Tier 1: Rolling GCP

Tier 1: Rolling GCP

31 March 2017: Global Call for Proposals – Tier 1 Launch

The INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation today relaunches the Global Call for Proposals (GCP). Download the GCP Tier 1 flyer here and read more about Tier 1, access the guidance and download the application template, below.

Download the flyer in English, French, Spanish and Arabic here.

Also check out the GCP video (#GCPmatch) here:

About Tier 1: Rolling Global Call for Proposals

The Global Call for Proposals (GCP) seeks to match SAI capacity development proposals with donor or INTOSAI funding. It empowers SAIs in developing countries to drive forward their capacity and performance by ensuring proposals are SAI-led and aligned with the SAI’s strategic plans. Tier 1 is an inclusive approach, accepting proposals from all SAIs, INTOSAI bodies and regions, for initiatives benefitting SAIs in developing countries.

What’s New in Tier 1?

Tier 1 builds on and strengthens the approach developed in the successful 2011 and 2013 GCPs. The main improvements are:

Rolling process: concept notes can be submitted at any time, rather than in set time windows. So SAIs can apply when they are ready, and when best fits in with their strategic cycles. SAIs can also make use of the information on funding sources, including donor factsheets, to identify the priorities and funding cycles of potential donors and other providers of support. This may enable SAIs to apply in time for specific donors to consider their applications when developing their country strategies.

Stronger quality checks: concept notes will be reviewed against agreed INTOSAI-Donor core principles, and only circulated once these are met. These include: SAI-led not donor driven; linked to the SAIs strategic plan; and harmonised and coordinated with existing support to avoid overlap and confusion.

Improved coordination: with existing providers of support and INTOSAI regions. Draft concept notes will be shared at an early stage with those already supporting the SAI to see if the proposal can be incorporated into an existing or planned project. Concept notes will also be shared with the relevant INTOSAI regional body to see if the needs can be met through a current or planned regional program. Concept notes which cannot be met in this way will then be shared with the members of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation to identify interest in provision of support.

Tier 1 Process

Under Tier 1, the GCP involves seven key steps from initial concept note to applicants and partners working together to develop projects. This is illustrated below.

Tier 1 process 27 Feb

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The process description is available in English, French, Arabic and Spanish.

  1. Applicant submits draft concept note: all SAIs, INTOSAI bodies and INTOSAI regions may submit concept notes at any time, for projects benefiting SAIs in developing countries. The concept note template and guidance available below should be used to prepare concept notes and submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  2. Review by the INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat: the Secretariat will track all concept notes submitted and arrange for review, either by Secretariat staff or a pool of GCP reviewers. The review checklist available below will be used by reviewers to make two sequential decisions:
    1. Assess whether the problem analysis, project purpose and outcomes are sufficiently coherent to enable sharing of the concept note with in-country donors and INTOSAI regional bodies (step 3)
    2. Assess whether the concept note sufficiently adheres to the MoU principles to enable it to be considered final (step 4) and suitable for sharing with other potential donors and providers of support (step 5)
  3. The Secretariat will provide feedback to the applicant on the concept note until it is considered final. I.e. steps 1-3 may form a cyclical process of drafting, reviewing, consulting and strengthening concept notes until the Secretariat is satisfied that the requested support cannot be met by in-country donors and INTOSAI regions, and the MoU principles are properly followed.
  4. Consultation with INTOSAI-regional bodies and in-country donors: to enhance coordination, it is important that concept notes are discussed first with the SAI’s existing partners, including INTOSAI regional bodies and in-country donors. This will be arranged by the INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat, once the concept note is sufficiently well developed (as per step 2a above). The purpose of this is ensure that the requested support reflects an additional need over and above current support, and to explore whether it can be accommodated within existing or planned support programs, including regional initiatives. In cases where the applicant does not want to request support from existing donor(s) it may specify this in its concept note. The existing donor(s) will be notified of the SAI’s intention to apply for funding from a new donor or provider of support. The intention of step 3 is to try to match the applicant’s need with an existing partner. Where concept notes are matched in full (i.e. all elements of the requested supported matched by an INTOSAI regional body or in-country donor), steps 5 and 6 will be omitted. Where concept notes are partly matched, the concept note will be adjusted to reflect this, before being finalised for sharing with potential donors and other providers of support.
  5. Applicant submits final concept note: at the end of the cyclical process involved in steps 1-3, the Secretariat will confirm to the applicant that the concept note is considered finalised. It can then be uploaded to the SAI Capacity Development Database by the applicant, and will be checked and published by the Secretariat.
  6. Circulation of concept notes: Upon finalisation, concept notes will be shared immediately with all members and observers of the INTOSAI-Donor Steering Committee. In addition, all concept notes finalised each quarter will be circulated as a batch to Steering Committee members. Steering Committee members will be prompted to share concept notes within their organisations, to ensure the widest possible dissemination.
  7. Initial expression of interest: on an ongoing basis, all donors and other potential providers of support will inform the Secretariat about their interest in supporting concept notes. The Secretariat will track interest in each concept note, and facilitate contact between the applicant and all those interested in providing support.
  8. Project development: applicants work directly with donors and other providers of support to develop concept notes into appropriate proposals for funding and implementation. The support from the Secretariat in this step will be limited, on an exceptions basis.

Tier 1 Monitoring and Reporting

The Secretariat will conduct six monthly surveys to check progress on matching all concept notes and ensure that the SAI Capacity Development Database is kept up to date. Information requests will go to both applicants and providers of support, to identify discrepancies between responses and enable any misunderstandings to be clarified. The results from monitoring surveys will be shared with applicants and providers of support. Progress will also be reported to the Steering Committee leadership twice a year, and to the annual Steering Committee meeting.

Tier 1 Core Documents

  • Concept Note Guidance for Applicants: the following documents are available:
  •   document Concept Note Guidance for Reviewers (80 KB) : a checklist for reviewers to ensure that concept notes properly reflect the INTOSAI-Donor MoU principles is available.
  • Training on Developing Concept Notes
    • Training material in English, Español, Français, عربى here
  • Full Proposals – These will usually follow the format of the interested donor. However, standard templates and guidance for applicants, as well as example proposals, are available on request.
  • GCP Tier 1 Monitoring Report – will be prepared every six months and added here following launch of the GCP Tier 1

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