The Leprosy Mission International (TLMI)


Terms of Reference - Global Funding Scoping Study for TLMI


Purpose: To research and scope the opportunities for The Leprosy Mission (TLM) to secure global or multi-country funding from additional institutional, foundation and corporate donors

Audience: TLMI senior leadership team, TLM Representative Management Group (plus TLM Netherlands Country Leader)

Commissioners: The Leprosy Mission International (TLMI)

Reports to: Head of Operations Support, Pete Garratt

Duration: 10 days

Timeframe: May / June 2015

Location: Flexible (home-based working an option)


Purpose and Scope

The purpose of this ToR is to provide information and guidance that will enable TLM decision making on the steps to be taken to increase the funding secured by TLM from global institutions, foundations, trusts, church bodies and corporates[1].  The organisations to be targeted either operate on a global scale and wish to deal with pan-global charities or are based in a country where a TLM member is not present or not able to pursue the opportunity[2]. The work will research and identify quantifiable opportunities available, highlighting with examples and suggesting priorities for TLM to focus on.  The report will also examine the cost viability for TLMI to recruit a specific staff member to coordinate the processes involved in securing increased funding from these organisations.

Included within scope are organisations that would directly fund leprosy or would support it through the related areas of disability, community development, empowerment, public health, neglected tropical diseases, inclusion, stigma reduction, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, livelihoods, education and research.

Also included within scope would be TLM’s participation in potential consortia and alliances[3] that could lead directly to funding opportunities.

Out of scope: countries where organisations are based that have an active TLM Member already accessing, or potentially able to access, funding. By implication ‘in scope’ could include countries where there is a TLM Member but who does not have the capacity to access these funding types.



The Leprosy Mission is a leading international Christian organization with over 140 years of experience. It operates as an international federation (Global Fellowship) of 32 Member countries which, through the TLM Charter, have made commitments to one another and to certain principles and ways of working. They consist of both ‘supporting’ (donor countries) and ‘implementing’ (field) countries – both equally valued Members and equal partners in the work and in ‘big-picture’ decisions about how The Leprosy Mission should function and develop.  TLM’s vision is “Leprosy Defeated and Lives Transformed”.

The list of Member countries includes: Angola; Australia; Bangladesh; Belgium; Chad; China; DR Congo; Denmark; Ethiopia; England & Wales; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Mozambique; Myanmar; Netherlands; Nepal; New Zealand; Northern Ireland; Niger; Nigeria; Papua New Guinea; Scotland; South Africa; South Korea; South Sudan; Sudan; Sweden; Switzerland; Timor Leste.

TLM International operates as a central ‘hub’, providing co-ordination, facilitation and operational services in response to the stated needs of the Members. Around the world The Leprosy Mission has over 2000 staff and implements or supports leprosy projects in more than 20 Countries.

Funding - there is a need for increased global institutional fundraising in the Global Fellowship to be able to fund the programs of the Mission worldwide. At the meeting of members in September 2014 this need was established and it was proposed and accepted that TLMI would take the lead. Two key questions include

  1. How can the TLM Global Fellowship develop a global view and action plan on institutional fundraising?
  2. What steps are needed to develop this?

The trend in institutional fundraising is more global and more focussed on cooperation, with a growing role for consortia. The Global Fellowship needs to be sensitised to the role of Institutional funding and should be looking outwards to capitalise on this.  TLM needs a strong coordinated global effort to make this happen.



The selected consultant will propose and define the methodology in agreement with the commissioner, but it could include: key stakeholder interviews (within TLM Global Fellowship; with selected institutions, foundations, corporates; other similar sized-INGOs); research into the types of funding opportunities that potentially fit with TLM’s vision and mandate; reporting writing – see below. 



Draft report (with two page summary) that includes:

  • Analysis setting out potential funding scope and opportunities by category of institutional; foundation; corporate; church body (on an annual and longer-term basis)
  • Analysis of strategic approaches other similar sized INGO type organisations take to secure funding in these areas
  • Analysis of potential for TLM to be included in consortia and alliances that lead directly to funding opportunities
  • Recommended approach (including a plan of steps) for TLM to maximise funding opportunities in these areas – with identified priorities
  • Recommendations concerning the viability of TLMI recruiting a specific global funding resource (and definitions of type of role and skill set needed)


Final report produced with clarifications / final edit following comments from commissioners

Timeframe: Ten days work spread over May / June

Consultant profile

  • Substantial funding experience with the international not-for-profit sectors
  • Substantial experience and understanding of institutional funding organisations, of globally focused foundations or charitable trusts, of globally focused corporates, of Christian funding bodies
  • Understanding of international Christian organisations
  • Demonstrable skills in concise report writing
  • Has a network of key contacts who can provide valuable input to the research
  • Knowledge of where to go to research the key areas identified in this ToR
  • Able to self-sufficiently organise and execute their work
  • Fluent in written and spoken English


Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest to be emailed to by May 8th and should include:

  • Consultant(s’) suitability
  • Outline work plan
  • Examples of other funding research work completed
  • Sought for daily payment rate



[1] The scale of single funding awards to be researched would be in the range of £50,000 to £2 million

[2] Examples of organisations include but are not limited to the European Union, USAID, development banks, Novartis Foundation, Rotary International Foundation, Nippon Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, ACT Alliance

[3] These could include sector-specific groupings or ‘call’ opportunities around themes such as WASH and could include greater collaboration with IDDC, NTD Coalitions, EU-CORD, Micah Network, Association of Churches Together Alliance and ILEP


For more information please see the Terms of Reference or visit TLMI's website