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Best Practices on Resource Mobilization and Financial Sustainability for Civil Society in AfricaInnovation for Change (I4C) Hub Afrique
The mission of Hub Afrique is to protect, respond, strengthen, expand and recover civil society space across Sub-Saharan Africa. The Hub was launched in November 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa and was conceived to support civil society, movements, and human rights defenders with cutting edge and responsive technical services. The Hub is managed by a Secretariat based in Nairobi, Kenya.Overall ObjectiveThe overall objective of the consultancy is to conduct a regional research on current trends in funding innovations and alternative funding models for civil society in Africa.
The assessment will look at determining how effective alternative resource mobilization and financial sustainability models in Africa have enhanced the activities of civil society organizations (CSOs) and enabled them to anticipate and adapt to their existence that is currently being threatened by the dwindling nature of financial resources from external donor partners; where there has been a shift in donor’s priorities, and the rise of African countries to the status of middle-income countries. Moreover, how innovative ways they are adopting to respond to and address these challenges. The evolving aid landscape is characterized by uncertainty between donors and civil society. As donor priorities and funding modalities change, African CSOs are being challenged to be resilient in the face of adversity. Organizational resilience and financial sustainability within the civic space in Africa has become a critical development issue.
Furthermore, the assessment will explore how alternative models generate funding which seeks to strengthen community level capacity, to mitigate and effectively respond to the risks of donor dependency, as well as diversification of resource mobilization tools of CSOs as a buffer to financial sustainability risks.The research will be a continental wide research but will mainly involve Hub Afrique’s registered members. It is expected to reach out to over 100 organizations across the region. For a wider outreach, Hub Afrique’s Regional Connectors (RCs) will lend support in the data collection process. Experiences and best practices will also be collected from other I4C Hubs.The assessment will also help determine any impact that alternative resource mobilization and financial sustainability models have produced on the main target CSOs and their beneficiaries in terms of meeting their funding needs, increasing security and improving their activities.
The evaluation will also gauge the level of CSO and other stakeholder participation and ownership of this process including the identification of the intended and unintended outcomes, best practices and lessons learned as well as challenges arising from this evaluation. A key outcome of this research will be a report that will lead to the development of an online shared learning platform where CSOs can access case studies and best practices on resource mobilization and financial sustainability. In addition, the evaluation will come up with conclusions and recommendations on the way forward.The specific objectives of this consultancy are to:
- Explore additional trends and mechanisms that can support CSOs’ financial sustainability;
- Create a space for CSOs to learn and share best practices of mobilising funding through non-traditional approaches;
- Provide an opportunity for CSOs to strengthen their knowledge on financial sustainability and alternative funding mechanisms; and· Strengthen the capacity of CSOs to apply various innovative tools to enhance their resourcing efforts.
Scope of Work (SoW)The Consultant will work closely with key staff in Hub Afrique under the oversite of the Hub Coordinator, and WACSI, to help develop a report that documents case studies and best practices on resource mobilization and financial sustainability on the continent.
This will be achieved by undertaking the following key tasks:
- Review and assess the current legal and regulatory framework for CSOs’ resource mobilization and financial sustainability methods on the continent. This includes the mapping of donors, official development assistance and other funding trends, and all potential opportunities for direct, in-country grants, existing system of collection, distribution of available funds and the current financing mechanisms;
- Assess the extent to which activists and organizations on the African continent have been generating financial resources and started exploring non-traditional measures to generate alternative financial resources to sustain operations and social impact;
- Explore the different mechanisms and measures, innovative strategies and methodologies being utilized amidst the current funding landscape in various countries across the region. Additionally, organizational changes, diversification of funding sources, income generation activities and self-financing; and
- Liaise and coordinate with key staff members of Hub Afrique and its RCs to identify:
- key regulatory and normative changes to be adopted;
- more efficient mechanisms and structures for CSOs financial management suitable for the regional context and acceptable by governmental sectors;
- new and innovative potential sources of revenue for CSOs on the continent.Methodology and ProcessProspective consultants are encouraged to submit bids outlining their proposed methodology.
The Consultant should use a range of data collection and analysis techniques, including:
- Desk Review: This will include review of existing secondary reports and documentation available at the Hub Afrique level, Hub Afrique documents like concept notes, reports, case studies, best practices, and related reference materials;
- Interview: The consultant is expected to develop a structured approach to collecting information through interviews and discussions with key Hub Afrique registered members and CSOs across the region;
- Undertake the analysis of collected data; and
Expected Outputs and Deliverables, Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
The consultant will be paid based on the payment structure shown in the table below and upon satisfactory delivery:
1- Deliverables/Outputs :Final work plan and data collection tools (for approval prior to conducting research)Estimated Duration to Complete: At least 2 weeks before the beginning of the assignmentPayment structure: 40% of contract amount
2-Deliverables/Outputs : Interim evaluation report with preliminary analysis and observations (submitted for feedback and comments)Estimated Duration to Complete: Within 4 weeks from the completion of the second taskPayment structure: 40% of contract amount
3-Deliverables/Outputs : Final Evaluation ReportEstimated Duration to Complete: Within 1 week from the completion of the fourth taskPayment structure: 20% of contract amountProfile of Eligible Consultants
Applicants should meet the following criteria:
- Have significant experience of researching and mapping donors, funding trends, and the global aid architecture;
- Be familiar with other, informal/ alternative funding mechanisms;
- Hold an advanced degree (Master or PhD) in a related subject, such as social science or management, or economics, or a mix of finance/business degrees. Additional relevant professional trainings and courses are an asset;
- Have at least 10 years of proven experience in sustainable financing, and/or in economics, as an individual or as a team;· In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues;
- Extensive knowledge of multiple financing strategies and mechanisms, including legal and policy frameworks, financial management systems and supporting tools;
- Previous working experience in designing, establishing and implementing alternative revenue generation (e.g. non-State and non-International Donor based funding mechanisms);
- Previous working experience in designing, establishing and implementing alternative revenues generation that involve the civil society sector is a strong asset;· Previous working experience on sustainable financing in African countries, is also an asset;
- Demonstrated track record of production of relevant publications and technical documents on financial management and alternative revenue generation (papers, project proposals, guidelines, manuals, etc.);
- Excellent written communication skills, with strong time management and analytical skills, are essential;
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in order to communicate complex, technical information to technical and general audiences;
- Significant experience in and knowledge of related work, with a proven track record in networking and fundraising at a high level, within European and other governments, multilateral and bilateral donors and other philanthropic funding structures and processes, is essential;
- Excellent interpersonal skills required to network with contacts for whom English is not the first language; displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; treats all people fairly without favoritism;
- Tact and sensitivity are essential;
- Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Good IT skills to include Excel, Word and use of databases are desirable, with competency in use of logical frameworks or developing projects;
- Fluency in English is essential; a working knowledge of French, Arabic, Swahili and Portuguese desirable.
Intellectual Property Rights
All documentation related to the assignment shall remain the sole and exclusive property of Innovation for Change (I4C) Hub Afrique.Duration of Consultancy and LocationThe duration of the consultancy is scheduled to last about 2 months. Scope of work can be conducted remotely with contact with the Hub Afrique Secretariat via email. Regular face-to-face phone meetings will be required to discuss the requirements, implementation process and other pertinent details for the execution of the Scope of Work. Any costs related to travel undertaken to Nairobi during the beginning of the assignment and for the presentation of key components of the product will be borne by the Consultant; as well as any equipment or materials needed to accomplish the services described in this ToR. Any expenses, unless explicitly articulated by Hub Afrique’s Regional Program Coordinator, will be at the expense of the Consultant.
Scope of Proposal
Price and Schedule of Payments
The payment will be an “all inclusive” lump sum for the preparation of a final report. The payments will be made based on the deliverables. The initial payment of 40% will be made once the Consultant develops the workplan and proposal for this study.
The consultancy is expected to start by the end of April 2018 and completed by the end of May 2019. Applications should be submitted by the 26th of April 2019. The selection committee will review all applications as they arrive.
I4C Hub Afrique is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, political affiliation, religion, gender, disability, and/or sexual orientation.Each application package should include the following:
- An application/cover letter addressing the selection criteria including how the firm’s/group’s previous experience matches the consultancy objectives as well as the interest for the position. It should also indicate the candidate’s availability;
- A technical and financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price/total lump sum for the consultancy assignment with methodology (based on the deliverables outlined in this ToR). All expenses should be included in the assignment cost;
- Estimated timeline for the completion of the assignment;· Updated resumes of the technical team, with strong demonstration of solid experience of the assessment objective;
- Samples of recently written report for a similar assignment;
- Contact details of 2/3 accessible references/referees familiar with the candidate’s work.
Applicants should send all above documents to email@example.com (Indicate “Best Practices on Resource Mobilization and Financial Sustainability for Civil Society in Africa” in the email subject line). Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly.