Call for Proposals: Consultant - Technical Assistance for Organisational Development Support

African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR]
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 30 September, 2016
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) is a regional coalition of 18 organisations in Africa working with men who have sex with men (MSM), lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons. Through advocacy and capacity strengthening, AMSHeR works to promote non-discrimination, particularly based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and to advance access to quality health service for MSM/ LGBT individuals in Africa. AMSHeR provides a platform for exchange, learning, and advocacy among grassroots MSM/LGBT organisations, human rights organizations, national agencies, and other stakeholders working with and/or for MSM/LGBT communities in Africa.

Starting in 2015, following a period of intense organisational renewal, AMSHeR moved forward with a new strategic plan comprised of five thematic areas and three strategic objectives. The five thematic areas include capacity strengthening, advocacy, research and knowledge management, emergency management, and partnerships.  The three strategic objectives are an improved policy framework for health and rights for LGBT and MSM; improved response to stigma, discrimination, violence and other human rights violations; and, strengthened organisational capacity for the AMSHeR secretariat and its members.  A comprehensive results framework is included in the strategy plan and guides the development of annual work plans.

AMSHeR is now at the mid-point of the period covered by the plan and, as the 2015 Annual Report sets out, has made significant progress in the achievement of planned results. To maintain this momentum over the remaining period of the plan, AMSHeR is seeking to conduct a mid-term review. The results of the review will allow the Steering Committee and the Board of the organisation to take stock of successes, challenges and lessons learned.  This will in turn guide the organisation to make any needed adjustments over the next 18-monhts to ensure that AMSHeR continues to achieve meaningful results for its members and for MSM and LGBT constituencies across the continent.  As a component of this work, particularly in relation to Strategic Objective 3, AMSHeR also wishes to conduct an external review to gain additional insight on its strategic impact on the continent.  Evidence generated through this process and through the mid-term review of the strategic plan will then be used to develop a five-year organisational development and sustainability plan to guide AMSHeR’s continued growth and development over the next five years.

AMSHeR is seeking the support of a qualified technical consultant to assist the organisation to conduct a mid-term review of its Strategy Plan, to undertake a rapid external review of organisational effectiveness, and to support the development of a five-year organisational development plan. Purpose and objectives of the consultancy.

The overall purpose of the consultancy is to provide the requested technical support to AMSHeR to complete a review of its current progress and to use the results to inform the development of a 5-year plan for the network’s ongoing growth and development.
The specific objectives of the consultancy are:

  • To facilitate a mid-term review of the current AMSHeR Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018 and formulate recommendations for more effective and efficient implementation of the second half of the plan;
  • To conduct an external review of the effectiveness and impact of AMSHeR among a range of stakeholders to be specified by AMSHeR;
  • To facilitate the session of the Steering Committee meeting of AMSHeR on the results of the mid-term review and external review;
  • To develop a comprehensive and costed five-year organizational development and sustainability plan.


The consultant shall deliver the following:

  • Inception report detailing the proposed methodology for the three components of the assignment;
  • Report of midterm review;
  • Report of the external review;
  • PowerPoint presentation for Steering Committee session;
  • Five-year organisational development and sustainability plan (including budget and results framework). 

Proposed approach

In developing the methodology, the consultant shall include the following:
Development of a review framework -- AMSHeR will work with the consultant during the inception period to finalize review objectives, key questions, and criteria.

Key informant interviews--The consultant, in consultation with AMSHeR, will identify relevant individuals among staff, members, donors, partners and others to participate in the reviews. AMSHeR will also assist to motivate their participation.

Document review--AMSHeR will assist the consultant to identify and obtain all relevant documents.

Level effort and timeline
The deliverables shall be completed in a maximum of 20 days between 1 October and 30 November 2016.
Consultant qualifications

The following minimum qualifications are essential for this consultancy:

  • Previous experience conducting mid-term reviews and external reviews in similar contexts to AMSHeR;
  • Proven track record in supporting institutional development of organisations similar to AMSHeR (submission of a previous work sample is required);
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of HIV and MSM issues across continental Africa;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the funding landscape for HIV and MSM issues at regional and global levels;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • Strong ability to facilitate dialogue and consensus-building across different stakeholders and cultural contexts;
  • Proven ability to deliver high-quality consultancy products within short timelines and under challenging conditions.

Management and supervision

The consultancy will be managed through the AMSHeR secretariat in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.
The consultant will be supervised by the AMSHeR Executive Director.


An interested consultant should send an Expression of Interest and their CV detailing requisite qualification and evidence of past work to

The submission deadline is 30 September 2016.

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