In advance of the next Request for Proposals (RfP) in 2018, the RCNF International Steering Committee has decided to embark on an independent evaluation of the consortia model employed by the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF).

Since its establishment in 2012, RCNF had 3 rounds of funding:

  1. 2013 – Round 1 (for the period of 1 year);
  2. 2014-2015 – Round 2 (for the period of 2 years);
  3. 2016-2018 – Round 3 (for the period of 3 years).

To help alignment among HIV community and civil society actors and to reduce the competition between networks and their members for RCNF funding, as of Round 2 the RCNF prioritized consortia of networks i.e. grant-making decisions took into account whether the networks demonstrated their ability to come together as consortia to jointly apply for RCNF funding. Ahead of the next RfP it has been deemed important to take stock of the “consortia model” lessons learnt to adjust and improve the model going forward to ensure that it is fit for purpose and responds to varying grantee capacities and needs.


Please read the full Terms of Reference here.

The RCNF current model of incentivizing and supporting RCNF grantees’ coming together as consortia to implement the RCNF grants needs to be assessed in advance of the next Request for Proposals (RfP) for 2019-2021 (i.e. by the end of Q1, 2018). The assessment needs to:

  • Be based on five domains with summaries and recommendations for: efficiency, effectiveness, impact, relevance, and sustainability;
  • Capture the success and challenges as well as draw practical lessons on what worked and what did not work with the RCNF consortia model (from the point of view of grantees, management and grant making etc.) as the current model evolved since 2014 to date for both the grantees and the FMA/Secretariat;
  • Review the purposes and objectives for the organizations to come together as a consortia (e.g. mentoring/strengthening organizations and movements, strategic thematic need etc.), especially the effect the RCNF’s consortia model has had on advancing the mandate of the RCNF to strengthen civil society and community networks;
  • Summarize how consortia were formalized (through MoUs or ToRs etc.) and what approaches were most effective within the different consortia (size-based, issue-based, population-based, global and regional networks together, only regional networks, established and emerging consortiums etc.)
  • Set out options for how the consortia model needs to be adjusted going forward to improve it and make it fit for purpose (per clearly defined intent and objectives for the use of the consortia model);
  • Develop a roadmap on how to form consortium, what key features should be in place amongst partners, how are roles and responsibilities defined – consortium creation, implementation, administration and facilitation;
  • Develop recommendations for grantees, FMA and the Secretariat respectively to operationalize the model to serve diverse needs of RCNF grantees.


The Terms of Reference for the consortia model evaluation is announced during the week of 15th January 2018. Deadline for submissions of expressions of interest is close of business (COB) on 29th January i.e. 6 pm (CET).

The final decision on the selection of the consultant will be announced in the 1st week of February. The consultancy is expected to commence the review in early February, 2018. A solid draft of the initial report is expected to be delivered by the 20th March, a presentation to the RCNF Program Advisory Panel (PAP) is expected during the 22nd and 23rd of March, the final report is expect in mid-April.


Consultants who are interested in doing this assignment are asked to submit a proposal of 5 pages maximum. A team of consultants that can demonstrate diverse expertise are particularly encouraged to apply, as well as those that have both global north and south experience to better understand the diverse regional contexts of grantees.

In this proposal the consultants are asked to present the following:

  • An action plan with timeline
  • Methods
  • Expected deliverables
  • A budget estimate
  • Expertise in organizational/partnership management as well as in change management, including financial management of multi-member partnerships, and the ability to utilize and interpret both quantitative and qualitative data sources.
  • A list of relevant work done in this area
  • Familiarity with the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund
  • Declaration of potential conflicts of interest

Deadline for submissions of proposals is 6 pm (CET), January 29th 2018.

Please submit your proposal by e-mail to:
Sergey Votyagov
Fund Director
Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund

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