Diakonia - People change the world

Consultant for Organisational Capacity Assessment

We work for a just, equal and sustainable world by changing political, economic, social and cultural structures that cause poverty, inequality, oppression and violence. The Africa Economic Justice (AEJ) is a regional programme supporting regional civil society organizations working in Sub-Saharan Africa. The work of AEJ is divided into three thematic clusters on unfair financial flows; financial and investment regimes and economic empowerment of women. The programme is managed from the Diakonia Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya, since 2007. For more information please visit: https://www.diakonia.se/en/Where-we-work/Africa/Regional-programme-Africa-Economic-Justice-AEJ/

Diakonia is a Swedish International development organization that works together with local partner organizations for sustainable change for the most vulnerable people in the world. 

Request for Proposals


Diakonia invites proposals from consultancy firms to conduct an Organisational Capacity Assessment (OCA) for regional civil society partners implementing a programme on promoting Domestic Resource Mobilisation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The main objective of the assignment is to establish partners’ strengths and gaps in the following areas: thematic and technical capacity, strategic communication, effective and innovative advocacy methods, governance, institutional and administrative capacity, monitoring and evaluation, results based management, and employing a rights based approach to development in all programmes, including a special focus on its three mainstreaming areas of gender, conflict, and environment. This will be done with the view of strengthening capacities, and suggesting realistic recommendations on how partners can address the highlighted capacity gaps in the short, mid, and long-term. 

We are looking for a consultancy firm with the following expertise:

A minimum of a Masters’ degree and 5 years relevant work experience in providing Organizational Capacity Development services to regional organizations.

At least 7 years’ experience in the development field working with Civil Society in Sub-Saharan Africa at regional level, and preferably good knowledge and experience on institutional strengthening of regional organizations.

An in-depth understanding of the social, Economic and cultural context in which regional CSOs work.

Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills

Fluency in English and working knowledge of French and/or any other AU language

Strong facilitation, interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work well with diverse people.

Possess excellent coordination abilities.

Be an excellent team player.

Ability to work on demanding deadlines

Proven understanding and experience of human rights based programming, progressive theories of change, participatory approaches, gender and environmental mainstreaming as well as conflict sensitive approaches to development.

A good understanding of Diakonia’s thematic area of social and economic justice. This includes fair distribution of wealth and access to natural resources with the following specific thematic areas:

  • Harmful tax competition between member states
  • Tax evasion and tax avoidance
  • Public debt management
  • Corporate transparency and accountability in the extractive   sector.
Application process
Applications shall be sent in soft copy on or before the 22nd of February 2019 to the following email africa@diakonia.se.
For more information about the assessment please download the Terms of Reference.