Terms of Reference for the Development of the Partnership Strategy for Care International in Rwanda (Re - Advertisement) tender at


P.O Box 550 Kigali, KG 541 ST  

Career Center Building, 8th floor. 

Tel: +250 788 306 241, 0788 304 454

E mail:  care.rw@care.org



  1. Background

CARE International is a global humanitarian organization with a physical presence in 104 countries worldwide in 2020. CARE’s vision is to seek a world of hope, inclusion, and social justice where poverty has been overcome and all people live in dignity and security. We put women and girls at the center because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until everyone has equal rights and opportunities.

CARE aspires to become the most dynamic, diverse, and largest network of organizations and individuals fighting poverty and standing with those in crises, believing the best ideas and programs come from local leadership. As CARE evolves, we hope to unleash the creativity and collective action of a locally-led, globally connected network of social enterprises, country offices, local organizations, civic participants, and private sector partners operating in more than 100 countries. As organizations are testing means by which they can be more intentional in being driven by national and local forces.

  1. Context of this assignment  

As CARE International was established in Rwanda in 1984, it played various roles in supporting and advancing development and humanitarian work in Rwanda and has evolved in its presence model. Moving from direct implementation to a more partnership-based model (through national and local implementing organizations) has taken shape in ways to ensure local organizations' capacities are reinforced and leveraged to become institutionally strong and empowered to co-create co-lead on programs that would impact positively the lives of Rwandans.

In 2017, CARE International in Rwanda started implementing a single coherent country program that was focused on achieving gender justice for vulnerable women and girls aged 10–59 years. 

But, considering the changes nationally and globally, in 2020, CARE International in Rwanda conducted a program strategy review process guided by the CARE 2030 vision and the National Strategy for Transformation 1 (NST-1). The process resulted in a new 3-year program strategy for 2022-2025. CARE’s Vision 2030 outlines six program areas in which CARE seeks to achieve impact. These areas are gender equality, women's economic justice, right to health; right to food, water & nutrition; climate justice, and humanitarian action. Additionally, the East and Central Africa (ECA) Regional Roadmap, which was informed by CARE’s vision 2030, has 3 program focus pillars, Locally Led, Globally Scaled, and Gender Equal. All country offices in the region have agreed to adopt a locally-led approach to programming. In alignment with the above vision and ECA roadmap, CARE International in Rwanda’s new program strategy that was approved in October 2021, focuses on two main interconnected impact areas: “Women’s economic and climate justice” and "Gender justice and right to health.

The program priority impact group is comprised of women, girls, and youth aged 10 to 59 who are unable to meet their basic needs and who have limited capacity and skills to draw on existing opportunities to exercise their rights[1]

CARE International in Rwanda deliberately collaborates and partners with different stakeholders (government, private sector and local implementing partners mainly Women rights organizations/WROs and Women Led organizations/WLOs) in order to achieve its mandate to defeat poverty and achieve social justice. The interventions are guided by CARE’s Gender Equality Framework which focuses on agency, relations, and structures.

Partnership is one of CARE's programming principles for achieving its desired long-term impact. CARE defines partnerships as “purposeful relationships based on mutual trust, equality, and learning, with an agreed vision, and clear accountability for all parties, and which engage the complementary strengths of the actors involved to collaborate on specific objectives, challenges, or opportunities in ways that achieve greater impact than they could achieve alone” (CARE Partnership Policy 2021).  

Thus, the partnership is CARE’s modus operandi in the implementation of programs through and with local partners per CARE’s internal commitments (such as CARE's Vision 2030 and CARE International in Rwanda's strategic plan 2022 - 2025) and external commitments like the Grand Bargain and the charter for change for the localization and organizational evolution of CARE and local partners. 

CARE International in Rwanda is committed to a process that will help it forge mutually beneficial partnerships with a variety of actors including Women-Led and Women Rights Organizations (WL&WROs), social movements, etc. This requires CARE International in Rwanda to have a clear and coherent partnership strategy that aligns with CARE's 2030 vision and fair partnership standards as well as CARE International in Rwanda's 2022 - 2025 program strategy and business plan that clearly define and articulate CARE International in Rwanda's partnership vision, ambition, focus and direction to streamline our partnership relationships.

It is in this context that CARE International in Rwanda is seeking services from experienced consultants/firms to lead and support the development of the CO partnership strategy which is guided by two critical principles: being locally led and driven, intentionally engaging with women’s and young people’s (rights and led) local organizations. Our aim is to ensure that our partnership strategy can nourish and guide our advocacy strategy, and not the other way around. 

More specifically, CARE International in Rwanda’s ambition is to have a strategy that can help to:

  • Define clear ways to collaborate and engage with different categories of stakeholders (Government, private sector, and civil society organizations/CSOs, media and others, with a focus on women's rights and women-led organizations)
  • Provide a framework to deliver on our development, humanitarian, and advocacy mandates by working with others to reach more and multiply impact.
  • Leverage its international footprint to amplify its partners' and related constituencies’ voices into policy-making and influencing agendas at different levels of influence.
  • Consider CARE International in Rwanda as a partner of choice and aligned to CARE International’s partnership vision and “locally led” agenda to support and achieve CARE’s mandate for gender and social justice and achieving impact at scale.
  • Define how CARE can behave as a convenor, a connector, and a supporter of civil society/ local partners in all its diversity to lead on their respective/joint advocacy efforts.
  • Establish a clear roadmap on how to address unequal power, power imbalances built into our ways of working, and power transfer to local partners as agents of change.
  • Adopt a service culture and improve our partnership practice by being a partner and not a competitor or a donor.
  • Build authentic relationships and move away from transactional arrangements by defining how to play the role of incubator, facilitator, enabler, capacity strengthener, and communicator.
  • Address the deeply entrenched structural inequalities and power imbalances built into our ways of working as international development and humanitarian actors matching words with action and meaningful change.
  • Add better and more differentiated expertise to meet our different partners’ needs and add value to their work. 
  1. Objectives of the consultancy and expected deliverables.

3.1 Objectives of the consultancy

The main objectives of this consultancy are to :

  • Clearly define where CARE International in Rwanda wants to go in terms of partnership and localization in line with CARE's global partnership standards and fair partnership standards by possibly setting targets.
  • Define who we are going to work with (private sector, government, research institutions, civil society - WLO, WRO, organizations representing particularly marginalized and vulnerable groups (people with disabilities), community organizations, etc.
  • Define types of relationships that can be built with different partners and roles in implementation and financing.
  • Define strategies to attract diverse and engage with our partners of choice including guidelines to onboard new partners at any time when it is needed.
  • Define how to achieve a coherent approach to partner assessment, safeguarding, Due
  • Diligence Assessment (DDA), capacity building plans, mutual learning, KPI/shared costs, drawing on the experiences of various Care member partners (CMPs) internally and from other external actors,
  • Propose a clear roadmap to implement and operationalize the partnership strategy with a clear sequencing of the key activities.  This will also include the selection process and who is involved.
  • Define how to respond to the needs and priorities of the partners we work with

3.2. Expected deliverables

  • An inception report and presentation demonstrating understanding of the assignment by the consultant/firm. The report will include a detailed methodology that satisfactorily demonstrates how the strategy will be developed with a clear timeline and different tools and approaches,
  • A draft partnership strategy report and its raw data
  • Presentation of the strategy to the technical team and to the SMT
  • Presentation of the strategy in the partners' validation meeting
  • Refine and re-submit the partnership strategy report considering feedback/comments and inputs from CARE and partners.
  • Conduct a two-day (02) workshop to equip core staff with the skills and clarity on their leadership/technical development priorities in order to spearhead the new strategy and produce the report.

Deliverables: A strategy document (10-12 pages max); an implementation plan/with risks and resources (3 pages); a workshop plan and report (2 pages) for the workshop

  1. Methodology

The process will involve the following tasks : 

  • Make sense of the documentation made available by CARE in Rwanda for the purpose of this consultancy, including but not limited to country, regional, and global strategies (CARE USA and CARE International), partnership policy, country-level partner selection committee documentation, etc., and partnership standards.
  • Consult with WLOs/WROs and other CSOs, government entities and Ministries, donors, private sector actors, media, and peer INGOs, to get their views and identify best practices around partnerships and how it could look like that fits the context and purpose.
  • Consult with the CARE International in Rwanda team and CARE Global including CARE Member Partners and other key technical teams from Communities of Practice on partnerships and locally led.
  • Facilitate a one-and-a-half (1,5) day workshop with the country team (and other participants upon suggestion) to agree on the main components of the partnership strategy.
  • Develop a comprehensive partnership strategy and a roadmap until the end of the current strategy cycle (2025) containing (but not limited to) a list of key stakeholders identified; Tools (new or adapted) that align with the new partnership strategy; Risk matrix and suggested mitigation measures.
  • Socialize the strategy to CARE International in Rwanda staff through delivering a two-day (02) workshop to equip core staff with the skills and clarity on their leadership/technical development priorities in order to spearhead the new strategy.

The firm/consultant is expected to make use of several tools and approaches to reach the expected objectives: Desk review and research; and interviews with key informants within CARE and outside of CARE. 

  1. Timeframe: 

The assignment will be undertaken within 30 working days between 1st March to 25th May 2024.

  1. Deliverables/Outputs: 



Due date 

Framing note/Inception report  

This note should contain an adjusted methodology, tools, approaches and timeline for the overall process including who will be involved and when, dates of workshops, list of contacts of key stakeholders, list of documents which will be consulted, and any other relevant informants 

3 days upon the start of the consultancy 

Facilitate interviews and consultations with different stakeholders guided by the interview/FGDs tools/guides and develop the strategy

Conduct desk review, interviews and consultations with different stakeholders guided by the interview/FGDs tools/guides and develop the strategy and discussions with the country program team to reflect on the outcomes of the previous

Deliverables: the Final partnership  strategy document developed  (20 pages max); an implementation plan/with risks and resources (3 pages);

 24  days upon start of consultancy. This   includes the time to collect inputs and comments and address them, validation of the strategy and its finalization

Training/socialization workshop

Organize and deliver a two -day workshop for CARE team and some partner staff to socialize the strategy : The team includes CARE International in Rwanda’s SMT and Program team, regional team and some partner staff: Develop the TORs, facilitation approach and tools; and a workshop report

a workshop plan and report (2 pages)

3 days  (1 day preparation)

  1. Requirements: 


  • Proven extensive understanding of the Rwanda legal framework pertaining to CSOs and INGOs
  • Proven understanding of problematics pertaining to partnerships and localization
  • Proven extensive experience with INGOs in strategic planning/management, organizational development and management, program design or relevant discipline plus 10 years of related experience;  
  • Proven extensive experience in facilitating design workshops (virtually and on site) of organizational strategic planning/programming; business/presence models;  
  • Proven experience in designing and evaluating partnership strategies/ approaches; 
  • Strong understanding and experience in diversified civil society organizations (CSOs) strengthening, especially those in less/developing countries; including with INGOs will be an added advantage; 
  • Experience in developing business/presence models 
  • Expert knowledge of advocacy, partnerships and accountability frameworks
  • Effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills are required; 
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines; 
  • Excellent English writing skills; 
  • Must be holding a master’s degree in relevant fields (Business development, Development studies, International Law, Public Policy, strategic planning, .....)
  1. Key Contacts: 


  • CARE International in Rwanda Country Director
  • CARE International in Rwanda senior management team
  • CARE International in Rwanda locally led task team
  • Other CARE Country Office Country Directors
  • CARE International Member Partners (CIUK, CARE Norway, CARE Nederland, CARE Austria, CARE USA) 
  • ECA Regional Director
  • ECA Regional Advocacy Adviser
  • ECA Deputy Regional Director Program Quality
  • CARE USA  Global Leadership Team members and “locally led” sponsors


As key external contacts, the consultant will have:

  • Government authorities: Line Ministries and government agencies (MIGEPROF, NWC, GMO, MINECOFIN, MINAGRI, RSSB, etc.,)
  • Current CARE implementing partners (national and local)
  • Prominent influencers (for advocacy and accountability),
  • Representatives of peer INGOs : A selection of National and INGO women-led organizations operating in Rwanda
  • The consultant who is working on the advocacy strategy 
  1. Reporting lines: 
  • Works on a regular basis with the Country Director, Programs Director, Program Manager, and Partnership Manager
  • Reports to the Partnership manager   
  1. Working conditions 

CARE international in Rwanda team will provide the consultant with all the necessary background information and documentation which is deemed relevant for this consultancy. They will provide also backstopping (list and contact details of people to interview) and logistical support (workshops to be organized) in case needed.   The assignment will be a hybrid of in-person and remote interactions.  The consultant is expected to have reliable internet connectivity as some interventions/sessions have to be conducted virtually on zoom or teams.

  1. Role of CARE
  • Assume all the responsibilities pertaining to hiring of the consultant(s)
  • Where applicable ensure that all necessary documents and information are available to the consultant
  • Assume all the responsibilities regarding inviting people to attend design workshops
  • Facilitate initial connections of the consultant with different institutions (at optimum level)
  • Technical review of the draft papers and report and final signing off
  • Provide any other technical or operational support to the consultant(s) as needed

11. Role of the consultant

  • The consultant will be liable to secure any prior approvals that might be required to conduct the review.
  • The consultant shall be liable for ethical procedures including getting informed consent from respondents.
  • All documents and data collected will be treated as confidential and used solely to facilitate analysis. All data should be stored and transferred securely to CARE.
  • The production of the partnership strategy will be the liability of the consultant covering all the aspects as outlined in these ToRs.
  • All training administrative and logistics costs for the enumerators (if needed) including transport, per diems, and data collection materials during data collection will be covered by the consultant.
  • Comply with all aspects of data protection and privacy policy in place.
  1. Evaluation criteria of the proposals 

The evaluation of both technical and financial proposals will be based on the following criteria:

1. Technical Proposal

A. Overall Proposal Suitability (methodology, work plan, and sample of similar work previously done )


B. Previous Work and Awards (Provide 3 or more client experiences whose environment, size, and scope are most similar to CARE.  Include a summary of the work completed for each account.  Include reference contact names, telephone numbers and email addresses, previous records of performance and service, the consultant’s citations and awards, any testimonials, and survey response/s from previous clients and/or partners.


C. Technical Expertise and organization in conducting similar assignments, CV of the proposed team to conduct the assignment, number of years of experience




2. Financial Proposal (Value and Cost)

D. Value and Cost of services that are in accordance with the technical proposal




Total (Total sum must always be 100%)


  1. Application Procedure:  

The application file should contain the following documents: 

  • A technical proposal (3 pages), with a clear timeframe and a description of the proposed methodology detailing how the deliverables will be achieved, and the team credentials for similar assignments.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae of the proposed team to carry out the assignment with clear roles and functions.
  • A financial offer (1 page) detailing the various costs including transportation associated with the delivery of the above services, in PDF format and must be a separate document from the technical offer.
  • Evidence of the consultant’s experience in doing similar assignments: Copies of similar assignments (with evidence for good completion of the previous similar assignments);
  • Submit at least 3 references with their contacts and addresses.
  • Bank account information including the scanned copy of blank check or document from the bank confirming bank account information (name, account number, swift code, …)
  • Consultant firm profile; VAT registration certificate; RRA tax clearance certificate; RSSB tax clearance certificate (when applicable). For applicants without registration in Rwanda, submit the above requirements from the country of registration as applicable. 

Interested consultants or consultancy firms are requested to submit their offers not later than February 23rd, 2024 at 5:30 pm (CAT) local time to the following e-mail address: rwa.procurement@care.org, with mention of “Development of the Partnership Strategy for CARE International in Rwanda” in the subject line

Applications that are not meeting requirements will not be considered. 

Kigali, February 16th,2024 

Procurement Unit

[1] Rwanda's Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy approach is grounded in a traditional Rwandan practice of collective work. A single economic rationale of ubudehe is economies of scale and timing. For example, a piece of land that would have taken several weeks to cultivate would be worked on a single day. As a form of social capital, ubudehe involves trust and reciprocity.

Job Info
Job Category: Accounting/ Finance jobs in Rwanda
Job Type: Full-time
Deadline of this Job: Thursday, February 29 2024
Duty Station: Kigali
Posted: 17-02-2024
No of Jobs: 1
Start Publishing: 17-02-2024
Stop Publishing (Put date of 2030): 17-02-2066
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