The NHRF is seeking a consultant who can advise and support us through the development of our theory of change. Deadline: Thursday, 1 August 2019

Background and project description

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF) supports locally driven grassroots organizations and social movements that work to promote the human rights of marginalized and vulnerable groups throughout the world. We currently support projects in nine priority countries and in many others through our thematic Human Rights Defenders protection program that does not have geographical boundaries. The NHRF operates with a mission to be a bold, non-bureaucratic, risk-willing donor that can support small, and local initiatives and organizations with a limited budget, including new initiatives to help drive and support those working in the frontlines of defense for human rights.

The NHRF recently went through the process of an external evaluation (November 2018) with a focus on the current strategy and its implementation. The findings of the evaluation were positive and we’re currently working on integrating the recommendations into our future work.

The NHRF is seeking a consultant who can advise and support us through, to a limited extent, the development of our theory of change. The NHRF will begin a collaborative and holistic process that will include NHRF personnel (NHRF Secretariat and local consultants) and stakeholders (e.g. grantees and board members) to build a conscious theory of change that reflects the work of the Secretariat as a support mechanism and the work of our grantees on the ground. This process will be led by the NHRF’s LME Officer and will be advised by an external consultant.

Objective and scope of the consultancy

The primary objective of the overall project is to develop a theory of change for the NHRF with longevity and adaptability in mind. The NHRF has developed an expansive and in-depth M&E framework that was just recently updated. We feel that developing a theory of change will ground this framework, as well as our understanding of our own work and that of our grantees and its impact. The theory of change should be developed with the idea that it will be the core that our M&E framework and all other organizational development can stem from. As stated above, the overall project will be led by the NHRF’s LME officer, but will be advised by the selected consultant.

The consultant will be asked to advise on the following activities:

  • Early stage guidance and preparation for a theory of change retreat with the NHRF Secretariat and engagement via questionnaire and other methods with other stakeholders and NHRF personnel for collecting input and feedback throughout the development process.
  • Co-lead the NHRF Secretariat retreat in Oslo, Norway
  • Advise on the early drafts of the theory of change once all input, data, and feedback has been collected, interpreted, and translated into a draft

Proposed length of consultancy

The NHRF is primarily seeking to be advised throughout this process, therefore it is expected that the consultancy will be no more than 5 working days of 7.5-8 hours. This is the maximum number of working days.

The following is an example of a prospective timeline for consultant activities:

Mid-September to Early November1-2 working days with the NHRF lead (via Skype or the lead will travel to consultant) to discuss ideas and plan the NHRF Secretariat retreat and methods of engagement with NHRF stakeholders and personnel.

2 working days in Oslo co-leading the NHRF Secretariat theory of change retreat.

End of February-Early March1-2 working days reviewing one of the early drafts of the theory of change and written input/feedback

With a maximum 5 days for this process, there is space to discuss if the additional day will be needed in the beginning or later stage. Please include plans for this in the requested short proposal.

Candidate profile

  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of international relations/affairs, human rights (law), or related field.
  • Experience working in the field of human rights and experience working with a grantmaking organization/fund.
  • Demonstrated experience in learning, monitoring, and evaluation process development and management. The candidate must have proven experience as a lead in theory of change development.
  • Flexible, organized, and a team player
  • Excellent writing and editing skills (Written and oral fluency in English is a requirement)


  • Candidate’s CV
  • Budget with daily rates based on a 7.5-8-hour workday and estimated flight costs for travel to Oslo in November based on consultant’s location
  • Brief (max 500 words) proposal that includes a timeline of the distribution of the 3 working days that will not be used for the NHRF Secretariat theory of change retreat.
  • 1-2 references (name, email, phone)

Deadline: Thursday, 1 August 2019

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