Organization: Afghanistan Organization for Civil Society
Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (CSOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.
NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support CSOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national CSO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable CSOs to address these challenges. AICS is established with the following aims:
a) Raise credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local organizations against locally defined and internationally recognized standards;
b) Systematize capacity building efforts of local organizations by coordinating initiatives against measurable performance indicators;
c) Strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through collective efforts of policy dialogue and active engagement with government, donors, the private sector and the broader civil society sector;
d) Provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.
2) Purpose of the assignment:
During the assessment of CSOs under its certification program and analysis of key findings, AICS observed that a considerable number of CSOs required assistance in the development of policies for various organizational functions. In order to address this need, AICS intends to hire consultant/ consulting agency to aid preparing generic set of policy reference manuals in key management functions adapted to internal organizational culture, values, context and structure. With an aim to strengthen the management of CSOs, the policy reference manuals/ guide book developed as result of this assignment will be made available to CSOs openly for public good.
These reference manuals will be developed in English and will cover key the management functions such as – Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Procurement Management and Communication and Outreach. The reference manuals should be able respond to the known trends in gaps among Afghan CSOs against International best practices and Afghan law as captured by AICS’s analysis of certification outcomes.
AICS is hiring consultant/ consultancy firm for a short-term consultancy to develop five organizational policy reference manuals for CSOs working in Afghanistan, edit and finalize an additional manual that has already been drafted, and develop a CSO Governance Guide Book. Comprehensive and updated policy reference manuals and Guide Book shall cover the following topics:
a) Reference Manual:
i) Financial Management Policy and Procedure
ii) Monitoring and Evaluation Policy and Procedure
iii) Communication and Outreach Policy and Procedure
iv) Project Management Policy and Procedure
v) Procurement Management Policy and Procedure
vi) Human Resource Policy and Procedure (edit and finalize existing draft)
b) Guide book:
i) CSO Governance
3) Main duties and responsibilities of consultant(s)/ consultancy firm:
While working in close collaboration with the AICS Certification Department, the consultant/ consultancy firm is expected to:
a) Review local Afghan laws related to CSOs, including but not limited to – the NGO Law, The Labor Law, The Income Tax Law, The Associations Law, The Custom Law and norms of International best practices such as International Financial Reporting Standards, etc.
b) Organize meetings with the certification staff including AICS management, certified CSOs, etc. to identify the needs of the CSOs in management functions
c) Review International best practices and standards governing finance, procurement management, monitoring and evaluation, communication and outreach, project management and CSOs governance
d) Conduct mapping and research on the CSOs sector weaknesses to better understand their operational needs including reviewing past AICS reports and certification data analysis
e) Prepare initial draft of the Policy Reference Manuals/ Guide Book and present to AICS management for review and feedback
f) Incorporate feedback and present a final version of the Policy Reference Manuals/ Guide Book for AICS management. Each Policy Reference Manuals and Guide Book should range between 25-30 page text (A4 size) in 12 pitch Times New Roman font.
g) Provide related up to date researches and background documents to AICS along with the manuals as Annexures
4) Scope of the assignment, deliverables and timelines:
The consultancy is expected to begin from November 2018 and successfully completed by Jan. 15, 2019. The main expected results are:
a) Review and document existing laws, government regulations/ manuals/ tools and related documents
b) Ensure understanding related to functioning of the CSOs sector in Afghanistan and their related institutional needs
c) Submit detailed workplan and inception report
d) Interact with AICS certification staff to understand their needs and agree upon the scope of work and assignment related timelines
5 days are allocated for the above tasks
a) Present first draft of the CSO Governance Guide Book for review
b) Incorporate recommendations, comments and changes suggested by the AICS
c) Present the second draft of the CSO Governance guide book for finalization
d) Finalize the CSO Governance guide book
7 days are allocated for the above task
a) Present first draft of the Financial Policy and Procedure Reference Manual, Monitoring and Evaluation Policy and Procedure Reference Manual), Project Management Policy Reference Manual, Procurement Management Policy Reference, Communication and Outreach Policy Reference Manual, edit and finalise Human Resource Policy and Procedure (Reference Manual) for AICS review
b) Incorporate recommendations, comments and changes suggested by the AICS
c) Present the second draft of the Financial Policy and Procedure Reference Manual, Monitoring and Evaluation Policy and Procedure Reference Manual), Project Management Policy Reference Manual, Procurement Management Policy Reference, Communication and Outreach Policy Reference Manual, and Human Resource Policy and Procedure (Reference Manual) for AICS and donor finalization.
d) Finalize Financial Policy and Procedure Reference Manual, Monitoring and Evaluation Policy and Procedure Reference Manual), Project Management Policy Reference Manual, Procurement Management Policy Reference, Communication and Outreach Policy Reference Manual, and Human Resource Policy and Procedure (Reference Manual) for AICS review. after incorporating CPI review and comments.
40 days are allocated for the above task
a) Presentation and orientation to AICS certification staff on developed Policy Reference Manuals and Guide Book.
b) Present final copies of the Policy Reference Manuals and Guide Book to AICS.
4 days allocated for the above task
The consultant(s)/ consultancy firm will report to the AICS – Director of Certifications but work closely with the Manager Certification, Manager Finance and Human Resources, Manager M&E, Communications and Outreach Specialist and Manager Operations.
6) Work location:
The selected consultant/ consultancy firm can undertake the assignment either at AICS Office, Kabul, Afghanistan or through distance.
7) AICS shall be responsible for:
a) Organizing meeting(s), workshop(s) and other event(s) as suggested by the consultant(s)/consultancy firm
b) On-time payments to consultant(s)/ consultancy firm after completion all policy reference manuals and guide book
c) Provide support required from AICS, such as stationary, printing, working desk, Internet connection, contact address(s) etc.
d) AICS has the right to terminate the contract if its feedback or terms and references mentioned in the contract not being followed by the consultant(s)/ consultancy firm
e) Provide all the secondary documents related to the assignment
8) Qualifications and Competencies Required:
Consultants/ consultancy firm shall provide complete details of the consultants’ relevant work experience in each discipline and a complete list of undertaking similar assignments in the past. The consultants/ consultancy firm should also comply with a minimum qualification of:
a) Master’s degree in the fields related to Finance, Human Resource, NGO Management, Institutional Development and/ or International Development
b) At least five years working experience in recognized organizations in the field of system development/ Organization Development and setting up policies and procedures in the area of institutional development and management
c) Strong communication and writing skills
d) Ability to work independently using initiative to complete projects and prioritize workload efficiently
e) Ability to work in a multi-tasked and multi-deadlines environment with strong management experience This is to be noted that as soon as one of the policy reference manuals are drafted/ developed. The selected consultant/ consultancy firm need to share with AICS for review and feedback. 40 working day is considered for the entire policies to be developed, presented to AICS for feedback, incorporate AICS, its donor feedback and finalize the policies.
Interested applicants (consultant(s)/ consultancy firms) should submit the following:
a) Financial proposal
b) Technical proposal detailing the consultants/ consultancy firms:
i) An understanding of the requirements
ii) Approach, methodology and work plan for performing the assignment
iii) Team composition and task assignment
iv) Detailed reference list indicating the scope and magnitude of similar assignments
v) Registration and other relevant statutory documents
Note: Technical and financial proposals will be submitted as separate documents. Financial proposals for non-qualifying technical proposals will not be opened.
Application: Applicants meeting the above requirements are encouraged to submit their complete applications electronically to email@example.com no later than 30 October 2018. Incomplete applications shall not be entertained for further processing. Only shortlisted consultant(s)/ consultancy firms shall be contacted for interview and to present work experience related to the assignment