How we work
The consortium has adopted a decentralised management approach that builds on its presence in and knowledge of country contexts. The ten Voice country teams are supported by a decentralised Coordination Team in Cambodia, Kenya, The Hague the Netherlands, the Philippines, Uganda, Cambodia and the Philippines.
The Coordination Team and especially the Voice Programme Manager is supported and managed by a small Steering Committee made up of the Executive Director of Yayasan Humanis dan Inovasi Sosial, Indonesia (Yayasan Hivos) and the Unit Manager Championing Civic Space“ at Oxfam Novib. They regularly meet with the Programme Manager to ensure alignment with the organisational strategies as well as to assess progress made.
The Coordination Team in The Hague has the following management structure:
The positions in pink and yellow have line management responsibilities and are part of the Senior Management Team. The positions in orange, in addition to the Programme Manager, are based in Nairobi, Manila, Uganda and Phnom Penh Cambodia, Kenya, the Philippines and Uganda. This is based on recommendations from the Mid-Term Review and feedback from country teams to bring key functions closer to the country teams while retaining a global mandate.
While the Finance Coordinator manages the Support Officer, the two Roving M&E officers are managed by the Linking and Learning Coordinator. The Communications Hub, comprising the Internal and External Amplifiers, is now co-managed by the Linking and Learning Coordination and Programme Manager to ensure the links between Linking, Learning and Amplification. The remaining posts are managed by the Programme Manager.
The Coordination Team supports the country teams in the implementation of Voice as well as to ensure strategic direction and coherence, global/national linking and learning and to manage the global/national calls for proposals.
Most programme activities are managed by Voice country teams based in the focus countries where Voice is being implemented. In all ten focus countries, there is a Voice team of 3 full-time staff, a programme officer, a finance officer and a linking and learning and amplifier officer, based in the capital.
Voice is a Euro 86 million fund for eight years (2016-2024) whereby the funding comes exclusively from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We subdivide this funding in two phases:,
Phase 1 – 2016-2021, and
Phase 2 – 2021-2024
Overall, the total budget is broken down into the following components:
60,2 million Euro grant fund; for grants to (local) organisations of marginalised and discriminated groups
15,7 million Euro for management and coordination and capacity strengthening in the Voice countries
8,1 million Euro is set aside to Linking and Learning strongly focused on south-south
2 million Euro is reserved for VAT
Voice is a so-called public service contract which has strict requirements for implementation of the grant facility and the linking and learning component. As a contractor, the consortium needs to apply VAT and hence provision has been made for this.
The consortium is committed to openness and (financial) transparency and all information is made available on the grants according to the latest IATI standards on the Grantees Overview page and in Atlas. On this page we provide the full financial information for the coordination and management of the Voice Consortium on an annual basis by publishing a summary analysis plus the audited accounts, once they are available.
Of the overall grant budget of Euro 35 million 75% is allocated to grants at national level while the remainder is set aside for global multi-country calls. Again, in our commitment to transparency and to promote linking and learning, all allocated grants including awarded amounts and a small project summary are made public.
All calls for proposals are announced on the website, and we encourage you to read the grants and country pages carefully. We publish all guidelines, instructions on how to apply and the reporting structure for each type of grant.
If you have any questions or have any concerns about potential fraud or corruption at national or global level, please check our whistleblower policy.
In the visual below you find the overall grant distribution for the coming years. We propose to regularly assess this based on performance, absorption capacity and the realities on the ground.