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Purpose of consultancy:

1. Background

UNFPA Rwanda is implementing the Empowering adolescents and young people in Rwanda to realize their human right to equality, sexual and reproductive health, and freedom from violence and discrimination (Healthy & Empowered Youth) Project in three districts of Rusizi, Karongi, Nyamasheke; and in the refugee camps of Mahama, Kigeme, Mugombwa, Kiziba, Gihembe, Nyabiheke Camps and their host communities. 

The project objectives are to:

1. increase demand for and supply of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) services for adolescents and youth in Rwanda, and

2. empower most vulnerable adolescents and young people in Rwanda to access education and socio-economic opportunities to be delivered over three years (July 2020-June 2023). 

This project will directly benefit over 1 million adolescents and youth (aged 10-24), and the trained and engaged health care providers, teachers, religious and community leaders, as well as selected organizations working on SRHR and CSE. The project will indirectly benefit stakeholders working to ensure adolescent and youth access to SRH rights. Project implementation is through a number of partners that include: Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), Imbuto Foundation (IF), Good Neighbors International (GNI), Alight, and African Humanitarian Action (AHA) with ongoing cooperation with the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Youth and Culture, Ministry of Education, Rwanda Education Board, Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, Ministry of Emergency Management, National Commission for Children, and One UN in Rwanda.

The agreed project implementation modalities require annual assessments of Youth Friendly Service (YFS). In 2020, RBC and ENABEL (Belgian Development Agency) conducted a study from November to December 2020, entitled ‘the assessment of the quality of youth corners and other related youth-friendly services at the health Centres and expectations of young people and the community,’ to assess the functionality and quality status of YFS at Youth Corners and identify the needs and expectations by adolescents and community members, as well as their experiences at Youth Corners. Following the completion of the Study, UNFPA conducted a secondary data analysis of the data collected in the 3 Project districts (Karongi, Nyamasheke, and Rusizi) based on the validated ASRH TWG Youth Corner Criteria (YCC) and established that only 2% of the Youth Corners in the three districts were functioning as per the YCC standard (i.e. 1 out of 61 Youth Corners in 3 districts met 80% or above of the approved Youth Corner Criteria). The analysis results were adopted as the baseline value of the Outcome Indicator 1.2 “Percentage of health Centres in the target districts that provide youth-friendly services per YCC standards' of this Project’s Results Framework. The proposed assessment is an annual project monitoring requirement to assess project progress of the improvements in delivering youth-friendly services. 

2. Purpose

The overall purpose of the assessment is to establish progress achieved over 12 months after the ENABEL/RBC Study as part of measuring progress towards Outcome Indicator 1.2. This assessment is planned to take place starting April 2022.

3. Objectives

Assess the level of YFS functionality at each YC in the targeted districts against the set YCC.

Assess the progress in improving youth-friendly services delivery in comparison to the December 2020 status reported through the RBC/Enabel Study. 

Provide context-specific recommendations of the required interventions to improve and sustain quality Youth-Friendly Services delivery at YCs as per the YCC.

Scope of work:

The Consultancy will entail the following: 

  1. Work collaboratively with UNFPA and key stakeholders to develop and submit the Inception Report detailing the design of the assessment including research protocol; research objectives, questions and criteria; methodology (for both assessment and analysis) and                research tools, research activity schedule and budget.
  2. Undertake the YFS assessment: The Consultant Team will conduct field work to collect primary qualitative and quantitative data in the targeted health Centres to assess the implementation of YFS and any bottlenecks and challenges according to the inception report.
  3.   Present a draft report including analytical synthesis of the collected data - triangulated by other data sources - and mappings of YFS functionality and of actors, for stakeholder input and validation
  4. Submit the final report with stakeholders feedback incorporated.

Duration and working schedule:

11 April 2022 – 27 May 2022: The Consultant Team will provide 27 days' input starting from 11 April 2022 and ending 27 May 2022.

Place where services are to be delivered:

Kigali, 3 districts (Karongi, Nyamasheke, Rusizi)

Delivery dates and how work will be delivered:

11 April 2022Submit Inception Report 

25 April 2022: Stakeholder Consultations, Data Review, Preparation for Field Work and Data Collection

20 May 2022: Preliminary Report 

27 May 2022: Submit the final report with the necessary annexes

Monitoring and progress control, including reporting requirements, periodicity format and deadline:

The Consultant Team will work closely with the Rwanda Biomedical Centre and KOICA Program Coordinator to share needs, clarification, feedback and updates. The consultant will have regular interaction with the UNFPA Technical Team and feedback shall be provided on an ongoing basis. The consultant will present the final report to the KOICA Program Coordinator. The KOICA Programme Coordinator will monitor the implementation and provide quality assurance for the entire process.

Supervisory arrangements:

The Consultant Team will work under the overall supervision of the KOICA Program Coordinator.

Expected travel:

Travels to the field for data collection. Travel costs are reimbursed in addition to the Consultancy Fees

Required expertise, qualifications and competencies, including language requirements:

  • Advanced University degree in Public health, Social Work or other related fields.
  • Seven years of increasingly responsible professional experience in research
  • Experience working on projects relevant to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and youth friendly services delivery 
  • Experience working with relevant stakeholders from the governmental and non-governmental institutions at the national and sub-national levels in Rwanda
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Kinyarwanda.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision

Inputs / services to be provided by UNFPA:

UNFPA will provide the required logistics relating to relevant meetings, based on prevailing market rates and approved activity budgets and in line with UNFPA financial regulations. To support this field activity, UNFPA shall provide daily subsistence allowance and transportation costs in addition to the Facilitator Fees and the approved Inception Report

Other relevant information or special conditions:

Consultant Team applies by sharing an inception report and relevant evidence of previous work

How to apply: 

Prospective candidates are expected to submit their application through the official email: