Consultant for Development of Localization Plans for Helpage International Tanzania | Jobs

Location: Within Tanzania 



HelpAge International – HelpAge International is a global network of organisations working towards a fairer world for older people so they can live safe, healthy and dignified lives. In addition to working with more than 150 network members in 56 countries, HelpAge operates country programme offices in 13 countries across Asia, Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe. In line with our organisational commitment to the Charter for Change, a key element of the HelpAge International Global Strategy 2030 is to transition our country programmes to be locally led and managed by 2024.

Localisation – HelpAge is strongly committed to the localization of aid. In HelpAge International, the term “ Locally-Led Development” is used to mean humanitarian and development projects being designed and delivered by national or local organisations which are led and governed within countries, instead of international organisations. As set out in the 2030 Strategy, working with others is central to HelpAge International strategy over the next decade.  Through the core functions of Supporter, Convener and Thought leader, HelpAge will support local ‘agents for change’ – network members (NMs) or other partners – in achieving their missions. Localisation for HelpAge will require a significant transformation of the organisation as a whole, but the most visible shift will be to locally-led programming in countries where HelpAge International currently has country offices.  This consultancy will ensure that the direction of travel and transition plans for HelpAge country office in Tanzania are built on robust evidence and analysis with the participation of stakeholders in country and with a view to achieving sustainable impact for older people both in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.

Country Programme – HelpAge has been operating in Tanzania since 21st July 1993 with its first main office in Zanzibar before it was shifted to Dar- es- Salaam in 1994. The initial focus was to support vulnerable older people both in the communities and elderly homes (institutions) to access eye care services

Since then, the country programme has expanded its scope becoming an integral part of the Tanzanian community and development programmes in the efforts to ensure older men and women have equal access to resources and services as provided in the various policies and legislative frameworks. The main streams of work include:

  • Economic empowerment for increased access to income through advocacy efforts for universal pension reform at the national level.
  • Access to essential services, including health and HIV care,
  • Improved awareness of their rights and entitlements.
  • Platforms for older people’s engagement with local and national leaders and
  • Inclusive humanitarian services for vulnerable older refugees and their families from Burundi and DRC living in camps in Tanzania.


The programme has a wide geographical coverage throughout the country, working with local implementing partners currently concentrated in 16 strategic regions out of 26 regions in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar through 14 local CSOs implementing partners including 3 network members.

Currently, HelpAge International Tanzania programme has 15 employees in its development programme and 21 staff in its humanitarian programme including one international staff (who is working as the Emergency and Recovery Programme Manager). The rest of senior posts for the last five years have been held by National staff.

Over the last 10 years, except in its humanitarian programme, HelpAge International Tanzania office has played an overall technical support in programmatic, financial management and oversight including: setting-up of advocacy framework and coordinating higher level policy dialogues;  strengthening the capacity of age inclusive organisations and older people groups to own and demonstrate  actions focusing on ageing  in various discourse and forums; and supporting consultative process between OPAs and CSO partners on a list of priority issues and agendas, facilitating them to  take  lead on the day-to-day implementation of  project activities at  local, district and regional levels.

HelpAge International Tanzania country programme enjoys excellent rapport with National and Local Government Authorities in Tanzania through MoUs with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Elderly and Children (MoHCDEC), the President Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Ministry of Health, Social Welfare, Gender Elderly and Children in Zanzibar. The country programme also works with Government Institutions, Research/Academic Institutions, UN agencies, Network members and Local partners based in Tanzania. Our community-based work and policy advocacy intervention spans the United Republic covering all regions in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.

HelpAge International Tanzania country programme’s current focus areas are Income security; Healthy Ageing; Violence, Abuse and Neglect, Movement for Change; and Inclusive Humanitarian Action. The Main donors for the last five years were   ECHO, BPRM, UNHCR and AA – Germany for our emergency programme; and BMZ, DFID/ACT, Irish government, SADC and JOA for development programmes.

Purpose, objectives and scope

The purpose of the consultancy is to work with the Tanzania country team in preparation of a localisation plan which provides a detailed assessment of the local context, environment, stakeholder views and capacities, legal and institutional frameworks, opportunities and constraints, which will provide rigorous evidence to guide decision making on the direction for localisation in the country and the plans in place to transition to locally-led development in the country.


  • Undertake a consultation with internal and external stakeholders to assess/ validate the context, priorities, capacities and appetites of local actors for localisation and advancement of the ageing agenda in country. Together with the country team complete a narrative localisation plan (template provided) with annexes which will reflect findings of the consultation in-country and will guide the process of localisation over the coming period.


  • The consultation will engage partners, network members, government agencies, donors and local civil society.
  • The consultant will clarify the legal frameworks and timelines for the different localisation models and the implications of status change on institutional arrangements and human resources.
  • The consultant will support the team to identify/ validate and analyse the external and internal risks of localisation in the context of Tanzania.
  • The consultant will facilitate a country level stakeholders’ workshop to identify the circumstances, pathways and possible localization model that is anchored in and aligned with the Tanzania context and in-country Theory of Change.


Specific tasks

  1. Work closely with the HelpAge country team and the (global) localisation team, to plan and execute the external review and consultation with key stakeholders. Stakeholder to be listed together with HelpAge in Tanzania and the Localisation team members.
  2. Review relevant HelpAge  and external documents related to country context on its global strategy, ageing, civil society, government strategies etc, including:
  • Updating the country Legal Framework and validating the ageing, civil society, and government strategic context.
  • Verifying priorities, opportunities, and constraints for the ageing agenda in Tanzania that the selected localization model should continue working on.
  1. Undertake an analysis of the capacity/ validate existing capacity assessment reports of the existing country team and key implementing partners and NM in operational and technical areas including looking at other issues related to the change management process, such as staff motivation, etc. to contribute to the localisation plan.
  2. Review the initial outcomes on the preferred model through the consultant’s own assessment supported by an impartial and objective analysis, and identify several recommended models to be discussed during the country level workshop.
  3. Facilitate the country-level workshop with Country team and Localisation team.
  4. Propose a suitable recommended model for Tanzania context, including rationale and risk assessment derived from the country level workshop
  5. Feedback findings of consultations and reviews to the local and relevant global teams.
  6. Support the country team to finalise the narrative template attached including the annexes.


Methodology and process to be agreed with the consultant.



The assessment report including main findings of the process:

  • Assessment report, including methodology, inputs from the country team and main findings of the consultation with stakeholders 
  • Key informant interview list
  • Documents reviewed list 
  • Country workshop report (discussions, outputs, list of participants and conclusion)
  • Written summary of recommended localisation model(s), including rationale
  •  Risk assessment in the context of Localisation
  • Feedback meeting with relevant Localisation team members, Head of Global Impact and the Country SMT 
  • Hard and soft copy of all documents 

Qualifications and Experience Required

  1. Degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Communication, and related field.
  2. Minimum of 10  years’ relevant professional experience in social sciences, Organizational transformation, organizational development and research.
  3. Strong background and experience in change management, data collection and analysis.
  4. Technical expertise in evaluating Transforming organisations, pathway models, advocacy, and rights programmes; and ability to draw strong and valid conclusions.
  5. Understanding of regulations governing NGO sector in Tanzania, donor trends and key regulations governing international and local organizations in Tanzania.
  6. Researchers conversant in English and Swahili
  7. Excellent facilitation, communication and report writing skills.
  8. Consultant based in Tanzania will be a preferred option.
  9. Previous experience in change management processes is essential.
  10. oEngaging with organizations working with and for older people will be an added advantage
  11. Awareness of aging issues in Tanzania will be an added advantage.


Submitting Expressions of Interest

All Expressions of Interest should include:

  • Technical proposal (maximum 3 pages) including: brief explanation about the consultant/s with emphasis on previous experience in this kind of work; profile of the consultant to be involved in undertaking the consultancy, understanding of the TOR, the study methodology, key contacts from similar work carried out.
  • Financial proposal: The financial proposal should provide cost estimates for services rendered including professional fees (daily rates x number of days) and any other costs to carry out the assignment.


All interested individuals are requested to express interest by email to: [email protected]  by the end of Friday, 03rd December 2021. EOIs received by any other means will not be taken into consideration and any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Selection of the consultant will be undertaken by a panel and based on the experience of the consultant, the quality and relevance of the Technical and Financial proposal (i.e. value for money, within resources available) and on satisfactory references. Only shortlisted consultants will be contacted.


Our Values

At HelpAge International we work hard to achieve our goals together as a team with a clear shared purpose. Our values inform how we work together:


We respect people, value diversity and are committed to equality.



We value and recognise the contribution of our staff and network members, as we put older people at the centre of everything we do.


We work alongside network members and others to increase reach, influence and impact. We are committed to a culture of collaboration and building positive relationships.


We are passionate about learning, accountable and work together to find creative solutions.


Everyone who works at HelpAge share our values and are committed to behaviours that demonstrate and support them.


Everyone has a role in creating and sustaining a safe and respectful working environment, where no one comes to any harm or is maltreated. At HelpAge we take our responsibilities very seriously and will take action against wrongdoing. We will do everything we can to ensure that we do not engage people that pose a safeguarding risk and will undertake criminal record checks as required.

Equal Opportunities

HelpAge International is committed to creating an inclusive working environment, promoting and providing equal opportunities and respecting diversity in employment. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We encourage and facilitate a flexible working environment.


Closing Date: 03 December 2021




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