Consultant – Final Report Writer

Site World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU)

The WOCCU is seeking Consultant – Final Report Writer.

INVEST, Senegal Gender Lens Investing for Credit Unions Activity (GLI4CUs).

The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) is seeking a qualified consultant for a short-term assignment to write a final report for the USAID INVEST-funded Senegal Gender Lens Investing for Credit Unions (GLI4CUs) Activity.

Project Description

WOCCU’s GLI4CUs Activity seeks to connect women with needed financing provided through credit unions. WOCCUis working in partnership with Union des Mutuelles du Partenariat pour la Mobilisation de l’Epargne et du Crédit au Sénégal (UM-PAMECAS), a credit union network in Senegal known for its work with women and women entrepreneurs, to develop pilot the GLI Toolkit in Senegal. GLI4CUs is an initiative of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) INVEST activity that mobilizes private capital for better development results.

WOCCU’s GLI Toolkit will provide credit unions worldwide with the framework, tools, and guidance they need to better serve women entrepreneurs’ financial and non-financial needs. This is grounded in the understanding that increasing women’s access to capital can deliver increased gender equity and healthy financial returns.

WOCCU’s Senegal GLI4CUs Activity is a 21-month pilot (April 2020 – December 2021) to design and test the GLI toolkit methodology at four credit unions in different zones in Senegal within the UM-PAMECAS network: Caisse d’Epargne et de Crédit Bargny (CEC/B), Mutuelle d’Epargne et de Crédit de Parcelles Assainies et Guédiawaye (MECPAG), Agence Kaolack (Kaolack), and Mutuelle d’Epargne et de Crédit de la Zone de Malika (MECZOMA). Leveraging lessons learned from the pilot, WOCCU will then scale the GLI Toolkit to credit unions regionally and across the globe.

WOCCU and UM-PAMECAS have developed a participatory approach to designing and testing different activities as part of GLI Toolkit. Feedback is collected as activities are piloted, thus deepening WOCCU’s understanding of UM-PAMECAS’s operations and credit products and how they can be continuously refined and adapted to improve the quality of financial products and services offered to women in the credit union network. GLI4CUs is also building the local capacity of our partner credit unions to address high priority economic challenges at both the community and national levels. WOCCU and UM-PAMECAS are helping credit unions mobilize their liquidity to extend large scale financing for women-led enterprises. The GLI Toolkit is improving UM-PAMECAS’s women members’ access to finance across three principal levers of change:

  • Lever 1: Improving Credit Products and Processes.
  • Lever 2: Supporting Businesses and Their Formalization.
  • Lever 3: Expanding Women’s Networking Opportunities and Leadership Skills.

Scope of Work

The consultant will be provided with the Activity’s quarterly progress reports to guide the structure and content of the final report. The consultant will be tasked with writing a final report that weaves together the story of the Activity and effectively presents results of the pilot and lessons learned. The final report is also expected to demonstrate replicability of the Activity and the opportunity to apply the GLI Toolkit in different contexts. The consultant will be provided with the Toolkit components as well as other Activity documents, including market study reports, monitoring data, and any other relevant documents.

The consultant will work under the guidance of WOCCU for an estimated period of 10 days to develop the final report per the agreed structure. To achieve the expected deliverable, the consultant will perform the following duties:

Desk Review: Conduct review of existing Activity reports and documentation.
Layout of Final Report: Agree with WOCCU on the layout of the report upon review of quarterly progress reports and all relevant documentation. The consultant will provide WOCCU with recommendations for an effective format for the report in line with the existing quarterly reports.
Interviews and Discussions: Connect with Activity staff and partners as needed to gain a deeper insight of program results, challenges, and successes.
Compilation of Results and Writing: Compile the results, impacts, and lessons learned from the Activity based on the information gathered and the existing Activity progress reports provided. Develop a final report that is consistent, concise, and polished.

Deliverables

Final Report, using agreed template. The report should comprehensively cover Activity implementation, results and impacts, lessons learned, and replicability.

Period of Performance

The period of performance is expected to be from January 3, 2022 to March 15, 2022, including rounds of review.

Qualifications

Consultant qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in writing, editing, report production in the context of international development. Program management or monitoring and evaluation experience is an advantage.
  • Experience working with and producing written materials for USAID-funded programs and/or other international donors is required.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills. Ability to produce high quality written materials in compliance with established branding plans and/or style guides.
  • Excellent skills in data management, analysis, and reporting.
  • Fluency in English is required. Advanced proficiency in French is required; fluency is preferred.

Applications

Candidates must submit a resume and a cover letter detailing their relevant work experience and qualifications to perform this assignment, as well as their proposed daily rate. Candidates must submit contact information for two references. Applications should be submitted by email to consult@woccu.org by the closing date stated above.

Disclaimer

This bid solicitation in no way obligates the 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.

Due: 5:00 PM EDT on December 10, 2021

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