Request for Proposals: External Evaluation of Women Deliver’s Young Leaders Program Selection Strategy and Engagement Processes and Operations

ISSUE DATE: MARCH 12, 2019
DUE DATE: ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS, FINAL DEADLINE IS APRIL 1, 2019 (11:59 pm EST)

To be considered, proposals must be signed and returned via email to twindaumelmer@womendeliver.org by the due date and time.
Hard copies may be hand delivered by courier to Women Deliver, 588 Broadway, Suite 905, New York, NY 10012 by the due date and time.
Proposal responses will be considered valid for a period of 30 calendar days after the proposal due date.

Women Deliver is pleased to invite your company to submit a proposal as our Partner, to conduct an evaluation of the effectiveness of its Young Leaders Program’s selection strategy for new cohorts of Young Leaders (selected every two years) and evaluate the efficiency of the processes it uses to engage with and provide continuous support to its Young Leaders.

The following information is provided to assist you with the preparation of a proposal for consideration.

I. Submission Deadline & Enquiries

Submissions must be received by email or hand delivery, no later than April 1, 2019, 11:59 pm EST. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No submissions will be considered after the deadline. Submissions should be delivered to:

Tamara Windau-Melmer, Senior Manager of Youth Engagement
Women Deliver
588 Broadway, Suite 905
New York, NY 10012
-Or -
Twindaumelmer@womendeliver.org

and contain:

  • Short profile presentation of your company, its history, and experience as it pertains to similar projects
  • Disclosure of any conditions that may impact your ability to fulfill contract obligations
  • Project team description demonstrating capacity and experience, as well as each person’s percentage of time dedicated to this project
  • Presentation of similar projects or experience relevant to this RFP
  • Three references
  • A suggested timeline and detailed workplan for how to achieve the Scope of Work (as detailed in section IV)
  • Associated costing of the proposed workplan (please note that Women Deliver has a maximum budget of $40,000 to cover consultant time, travel, and incidentals)

All prices should be quoted in USD.

Requests for further information or clarification of requirements concerning this RFP should be addressed in writing to: twindaumelmer@womendeliver.org.

Upon receipt, your proposal will be evaluated.

II. Background

As a leading global advocate for the health and rights of girls and women, Women Deliver brings together diverse voices and interests to drive progress for gender equality, including a strong focus on maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights. We build capacity, share solutions, and forge partnerships, together creating coalitions, communication, and action that spark political commitment and investment in girls and women.

The Women Deliver Young Leaders Program was started in 2010 and now counts 700 youth advocates representing 138 countries across all regions of the world, who are advocating for the health and rights of girls and women. The award-winning Young Leaders Program trains, elevates, and empowers youth advocates to catalyze action, and collaboration with other leading youth advocates assures young people have a say in the policies and programs that affect their lives.

Through the Young Leaders Program, Women Deliver works towards increasing the participation and engagement of young people and strengthening their capacity to influence the policies and investments for gender equality and girls’ and women’s health and rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), at the global, regional, national, and community levels. Women Deliver does this through two main strategies, as illustrated by The Journey of a Women Deliver Young Leader:

Equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to lead and organize action to advance gender equality and girls’ and women’s health and rights, including SRHR.

The main assumption behind this outcome is that young people need to be involved in, and influence decisions that affect them, and that although many Young Leaders are already involved, they could influence more effectively with enhanced capacity and space at the decision tables.

Women Deliver focuses on building the capacity of and on empowering young people, including youth from humanitarian settings, to advocate for gender equality and girls’ and women’s health and rights, including SRHR, though a series of trainings, courses and targeted technical assistance.

Provide young people with resources and access to global and national audiences to advocate and present policy-actions that will advance gender equality and girls’ and women’s health and rights, including SRHR.

The main assumption underlying this outcome is that young people are usually excluded from discussions that affect them, and that they don’t usually have meaningful access to decision-makers to make their voices heard.

Women Deliver focuses on elevating the role young people can play in ensuring that policies, decisions and processes take into consideration their needs, and on providing them with financial resources and access to platforms, where their voices can be heard and where they can influence policies, programs, processes and decisions impacting girls’ and women’s health and rights, including SRHR.

III. Key Dates and Timeline

RFP Activity

RFP Released

Proposal Due Date

Notification of Final Selection

Contract Negotiation and Planning

Implementation

Dates

March 12, 2019

Accepted on a rolling basis until April 1, 2019 @ 11:59pm

On or before April 8, 2019

April 8 – April 12, 2019

April 15 – July 1, 2019

IV. Scope of the Evaluation

The learnings and results of this evaluation will inform Women Deliver’s selection strategy for future cohorts of Young Leaders. Taking into account the evolution of the Young Leaders Program since its inception in 2010, the evaluation will also provide recommendations on the optimal operational processes needed to select and support future classes of Young Leaders. Therefore, the two items required of this evaluation are as follows:

  1. Selection Strategy: Women Deliver needs to evaluate the effectiveness of its selection strategy. Considering the evolution of the program so far, and taking into consideration best practices in the advocacy and youth engagement sector, the evaluator will assess the size of Women Deliver’s Young Leaders cohorts, the frequency of their recruitment, the selection criteria used, the geographical and demographical reach of past cohorts, and the diversity of advocacy topics they undertake, and will provide recommendations, as relevant and needed, to improve the effectiveness of selecting future cohorts of Young Leaders.
  2. Operational Processes: Women Deliver needs to evaluate the efficiency of the processes it uses to engage with and provide continuous support to its Young Leaders. The evaluator will assess the processes and systems that Women Deliver is using and will provide recommendations, as relevant and needed, to improve them. Particular attention is needed around the following processes:
  • Technical Assistance: given staffing and capacity, coupled with growing network of Young Leaders, how can technical assistance be best optimized and sustained?
  • Alumni engagement: what are some best practices for maintaining sufficient support and engagement with Young Leaders Alumni as the program continues to expand?
  • Communications approach and channels: how can the Youth Engagement Team use regular communications to keep engagement in the Young Leaders Program high? Evaluating use and value of the various communications channels (FB, Twitter, Google Classroom, email). Are there gaps? Should something be eliminated/modified in its use?
  • Data Management: How can we improve our Young Leaders Update form so that we capture compelling data to be used for external use (donor reports, social media, spotlight pieces)?
V. Notice to Submitting Companies

The contract, if any, shall be awarded to the responsible firm whose proposal is most advantageous to Women Deliver, based on an evaluation of the information required by this RFP. Women Deliver may at its sole discretion select the response that best fits its needs. A selection committee will evaluate the responses based on established criteria, including compliance with the directions herein, experience and qualifications, cost, financial position of the company, and other factors as stated in this RFP. If selected, the successful firm will enter into a written agreement with Women Deliver that will include service and compensation terms.

All information in this RFP should, for purposes of this RFP, be considered proprietary and confidential. Information contained in this RFP should not be shared or distributed without the expressed written consent of Women Deliver.

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