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Restricted procedure: Review and Capacity Assessment of Women Deliver - New York City, USA and country in East Africa

Deadline for applications: 16 December 2019, at 12:00, Danish time
Women Deliver (WD) is a global advocacy organisation for the health, rights and well-being of girls and women. Women Deliver catalyzes action by bringing together diverse voices and interests to drive progress for gender equality, with a particular focus on maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Women Deliver was among the first organizations to promote the investment case for girls and women and is recognized for impactful advocacy strategies, access to world influencers, participation on key coalitions and initiatives, and building the capacity of young people and civil society, particularly in a development context.

WD advocacy seeks to drive investment – political and financial – in the lives of girls and women worldwide. WDs work spans geographies, sectors, and generations to make gender equality a global priority –bringing together governments, the private sector, non-profit organizations, academics, foundations, and more. Through evidence, advocacy, and effective communication, WD makes the case that investing in girls, women, and gender equality is not only the right thing to do, but also the smart thing to do. WD engages and equips advocates and change makers with evidence and compelling messages to promote action on gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women. Furthermore, WD functions as  advisors to governments, corporations, and civil society organizations.

In 2017, WD created the Deliver for Good campaign as a global coalition that applies a gender lens to the Sustainable Development Goals, and seeks to reframe girls and women as drivers of progress and brings hundreds of organizations together across sectors and issues to promote increased investment in gender equality.
Recognizing the urgent needs of girls and women in humanitarian settings, WD recently expanded their work with local and global organizations to put gender equality and women’s sexual and reproductive health front and center during emergencies and their aftermath.

WD celebrates the power of young people, equipping them to deliver large-scale change. The Women Deliver Young Leaders Program connects outstanding youth advocates with the skills, resources, people, and platforms to advance gender equality in their communities, countries, and around the world. WD advocates for a world where young people are actively engaged in the decisions that affect their lives.

And every three years, WD carries out the global Women Deliver Conference, bringing together thousands of decision-makers from civil society, governments, the private sector, and international agencies alongside advocates, activists, and journalists to identify solutions and drive change for girls and women. In 2016 the Women Deliver conference took place in Copenhagen, while the latest version in 2019 was conducted in Vancouver, Canada.

Danish funding
Since 2007, Denmark has contributed more than DKK 65 million to WD and has furthermore provided DKK 15 million to the DeliverForGood Campaign for the period of 2017-2019. The Danish support is provided in the form of core support, soft earmarked to the activities described in the WD and DeliverForGood agreements. ^

The overall objective of the review is to assess the performance of WD in delivering results under its strategic objectives and its engagement with the MFA with a particular view to ensure development outcomes in the developing world, stimulate learning, and analysis and strengthen cost effectiveness. The review should issue recommendations, which will provide a critical input to the development of a new commitment and project activities agreed between WD and Denmark as well as the ongoing dialogue with the organization.

The review will have a special focus on WDs capacity and performance in the area of SRHR. It will also look into WDs ability to use the funding to effectively integrate crosscutting issues including HRBA, governance, gender and youth.

The review will assess the capacity, performance and approach of the organisation in line with the Danida Aid Management Guidelines (AMG) and the MFA's policies, and in view of the planned commitment. More specifically the review will carry out assessments of different aspects of the capacity of the organization. This will include but not be limited to; analysis and learning; delivering results; organisational functioning and management; human resources and financial management; the organization's performance and approach with respect to partners in the South; as well as global advocacy and networking. The review work will entail desk studies, meetings with WD in New York City and a foreseen mission to a country in East Africa.

We are looking for a consultancy company that possesses the necessary expertise and experience to assess the capacity of the organization for successfully carrying out the partnership programme, including performance and experiences with ongoing/previous project activities. This should comprise experience from similar assignments and use of Danida's Aid Management Guidelines in conjunction with reviews and the MFA's policies and guidelines. Solid experience is required in the areas of civil society, organizational development, advocacy, rights-based approaches with special focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and gender equality, institutional and capacity development and M&E, as well as working experience from East Africa. The company will be tasked to provide a team of two international consultants: (i) one Senior SRHR/gender equality and organizational management expert; (ii) one Senior financial management and quality assurance expert.

The assignment is expected to start early January 2020 and be completed during April 2020. Preparatory meetings, interviews and desk review of documents will take place in January 2020 followed by a visit to New York City end of January 2020 and a visit to a country in East Africa planned for February 2020. Draft and final report is due in March/April 2020. The total number of working days to be delivered is not expected to exceed 70 working days. The maximum budget is DKK 850,000.

Deadline for applications: 16 December 2019, at 12:00, Danish time

The standard application form should be used. Applications not using the standard form may be rejected. Applications received after the deadline shall be rejected.

Download application form here.

Contact point: Technical Quality Support, MFA
Name of Programme Officer: Kirstine Thyge Nøjgaard
E-mail address, Programme Officer:
Telephone of Programme Officer: +45 3392 0071

Criteria for selection:
A minimum of three and a maximum of five applicants with references best suited for this assignment will be invited to submit a tender.