Management Systems International (MSI), a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, DC metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI implementsManagement Systems International (MSI), a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, DC metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI implements nearly 100 projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Mexico.
Increased Demand and Engagement for Accountability (IDEA) is a 3-year USAID funded activity to strengthen the civil society sector in Sri Lanka with an emphasis on working in all regions of Sri Lanka. Its objective is to support CSO work on national and local governance and rights issues and to build capacities of CSOs and networks towards this end.
Summary of the Consultancy Assignment:
- IDEA plans to work with around 12 partner CSOs and around 6 networks in providing comprehensive capacity building support. These selected partners will go through a complete organizational development/capacity building cycle commencing with a comprehensive needs assessment and culminating in a review of improvements made over the period. IDEA will retain one or more local Capacity Building Partner (IP) organizations to implement this component with our Team.
- IDEA plans to assign an Organization Development Facilitator (ODF) for each partner civil society organization and network selected for customized capacity building support. The ODF will be responsible for working with one or more partner CSO/network in executing whole or part of the activities agreed under the capacity building cycle. The ODF generally will be responsible to effectively manage, coordinate and facilitate the tailor-made capacity building process for assigned CSOs and networks.
- While some ODFs may come through the implementing partners (IP) or the supported Networks, IDEA will also directly retain a few ODFs for this purpose under Short Term Technical Assistance (STTA) basis. Compatibility of ODFs with partner CSOs/Networks will be a critical criterion in selecting. The ODF will report to the Capacity Building Manager – Organizational Development or the Capacity Building Manager – Networking and Advocacy according to each assignment undertaken.
- Be familiar with the CSOs / networks assigned inclusive of their structure, policies, leadership and management, programs and campaigns, working modalities, resources, capacities and culture. Develop a close rapport with all staff within the organizations in which mutual respect, understanding and trust is built to facilitate the institutional development process of the organizations / networks.
- Using IDEA’s processes and tools, lead the following steps in organizational and/or network development:
- Facilitate the organizational/ network assessments in systematic manner of assigned CSO partners and prepare assessment reports.
- Facilitate the CSO partners to prepare Organizational/ Network Improvement Plans (OIPs) in a participatory approach.
- Provide technical expertise and support to implement the identified organizational development interventions customized for the CSOs in collaboration with IDEA, IPs and consultants who have relevant expertise.
- Report on progress in relation planned interventions and institutionalizing of change within the CSO partners on a regular basis.
- Understand the key leveraging points of the organization to pitch the ideas which contribute to strategic changes in the organization/networks
- Provide continuous coaching and mentoring support to staff of the CSOs/Networks, volunteers and leadership to institutionalize the capacity improvement changes.
- Minimum 3 years’ experience in conducting organizational capacity assessments, facilitating and implementing organizational capacity development initiatives with a range of civil society organizations / networks operating at local, regional and national level in an integrated process providing coaching and mentoring over a period of time.
- Experience delivering based on MSI’s Institutional Development Framework (IDF) tool and capacity building cycle will be an advantage.
- Command the confidence and respect of civil society partners in general through their past engagement and track record.
- Practical knowledge of/ familiarity with one or more of the range of grantees / CSOs / networks participating in the IDEA program.
- Completed academic and/or professional training in organization development or similar subject area covering the theory and practice of organizational capacity building will be an advantage. Backgrounds in adult learning and/or participatory development will also be considered.
- Having a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or master’s degree or post-graduate diploma will be an advantage.
- Shared values with IDEA project goals and objectives
- Fluency in English and one national language required; proficiency in a second national language desired and will be a distinct advantage. Language compatibility with the selected CSOs/Network will be critical.
- Willingness to travel as required. It is expected that CSOs selected will be based in different parts of the Island.
- A good understanding of and commitment to gender and diversity/youth considerations.
- Conversant with MS Office applications.
- nearly 100 projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Mexico.