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Fundraising strategy for Transparency International Chapters in the Caribbean

Application Closing Date - 30 May 2020

Job Start Date - 01 Jul, 2020

Duration - 01.07.2020 to 30.09.2020

Location - Remote (with a possibility of travel to the region)


BACKGROUND

Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through more than 100 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.

TI and the Caribbean

The Caribbean is a unique sub-region within the Americas, with Spanish, English, French and Dutch speaking countries. It has great economic potential and growth opportunities but faces significant challenges. Several countries are still trying to recover from the devastating effects of the 2017 hurricane season. Countries in the Caribbean face a complex combination of good governance challenges, including a) vulnerability to drug trafficking activities and organized crime, b) prevalence of banking secrecy, c) a weakly-diversified economic base, d) lack of transparency in political party funding, and e) the peculiarities of institutions in small States. At the same time, CSOs in the Caribbean tend to lack the capacity and/or resources to maintain a significant role within their countries.

TI national chapters in the Caribbean are in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and in Guyana. All chapters have already established themselves as main civil society actors whose primary activities revolve around advocacy, research and education activities in the areas of transparency and anticorruption. Two of the three chapters have formed ALACs, Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres, which receive complaints from citizens and whistle-blowers of real and potential instances of corruption and injustice in their countries. All chapters have a strong communications and social media presence that should be used to promote their advocacy efforts. In their last sub-regional meeting in 2018, chapters (along with representatives of CSO’s active in non-chapter countries) mapped the main corruption challenges in the region and a medium to long-term plan for tackling them. Chapters are currently re-examining their plans and aligning them with the TI Movement strategy. They are also working on collective advocacy efforts for which a fundraising strategy is envisioned.

Chapter’s thematic areas of Work

Though thematic work may vary from country to country, TI chapters in the Caribbean are generally focused on advocacy efforts to foster transparency across many sectors of government’s under different approaches but in alignment with TI Secretariat’s global priorities of Political Integrity, Illicit Financial Flows/Dirty Money and shrinking Civil Society Space. For example, chapters have found that national legislations are very uneven in the sub region and that there is a need to harmonise national legislations regarding transparency and accountability. However, there are many commonalities also; chapters agree there is a need for more work focused on political integrity in relation to campaign finance regulations, efficiency and transparency in public expenditure, right to access to information and open government, protection of whistle-blowers and improved laws on political and financial disclosure.

OBJECTIVES

The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin is seeking a fundraising expert with specific knowledge and fundraising experience in the English speaking Caribbean sub-region of the Americas. The expert should produce a strategy document and roadmap for TI chapters in this sub-region for them to carry out during the rest of 2020 and into 2021. Chapters may decide to work on individual national fundraising strategies but also for a collective regional one, if the environment allows for it.

The main aim of this consultancy is for the consultant to increase chapters’ access to funding and raise their capacities in fundraising proposals, support in the mapping and on how to approach and work with local and international donors and stakeholders. The consultancy will need to take into account the current COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the region. The consultancy will finalize with a practical workshop with the chapters in a Caribbean designated country were the guide will be presented, discussed and prepared for roll out. The consultant will be required to (virtually) meet with each chapter beforehand to be able understand chapters’ work and collectively define the fundraising strategy that the chapter is able to follow.

Main objectives are:

  • Research, identification and mapping of a network of donors and partner CSOs and stakeholders with interest/experience in supporting transparency initiatives in the Caribbean.
  • The region is subject to remittances of a huge diaspora, which is also a source of income to the countries and should be included when analysing the region’s fundraising environment.
  • Definition of a local and regional fundraising strategy and agenda, in alignment with chapter’s strategic annual work plans and with CARIPAM report as part of the initial strategy to reaching out to donors.
  • Definition of improved chapter advocacy, promotion and communication between key local and regional stakeholders.
  • Knowledge transfer to chapters on methodology on carrying out high quality fundraising research through electronic alerts, analysis, screening information, data mining techniques, push technology, demographic searches, information from staff, supporters and contacts, and any other sources as appropriate, and of cultivation of donor relationship.

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINE

  • Fundraising strategy document and 2020 roadmap roll out for TI Caribbean chapters
  • 1.5 day fundraising workshop delivered to chapters

All presentations and reports are to be submitted in English, in electronic form, in accordance with the deadlines stipulated above. The Consultant is responsible for editing and quality control of language. The TI Secretariat retains the sole rights with respect to all distribution, dissemination and publication of the deliverables.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The Consultant should have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of national and regional issues in the Caribbean
  • Relevant professional training or qualifications in fundraising research or related fields
  • Proven work experience with an in-depth understanding of donor funding procedures (mapping of donors, project design, rules and regulations governing charitable giving, developing competitive donor proposals, donor interaction, proposal writing and contract negotiations).
  • Proven experience or knowledge of diverse funding mechanisms (institutional donors, foundations, diaspora donors, individual donors, etc.)
  • Proven training and workshop experience, preferably in the Caribbean
  • Previous experience of working with NGO/charity environment
  • Fluent oral and written English communication skills.

REMUNERATION AND COSTS

The Consultants should provide their estimated total fee as a lump sum or as standard daily or hourly rates, before any VAT or other charges.

For Consultants based in the EU, EEA and Switzerland

Transparency International e.V. (Secretariat), (TI-S) is registered as a Business Entity in Germany with VAT identification number DE273612486. In order to determine the Value Added Tax (VAT) implications of this tender, we kindly request that Consultants fill out the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form (instructions inside the form) and submit the completed and duly signed form along with their email application.

The link to the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form is available below.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The application should include the following documents in English:

  • Business proposal with quotes
  • Motivation letter and Curriculum Vitae
  • One sample of relevant previous work (confidentiality guaranteed).
  • Completed VAT Form for Tenders (Only for Consultants based in the EU, EEA and Switzerland)

Please indicate Fundraising strategy Caribbean in the subject line of your email application. Applications should be sent in English by email to [insert contact name] at fundstrategycaribbean@transparency.org by close of business of 20/05/2020.

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Data protection

When you respond to this tender and submit your application, you provide consent that Transparency International e. V. keeps your application materials for the period of ten years according to German legal requirements. Afterwards Transparency International will delete your application and any personal data included in it. If you have any questions please reach out to dataprotection@transparency.org

Guidelines for handling overhead and travel expenses

  1. Overhead

Regular overhead expenses associated with the Consultants maintaining their place of business, such as rent, telephone, utilities or stationery, are included in the Consultant’s professional fee, except where explicitly agreed otherwise in the contract.

  1. Travel

Travel and accommodation expenses will as far as possible, and where applicable, be recovered from the institutions and companies hosting events or using the outputs provided by the Consultant.

Where such cost recovery is not possible, all travel is subject to prior approval by TI-S staff responsible for the financial management of the Project or TI Budget Line that will support the costs of travel. TI shall not issue travel advances to the Consultants. For accommodation or travel by air, rail or coach, they will instead have to contact TI-S that will make travel arrangements on the Consultant’s behalf.

All travel booked by TI-S will include travel health and accident insurance with worldwide coverage and Economy class only; accommodation will aim to achieve best value for money up to a 4-star category.

Consultants shall be entitled to invoice TI-S only for local transportation and visa cost (if applicable).

Subsistence allowance (per diems) and expenses for individual meals cannot be claimed. These are part of Consultant’s business expenses.

"Appointments to all positions will be made on merit, regardless of gender; region; religion; disability; family status; sexual orientation, etc. We are committed to open, fair, and transparent appointment, recruitment, hiring, and procurement procedures and practice. Family members, and friends and organisations with which we or our families or friends are associated, will not be accorded preferential treatment. […] To manage potential conflicts of interest, we will disclose such connections with potential applicants or candidates of whom we are aware. We will recuse ourselves from any recruitment or contracting process where we have a conflict of interest. We will ask shortlisted candidates to declare such relations at Transparency International Secretariat or with the Board of Directors. We will not allow situations in which close family relatives or partners are in a direct reporting relationship to one another."