Vacancy: Consultant on Strategic Planning

Terms of Reference (TOR) – Kyrgyzstan
“Strengthening Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan”


Freedom House seeks a consultant with experience in CSOs’ Strategic plan development. The consultant will provide consultations aimed at development of strategic plan of Freedom House grantees – non-profit organizations- within Strengthening Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan USAID-funded program. The key consultation purpose is to improve grantees’ organizational capacities with the goal of enabling them to receive funding directly from USAID, and thus improving their overall sustainability, by the end of the grant.

Freedom House Overview

For over 70 years, Freedom House has been dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world through its unique combination of analysis, advocacy, and action. The organization’s mission is founded upon the principle that freedom is possible only in democratic political systems where governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women are guaranteed.

Representation of the “Freedom House” in Kyrgyzstan has been operating since 2002, strengthening the capacity of local civil society groups in part to take immediate action in case of violation of human rights by providing lawyers with the skills to protect the right to freedom of assembly, and local community groups providing tools to combat gender-based violence and bride kidnapping.

Project Background

Freedom House is managing Strengthening Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan three-year program (running from September 2013 to September 2016) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Freedom House provides 3 organizations with institutional grants that support the twin purposes of strengthening the capacity of key organizations and supporting monitoring and advocacy in Kyrgyzstan to strengthen observance of human rights.
In particular, Freedom House seeks a consultant for conducting consultations in developing of Strategic plan for core partners. Freedom House aims to improve core partners’ Institutional management. Consultation will be based on the organizational diagnostic recommendations which core partners have already passed.

Scope of Work

The consultant together with Organizational Development Specialist (ODS) of Freedom House in Kyrgyzstan will provide consultation and assistance in developing strategic plan and all related documents for Freedom House 3 core partners. Two consultations will be conducted in Bishkek and one consultation will be conducted in Osh. The trainer will report to ODS.

The deliverables for this consultancy will include:

• Strategic plan of the organization;
• PR strategy;
• Monitoring and Evaluation of the organizational performance;
• Report on the provided service.

Length of Service

Active work period begins on the date when the last of the two sides signed the contract and the end of the service no later than 30 August 2016.

Application Guidelines

This position is open to local and international applicants. The selected consultant should have demonstrated expertise in capacity building in Strategic Planning of CSOs. In particular, at development of above mentioned deliverables.
Additional information about desired qualifications is listed below:
• Russian language fluency is mandatory, including ability to speak and develop consultation agenda in Russian language
• Minimum 3 years of experience designing Strategic plan of CSOs and all related document;
• Strong facilitation, presentation, and communication skills

Interested applicants should provide a current CV and a two-page cover letter. Online or hard-copy examples of past successful consultation material\manuals developed by applicant is encouraged.

Please also provide an abridged budget detailing anticipated daily rate for the consultation(s). Also include a short cost justification – detailing your salary history and/or daily rate for your last 3 consultations – and the names and contact information for 2 recent references.

Budget Guidelines

Freedom House will cover all costs relevant to conducting the consultation, including the days required, daily rate(s). Please note that payment in full will not be made until all project deliverables have been received and verified as meeting Freedom House’s expectations. Bids will be evaluated on a competitive basis, and cost efficiency will be a consideration in the review process.

Contact Information

Interested applicants must provide all materials outlined below to with the contact information provided at the end of this document by 17:00 of Bishkek time on Monday, July 26, 2016. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified by Tuesday, July 27 and a final decision will be made by July 28.
Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Point of contact:

Elmira Joldosheva