Call for proposals: Improving maternal and newborn health in underserved areas in Tanzania

This call is closed. The deadline for submissions was August 14, 2015, at 4 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4).


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The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) is launching a call for proposals to improve maternal and newborn health in underserved areas of Tanzania. The total amount of funding available for the call is up to seventy-five million Canadian dollars (CAD$75,000,000) to be disbursed over a period of up to five years (Canadian fiscal years 2015-2016 to 2019-2020).

Based on the availability of funds, DFATD will fund projects valued between eight (8) million Canadian dollars (CAD$8,000,000) and twelve (12) million Canadian dollars (CAD$12,000,000) to be implemented over a period of three to five years.

The deadline for proposal submissions is August 14, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4).


The objective of this call is to obtain project proposals that can support DFATD’s objectives to improve maternal and newborn health in underserved areas in Tanzania.

Expected Results

Projects funded under this call for proposals must contribute to the achievement of the following ultimate outcome: 

  • Ultimate outcome: Reduced maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in underserved districts in Tanzania

The projects must also contribute to the achievement of all both of the following intermediate outcomes:

  • Intermediate outcome 1: Improved availability of quality maternal and newborn health services in underserved districts in Tanzania
  • Intermediate outcome 2: Increased utilization of maternal and newborn health services by women and their families in targeted districts in Tanzania

This call for proposals is open to Canadian, international and local organizations, including private-sector organizations. Organizations that submit a proposal must be registered or have proof of their legal status.

DFATD will review proposals requesting between eight (8) million Canadian dollars (CAD$8,000,000) and twelve (12) million Canadian dollars (CAD$12,000,000), for projects with a duration between three and five years.

The proponent organization must have at least five (5) years of experience managing, delivering, and achieving proven results in health initiatives in Tanzania with at least one project valued at at least two (2) million Canadian dollars (CAD$2,000,000).

Only organizations that meet all of the eligibility requirements listed on the application form will be considered under this call for proposals. Organizations that do not meet the eligibility requirements may form a consortium with another organization that does meet all of the eligibility requirements. It is not necessary for a consortium to form a separate legal entity for the purpose of applying in response to this call.

DFATD will review and assess duly completed proposals. Failure to meet all of the eligibility requirements could result in the rejection of the proposal.

Proposal assessment

All applications submitted to DFATD must meet the twelve (12) criteria listed below. Some links may direct you to policies and material published by the former Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Policies that relate to international development assistance continue to apply in the context of assessing proposals submitted to DFATD.

DFATD will assess all proposals on a comparative basis against the nine assessment criteria:

  1. Rationale for the initiative
  2. Managing for results and responding to risks
  3. Initiative plan
  4. Environmental sustainability
  5. Gender equality
  6. Governance
  7. Sustainability of results
  8. Financial information
  9. Organizational ability relevant to the initiative

DFATD will also assess the following additional criteria:

  1. Government ownership and alignment
    • The proposal supports the objectives and priorities of the Government of Tanzania with respect to maternal and newborn health. Reference to key policy documents, mid-term reviews, costed plans, and discussions with key government stakeholders may be cited.
    • The proposal should include capacity building for the Government of Tanzania as needed to promote project sustainability, and include government representation in project oversight.
  2. Underserved areas
    • Rationale for selecting a geographic focus should be explained.
    • There is evidence that demonstrates the area is relatively underserved with respect to maternal and newborn health in Tanzania.
  3. Innovative practices and engaging the private sector
    • There is an explanation of how the proposal makes use of innovative practices and/or engaging the private sector to enable health facilities, particularly those in remote areas, to more effectively deliver maternal and newborn health services.
    • Innovative practices should be practical, low-cost and have the potential to be scaled up within the public health system of Tanzania.
    • Engaging the private sector should complement and strengthen the health system and delivery of health services and health benefits.

Application process

  • Please read and review the Improving Maternal and Newborn Health in Underserved Areas in Tanzania call for proposals application form thoroughly.
  • Complete the application form and all of the mandatory organization and proposal documents listed in the “Eligibility Requirements” section of the application form. DFATD will not accept applications or supporting documentation by mail, courier or fax.
  • Submit your application by the date and time of the deadline, to:

 Applications received after the deadline, August 14, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4), will not be accepted.

After submission of your proposal, you will receive an automated email confirming that your application has been submitted. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your application will not be considered as received.

Review Process

DFATD will apply an initial merit screening against assessment criteria 1 (Rationale for the Initiative), 2 (Managing for Results and Responding to Risks) and 9 (Organizational Ability Relevant to the Initiative). Proposals deemed unacceptable will not proceed for further review.

Proposals that are deemed acceptable will be reviewed based on all of the assessment criteria. From the proposals that meet all of the assessment criteria, DFATD will determine which proposals or group of proposals best align with its priorities. The organization’s contribution, Canadian visibility and the use of Canadian expertise could be considered at this stage. Proposals that are led by a Canadian organization or have a partnership with a Canadian organization will be given preference.

To ensure transparency and fairness, DFATD will not discuss applications with proponents until all organizations have been notified of decisions with regard to their applications. However, applicants can submit questions about the application process by email to The deadline for submitting questions is July 31, 2015, 4:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). DFATD will not answer enquiries received after that date.

DFATD will acknowledge receipt of questions within five (5) business days and will post all questions and answers concerning the guidelines on its website. Information posted on the Development section of DFATD’s website, including the "Frequently asked questions about applying for funding" and the "Frequently asked questions concerning this call for proposals", represents the only official interpretation of the application process.

Proponents will be advised of the results once a decision has been made. The successful proponents will be contacted by DFATD to discuss the details of the funding agreements. DFATD will also send a letter to all unsuccessful candidates to inform them of the decision.

Submission of complete project proposals does not guarantee DFATD’s recommendation of the proposal for approval. DFATD reserves the right to terminate the process at any time until a final decision is made by the Minister of International Development and also reserves the right to either accept or reject any or all project proposals submitted.

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