CFLI: Request for Proposals - Canada Fund for Local Initiatives Coordinator for South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho

Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 24 July, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals


The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) supports small, high impact, results-oriented projects that promote core Government of Canada priorities, including in areas of human rights and good governance, the empowerment of women and girls, and action on climate change and environmental sustainability.  The High Commission of Canada in South Africa manages a CFLI program.  The High Commission of Canada seeks a Contractor to perform the responsibilities of the CFLI Coordinator for projects in South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho.
Statement of Work

General Mandate

Under direction of the High Commission CFLI Program Manager, the CFLI Coordinator in South Africa will be responsible for supporting the effective implementation of CFLI projects in South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho.  This includes project identification, project monitoring, financial oversight, and reporting, in accordance with CFLI and Global Affairs Canada regulations.
The estimated value of the funds for South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho are CAD $200,000-300,000, which will fund approximately 12-18 projects.  The CFLI Coordinator position is critical to the successful delivery of the program.
More specifically, the CFLI Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Having a sound working knowledge the CFLI guidelines and any updates.
  • Identifying local projects and organizations, which could benefit from CFLI.
  • Assessing CFLI project proposals, preparing summaries of short-listed projects, and participating in final selection of projects.
  • If necessary, helping recipient organizations prepare project documents, including budgets.
  • Preparing a Project Approval Document and Contribution Agreement and any other required documentation for each approved project.
  • Correspondence with recipient organizations, the High Commission, and Global Affairs Canada officials in Ottawa relating to various aspects of the program.
  • Monitoring project activities on a regular basis, keeping up to date on all relevant issues, and reporting to the CFLI Manager. The Coordinator may be required to travel in the countries where the selected projects are implemented.
  • Reviewing recipient organizations’ narrative and financial reports.
  • Drafting reports on CFLI, such as Monitoring Reports, End-of-Project Reports, and the Program Year-end Report.
  • Supporting the High Commission in CFLI promotion, experience with social media and public communications.
  • Undertaking gender training as required including the Gender Based Analysis (GBA+) online course.


  • Legally eligible to work in South Africa; 
  • Effective English communication skills, written and oral.   

Contractor Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study (disclose field of study).
  • Diploma or other form of certification or degree in a relevant field of study (disclose field of study) or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience.

Professional Experience

  • Experience in at least one (preferably more) of:
    • Project or program management
    • Grants and contributions administration
    • Accounting and financial management
    • Development cooperation
    • Community development
    • Experience working with a range of South African, Namibian and Lesotho stakeholders, preferably including civil society organizations, implementation partners and project beneficiaries.


  • Knowledge of South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho’s political and economic environment and development priorities.

Technical Assets:

  • Experience working with a national or international development organization.
  • Experience in managing development projects.
  • Experience working in the areas of human rights, women’s empowerment, good governance, and/or climate change.
  • Experience and knowledge related to CFLI Programs or other small grants.
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant ICT tools including Excel.
  • Experience and comfort working with social media platforms such as twitter and facebook.

Application Process
Bids must be sent to:, the subject line should include: the RFP#: 2019-PRET-CFLI-01 and NAME of the Bidder.

  • Bids must include:
    • A one-page cover letter outlining the bidder’s suitability for the contract.  Bidders must identify in their cover letter how they meet all of the Professional Experience and Technical Asset Qualifications;
    • Curriculum vitae (maximum two pages);
    • Names and contact details for three references familiar with the bidder’s project management work performed within the past five years.
  • Shortlisted bidders may be further assessed in an interview by a team of Canada’s representatives.
  • Deadline for receipt of applications:  July 24, 2019.

Assignment Duration

The Contract term is projected to commence:  1 August 2019 or as of the Contract issuance date (whichever date is earlier) and conclude by 31 March 2020.  The Contract can be extended for two one-year terms at the discretion of the High Commission.  The Contractor is expected to work remotely.


The remuneration for this Contract has been established at CAD$1,900.00/month, which will be paid every two months. The remuneration is an all-inclusive fee for all overhead costs, including but not limited to: office space, IT equipment, telephone, internet costs, stationery, etc.  An invoice detailing work performed over the two-month period must be submitted to the CFLI manager.

If necessary, travel costs to monitor selected projects will be covered by the High Commission of Canada. These costs must be pre-approved by the CFLI Program Manager.  Upon completion of the travel, a Government of Canada format travel claim must be completed and receipts for travel expenses must be provided.

The workload will vary depending on the tasks to be performed each month.  In particular, the Contractor must be available during the proposal screening and assessment stage and also during interim and final reporting periods.

Desirable Competencies

  • Strong planning and organizational skills;
  • Initiative, good judgement, and discretion.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

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