Terms of Reference
Partnership Survey for the AGIR Partner Organizations
This document serves as the Terms of Reference (ToR) for a Partnership Survey to be administrated to the AGIR Partner Organizations which is to be conducted between March till May 2021. Its aim and objectives are highlighted below.
About the AGIR Programme
The Swedish support to civil society in Mozambique is structured through a program called AGIR – Actions towards an Inclusive and Responsible Governance. AGIR consists of four sub-programmes, which are coordinated by Intermediary Partner Organisations (IPOs), namely Diakonia, Oxfam IBIS, Oxfam Novib and We Effect. The four sub-programmes are independent and focus on specific thematic areas, where the IPOs have specialized capacity and experience. The Diakonia sub-programme focuses on democracy and human rights enforcement; the We Effect sub-programme on natural resources, agriculture, climate and environment, the Oxfam Novib sub-programme focuses mainly on active citizenship; and the Oxfam IBIS sub-programmes’ main thematic is access to information and citizens’ engagement. However, the four sub-programmes are joint together in AGIR II and work closely together to achieve the programme’s overarching to support Mozambican local civil society organization. The AGIR Program is now on its last year of the second phase that encompasses six (6) years, 2015-2020.
The joint overall objective of AGIR II is: “A Mozambican society where its citizens, particularly the most marginalized groups, fully enjoy their rights to inclusion and equity, to redistribution of wealth created from the country’s patrimony, to accessible and affordable public services of good quality, to basic civil freedoms and to political representation and participation; in a peaceful and ecologically sustainable environment”.
The IPOs currently support a total of 59 partner organisations (POs), which represent a wide range of the Mozambican civil society organizations, including grassroots organisations, service providers, academic/semi-academic organisations and NGOs. The POs represent all eleven1 provinces of Mozambique, however with an overweight in Maputo and larger provincial capitals. The combination of different types of POs contributes greatly to the inclusiveness of AGIR and to the achievement of the overarching objectives of the programme, since the different organisations fulfil different roles, complement one another and add different value to the programme. Those 59 key partners receive core funding based on their own strategic plans, a funding modality which has been fundamental to the organisations’ internal capacity building, institutional sustainability as well as the long-term implementation of their strategic plans.
Experience With Performance Surveys
AGIR conducted three Performance Surveys in 2016, 2017, 2019 and decided to repeat this process in
2021 in the final stage of the implementation of the programme. The previous survey reports presented what AGIR partners said about the IPOs management of the programme and the usage of the results to compare to benchmarks reflecting partner ratings from the many INGOs over the world was an added value. For AGIR, the survey became an important tool as it was used as a means of formative monitoring to improve the critical aspects in the following years.
Purpose of the survey
The survey will focus on the following key areas: Capacity building support, financial and administrative support, relationships between IPOs and POs and good donorship principles. After 6 years of implementation, it is necessary to conduct a final survey with three main purposes:
1. Bring the POs reflection on the experience with AGIR programme comparing with other civil society supporting programmes implemented in Moz, on different areas presented above.
2. Collect the POs recommendations for future interventions of the same nature, aiming at strengthening Mozambican Civil Society in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, the level of accountability and transparency among IPOs and POs
3. Compare the AGIR programme approach with similar programmes/INGOs around the world.
As per Keystone Partnership Survey standard methodology a survey questionnaire will be administered to the 59 organizations, taking into account the areas and dimensions presented above. Some of the questions that shall guide the survey are:
• Has the program managed effectively to address capacity constraints of the POs and what specific technical support was provided by the IPOs (programmatically & financially)?
• Are the program’s results likely to be sustainable beyond AGIR’s lifetime? What were the visible actions that contributed to ensuring sustainability?
• To which extent the AGIR program contributed to have more responsive civil society?
• What was the IPOs added value as Intermediary Partner Organizations?
• What were the key issues that affected programme implementation? What are the recommendations for future like- minded programmes?;
• What are the significant lessons or conclusions which can be drawn from the programme in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact?
• At least 10 years of proven experience in undertaking partner satisfaction surveys with national and international organizations operating in the development area;
• Proven experience in undertaking partner satisfaction surveys in different countries across the globe;
• Experience in benchmarking the results of the surveys with other likeminded organizations in different countries is an advantage;
• Ability to Conduct research using ICTs;
• Have duly qualified personnel with experience demonstrated in researches.
Deliverables and timeframe
The key deliverables and the proposed submission dates are mentioned below. Please note that the dates are desirable but can have minor modifications (to earlier dates if possible and convenient for both parts). It is expected that the consultant/s use a maximum of 45 working days (not calendar days) to undertake the assignment.
Interested candidates who fulfill the criteria above shall submit their technical and financial proposals till March 24, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Maputo, March 2021