Terms of Reference (TOR)

Delivering Refresher Gender Trainings for CEP Trainers


    I.            Project Background

    The Om Habibeh Foundation (OHF), an affiliate of Aga Khan Development Network, is currently operating in Aswan a seven-year skills development initiative, entitled: “The Aswan Skills Development Programme (ASDP)”, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Foundation, Egypt, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), and funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). 

    ASDP focuses on improving the livelihoods of 6,000 young women and men in Aswan City and Kom Ombo District through strengthening the quality and range of vocational and technical training programmes, as well as professional development programmes to young women and men in Aswan Governorate. To achieve this goal ASDP focuses on achieving the following:

    1. Improved prospects for employment and employability for young women and men in Aswan and Kom Ombo;
    2. Improved job creation opportunities (self- employment, entrepreneurship) for young women and men in Aswan and Kom Ombo;
    3. Strengthened local gender and environmentally sensitive labour market system to support young women and men in Aswan and Kom Ombo in entrepreneurship and employability.

    II.            Background of the Consultancy

    ASDP adopts a Gender Equality Strategy that is in line with Egypt’s National Strategy for the Empowerment of Egyptian Women 2030 and GAC’s Gender Equality Policy. The ASDP Gender Equality Strategy focusses on 1) building the capacities of OHF to deliver gender-responsive trainings and services; 2) improving the accessibility of OHF trainings to ensure the participation of targeted beneficiaries; 3) advocating for gender-responsive measures to improve the employability of young women and men through engagement with labour market stakeholders.  

    The Aswan Skills Development Programme is coming to an end in April 2022. The focus in this final year is to ensure the sustainability of programme results including through ensuring that its Continuing Education Programme (CEP) trainers (English, soft skills, management, entrepreneurship, TVET, and IT trainers) are delivering gender-sensitive, high-quality education.

    III.            Purpose of the Consultancy

    The purpose of this consultancy is to deliver refresher trainings to the CEP trainers to ensure that their training styles and materials use gender-sensitive language and equal forms of address, and that examples and visuals do not reinforce gender biases. The consultant will deliver two (2) rounds of trainings for the CEP trainers identified above. These trainings may include key concepts related to gender and education, developing gender-responsive training materials and packages, and fostering a gender-responsive teaching and learning environment, one that is free from gender-based violence, harassment, and discrimination. “we accept proposals in Arabic or English”


    IV.            Major Tasks and Specific Deliverables

    The consultant will carry out all major tasks in consultation with the ASDP team, including the ASDP Gender Advisor and the ASDP Senior Programme Manager. The consultant will perform the following tasks at a minimum: 

    1. Prepare materials for two two-day trainingson gender equality-related topics. The trainings will take place in June 2021 and August 
    2. Deliver the above-mentioned trainings during the two rounds for the same group of trainers (20 – 25 trainers), for a total of two (2) training days per round.

    Specific Deliverables:

    1. Conduct a needs assessment to determine and address the needs of CEP trainers to be able to design effective trainings and improve their performance.
    2. Prepare training content and packages and submit them to the OHF team for feedback before they are finalized. Each Training package should include theworkshop outline and agenda, PowerPoint presentation, participant handouts, pre and post participant assessment surveys, and any other materials used in the training. Training materials and the delivery style should be tailored to the Upper Egypt and Aswan context.
    3. Deliver the trainings over two rounds, as highlighted above, each round emphasizing a different gender-related theme (E.g.: round 1: gender and education related topics, which may include but are not limited to key concepts related to gender and education, developing gender-responsive training materials and packages, gender-responsive teaching and learning environment, and round 2: gender-based violence, gender-sensitization, and anti-harassment trainings.). 
    4. Submit a report on the outcomes of the trainings, lessons learned, and recommendations for future capacity-building programs.

    V.            Expected Time Frame

    The consultant is expected to commence duties in June 2021. The total duration of the consultancy will be no more than 6 days, with final submission of the consultant report by the end of September 2021.

    VI.            Consultant Qualifications and Experience

    ASDP is looking for a well-qualified consultant to fulfill the above-mentioned role/tasks. The consultant should meet the following criteria in terms of qualifications, technical competencies, and experience:

    • Minimum seven (7) years of professional experience in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in an international development context; 
    • Master’s degree or advanced diploma in gender studies, international development, or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
    • Knowledge of the development context in Egypt, specifically related to economic development and employment in Upper Egypt;
    • Demonstrated experience conducting different capacity-building activities, including developing and delivering trainings; 
    • Full professional proficiency in spoken and written Arabic and English;
    • Prior work experience in the education field would be considered an asset;
    • Prior work experience with AKF/AKDN would be considered an asset.

    VII.            Application Procedure

    Agencies or individuals meeting the above criteria are invited to submit an application consisting of the following:


    1. Letter of interest, including the names and contact information of two previous clients who can be contacted regarding relevant experience, which discloses any conflict of interest related to this mandate with OHF.
    2. Detailed technical proposal of not more than 4 pages clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this request for proposals and including the following:
      1. Description of proposed trainings, including topics covered
      2. Evidence of previous experience conducting similar work
    • A proposed timeframe detailing activities and a schedule/work plan
    1. Team composition and level of effort of each proposed team member, as appropriate
    2. Curriculum Vitae(s) of all proposed staff outlining relevant experience (annexed to technical proposal)
    1. A financial proposal with a detailed breakdown of costs for the assessment, using the following template, as applicable (where necessary, please include footnotes to explain assumptions made):


    1. Summary of costs



    Cost (EGP)

    Consultancy fees


    Data collection expenses (if applicable)


    Administrative expenses







    1. Itemized consultancy fees/costs for all team members





    Daily Rate (EGP)

    Total (EGP)








    • Itemized administrative expenses (e.g. phone credit, stationery, etc.)


    Description of Item



    Cost (EGP)






    1. A Consulting Firm profile (if applicable).


    Proposals will be evaluated only if the complete package as outlined above is received. Evaluation of proposals will be weighted at 70% for the technical component and 30% for the financial component.


    Proposals will be evaluated based on the following set of criteria:



    Maximum Score

    Technical Component


    Demonstrated experience in conducting similar gender equality capacity-building plans/activities


    Education and technical experience of consultant/team


    Quality and content of proposed trainings


    Experience working in international development


    Experience working in the education field


    Previous work experience in Upper Egypt and/or with the AKDN


    Total Technical Component


    Total Financial Component





    Agencies or individuals meeting the above criteria are invited to submit an application by email to:


    Moustafa Elamir

    Procurement Officer

    Om Habibeh Foundation



    Proposals will be evaluated only if the complete package as outlined above is received.


    Consultants/Agencies must provide complete contact details in their applications.                           

    Proposals should be received no later than 15 June 2021. Shortlisted applicant(s) will be notified by 27 June 2021 and should expect to begin work in early July 2021.

Any questions concerning this assignment should be directed to

Mostafa Al Amir, Procurement Senior Officer contact: 01067922282


Deadline for offer submission