printed colored brochures of 4 pages maximum of summary of the impact of best practices with photos, key quotes of beneficiaries and stakeholders, provided quantities per each best practice, contributions/commitments of local government for the implemented best practices, their sustainability and suggestions for sustainability and scale-ups

iv.    With the support  of AAR Communication Officers, produce well-designed 2 pull-ups/banners of key best practices with respect to ActionAid branding, donor, and partners logo under the coaching of ActionAid Communications Officer and Project MEL.

v.    All final products to be submitted on original flash disk at least 20 branded flash disks of soft products, share a YouTube link of a final video documentary.

vi.    The consultant will upload all documented products on the created MIS.

C.    Component 3:  Documentation of women groups’ best practices

i.    POWER Project has been working with 245 women groups/cooperatives with 30 members per each group. Groups are located in five districts as follows:

  • Northern Province: Musanze District (Muko & Shingiro sectors): 44 women groups
  • Western Province: Karongi District (Murundi & Gitesi sectors): 44 women groups
  • Southern Province:
  • Nyanza District (Busasamana, Mukingo and Rwabicuma sectors): 66 women groups
  • Gisagara District (Kibirizi, Gishubi and Muganza sectors): 66 women groups
  • Nyaruguru District in Ruheru sector: 25 women groups

With the support of project implementing partners, FVA based in Nyanza, Musanze, and Nyaruguru, Duhozanye based in Gisagara and Tubibe Amahoro based in Karongi, the consultant will organize a visit to each group, document group main actions related to strengthening of women groups/cooperatives for example group saving initiative(VSL), collective farming activities, off-farm activities, handcrafting, future plans, etc  and collect group major information with key contacts/address. Take (in-action) pictures of group actions and collect quotes on how project supported their initiatives and any suggestions for improvement and any challenge

ii.    Use GPS  to produce 6 soft and hard copies (printed on an ABS Board, A0 size) of colored gallery maps of 245 groups’ locations and their main activities( 5 Gallery maps of groups’ location, 1 for each district and another 5 gallery map of all 245 groups’ to be posted in the AAR head and local offices)

iii.    Produce 20 copies of a small handbook (Magazine style, A4 paper, between 30 – 50 pages) of groups activities relating to empowerment of women groups professionally written in English, each group information and activities to separately appear in the handbook. A consultant will narrate each group’s main activities with at least 1-2 photos of major activity(ies) and utmost a 1/3-page text per each group actions to ensure one page for 3 groups include successes, challenges and group request/demands). The booklet will be written systematically in a logical sequence and information flow.

With technical guidance from ActionAid IT and MEL Staff, build an MIS to separately upload all documented products. The consultant will design and develop a MIS with different rooms according to the type of documented information to ease access of information. The consultant will also reserve other empty spaces/rooms for future projects.

  1. Location for the assignment

This assignment will be conducted in ActionAid’s Local Rights Programmes (AAR LRPs) of Gisagara (Kibilizi, Muganza, and Gishubi), Musanze (Muko and Shingiro), Nyanza (Busasamana, Rwabicuma, Mukingo), Karongi (Murundi and Gitesi) and Nyaruguru (Ruheru LRP). The consultant will also conduct short conversation surveys with government officials(local and National level) preferably meet at least one decision-maker at District/sector level,  representative of MIGEPROF, GMO, National women’s Council, 1-2 CSOs representatives and 1-2 PSF representative(S) and 1-2 researcher(s) or expert in the area of women empowerment, Agroecology/environment or gender to collect their views on AAR/FLOW II/POWER Project interventions and linkage with Country development processes/plans. The consultant will mention in the technical proposal the methodology will be used in the selection of target interviewees.

  1. Coordination of the Assignment

Reporting to the FLOW II Project Manager, the Consultant will conduct the following tasks:

  • Meet with Project Manager and other relevant staff for initial briefing and discussion of TOR
  • Share detailed plans towards assignment completion and share weekly updates on the progress towards completion of the assignment.
  • Provide an inception report and present it to ActionAid staff prior fieldwork
  • With support from ActionAid, organize 1-2 meeting(s) with ActionAid and Partner staff to present documented stories and MIS draft product for initial and final comments 
  • Present summary of the documented impact of project best practices during project closure event
  • Ensure close consultation with Project Manager, AAR MEL/PQL Officers, AAR IT Staff and AAR communications Officer for their technical support
  1. Qualification and experience
  • The incumbent (a leading staff if it is the company) must possess a Master’s degree in one of the following fields: Gender Studies, communications, and Journalism, Rural Development, Development Studies, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Demography, women economic empowerment or Women Rights related fields. Having a Ph.D. Degree in the above or related fields is an added value.
  • Applying company(ies) or individual consultant(s) should be multi-disciplinary with proven skills and experiences in production and design of film documentary, software/IT-based M&E Systems/tools, writing and publication skills preferably in English and production and design of communication and publicity materials and other related products.
  • A consultancy team leader must have skills and experience in the above-mentioned services
  • The firm/individual wishing to conduct this research should demonstrate relevant experience on unpaid care work, policy analysis, women economic empowerment, power relations, gender, feminism, women’s rights programmes, Rwanda cultural beliefs/attitudes and with some experiences on VAWG/GBV and Gender Sensitive Public Services and well aware of Rwanda vision 2050, NST1, among others.
  • Extensive experience in reviewing documentation and producing clear summaries
  • Good research skills and experience in research methodology and data collection with strong analysis and drafting skills
  • Proven experience in conducting similar assignments with track records
  • Excellent facilitation skills.
  • Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English.
  • Ability to engage people in conversation and record feedbacks clearly and accurately
  • Organizational and team engagement skills
  1. Duration of Assignment

This assignment will last for 2.5 months starting immediately after the sign-off of a contract.

  1. Submission of application:

Applicants are expected to submit and share the following documents:

  • Technical proposal
  • Financial proposal
  • The delivery time/workplan
  • RRA tax clearance certificate
  • Rwanda Trading license
  • Track records/ certificate of completion for similar assignments

Selected consultant(s) will be expected to present the inception report and methodology as part of the selection,   sign and abide by ActionAid values and key policies including (Anti-Sexual Harassment, Safeguarding, and Child Protection Policy)

  1. Line of coordination:

The consultant undertaking the exercise will directly be reporting to the  FLOW II/POWER Project Manager with a copy to Head of Programs and Policy. 

Applications must be submitted to Actionaid Rwanda Head office located in Remera next to RSSB building, KG 178 ST 7 Amahoro Village, RUKIRI II Cell, Remera Sector, Gasabo District, near Amahoro National Stadium by 3rd August 2020 before 13:00 PM

Selected consultant(s) will be expected to sign and abide by ActionAid values and key policies (including Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy, Child Protection Policy, Safeguarding policy, etc.).

 

Done at Kigali, July 17, 2020

 

ActionAid Rwanda Management