Latest Jobs in Kenya: TERMS OF REFERENCE Develop an SME gender and inclusion guide-Solidaridad

1.0 INTRODUCTION

Solidaridad Network is an international solution-oriented civil society organization working through eight regional expertise centres to transform markets to make them more sustainable and inclusive. Our eight regional expertise centres include Asia, Eastern and Central Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, Southern Africa, South America, West Africa and our global Secretariat in the Netherlands. Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa, one of the regional centres, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with country offices and programmes in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda. We bring together supply chain players and engage them with innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all. We facilitate strengthening of local capacity in developing countries, support the creation of enabling environments for economies to thrive, and improve market access.

1.1 The Ge-Specific SME Support Mechanism.

Gen – Specific SME Support Mechanism (GOWN) program aims to accelerate SMEs with high growth potential through education, mentorship, financing and addresses gender and social barriers. GOWN believes that learning by doing accelerates business growth. The program condenses years’ worth of learning into learning modules with tangible results within a period of six (6) months.

GOWN targets potential SMEs that can create visible and meaningful impact and can be scaled to be a potential investment-ready opportunity for investors.

2. Objectives:

The main objective of the assignment is to develop a gender and inclusion guide that SMEs will use to address gender and social cultural barriers and inequalities at household and in the business spaces that affect their businesses to thrive, attract investment and markets.

The specific objectives are:

(i) Develop a gender and social assessment tool that will be placed on the digital platform

(ii) Conduct assessment of the gender and social cultural barriers and inequalities at household and the business spaces that affect SMEs (mainly women led) to thrive, attract investment and markets. (A selected sample of SMEs to be assessed and this will have option of virtual due to COVID 19)

(iii) Develop a gender and inclusion guide/handbook that will be placed on the digital platform and in hard book form that SMEs will use to address gender and social cultural barriers and inequalities e.g at household and in the business spaces that affect their businesses to thrive, attract investment and markets.

3. Deliverables:

(i) A gender and social assessment tool. This can be placed on the digital platform

(ii) A report on the gender and social cultural barriers and inequalities at household and in the business spaces that affect SMEs (mainly women led) to thrive, attract investment and markets.

(iii) A gender and inclusion guide/handbook that will be placed on the digital platform and in hard book form that SMEs will use to address gender and social cultural barriers and inequalities e.g at household and in the business spaces that affect their businesses to thrive, attract investment and markets.

4. Expert/Consultant’s Profile:

The consultant MUST have minimum academic post graduate qualification in Gender studies. Experience in development work in gender and women empowerment is a plus. Experience working in the context of East and Central Africa is a plus. The Consultant must show prior experience conducting similar work.

5. Consultancy Period:

The consultancy will entail up to 30 days spread out in 2 months. Prior to commencement of this assignment, there will be an inception meeting between the consultant Gender Specialist AND Solidaridad Regional Gender Advisor who is in charge of the Technical aspects of the assignment, and the GOWN team Lead.

Activity Deadline

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1

Applications should be submitted no later than 14th June 2021. Applications should include the following:

  • One (1) updated CV for the consultant. The CV should illustrate relevant work experience and qualifications; indicate Consultancy fee per day on the CV.
  • Evidence of previous work in gender assessments and development of gender materials.

14th June 2021, 5:00pm (EAT)

2

Decision of selected consultant – only selected candidates will be contacted.

18th June 2021

3

Inception meeting (virtual or in-person depending on covid19 situation).

22nd June 2021, 5:00pm (EAT)

4

Date of submission of products for review.

Assignment 1: By June 25th 2021 5:00pm (EAT)

Assignment 2: By July 25th 2021**, 5:00pm (EAT)**

5

Date of submission of final products for approval.

Assignment 1: By June 30th 2021 5:00pm (EAT)

Assignment 2: By July 30th 2021**, 5:00pm (EAT))**

How to apply

Application process:

The consultant is expected to submit a CV containing a statement on candidate’s experience with similar assignments, curriculum vitae, evidence of similar products, consultancy fee and work plan by 14th June 2021 at 5:00 (EAT). All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above, those unable to meet the requirement will not be considered.

Subject reference: SME gender and inclusion guide

Submissions are by email to procurement.eca@solidaridadnetwork.org while addressed to:

Attn: Managing Director
Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre
Kilimani Business Centre, Kirichwa Road,
P.O. Box 42234 – 00100 GPO
Nairobi

Note: Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification and only successful candidates will be contacted.
ANNEX A: EVALUATION CRITERIA

The consultancy will be assessed as follows:

Technical proposal Max 90 points

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