Advocacy on Women's Economic Empowerment (consultancy)











3 years min


Service / Consultancy contract




Consultancy for Advocacy on Women’s Economic Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Finance


Contract: Consultancy

Location: Home based, with possible travel

Start Date: As soon as possible, immediate availability


About CARE Nederland


CARE Nederland (CNL) is part of CARE, an international humanitarian aid and development organization. CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We support emergency relief and help communities to recover and grow more resilient while we also address, together with communities, the complex causes of poverty and inequality, in fragile contexts. We use the evidence, learning and innovation from our programs to influence broader social change at significant scale. We believe in the inner strength of every human being. We stand with women and girls to achieve equal rights and opportunities. We develop smart solutions in co-creation with partners. We aim to be a partner of choice for others to strive for human dignity and a better world.


Our key values are respect, reliability, commitment and quality.

About the Global Program for Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE)

H&M Foundation and CARE have worked together since February 2014 on the realization of a Global Programme on the topic of Strengthening Women.  The first phase of this Programme, called ‘Investing in women’s economic empowerment – a catalyst for positive change!’, focused on empowering women from the low-income segment through the development of their enterprises. To that end, CARE provided 100,000 women worldwide (in a total of 12 countries in South-East and West Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia) with access to skills, knowledge and seed capital, developed 5 role-model campaigns in different regions of the world and documented the findings in a Global Report that is to advocate for changes that further support and catalyze the process of women empowerment through enterprise development. The partnership between the Foundation and CARE has become a cradle for innovative approaches and new insights in how to unlock the potential of entrepreneurial women worldwide.

Since 2017, the second phase of the Programme, ‘Taking Enterprise Development for Women Empowerment to Scale’, aims to combine in-depth understanding of what is required for the success of women-led enterprises, with the development of adequate mechanisms to take that success to scale and multiply the impact to larger groups of women.

This consultancy contributes directly to the objective of the program is to engage and activate public and private stakeholders in the Netherlands and worldwide; private-sector platforms like WBCSD, WEF, and women’s organizations). The aim is to raise awareness, influence policies, and to mobilize resources and stakeholders for support to women entrepreneurs from low-income communities and for enhancing and multiplying women entrepreneurs’ success.

About the consultancy

In close collaboration and coordination with CARE programme and advocacy staff, in the Netherlands and in programme countries, the consultant will provide leadership and produce key deliverables to advance international advocacy on issues related to the barriers and opportunities for women entrepreneurs, with a specific focus on access to finance. Primary targets are stakeholders in relevant policy frameworks at international levels, including Dutch and EU policymakers, and international agencies. The consultancy will develop an international advocacy strategy which builds on the CARE International WEE advocacy strategy, as well as the existent context analyses from programme countries, the draft advocacy strategy developed in The Netherlands, and other materials derived from the Global Programme for WEE by CARE and the H&M Foundation. The consultant will lead the development of evidence and inspiring stories of change into appropriate materials, and will contribute inputs to facilitate linkage to international events and platforms. In this way, the advocacy work is based in the experience and evidence of the communities and civil society organizations CARE works with.

Tasks and responsibilities


Generate a data base of national and international policy developments on financial inclusion of women entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Map existing and potential relationships with relevant policy makers, politicians and other stakeholders, at international levels, including Dutch and EU policymakers, and international agencies
Map existing and potential close relationships with related platforms, networks and members of relevance to advance the agenda on financial inclusion for women entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Develop key messages for advocacy that can be used in international fora and major events.
Develop a timeline with key advocacy moments until the end of the Global Programme (March 2020) as well as beyond.
Identify and draw out evidence and inspiring stories of change from the Global Programme’s work and existent materials on financial inclusion for women entrepreneurs and lead development of these into appropriate communications materials. 
Develop a policy brief/paper on issues related to financial inclusion for women enterpreneurs and based on experiences of women and civil society organizations at grassroots level.
Develop a draft advocacy strategy which also identifies communication channels, in support of the WEE program, embedding the existing context analyses from programme countries and connecting it to the international fora.
Coordinate, support and execute the preparatory tasks necessary for the eventual participation in a relevant international event, whereby key advocacy messages and policy papers are positioned.
Reporting lines


The consultant will report directly to the Program Manager of WEE in CARE Nederland. Close technical work will also take place with the advocacy specialists of CARE Nederland and program officers in CARE country offices.



Environmental awareness
Intercultural awareness
Organizational loyalty
Quality orientated

Required qualifications


Demonstrated strategic insight in international processes and the political dynamics around WEE and/or financial inclusion frameworks and their implementation;
Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing an advocacy and communications strategy, including developing evidence and stories for advocacy purposes;
Academic degree in a relevant field, such as political science, social science, public policy, sociology, humanitarian aid, or related;
Minimum 3 years of experience in lobby/advocacy with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and/or international actors, preferably related to WEE and/or financial inclusion;
Demonstrated understanding and work experience in developing countries is appreciated
Excellent collaboration, networking, facilitation and presentation skills;
Available for a potential travel to attend an international meeting and/or conference as planned;
Excellent command of English, both in speaking and writing


Payment and Duration:


The total lump sum amount will be of maximum 16,800 Euro.  


Payments will be made on the basis of five lump sum installments, upon receipt of timely and satisfactory completion of services or products, hereafter referred to as deliverables. Please see matrix below for detailed overview of deliverable, suggested timeline for completion and lump sum installment. Timeline or specific deadlines can be further defined in the inception phase.


This consultancy contract is valid for 3 months, keeping in mind key deliverables and agreed timelines as per inception report. The expected hours of time to be invested in this consultancy is not reflected or equivalent to the duration of months of contract validity.


How to apply:


The following should be included in applications:

At least two relevant assignments previously performed by the applicant consultant that are comparable in content, time and money.  
A brief approach paper, including a detailed work plan based on this ToR;
Updated CV, proving relevant experience and/or diplomas;
Total price, accompanied with a cost breakdown in line with key deliverables and the related fee.
For consultants based in the Netherlands, a copy of the registration with Chamber of Commerce is also required.
Quotations should reach CARE no later than 28 February 2019 and should be sent with the email subject heading “WEE Advocacy Consultancy” and submitted to:

When submitting your application to the above email, please ensure to copy both
Jaccomijn Bakker, HR officer ( and Solange Hai, Program Manager (


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