RECRUITMENT OF A SHORT-TERM CONSULTANT TO DEVELOP A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE LIBERIA ELECTION OBSERVATION NETWORK (LEON)

TERMS OF REFERENCE

1.0 Background

The Liberia Election Observation Network (LEON) was established in 2017 to contribute to strengthening Liberia’s electoral democracy through CSO capacity building, election observation, legislative and social media monitoring and assertive advocacy on electoral reform that guarantees the equitable participation of women and other marginalized groups in politics. LEON has since developed into one of Liberia’s primary and most respected organizations operating in the democracy and governance space of Liberia. LEON’s relevance in this light will be gauged by its capacity to influence local and national level stakeholders for consensus building on electoral standards; the quality of its knowledge products; its ability to build and sustain own credibility through internal technical capacity enhancement frameworks and activities; and engagements in all national, special, by-elections and legislative monitoring activities throughout Liberia.

LEON is a partnership organization encompassing the Liberian Crusaders for Peace (LCP), the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC), the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), and the National Union of Organizations for the Disabled (NUOD). The network emphasizes the participation and representation of marginalized segments of the Liberian people, in particular women, youth, and persons with disabilities.

In terms of section 4 of a Grant Agreement between LEON and The Carter Center (TCC) which is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), LEON is amongst other things, tasked with the development of a five-year strategic plan inclusive of a sustainability plan. When completed, the strategic plan will guide the development and achievements of LEON’s short and long-term goals and objectives taking into consideration modular frameworks and the fluidity of the socio-political environment LEON operates in. LEON now extend to eligible applicants an invitation to tender for a consultancy to develop its five-year strategic plan.

2.0  Objectives

The objective of the assignment is to develop a five-year (2022-2026) strategic plan for LEON informed by:

  1. Final Evaluation of the Carter Center’s Strengthening Citizen Voices to Advance Electoral. Reform and Democratic Governance in Liberia (30 June 2021).
  2. Strengthening Citizen Voices to Advance Electoral Reform and Democratic Governance in Liberia project 2021 and previous project documents and proposals including baseline reports if any,
  3. Program assessment documents produced before,
  4. Past project work plans and quarterly and annual progress reports,
  5. LEON reports and other reports provided by stakeholders with data and information  related to LEON,
  6. Relevant agreements between LEON and TCC.
  7. SWOT analysis to determine the impact of the internal and external environment on the ability of LEON to implement the strategy. The SWOT will help LEON to focus on its strengths, minimize threats, and take the greatest possible advantage of opportunities available to it.
  8. Assessment of both the internal and external work environment through a Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental and Legal (PESTEL) analysis, and an evaluation of the key stakeholders through a stakeholder analysis must undertaken.
  9. In addition to these documents, the consultant will be provided with other relevant documents that will be identified during the course of the review.

3.0  Scope and financial implications of the proposed Strategic Plan

In line with the Grant Agreement and the decision of the Steering Committee (SC), the Strategic Plan (2022-2026) is expected to outline and strengthen LEON programmes articulated by a well-designed logical framework that will guide implementation and will enable monitoring of impact; as well as improving on visibility and awareness of LEON across Liberia and in international circles through a comprehensive outreach programme aligned to LEON’s mission.

Given that the strategic plan will incorporate a sustainability plan, it would therefore be critical that the consultant considers actionable and attainable strategies for local and international fund raising.

The scope of work of the Consultant(s) will include, but not be limited to:

  • Review the mandate of LEON.
    • Consult the Steering Committee for input throughout the process.
    • Undertake a situation analysis of LEON,
    • Through a consultative process and application of appropriate tools of analysis, identify focus areas and develop strategic objectives and key result areas.
    • Review institutional capacity and set-up of LEON against its mandates and identify strategic objectives and key results areas and make recommendations
    • Propose a strategy for achieving strategic objectives and key results.
    • Develop a Result and Resources Framework & Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the planned period.
    • Share drafts on all components of the Strategic Plan with the Steering Committee
    • Finalize and validate the Strategic Plan.

4.0 Deliverables and Timeframes

The assignment shall take 35 working days over 60 days starting November 1, 2021, as follows:

ACTIVITYOUTPUTTIMEFRAME
Preparation and presentation of the inception reportInception Report5 Days
Facilitating Strategic Planning workshop of LEONWorkshop Report5 Days
Drafting of LEON Strategic Plan 2022- 2026 , inclusive of a sustainability plan1st Draft Strategic Plan15 days
Presentation      and       Facilitation       of Validation Workshop for LEONWorkshop Report5 Days
Finalization of LEON Strategic Plan 2022- 2026Final Draft Strategic Plan5 Days
TOTAL DAYS 35 Days

5.0  Consultant’s profile

Individuals with the following specific qualifications, attributes and experience are encouraged to apply:

  1. Advanced degree in Social Sciences, Management, or related fields.
  2. At least 5 years’ experience in the design, review, formulation Strategic Plans for Not-for-Profit Organizations
  3. Experience facilitating meetings of diverse groups and ensuring that all can contribute
  4. Prior strategic planning and development work and evidence of undertaking similar assignments.

6.  Reporting Arrangements

The Consultant shall report to LEON through the secretariat under the supervision of the The Carter Center.

7.  Selection Criteria

Interested applicants should submit, in their application packages, sample(s) of their previous work related to objectives in section 2, and consultant’s profile in section 5.

The evaluation criteria will be based on the following:

CategoryMaximum Score
Academic Qualifications30
Relevant experience supported by samples of relevant work40
Ability to work with minimal supervision, a high level of written and oral communications skills in English.10
Financial weight20
Total100

Interested applicants to submit their applications to: liberiarecruitment@cartercenter.org with an indicative budget by close of business on Monday October 18, 2021, at 5PM GMT.