Consultancy: Small Grant Review

Transparency International Secretariat
  • Location
    Berlin, Germany
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Oct 25

Position description

Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through more than 100 National Chapters (NC) worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.

Since 2016, 77 mini grants have been awarded to the TI NCs by TI-S to conduct diverse advocacy and internal capacity projects. In addition, 40 NCs have participated/will participate in learning exchanges with other NCs and/or TI-S. The total cumulative value of these small grants exceeds 850,000 Eur. While each small grant is reported on (financial & technical), a broader evaluation of lessons learned and achievements has not been conducted. TI-S seeks to address this by gaining an overview of the impact and lessons learned extracted from the small grant projects.


This consultancy is to review and assess the effectiveness of the small grants funding modality in terms of contributing to National Chapter’s capacity, development, and overall relevance. This modality is granted in two broader categories – 1) mini grants[1] for up to 25k EUR per NC; and 2) learning exchange grants[2] of up to 3,500 EUR per applicant.

With respect to the mini-grants the consultant is expected to go through the following points:

  • The extent to which the mini grants contributed to strengthening chapters’ capacity to effectively contribute to or lead advocacy/policy-oriented actions.
  • The extent to which practical learning experience has been attained.
  • The extent to which internal capacities and abilities of the NCs have been enhanced in order to carry out their advocacy/policy work more effectively.
  • The extent to which mini grants contributed to concrete policy developments.

With respect to the learning exchange grants, this includes:

  • The achieved levels of learning and integration of the lessons learned.
  • The extent to which these benefit the visiting and hosting NCs.

With respect to both, this includes:

  • The extent to which these have helped to strengthen chapter-to-chapter collaboration.
  • The extent to which these have helped to strengthen the TI-S network and the relationships of chapters with TI-S.
  • The extent to which these grants contributed to work that could not be funded otherwise and the extent to which it was necessary to use this specific funding modality.
  • The extent to which these funding models compare with more traditional ways of funding.


This review is expected to be mostly desk-based, conducted remotely and take place over a maximum of 15 working days. The consultant is expected to contact the small grant recipients (National Chapters) and other relevant stakeholders (project partners, external consultants, authorities and governing bodies, targeted constituency, etc.), to complement the existing pool of information about the grants.


The consultant is expected to work closely with the TI NCs and report to TI-S. There will be check-in meetings throughout the process. TI-S will support the organisation of logistics associated with this review, however, it is foreseen that this evaluation will be conducted without a need to travel.


  • University degree in social science/ political science methods, strategic management, evaluation or related field from a reputed institution, or equivalent experience.
  • Proven experience of at least 7 years in the fields of advocacy, governance, and international development. Experience in the field of anti-corruption is desirable but not necessary.
  • Thorough knowledge of and proven experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning, ideally with focus on not-for-profit sector, preferably on anti-corruption or governance issues.
  • Excellent command of English at the native speaker’s level. Knowledge of French and Spanish is highly desirable.
  • Outstanding communication capacities with high attention to detail.
  • Previous experience in successfully conducting similar assignments.
  • Innovative, open-minded, culturally sensitive personality.


The consultant should provide a detailed breakdown, before any VAT or other charges, of all their estimated costs, including but not limited to; total fee as a lump sum or standard daily or hourly rates, (if applicable) international travel, accommodation, and other cost categories specified below.

Transparency International e.V. (Secretariat), (TI-S) is registered as a Business Entity in Germany with VAT identification number DE273612486. In order to determine the Value Added Tax (VAT) implications of this tender, we kindly request that the Consultants fill out the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form (instructions inside the form) and submit the completed and duly signed form along with their email application.

The link to the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form is available at


  • Consultancy fee (based on the daily rates & number of days worked)
  • Other Direct Costs, if necessary (once specified and approved)


[1] The mini grants are categorized as follows:

‘Leadership development and coordination of advocacy actions’ grants (10-25k EUR)

‘Capacity development’ grants (3 – 10k EUR)

‘Horizontal learning exchanges’ grants (< 3k EUR)

[2] Learning exchange grants are typically no more than 3500 EUR for an exchange no longer than two weeks.

Application instructions

Please email your application documents by 31st October 2019, 23:59 CET indicating “Small grants review’’ in the subject line. 

The application documents should include the following:

  • a cover letter that outline the consultant’s qualifications for the assignment
  • a concept note that briefly presents the idea and overall approach to the assignment, envisaged challenges this assignment poses, and a work plan
  • CV(s), incl. two references (with contact information)
  • links, references to work samples related to the topic
  • and indicative time/ cost estimate broken down by daily fee, number of days, other costs
  • indication of availability to conduct the assignment within the given timeframe

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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