Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) is an independent Tanzanian Not-For-Profit Development Organization that provides grants and capacity building services to Tanzania based Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).  FCS was registered as a legal entity in September 2002 and started its operation in January 2003; it is currently one of the biggest and main sources of funding for Tanzanian CSOs.

The idea to establish the Foundation was born out of a confluence of purpose between some leaders of the civil society movement and a group of Development Partners in 2002. This was motivated by amongst others a need to enhance CSOs engagement in national poverty reduction programs, increase ‘development aid’ harmonization, as well as to streamline DP’s support to CSOs. FCS is thus an intermediary support mechanism for CSOs in Tanzania and seeks to enable the latter’s effective engagement in poverty reduction initiatives in ways that are complementary to government efforts.


Since its inception, 15 years ago, FCS has contributed immensely to the capacity strengthening of the civil society sector in Tanzania thereby (in)directly enabling CSOs and citizens to become key driving forces for positively influencing democratic governance processes in Tanzania and better quality of life for all.  This year, 2017, FCS is celebrating 15th anniversary. FCS intends to use this opportunity not only to celebrate its long history of fulfilling its raison d'être, but to also critically reflect on the past, present and future of the civil society sector in the country, in relation to its mission and vision.  FCS is therefore seeking the services of an experienced communications consultant to design and develop communication materials that will tell a powerful story around the organization’s 15 years of existence.


The consultant will conduct part of this assignment in the field, interacting with the Foundation’s members, board members, staff, grantees, and beneficiaries. The scope of work includes the following:

·     Familiarizing with the Foundation’s mission and vision in order to curate a powerful story around the Foundation’s 15th anniversary.

·       Designing an official theme (including branding, a slogan and key messages) for the event.

·       Documenting the Foundation’s history, detailing the idea behind its establishment and its past achievements. Among other activities, this will include interviews with Members, Board Members, previous Executive Directors, and other key players in the civil society sector.

·       Producing content that will showcase the Foundation’s current setup and status. Among other activities, this will include profiling current members, directors of the board, management team and staff, development partners and other parties if deemed necessary.

·       Documenting the experience of past and present grantees. Among other activities, this will include interviewing selected grantees and beneficiaries.

·       Showcasing the Foundation’s reputation among different actors, including but not limited to FCS peers, Minister responsible for CSOs or development, the Registrar of NGOs, Members of Parliament as well as previous and current donors.

·       Contributing other creative ideas towards the goal of effectively communicating the Foundation’s story after 15 years.


The following will be the minimum deliverables of the project:

1.     Concept note detailing how the work will be executed. The concept note will be submitted to FCS for approval prior to commencement of the assignment, and it must include the following;

a.     A content gathering plan

b.     A content outline for the publication

c.     A script skeleton for the video documentary

2.     Designs of branding materials including a logo, theme and key messages.

3.     A final publication for “FCS at 15” documenting items highlighted in 3 above. The length and format of the publication will be agreed upon with the event committee at the concept note stage.

4.     A final video documentary for FCS at 15 documenting the items highlighted in 3 above. The length and format of the publication will be agreed upon with the event committee at the concept note stage.

5.     Any other creative products proposed by the consultant and approved by the responsible team at the Foundation.


The project is expected to be conducted by a lead consultant and may include assistants. The lead consultant is expected to meet the following professional criteria:

·       Bachelor’s degree in communications or similar areas (social sciences, business, or humanities). More advanced training qualifications will be an added advantage.

·       Experience interacting with or interviewing high profile leaders in the country.

·       Familiarity with the civil society sector, particularly with issues of governance, gender, disability and other development-related issues.

·       Experience conducting field work with people living in rural areas of Tanzania.

·       Experience designing publications intended for targeted circulation.

·       Experience developing audio-visual content intended for targeted circulation.

·       Demonstrated ability to use professional desktop publishing and video production software.

·       Excellent verbal and written proficiency in Kiswahili and English.

·       Ability to travel to rural locations in Tanzania.


This assignment is expected to commence in August 2017 and be completed by the end of September 2017. The Consultant(s) will be paid a daily rate, commensurate with their capacity and experience. The final number of days for the assignment will be agreed at the concept note stage, but as an estimate, the Foundation expects it not to exceed 30 days in between the above-stated period.


Interested consultants are advised to submit proposals elaborating their capacity to undertake the assignment in an envelope clearly marked “FCS at 15: Design and Production of Communication Products”. Submissions will be scored based on the reasonableness of the financial proposal, and the strength of the Consultant’s capacity and past experience. Submissions must include a budget proposing a daily rate for the Consultant(s), profiles/resumes of the core team and a tentative work-plan detailing the number of days required to complete the assignment.

Interested consultants are also advised to submit samples of their relevant work alongside their proposals. As a minimum requirement, work samples should include one publication and a video documentary packaged in a DVD or thumb drive. Shortlisted consultants will be invited to make a presentation and showcase more work samples at FCS offices. Submissions must be made by hand or courier to the below address. The deadline for submission is Friday, 21 July, at 4.30 PM.

The Executive Director

The Foundation for Civil Society

Madai Crescent 7 Ada Estate

P.O. Box 7192

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tel: +255222664890-2

Mob: +255754005708


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