Consultancy- Overarching Impacts of Humanitarian Shelter & Settlements Response

July 11, 2019
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified


About InterAction: InterAction is the largest alliance of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the U.S., with over 190 members working in every developing country. Members are large and small, faith-based and secular, with a focus on the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations. The U.S. public, foundations and governments support the work of our members who collectively invest and manage over $18 billion a year. InterAction’s own funds come from dues and generous grants from others, such as foundations, corporations and governments. Using its collective voice, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions as wide range of foreign assistance, relief, development, environmental and other issues that advance human dignity.

Background: Humanitarian shelter and settlements (S&S) assistance strives to meet one of the most essential and often lifesaving needs of the conflict and disaster affected communities. Even the most basic S&S assistance can contribute to a sense of normalcy, provide physical and legal protection, improve psychological and socio-economic conditions, contributes to DRR, as well as access to essential services such as health, water sanitation, education, legal rights and more. However, the overarching contributions of S&S assistance and its impact on these sectoral and thematic outcomes are often overlooked.

Objective: Increase the understanding, awareness, importance and the broader impacts of humanitarian shelter and settlements through evidence-based infographics, animations, video and/or social media tools. This initiative will develop informational and communications material that can be used to improve the awareness of stakeholders within and outside of humanitarian organizations, serve as advocacy tools, and results in improved inter-sectoral understanding and collaboration in emergency response and recovery processes.

Expected activities and deliverables: Please click on link below.

A. Research and document evidence:
• Document research outcomes and evidence on the impacts of shelter in respective sectoral and thematic assistance, such as WASH, environment, gender mainstreaming, protection, livelihood, Physical and mental health, DRR, and other relevant issues.
• The desk research and evidence gathering should include academic research, NGO, UN, bilateral and multi-lateral agency humanitarian and development project M&E reports, national and local government urban planning impacts, social and affordable housing surveys and reports, and other housing advocacy reports.
• Conduct interviews with shelter and other sectoral experts as needed. InterAction will assist as needed with contacts.
• Document relevant data and evidence (direct and indirect), location, country/context, research period, target population, primary outcomes etc.

B. Develop communications materials:
• Transfer these data into a table, story board or other suitable form to assist the graphics work.
• Utilize the data and develop media and communications materials such as infographics, posters, storyboards, videos, interviews and/or animations.
• Final deliverables will include: A narrative summary of findings (~15 pages); a table or list of evidence with clear sources of references including the context, type, damage and scale of the emergency, direct and indirect impacts; presentation of results in a graphical form (a combination of infographics, animation, audio/video clips, maps, and/or quotes. Final products should be social media friendly.

Target group: End products will be used by InterAction’s member organizations and made available to be used by global clusters, humanitarian and development stakeholders, governments, general public, donors, and academic/professional institutions.

Applicants are expected to have:
• Significant expertise in humanitarian shelter and settlements response and/or research with exposure and understanding of other sectoral programs and outcomes
• Track record of research and publications in related topics
• Existing access to humanitarian organizations and practitioners
• Demonstrable and superior research and writing skills, with an ability to synthesize large amounts of information quickly, and write clearly as well as present results graphically

Additional instructions:
• Additional instructions and details of deliverables will be discussed with short-listed candidates.
• Consultancy will be awarded to single entity (Individual or an organization) but could comprised of a team of a principle consultant and a media/graphics artist.
• It is expected that the total duration of effort will be around 20-25 working days.
• Periodic progress updates and sample will be required throughout the period of performance.
• The period of performance will be August to November 2019. (20-25 days spread over this time period)

Send your expression of interest with your methodology (1 page), a resume (max 2 pages) and any partnering agreements (such as one researcher and one graphics/comms expert) , highlighting specific experience in humanitarian response, research and/or media/graphics work with links (preferred) or attachment to sample works. If a team of more than one person/organization then attach additional resumes. Consultancy will be awarded to one single entity/individual. Please send in your application to Closing date for application is COB is 06 August 2019.
Please send your initial inquiries related to the consultancy via email to with a copy to Kathryn ( by 26 July 2019. We will respond to queries within a few days. No phone calls please.

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