Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Rwanda Young Women Researchers Program 2021

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) invites young researchers to support the data collection and analysis for Rwanda gender analysis of program contexts for the Daring to Shift (D2S) project, an initiative funded by the Government of Canada & Digital Skills for Business funded by the World Bank’s Digital Development Partnership (DDP), the EQUALS’ Access Coalition and the GSMA. 

Application Deadline: 25th March 2021 at 5:00 pm

About the Award: The purpose of this assignment is to: Generate research and evidence of gender in project contexts in Rwanda, through the mapping of stakeholders, recruitment of participants, qualitative data collection, and participation in analysis of results, using virtual methods and tools. The Young women researchers will work in close collaboration with the In-Country Consultant, DOT Rwanda Gender Officer, DOT HQ Gender Specialist, and other key DOT HQ staff.

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The major objective of this initiative is to: Improve access, inclusion, and program quality for both young women and men, to support DOT’s gender equity approach to the D2S program. This initiative will provide an important grounding to D2S’s overarching goal of enhanced resilience and economic inclusion among participating unemployed and underemployed youth (aged 18 to 35) and their communities, and to develop and support the leadership and decision-making power of young women to enable them to thrive despite the barriers that they face to take advantage of economic opportunities.

Scope of Work

The support requested for this initiative includes supporting the delivery of a gender analysis and a baseline of programmatic contexts in Rwanda from start to finish over a 3 month period beginning in March 2021.

This assignment is divided into three phases:

1. Design Phase

The Young women researchers will provide input to the mapping of stakeholders relevant to youth entrepreneurship in Rwanda, adaptation of data collection tools to local contexts, the translation of data collection tools (consent documents, interview guides, focus group guides), and the selection of appropriate and accessible virtual platforms/tools for the country context.


Input/review of virtual data collection tools to ensure they are locally relevant and appropriate (interview guides, focus group discussion guides, consent documents) in collaboration with the In-Country consultant and Gender Officers.

2. Data Collection Phase

In close collaboration with the In-Country consultant, and supported by DOT Rwanda Gender Officer, DOT HQ gender specialist, and the Lead Consultant, the Young women researchers will support the identification and recruitment of participants, maintain consent processes, and facilitate support to participants during their participation (orientation on digital platforms/tools).

The Young women researchers will facilitate planned data collection methods, including working with the In-Country consultant to conduct key informant interviews and FG discussions with youth using gender-sensitive and virtual methods. Throughout, oversight will be provided by the Lead Consultant and DOT HQ Director of Impact and DOT HQ Gender Specialist to maintain gender-sensitive and ethical protocol and practices.


– Data collection completed within designated time frame
– Data Repository – proper storage processes and practices in place

3. Analysis Phase

The Young women researchers will support the validation and analysis of all data collected, through collaboration with the In-Country consultant, Lead Consultant, DOT HQ Director of Impact, DOT HQ gender specialist, and Gender Officers. It is envisioned that the lead consultant will facilitate data validation and analysis workshops with the Rwanda team, and facilitate an analysis workshop to synthesize recommendations across the network. The Young women researchers will participate in these validation and analysis workshops.


  • – Participate in analysis and validation workshops for relevant D2S program country to develop country specific recommendations, and Country-Specific Report;
  • – Participate in analysis workshop to develop overall D2S program recommendations that will feed into D2S Program report.

5. Timeline of Key Activities and Deliverables


  • – Participate in the mapping of stakeholders relevant to D2S program areas in Rwanda, in collaboration with In-Country consultant;
  • – Provide review/input on data collection plan generated by Lead Consultant (data collection matrix with gender-related research questions, data to be gathered, source of data, who will collect it, methods for data collection and analysis, and how the information will be used);
  • – Review/inform locally appropriate data collection tools (interview guides, focus group discussion guides) generated by Lead consultant, DOT HQ Gender Specialist, and Gender Officers;
  • – Participate in training/orientation on how to use data collection tools, gender-sensitive research methods, and DOT’s consent/safeguarding processes;
  • – Facilitate the recruitment of diverse participants (youth, key stakeholders, local organizations);
  • – Lead gender-sensitive qualitative data collection (interviews, focus groups), including orientation of participants on how to use digital platforms/tools, and obtaining consent;
  • – Record, Transcribe, and Translate findings, and maintain data storage procedures, in collaboration with In-Country Consultant;
  • -Participate in analysis and validation workshops for Rwanda to develop country specific findings and recommendations;
  • – Participate in analysis and validation workshop to develop overall D2S program recommendations.

Type: Research

Eligibility: The consultant(s) must possess:

  • – University degree;
  • – Experience in gender-sensitive research methods and gender analysis, including qualitative data collection methods and tools;
  • – Experience collaborating with remote/distributed teams;
  • – Advanced virtual facilitation skills and experience with remote data collection;
  • – Strong local knowledge and networks relevant to youth employment/entrepreneurship in Rwanda;
  • – Experience supporting youth-led programming and working directly with youth to support their capacity;
  • – Thematic knowledge/experience in vocational education, entrepreneurship, and business skills development;
  • – Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with stakeholders at multiple levels and in multiple country contexts;
  • – Sensitivity to cross-cultural dynamics and gender equality;
  • – Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English;
  • – Be a woman aged between 21 and 35;

Eligible Countries: Rwanda

Number of Awards: Not specified

Duration of Award: The duration of the assignment will not exceed 3 months. The assignment is expected to begin March 2021 and will end in May 2021, depending on virtual data collection and adjustments due to COVID.

How to Apply: Interested parties are requested to submit applications by email to DOT Rwanda, at [email protected] cc’ [email protected] by March 25, 2021 at 5:00 pm .

Note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis and short-listed candidates will be contacted before March 28, 2021.

Interested parties should include the following in their proposal:

– A cover letter showing expression of interest;
– Curriculum Vitae.

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

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