Lead Editor and Chapter Authors – Roadmap for Research

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InterAction
Published
April 27, 2020
Location
Washington, D.C.
Category
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Bachelor's
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified

Description

A. Lead Editor(s)

B. Chapter Authors

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 actors are increasingly challenged to adapt to the scale and changing needs of affected communities. While facing increased frequency and intensity of natural hazards and conflicts, diverse contexts, and dwindling resources, they are expected to meet an increased array of services and needs. While constantly trying to improve practice, they are more systematically required to provide the rationale for the interventions, implement programs based on evidence, and measure short and long-term impacts.

Resources and technical know-how available to conduct assessment, design program methodologies, capture evidence and measurement techniques are however limited. There is a significant lack of systematic research and peer-reviewed publications in humanitarian shelter and settlements sector compared to developmental and social housing. The academic and research communities, in partnership with humanitarian agencies and practitioners, should have more opportunities to collaborate, identify research gaps, and improve evidence that could eventually contribute to improved impacts.

InterAction, with the support of USAID/OFDA, facilitated two roundtables (June 2019 – London and July 2019, Washington DC), involving over 70 academic researchers and practitioners in 2019. Among other issues, one of the action points was to jointly develop a Roadmap for Research (R4R) to assist developing a robust pathway for further research in humanitarian shelter and settlements assistance. Global Shelter Cluster Strategyalso calls for analyzing existing evidence and research gaps to set out a broader research agenda.

The R4R will build upon several initiatives that have already taken place or are currently in progress within the academic and humanitarian communities. The overall goals of the R4R is to provide an agreed upon research agenda that the research community from both sides could collaborate on and build out stronger evidence to improve practice and impacts. This initiative is generously supported by USAID/OFDA.

This Expression of Interest is in two parts:

A. Lead Editor(s)

B. Chapter Authors

A. Lead Editor(s): The Lead Editor(s) will work with InterAction to provide necessary format and guidance to Chapter Authors, coordinate and bring coherence between submitted manuscripts, facilitate and conduct peer-reviews, technically edit and re-write sections, as necessary. The Lead Editor(s) will also write an executive summary and conclusions/recommendations. It is recommended that the editorial team consist of experienced academics and field practitioners.

B. Chapter Authors: Chapter Authors (preferably teams consisting of academics and humanitarian practitioners) are invited to propose areas of research gaps that currently exists in academic or humanitarian settings. We expect to include 10-15 chapters from authors from diverse backgrounds and experiences (Academics, humanitarian and development practitioners, UN Agencies, national/local government institutions, private sector, and donors). if appropriate, InterAction will propose a suitable match between interested authors.

A. Terms of Reference for Lead Editor(s)

1. Scope:

• Coordinate the ‘Roadmap for Research’ publication, from inception through to oversight of professional editing and final product quality assurances, in close consultation with InterAction’s technical and communications team and a peer-review team.

• Work with InterAction to develop the overall format, content style, timeline, and terms of reference for Chapter Authors (See separate draft TOR). Participate in shortlisting of submission along with a steering group. Ensure submissions meet the editorial requirements and identified milestones by engaging chapter authors and key stakeholders. Prepare and write the executive summary and recommendations document, and conduct further synthesis based on the final content of the report.

• Provide technical leadership for the report’s production by: coordinating and ensuring accuracy of the research and data analysis; guiding the related chapter authors; confirming content and evidences are adequately corroborated, where needed; and undertaking consultations, including facilitation of a workshop with key experts and informants from diverse organizations.

• Additional scope may be added as required and will be discussed with shortlisted candidates.

2. Requirements:

• Proven record as lead author, researcher and technical coordinator of major international publications and reports in humanitarian or related assistance.

• At least 10 years of solid experience, technical expertise and proven experience working on international humanitarian and development issues, preferably in humanitarian shelter and settlements assistance, including but not limited to: House, land, property, and tenure security; rental and hosting support; non-food shelter items; disaster risk reduction; settlements planning and settlements approach; protection and gender issues; and information, education and communication materials.

• Familiarity and experience of policy contexts and operational realities of humanitarian responses, including relevant international, inter-governmental/UN policy fora is highly desirable.

• Excellent writing skills in English and proven data & analytical skills and ability to synthesize findings from diverse materials and sources.

• It is highly desired that the editorial team consists of an academic researcher and shelter and settlements practitioner, from or with significant links to humanitarian and academic communities in the Global South.

3. Planned timeline and duration:

This consultancy is expected to be carried out from June to December 2020. Work is to be carried out remotely. It is expected that the level of effort will be around 50 days spread throughout the timeline, with higher time commitment at the start and end of the timeline. Timeline and duration are subject to change.

4. Applications:

Interested applicants are required to submit a Statement of Interest (max. 2-pages) and resume/s (max 2-pages each), and a separate statement of expected renumeration per day, availability and commitment to complete the entire publication with their current and expected consultancies and employment details. Please submit your application to jobs@interaction.org by 22nd May 2020, with R4R Lead Editor (FULL NAME) in the subject line. Please read this EOI in conjunction with the TOR for R4R Chapter Author/s. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

B. Terms of Reference for Chapter Authors

1. Scope:

• The overarching objective of the publication is to provide a pathway for future research that could advance humanitarian policy and practice in shelter and settlements responses and encourage stronger collaboration among researchers and practitioners. In order to achieve this, each manuscript will research, analyze, and identify key area/s, suggested research questions and methodologies suitable for original empirical research.

• Manuscripts preferably be original, unpublished work and cannot be in consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors should try to avoid duplicating full or partial research initiatives that have already been carried out, are currently in-progress or planned to be carried out. Submissions must be academically rigorous and not presented as opinion papers.

• Selected themes must consider and build upon prior work carried out in identifying research priorities (please see footnote). Additional issues related to humanitarian shelter and settlements assistance, including but not limited to climate, environment, protection, and gender as well as issues related to existing institutional and financial policies, are also welcome.

• While detailed guidance and format will be discussed upon initial selection, it is expected that the manuscript will include a brief literature review of research and findings already available in the selected area: what are the specific gaps, why it is important, how it could benefit policy, practice and impact of S&S assistance, what specific research questions need to be answered and how it could be accomplished (suggested research methodologies and contexts) . The expected length of the manuscript is 3,500 words.

• It is highly desired that submissions are a collaborative work between an academic and a practitioner, with significant involvement or familiarity with shelter and settlements assistance in diverse contexts. Submissions by individuals may be accepted in some circumstances (with editor, Interaction, and steering committee suggesting authoring partnership). Chapter Author/s from or with significant links to humanitarian and academic communities in the Global South are encouraged.

2. Requirements:

• Solid record in research, technical assistance, and/or major international publications and reports in humanitarian assistance.

• Proven experience working on international humanitarian and development issues, preferably in shelter and settlements assistance, including but not limited to: House, land, property, and tenure security; rental and hosting support; non-food shelter items; disaster risk reduction; settlements planning; protection and gender issues; camps and camp-like settings, and information, education and communication materials.

• Familiarity and experience of policy contexts and operational realities of humanitarian responses, including relevant international, inter-governmental/UN policy fora is highly desirable.

• Excellent writing skills in English and proven analytical skills and ability to synthesize findings from diverse materials and sources.

• If submitting on behalf of an organization the respective authors must seek their employer’s approval. InterAction, in consultation with the Lead Editor/s and a steering committee, reserve the right to reject manuscripts at any stage. Detailed formats and style guidelines will be communicated with selected authors.

3. Planned timeline and duration:

The selection of authors will take place in June 2020 and finalists and chosen topics will be notified by late-June 2020. Authors will receive manuscript formats and requirements from the Lead Editor. We expect selected Authors to submit the first draft in 6 weeks (Mid-August) with editor’s comments and revisions made by Mid-September with final draft shared in October-November 2020 for final review. Work is to be carried out remotely. Timeline and duration are subject to change.

4. Applications:

Interested applicants are required to submit a one-page concept note and resume/s (max 2-pages each), with why do they think the area suggested is important to humanitarian shelter and settlements assistance and what is the evidence to suggest this is an important gap. Please include availability and commitment to complete the entire publication as per suggested timeline. Chapter Authors/Teams will be paid a fixed stipend. Please submit expression of interest to jobs@interaction.org on or by 27th May 2020, with R4R Chapter Authors (FULL NAME) in the subject line. Please read this EOI in conjunction with the TOR for R4R Lead Editor(s). Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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