Saturday, June 10, 2017

Consultancy Services to Collect Information and Document Success Stories from In School Students Beneficiaries of SILC Program of AKAZI KANOZE Project

Opportunity for Consultancy Services to Collect Information and Document Success Stories from In School Students Beneficiaries of SILC Program of AKAZI KANOZE Project.
Since 2010, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as a sub-grantee to Educational Development Center (EDC) has implemented the AKAZI KANOZE program by promoting savings groups and trainings in basi
c business skills for youth to overcome the challenges associated with accessing to microfinance services in Rwanda and equip them with the necessary skills to expand their small and medium businesses.
For the second phase of AKAZI KANOZE (AK2), CRS is responsible for building the technical capacity of two EDC partners, Health Poverty Action (HPA) and Association des Volontaires pour le Services International (AVSI), to manage implementation of the Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) methodology for 5,200 In-School youth. These young beneficiaries are in 61 secondary schools and vocational training centers (TVET) in eight districts of the Southern Province, namely Kamonyi, Muhanga, Ruhango, Nyanza, Huye, Gisagara, Nyamagabe and Nyaruguru.
The implementation of the SILC program for in-school youth has achieved a range of positive results. Partners’ staff and CRS visiting the student SILC groups have reported that program activities have contributed to the improvement of livelihoods of youth beneficiaries and their families.
It is in this context that CRS is seeking an individual Consultant to develop and document success stories from youth beneficiaries of SILC approach based on the achievements of second phase of the AK2 project.
The AK2 project aims to support the development of livelihood opportunities for Rwandan youth, with the overall goal of providing youth with fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to become productive workers.
The objective of this consultancy is to document success stories that will capture the achievements and outcomes of the AK2 program, especially the importance of SILC groups to In-School youth and their families in contributing to the livelihoods of the students and their families, as well as the extent to which students have gained skills through the AK2 program to ease the school-to-work transition.  CRS has already identified 20 stories to document; the role of the consultant will be to elaborate upon the draft profiles, conduct follow-up field visits and interviews and produce a professional-quality final product, including with high-quality photos to accompany the stories.
The consultant will be responsible for the following key activities:
  • Collaborate with CRS team and partners’ field staff to plan field visits
  • Conduct interviews and take photos from beneficiaries with success stories
  • Document at least 20 success stories related to SILC intervention and AKAZI KANOZE program
  • Complete the works in the agreed time
The expected deliverables for this consultancy include:
  • The contents of success stories are agreed with consultants and CRS
  • A questionnaire for interviewing is prepared in two languages (English and Kinyarwanda)
  • All beneficiaries who agree to provide their success stories sign in advance the concent form
  • Interviews are conducted to beneficiaries who signed consent forms and photos are taken
  • Documenting at least 20 success stories related to SILC intervention in particular and the AK2 program in general.
  • Take professional quality photographs to accompany each story.
  • Deliver three hard copies well-printed in color, bound with clear photos and final soft copy of documented success stories
  • Hand to CRS Rwanda all signed consent forms.
The Consultant must demonstrate the following qualifications and experience:
  • Hold a university degree in Communication, Journalism or another related field
  • Oral and written fluency in English and ability to conduct Interviews in Kinyarwanda
  • Have experience in success stories documentation.Applicants should present to CRS in their application for this consultancy at least two examples of success stories on youth livelihoods development.If the applicant has not written professional stories in this area, the applicant should creatively draft two sample success stories on youth livelihoods development.
  • Be a professional photographer. The application should include examples of the candidate’s work in photography.
  • Demonstrated experience completing assignments of similar nature and scale.
  • Experience working in development and with NGOs is an added advantage
This is a short-term assignment and the main location of assignment is Kigali, with travel to target districts of Kamonyi, Muhanga, Ruhango, Nyanza, Huye, Nyamagabe, Nyaruguru and Gisagara.
The expected number of LOE is 15 days. The assignment is expected to start on June 26 through July 14, 2017
The consultant will report directly to the CRS Senior Economics Strengthening Officer or his designee.
The Period of Performance for this consultancy will be from June 26, 2017 to July 14, 2017.  The work will be for a total of 15 working days and the expected date of beginning is June 26, 2017, broken out approximately as follows:
  • 1 day for meeting and coordination on methodology and field planning;
  • 8 days for field visit to conduct interviews and take professional-quality photos;
  • 3 days of documenting success stories;
  • ½day of presenting first version and agree on comments;
  • ½ day of addressing comments;
  • 1 day of presentation of final version of success stories.
Interested consultants can submit an electronic complete offer (including detailed technical and  financial proposals) addressed to CRS Country Representative exclusively at and copy Achille Munyaneza ( on or before Friday, June 16, 2017 at 5 PM.  The technical proposal must include two examples of success stories written by the applicant on youth livelihoods, and must include examples of professional-quality photos taken by the applicant relating to youth livelihoods.

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