Diakonia is an international Faith Based development organization rooted in two churches in Sweden, the Swedish Alliance Mission and the Uniting Church in Sweden. The organization currently works through local offices in 24 countries in Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Asia by supporting local partners. Diakonia’s vision is a Just, Equal and Sustainable world. Our mission  and  goal   are to change unfair political, economic, social and cultural structures that cause poverty, oppression, inequality and violence.


The basis for all our work is the will of people to change and improve the world. Our efforts are aimed at people whose lives are compromised by poverty, oppression and/or violence in various ways. Our strategy for change is to raise the awareness of individuals of their rights and empower vulnerable groups in society to come together and organize themselves to work for sustainable change. As a result, Diakonia organizes its strategies into the levels of knowledge/awareness, organizing, action and influence. Diakonia wants to give a voice to the poor and seeks to empower the rights holders to be the agents of change and owners of the process of demanding their rights.

We work in strong partnership with local organizations, based on common values, open dialogue and trust. With few exceptions, Diakonia does not implement projects but strengthens and empowers civil-society organizations to change their own reality. The concept of “good donor ship” is key to our work, characterized  by  partners’ ownership, support to partners’ own  agendas and strategies and long-term predictable funding.

In each country the partners form a country programme. Diakonia promotes cross fertilization, encourages synergy and coordination within the partner group in a country programme. In each country we identify central obstacles and problems within our thematic areas, as well as forces for change in civil society. We search to find our specific niches, and with whom to build strategic alliances for greater impact.

Diakonia focuses on 6 thematic/intervention areas namely Human Rights, Democracy, Gender Equality, Social & Economic Justice, Conflict and Justice and Emergency Response and Disaster Resilience.

Diakonia Middle East and North Africa

Diakonia regional MENA office covers Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Egypt. The Organization also runs a regional programme for children's literature to enhance children’s imagination, creativity and critical thinking through reading and creative writing, research, animation and use of social media; as well as a programme for rehabilitation of people with disabilities for community-based rehabilitation and inclusive education to advance the process of inclusion.

In Egypt, Diakonia prioritises support to reform and democratisation processes, where women, people with disabilities and children at risk are in focus for the work of the partner organizations.

seeks to achieve lasting improvement in people's lives, the organization supports work carried out on different levels of the Egyptian society by local civil society organizations. With the aim of promoting human rights, democracy and gender equality.

In Occupied Palestine territory, Diakonia works towards promoting peace and security, increasing respect for human rights, building local democracy, and eradicating the multidimensional aspects of poverty.  Through the partnerships with around 40 Palestinian non-governmental organizations that together cover five thematic areas: Democracy, human rights, social and economic justice, gender equality and conflict and justice.

In Lebanon, Diakonia’s work aims to ensure that the rights of people living in poverty and vulnerability are respected through improved accountability, democratic culture, and gender justice. Where Diakonia seeks to increase accountability of public institutions in their fulfilment of obligations towards the most vulnerable rights holders, to improve Gender Justice through coordinated advocacy efforts of civil society organizations, and to strengthen and support civil society organizations in their mobilization and advocacy work towards sustainable and systematic change.

The Lebanese partner portfolio includes a combination of field experience and strong networking and advocacy capacity. With a strong thematic focus on Palestinian refugee rights, socio-economic rights, prisoners’ rights, rights of worker and employees, rights of people with disabilities, and women’s rights.

In order to advance the adoption of feminist principles among operation civil society organizations operating in the MENA region. Diakonia is recruiting a consultancy service for the design of a regional program focusing on fostering CSOs’ work based on feminist principles in Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon (and potentially Jordan).

Purpose of the AssignmentTo support Diakonia’s regional office in designing a regional program focusing on promoting feminist principles in Egypt, Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) “and potentially Jordan”, including applying and integrating feminist principles to project design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning. As well as on the institutional level.Scope of Assignment

In order to successfully complete this assignment, the awarded consultant/s must:

  • Desk Review for Diakonia’s Global Strategy; MENA Regional Strategy; and Country Strategies and Programs for Egypt, Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT); as well as Diakonia’s Feminist Principles with the aim of identifying the common work areas among the target MENA region countries.
  • Conducting feminist principals needs assessment for the aforementioned countries based on the desk review.
  • Conducting a consultation workshop with feminist organizations in the target MENA region countries (Diakonia partner and non-partner CSOs).
  • Aligning the partners’ programs to advance existing strategies in the new regional program.
  • Conducting a situational analysis and a report for the participating partners/countries in the regional program.
  • Outlining the regional program and completing the required documents; including a minimum two-year action plan.
  • Designing a regional program based on the needs assessment.


  • A regional program document based on applying and Integrating feminist principles including regional context analysis (program impact, outcomes, outputs; log frame/PME; sustainability plan; two years action plan; and budget).
  • A comprehensive final report covering the assignment.

Qualification of the Consultant and Team Composition

The Consultant should have the following qualifications:

  1. Good understanding of international development cooperation, particularly preconditions for civil society development.
  2. Advanced degree in social sciences, development, sociology, business administration or other relevant/related fields.
  3. A proven track record with conducting context analysis and programs design for international development organizations.
  4. Strong working knowledge of the NGO sector in MENA Region.
  5. Minimum 10 years professional expertise in program design, international development co-operation, gender-equality, women’s rights advocacy, and feminism.
  6. Team members proposed to be involved in this consultancy should have relevant experience for the consultancy assignment.
  7. Extensive experience working with donors.
  8. Demonstrated analytical and excellent report writing skills in English language.
  9. Excellent communication and presentation skills.


Timeline and Schedule (level of effort)

The total duration for this assignment is four months (15 April 2023 – 15 August 2023)



 Maximum Level of effort/ numbers of days 


Desk review

Two days


Consultation workshop preparations

One days


Workshop implementation

Two days


Design of Program document

Five days


Finalize program after Diakonia and partners consultation

Two days


Final report

One days



Thirteen days


The numbers of days here are estimated numbers

Form of Payment

As full consideration for the services performed by the consultant under the terms of the contract, Diakonia shall pay the Consultant 30% upon signature of contract (transportation costs included). The remaining 70% payment will be made upon certification of satisfactory performance of the assignment, number of total days and approval of the final report by Diakonia and receiving an official invoice with VAT included from the Consultant.

The consultant with support from the Country representative will handle the venue, refreshments (provision of lunch if needed), and stationary for the training sessions should be the responsibility of the consultant and included in the proposed budget. Diakonia will be responsible to inform partners and invite them to trainings in case it is needed.


Confidentiality Clause

The consultant shall respect the confidential nature of all information acquired during this consultancy with Diakonia.

Interested individuals/firms are requested to submit their CV’s with one page for relevant experience; including a list of similar assignments. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

How to apply

All tenders, complete with attachments including work plan/timetable, budget, CVs, is to be submitted electronically to Mr. Peter Ottosson, MENA Regional Director [email protected], and CC Ghada Hammam [email protected]  no later than  April 7, 2023, Bidders must demonstrate in writing that they have the capacity and skills required to carry out the task.

The last day for questions is 28 March 2023.

Nationals and Internationals with Middle East knowledge background are welcome to apply.

Friday, 07. Apr 2023
Type of Call
Call for Consultancies
Intervention Sector(s):
Advocacy & Awareness, Human Rights & Protection
Remuneration range:
4000 to 5000 (USD)
Duration of Contract:
4 months