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The Global Fund for Coral Reefs launched a Call for Expression of Interest for the GFCR Programme Convening Agents


The Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR) is the only global blended finance instrument dedicated to coral reefs and the first UN fund dedicated to SDG 14, ‘Life Below Water’. The Fund is driven by a coalition of private philanthropies, Member States, UN agencies, and impact investors with the aim to mobilise $625 million for coral reefs over the next 10 years. The GFCR leverages grant funding to unlock reef-positive private sector investments in blue economy that address drivers of reef degradation  and facilitate blue recovery for communities. This blended finance approach seeks to foster an enabling environment where coral reef conservation initiatives are sustainably financed to reduce dependence on short-term grant funding.

Open call

The Call for Expressions of Interest for prospective Convening Agents is now open! The Global Fund for Coral Reefs is pleased to invite organisations to submit an Expression of Interest for the role of Convening Agent on country programmes from the following list: 

  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Malaysia
  • Mozambique
  • Seychelles
  • Sri Lanka
  • Viet Nam

Local organizations working in the above-listed geographies are encouraged to apply. If an interested party wishes to submit an Expression of Interest for more than one region, they must submit an additional form. Eligible applicants must be a non-profit, non-governmental organisation or inter-governmental organisation. 


Principles, Roles & Responsibilities 

Convening Agent roles and responsibilities include:  

  • Developing the vision and strategy to implement a blended finance approach to build resilience that includes “quick-wins” and a longer-term vision for generating sustainable revenue streams to address local drivers of coral reef degradation; 
  • Responsible for the strategic guidance, management oversight and coordination;
  • Facilitates collaboration between recipient organizations, implementing partners, the host government and the local partners for programme implementation;
  • Hosts the Management Unit responsible for operational and programmatic coordination; 
  • Oversees day-to-day programme coordination, including coordination of all programme consortium partners;
  • Coordinates and compiles annual work plans and narrative reports, coordinates monitoring of annual targets; 
  • Conducts  monitoring and evaluation or enlists a 3rd party to do so 
  • Coordinates and compiles annual work plans and narrative reports, coordinates monitoring of annual targets; 
  • Facilitates the programme audits by a third party.  

Applicable programme principles include:  

  1. The Convening Agents are identified based on their mission, capacity to lead and implement (incl. geographical presence, past experience, results, knowledge and technical expertise, capacity to scale up innovative models and enable transformative actions), cost effectiveness (capacity for direct implementation and deploy innovative financial products) and other relevant variables. 
  2. To avoid cascade of management fees, the GFCR recommends the selection of partners that have proven fiduciary records and the capacity to directly implement their foreseen interventions. For impact investment in private entities, one of the organizations must demonstrate that it has a system in place to manage such a modality or engage with UNCDF, a GFCR partner, who has inhouse capacity to grant in this area. To note, UNCDF can support incubation of a blue economy pipeline through concessional loans, guarantees, repayable grants and other financial instruments.
  3. Establishment of strong impact groups/coordination mechanisms which could include a multi-stakeholder programme steering committee or reinforcement of existing groups. 
  4. Inclusion of all stakeholders including governmental and civil society organisations (in particular women’s organisations), networks ready to provide adequate support (resources, time and willingness to work together) framed with a clear definition of distinct roles and responsibilities. 
  5. Development of financing strategies which promote innovative and sustainable blended solutions. To note, UNCDF – a core partner of the GFCR – can support incubation of a blue economy pipeline through concessional loans, guarantees, repayable grants and other financial instruments.  


Submission Process 

To submit an Expression of Interest for the role of Programme Convening Agent for one of the above listed countries, please complete the form through the following link: 

Submission Portal Link

Submission Deadline: 24 September 2021  

Selected organisations will be contacted by the GFCR Secretariat by 15 October 2021 with requests for additional information and/or a request for the applicant to develop a programme concept note by mid-November 2021 for the GFCR Executive Board consideration.