Call for ISF partners in Ethiopia

Kaksi tyttöä kävelee korsien edustalla

The International Solidarity Foundation (ISF) is launching a call for local implementing partners. The purpose of the call is to identify and select local partners to implement ISF country development programme in Ethiopia.

The International Solidarity Foundation (ISF) is a Finnish development organization, founded in 1970. ISF development programme 2022-25 aims to prevent harmful practices and violence against women and girls (VAWG) and improve women’s livelihood resilience in Kenya, Somaliland and the Somali region in Ethiopia. ISF’s Theory of Change describes in more detail the change that it seeks to achieve to gendered constraints to women’s livelihoods and bodily integrity.

ISF’s operating model is based on partner-led development projects. ISF’s partners are diverse actors, including member-based private sector actors (e.g. cooperatives), local NGOs, community-based organizations and networks/umbrella organizations. Partners can also be educational/research institutions, religious entities and/or multi-stakeholder consortiums. Selected partners must be registered and have operated in Ethiopia for at least five years.

Partners are responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the projects that should align with both the ISF programme and partners’ own programme and organizational strategy.  

Project ideas should be presented for four years (2024–27) with a maximum budget of 150,000 euros per year. This is an indicative budget, provided only to facilitate the preparation of concept notes. Final budgets will be agreed during the ca. 6 months long project planning phase (starting earliest on October 2023) and can vary from the indicative amount.    

Interested partners should submit Concept Notes by 31st July 2023 through a Microsoft Forms template. We recommend that you prepare the Concept Note in Word before filling in the Forms template, as there is no opportunity to save drafts in the system. The questions are available here in PDF format. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

In addition, the following documents should be sent by email to isfethiopia@solidaarisuus.fi by 31st July 2023, with the title: “ISF partner selection/SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS”. Name the attached documents clearly, including name of the organization and document content. 

  • Registration certificate 
  • Constitution (or similar document showing the mission, values and administrative structure of the organization) 
  • Organigramme 
  • List of board members (if applicable) 
  • 2-3 relevant reference letters (one preferably from line ministry) 
  • Two recent external audit reports  
  • CVs of senior management staff (max 3) 
  • List of relevant rules, regulations, policies and manuals (note: only list of documents – full documents to be requested for pre-selected partners)  

Questions regarding the call can be sent by email to isfethiopia@solidaarisuus.fi by 16th July 2023, with the title: “ISF Partner Selection QUESTIONS”.

ISF will pre-select partners and inform the outcome of the preselection to all applicants by October 2023.