Local Leadership in Humanitarian Response Consultancy

Local Leadership in Humanitarian Response Consultancy

Local Leadership in Humanitarian Response Consultancy

Local Leadership in Humanitarian Response Consultancy

May 11, 2022
Washington, D.C.
Position type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Not specified
Base salary (minimum)
Not specified


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:https://www.interaction.org/about-interaction/interactions-approach-to-diversity-equity-inclusion/ 

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InterAction is soliciting Expression of Interest (EoI) from consultants to conduct a project on local leadership in humanitarian response and national staff capacity, with a final deliverable of a set of recommendations on opportunities and existing gaps for various humanitarian S&S stakeholders. 

This consultant will work with up to 3 national consultants conducting country specific capacity assessments. 

Background and objectives 

The topic of “localization” or local leadership in humanitarian response is not new. The humanitarian community formally expressed support for this concept in the voluntary and non-binding Grand Bargain, with the aim of increasing aid efficiency by working with more local organizations in humanitarian responses.     


Despite this expressed commitment, the humanitarian community has been slow to put that commitment into practice. Most of the research and effort has been focused on funding mechanisms, rather than how much national staff are involved in the decision-making during a humanitarian response.  


Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the foreseeable reduction in travel and deployment by expatriate technical advisors, national staff and organizations have absorbed the added responsibility of managing S&S programs, and thus have become even more at the forefront of responses. To identify and address the gaps in competencies of in-country staff, specifically technical S&S related skills, InterAction will conduct an in-depth capacity assessment of national shelter staff.  

Expected activities and deliverables: 

  • Conduct literature review and review of InterAction’s initial consultation notes. 
  • Consult working groups and key stakeholders and agree on clear and consensual goals for the project. 
  • Refine concept note and draft a work plan with specific activities, timelines, and key stakeholders, taking the following suggested activities into consideration. 
  • Design survey methodology, capacity assessment tools, and learning objectives. 
  • Design survey and interview questions and identify key stakeholders and platforms to deploy survey and conduct interviews with.  
  • Deploy online surveys, conduct interviews, and analyze findings.  
  • Facilitate consultations in various platforms, including SSWG, Shelter Forums, and external conferences. 
  • Final deliverable will include a report, reviewed by InterAction and others, with a set of recommendations of opportunities and existing gaps for various humanitarian S&S stakeholders. 
  • Give direction to and manage work of up to 3 national consultants conducting country specific capacity assessments. 

Expected scope of work is subject to change based on the refined TOR. 


  • 5-10 years of experience in humanitarian response, with specific experience in shelter and settlements or related technical sector preferred. 
  • Extensive direct experience in diverse humanitarian operations and contexts.  
  • Demonstrated understanding of UN and NGO humanitarian ecosystem, including global and national cluster systems, and NGO/CBO operations.  
  • Existing networks of and contacts with national/local humanitarian organizations. 
  • Track record of research and publications in related topics. 
  • Demonstrable and superior research and writing skills, with an ability to synthesize large amounts of information quickly and to write clearly.  
  • Previous consultant relationship and management experience preferred. 
  • Second language capabilities, in Spanish, Arabic, French or other. 
  • Available for travel to one forum for consultations. 

Period of Performance: 

It is expected the work will take an estimated two months, stretched over a period of one year. Consultant must be available from June 2022 through April 2023. All timelines are subject to change based on mutual agreement. The scope of work is expected to increase based on further funding. 

Application Process: 

Interested consultants should send the following documents to jobs@interaction.org, with a copy to jking@interaction.org, indicating “Local Leadership in Humanitarian Response Consultancy” in the subject line by May 31, 2022.  Applications will be reviewed as received. Only finalists will be contacted. 

  • Company profile or individual resume with contact details, background (highlighting specific experience in humanitarian assistance) 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 concepts.  
  • Links to prior work samples.   
  • Detailed cost proposal with appropriate breakdown. 


Questions/Comments: Please send your initial inquiries related to the consultancy via email to shelter@interaction.org with a copy to jking@interaction.org by May 25, 2022.  


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