Request for Expressions of Interest (REoI) For Consultancy Firm for Operationalizing Gender Mainstreaming Strategy in NSP III
Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development (MRRD)
Last Date: March 22, 2011
Request for Expressions of Interest (REoI) For
Consultancy Firm for
Operationalizing Gender Mainstreaming Strategy in NSP III (Reference # MRRD/NSP
Ministry: Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development
Consultancy firm (Quality Based Selection)
Project: National Solidarity Programme Phase Three (NSP
Project ID: P117103
Grant #: ARTF/IDA (and/or other grants as may be
Issue Date: 27th February 2011
Closing Date: 22nd March 2011
Procurement Plan Reference: 84/1
National Solidarity Program is the largest of the Afghanistan Government’s
national priority programmes and is the second largest development programme in
the world. The Program is implemented by the Afghanistan Ministry of Rural
Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) and currently is into its 7th
year and 2nd phase. NSP consists of four core elements:
Facilitation at the
community level to assist communities establish inclusive community institutions
through secret ballot and democratic elections; reach consensus on priorities
and corresponding subproject activities; develop eligible subproject proposals
that comply with NSP appraisal criteria; and implement approved subprojects;.
Building the capacities of Community Development Councils (CDCs) and community
(both men and women) in participation, consensus-building, accounting,
procurement and contract management, operations and maintenance, and monitoring;
transfers to fund approved subprojects; and
to government agencies, NGOs, and donors to improve access to services and
proposes to cover an estimated 33,500 rural communities to achieve full national
coverage. The NSP Phase III is to start shortly and will involve the rollout to
over 10,000 new communities for the first round of block grants and rollout to
around 17,500 existing communities for the second round of block grants.
addition to its core structure comprising over 800 national employees, the NSP
contracts an international firm to serve as its Financial Management Agent (FMA)
and other individual international and national consultants to provide technical
assistance to its various departments. The core structure includes 1
headquarters, 6 regional coordination and 34 provincial management units. The
NSP also contracts 28 firms (including 1 UN agencies and NGOs) to serve as
Facilitating Partners (FPs).
Introduction to NSP Gender Mainstreaming:
NSP has from the beginning been piloting integration of women in
community decision-making so far unknown in Afghanistan. From NSP III, these
efforts will be further reinforced, and gender concerns will be integrated in
all components of NSPIII and proactive measures will be taken to ensure women’s
active participation throughout the project cycle, including gender-balanced
staffing of FP and NSP offices; provision of gender-related trainings; involving
women in consultations, decision-making, and monitoring of processes;
sensitizing the communities including religious elders, of the role of gender in
development etc. The project has developed a gender strategy building on lessons
learned in NSP I and II. The main thrust of gender mainstreaming will fall upon
the FPs who will have to make special efforts towards equitable access to and
participation in NSP resources for men and women in each community. This
requires consideration of gender issues throughout the program cycle,
Gender equity in CDC participation;
Gender equity in access to NSP information and training; and
Gender equity in subproject selection, decisions-making,
implementation and use of program assets.
Scope of Work
objective of the consultancy is two-fold: a) to compile and document good
current operational practices from NSP and FPs and other agencies working in
related fields in Afghanistan on how to overcome the range of well-documented
obstacles and barriers to women’s full participation in all stages of NSP in
terms of community decision-making, and as implementers and beneficiaries of
projects; and b) to develop a training curriculum, and conduct TOT training on
the module for NSP staff and FP trainers Note: The ultimate audience for the
training is the CDC and community members and so the training module expected is
essentially a Training-of-Trainer (ToT) type.
work will comprise, but not necessarily be restricted, to the following:
Developing Gender Mainstreaming Implementation Note:
Review of secondary data for relevant case studies on women’s
active participation in NSP and other related community-driven development
activities in Afghanistan.
Review the policy environment in NSP in particular (personnel,
recruitment and other relevant policy documents) to identify strengths and
gaps related to gender mainstreaming and link it with current practices.
Interview of NSP staff, FPs and CDC members on approach and
practical examples to secure women’s active involvement in formation of CDCs,
and in all stages of NSP and sub-project cycles; focusing on, but not limited
Recruitment of female staff at different levels,
CDC mobilization, election and daily functioning,
Development of CDC Development Plans and integration of women’s
concerns and priorities,
Women’s active and meaningful participation in implementing and
managing sub-projects in all sectors,
Women as beneficiaries (direct or indirect) in sub-projects
Women’s engagement in operations and maintenance, and in
financial management of CDC and of sub-projects, and
Specific changes in gender pattern and in attitudes as a result
Review and documentation of successful strategies for and
outcomes of women’s involvement in CDC sub-projects in the major sectors
across several FPs (see tentative list above).
develop NSP Gender Mainstreaming Implementation Note (IN) based
on successful strategies for and outcomes of women’s involvement opted and
achieved by FPs for review, covering all stages of CDC formation and
functioning as well as sub-projects across all NSP sectors; The IN will
present good practices of gender inclusion across the different stages and
types of subprojects of NSP after being verified and crosschecked at field
Organization and presentation of Draft Final NSP Gender
Mainstreaming Implementation Note in workshop(s) comprising NSP, FPs and CDC
representatives, Gender Working Group, and Gender Oversight Committee.
Quality assurance of the translation of the NSP Gender
Mainstreaming Implementation Note into Dari and Pashto.
Developing Gender-Awareness Training Module:
Review the gender awareness training modules used by different
FPs; including an assessment of their content, relevance and effectiveness for
gender mainstreaming in NSP. Assess the FPs' gender training (module and
methodology) in relation to the outcome in the field.
On the basis of the review, develop comprehensive
gender-awareness training modules considering the following target audience at
3 different levels; building on the experiences to date.
(a) Gender awareness training module targeting for FP staff;
(b) Training module for CDCs; and
(c) Training of trainers (TOT) for the FP core trainers.
the draft module in a consultative workshop with all
stakeholders for their review and comments
Finalize the module and present it in a workshop(s).
Quality assurance of the translation of the training module
into Dari and Pashto.
Conduct Training of Trainers (ToT) for FP core trainers and
trainers at the NSP Capacity-Building Department in the stated training
The entire scope of work is expected to be completed in a period not exceeding 9
months from effective date of contract.
Draft NSP Gender Mainstreaming Implementation Note
incorporating best practices identified and practical guidelines for gender
mainstreaming in every key field activity of the NSP, to be reviewed by the
NSP Gender Working Group, NSP Gender Oversight Committee and the World Bank
Draft Final NSP Gender Mainstreaming Implementation Note, to be
presented and discussed at workshop with all FPs and broad range of male and
female CDC representatives.
Final NSP Gender Mainstreaming Implementation Note in English,
Dari and Pashto;
Training Module for FP core trainers to train CDCs and
community members on gender awareness and gender-mainstreaming in NSP.
Conducting consultative workshop (s) with all stakeholders on
Training module translated in Dari and Pashto
1 Round of Pilot ToT for core group within NSP HQ only
1 Round of Actual ToT (incorporating feedback from the pilot)
for FP master trainers and NSP Capacity Building Department staff.
VIII. Required Key Staffing
1 International Gender Specialist/Researcher
1 Afghan Gender Specialist/Researcher
1 International Curriculum Development/Training Specialist
1 Afghan Curriculum Development/Training Specialist
(Note: Only key staff positions are stated. The firm may opt to have other
non-key staff positions as required).
Submission of Expression of Interest:
NSP/MRRD now invites eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in
providing the services. Interested eligible firms must provide information
indicating that they are qualified to perform the services and are invited to
submit their Expressions of Interest (EoIs) showing registration, (most
relevant) experience (including country, donor, contract value, # of key staff,
contract period, type and title of consultancy etc), experience in Afghanistan/
within the region/ other Islamic countries/ other post-conflict or conflict
zones, etc. The entire EoI should not exceed 15 pages. (Please note that key
staff CVs and reference letters are not be submitted with the EoIs).
NSP Facilitating Partners (FPs) may also apply for this consultancy. However the
deliverables stated should not be limited to their own approaches to gender in
their NSP facilitation.
A consultant will be
selected in accordance with Quality Based Selection procedures set out in the
Guidelines: Selection and
Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers,
version May 2010.
Interested consultants may obtain further
from the website indicated below or
by email to the contact person indicated below.
Expressions of interest (EoI) must be delivered to the address
below or by E-Mail to the ID shown below no later than 16:00 Hours on 22nd
March 2011. (Note: If sending by email, individual email size should not
exceed 4 MB). The subject line (of the email or the cover letter if submitted in
person) should refer to the position being applied both by title and by the
reference number stated in this document. Only shortlisted firms will be issued
with the detailed Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Note: No telephone inquires
will be entertained.
of Focal Person for Enquires and Submission of EoIs:
Ms. Jovitta Thomas, Operations Advisor, National Solidarity
Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD),
Address: Building A, NSP HQ Offices, MRRD Compound, Tashkilat
Street, Darul Aman Road, Kabul, Afghanistan
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