UN Women Rwanda Strategic Note Mid-Term Review

Organization: UN Women

Location: Rwanda

Type of contract: National consultant

Languages required: English, Kinyarwanda

Duration of initial contract: 25 days

Starting Date: 24 June to 20 September 2021

Application deadline: 20 June 2021



The UN Women Strategic Note for Rwanda 2019-2023 was developed in 2018 and informed by rigorous participatory processes involving representatives of women organizations, the Civil Society Advisory Groups, research institutions, donors and Government agencies. The five-year Strategic Note (SN) contributes to the national development priorities in Rwanda, including Rwanda’s Vision 2020 and 2050, and the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1 2017-2024). The SN is aligned to the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II) for Rwanda (2018-2023) and its related Gender Mainstreaming Strategy, the UN Women Global Strategic Plan (2018-2021), the SDGs, the UN Women Africa Strategy, and the Africa Agenda 2063. The programme also embraces the core principles of Leaving No One Behind (LNOB). Key lessons, evaluations, and recommendations from the previous Strategic Notes and programmatic interventions were also incorporated.

The Strategic Note developed in 2019 included the following two impact areas: 1) Women in Leadership and Decision Making, 2) Women’s Economic Empowerment. As a result of additional funding earmarked to the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG), UN Women Rwanda added in its 2021 Annual Work Plan, a third impact area: 3) Ending Violence Against Women and Girls.

As part of the results-based management approach and UN Women procedures, UN Women Rwanda included a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the SN in its Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Plan (MERP 2019-2023) of the Strategic Note. It will review the effectiveness and efficiency of the programme implementation and analyze whether the programme results are still relevant, on track or off-track to achieve the expected results and propose mid-term adjustments to the work plan for the remaining duration of the SN.  Furthermore, the SN MTR comes at a time when One UN in Rwanda is finalizing the UNDAP2 MTR, allowing for lessons and findings to be drawn from the UNDAP2 MTR to which UN Women SN is contributing.

Another important coincidence is that the SN MTR will take place a year after the anniversary of several milestone in advancing Gender Equality: the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; five years of implementation of the 2030 Agenda; 20 years of Security Council resolution 1325; and ten years of UN Women all of which have resulted in lessons, recommendations and set new forward-looking priorities. This is pertinent as these anniversaries gave an opportunity to review progress made for gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) and to strategize on the way forward to advance the agenda. Considering those aspects is paramount for the Mid Term Review.

The MTR provides an opportunity to review performance and make adjustments to the strategic direction of UN Women Rwanda to inform the continuous implementation of the SN in 2022 and 2023, as well as feed into the development of the next SN.

Interested candidates are requested to submit their detailed CVs  and intent letter to rwanda.offers@unwomen.org not later than 20 June 2021. Only pre-selected candidates will be notified.

The terms of reference are available HERE as a downloadable document.