Consultant – Support for Consortia Guidelines Development

Organization: Trócaire
Closing date: 08 Jan 2017

Invitation to Tender for Consultancy Services

Support to the Development of an organisational policy, guidelines and templates on Consortia

Trócaire is seeking a consultant to provide specialist advice on best practice in Consortia and assist with the preparation of a suite of documents for use by Trócaire country offices and headquarters staff when setting up consortium partnerships for the purposes of applying for and implementing grants from institutional funders.


Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland and works with some of the world’s poorest people, supporting communities and delivering long-term change to people’s lives. Established in 1973 by the Bishops of Ireland, today Trócaire works in over 20 countries on issues including livelihoods, human rights, gender equality, climate change and emergency relief. In Ireland, we raise awareness about the causes of poverty through our outreach programmes in the education sector, through parish networks, and through our public campaigns and advocacy work. Trócaire was established to express the concern of the Irish Catholic Church for any form of human need, but particularly for the needs and problems of under-developed communities by the relief of poverty and the advancement of education. More information about Trócaire can be found on

Background to the Consultancy

Trócaire’s strategic plan 2016-2020 sets out an ambitious growth agenda which is largely predicated on substantially increasing Trocaire’s levels of institutional funding (defined as grants accessed through bilateral and multilateral donors as well as corporate trusts and foundations) and engaging in new and innovative types of partnership with other development actors. An important dimension of Trócaire’s new strategic direction will be increased participation in consortium bids with other international NGOs, universities, private sector actors and others either as a sub-recipient or a lead agency. As such, Trócaire intends to develop a set of guidance documents and tools which will assist its staff in developing/participating in consortium arrangements, managing organisational risk associated with consortia, managing consortium grants according to donor requirements and ensuring best practice is observed throughout the consortium lifecycle.

Key Deliverables

  • Summary document on Consortia best practice with examples and recommendations/options for Trócaire on the key areas outlined in section 3

  • Draft Trócaire policy on consortia (definitions, key principles etc)

  • Draft Consortium risk management framework and approvals process

  • Draft Template for pre-teaming agreement/Letter of Intent

  • Draft Template for Main Consortium Contract

  • Draft Terms of Reference for Governance Structures

  • Draft Template for Consortium sub-grant contract

The full Request for Proposals can be downloaded from

How to apply:

All applications should be submitted by email to Aoife Black, Institutional Funding Co-ordinator, email before midnight on Sunday 8th January 2017.

Download full Request for Proposals at:

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