Consultancy - Strategy Planning


The African Initiatives for Relief and Development (AIRD) is a non-political, non-religious and non-profit making NGO with Country Program Offices in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic,  Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Uganda. AIRD’s objective is to offer operational support, including but not limited to: supply chain, logistics, construction, infrastructure, environment, livelihoods and WASH in partnership with relief and development organizations that focus on disaster-affected and development oriented areas. AIRD delivers for and through partners including but not limited to UN Agencies, international and national donor organizations and governments.

Currently AIRD provides:

  • Civil works, rehabilitation and construction services
  • Drugs and medical supplies management
  • Fuel and transport operations management
  • Shelter Management
  • Transit Centre Management
  • Voluntary Repatriation and Reintegration of services
  • Warehousing
  • Workshop and spare parts management

Purpose and Objective 

The Consultant shall conduct background assessments and facilitate the development of a renewed strategic plan for the 2020-2024 periods to ensure that AIRD meets its mandate. 

Specific Objectives 

  • Review current strategy
  • Undertake stakeholder mapping and analysis
  • Plan and facilitate a two-day workshop with AIRD staff members, Board members and other stakeholders to prioritize strategic directions.
  • Assessment and analysis AIRD’s  internal environment
  • Assessment and analysis AIRD’s external environment and stakeholders
  • Review aspects of traditional and non-traditional funding including social/commercial enterprises
  • Synthesis of results and identify strategic opportunities
  • Draft and finalize AIRD’s strategic plan 2020-2024

Scope and focus of the Assignment 

The scope and focus of the assignment is to provide technical and strategic facilitation support to enable the renewal of AIRD’s strategic plan. After an initial document review, the Consultant will develop a work plan to guide the assessment. 

The Consultant will conduct a thorough but focused assessment of AIRD’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as external opportunities and threats, with a view to identifying appropriate strategic options for 2020-2024 operational period. The assessment will include review of relevant documents, in particular AIRD’s current strategy, vision and mission statements, key project documents, strategic plans of key partner agencies, donor organizations and related domestic and international reports. 

The Consultant in collaboration with AIRD will make use of participatory processes to facilitate critical reflection by AIRD staff members and stakeholders. As such, the Consultant will be expected to provide for active and meaningful engagement of AIRD staff, Board members and other relevant stakeholders to attend the strategic planning workshop.  

It is expected that data will be analyzed using a rigorous and transparent analysis framework, summarized and presented back to AIRD to aid in prioritization of strategic directions. 

A key aspect of the consultancy is preparation for and facilitation of a two-day strategic planning workshop with AIRD staff members, Board members and other relevant stakeholders. 

There may be need for review of the institutional capacity, organizational set up, financial and administrative systems against the AIRD vision, mission and the identified strategic objectives and key result areas; and make recommendations, if any; the Consultant shall also propose a strategy for achieving the strategic objectives and key result. A results and resources framework for the plan period shall also be part of the deliverables for this consultancy.

All data and the results of the workshop will be consolidated into a draft and finalized strategic document. 

Roles and Responsibilities 

AIRD will be responsible for:

  • Preparing the Terms of Reference 
  • Selecting, contracting and managing the Consultant
  • Covering the cost of and managing communications and logistics associated with the assessment
  • Actively engaging with the Consultant during the assessment

The Consultant will be responsible for: 

  • Preparation of a work plan 
  • Preparation of a budget and timeframe
  • Actively engaging with AIRD staff, Board members and other stakeholders through the use of participatory processes 
  • Regular progress reporting to AIRD 
  • Production of deliverables in accordance with the requirements and timeframes of the Terms of Reference 
  • Facilitation of a two-day strategic planning workshop with AIRD staff, Board members and other relevant stakeholders
  • Drafting and finalizing the strategic plan 


The Consultant will provide the following deliverables:

  • A strategic planning workshop agenda and facilitation plan
  • A strategic plan document including but not limited to: 
    • Executive summary
    • Background
    • Internal and external analysis 
    • Strategic priorities 
    • An M&E framework
    • Hard and soft copies of the final Strategic Plans in line with a work plan submitted and approved by AIRD.


Academic Qualifications

  • At least a master’s degree in a relevant field in the area of planning, public policy, development studies.


  • At least five years professional experience in strategic planning and management
  • Prior working experience on decentralization issues is an added advantage
  • Demonstrated experience in working with government partners and other stakeholders in public sector development programs especially in the humanitarian setting.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • High level written and oral communications skills in English and French;
  • Must be result oriented, a team player, exhibiting high levels of enthusiasm, tact, diplomacy and integrity;
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and professional skills in interacting with government and development partners;
  • Skills in facilitation of stakeholder engagements/workshops;
  • Evidence of having undertaken similar assignments;
  • Experience in research, policy development, management and programming.


The project will commence on 7 January 2019.  Required travels shall be approved as agreed.

Expression of Interest

Interested Persons should send a cover letter and a CV of the Consultant, a technical proposal or proposed methodology, including a proposed work plan/timeline and consultancy cost to

Note that financial proposals will be evaluated based on total funds available for the project and AIRD will enter into negotiations with the best evaluated Consultant.

A meeting will take place at the AIRD Head Office in Kampala, Uganda on Wednesday, November 7th at 11am for any clarification of the requirements of the consultancy. If you are not able to join us physically; contact us on the above info email address and we will Skype you into this meeting.

Deadline for application: 5:00 pm EAT on the 30 November 2018. 

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