Assignment for ‘a quartermaster’ TeamUp

Towards a sustainable organisation model for the TeamUp expertise centre / the TeamUp Hub
08 november 2018

TeamUp is a coalition of War Child, Save the Children and UNICEF Netherlands. Since 2015, these organisations, within TeamUp, have contributed to the social emotional support of refugee children in Dutch reception centres and schools. The coalition does this by offering weekly sports, games and movement activities. At this moment TeamUp is being carried out in 28 shelters and in 16 schools (for newcomers). The activities in the shelters are carried out by (unpaid) professional TeamUp Facilitators, who have been trained for this purpose and who are guided and supported by the coalition. At schools, teachers are trained in the method. 

The approach has proved successful and there is increasing demand both from the shelters and the schools. Since last year, TeamUp activities have started or are in the process of starting in various programme countries (such as Uganda, South Sudan, Colombia and OpT). Other European countries (incl. Sweden) have also shown interest in the method.

Until the end of 2019, there will be ongoing financing to continue the work in the Netherlands. After that time, the coalition also wants to continue, but this requires a sustainable organisational model and stable financing. During an initial inventory, the contours for TeamUp after 2019 are outlined. These now need to be further elaborated, decided and implemented.

As of 1 January 2019, the coalition is looking for a consultant who, on the basis of outlined plans, will continue to work as a quartermaster on:
- the design and organisation of a sustainable organisation model for TeamUp; and
- who supports the organisations in achieving a future-proof structure within which TeamUp employees can carry out the work.

All this with the aim to enable the implementation of TeamUp within different contexts and in different countries as of 1 January 2020.

The quartermaster will be asked:

- To develop a model for the so-called TeamUp Hub, and find the best way to host it. This hub is the expertise centre that forms the core of TeamUp and from where the method is developed and quality is guaranteed. From this hub, ‘customers of the method’ are provided with the necessary knowledge and skills; TeamUp facilitators are trained and supervised.
- To develop an acquisition strategy to draw the interest of enough ‘customers of the method’ in the Netherlands to carry out TeamUp activities in their organisation, centre, school, etc.
- To develop an acquisition strategy to attract sufficient ‘customers of the method’ in other countries (both inside and outside Europe) to carry out TeamUp activities in their organisation, centre, child friendly space, refugee camp, school, in which financing the start-up in this international context is provided.
- To identify which other parties should be involved in the organisation and execution of TeamUp and in which way.
- To design and create a governance structure in which the TeamUp activities can be carried out efficiently and effectively and in which the roles of the participating organisations are guaranteed.
- To make a further calculation of the costs for the ‘customers of the method’ and to assess whether there is sufficient potential among potential customers to execute TeamUp (both financially and in terms of organisational strength).
- To advise on the revenue model (subsidies, social enterprise, commercial offer of services, self-sufficiency);
- To advise on the intellectual property of TeamUp. 

The intention is that the quartermaster builds on the already issued advice of GWYNT consultants. The advisory report can be viewed on request. In the execution of this assignment, the quartermaster works with employees of the coalition who form a support team. This team is put together by the quartermaster in consultation with the organisations. 

The quartermaster is asked to make a proposal (including planning) with regard to (1) the design of the organisational structure and governance model and (2) its actual implementation; with the aim to start working with the redesigned model from 2020 onwards. The quartermaster is asked to take a leading role in both parts of the assignment. 

We expect:

- knowledge and experience with organisational development within the NGO sector, in particular with the development of strategies for (financial) sustainability;
- availability in the short term;
- flexible availability in the timeframe;
- organisation-sensitive and awareness of different attitudes and NGO cultures. 

Interested parties are asked to submit a proposal for the approach of this assignment, including planning and budget before 1 December 2018.

For information, please contact Ernst Suur: ernst.suur@warchild.nl or 06-51158988.
Offers can also be addressed to Ernst Suur.