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Consultancy: Study on Womens Economic Empowerment in MENA Region.

Consultancy: Study on Womens Economic Empowerment in MENA Region.

Terms of Reference: 

Analysis/report of how gender is included in international financial institutions’ and development banks’ strategies and policies, and how civil society can strengthen policies and implementation.


Kvinna till Kvinna has supported women’s organisations in conflict affected countries and advocated for women’s rights and gender equality for 25 years. During these years, the organisation has grown to become one of the world’s largest women’s rights organisations working in conflict affected countries. 

During the past years, Kvinna till Kvinna has seen a backlash in the areas of democracy and civic space and increasing attacks on women’s human rights defenders. In order to meet new challenges, Kvinna till Kvinna needs to adapt and broaden our advocacy tools and targets, as well as provide support to strengthen the gender strategies and implementation of these institutions, in order to continue to be relevant and see results. 


The proposed analysis should explore ways of advocating and supporting international financial institutions and development banks to strengthen a gender-perspective in economic decision-making and related policies. The starting point is that key international financial institutions have a great impact on economic priorities and policies in individual countries through their cooperation policies.  Kvinna till Kvinna would like to explore avenues to influence such policies, and ways of making use of existing policies, strategies and cooperation criteria in advocating financial institutions and development banks to put pressure on governments to respect and promote civic space, gender equality, and women’s economic opportunities.

The assignment: 

Analysis with focus on learning and concrete steps forward:

Kvinna till Kvinna would like to conduct a study, following the implementation of the World Bank Gender Action Plan for the Mena  region, focusing on a few countries. A second part of the study would look into which institutions and development banks that might be relevant stakeholders, identifying and giving a brief analysis of their policy documents and processes and identifying areas where Kvinna till Kvinna and women’s rights organisations could strengthen women’s rights and women’s economic opportunities. A third and final part would identify actors in the Mena region working on advocacy on women’s economic empowerment.

Evaluation Questions include:

  • Have the economic institutions’ strategies (for example the Gender Action Plan of the World Bank) contributed to gender equality in the selected countries? If not, why? What are the major challenges
  • How can the institutions (such as the World Bank) overcome challenges and improve the current practice to achieve its objectives?
  • In what way can Kvinna till Kvinna and Partner Organisations (POs) advocate for and support a process towards more efficient implementation of Gender Action Plans and policies? Who would be allies and targets?


  • Work plan including activities, documents to be reviewed and timetable (to be developed in close consultation with Kvinna till Kvinna staff).
  • Draft report.
  • Final consultancy report.


Work plan should be developed by 01 Dec Jan 2018. Interviews and desk studies during Dec 2018-Jan2019.  Draft of findings mid-Febr 2019. Final report 15 March 2019. In total 20 working days (including seminar to present and discuss results).

Required skills and competencies:

  • Extensive knowledge about Women’s Economic Empowerment agenda;
  • Experience from evaluating advocacy projects/programs
  • Experience from process evaluation
  • Extensive knowledge about the World Bank and other international economic institutions such as development banks;
  • Fluent in Arabic and English, excellent writing skills in English;
  • Good analytical skills, including ability to analyse policy and political processes;
  • Familiarity of the international political system;
  • Ability to plan and meet requirements on time.
  • Familiar to the MENA context.

Financial framework:

The consultant fees shall be specified as fees per day including taxes, social security contributions and VAT. The total budget for the assignment shall cover all the costs, including salaries, travel and per diem and any other expenses related to the assignment such as hiring of interpreter/local team members. 
Contracted consultant cannot further subcontract the assignment. In cases where the tender includes a team of consultants, their division of labour shall be presented in advance to Kvinna till Kvinna.

Deadline for submission of tender

Tenders must be sent to Kvinna till Kvinna no later than November 23, 2018.
Tenders should be sent by mail or email to: charlotte.pruth@kvinnatillkvinna.se

For any questions, please contact Charlotte Pruth, Advocacy and Policy Advisor, email: charlotte.pruth@kvinnatillkvinna.se

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