UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. UN Women provides support to Member States’ efforts and priorities in meeting their gender equality goals and for building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN Women Kenya Country Office (KCO) is currently implementing its Country Programme based on the Strategic Note (SN) 2023-2026, which was approved by the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women in early 2023. The SN is one of the main strategic planning documents for UN Women Country Offices (COs) to articulate their strategy and main results in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (Cooperation Framework) and UN Women’s Strategic Plan (SP) with an indication of the resources needed to achieve these results. In general, UN Women’s SN is the equivalent of the “Country Programme Document” used by other UN agencies and entities. The SN is inclusive of the Development Results Framework1 (DRF) and the Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency (OEE2) framework.

The KCO Strategic Note 2023-2026 is fully aligned with the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as priorities of the Government of Kenya namely the Constitution of Kenya, Fourth Medium Term Plan (MTP IV) 2023-2027, and the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA). In addition, the SN is guided by Kenya’s UNSDCF strategic priorities, theory of change and the key results areas. The SN is anchored on the triple mandate of UN Women encompassing 1) Normative support, 2) UN system coordination, and 3) Operational activities as espoused in the UN Women Global Strategic Plan 2022-2025. The SN particularly focuses on five areas of the UN Women Global Strategic Plan i) Governance & Participation in Public Life; ii) Women’s Economic Empowerment; iii) Ending Violence Against Women; iv) Women, Peace & Security, Humanitarian Action, & Disaster Risk Reduction and v) Coordination.


Objectives of the MTR

After implementing the SN since early 2023, KCO conducts a voluntary Mid-Term Review (MTR) to adjust the SN to the changed implementation context in Kenya and globally, including challenges caused by the climate change, global conflicts (Ukraine, Gaza), Kenya’s middle income country status and decreasing Official Development Assistance (ODA).

The following are the objectives of the MTR for the SN 2023-2026.

  1. To interrogate the SN theory of change;
  2. To analyze and reflect on the progress of the programme and the validity of UN-Women’s strategy in Kenya and re-examine the SN theory of change and outcome areas (Women in Leadership and Decision Making; Women’s Economic Empowerment; Ending Violence Against Women and Girls; Women Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action and; Coordination).
  3. To analyze the programming context (including normative developments) and operational context, key UN Women strategic priorities and to facilitate alignment of the SN with the analysis including taking corrective measures where gaps are identified.
  4. To assess key management issues, such as availability of data and evidence to allow informed and credible analysis of performance, and the ‘evaluability’ of the SN.
  5. To develop practical recommendations based on all the findings to address major gaps in the current Strategic Note.
  6. To update and finalize SN and annexes based on the practical recommendations in close consultation with KCO.



Duties and Responsibilities

The SN MTR is not meant to be an evaluation, instead it is meant to provide strategic reflection and insights of the work of KCO in identifying gaps, challenges, opportunities and recommendations. The MTR is meant to enable KCO to further adapt its strategic direction, programming, and business processes considering an analysis of performance to date; the repositioning of UN Women within the UN System in Kenya; lessons learned from the implementation of the SN; and UN-Women's change management processes. The MTR allows UN Women to review and update the SN as needed, including its Integrated Results and Resources Framework (IRRF). It is expected that the findings of the MTR will be aligned to the overall UN System in Kenya and the priorities, vision and plans of the government of Kenya.


Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Planning, M&E Specialist and the Deputy Country Representative of the UN Women Kenya Country Office, the consultant will be responsible for following tasks:

i. Conduct a desk review of key documents relevant to the work of the KCO, including but not limited to UN Women Strategic Plan 2022-2025, 2023-2026 SN and Biennial workplans, 2022 and 2023 KCO annual reports, key donor reports, key UN Sustainable Cooperation Framework documents, gender scorecard reports, key UN Country Team gender documents, select recent studies related to Gender Equality and Women's' Empowerment in Kenya.

ii. Develop a two-pager strategic position paper on UN Women’s work in Kenya outlining relevance and program balance.

iii. Develop discussion papers that will guide the MTR. Review and make recommendations on discussion papers to be prepared together with the KCO team on Programme, Partnerships, Normative Issues, Learning and Capacity, Coordination Issues, Operations and Communication.

iv. Develop relevant KCO staff and partner (Development & Operational partners) surveys to feed into the MTR process and produce a discussion paper based on findings.

v. Facilitate SN midterm review meetings; summarize results and decisions in a short 2-page report.

vi. Prepare and finalize SN MTR report including summarizing findings from the MTR process.

vii. Develop and finalize revisions to the SN and annexes based on the MTR results.



The following are the key deliverables for the consultant.

DeliverablesExpected completion time (due day)Number of working daysPayment milestone
Develop an Inception Report: Outlining the design criteria, scope, methodology, data collection method and tools and time frame, including a Draft Report Template. It must also reflect methodological development, as well as key normative, UN system coordination and programmatic developments;9th August 20243 days 
Data Collection & Analysis: Collect data from the key stakeholders and analyse it for report writing. Develop position papers for key thematic areas of KCO work as per the SN. Facilitate Kenya Country Office MTR meetings and summarize results and decisions in a short 2-page report12th -21st August 20248 days50%
The MTR Draft Report: The report should address the contents specified in the Objectives Section and use a format that will be provided during the inception phase. It should be logically structured, contain evidence-based findings backed with credible data, conclusions, lessons, and recommendations, and be free of information irrelevant to the overall analysis. The report should respond in detail to the critical focus areas described above. It should include a set of specific recommendations formulated for the SN and identify the necessary actions required to be undertaken, who should undertake those, and possible timelines (if any);28th August 20244 days
Validation Meeting: For presenting and discussing the draft final report interactively, the consultant will facilitate a meeting with key stakeholders. Stakeholders will provide comments on the Draft Report, and the Consultant will finalize the report in view of these comments;3rd September 20242 days



Submission of the Final Report and suggested changes to the SN and the annexes to UN Women.9th September 20245 days

Consultant’s Workplace and Official Travel

This is a home-based consultancy, with meetings organized in Nairobi.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

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  • Demonstrated ability and excellent communication skills to facilitate group discussions.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality evaluation reports, including recommendations for future work of the funding organization/donor.
  • Facilitation skills and the ability to deal with multi-stakeholder groups.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master's degree or PhD in Social Sciences, International Development studies, Program Management, Law, Human rights, Politics, Gender, Women studies, or related field.


  • 10 years of professional work experience in programme development and implementation, including monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Experience working on gender equality and women’s empowerment Programmes within East & Southern Africa region.
  • Proven experience in supporting the development and review of strategic plans or country programme documents for gender focused international organizations.
  • Proven experience in guiding and documenting programme reviews and evaluations.
  • Proven knowledge of programme monitoring and evaluation theory, including theories of change, methodology, technology and tools.
  • Experience working on programming, monitoring and evaluation with the UN agencies, similar international organizations, NGOs, multi/bilateral and/or government institutions would be an advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English.


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