The ICN is seeking an external consultant or firm to assist us in communicating our purpose and impact to external stakeholders.
Application Deadline: January 4, 2023
Start date: February – March 2023
The Inter-Council Network (ICN) is a dynamic network of provincial and regional member-based Councils for International Cooperation committed to social justice and social change. Rooted in communities across Canada and representing nearly 350 international cooperation organizations, the Councils are leaders in public engagement at a local and regional level and are recognized for bringing regional knowledge and priorities to the national level. The ICN provides a forum in which the Councils collaborate to improve development effectiveness, learn from each other’s specific skills, and identify common priorities for collective action.
The ICN programming has grown significantly over the past decade, especially since 2019 with the addition of two shared national programs. With increased audiences and attention on the network, the ICN has identified a need to better clarify and communicate to stakeholders who we are, how we work, and the impact we have, differentiating the work we do from other networks in the sector. While our programming has changed and increased as needs have shifted, we have remained true to our core values, including but not limited to celebrating national diversity and regional perspectives, working in solidarity to centre grassroots voices, providing quiet and supportive backbone support to member organizations, and deepening our feminist, decolonial, and antiracists approaches to leadership and engagement. We believe our values are our strength, and know if communicated more effectively, we would increase understanding and widen support for the impactful work of the network, councils, and
their respective member organizations, committed to ensuring people everywhere can live a dignified life in peace, free of poverty.
budget should reflect to what extent the desired deliverables from Stage 1 and 2 below would
be possible to achieve with the allocated budget.
Stage 1: To be achieved by March 31, 2023
– A clear story of our vision and impact.
– A ‘toolkit’ of digital assets to communicate this story more effectively to internal and external audiences at various fora.
– Strategy for ensuring the impact story remains centered as future needs, audiences, and programs change.
Stage 2: To be achieved by July 2023
– Refreshed website that reflects our story and impact, and allows for users to engage with out current and future content opportunities. (See www.icn-rcc.ca)
The consultant should submit the following:
Maximum 2-page concept note. This concept note should:
– Articulate the specific deliverables and approach that will be taken to achieve the outcomes.
– The value and experience the consultant can bring to the process.
– List any assumptions of internal support from the ICN (time, expertise, access to digital tools or resources) to ensure the completion of the deliverables on time and budget proposed.
– The consultant must provide a separate budget for Stage 1 and Stage 2.
– The budget must articulate any specific deliverables, level of effort, and daily/hourly rates.
– Any costs for producing deliverables in EN and FR must be included in the
budget – either as a separate line item, or clearly stated if this cost is included in
the daily rate based on internal bilingual capacity.
Additional Budget Addendum
– Noting the current budget limitation, the consultant should also provide a costed
vision of what more could be achieved in Stage 2 with additional budget.
– The consultant should attach a pitch deck or work samples showcasing similar
work in the past.
Desired Skills and Competencies
The ideal firm will have:
– Demonstrated history in impact storytelling, communications and marketing, ideally in a non-profit setting.
– Ability to move work forward in complex, multi-stakeholder environments where diversity
of voices, ideas, and approaches are valued.
– A clear organizational commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
– Strong alignment to Cooperation Canada code of ethics, specifically section 6 on
fundraising and communication principles.
– Ability to communicate with the ICN councils throughout the process in English and
How to Submit
Must submit the concept note, budget, and any work samples to email@example.com by Wednesday, January 4th 2023. Feedback and selection will begin in early to mid January 2023.