Deadline to Submit Questions: September 25, 2023, 5 pm EST to [email protected]
Deadline to Submit Proposals: October 4, 2023, 5 pm EST to [email protected]
Timeframe: October 23, 2023 – November 22, 2023, with potential for ongoing support
World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) is the global trade association and development platform for credit unions. WOCCU promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. Our technical assistance programs focus on an array of key areas, including digital solutions to expand financial inclusion, increasing access to finance for agricultural producers and small and medium enterprises, strengthening new and existing entrepreneurs, facilitating access to employment, and promoting legal and regulatory reform.
World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) was recently awarded the Accelerating Growth and Inclusion in Lending for Credit Unions (AGIL4CU) project. AGIL4CU will advance credit unions’ ability to provide value to their members and contribute to the economic development of their communities, while extending business financing to underserved market segments, including women and youth entrepreneurs. AGIL4CU will 1) improve credit union leaders’ strategic and technical capacity; 2) increase the value of digital, cybersecure services; 3) expand and iterate on streamlined MSME lending processes for economic growth; 4) implement youth and women specific loan products; and 5) expand climate adaptive financing.
WOCCU is currently seeking a Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Technical consultant with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) experience to assist with the development of an initial Gender Analysis and Action Plan and provide ongoing expertise and support for gender mainstreaming across programs.
Scope of Work
A Gender Analysis and Action Plan is due no later than 90 days after the AGIL4CU award date. In accordance with USAID's Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy, AGIL4CU, which is implemented in 4 countries, must identify and address any gender gaps relevant to the implementation of the activity. WOCCU is recruiting for a consultant to conduct a comprehensive gender analysis for the specific development activities to be implemented under AGIL4CU and to develop a comprehensive Gender Action Plan. The Gender Action Plan will outline how WOCCU is integrating attention to gender equality and prevention of harm into the work plan and performance monitoring and evaluation plan based on the gender analysis. In addition, WOCCU seeks to promote gender balance in their staffing plans and strives to ensure sufficient gender expertise to identify and address gender issues. Specific services required but are not limited to:
Comprehensive Gender Analysis
AGIL4CU gender analysis objectives include:
Questions to be answered:
AGIL4CU Gender Action Plan
The Gender Action Plan forms the basis for operationalizing the results and recommendations of the gender analysis. It should contain specific gender elements to be considered during AGIL4CU’s implementation. The Gender Action Plan should ensure effective gender mainstreaming and integration in activities to maximize economic, social, climate and development benefits. The aim is to promote opportunities, drivers of change and positive gender dynamics as well as to manage and mitigate potential adverse risks over the duration of the project.
Based on the Gender Analysis, determine if there are issues with the project design by considering the following questions:
Final documents are to be submitted no later than 10 days after correction and comments received on preliminary versions.
Following completion of the Gender Analysis and Action Plan, there may be the potential for ongoing support for implementation of gender programming on an as-need basis.
Bachelor’s degree in gender, development studies or social sciences, or related area of study, or equivalent combination of study and experience.
Qualified candidates must submit the following information. Only complete applications will be considered:
Both firms and individual consultants are welcome to apply; the final selection will be based on the best value proposition.
Application materials should be submitted via email with the subject line “Gender Consultant” to [email protected]. Bidders must include all relevant materials within your proposal. Failure to do so may result in the disqualification of your proposal. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact [email protected].
Deadline to Submit Application: October 4, 2023; 5:00 PM EST.
This bid solicitation in no way obligates World Council of Credit Unions to award a contract, nor does it commit World Council of Credit Unions to pay any costs incurred in the preparation and submission of the application. World Council of Credit Unions reserves the right to vary any part of this bid solicitation at the time of award, if it becomes necessary. World Council of Credit Unions may cancel this solicitation or may reject any and all responses received. The issuance of this solicitation does not constitute an award commitment by the World Council of Credit Unions.