Fundraising for UN Human Rights: Mapping potential partners in Central America (home-based Consultancy)

Organization: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Closing date: 16 Oct 2017

Background

About UN Human Rights The UN Human Rights Office (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights or OHCHR) is the leading UN entity on human rights with a unique mandate to promote and protect all human rights for all people.

We monitor and report on human rights around the world. We train government officials, members of security and police forces, and civil society groups on how to apply international human rights law in the local context. The training focuses on a wide breadth of issues ranging from how to question people without using torture, how to manage peaceful protests without violence, and how to ensure that women can claim their rights, to mention just a few areas.

We also work to strengthen the laws and institutions that should protect rights, including courts, parliaments, authorities, schools and community groups. We seek to empower human rights defenders and activists, so that they can confront prejudice and human rights abuses effectively while feeling safe.

We support individuals to claim their rights and speak out objectively on human rights violations.

Tasks

The contractor will be tasked with the following:

Mapping of foundations and high net worth individuals

a. Foundations
The Office has made several attempts to attract funding from foundations. These efforts have been rather narrow in terms of geographical scope, as they were done mainly from Geneva, and produced limited results. However, it is believed that this audience has significant potential providing we identify the right partners to approach.

We would like the contractor to map foundations located in the Americas, in particular in relation to Mexico and Central America, based on the following criteria:

  • Has a mission linked with the support of human rights

  • Has a grant-making programme aligned with some of the focus areas of the Office

  • Has the capacity to make grants over US$ 100,000

The mapping will include examples of previous grants by identified foundations (grantees, amounts, topics) as well as its website and/or contact details and any other practical information. It should also highlight whether the foundation has already supported the United Nations. We expect a list of over between 100 and 200 foundations.

b. High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs)
Similar to foundations, we believe there are opportunities for engaging with HNWIs who are interested in human rights. Contrary to foundations however, we have not reached out to HNWIs so far.

We would like the contractor to map prominent HNWIs in the Americas, in particular in relation to Mexico and Central America, who have contributed to human rights previously and/or who are likely to be interested in the topic; and/or have contributed to the United Nations in the past. A list of the top 20-30 individuals according to potential would be desirable, as would contact details and the profile of previous donations of these individuals (size, topics, etc.)

Timeframe

From the start of the contract we expect all final products to be delivered within 3 months with the sequence of work and a more detailed timeline to be agreed upon signature of the contract.

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Methodology**

To complete the tasks, it is suggested the contractor will:

  • Review the UN Human Rights office existing fundraising products and develop an understanding of its work.

  • Conduct exploratory meetings with relevant UN Human Rights Staff.

  • Research foundations and HNWIs who work on human rights and on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Deliverables

  • A mapping report of over 100 foundations interested in/working on human rights and with a capacity to donate above US$100,000 (other criteria detailed above)-

  • A list of the top 20-30 individuals according to potential, with possibly contact details and the profile of previous donations of these individuals (size, topics, etc)

All documents will be in English

How to apply:

Bidding entities

Entities bidding for this contract should have the following minimum qualifications and/or experience:

Requirements:

  1. Experience: The contractor must have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in conducting similar work (mapping/research) in the Americas region, particularly Mexico and Central America. This experience must be substantiated with the provision of supporting documentation such as case studies, reports of cases conducted in the past, project evaluations etc.

  2. Expertise: Bidders should provide a detailed description (minimum 300 words) of 3 completed projects similar to the scope of work in the Request, which were carried out in the last 5 years, providing relevant outputs as well as client references and client feedback or other performance measures.

  3. Clients: Bidders should provide a detailed description (minimum 400 words) of 3 completed projects similar to the scope of work in the Request with UN institutions and/or global NGOs. Projects can coincide with any or all of the three projects mentioned above.

  4. Budget: Bidders must provide their financial proposal / proposed price with sufficient detail –cost breakdown– as to allow the United Nations to understand the bidders cost structure and evaluate it adequately.

  5. Language: Fluency in English and Spanish of the project manager, which shall be substantiated though the CV.

Please send your application by email (indicating as subject: FUNDRAISING Consultancy) to: malejos@ohchr.org

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