Terms of Reference: Tenure Facility Focal Point in Colombia


The Tenure Facility’s (TF) project work in Colombia focuses on the expansion of collective land tenure, both for the country’s 115 Indigenous Peoples and the Afro-descendant population – the third largest in the Americas after the United States and Brazil.

In 2016, Colombia’s Black Communities Process (PCN), the Pontifical Javeriana University and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) began working together to reopen the path to recognizing the collective rights of Afro-Colombian land across the country, reaching an agreement with the Government’s National Land Agency (ANT) to resolve land claims from 271 Afro-descendant Community Councils. The partners gave several measures that set the stage for the expansion of Afro-descendant collective tenure throughout the country, with support from the Tenure Facility, between 2018 and 2021. Project Phase I ended in 2021. A second phase is under development and is planned to be launched in 2022.

In 2020, the Indigenous Technical Secretary of the National Commission of Indigenous Territories (STI-CNTI), created under Decree 1397 of 1996 as a body to addresses issues related to public policy in territorial matters between the national government and Indigenous governments, set out to advance the recognition and protection of Indigenous territorial rights in Colombia by monitoring formalisation requests, knowledge management and the construction of proposals for the advancement of such processes through the implementation of the Observatory on Territorial Rights of Indigenous Peoples. TF is financing a STI-CNTI project (2020-2022), at the heart of which lies the Observatory.

The Tenure Facility is currently funding the STI-CNTI project and preparing for a potential continuation of the PCN project. Therefore, TF will require the services of a focal point in Colombia in 2022.

Objectives and task of the consultancy                         

In close coordination with the assigned TF Programme Officer(s) / Grant Manager(s), and respecting the partner organisation’s role as owners of their respective projects, the consultant will:

  • Work in coordination with the Tenure Facility Grant Manager(s) to support the TF’s work with partners and associates.
  • Act as TF’s focal point in Colombia, supporting the TF partners and their associates in the implementation of their projects. The focal point’s tasks include:
  • Keep the Tenure Facility informed of the progress of project activities, including advances in the achievement of objectives, unexpected obstacles encountered, if any, as well as the most outstanding achievements, including unanticipated spin‐off achievements, and the lessons learned along the way.
  • Share news about generally relevant developments in the country context in which the TF project is working.
  • Maintain regular contact with the Tenure Facility assigned Programme Officer(s) and TF international consultants providing technical assistance in Colombia, accompany their in-country visits, and contribute to their report writing, as requested.
  • Support and participate in the Tenure Facility’s Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning activities, as requested by the TF Programme Officer.
  • Maintain: (i) information exchange relations with other organizations that support projects working along the same lines as the initiative funded by the Tenure Facility; and (ii) relationships with influential stakeholders that are potential, strategic allies (e.g., environmental NGOs, bilateral donors) to socialize issues relevant to them and Colombian Indigenous Peoples and Afro-descendants.
  • Meet regularly with representatives of the TF partners led by STI-CNTI and PCN-Hileros Afrocolombian Corporation.
  • Provide expert advice to The Tenure Facility as requested.
  • Other tasks as mutually defined and agreed upon with the TF Grant Manager(s).


  • Degree in natural resource management, environmental science, social sciences, law or policy studies, or another field relevant to the objective and task of the consultancy.
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant work experience in areas related to the objective and task of the consultancy.
  • Experience working with or supporting communities/projects in Colombia.
  • Strong familiarity with indigenous peoples and local communities land rights issues and knowledge of legislation in Colombia.
  • Fluency in English is desirable.


The following documents must be delivered to the Tenure Facility:

  • Quarterly work plan(s), mutually agreed upon on a quarterly basis, after the signature of the contract agreement.
  • Quarterly summary progress reports (two pages, maximum) via email, due on the dates of submission of the Quarterly work plans.
  • Quarterly invoices /billing, detailing work performed, dates worked, and expenses, with copies of receipts for any reimbursables due on the dates of the quarterly work plans and summary progress reports.

Selection method

Quality and Cost Based Selection.

Duration and period

A maximum of 100 days between 1 March 2022 and 28 February 2023. On average, the consultant is expected to dedicate no more than 5 days per month per project.

Location and travel

The consultant will be home-based and may travel to meet partners in the project areas.


The consultant will report to the Tenure Facility Secretariat.  The Tenure Facility will provide documentation and guidance to the consultant.


The consultant is required to disclose in writing any potential conflict of interest related to the objectives and task of these Terms of Reference.


Please send your application writing to procurement@thetenurefacility.org before midnight (CET) of January 17, 2021.

The application should include your CV, your required daily fee, and a description of your qualifications and experience in relation to these terms of reference