Development of Social Contracting Guidelines to Strengthen CSO Institutional Capacity for engaging in social contracting

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Development of Social Contracting Guidelines to Strengthen CSO Institutional Capacity for engaging in social contracting

ocation : Harare, ZIMBABWE
Application Deadline : 10-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category : HIV, Health and Development
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required : English
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 30-Sep-2021
Duration of Initial Contract : 15 Days
Expected Duration of Assignment : 15 Days


FACT is a Christian-based national organisation working in and through partnerships to improve health and reduce poverty among people affected by HIV and related issues in Zimbabwe and beyond. With support from Global Fund through UNDP, FACT was awarded funds to implement a HIV and Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH) interventions in 20 of Global Fund Districts in Zimbabwe. Under this grant FACT will be implementing three interventions related to HIV and Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH) Community Systems Strengthening Module. Interventions are: Community Led/Based Monitoring (CLM), Institutional Capacity building, Planning and leadership and Community Empowerment, Social Mobilisation and Advocacy. The implementation of these interventions will be through CSOs/CBOs sub-sub recipients(SSRs) to be selected for all the designate Global Fund supported districts

Background to Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) and Social Contracting

Zimbabwe’s CSO, CBOs and networks’ serving in the areas of HIV, TB and malaria exhibit leadership, governance, institutional capacity, community empowerment, social mobilisation, advocacy and monitoring skills and capacity gaps. Firstly, communities exhibit weak coordinated engagement and coordinated mechanisms to consolidate treatment, prevention and support gains made since the advent of the three diseases. Additionally, the structures have slowly evolved. Thirdly, changes in epidemiological trends and concerted focus on biomedical responses have left out critical pockets which can benefit from social interventions[1]. Those left behind include Men having Sex with Men (MSM), Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW), female sex workers (FSW), Artisanal miners, prisoners, truck drivers and people with disabilities. Coupled with this has been significant loss of traction and relevance by CBOs, CSOs and networks to efficiently and effectively serve and reach out to the hardest to reach. Sadly, without comprehensive and sustained reach, national and global targets for HIV, TB and malaria will remain a pipe dream.

In 2016, the Global Fund adopted its Sustainability, Transition and Co-financing Policy, which, among other things, envisions increased domestic co-financing of responses to the three diseases with the ultimate objective of supporting national governments to move towards fully funding their health programmes independent of Global Fund support, while continuing to sustain gains and scaling up as appropriate. The Policy recognizes that in many countries this transition involves governments contracting with non-public sector providers, such as civil society organizations (CSOs), which requires enabling laws and policies to be in place, as well as effective and efficient procurement processes ( The Global Fund recognizes that it is instrumental to support civil society service providers beyond the transition to domestic funding and, therefore, supports efforts to set up and strengthen social contracting mechanisms, whereby government financing is used to directly fund and contract civil society and community organizations. The Global Fund also recognizes that national governments must continue to invest and scale up their investment in key populations, which are often criminalized or otherwise penalized and excluded from services ( As such both civil society and government need to build support for social contracting. Part of that is raising awareness for why government needs to fund CSO services and encouraging CSOs to advocate for sustainability of services rather than sustainability of individual organizations in a climate of reducing resources and increased fragmentation of CSOs.

In Zimbabwe, to kick start the social contracting processes highlighted above, FACT received funding from Global Fund as a Sub-recipient to implement a Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) interventions in 20 districts in Zimbabwe. FACT is implementing three CSS Module which are:

Module 1: Community Led/Based Monitoring (CLM),
Module 2: Institutional Capacity building, Planning and leadership
Module 3: Community Empowerment, Social Mobilisation and Advocacy.

The expected outcomes of (Module 2) Institutional Capacity building, Planning and leadership are;

Increased capacity to attract more support from funders to respond to the Malaria, TB and HIV pandemic;
Increased capacity to self-mobilise, support community investment in HIV, Malaria and TB;
Better capacity of local institutions, structures to self-govern and respond to local HIV, TB and Malaria infections.

It is against this background that FACT is seeking a consultant to Develop social contracting guidelines to strengthen CSO institutional capacity for engaging in social contracting.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

The overall objective of this consultancy is to review different social contracting guidelines and develop a Social Contracting guideline that will be used by CBOs/CSOs and others as guide in engaging in social contracts. The consultant will have to consult or review literature from MoH, GF implementing partners, CSOs and, other partners which have social contracting manuals or guides.

Key Sub topics of the Social Contracting Guideline

The Social Contracting Guideline should cover the generic themes that are crucial for the increase of general knowledge and skill sets in the key performance area of Social Contracting. Therefore, the framework should include, but not limited to the following key areas:

Context and rationale for Social Contracting
Key Terminology used in Social Contracting
Funding Overview of the 3 main Diseases (HIV, TB and Malaria) in Zimbabwe
Basic Principles of Social Contracting
Challenges in Social Contracting
The 4 Stages process in Social Contracting
How can CSO/CBOs in Zimbabwe successfully engage and Implement Social contracting arrangements

Detailed structure and content of the Social Contracting Guideline will be discussed and agreed upon with contractor at the beginning of the assignment.

The main responsibilities will be to:

Gather, Review, analyze documentation on existing Social Contracting frameworks being used in the Health Sector in Zimbabwe
Consult with GF implementing partners, MoH, and other partners on how best the Social Contracting framework can be best adapted in Zimbabwean Context
Provide recommendations for strategies and approach to implement the Social Contracting arrangement in Health financing

Main Deliverables

The deliverables from this exercise are

A Social Contracting Guideline document (A hard Copy & a soft copy), outlining guidelines and templates to be utilized by CSOs in applying for, implementing, and reporting on social contract
List of Annexes e.g., tools that may be used

Qualifications and Experience

Required Skills and Experience


Advanced Degree in the field of Strategic Planning and Management, Management, Social Sciences, Program Management, or a closely related field.


At least 5 years of experience in the leading the training and establishment of governance boards, capacity building of board of member on their governance role.
Demonstrable experience in developing high quality training manuals;
Experience in in designing and training CSOs on different policies and frameworks in the health sector;
Knowledge of policies and legal frameworks; guiding the formation and role of board members in both CSOs and Corporate sector in Zimbabwe
Experience in communication, documentation and developing high quality reports;
Sound understanding of CSO Sector in Zimbabwe;

Language Requirements:

Fluency in spoken and written English.

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