Consultancy Service for Strategic Plan (2023-2027)

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Consultancy Service for
Supporting the Development of the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition’s Strategic Plan (2023-2027)

1. Introduction

Publication date: 1st of March 2022.

The Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) is a non-governmental, non- partisan and human rights organization established by human rights focused organizations with the purpose to protect and promote the rights of human rights defenders in Tanzania. The Coalition strives to ensure better working environment and smooth operations of Tanzania’s HRDs. The Coalition has active members from both the Mainland and Zanzibar (214). All these members across the country are by default human rights defenders. THRDC has, through its members, a national representation. Also, through designated Zonal Coordinating Units (ZCUs) in eleven geographical zones, the Coalition, which strives to provide timely and effective protection, ensures that HRDs’ protection reach grassroots level.

In year 2018 THRDC adopted its second strategic plan covering a five years’ period which is ending in 2022. Under this period, the Coalition has conducted multiple interventions which have had significant impacts to HRDs and the community at large. Towards ensuring the continuity of the Coalition’s strategic interventions to its beneficiaries, it is crucial to have the 2023-2027 strategic plan in place before the total lapse of the current one. The current SP has capitalized in working towards addressing various factors contributing to the shrinking of the civic space. The new strategic plan will build from the current one challenges, achievements, lessons and recommendations to set the strategic Coalition’s direction for the coming five years (2023-2027).

The 2023 – 2027 strategic plan will seek to strengthen the work of Human Rights Defenders throughout the Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar by reducing their vulnerability to the risk associated with their work and by enhancing their capacity to effectively defend human rights through various means including enganging with various responsible actors such as the Government, local, regional and international actors, partners and the public in general. Therefore, THRDC is looking for a competent consultant/ consultancy firm to support the development of the new strategic plan.

2. AssignmentObjectives

2.1Main Objective

The focus of the assignment is to provide technical, strategic and facilitation support to enable the development of THRDC’s 2023-2027 strategic plan.

2.1.1 Specific Objectives

  1. To review the current SP evaluation report to document key achievements, challenges, lessons and development recommendations.
  2. In collaboration with the Secretariat, members and partners to support establishment of the strategic direction for the Coalitions for the coming five operational years as informed by the previous SP reviews.
  3. To develop the Coalition’s new strategic plan capturing key intervention per each result area, result framework matrix (with baseline data) and the budget

2.2Assignment Deliverables

By the end of this assignment the Consultant/ Consultancy Firm should provide a Strategic Plan document covering:

  •  Executive summary;
  • Background;
  • Internal and External analysis;
  • Strategic priorities, interventions, logical framework matrix and baseline data;
  • Metrics to assess progress made in the attainment of these strategic priorities and
  • Strategic Plan Budget.

3. Scope of the Assignment

The Consultant will conduct a thorough but focused assessment of the Coalition’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as external opportunities and threats, with a view to identifying appropriate strategic options/ direction for the 2023 to 2027 operational period. The assessment will include review of relevant documents, in particular the 2018-2022 SP evaluation report, the HRDs referal protection mechanisms, 2018 – 2022 annual Coalition’s reports, THRDC’s members policy, Zonal Coordination Units operational guideline, etc. In addition to existing project documents, strategic plans of key partner agencies, donor

organizations including current and potential, and related domestic and international reports.

The consultant will also develop the following: 1. Online/offline survey for the THRDC’s members, stakeholders and beneficiaries; 2.Conduct individual interviews with key informants; and 3. Facilitate in-depth focus group/facilitated discussions using web-based technologies and/or teleconferencing.

The use of participatory processes is expected. Critical reflection by members and stakeholders is integral to this strategic planning initiative. As such, the Consultant will be expected to provide for active and meaningful engagement of THRDC’s members, relevant government representatives and other stakeholders. It is expected that data will be analyzed using a rigorous and transparent analysis framework, summarized and presented back to the Coalition’s Secretariat to aid in prioritization of strategic directions.

4. AssignmentApproachandMethodology

The Consultant will be expected, in the tender, to propose an appropriate methodology to undertake this assignment. To ensure the Consultant has an opportunity to discuss the methodology with the intended users, the Consultant will be expected to plan for an inception phase where the assignment design, methodology and methods for data collection and analysis are to be further developed and agreed.

5. Time Schedule

The assignment will take two months after signing the agreement. The timing of any field visits, surveys and interviews needs to be settled by the Consultant in dialogue with the main stakeholders during the inception phase.

6. Requirements

A consultant with the following skills and competencies are encouraged to express their interest:

  •   A Relevant degree in project management, international affairs, law, economics, and other social science or related field;
  •   At least 7 years’ relevant experience in strategic planning and development;
  •   Demonstrable experience in developing strategic plans, evaluating programs and projects;
  •   Knowledge of the socio-economic and political dynamics as well as the social justice issues in Tanzania and East Africa in General;
  •   Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the African human rights system.
  • Competence in organizational development.
  • Excellent understanding of the HRDs and CSOs operation context in Tanzania

7. Interested consultants/firms must submit the following documents:
a) Technical and Financial Proposal, and CV
i. Technical proposal (maximum of 10 pages), which should include the following:

  • Proposed program and methodology to be used in carrying out the assignment.
  • Assignment requirements understanding
  • Consultants experience in delivering a similar work (assignment sample).

ii. Financial proposal.

iii. Current CV Consultant/ team, maximum of 3 pages

The consultant shall specify the qualifications of each team member and attach their individual curriculum vitae (including name, address, education, professional experience). Reference persons (with telephone numbers and e-email addresses) should be stated.

b) Individual/ Firm Legal Operational Documents

  1. Company/ Individual profile
  2. Copy of certified certificate of registration Certified copy of business license
  3. Certified copy of TIN certificate
  4. Copy of the original tax clearance certificate

8. Submission/Tendering

Soft copies of the documents should be submitted to info@thrdc.or.tz, with a heading on the subject line “Coalition’s Five Years Strategic Plan Development (2023-2027)” or delivered physically to addressed;

The National Coordinator,
Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition,
P. O. Box 105926, Dar es Salaam.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further procedures. The deadline for applications is on 14th of March 2022 at 17:00hrs.

NB: Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition is a free and fair entity, and therefore encourages all interested qualified candidates to apply. Women are highly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

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