Reference Number REOI 5
Title Online Course on Development of Gender-Sensitive Policies
Duration Approx. 19 - 22 days of Work
Thematic SMEF, GIF
Submission Deadline January 10, 2024
Posted on December 19, 2023
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Developing an Enabling Financial Policy and Regulatory Environment for Women SMEs in Africa 



Provision of Professional Consultancy Service for creating an Online Course on Development of Gender-Sensitive Policies

Women Small and Medium Enterprise (WSME) Sector

Project ID No.: G-Z1-ID0-ZZZ-028


This is a Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) on behalf of AfDB towards the below scope.


The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) has received financing from the African Development Bank toward the cost of the Developing an Enabling Financial Policy and Regulatory Environment for Women SMEs in Africa and intends to apply part of the agreed amount for this grant to payments under the contract for the development of Gender Inclusive Finance and Women’s SME Case Studies in Africa.


The overall objective of the assignment is to build the capacity of financial regulators and policymakers on developing gender-sensitive policies and finally, gender-transformative policies to accelerate women’s financial inclusion through online learning. The purpose of this initiative is to transfer the knowledge generated within the AFI network to a large number of learners which consist of the staff of AFI member institutions who are geographically dispersed in the various parts of the world, the staff of other institutions working on Gender Inclusive Finance and also financial inclusion professionals (individuals) who are not part of the AFI network.

AFI is seeking to engage a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to work closely with the AFI team to design and develop the online course. The role also extends to delivering services that are required by the course such as running a Webinar or responding to student queries over the LMS platform.


The SME is expected to lead the process of developing and delivering this online course, in coordination with the AFI team. Approximately about 19 to 22 days of work is expected to complete the assignment. The detailed tasks are as follows:

  1. Pre-development Tasks: This stage is dedicated to laying the foundational elements of a high-quality online course. Key tasks include establishing learning outcomes that clearly articulate what learners should be able to achieve by the course’s end. The course content is divided into 5 to 7 major topics, each represented as a module. These modules are designed to cater to varying levels of learner expertise, ranging from basic to advanced. Within each module, 6 to 9 pages of content, resources, and interactive activities are developed to facilitate a deep understanding of the subject. These activities are diverse, encouraging active participation through sharing, discussing, reflecting, and applying concepts. The course will feature 3 to 5 new case studies, 2 video transcripts, and multiple learning activities, including mini activities and a core activity per module, to reinforce learning. Additionally, it will conclude with two final assessments: a set of 25 multiple-choice questions and a 300-word essay. Relevant external readings will also be suggested to complement the learning experience.
  2. Development Tasks: In this phase, the focus shifts to reviewing and validating the course materials prepared by the AFI team. This involves a thorough evaluation of the storylines, scenarios, quizzes, information nuggets, assignments, and case studies to ensure they align with the learning objectives. Additionally, the functional prototype of the online courses will be reviewed and refined. The role encompasses providing expert advice to the AFI Team on finalizing the online course, ensuring it meets educational standards and learning objectives.
  3. Post-development Tasks: After the course launch, the emphasis is on facilitating the first 12-week cohort. The facilitator plays a pivotal role in nurturing an interactive learning environment. This involves encouraging in-depth discussions among learners, monitoring engagement levels, and offering support to those who may be struggling. The facilitator also guides learners in self-directed learning and knows when to actively participate or step back in discussions. Building a sense of community within the course is a key objective. Additionally, the facilitator will moderate three webinar sessions during the cohort and evaluate the learners’ responses to the final essay assignment. This stage is crucial in ensuring the course’s effectiveness and the learners’ success.


This assignment is an offsite work and involves the following:

  1. The SME is expected to work with the AFI Team, to get an understanding of the AFI technical content and organizational context.
  2. The SME is required to collect additional inputs from the selected AFI member institutions in developing effective case studies/simulations/scenarios.
  3. The technical content of the online course must maintain at least 70% applicability to the financial regulators.


The AFI now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing these services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services. The Consultant should have experience and qualifications as indicated below:

  1. 8-10 years of experience in working on financial inclusion with a focus on financial inclusion policy and regulations-related work and activities.
  2. Excellent knowledge and experience in working on women-owned MSMEs’ access to finance, especially with a focus on policy and regulatory aspects.
  3. Experience working with policymakers/ regulators and other financial inclusion stakeholders.
  4. Experience in developing and organizing training programs.
  5. Excellent communication and coordination skills – verbal and written.


Eligibility criteria, establishment of the short-list and the selection procedure shall be in accordance with the African Development Bank’s “Procurement Policy for Bank Group Funded Operations” October 2015 which is available on the Bank’s website at


How to Apply

Interested applicants may follow this Link to the Official site for better reference and revert by email to AFI’s Procurement & Contracts Office at by 10 January 2024 at 1700 hours, Côte d’Ivoire local time and mentioned “REOI 5_Online Course on Development of Gender-Sensitive Policies“.

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