The Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar (RGoZ) in collaboration with UN Women Tanzania Country Office have partnered to implement the government initiatives on accelerating community development for the socio-economic well-being of the the peoples of Zanzibar.


The RGoZ recognizes that serving community in all aspects is critical for the country to achieve continued national growth and poverty reduction in line with the Zanzibar Vision 2050 and Sustainable development Goals 2030 agenda.

To accelerate national efforts to better serving community, the Government plan to develop Community Development Policy. This policy will act as a national community development framework to provide guidelines in addressing all community related challenges.


Ministry of Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children (MCDGEC) is among new Ministries of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar. There has never been developed a community development policy despite the fact that it is crucial for that policy to exist. Issues of community development were taken care separately by different sectors of the government and civil society organizations.  For decades, community has been served in manners that sometimes result in inefficient provision of the intended services due to inexistence of national community development guideline.

Availability of Community Development Policy will help all service providers in the community to follow standards and directives in the provision of their respective services in the community.


The RGOZ in collaboration with UN Women and with financial support from European Union Delegation have partnered to develop the new Community Development Policy.

This partnership is part of EU Framework in Tanzania that aims at embracing Gender Equality and Women’s empowerment as one of the main priorities, singing a unique initiative called “Gender Transformative Action: Breaking the Glass Ceiling” targeting both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.

The EU Framework addresses several of the underlying factors preventing women and girls from exercising their full rights and contributing fully to the economic growth of Tanzania; thus, aiming at supporting the country to accelerate progress towards behavioral change for gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment.

The overall programme focuses on three areas of intervention, namely, I) making environment and services more equitable for women to live free from violence; ii) promoting women economic empowerment; and iii) enhancing equality in participation, leadership and decision making, including in actions related to justice.

The EU partnership with RGoZ and UN Women among other things anticipates ensure the new action RGoZ accelerate progress towards gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment by improving policies, legal and regulatory framework that promote gender equality as well as economic and social opportunities for women and youth are in place; strengthen policies, systems and services made more equitable for women to live free from violence; and women and girls have improved access to justice to safeguard their civil, economic and political rights.

The new development of the policy will be based on the current rhetoric on community development and lessons learned from the key stakeholders.

The development of the National Community Development Policy demands a competent and experienced individual consultant/consulting firm to deliver a high-quality report within the indicated time frame ensuring the delivery within the indicated timeframe.

A technical working group to oversee the work throughout the process of developing the new Community Development Policy will be established. The individual consultant shall be ultimately accountable to the Principal Secretary (PS) of MCDGEC for this assignment.  

Given this, UN Women seeks individual consultant to develop the new costed Community Development Policy that will identify specific objectives, priority areas and its interventions for the next five-years from 2023-2028.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Inception report: Prepare and present the inception report that summarizes existing information, understanding of the assignment, scope of the work, and data collection methodology and tools.
  • Desk review: Conduct desk review on existing reports on the situation of community development in Zanzibar, Tanzania and other parts of the world and draw lessons learned.
  • Mapping of existing community development interventions and services: Map existing initiatives and services in Zanzibar and compare with experience from other countries, to identify the gaps and advise on what needs to be done.
  • Stakeholder’s consultations: Hold consultation meetings with different groups, including but not limited to, community development workers, service providers, government and local government officials, women, children, youth, parents including people with disabilities. Consultations can  also be done through in-depth interviews, focused group discussion and stakeholders’ meetings. Data collection tools can include questionnaires and interview guides.
  • Write the Policy: Design the Community Development Policy with the theory of change, state the vision, mission, objectives, priority areas. Incorporate feedback from various stakeholders to include changes and fine-tune the policy. The plan should take into consideration the existing initiatives listed in the mapping and build synergy with them, leverage them and bring them under the new policy.
  • Validation: Hold validation meetings with MDAs, UN Agencies, CSOs, Women and men including people with disabilities.


The individual consultant will provide high-quality services to the RGoZ through conduct desk review and strategic consultation with stakeholders to explore opportunities and concerns around the engagement of men and boys towards securing gender equality and ending VAWG and harmful practices against women and girls as among prerequisite to strengthen community development. The desk review will include identifying documents and reports that contribute to understanding the gaps and bottlenecks to address the problem, including lessons learned from previous initiatives to implement and enforce existing provisions. The individual consultant/consulting firm  will include the findings of the secondary research in the inception report that could be elaborated further by strategic consultation. Secondary research findings and strategic consultation should inform the policy.



The individual consultant will be required to undertake the following tasks:

  • An inception report with the details of the assignment, modalities of the work and the Work Plan.
  • First draft Community Policy (2023 – 2028).
  • Final Community Development Policy
  • Report on stakeholders’ consultations to review and validate the draft national plan of action.
  • Final draft National Plan of Action – English version including Final process report with raw data in both soft and hardcopy.


Co-ordination, Reporting and Accountability of the Assignment


  • The individual consultant will work under the overall supervision of the UN Women EVAW Specialist in Zanzibar; and receive guidance to ensure that high standards are well preserved/observed during the exercise.
  • Under the guidance of the Ministry of Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, the Technical Working Group will oversee the process of developing the policy. At technical working group meetings, all deliverables will be reported for discussion and actions as required.
  • Regular reporting to the Ministry of Community Development, Gender Elders and Children.
  • All financial matters will be managed in accordance with  UN WOMEN procedures and in line with the  project work plan.





  • Timely and quality Programme design and inputs
  • Timely and quality of Programme document with clear budget and results framework
  • Relations with partners and stakeholders
  • Well written project document
  • Regular communication with key partners and staff
  • Adherence to UN women standards and rules




  • Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.




  • Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.
  • Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Work in teams: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multiethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communicating and Information Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.



  • Strong technical knowledge and expertise on EVAW and VAC
  • Outstanding technical knowledge and experience on development of Capacity Building Plan for government.
  • Outstanding writing skills, with proven ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Communicates sensitively, effectively and creatively.

Required Skills and Experience



The assignment requires the service of a reputable Lead Consultant with the following qualifications and experiences.

  • At least a PhD degree in social science, development or gender studies or its related fields



  • Experience in conducting assessment and developing policies and its related strategies.
  • Ability to work with a  team and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to access, analyze and integrate a wide range of opinions and variety of information.
  • Ability and experience to interact with communities.
  • knowledge and experience in developing strategic and policy documents. 
  • Working in Tanzania, East and Southern Africa is a requirement.
  • Knowledge and capacity to provide high-quality reports.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • The individual consultant should have experience working with other UN agencies with similar assignments, specifically in developing Policy Briefs, Plans and strategies.

Language Requirements:


  • Written and oral proficiency in English and Swahili is required

VII.   Evaluation of Applications

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:   

  1.  Profile and experience of the consulting firm  in relation to the subject of the present mission.
  2. The methodology proposed for the conduct of the mission and.
  3. The financial offer.


Submission of application:

Please note that applications without a completed and signed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

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UNWOMEN is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.