CIVICUS Solidarity Fund: Third Cycle of Funding Consultancy

Terms of Reference

CIVICUS is looking for a consultant to coordinate the third cycle of funding for the CIVICUS Solidarity Fund. This Terms of Reference contains all the necessary information for those interested in applying for this opportunity and the concomitant requirements.

Please submit your resume, cover letter and consultancy rates to the Solidarity Fund team at by COB 26 March 2020.  

Introduction to CIVICUS

The CIVICUS alliance spans the spectrum of civil society, bringing together individuals and organisations at the local, national, regional and international levels. As well as civil society organisations (CSOs) engaged in advocacy, accountability and service delivery work, our 4,000-strong membership across 175 countries includes trade unions, faith-based groups, professional associations, capacity development organisations and philanthropic foundations. We deliver our programmes and advance our strategic goals primarily by working with the members of our alliance. 

CIVICUS Solidarity Fund

The CIVICUS Solidarity Fund (CSF) is a participatory grant-making fund that aims to promote civil society diversity and resilience, and seeks to provide meaningful resources and support to members through flexible grants. The Fund is accessible to a broad spectrum of constituents that normally struggle to access resources and support due to restrictions in the space where they operate, their organising characteristics, or simply for who they are and what they challenge. 

The objectives of the CIVICUS Solidarity Fund are to: 

  • Enhance the solidarity within the alliance, fostering a sense of belonging to a global movement for change;
  • Support civil society diversity and resilience, especially among smaller, non-formal actors;
  • Create opportunities where they do not exist for change-seeking actors to contribute to a more just, inclusive and sustainable world

You can learn more about the framework of the CSF here

CIVICUS launched the third round of funding application at the end of February 2020. 


This consultancy aims to manage the third cycle of funding for the CIVICUS Solidarity Fund. Activities include: 

  • Support, coordinate and work alongside the Membership Advisory Group, who are the decision-making body for the CSF
  • Manage the decision-making process for the fund, from initial application to final decisions from the Membership Advisory Group
  • Develop and execute clear communications to members and grantees through each stage of the CSF application & granting process
  • Complete funding agreements and other required documents to facilitate the transfer of funds to grantees

Knowledge & Experience

  • Ability to communicate and meaningfully engage with diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrated skills in coordinating groups with diverse backgrounds and interests toward a common goal
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural or diverse environment
  • Ability to work independently and multi-task with strong organisational skills
  • Previous experience coordinating a participatory grant-making fund is desirable
  • Excellent written and spoken English, French and/or Spanish is advantageous
  • Passion for global civic movements, empowering civil society and seeking innovative approaches to enhance people power and manifest global solidarity


Mid-April- 30 June 2020


Please submit a cover letter, your resume/CV and consultancy rates to by COB 26 March 2020