Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Action Aid International Rwanda,TOR for a Pullout for Project Success Stories



TERMS OF REFERENCE  FOR A PULLOUT FOR PROJECT SUCCESS STORIES 
Background
Action Aid International Rwanda (AAR) is a country programme of Action Aid International (AAI) – an anti-poverty agency working with poor, voiceless people, communities and similar-minded partners worldwide. Action Aid is a non-partisan, non-religious development organization that has been wo
rking in Rwanda as a full Country Programme since 1997 to contribute towards eradication of poverty and injustices with a focus on tackling the root causes of poverty.
AAR Launched Country Strategic Plan 2013-2017 on May 14, 2013 with a very strong focus, alignment and commitment to contributing to the delivery of pro-poor initiatives, Community Development Programmes and short and long term Strategies including; EDPRS II and Vision 2020. AAIR vision and mission is Rwanda free of poverty and injustice where every citizen fully enjoys the right to life with dignity and to work with poor Rwandans, with emphasis on women and the girl child.
Project name:  Improving Food Security and Economic Opportunities for Women (smallholder farmers) and their families in Muko sector (Musanze district).
Farming in Rwanda remains largely subsistence in nature. With a rapid increase in population, the pressure on ensuring food security is a constant challenge for the stakeholders. Significant progress has been made in Rwanda in the past decade with regard to overall agricultural production and animal husbandry.
However, operational efficiency and farm productivity and the prosperity of a very large proportion of the rural population, continue to be a concern.
The Women’s Rights to Sustainable Livelihoods project that seeks to support women to overcome some of the challenges confronting their ability to adopt and practice sustainable agriculture. Some of these include; unpaid care work, inadequate access to farm inputs and other resources and low budgetary allocation to activities of women smallholder farmers
The above mentioned gaps are the root causes of insufficient agricultural production and food insecurity observed in some rural areas in Rwanda, especially Muko sector in Musanze District. Among the issues that affect Muko includes; suffering from chronic diseases, food insecurity, flooding during rainy seasons, high unemployment coupled with limited vocational education opportunities result in extreme poverty. 52% of the 3,886 households in Muko live below the poverty line and struggle to provide basic necessities such as food, medical care, and school fees. Over 50% of children (six months-five years) suffer from chronic malnutrition. Therefore, knowing that women smallholder farmers have the highest percentage in agriculture sector the project is aiming to improve food security and economic opportunities in Muko sector by empowering women small holder farmers.
GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT
The project aims to empower 1,256 most vulnerable women smallholder farmers along with 251 vulnerable male smallholder farmers in Muko sector through improved food security and economic exposure.
WHY THE PULL OUT FOR THE PROJECT
The main reason for the pull out is to document the milestone achieved for the period of one year as well as sharing lessons learnt, challenges encountered while implementing the project.
THE PULL OUT AND ITS CONTRIBUTIONS.
The pull-out will aim at gathering success stories from beneficiaries in Muko sector, (Musanze District). After a two day trip for content gathering, selected media company will publish these success stories/stories of change as a result of the project interventions for a period of 3 years and show case the achievements in their newspaper.  
EXPECTED DELIVERABLES
  • Conduct a media trip in Muko sector for content gathering about women economic empowerment through stories of change as a result of the project.
  • Publish in their newspaper 10- 15 case studies on10 pages
  • Share with Actionaid the stories for approval before publication.
  • Give to AAR 100 copies of the newspaper
TIME FRAME
The media trip will last 2 days, and the whole exercise will last for two weeks from the day of signing the contract. 
TIME FRAME
The activities embedded in this TOR have to be delivered within a period of 2 weeks
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
Qualified and Interested Companies can submit a detailed both technical and financial proposal well elaborated in English no later than 21st April, 2017 at 11:00 AM @ the Actionaid (Head Office) located in Remera/Rukiri near Amahoro National Stadium next to RSSB Building and CSS Bank. The opening of the bids will take place in a public session on the same day at 11:00 AM at the Actionaid conference-room.
Applications should be addressed to the Country Director, ActionAid Rwanda
NB: Please indicate the service you have bided for on top of the envelope.
The proposal should include the following elements:
  • Company profile
  • Technical and financial offer
  • Detailed schedule and work plan.
Josephine Iren UWAMARIYA
Country Director

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