Humanitarian Policy and Practice External Evaluator (Consultant)

August 18, 2021
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’s Humanitarian Policy and Practice (HPP) team is looking for an External Evaluator to evaluate the team’s collective work from January 2020 to September 2021. The evaluation would assist InterAction in gathering data to review effectiveness of program implementation, with a specific focus on its work in a COVID-19 environment, 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 evaluation, member surveys, and one on one interviews with members and staff. Background knowledge in humanitarian action is preferred, as is familiarity with USAID/BHA 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 have been the major inflection points in InterAction’s role or programs during the implementation period (January 2020-Septemebr 2021) – a period in which InterAction shifted for more than 20 months to an all-virtual convening work modality.
  • Did InterAction adapt to accommodate changes in the external environment or in the needs and expectations of its members (COVID-19, change of US Administration)?  If so, what adaptation would you like InterAction to maintain or jettison?
  • 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?

Tentative timeline 

It is anticipated that the evaluation will take place over the course of a maximum of 4 weeks, representing a total level of Effort estimated at approximately 10 days. All deliverables due by November 1, 2021.

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 10 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 NB: Upon delivery of final document, the consultant relinquishes intellectual property right of the document to InterAction.

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 27th at 5.00 pm deadline. Applications should include:

  • Cover Letter/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.


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