Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) Coordinator 2017–18

The High Commission of Canada in Mozambique is pleased to invite candidatures for up to two contractors to provide services as Country Coordinators for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI). One Country Coordinator position is expected to be filled for Mozambique and Swaziland, and another position for Malawi.

Successful bidders will oversee the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives for the 2017-2018 funding cycle.

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

The CFLI is a responsive, flexible program which funds small, high-impact, results-oriented projects promoting core Government of Canada priorities, including human rights and good governance, the empowerment of women and girls, action on climate change and environmental sustainability, inclusive and green economic growth, as well as peace and security. Through contribution agreements, the CFLI provides funding for short-term projects that are modest in scope, scale, and cost and are usually conceived and implemented by local organizations.

The High Commission of Canada in Mozambique administers the CFLI in Mozambique, Malawi, and Swaziland; in those countries, CFLI activities will focus in 2017-18 on empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality, championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity, and promoting action on the environment, including water and climate change.

General mandate of the coordinator

The CFLI Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Identifying and liaising with local organizations that may be applicants for CFLI funding and supporting the High Commission in promoting the CFLI program.
  • In coordination with High Commission staff, evaluating incoming proposals, according to criteria developed by the High Commission’s CFLI committee, and recommending projects for funding selection.
  • Providing support to CFLI organizations to prepare budgets and proposals for CFLI projects, in line with CFLI Guidelines and financial reporting requirements.
  • Preparing Contribution Agreements for CFLI projects, which serve as the primary tool to guide project implementation; preparing Contribution Agreement amendments as required.
  • Maintaining files and correspondence related to the implementation of CFLI projects
  • Monitoring individual CFLI projects and providing interim reports to High Commission staff on project implementation and financial issues. The Coordinator will be required to travel to conduct monitoring visits; for the 2017-18 funding cycle, the Coordinator will realize two independent visits per country, plus one joint visit with High Commission staff.
  • Reviewing interim project and financial reports submitted by CFLI partner organizations to ensure effective project implementation.
  • Supporting social media and other advocacy activities related to CFLI projects
  • Supporting the drafting of required CFLI reports, including the Mission End of Program Report.

The coordinator operates under the direction of the Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service (FPDS) program manager (Political Counsellor) at the High Commission of Canada. For further details please visit: TOR CFLI Coordinator.

Please consult the CFLI program page for more information.

Essential qualifications

  • Experience (at least one year) in project and budget management skills and one or more of the following areas: program or project management, grants administration, accounting and financial management, development cooperation, community development. Experience in more than one area will be considered an asset qualification.
  • Experience working with a range of stakeholders, preferably including civil society and community organizations
  • Experience in working on the development priorities of the recipient countries.
  • Experience in assessing organizations and projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively plan and organize work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, in English (and in Portuguese for the coordinator for Mozambique and Swaziland)
  • Operational requirements
  • Willingness and ability to travel in Mozambique\Swaziland or Malawi (depending on the position) when required.

Asset qualifications

These are qualifications that are not essential to perform the work associated with the contract but that would benefit the organization or enhance the work to be performed currently or in the future.

  • Experience working in the areas of human rights and democracy
  • Experience conducting gender analysis, working on gender equality issues
  • Knowledge and experience related to the CFLI program
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, in French
  • Understanding of Government of Canada regulations and policies around transfer payment programs.
  • Impartiality, tact, courtesy, discretion, initiative and good judgement

Other desirable personal qualities

Contract value

The overall contract value shall not exceed 9,000 CAD for the country coordinator for Mozambique and Swaziland and 6,000 CAD for the country coordinator for Malawi. This remuneration includes costs associated with office space, telephone, internet costs, etc. but excludes travel costs incurred by the Coordinator to visit projects in the countries eligible for CFLI funding under their mandates. The costs of pre-approved local and regional travel for the purpose of visiting and monitoring projects will be covered by the High Commission of Canada in Mozambique.

Contract period

From July 15, 2017 to May 31, 2018. Work is not expected to be full-time for the duration of the contract.

To apply

Candidates must provide a two-page-maximum condensed CV and three-page-maximum covering letter outlining how they meet the qualifications and other criteria above. Candidates should demonstrate with clear examples how they meet all the essential (and asset, if applicable) qualifications for this position.

References will be sought for short-listed candidates.

Applications may be sent in English or French by 5 p.m. on Friday June 30, 2017 to Please use subject line “CFLI Coordinator”. Hard copy applications will not be accepted. Only applications received at the above email address before the deadline will be considered.

Important Message

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please ensure that you provide up-to-date contact information so that you can be easily reached (e-mail, mobile phone).