Small Grants Scoping and Validation Consultant

Options Consultancy Services seeks a Small Grants Scoping and Validation Consultant to support the Africa Led Movement (ALM) to End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) programme to refine and finalise the design of the small grants mechanism for Somaliland.


The objective of this assignment is to support the programme to refine and finalise the design of the small grants mechanism for Somaliland, in a way that supports grantee partners to deliver effectively, does not create unnecessary additional burdens on them, and manages key risks.

This will be achieved by:

  1. Undertaking a scoping exercise that will enable us to:
  2. Understand the diverse priorities, needs and ambitions of potential grantees (a range of activists (including girls and young women), grassroots organisations, women’s networks etc.) that we aim to support and collaborate with within our target regions. Leading a consultative process to refine and finalise the grants mechanism to reflect the Somaliland context
  • Map out potential grantee partners
  • Identify potential grassroots organisations, movements, networks and stakeholders to derive members of local grants panels and other key stakeholders that the grants programme should engage with in Somaliland
  1. Updating and revising the grants strategy and funding manual to reflect any agreed adaptations for the Somaliland context

Person specification:

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • Senior experience in leading scoping exercises and/or formative research in a related technical area (VAWG, child rights, RMNCAH) in the Somaliland context
  • Proficient in reporting in English
  • Proficient in Somali and any other local language(s)
  • Highly skilled and diplomatic in working sensitively at community level including with women’s groups, collecting qualitative data/information.
  • Familiarity with grant-making processes, at the community level is an advantage
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Must possess at least a Bachelor’s degree in any of the following areas: Gender Studies, Women Rights, Public Policy Community Studies, Social Science, or any other relevant social degree.
  • The consultant should have at least 5 years of proven experience in in gender
  • The individual consultant should have the ability to meet the deadlines and strong communication and facilitation skills;
  • The individual consultant should have experience in working with Governments, development partners, civil society;


The Individual Consultant should submit a technical proposal with a detailed work plan and timelines and a financial proposal in British Pound for the assignment.

Other information:

  • As an equal opportunity employer, Options Consultancy Services is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage or civil partnership. We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage candidates from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join Options Consultancy Services.
  • Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.
  • We seek people who are pro-choice, promote diversity and inclusion, are energetic and enthusiastic about Options’ vision.
  • Applicants must have the right to work in Somaliland

How to apply

  • To apply, please fill in the form HERE
  • The closing date for applications is: 10 March 2023
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview. Interviews will be held week commencing 13 March 2023
  • Please note that this role will be subject to full pre-employment background checks including criminal record check, identification check, employment references and right to work verification (where appropriate)
  • We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application at your earliest opportunity

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