The RCSP is in the process of carrying out an assessment on child protection policies, programs and interventions in Rwanda.
It is in this regard that RCSP seeks to recruit a qualified consultant to conduct this assessment.

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A study on ubudehe categorization and its impact on the education sector with particular focus on the scholarship scheme

The GoR recently announced a directive requiring University students to contribute to the payment of tuition fees on the basis of the above categorization of UBUDEHE.
The directive aims at identifying the real poorest families to benefit from the government scholarship scheme. Households in categories considered to have financial means will be required to pay tuition for their children. The GoR is basing on Ubudehe categorization to identify students from households that are unable to pay tuition in higher institutions of learning. This has raised a contentious debate whereby both parents and students claim that the categorization process has not been fair and transparent, in terms of supporting pro-poor people to have access to Health insurance, Housing, cattle in “One cow” per poor family and other GoR poverty alleviation programs.
Public concerns are centered on the standards that the government is basing on to identify students from “needy” families who should qualify for the government scholarship especially those in the 3rd and 4th category. There are also concerns about the financial capacity of the parents to raise tuition fees basing on the current categorization in UBUDEHE program.

It is in this regard that the Rwanda Civil Society Platform in partnership with AJPRODHO and with support of the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) seeks to recruit a consultant to conduct an intensive study on the categorization of the UBUDEHE program. The study will focus on the impact of ubudehe categorization on education in higher institutions of learning in Rwanda with particular emphasis on the government scholarships.

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Terms of reference External Audit

Rwanda Civil Society Platform (RCSP) is inviting eligible audit firms to submit their proposals for the External audit and project evaluation.

The RCSP audit will be done for the year of 2011 and 2012 and Project evaluation will be done only for EACSOF Program from 1st April 2012 to 30th June 2013. The participation is open on equal conditions for all specialized companies fulfilling the requirements.

A firm will be selected under Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) and procedures described in the Terms of Reference.

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Terms of reference to produce a documentary report

It aims to contribute to better networking of local CSOs, do advocacy for suitable policies and their instruments as well as follow up on their respect during implementation.

It aims also at understanding of regional integration processes, the international cooperation and to build the capacity of local CSOs for an effective participation towards national development with special focus on regional integration.

The core activity of CSOs interventions is practically focusing on research and advocacy in order to positively influence the implementation of national policies, EAC’s protocols and improve international cooperation. From an upstream perspective, they will also seek to influence the process of formulating policies and programs so that they take into account the needs of the citizens

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Terms of reference to produce a documentary report on a "study on the impact of value added tax on processed staple foods and nutrition in Rwanda: A case study of processed maize"

The study aims at analyzing the impact of Value Added Tax (VAT) on prices of processed staple foods in Rwanda and its resultant effects on people’s welfare. Particular emphasis was put on processed maize flour on assumption that current maize production in Rwanda will be cheaper and absorbed by the poor due to the policy of crop intensification.

This study intended to inform civil society and policy makers on the impact of policy changes on the people’s nutrition improvement, wellbeing and health.

The overall purpose of this assignment is to produce a documentary film for the study on "the impact of value added tax on processed staple foods and nutrition in Rwanda: a case study of processed maize". The documentary film will be used as a tool for advocacy regarding issues raised by this specific study.

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Terms of reference to hire a consultant or a consulting company with extensive experience on evidence based research advocacy

I. INTRODUCTION
The Rwanda Civil Society Platform (RCSP) is a non profit organization that brings together Rwandan CSOs to advocate for people’s rights at national, regional and international levels to promote sustainable development within the context of Rwanda. It aims to contribute to better networking of local CSOs, do advocacy for suitable policies and their instruments as well as follow up on their respect during implementation. It aims also at understanding and to build the capacity of local CSOs for an effective participation towards national development.
The core activity of CSOs interventions is practically focusing on research and advocacy in order to positively influence the implementation of national policies. From an upstream perspective, they will also seek to influence the process of formulating policies and programs so that they take into account the needs of the citizens.

II. JUSTIFICATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The Rwanda Civil Society Platform (RCSP) was established in 2004. It operates in accordance with Law No. 04/2012 of 17/02/2012 on the organization and functioning of national non-governmental organizations in Rwanda. It is currently composed of 15 members and includes around 750 organizations of civil society in Rwanda. The RCSP mission is to represent our members in the processes of facilitating citizen’s participation in sustainable development efforts through constructive dialogue, debate and advocacy at the national and international levels.
It works closely with partners and authorities at national and local levels. It strengthens the cooperation and dialogue between the public sector, private sector and civil society to promote the rule of law. It is in this perspective that the RCSP, in partnership with TROCAIRE, has initiated a project for six years, in four Districts namely Gakenke, Rulindo, Nyamagabe and Nyaruguru, on strengthening civic participation in governance processes by encouraging the population to participate in the planning and execution of their priorities to achieve sustainable development.

RCSP, in collaboration with TROCAIRE-RWANDA, would like to hire a consultant or a consulting company with extensive experience on evidence based research advocacy. The tasks are to be carried within a period of 2 months maximum.

III. OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY
 Develop research materials ;
 Assess the population’s perception of Ubudehe program, its effectiveness and efficiency and bring in about new facts on issues of poverty reduction and local development programs;
• Analyze the challenges facing “Ubudehe” program;
• Assess the population level of satisfaction on "Ubudehe" new categorization approach;
• Engage with other relevant institutions and initiatives to secure the cooperation and provision of evidence for analysis;
• Draw key messages, conclusions and recommendations from the research


IV. SCOPE OF THE WORK AND METHODOLOGY

The consultant(s) will be expected to undertake the following tasks:
 Attend consultative meetings between RCSP and TROCAIRE or any other relevant meeting;
 Review relevant documents to understand the institution;
 Develop and submit a detailed work plan to RCSP;
 Produce and present the inception report to RCSP members;
 Present the draft report during a pre-validation meeting;
 Present the draft report during a validation meeting;
 Present the final report with recommendations during a national dialogue;
 Draw a position paper based on the national dialogue recommendations.

V. DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINE
The consultancy will be performed in 2 months maximum. The consultant should therefore consider the following as deliverables:
• Inception report approved by RCSP;
• Work plan approved by RCSP;
• Final report of the research integrating recommendations from the national dialogue ;
• Position paper with recommendations.

VI. REPORTING AND FEEDBACK
The consultant will directly report to the Executive Secretary of the RCSP. He/ She will also be required to submit regularly a progress report to the Management to know the evolution of the research.

VII. EXPERTISE REQUIRED
The lead consultant should:
• Hold a Master’s degree in project management, economy, education, Law, Public Administration or similar disciplines;
• Possess strong monitoring, evaluation and analytical skills, with a proven experience of at least 5 years doing similar work, having worked with Civil Society Organizations being an added value;
• Have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the development sector in Rwanda;
• Be fluent in English, a working knowledge of French would be an asset.

Other competencies include:
• Display sound judgment that enables independent work;
• Be creative, pro-active and able to tap information from various sources;
• Be able to work effectively under tight deadlines;
• Possess the capacity to adequately approach the population and to advise the management team;
• Excellent leadership skills to coordinate the field agents during data collection.

VIII. APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
The following documents are expected to be included in the proposals:
• Application letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of RCSP;
• Detailed CV and relevant education documents;
• Two completion certificates of similar directed researches;
• The RRA completion certificate.

IX. SUBMISSION
Interested candidates should hand submit documents including a technical and financial proposal addressed to the Executive Secretary of RCSP.
Applications should be submitted not later than Monday 14th October 2016 (4pm), at RCSP head office located in Kimironko, KG44st, Plot number 44.
N.B: Contact: 0788932030. This advertisement can also be found on RCSP website at www.rcsprwanda.org

Done in Kigali, 01/10/2016

SINYIGAYA Silas
Executive Secretary
Rwanda Civil Society Platform

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ANALYISIS OF GBV IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGES

II. OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY
 Develop research materials ;
• Analyze the challenges of GBV implementation;
• Evaluate the entire GBV program implementation in terms of effectiveness, relevance, efficiency, sustainability, and impact, with a strong focus on assessing the results;
• Generate key lessons and identify promising practices for learning ;
• Identify areas for continued advocacy and intervention ;
• Draw key messages, conclusions and recommendations from the research;
The consultant(s) will be expected to undertake the following tasks:
 Attend consultative meetings between RCSP and TROCAIRE or any other relevant meeting;
 Review relevant documents to understand the institution;
 Develop and submit a detailed work plan to RCSP;
 Produce and present the inception report to RCSP and its members;
 Present the draft report during a pre-validation meeting;
 Present the draft report during a validation meeting;
 Present the final report with recommendations during a policy dialogue meeting;
 Draw a position paper based on the policy dialogue meeting recommendations.

III. DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINE
The consultancy will be performed in 20 days. The consultant should therefore consider the following as deliverables:
• Work plan approved by RCSP;
• Inception report approved by RCSP;
• Final report of the analysis integrating recommendations from the national dialogue approved by RCSP;
• Position paper with recommendations approved by RCSP.
IV. REPORTING AND FEEDBACK
The consultant will directly report to the Executive Secretary of the RCSP. He/ She will also be required to submit regularly a progress report to the Management of RCSP.

V. EXPERTISE REQUIRED
The lead consultant should:
• Hold at least a Master’s degree in project management, development studies, gender studies political sciences, Public policy, Law, Public Administration or similar disciplines. Degrees obtained with distinction will be given priority.
• Expert on Gender Based Violence,Excellent knowledge in GBV programming, implementation of GBV services and strategies, laws and policies;
• Able to conduct in-depth review and analysis of existing program implementation mechanisms , identify critical areas & requirements,
• Possess a strong monitoring, evaluation and analytical skills, with a proven experience of at least 5 years doing similar work, having worked with Civil Society Organizations is an added value;
• Have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the development sector in Rwanda;
• Be fluent in English and Kinyarwanda, a working knowledge of another language used in Rwanda would be an asset.

Other competencies include:
• Display sound judgment that enables independent work;
• Be creative, pro-active and able to tap information from various sources;
• Be able to work effectively under tight deadlines;
• Possess the capacity to adequately approach the population and to advise the management team;
• Excellent leadership skills to coordinate the field agents during data collection.

VI. APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
The following documents are expected to be included in the proposals:
• Application letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of RCSP;
• Detailed CV and relevant education documents;
• Two successful completion certificates of similar directed researches;
• The RRA Tax Clearance.

VII. SUBMISSION
Interested candidates should hand submit documents including a technical and financial proposal addressed to the Executive Secretary of RCSP.
Applications should be submitted not later than Wednesday 24th, November 2017 (4pm), at RCSP head office located at Gikondo, Rebero Stone Road KK 31 Ave, Plot number 264. For any query, please contact: 0788359765

Done at Kigali, 16th November 2017
Executive Secretary of RCSP

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