National Consultant – Environmental Consideration in Humanitarian Response and Coordination
National Consultant – Environmental Consideration in Humanitarian Response and Coordination.
Founded in 1984, InterAction is the largest U.S.-based alliance of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and partners. We mobilize our Members to think and act collectively to serve the world’s poor and vulnerable, with a shared belief that we can make the world a more peaceful, just and prosperous place – together. Using our collective voice and convening power, we seek 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.
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InterAction is soliciting Expression of Interest (EOI) from National Consultants to conduct a project on environmental considerations in humanitarian response and coordination.
InterAction is seeking National Consultants either based in or with experience in Turkey, Syria or Pakistan. The National Consultant, Principal Consultant (advertised separately) and InterAction will work as a team.
The humanitarian community is increasingly recognizing the importance of integrating environmental considerations into emergency response operations. Natural disasters, conflicts, and other crises can have a significant impact on the environment, and these impacts can have serious consequences for the long-term well-being of affected communities. To ensure that emergency response operations are conducted in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner, it is important to have clear guidance and coordination mechanisms in place.
The consultant will be responsible for assessing the environmental considerations that arise during the early response phase of humanitarian operations, with a focus on the Turkey/Syria earthquake response or the Pakistan flood response and will provide recommendations to enhance environmental best practices in the sector.
Specifically, the consultant will:
Review the minimum environmental standards that are applied by each organization in the context of large-scale and fast-paced emergencies and assess how these standards are being met in the current response operations.
Review the environmental requirements of donors and the extent to which these requirements are integrated into the response.
Investigate any formal or informal coordination mechanisms at cluster/sector level adopted to ensure that environmental considerations are integrated into the early response phase of humanitarian operations.
Additionally, the consultant will look at the following:
Was adaptation of environmental best practices given priority during: the response strategy; in practice, or coordination? If so, identify those guidelines and practices?
These could include government guidelines, law, directions, and support.
Relief agency guidelines – primarily humanitarian but also development agencies as applicable
Coordination structure guidelines – such as environmental support task force or working group.
Ongoing/Current Response - With interviews or questionnaire:
Identify key stakeholders in the environmental interventions – such as ministries, environment focused NGOs/UN agencies, if any
What other interventions are being taken – sustainable materials, reduction of waste, information, communication, or trainings conducted (both for communities and agencies)
Some examples/brief case studies available
Potential experts/contacts/agencies to be contacted for further information.
Is there any formal or informal coordination, helpdesk, or other forms existing?
What are some of the environmental challenges (immediate or long term) for agencies?
Suggestions/recommendations: What possible mechanisms could work to coordinate a safe environmentally responsible response? Good and bad examples
General recommendations for future response?
Conduct a desk review of relevant policies, guidelines, and best practices related to environmental considerations in humanitarian response and coordination in the relevant context.
Conduct a review of minimum environmental standards applied by organizations operating in one of the chosen contexts and assess how these standards are being met in the current response operations.
Conduct key informant interviews with representatives from humanitarian organizations, donor agencies, and relevant government ministries to identify challenges and opportunities related to environmental considerations in the early response phase of humanitarian operations.
Develop recommendations for formal and/or informal coordination mechanisms that can be adopted to ensure that environmental considerations are integrated into the early response phase of humanitarian operations.
Prepare a final report of approximately 15-20 pages summarizing the findings and recommendations, including an executive summary of approximately 1-2 pages.
Qualifications and Skills
At least 5 years of experience in humanitarian response and coordination, with a focus on environmental considerations preferred.
Knowledge of the policies, guidelines, and best practices related to environmental considerations in humanitarian operations.
Experience working in one or more of the countries of focus (Turkey, Syria, Pakistan).
Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
Fluency in English is required. Fluency in one of the relevant national languages is preferred.
Expected Start Date and Length of Project
It is expected the work will take an estimated 15 days spread over 2+ months. Consultant must be available immediately and up to September 2023. All timelines are subject to change based on mutual agreement.
A detailed cost proposal with the number of days and daily rate is requested with a candidate’s application. Exact number of days contracted will be based on local context, consultant’s profile, and availability.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic covered by U.S. law.
There are no extraordinary physical requirements for the performance of the essential functions of this position.
InterAction does not accept unsolicited resumes through or from search firms or staffing agencies. All unsolicited resumes will be considered the property of InterAction and InterAction will not be obligated to pay a placement fee.
To Apply: Please upload a company profile or individual resume with contact details, background and qualifications, a proposal including methodology and workplan, and a detailed cost proposal with the number of days and daily rate.