AFRODAD hereby releases a call for interest to carry out a mid-tem review of its Strategic plan 2016-2020!
The African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) has just finished three years of implementing its five-year strategic plan (2016-2020). It is therefore due to conduct the mid-term review (MTR) of the strategy in line with its monitoring and evaluation commitment.
Applications are sought from eligible consultants to facilitate and develop MTR process.
AFRODAD’s mission is to contribute towards influencing policy change aimed at redressing and averting Africa’s debt and development challenges based on a human rights value system. As a vision, AFRODAD aspires for equitable and sustainable development leading to a prosperous Africa.
AFRODAD is a pan African civil society organization (CSO) established in 1996 as a regional lobbying and advocating organisation for debt cancellation, and addressing other debt related issues in the continent. With time, its focus has encompassed the use of economic resources for development. Over the years, AFRODAD has worked and re-positioned itself as an instrumental and key player in influencing policy makers in national governments and their institutions at regional and global levels. Its activities have focused on Debt Management, Development Aid, and Economic Governance. AFRODAD has used research, advocacy, networking and capacity building as key strategies in its programme and institutional development work. Its evidence and research-based advocacy approach in programming has placed it within the interests of governments and academia and made it a hub of capacity building for civil society and Parliamentarians in Africa and beyond.
AFRODAD works with policy makers in national governments and institutions; intergovernmental institutions such as MEFMI and SADC; Regional Organizations such as the African Development Bank (ADB), the Economic Commission for Africa and African Union; and global level institutions such as the United Nations. It works with these institutions to influence development policies and strategies in order to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development in Africa. AFRODAD also collaborates with CSOs at regional and country levels to develop synergies and mobilize broad based support to influence policies and practices at national, regional and global levels.
AFRODAD is governed by a Board of seven people domiciled in Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa. The day to day activities of AFRODAD are undertaken by a Secretariat, based in Harare, Zimbabwe, which is responsible for both programme and administrative activities.
3. THE 2016-2020 STRATEGY
The 2016-2020 Strategy was developed in expression of AFRODAD’s need to align its programming with the aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063 as well as the UN agenda 2030, which culminated into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The strategy followed two most important events in the history of the continent: (i) The financing for development conference in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia in July, 2015; and (ii) The Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York in September 2015. Both events provided an opportunity for AFRODAD to reflect and learn from what worked and what did not in its previous strategies, and develop an approach that was capable of dealing with the challenges facing Africa in the contexts of the outcomes of the above two events.
The strategy was therefore, developed to address the key potential challenges likely to face the continent in the period of 2016 to 2020. Subsequently, three main thematic areas of Debt Management, Domestic Resource Mobilisation, and International Public Finance were prioritised.
The strategy was further informed by five factors: (i) the evolution and experiences of the organisation over time, (ii) the impact the organisation has achieved in the area of debt and development, (iii) gender mainstreaming in all its work, (iv) the demands that are envisaged to come from partners in the coming years, and (v) the financial resources that are expected to support this work in the next five years.
In order to implement this strategy, AFRODAD has structurally become more flexible in its approach in order to deal with emerging regional and global contexts as well as effectively improve its capacity to tackle new and unforeseen future challenges.
The vision of AFRODAD is a prosperous Africa based on an equitable and sustainable development.
The mission of AFRODAD is to contribute to Africa’s inclusive economic growth and sustainable development through influencing policy change on debt management and development finance anchored on rights-based approaches.
The overall goal of the AFRODAD Strategic [what? something missing here] is to influence African Governments to institute and implement policies and practices for sustainable development and eradication of poverty
This strategy aims to achieve this goal through focusing on three strategic themes and ten strategic objectives as presented in the figure below:
4. THE SCOPE OF THE REVIEW
The review will be comprehensive, and shall assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact of AFRODAD and its interventions in Africa’s development processes. Specifically, the review will cover the following: (a) strategy design and interventions; (b) implementation of planned activities and associated outputs (quantity, quality and value for money); (c) strategy outcomes and impact and sustainability; and (d) Governance, Leadership and Management; and (e) Conclusions and Recommendations. Given the above, review identified strategic areas using OECD – DAC criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact.
a) The Design:
Using all relevant documents, the MTR consultant will assess the validity of the assumptions and premises that formed the basis for the design and implementation of the strategy to determine their correctness and continued relevance; the appropriateness of the strategy concept and design to the current social, political, economic and institutional situations across Africa. The strategy’s enabling environment will also be assessed to determine continued motivation of, ownership and support by AFRODAD Board, staff and partners.
The implementation of the strategy components and activities will be reviewed in order to take stock of the quantity and quality of achievements, compare them with what was planned and ascertain the likelihood of achieving the strategic objectives in the remaining two years given the way activities are being implemented and outputs produced. The review will also examine the organisation’s instruments for planning activities and monitoring implementation and their adequacy. These will include annual work plans and budgets, quarterly, half-year and special narrative and financial reports. In addition, the review will examine the responsiveness of management to changes in the environment in which AFRODAD operates. On financing, the MTR will compare the proposed annual budgets with actual expenditures, including absorptive capacity of organisation.
c) Strategy Outcomes, Impact and Sustainability.
The MTR will assess the organisation’s overall outcomes and impact achieved to date, as detailed in the strategy document and annual plans and budgets and reports. The review will compare quantity and quality of the outputs produced, so far, with what was planned. MTR will determine whether the outputs produced are of value to the stakeholders. Further, the review will examine the strategic partnerships in the implementation of the strategy. Based on these assessments, the team will identify specific constraints and opportunities and make specific recommendations on how to improve the performance of the programme and consider its future expansion and sustainability.
d) Governance, leadership and Management:
The MTR consultant will assess the governance structure, its functions and performance of the strategy in order to determine its adequacy and effectiveness. Management will also be assessed especially as it relates to the leadership of the activities, administration of personnel, financial accounting and management, procurement of goods and services, monitoring and reporting systems, etc., so as to determine their relevance and compatibility with strategy objectives and activities as designed.
e) Conclusions and Recommendations.
The review will look for lessons learned so far, as a basis for exploring new ways to adapt or restructure the strategy design or institutional arrangements, if needed. Based on the review findings and observations, the review will draw conclusions and recommendations that will guide the strategy to the end of its implementation.
5. OBJECTIVES, METHODOLOGY AND TASKS OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The main objective of the assignment is (i) to assess the progress of implementation of the AFRODAD 2016-2020 strategy in relation to its objectives; and (ii) to draft concise and analytical report and recommendations
The methodology to be used in this MTR consist of three activities: (a) Documents review and analysis, (b) Interviews with key informants/respondents in organisations associated with targeted programmes/projects; and (c) Interviews with individuals/organisations/institutions associated (or who should be associated) with AFRODAD.
The following tasks will be undertaken by the consultant in order to reach the main objectives of the assignment:
- (i) Meeting with Management and Board of Directors to discuss the review exercise, detailed methodology, approaches to be used; and experiences in implementing the strategy.
- (ii) Review all documentation related to the assignment (strategy document, work plans and budgets, progress reports, minutes, concept papers etc.);
- (iii) Discussions with staff, the funding and implementing partners, target institutions and other partners on the relevance of the strategy, its design, its operations, management and governance structure, administrative and financial procedures, usefulness, impact, challenges and long-term sustainability;
- (iv) Review of the organisation’s management arrangements to assess effectiveness in the implementation of the programme;
- (v) Preparation by the Consultant of preliminary and final reports on the MTR of the strategy with conclusions and recommendations.
The Consultant will produce a report on the MTR with brief and clear conclusions and recommendations, including:
- The degree to which the strategy outcomes are likely to be delivered
- How relevant, efficient and effective AFRODAD is in Africa’s development processes
- Significant lessons that can be drawn from the strategy implementation experience and results, to date, particularly the elements that have worked well and those that have not.
- General recommendations on improving the implementation of the remaining part of the strategy period.
- Pointers on the content and direction of the new 2016-2018 strategy.
The consultant will be hired for 15 working days, starting as soon as possible, but with the report submitted to AFRODAD not later than 5th April 2019.
8. PROFILE OF THE CONSULTANT
The following is the profile of the consultants sought:
- (i) Higher university degree in Strategic Planning and Management, Public Policy, Human Resources Development, Economics, Public Administration or relevant Social Sciences degrees;
- (ii) Proven track record and experience in carrying out strategic plan development and/or review assessment or similar analytical exercises; Proven track record of professional execution of previous consultancies
- (iii) Good knowledge of the political, economic, and social environment in Africa.
- (iv) Excellent analytical, communication and advocacy skills
- (v) Experience in preparation of reports for similar assignments;
9. APPLICATION PROCESS AND SELECTION CRITERIA
Any consultancy firm or individual interested in undertaking the assignment is invited to submit a proposal with a technical component outlining the approach to be used in carrying out the assignment and as well as a financial component in United States (US) Dollars.
The proposal should include the following:
- Details of the firm or individual;
- Details of the experience of the firm or individual relevant to this assignment;
- A detailed Work Plan and the proposed Methodology, which shall include full justification for procedures to be adopted;
- Financial Proposal; and
- Three traceable References on recent relevant work by the firm or individual.
The criteria for assessing the proposals shall include:
- Qualifications of consultant as given above;
- Understanding of the assignment;
- Detailed methodology and approach proposed;
- Appropriateness of the proposed work plan for the entire assignment;
- Concrete quality assurance measures;
- Financial proposal
Deadline and Address:
The deadline for submission of proposals is 8 March 2019. Please submit tenders to the following address:
The Executive Director, AFRODAD, 31 Atkinson Drive, Hillside, Harare, Zimbabwe.
Or by email to
Only successful candidates will contacted.