Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SNV Rwanda,ToR Coaching for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

SNV Rwanda Voice for Change partnership Project: Terms of Reference (ToR)
Coaching for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)
1.    Introduction
SNV is an international not-for-profit development organisation, funded from public and private sources, working in 38 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. SNV specializes in supporting the resourcefulness
of development actors by developing local capacities, improving performance and services, strengthening governance systems, helping to create access for excluded groups and by making markets work for the poor. Our global team of advisors use their specialist sector and change expertise in Agriculture, Renewable Energy and WASH to facilitate sustainable change in the livelihoods of millions of people living in poverty.
SNV works in full alignment with Rwanda’s development agenda. It does so by helping to realize the national development goals in three sectors: Agriculture; Renewable energy; and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. SNV supports development in these sectors by working with government, civil society, and private sector organizations. It does so by providing three types of interrelated services: capacity development, knowledge development, and supporting evidence based policy dialogue by national stakeholders
2.    Background
To enable CSOs to effectively voice alternative or dissenting views in a dynamic and increasingly global context, the Dutch Ministry of the Foreign Affairs (DGIS) set up a policy framework focusing on strengthening CSOs’ capacity for ‘lobbying and advocacy’. This role is essential for holding policymakers and companies to account, and a way for CSOs to contribute to inclusive growth and development and help reduce inequality.
This five-year project, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS), aims at strengthening capacities of CSOs to advocate for a conducive enabling environment in WASH, Renewable Energy, Food and Nutrition Security, and Resilience. For Food and Nutrition Security, and Resilience, SNV is partnering with the International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI).  Implementation takes place in six countries (Kenya, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Honduras and Indonesia) as well as at the global level.
In Rwanda the program will focus on Sustainable Nutrition for All (SN4A) with an emphasis on food security and Nutrition Sensitive Value Chains. Under the Food and Nutrition Security, the program will advocate on four issues
  • The Increased production and consumption of diverse nutritious food
  • Increased accessibility and use of fortified crops or products
  • Improved Coordination and service delivery of agriculture, food security and nutrition actors and activities at national and district level
  • Effective allocation of the budget for coordination and relevant agriculture, food security and nutrition activities/interventions/programs
3.    Project Approach
The main areas of intervention in each of the sectors are
  1. Strengthening of CSO capacities:Participating CSOs will join a capacity development program that strengthens their capabilities in the field of leadership, use of evidence, thematic knowledge, advocacy and business development.
  2. Evidence creation and dissemination
CSOs will be encouraged and capacitated in making use of evidence and data by contextualising results of research, availing knowledge products and facilitating access to on-line platforms and alliances.
       3. Support to advocacy plans and activities of CSOs
CSOs will be supported in the design and implementation of advocacy plans. Design of these plans will take place during the above-mentioned capacity development trajectory. CSOs will benefit from support of SNV and knowledge/research institutes such as IFPRI for Food and Nutrition security and Resilience.
4.    The assignment and the scope of work
The Capacity Development program is delivered in 2 Capacity Development Workshops per year. Peer to peer learning, accompaniment by SNV advisors, field visits and topical meetings are also part of the activities.
In addition to the accompaniment by SNV teams, we seek support of professional coaches.
The specific tasks to be performed by the Coach are basically to support the coaches to reflect upon, learn and adapt their own leadership style and help them to implement the organizational changes that are required to strengthen the positioning of their organization, increase their business and work towards sustainable organisations.
The coaches will develop a tailor-made plan with the respective CSO leaders. Coaching might focus on the following areas:
a)    Leadership
  • Embedding strong leadership attitudes and responsive abilities in the organization
  • Sustainable leadership and managing stakeholder relationships
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Effective team building and motivation skills
  • Effective planning,  prioritisation and implementation of tasks
  • Effective work - Life balance
  • Balancing between internal and external perspective
b)    Organizational development
  • Development of action plan
  • Strategic management (e.g. positioning for emerging opportunities & increasing business)
  • Review and developing effective and efficient organizational structure address accountability and transparency

5.    Key qualifications:
We are interested in coaches with the following qualifications:
  • Certified (executive) coach
  • Post graduate degree in either MBA, organizational development, social sciences, strategic management, Development studies, organizational psychology
  • Extensive experience with a non-directive approach of coaching professionals (i.e. ability to structure sessions; create rapport; listen and reflect back; create flow by asking open, powerful questions; stimulate commitment to action)
  • Demonstrated experience of having undertaken similar assignments
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of organizational change management
  • Preferably knowledge of and experience with Capacity Development Support
  • Preferably knowledge of and experience with development issues and Civil Society Organizations
  • Personal attributes include: ability to listen, summarize and probe further, to inspire and encourage others (to get the best out of people), personal sensitivity, creativity.
6.    Duration of task completion
The assignments will take place between April and December 2017.
7.    Key deliverables
The Consultant will work closely with the CSOs and SNV to deliver the following:
  • A coaching agreement with each of the coaches assigned to the coach;
  • A number sessions for each of the CSOs as agreed with SNV and the coaches.
In addition to the individual sessions, the leadership of the CSO will be guided in developing a workable change plan working towards improved positioning, increased business and sustainable organizations.
The Coach will work closely with SNV Project Coordinator to monitor progress on the basis of the individual action plans of the coaches; this provision will respect the confidentiality contract between the coach and coaches. SNV will provide the following:
  1. In-depth briefing of the project
  2. Close support in the implementation of the assignments
  3. Transportation accommodation for field travel if required.
8.    Submission guidelines and selection criteria
If you are interested in this call and you feel that you match the qualification mentioned before, please submit a clear Expression of Interest (EOI) describing your motivation, the methodologies you use as a coach, proposed fees, company profile and an illustration of relevant similar assignment undertaken in the past five years.
The overall submission should be no more than three (3) pages and can be submitted to by email to euwera@snvworld.org not later than 31st March 2017. On the basis of submitted EOIs, we will invite a selected number of candidates for a face to face interview.

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