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Request for Applications: CSO Capacity Building and Mentorship – South Africa

Request for Applications: CSO Capacity Building and Mentorship – South Africa

Deadline: 15-Sep-23

The CSS Programme provides an opportunity for Civil Society Organizations (CSO) to benefit from capacity building and mentorship. AFSA therefore invites registered CSOs that are led, or work closely with Key and Vulnerable Populations (KVPs)) to submit applications for consideration.


The South Africa Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (GF CCM) is responsible for leading the implementation of HIV and TB programmes funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GF) in the country.

The GF CCM determines the content of the programming, the budget envelope, and the output and outcome indicators and targets. The GF CCM has selected the AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) to be appointed by the GF as one of the Principal Recipients (PRs) that will manage programmes to be funded by the grant.

  • For the second phase of the capacity building and mentorship programme the PR is seeking to identify 64 suitable CSOs from the above districts to participate in the programme. The duration of the capacity building and mentorship course will be 18 months (01 October 2023- 31 March 2025). The training and mentorship shall be provided by the PR’s CSS team and accredited external service providers.
  • The capacity building and mentorship package includes:
    • Capacity Assessment: Baseline capacity assessment of CSO to identify institutional and programmatic capacity building needs in the domains listed below: –
      • Governance leaders and strategy
      • Human resources management
      • Administrative capacity and systems
      • Financial accountability
      • Sustainability
      • Communication and marketing
      • Community linkages, networking
      • MERL
      • Health services & products
      • Programme
    • Capacity Building Plan: Targeted capacity building plans specifying institutional and programmatic capacity building interventions;
    • Non-accredited programmatic training for lay counsellors and community health care workers – HIV and TB stigma reduction and social change, Key Population sensitization, TB screening for lay counsellors, RTCQI; Advocacy and Human Rights Tool Kit;
    • Organizational Development Training for managers and directors – Sustainability, Governance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Risk Management, Human Resource Management, Project Management;
    • Mentoring (individual organizations and cluster) – technical and organizational development mentoring.
Outcomes of the CSS Capacity Building and Mentorship Programme
  • CBOs strategically aligned to NSP priorities and able to catalyze HIV & TB response.
  • CSOs have increased capacity to implement programmes to educate, mobilise their communities and support HIV & TB interventions.
  • Develop organisations in order for them to be able to optimize their systems and attract donor funding
  • CSOs are linked to: –
    • SANAC sectors
    • Contributing towards MDIPs
    • GF PRs & SRs and other potential funders to enable them to implement HIV/TB interventions;
  • CSOs better able to support PLHIV, TB survivors and AGYW to deal with internal stigma and respond to external stigma and discrimination resulting in improved uptake of HTS, TB screening and linkage to and retention in care.
  • CSOs with enhanced Organizational Development systems to support programme implementation.
Organizational Requirements

The minimum requirements include:

  • Organizations must be a registered South African legal entity.
  • Organisations must have a proper and functional management & organizational structure (Management Team & Board).
  • Organisations must have been operative for at least 2 years
  • Organizations must be eager to be mentored, must demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment.
  • Organisations must be willing to set time aside to allow for the relevant personnel to attend training workshops and participate in mentorship sessions.
  • Organizations must display potential and willingness to be developed and grow.
  • Organizations must have a vision to respond to critical HIV & AIDS and TB needs in the community.
Prequalification Criteria
  • The selection of organisations will be supported by extensive consultation with district stakeholders (DSD, DOH, Municipalities, Civil Society and AIDS Councils) to ensure that shortlisted organisations are meeting critical district and sub-district HIV and TB need and that their service categories are aligned to district priorities. Organisations can be from different sectors, community based, faith-based and advocacy organisations with particular focus on supporting key populations (Adolescent and Young People, PLHIV, MSM, Sex Workers and TB survivors).
  • The following requirements must be met by organisations to be selected for the capacity building programme:
    • Have been in operation for at least two years and have current audited financial statements if you are current funded or you were once funded.
    • Have current funding from donors or have worked with donor funding previously or to prove that you have been doing work using donations or donated resources.
    • There must be programme alignment to Global Fund funded programmes within the district.
    • Must have a focus on key or vulnerable populations or want to extend their services to include this.
    • The focus of organisational programmes should be in alignment to Provincial Implementation Plan (PIP) and Multi Sectoral District Implementation Plan (MDIPS) priorities.
    • Must have a management structure (even if they are struggling and in need of assistance) – extended family structures or people wanting to get involved in the HIV, TB or social development service delivery areas for own benefit, are not considered as ideal candidates.
    • Must have a need to be mentored as well as demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to participate in the process. Organisations that want to grow, develop and become leaders and decision makers in their district and province.
    • Must have the potential to develop and grow and access funding after completion of the mentoring process.

For more information, visit AFSA.

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