Washington, D. C., District of Columbia, United States | Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Apply by 7 June 2017
Senior-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 18 May 2017

Job Description

Rights and Resources Group (RRG) seeks to engage an External Evaluator (team) to develop and implement an appropriate methodology to analyze complex information and conduct a robust evaluation of progress during incubation of The Tenure Facility. The External Evaluator (team) must bring judgment and experience in both (a) collective tenure security, (b) strategic grant-making and learning and c) organizational development, especially the establishment of international, network-based organizations and support mechanisms.

The purpose of the external evaluation is to document and independently test assertions of impact and learning during the Tenure Facility incubation phase, and to provide recommendations for the establishment phase. The evaluation will focus on the emerging institution rather than provide a grant by grant evaluation. The evaluation will examine the Tenure Facility’s current and evolving institutional structures, its strategies and approaches to implement its theory of change, including technical support and grant-making processes as well as how the grant-making is connected to the emerging learning platform. The external evaluators will assess existing documents and independently gather evidence and diverse stakeholders´ insights on how the Tenure Facility can best achieve its mission and suggest areas for improvement as the Tenure Facility becomes established.

Proposals responding to the attached detailed Call for Proposals and TOR are requested by no later than midnight June 7, 2017. For questions or clarifications please contact Ms. Sandra Leon (

About the Organization

The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility (“the Tenure Facility”) is a unique new institution under establishment that provides grants to advance land and forest tenure security and the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. The Tenure Facility is the first and only institution exclusively focused on securing collective rights to land and forests by responding quickly and flexibly to indigenous and community organizations working to secure their land. The Facility has been initiated and incubated by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), which also has the overall responsibility for the Facility’s final establishment as an independent organization.

The Tenure Facility is being set up to serve as a demand-based, responsive, and adaptive financing institution that seeks to provide rapid financing and technical assistance to local and national change agents to address the insecure community land and resource rights that drive conflict and undermine progress on global human rights, environment, and development goals.

RRI’s strategy for incubating the Facility actively engaged Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ (IP/LC) organizations and other stakeholders in piloting and sharing lessons before the Facility was formally established. This incubation strategy was chosen in order to shape the new financing mechanism to be effective for IP/LC, and to demonstrate IP/LC capacity to achieve results efficiently when funding is directed to IP/LC organizations who are leading their own initiatives that engage with government agencies. Under this strategy, The Tenure Facility has been piloted by diverse grantees in six different countries- Indonesia, Mali, Liberia, Cameroon, Panama and Peru.

During its incubation, the Tenure Facility has piloted, and, in the future, aims to continue to support, initiatives that:

  1. Scale up implementation of land and forest tenure security by:
  • Providing support to establish legitimate tenure rights in areas where traditional communal rights are not formally recognized
  • Providing support for community mapping, demarcation, and registration efforts
  • Strengthening the capacity of national organizations to provide land tenure related services to reach disadvantaged and vulnerable groups
  1. Enable governments and communities to test new models, strategies and approaches by:
  • Testing practical solutions to implementation challenges
  • Assisting governments and communities to overcome administrative obstacles to land rights recognition and titling
  • Building capacity of government agencies responsible for titling and protecting indigenous and community rights

From 2014-2017, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), CLUA, the Ford Foundation, and the Acacia Conservation Fund have invested approximately USD10 million in the Tenure Facility’s establishment.

Since its inception, the Tenure Facility has benefited from the advice of a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group, comprised of representatives from leading bilateral and multilateral initiatives and institutions (World Bank, IFC, FAO, Sida, UN-REDD), civil society (Landesa) and private sector (TMP Systems). In 2016, the multi-stakeholder Advisory Group was expanded to include representatives of key indigenous and civil society organizations (CNOP, AMPB, COICA, AIPP). The Tenure Facility has also benefited from advice from interested donors. A formal donor support group held its first meeting in March 2017, including Ford, CLUA and Sida as members, and NICFI/NORAD as observer.

In January 2017, the Tenure Facility’s founding Board officially registered the Internationella Insamlingsstiftelsen för Mark och Skogsrättigheter in Stockholm, Sweden, as an independent nonprofit foundation, thus triggering initiation of the establishment phase (2017-2019).

A separate financial and administration readiness assessment is currently evaluating the transition plan for establishing the Tenure Facility Secretariat in Stockholm, and the implementation of that plan.

More information

ILFTF_Design Document_04232014.pdf
Call for TF Evaluation TOR FINAL_v5-17.pdf

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