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  • TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE PROVISION OF CONSULTANCY SERVICES TOCONDUCT GENDER AUDIT IN FINANCIAL SERVICES PROVIDERS

    1. Introduction 1.1 About RWAMREC Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre (RWAMREC) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to achieving gender equality by promoting positive masculinities and engaging men in preventing gender-based violence in Rwanda. RWAMREC focuses on four main areas: Community Empowerment, Building Healthy Families, Promotion of Gender Justice, and Youth Mentorship, operating in 24 districts across Rwanda. 1.2 Background Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR) highlights that women-owned and run micro and small enterprises (MSEs) are vital for women's economic empowerment globally. In Rwanda, women own 56% of MSEs, primarily in the informal sector, which creates numerous jobs in urban and rural areas (NISR, Establishment Census, 2020). Despite Rwanda's progress in providing basic financial services, women entrepreneurs face obstacles due to traditional norms restricting their financial decision-making, access to property and technology, and overall mobility. This results in lower business knowledge, inadequate financial services, and limited access to digital financial services and financial literacy. 1.3 Justification RWAMREC, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation as part of the Kataza program, is launching a 3-year pilot project with BRD, AMIR, AMI, I&M Bank, and MVEND to support value chains in Agriculture and Tourism and Hospitality MSMEs. RWAMREC's role is to challenge traditional gender roles and stereotypes, fostering an environment where women can actively participate in financial decision-making and entrepreneurship. The project includes gender transformative sessions for women entrepreneurs, their partners, growth guides, village agents, local leaders, and financial services providers. To bridge gender gaps in financial services, RWAMREC will conduct a gender audit led by AMIR. This audit will assess gender mainstreaming in policies, strategies, practices, processes, systems, procedures, staffing, culture, and resources within financial institutions. The findings will inform strategies for implementing necessary changes, such as gender transformative training and promoting gender equality. RWAMREC seeks a qualified consultancy firm or individual consultants to conduct this gender audit in 14 financial services providers, aiming to increase access to tailored and innovative finance for women- and youth-owned MSEs in the agriculture, tourism, and hospitality sectors. 1.4 Overall Objective The primary objective is to analyze and assess the institutionalization of gender equality within AMI, AMIR, and its 12 SACCOs, examining their policies, programs, projects, services, structures, proceedings, and budgets. The consultant will identify strengths, weaknesses, gaps, and areas for improvement in the organizations' approach to gender equality. The findings will inform strategies to enhance gender mainstreaming efforts and promote greater gender equality within these organizations. Tasks of the Consultants The consultant shall: Review organizational documents related to Gender Policies and Gender. Conduct interviews and consultations with key stakeholders, including staff members, management, and beneficiaries, to assess the implementation of gender equality initiatives. Assess the integration of gender considerations in program design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Evaluate the understanding of gender equality in selected financial institutions at both strategic and operational levels. Identify best practices and successful strategies for promoting gender equality within the organizations. Assess the contribution of audited financial institutions in reducing gender and loan gaps, particularly examining the nature of loans provided to women. Recommend actions to address identified gaps. Deliver a final report with an action plan. Deliverables Inception report detailing the methodology and work plan. Preliminary report on AMIR and its 10 microfinance institutions. Reports on other institutions as per the contract. A list of audited institutions and their management staff. Draft report with recommendations and an action plan. Final assignment report and a presentation on lessons learned and recommendations for enhancing gender equality institutionalization. Requirements and Qualifications A Master's degree in Gender Studies or related fields with at least 10 years of research and gender analysis experience for the team leader (5 years for team members). Knowledge and experience in integrating Gender and Social Inclusion into ASF and livestock-based businesses. Understanding of strategies to promote gender equality in business settings through non-violent identity reconstruction and positive masculine behaviors. Familiarity with awareness campaigns and capacity building on men’s empowerment as supportive partners and change agents. Excellent communication skills in English and Kinyarwanda, both oral and written. Evaluation Criteria Timeframe The assignment will be completed within 45 working days from the signing of the contract. Submission Procedure The email title must include “Provision of consultancy services to conduct gender audit in financial services providers.” Submit the following documents by 24th June 2024, 4:00 pm local time: A comprehensive technical proposal in PDF format with: A brief description of suitability for the assignment. A detailed methodology and execution roadmap. Cover letter. Resume with professional references. Financial proposal. Examples of previous work. For Consultancy Firms, include: Company’s registration documents. CVs of proposed team members with roles, qualifications, experience, contact details, and professional references. Financial proposal. Examples of previous work. Applications should be addressed to the RWAMREC Executive Director at YYUSSA PLAZA Kimironko, Tel: +250 788315140, Email: info@rwamrec.org. Late submissions will not be accepted. Done at Kigali, On June 10th, 2024 RUTAYISIRE FideleExecutive Director of RWAMRECinfo@rwamrec.org

  • Empowering Communities: Celebrating the Graduation of 1,770 Couples from Bandebereho Education Groups in 9 Sectors Across the Burera District

    On May 28th, 2024, the Bungwe sector of Burera District witnessed a significant milestone as 1,770 couples from 9 sectors across the the District graduated from the Bandebereho groups of education. The graduation ceremony was led by the Governor of Northern Province, accompanied by the District Mayor, the commander of reserved forces at the provincial level, and the RIB and police commanders at the district level. The event marked the completion of the first cycle of the Bandebereho program in the Burera District. Bandebereho: Transforming Families and Communities Bandebereho, a gender transformative intervention, is spearheaded by the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Health and Rwanda Biomedical Center, in partnership with the Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC), the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF), and the National Child Development Agency (NCDA). The program, implemented in Burera, Gakenke, and Musanze Districts, aims to engage men as partners and parents to promote maternal, newborn, and child health, caregiving, and violence prevention. The ultimate goal is to foster healthy, safe, and resilient families in Rwanda. The program is executed by community health workers at the village level, targeting couples where the men are aged 21 to 40 and have pregnant partners or children under five years old. The education groups convene to address key aspects of family health and well-being. Celebrating Transformation and Growth The graduation ceremonies took place at the cell level during public events known as "Inteko z’abaturage," led by local leaders. These events featured testimonies from couples who experienced significant positive transformations in their relationships. Improvements were noted in areas such as couple communication, men’s engagement in supporting their pregnant partners and during childbirth, childcare, conflict resolution, household responsibility sharing, family action planning, and reduction in excessive alcohol use. These positive changes have not only enhanced family relations but also contributed to healthy child growth and economic development within families. The Governor praised Bandebereho and RWAMREC for their outstanding work, acknowledging the profound impact on the lives of Rwandan families. Program Impact and Future Plans In Burera, 3,432 couples (6,864 men and women) from 571 villages participated in the first cycle of 286 education groups. During the ceremony, 1,770 couples from nine sectors graduated, while 1,650 couples remain active in eight sectors, with their graduation planned for early August 2024. The Bandebereho groups will continue to operate in the villages of Burera, Musanze, and Gakenke. Leadership and Community Involvement The ceremony also saw participation from the District Mayor, reserve forces, RIB, and police commanders. In other sectors of the district, sector leaders led similar ceremonies. Couples shared moving testimonies of the positive changes in their relationships and the broader impact on their families and communities. The Governor of Northern Province awarded certificates to the graduating couples, celebrating their dedication and the transformative journey they embarked upon through the Bandebereho program.

  • WE ARE HIRING A FIELD OFFICER

    Job Title: Field Coordinator Job Description: The Field Coordinator will play a pivotal role in coordinating the activities of the Partnership to support value chains in Agriculture and Tourism and Hospitality MSMEs program at the provincial level funded by Master Card Foundation through Rwanda Development Bank. Reporting directly to the MSME Program Manager, the Field Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring the effective implementation of program activities in alignment with RWAMREC's and Donor requirements, guidelines, and best practices. The primary focus of the role will be on transforming gender norms and engaging men to support women in financial inclusion within the target communities. Key Responsibilities: Coordination of Program Activities: Lead the coordination of all program activities at the provincial level, ensuring alignment with project objectives and timelines. Collaborate closely with program stakeholders including MSMEs, community leaders, government agencies, and other implementing partners to facilitate smooth implementation of activities. Facilitation of Training Sessions: Coordinate the Journey of Transformation training sessions for the program's target groups, including participants from Agriculture and Tourism and Hospitality MSMEs. Facilitate gender-transformative sessions aimed at challenging traditional gender norms and promoting women's financial inclusion, actively engaging men in the process. Organize and conduct awareness raising on gender and male engagement in Women’s financial inclusion Data Management and Documentation: Oversee data collection efforts within the province, ensuring accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of data. Consolidate and document program-related data, reports, and success stories in accordance with RWAMREC and Donor requirements. Maintain organized records and databases to track program progress and outcomes. Monitoring and Evaluation: Support monitoring and evaluation efforts by regularly assessing the impact of program activities at the provincial level. Identify challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned to inform program adjustments and improvements. Capacity Building and Support: Provide technical support and capacity building to program participants, community leaders, and local partners on gender-transformative approaches and financial inclusion strategies. Foster a supportive environment for learning and collaboration among stakeholders involved in program implementation. Reporting and Communication: Prepare regular progress reports, narrative updates, and other documentation as required by RWAMREC and the Donor. Communicate effectively with the Program Manager and other relevant stakeholders to ensure transparency and alignment with program objectives. Qualifications: Masters’ degree in Gender Studies, Development Studies, Social Sciences, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred. At least 3-5 years of relevant experience in coordinating and implementing development programs, with a focus on gender equality, women's empowerment, and/or financial inclusion. Strong understanding of gender-transformative approaches and proven experience in engaging men as allies in promoting gender equality. Excellent facilitation and training skills, with the ability to conduct interactive and participatory sessions. Proficiency in data management and documentation, including experience with monitoring and evaluation. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders, including MSMEs, community members, government officials, and donor representatives. Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda; knowledge of French is an advantage. Strong commitment to RWAMREC's mission and values, with a passion for promoting gender equality and social change. HOW TO APPLY Cover letter detailing their qualifications and relevant experience. Resume. Names and contact of three professional references. Deadline of application: 25 May at 5:00 PM CAT Start date: 1st June 2024 We offer a one year renewable contract Please send your application to info@rwamrec.org and include “Field Coordinator Application” in the subject line of your email. RWAMREC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or ethnicity. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees feel valued and respected. Info@rwamrec.org www.rwamrec.org

  • RWAMREC Annual Report 2023

    We are thrilled to share the release of our 2023 Annual Report, a testament to the remarkable progress we've made in promoting gender equality through men's engagement in Rwanda. This year has been filled with inspiring stories, impactful programs, and dedicated teamwork—all of which have contributed to the advancement of our mission. Inside the report, you will find: Our mission Reach per Program in 2023 Areas of Intervention Coverage across media Challenges and lessons learnt Financial Overview Our staff testimonies Highlights on our partners Benefits of working in a supportive environment. We believe gender equality benefits everyone, and engaging men as allies in this cause is critical to creating lasting change. Your support has been invaluable in making this vision a reality, and we are excited to continue working with you to build a more equitable and inclusive future for all. Thank you for being part of our community. We invite you to explore the annual report and celebrate the progress we've made together. Access our Annual Report and view it as a flipbook by clicking on the three dots located in the top right corner of the PDF viewer, then choose the two-page view option.

  • WE ARE HIRING A PROGRAM MANAGER

    ABOUT US Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre (RWAMREC) is a non-government organization whose goal is to change masculinity norms of men and boys to positively support promoting gender equality in Rwanda and beyond. RWAMREC envisions ‘a peaceful society where women and men share roles/responsibilities in raising families and governing society through equality and respect.’ Its mission is to promote gender equality by transforming masculinities and femininities through awareness creation, advocacy, capacity development, movement building and service delivery. Key Responsibilities: RWAMREC is looking for a motivated and passionate candidate to join us as Program Manager primarily supporting our Rwandan projects on male engagement in health, women’s economic empowerment, youth engagement, women’s access in finance. The Program Manager will be part of the Programs team and reports to the Executive Director. The primary responsibilities of the Program Manager are to: Provide technical expertise on curriculum and program intervention design of Rwamrec and its partners; Develop and /or provide inputs and feedback on project proposals, and monthly, quarterly, annual reports; Develop monitoring and evaluation systems for programs, including adapting indicators, measurement tools, and liaising with the projects team on analysis and report writing; Organize and implement training workshops in the use of RWAMREC’s methodologies and approaches; Support the development and implementation of annual operational plans and budget for programs in collaboration with the team; Supervise program staff and consultants; Contribute to relevant contract negotiations, as well as developing, managing and monitoring budgets and expenses related to the project to ensure that activities remain within budget Develop proposals in collaboration with projects coordinators and the rest of the Programs team; Be in charge of quantitative and qualitative data analysis to evaluate the output, outcomes and impact of RWAMREC interventions; Collaborate with program teams to ensure accurate project budgeting and alignment with donor requirements; Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director. Required Qualifications: Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g. MPH, MA in Gender Studies), preferably with a track record of applied coursework in monitoring and evaluation, project management, gender analysis, data analysis, and other relevant skills; A minimum of four years’ work experience and a track record of success in program development, and technical assistance/program delivery in the field of gender equality and racial justice, preferably with a focus on masculinities; Experience developing evidence-informed theories of change for programs, designing a program intervention or project, and developing gender training curricula; A minimum of three years’ experience and a track record of success in project and budget management Excellent English verbal and written communication skills with a keen eye for detail; Excellent facilitation and training skills; Basic qualitative research skills; Ability to handle high pressure and stress, ability to improvise, adapt and be flexible; Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to address complex relationships and projects with diverse colleagues and partners with kind diplomacy; Fluency in English, the knowledge of French is a plus. 29/04/2024, Kigali

  • TENDER NOTICE: TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF 8 LAPTOPS

    The Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC) invites eligible bidders to submit bids for the Supply of 8 Laptops in RWAMREC as indicated in details in the tender document. Tender Documents in English may be obtained from RWAMREC upon presentation of proof payment of a non-refundable fee of five thousand Rwandan francs (5,000 RWF) to RWAMREC account No. 00040-0283644-49. opened in the Bank of Kigali in the name of RWAMREC ASBL Tender Documents may be obtained on any working day from 24th April 2024, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM local time at RWAMREC Secretariat office. All bids shall be accompanied by a “Bid Security” of One hundred thousand Rwandan francs (100,000 Rwf). Enquiries regarding this tender may be addressed to the Internal Tender Committee Secretary. Well printed bids, properly bound and presented in 3 copies one of which is the original must reach the front secretariat offices at RWAMREC office located in Gasabo District, Kimironko Sector, not later than 8th May, 2024 at 10:00 AM local time. Late bids will be rejected and returned unopened. Bids will be opened in the presence of bidders or their representatives who choose to attend at RWAMREC Conference room 8th May, 202 at 10:30 AM local time. The Outer envelope should indicate the tender name and title. Done at Kigali on 23/04/2024.

  • TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE PROVISION OF CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO PRODUCE VISUAL IMPACT STORIES FOR THE GENERATION G RWANDA COALITION

    Introduction The Rwanda Men Resource Centre (RWAMREC) is a Rwandan non-governmental organization, working to promote gender equality, and positive masculinities and engaging men to eliminate all forms of men’s violence against women and children. The vision of RWAMREC is a Rwandan peaceful society where women and men share roles and responsibilities of raising families and governing society in equality and respect of human rights. RWAMREC’s distinctive and innovative mission is to promote gender equality through the reconstruction of a non-violent identity of men, the adoption of healthy masculine behaviors and men’s empowerment to be positive and supportive partners, role models for other men and change agents in promoting healthy families and women’s socio-economic development, eradication of sexual and gender-based violence, positive fatherhood and men’s health in Rwanda. As part of the Generation Gender coalition in Rwanda, RWAMREC collaborates with partners to advocate for gender justice and empower youth and civil society organizations. Context and justification The Generation Gender program aims to foster gender justice across seven countries, including Rwanda. In Rwanda, the coalition, comprising RWAMREC, the Health Development Initiative (HDI), and the African Youth and Adolescents Network on Population and Development – Rwanda Chapter (AfriYAN Rwanda), works to address gender inequality and combat genderbased violence (GBV). Our advocacy focuses on four key areas: engaging men in promoting gender equality, combating sexual harassment, advocating for LGBTIQ rights, and addressing harmful cultural practices. Creating four impactful visual stories that address the coalition's four advocacy priorities serves as a powerful tool for concise yet emotionally resonant messaging. These stories have the potential to ignite engagement and stimulate discussions on the platforms of the Gen G Rwanda coalition. At this end, RWAMREC would like to recruit a qualified consultancy firm or individual consultants to produce four visual impact stories documenting the progress of Generation G Rwanda. Overall objective The consultancy seeks to produce four visual impact stories aligned with Generation G Rwanda's advocacy priorities. These stories aim to showcase project achievements, raise awareness, and support evidence-based advocacy. Specific objectives: ● Document visual impact stories highlighting success stories in each advocacy priority. ● Capture interviews and testimonies illustrating project impacts and changes at the grassroots level. ● Cover project events and produce raw footage and photographs. Scope of the work The consultancy involves documenting visual impact stories and best practices through trained and non-trained young individuals. The tasks include collecting achievements, conducting interviews, and producing four visual impact stories with subtitles in English. Tasks of the consultants ● Meeting with GenG team for an introductory meeting ● Shoot achievements and success stories from project interventions. ● In coordination with Gen G communication staff, film interviews with various stakeholders, including trained youth, community leaders, and impacted individuals. ● Produce four visual impact stories in Kinyarwanda with English subtitles, each not exceeding five minutes. Methodology ● Interview selected interviewees for the visual impact stories who will include trained youth, artists, community leaders and non-trained youth, and other individuals impacted by the project, ● Visit the project sites and collect interviews on the positive impacts of the program on aligning with the advocacy areas. ● Coordinate with the coalition communication to develop the visual impact stories scripts and storyboard to be used in the stories; ● Perform appropriate video filming and shoot interviews with the Projects’ major beneficiaries and stakeholders. ● The videos should have subtitles translated in English. ● Each impact story video shall not exceed 5 minutes. Deliverables ● Visual impact story scripts and storyboards to be used in the videos; ● 4 copies of the visual impact stories (not exceeding 5 minutes each) in Kinyarwanda with subtitles in English. ● Provide all raw footages acquired during the shooting of all 4 visual impact stories video ● Production of still photographs on covered events Requirements and qualifications a) Requirements ● Having at least 3 certificates of good completion in the production of documentary films ● Having at least 3 samples of previously completed documentaries in non-profit organizations, CSOs or social enterprises. b) Qualifications for required experts The following qualifications and experience are required: ● Have at least a Bachelor’s degree in communication, journalism or arts; ● At least 3 years work experience in producing documentary films; ● Have a good work experience background in communication and gender equality or Sexual and Gender-Based violence; ● Strong knowledge of information digitalization or documentation of activities nationally (and globally is an advantage); ● Ability to cover project interventions selected for these visual stories and events, shoot on the field, edit and record them for documentary film and articles; Evaluation criteria Criteria Score 1 Methodology 30 2 Work plan 10 3 Qualification and skills 30 4 Financial proposal 30 Total 100 Timeframe Production of four impact stories will occur throughout the year, divided based on included activities. Procedures for submission of proposals The candidates are encouraged to submit the following documents, not later than 17th April 2024 at 4:00 pm local time: technical proposal outlining an indicative methodology, timeline, and delivery dates; financial proposal; detailed CVs, including 2 references, and samples of a similar work done for a previous assignment. Applications should be addressed to the RWAMREC Executive Director at the following address: YYUSSA PLAZA Kimironko Tel-Cellular: +250 788315140; E-mail: info@rwamrec.org. Late bids will not be accepted. Done at Kigali, On Apr 4, 2024

  • SUPPLY OF PRINTING SERVICES AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS AT RWAMREC FOR THE PERIOD OF ONE YEAR.

    RWAMREC through its projects budgets would like to hire the Service Provider for Supply of Printing services and Promotional materials in RWAMREC for 1-year contract renewable. RWAMREC invites eligible bidders to submit bids for Supply of Printing services and Promotional materials in RWAMREC as indicated in details in the tender document. Tender Documents in English may be obtained from RWAMREC upon presentation of proof payment of a non-refundable fee of five thousand Rwandan francs (5.000 RWF) to RWAMREC account No:00040-0283644-49 opened in Bank of Kigali. Tender Documents may be obtained on any working day from 14th March 2024, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM local time at RWAMREC Secretariat office. All bids shall be accompanied by a “Bid Security” of One hundred thousand Rwandan francs (100,000 Rwf). Enquiries regarding this tender may be addressed to the Internal Tender committee Secretary. Well printed bids, properly bound and presented in 3 copies one of which is the original must reach the front secretariat offices at RWAMREC office located in Gasabo District, Kimironko Sector, not later than 27th March 2024 at 10:00 AM local time. Late bids will be rejected and returned unopened. Bids will be opened in the presence of bidders or their representatives who choose to attend at RWAMREC Conference room 27th March at 10:30 AM local time. The Outer envelope should clearly indicate the tender name and title. Done at Kigali on 13/03/2024

  • Unveiling the Blueprint for Change: Empowering Women through GEWEP

    A booklet on the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment Program (GEWEP) implemented by Rwamrec in collaboration with CARE in Rwanda.

  • BEST EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR 2023

    MUKASHEMA MARIE IS RWAMREC'S BEST EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR 2023. As the year ended, we conducted a three-day reflection and team-building staff retreat in Rubavu District to revisit the year's activities, achievements, and the way forward. Mukashema Marie was named the best employee of the year at the end of the retreat. Mrs Mukashema got the most votes from the staff since she outperformed expectations in her department. Her outstanding performance and constant drive for improvement have been evident throughout her career, making her a true inspiration to all. Let us all strive to follow her example and work towards achieving excellence in our respective fields.

  • RWAMREC COMPASS: Empowering Parenthood

    The latest insight from the field

  • RWAMREC COMPASS: UNPAID CARE WORK

    The latest insights from the field

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