Humanitarian Policy and Practice- External Evaluation

August 6, 2019
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
2-5 Years
Education (minimum)
Not specified
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


Background/ Context
InterAction is the largest U.S. based coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with nearly 190 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. InterAction revenues come from dues, government grants, private foundation and corporate grants, and a growing 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.
InterAction’s Humanitarian Policy and Practice (HPP) team is looking for an External Evaluator to evaluate the team’s collective work to date including an evaluation of their strategic framework developed in 2016 for 2017-2019. The evaluation would assist InterAction in gathering data to review effectiveness of program implementation and areas of improvement for future programs.
The evaluator will be tasked with conducting an evaluation through a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to include desk review of previous member surveys, focus group discussions, member surveys, and one on one interviews with members and staff. Background knowledge in humanitarian action is preferred, as is familiarity with USAID/OFDA funding, guidelines, and evaluations.
HPP Strategy
In 2016, InterAction’s humanitarian team developed a new strategic framework to guide our work in 2017-2019. While the humanitarian team will update this strategy later in 2019, it is anticipated that our three Strategic Outcomes will remain the same. This program provides support to our efforts to ensure that policy and practice in relation to humanitarian crises are responsive to the priorities and needs of affected people. InterAction seeks to facilitate the greatest possible NGO coordination, professionalism, and leadership. Over the past few years, InterAction has adapted its way of working to ensure higher levels of inter-connectivity within our team, across our members, and within the various fora in which we participate.
Strategic Outcome 1: Policies and practices impacting people in humanitarian crises respond to NGO analysis of trends and transformational solutions proposed. InterAction seeks to ensure that NGO experience, research and thought leadership develops and drives solutions to complex problems. InterAction seeks to reduce impediments to humanitarian action and mitigate their negative consequences, encourage holistic approaches to displacement, and promote policy and practice by the U.S., other States, and other parties to conflict which minimizes harm to civilians, including through enhanced compliance with international humanitarian law and other protective norms.
Strategic Outcome 2: Principled and effective humanitarian action is demonstrated and supported through NGO engagement on critical issues and crises with each other, donor governments, UN, and other relevant actors. InterAction recognizes that an effective humanitarian response at country-level depends on robust and principled collective strategy which responds to affected people’s priorities, and yet is also dependent on donor, UN, and IASC policies, procedures, funding allocations, and behaviors that enable or inhibit principled and effective humanitarian action. InterAction will promote and coordinate active NGO contributions to inform donor and inter-agency policies.
Strategic Outcome 3: NGOs leverage their expertise and experience in order to maximize their collective influence and impact in humanitarian crises. To accomplish this, responsive, coordinated, and collaborative platforms for NGO engagement and peer-to-peer relationships must ensure policy and operations inform one another. NGOs also should challenge each other to improve and implement professional standards and outcome-oriented approaches to reduce human suffering. Furthermore, innovative and outcome-oriented solutions should be identified, tested, and implemented by NGOs as empowered change agents.
Terms of Reference
Evaluation Scope of Work
Framing Questions
• Relevance: Does InterAction’s HPP team have a sufficient understanding of the needs and demands operational NGOs face in the present, and may face in the future?
• Efficiency: Is HPP using its assets and comparative advantages to maximum effect?
• Effectiveness: Is the humanitarian team’s approach to its core work fit for purpose?
• Impact: Is InterAction demonstrating relevant and sustainable results in a cost-efficient way?
Additional Questions for Consideration
• What are HPP’s critical relationships and are these effectively developed and maintained? What relationships should be developed in the future?
• What have been the major inflection points in InterAction’s role or programs during the implementation period and does InterAction demonstrate adaptation to accommodate changes in the external environment or in the needs and expectations of its’ members?
• Are there areas of work InterAction’s Humanitarian Policy and Practice team should be focused on that they are currently not?
• Are there areas of work currently included in InterAction’s Humanitarian Policy and Practice focus which needs improvement?
• What can InterAction’s HPP team do to improve member engagement, leadership roles, and contributions to and participation in workstreams?
Performance Areas
InterAction achieves its objectives and activities through a variety of modalities, including: use of member working groups, information-sharing and communications, workshops and learning events, convening and coordination of relevant stakeholders, field missions, contributing to — and leading where
necessary — inter-agency intiatives, reviewing and revising policies and standards, encouraging peer learning and exchange, coordinating and producing collective NGO messaging, and representation of the humanitarian NGO perspective within various fora.
The evaluation will need to take these modalities into account, noting InterAction’s effectiveness (or areas to improve) in its management of activities and performance areas for results.
It is anticipated that the evaluation will a document review, stakeholder interviews or consultations and possibly a survey. This will include but not be limited to a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to include desk review of previous member surveys, focus group discussions, member surveys, and one on one interviews with members and staff.
Tentative timeline
It is anticipated that the evaluation will take place over the course of 4-6 weeks, with an additional 2 weeks envisioned for drafting and review of final report. All deliverables due by December 15, 2019.
Key deliverables
All deliverables are to be submitted to the key stakeholders noted below and include:
• An inception report, to be submitted one week after the beginning of the evaluation, explaining the methodology, work program and timetable for the evaluation.
• A final report to be submitted at the end of the evaluation with a maximum extension of 25 pages excluding annexes. Using evidence gathered from different evaluation methods, the report should have a dynamic presentation of the key findings. The final evaluation report should include: an executive summary; methodology; context and conclusions; recommendations, inclusive of responsibility holder; and annexes document review list and anonymized list of key interviews.
• A defined methodology for future informal check-ins with InterAction members (e.g. survey, focus groups, etc).
• NB: Upon delivery of final document, the consultant relinquishes intellectual property right of the document to InterAction.
Logistical/Admin Support
Any logistical or administrative support envisioned from InterAction is to be detailed in the scope of work.
Consultant Key Requirements
• Minimum 3 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation, project management, project development, management consulting or related field;
• A proven track record of delivering similar assessments;
• A proven understanding and experience of consortia work and operational NGOs is strongly desirable.
Stakeholder Relationships
The external evaluator or consultant will be supervised by the Vice President of Humanitarian Policy and Practice with parallel reporting lines to the three directors of the team.
Application Process
Interested candidates are requested to submit applications by August 30 at 5.00 pm deadline. Applications should include:
• CV/Resume (maximum 3 pages)
• Cover letter (maximum 500 words) - applications should emphasize demonstrable success against the competencies required.
• Scope of Work (maximum 1800 words) - outlining the proposed methods for undertaking the project assessment within the allocated time and budget, inclusive of any logistical or administrative support required, estimated days required and daily rate.
All applicants must submit their complete application in a single pdf file with items in the order listed above. All applications should be sent to:, clearly indicating on the subject line “HPP Evaluation 2019 – [your NAME]”

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