Consultant – Curriculum development for the Settlements Approach online training.

Consultant – Curriculum development for the Settlements Approach online training.

Consultant – Curriculum development for the Settlements Approach online training.

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March 15, 2022
Washington, D.C.
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About InterAction:

InterAction is the largest U.S. based coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with 180+ members working around the world in low- and middle-income countries, fragile and post-conflict states, and emerging/growth economies. Member organizations are large and small, secular and faith-based, with a focus on people living in the world’s most poor and vulnerable places. The U.S. public, foundations, and governments support the work of our member NGOs that collectively invest and manage more than $15.4 billion a year. InterAction revenues come from dues, government grants, private foundation and corporate grants, and a fee-for-service program portfolio. Using its collective voice and convening power, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions and actions across a wide range of issues – including foreign assistance, humanitarian relief, development, economic equity, food security, and climate change – that advance human dignity, human potential, and self-determination.


To learn more about InterAction's mission, DEI approach, values and more visit the link below:


Who We Are – InterAction



InterAction is soliciting Expression of Interest (EoI) from individual consultants to develop an online curriculum on the Settlements Approach Guidance Note [], as well as the case study compendium [].


The curriculum will be based on the Settlements Approach Guidance Note and the accompanying series of Webinars: It is estimated that significant curriculum content will be taken from the webinar series.



Background and objectives:

The Urban Settlements Working Group (USWG) aims to identify best practices and lessons learnt within the humanitarian response. It promotes multi-sector multi-stakeholder, whole of population approach in socially defined areas to increase impact and efficiency humanitarian responses. The USWG will continue to develop and promote best practices and tools to assist agencies. The proposed online training is one of the tools that will be available for practitioners, policy makers and donors to understand and apply the concepts in the Guidance note.


This USWG was formed and managed by Impact Initiatives (IMPACT), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and InterAction, currently hosted under the Global Shelter Cluster, with over 50 agencies regularly participating in webinars, case studies, and consultations.


The course should improve the awareness and potential adaptation of humanitarian assistance by applying the Settlements Approach. It should clearly demonstrate the positive impacts of multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral collaboration to the learners and their organizations. The course will cover and address all phases of the humanitarian response contexts and timeline, including preparedness, response, recovery, and coordination.


NOTE:  The online course development will consist of curriculum development, graphics design, and Online Articulate Software development. This consultancy is for curriculum development.



The online course will clearly convey the key concepts, definitions, and core components of the Settlements Approach. The course should improve the overall awareness of the Approach and encourage potential adaptation by humanitarian stakeholders, including but not limited to NGOs, policy makers, local governments, and donors.


The curriculum will:

  • Mirror the webinar series linked above. It is expected 75% of the curriculum and slides have already been developed (as PowerPoint for the webinar) and will be taken out of the slides from the webinar. Some additional slides including learning objectives, introductions, and quizzes need to be developed from scratch. Work will include converting the speakers points and transcribing it to narrators’ scrip in MS Word as notes for accompanying slides.
  • Ensure the curriculum present the concept and benefits of the Settlement Approach in humanitarian settings in a concise manner to the audience
  • Strengthen the interest and uptake of the approach within established humanitarian community
  • Showcase relevant case studies and lessons learnt from the settlement approaches application in various crisis contexts (maybe taken from Compendium of case studies or via the USWG members). Some assistance will be provided by co-chairs in selecting appropriate case studies.
  • Provide a platform for practitioners to reflect on the content of the Guidance, in the form of a tip sheet and references for further reading.
  • Identify priorities for stakeholders to further understand and adopt the Settlement Approach model, where appropriate


The curriculum will follow a similar format to the guidance note, with each chapter forming one module. Additional introduction, and conclusion will form two separate brief modules. The course must be interactive and include a short quiz for each content module and final quiz at the end of each chapter. It is expected that no significant new materials need to be developed but rather concisely reflecting the materials available in provided references. Narrators’ scrip must be developed from the webinar and must be concise to fit the timeframe of each module.


The consultant will:

  • In consultation with InterAction and USWG co-chairs, design an executive summary with introduction, overarching messages and key takeaways, specific sectoral highlights, advocacy points, conclusions, and references
  • Capture the links and the impacts of applying SA on WASH, Environment, gender mainstreaming, protection, livelihood, physical and mental health, DRR, and other relevant issues as appropriate
  • Include and suggest additional materials and infographics/animations as appropriate for inclusion in the course curriculum. However, this will not form a significant effort
  • Design a short quiz/exercise to assess learners’ understanding of the material presented
  • Initially present the course content as a storyline, and then create final outputs in the form of slides (like PowerPoint format) as defined by Articulate software requirements. Each slide will be accompanied by a narrator’s script that will be read by live voiceover.
  • Incorporate all necessary graphics previously developed in the slides. Graphics development is not part of this consultancy; however, the consultant will have significant input to the requirements and convey it to the graphics consultant.
  • Design and fit the curriculum to fit approximately 25-30 minutes per module, with the overall course taking 120-150 minutes (max) to complete
  • Coordinate with InterAction, USWG co-chairs, and online course and graphics developers when the curriculum is converted with narration into an online course (not part of this consultancy). Work with external online course developer and ensure the curriculum is accurately reflected in the final course and all text, slides, narration, graphics, animation, and videos are synchronized
  • Facilitate and receive feedback on the draft curriculum and the final course from a peer review panel of experts in humanitarian response (supported by InterAction)
  • Oversee the peer review process at the draft curriculum development and final online course stages.


Estimated timeframe of the consultancy:

Overall consultancy will with part of the whole online course development process that include initial storyline and design approval, curriculum development, graphics, online Articulate course development, peer reviews, editing and final deliverable.  Expected timeframe for the whole process is one year. Primary work on the curriculum development will be at the initial and final stages with online Articulate development taking more focus in the middle period. Consultant must be committed to complete the assignment.


Target Audience:

End products will be made available free of charge to humanitarian and development stakeholders, governments, donors, and academic/professional institutions.

Additional instructions:

  • Additional instructions and details of deliverables will be discussed with shortlisted candidates
  • Consultancy will be awarded to single entity but could comprised of a team of a principal consultant supported by others
  • It is expected that the total duration of effort will be around 50 working days for curriculum development, and 5 days for review and incorporation of comments of the final course
  • It should be noted that the curriculum development and review phases will take place with an interval of 3-4 months during which time the curriculum will be converted to an online course in Articulate by an external E-learning company
  • Additional graphics needs will be identified by the consultants
  • The period of performance will start March 2022 with the aim to complete within 12 months
  • This initiative is generously supported by USAID/BHA and BHA procurement guidelines will be followed.


Application Process:

  • Interested organizations or individuals should send the following documents to indicating Consultancy for Settlements Approach Curriculum Development in the subject line by March 31, 2022. Only finalists will be contacted.
  • Resume(s) with contact details, background (highlighting specific experience in humanitarian response) and qualifications (see above) as it pertains to the objectives of the work, relevant credentials, and any relevant partnering agreements.
  • Suggested outline and overview describing the proposed methodology and creative concepts for the curriculum’s storyline, and how the design will meet project objectives (1-2 pages).
  • Links to prior research, publications, and work samples (1 page), if relevant.
  • Detailed cost proposal (daily rate and total number of days) with breakdown of staff capacities and relevant resources including proposed timeline for curriculum development (1 page).
  • Questions/Comments: Initial inquiries related to the consultancy via email should be sent to well in advance of the closing date.


Please note that incomplete proposals/applications will not be considered. Due to the volume of applications, only finalists will be notified, no phone calls please!




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