HelpAge International invites eligible and interested consulting firms



  • Category : Baseline Consultancy
  • Posted Date : 12/29/2021
  • E-mail : 
  • Phone Number : 0935402670
  • Source : Reporter
  • Closing Date : 01/09/2022


Terms of Reference

Support an assessment and facilitate the decision-making process to identify the best option(s) for the transition of HelpAge International Programme to locally-led development in Ethiopia


HelpAge International – HelpAge International is a global network of organisations working towards a fairer world for older people so they can live safe, healthy, and dignified lives. In addition to working with more than 158 network members in 86 countries, HelpAge operates country programme offices in 13 countries across Asia, Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe. In line with our organisational commitment to the Charter for Change, a key element of the HelpAge International Global Strategy 2030 is to transition our country programmes to be locally led and managed by 2024.

Localisation – HelpAge is strongly committed to the localization of aid. In HelpAge International, the term “Locally-Led Development” is used to mean humanitarian and development projects being designed and delivered by national or local organisations which are led and governed within countries, instead of international organisations. This consultancy will ensure that the direction of travel and transition plans for HelpAge country office in Ethiopia are built on robust evidence and analysis with the participation of stakeholders in country and with a view to achieving sustainable impact for older people in Ethiopia   based in the capital city Addis Ababa and other areas of operation.

Country Programme – HelpAge has been operating in Ethiopia since 1992 with its first main office in Addis Ababa the capital city of Ethiopia.

The programme has a wide geographical coverage throughout the country, working with local implementing partners currently concentrated in 5 strategic regions out of ten regions and two city administration in Ethiopia through 14 local CSOs implementing partners including 2(EEPNA, TSDA) network members.

Currently, HelpAge International Ethiopia programme has 58 employees in head office (22) and three field offices (36) for its development and humanitarian programme.

Purpose, objectives, and scope

The purpose of the consultancy is to work with the Ethiopia country team in preparation of a localisation plan which provides a detailed assessment of the local context, environment, stakeholder views and capacities, legal and institutional frameworks, opportunities, and constraints, which will provide rigorous evidence to guide decision making on the direction for localisation in the country and the plans in place to transition to locally led development in the country.


  • Undertake a consultation with internal and external stakeholders to assess/ validate the context, priorities, capacities, and appetites of local actors for localisation and advancement of the ageing agenda in country.
  • Support the analysis of assessment findings and facilitate the decision-making process at country level.


  • The consultation will engage partners, network members, government agencies, experts in the field including lawyers, donors, and local civil society.
  • The consultant will clarify the legal frameworks and timelines for the different localisation models and the implications of status change on institutional arrangements and human resources.
  • The consultant will support the team to identify/ validate and analyse the assessment findings as well as external and internal risks of localisation in the context of Ethiopia.
  • The consultant will facilitate a country level workshop to identify the circumstances, pathways and possible localization options that are anchored in and aligned with the Ethiopia context and in-country Theory of Change.

Specific tasks

  1. Work closely with the HelpAge country team and the (global) localisation team, to plan and execute the external review and consultation with key stakeholders. Stakeholder to be listed together with HelpAge in Ethiopia and the Localisation team members.
  2. Review relevant HelpAge and external documents related to country context on its global strategy, ageing, civil society, government strategies etc, including:
  • Updating the country Legal Framework and validating the ageing, civil society, and government strategic context.
  • Verifying priorities, opportunities, and constraints for the ageing agenda in Ethiopia that the selected localization model should continue working on.
  1. Undertake an analysis of the capacity/ validate existing capacity assessment reports, legal frameworks and proclamation that govern CSOs. Moreover, the existing country team and key implementing partners and NM in operational and technical areas including looking at other issues related to the change management process, such as staff motivation, etc. to contribute to the localisation plan.
  2. Feedback findings of consultations and reviews to the local and relevant global teams.
  3. Support the country team to finalise the narrative template attached including the annexes.
  4. Make suggestion on the development and implementation of the transition plan.

Methodology and process to be agreed with the consultant.


  • The assessment report including main findings of the process:
  1. Assessment report, including methodology, inputs from the country team and main findings of the consultation with stakeholders
  2. Key informant interview list
  3. Documents reviewed list
  • Summarize key assessment findings in the provided localization plan template
  • Country workshop report (discussions, outputs, list of participants and conclusion)
  • Written summary of recommended localization option(s), including rationale
  • Written recommendation on the implementation of the transition plan for the recommended option(s).
  • Risk assessment for the recommended option(s)
  • Feedback meeting with relevant Localisation team members, Head of Global Impact, and the Country SMT
  • Soft copy of all documents

Methodology and process to be proposed by and agreed with the consultant.

Timing and deadlines

The consultancy is expected to be completed by the end of April 2022 as shown below.

Tasks Jan-22 Feb-22 Mar-22 Apr-22
Collection of information by the consultant 3rd week – 4th week      
Consultation with Partners, network members, country staff and selected members of the Global team (by the consultant)   1st week -2nd week    
Country level workshop organized by the consultant     1st week  
Model(s) proposed following country consultations, including rationale and risk assessment     2nd Week  
Draft assessment report by consultant including analysis, and recommendations on the model(s)     2nd week  
Review of the recommendations made by the consultant and feedback     2nd -3rd




Final Consultant Report     4th Week  
Support the country team to finalise the narrative template attached including the annexes     4th WK of

March – end of April


Qualifications and Experience Required

  1. Degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Communication, and related field.
  2. Minimum of 10 years’ relevant professional experience in social sciences, Organizational transformation, organizational development, and research.
  3. Strong background and experience in change management, data collection and analysis.
  4. Technical expertise in evaluating Transforming organisations, pathway models, advocacy, and rights programmes; and ability to draw strong and valid conclusions.
  5. Understanding of regulations governing NGO sector in Ethiopia, donor trends and key regulations governing international and local organizations in Ethiopia.
  6. Researchers conversant in English and Amharic
  7. Excellent facilitation, communication and report writing skills.
  8. Consultant based in Ethiopia will be a preferred option.
  9. Previous experience in change management processes is essential.
  10. Engaging with organizations working with and for older people will be an added advantage.
  11. Awareness of aging issues in Ethiopia will be an added advantage.

Submitting Expressions of Interest

All Expressions of Interest should include:

  • Technical proposal (maximum 3 pages) including: brief explanation about the consultant/s with emphasis on previous experience in this kind of work; profile of the consultant to be involved in undertaking the consultancy, understanding of the TOR, the study methodology, key contacts from similar work carried out.
  • Financial proposal: The financial proposal should provide cost estimates for services rendered including detailed cost breakdown.

All interested individuals are requested to express interest by email to:  by the end of Sunday, January 09, 2021. EOIs submitted by any other means will not be taken into consideration and any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Selection of the consultant will be undertaken by a panel and based on the experience of the consultant, the quality and relevance of the Technical and Financial proposal (i.e., value for money, within resources available) and on satisfactory references. Only shortlisted consultants will be contacted.

For further information, please contact: Tewodros Belachew- or 0935402670.