NORWEGIAN AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION (NORAD)
NCG Sweden holds three framework agreements with Norad on the following topics:
- Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
- Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and green economy
- Organisational reviews of civil society organisations (CSOs
Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
For this framework agreement, NCG Sweden forms a consortium with Hera, an international partnership of health sector experts, as the lead partner. The consortium holds the first rank and will provide consultancy services to Norad for health in development context, contributing to increased knowledge base for the continued implementation of the Norwegian global health policy.
The framework agreement includes two distinct yet interconnected portfolios: A and B.
- Portfolio A: Health systems (including health security and public health)
- Country-level progress in progressively realizing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – priority setting, coverage of key services, household expenditure.
- Health sector reform with a special emphasis on Primary HealthCare (PHC).
- Portfolio B: SRHR, harmful practices and LGBTI+
- SRHR, including family planning/modern contraceptives, comprehensive sexual education (CSE), legal and safe abortions, HIV, maternal mortality and morbidity demographic issues, including demographic dividend.
- Equity in access, advocacy, demand and rights to the above.
- Harmful practice such as female genital mutilation and early, forced and child marriages, and gender-based violence.
- Leaving no-one behind, including rights and equitable provision and access of services for marginalized groups and individuals, such as LGBTI+.
- International funding trends to SRHR, including domestic resource mobilization.
- SRHR in humanitarian settings.
The experts provide the following types of services to Norad:
- Development of technical and analytical program-related documents such as studies, briefs, concept notes and reviews.
- Technical advice regarding country program implementation.
- Reporting on results relevant for Norwegian global health efforts.
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and green economy
NCG Sweden leads the consortium comprised of NCG Norway and ADE for this framework agreement. This includes in total a pool of 10 senior consultants and 9 consultants. The consortium is ranked in third place.
The overall thematic focus of this framework agreement with Norad is related to REDD+, including land use planning, sustainable food systems and forest law enforcement. Additionally, green economy and low carbon development are also thematic focus areas. The framework agreement is mainly, but not exclusively, used for consultancy services related to the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). The consultancy services normally fall within four different types of assignments:
- Project proposal appraisals ahead of funding decisions.
Within this type of assignment, experts can expect to assess the following (among others):
- Consideration of crosscutting issues such as anti-corruption measures, gender and human rights, and how these will be addressed in both monitoring and implementation
- Results framework with goal hierarchy/result chain and timeline
- Efficiency and effectiveness of a budget that corresponds with the results framework
- Local/national ownership and long-term sustainability, relevance and links to broader plans and policies of the country
- Mid-term and end-reviews (following the OECD DAC principles for evaluating development assistance).
- Technical assessments (which could be follow-up on recommendations from reviews and appraisals).
- Technical assistance to partner institutions, including capacity building and training.
Organisational reviews of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)
For this framework, NCG Sweden leads the collaboration with its sister companies under the Nordic Consulting Group: NCG Denmark and NCG Norway. The NCG consortium is ranked in second place. A pool of ten experienced experts from three companies are available upon request for assistance from Norad.
The framework agreement provides external reviews as part of Norad’s overall performance assessment of its grant recipients, including potential grant recipients. The main objectives are to assess each selected organisation’s added value, cost effectiveness and financial management, and their achievement of results, including to what extent they have contributed to strengthening civil society in target countries. The reviews also provide recommendations to ensure better planning and follow-up by Norad and the grant recipients.