Call for consultant for study: Funding for CSOs in the Neighbourhood, Development and International
CONCORD is the European confederation of NGOs working on sustainable development and international cooperation. We are made up of member organisations: 26 national platforms, 25 international networks and 7 associate members that represent over 2,600 NGOs, supported by millions of people across Europe.
We work together to ensure that European policies promote equal, just and inclusive societies in a sustainable world.
CONCORD is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. All employment decisions are made entirely on merit.
In the framework of its work on financing and funding for sustainable development, CONCORD Europe is launching a call for an external consultant. This research aims to assess the trends in EU funding to civil society organisations and explore potential adaptations of the funding mechanisms for CSOs to support our advocacy work.
As stated in the New European Consensus on Development, and reaffirmed by the Council of the European Union, the EU and its Member States recognise the multiple roles that Civil Society Organisations play (CSOs) in the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as their essential role in economic, social, political, environmental, development and humanitarian fields, complementing the role of the State in providing services, reaching out to vulnerable and marginalised people, eradicating poverty, building resilience, and contributing to ensure that no one is left behind. As such, the European Commission has committed to support CSOs in all external instruments and programmes and in all areas of cooperation, including through a flexible and tailor-made approach to funding in order to reach all types of CSOs (The roots of Democracy and sustainable development: Europes engagement with Civil Society in external relations, Commission communication, 2012). This ambition to support CSOs was also reiterated in the specific objectives of the NDICI-Global Europe instrument.
However, CONCORDs preliminary analysis reveals a growing sense of unease over the evolution of the EU funding landscape for CSOs in recent years. Despite the EU institutions long established commitment to working with CSOs and financing their programmes, many CSOs around the globe are concerned with the implementation of the NDICI-GE so far and their exclusion from decision-making processes shaping financing decisions. On top of this, there is currently very little reliable data available on the implementation of the NDICI-GE and funding going to and through CSOs.
Objectives and scope of the work
The study aims to assess the trends in EU funding to civil society organisations and illustrate contradictions between the EUs political discourse towards CSOs and the EUs programming and funding decisions under the NDICI-GE. The purpose of this study is to support CONCORDs discussion with the EU institutions about the role of CSOs and the barriers they face in the implementation of the NDICI-GE in light of the upcoming mid-term review of the instrument, and contribute to reflections and potential adaptations of the funding mechanisms for CSOs.
For the data analysis: the consultant will be asked to analyse the NDICI-GE programmes documents (MIPS and AAPs) for a phased number of countries in the following regions: Asia Pacific (10), Africa (20), Middle East and Eurasia (10), Latin America and Caribbean (5)
For the qualitative analysis: the consultant will be asked to cover a smaller number of countries as case studies in Asia Pacific (1), Africa (2), Middle East (1), Latin America and Caribbean (1)
The main tasks of the work would include:
Conducting the data analysis of 45 NDICI programmes documents (MIPS and AAPs) based on CONCORD guiding questions on funding modalities
Interviewing external stakeholders, including EU and Member states officials as well as civil society organisations from 5 partner countries on funding modalities for CSOs.
Consulting with CONCORD members in order to gather input along the process
Developing a first draft of the study report with recommendations to EU institutions and present it to CONCORD members
Integrate CONCORD members feedback in order to develop a final draft of the report
The main deliverables of the work would include:
Dataset analysed together with derived statistics and charts on the basis of the guiding questions
Narrative report with interpretation of data, including conclusions and recommendations to EU institutions on funding modalities which support CSOs
Summary powerpoint including main insights, conclusions and recommendations
Infographic with a focus on easy-to-capture data visualization
Consultant must have:
A working knowledge of the EU international cooperation landscape;
Ideally some published studies related to EU CSOs funding;
Sound knowledge of the CSOs context;
Strong analytical skills, already showed particularly on development funding;
Excellent English writing skills, with the ability to write about complex issues in an engaging and punchy way;
Experience working in the NGO environment is an advantage.
The work should be carried out between March and May 2023, when the results of the research should be finalised.
Please note that project proposals should not exceed 18 000 euros
How to apply:
To apply for this post, please upload the following documents on CONCORD's job portal:
The CV of all the applicants outlining their relevant expertise to meet this assignment (2 pages recommended);
Your proposal on how you will undertake this research, including a suggested number of days and their distribution between the different tasks and phases of the work and your day rate (2 pages max).
If you are submitting a group application, please provide the CV for each of the candidates and one single proposal.
In case of any difficulties or questions, you may contact Louise Marty. The deadline for applications is 15 March at midnight CET.
Tuesday 07 march 2023