Call for Support – Enabling Principled Humanitarian Access for Hard-to-Reach Communities (updated timeline)

Published 05. Jan 2022

Introduction

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is committed to delivering assistance where needs are greatest, both in emergencies and protracted crises. This includes communities in hard-to-reach (H2R) locations, as well as those whose need for access to aid is denied or actively impeded. Our response is founded on a commitment to principled humanitarian action. Our organizational systems, programs, policy, and advocacy complement and build on each other to defend principled humanitarian space, allowing NRC and other actors to deliver aid safely to populations most in need of aid and protection, as well as ensuring communities’ access to assistance and protection.

Rationale / Background

In the 2022-2025 strategy period, NRC will continue to prioritize improving its understanding, positioning and capacity to access and ability to operate in high risk and volatile conflict settings.

With the support of the Wellspring Foundation, NRC will build on its leadership in operational humanitarian access, principled policy, and advocacy, and especially leverages NRC’s technical expertise to enable local organizations’ access.

The activities are also directly linked to our global ambition to enhance collaboration with local actors, including to create space and remove barriers to providing assistance and services to displacement-affected populations. 

Through the project, NRC will prioritise country operations where we will collaborate with, and enable, local and community-based organisations to reach H2R communities by building equitable partnerships to enhance their ability to navigate access constraints including bureaucratic impediments imposed by assertive governments.

Scope of work

NRC will identify country operations where local organisations play a leading role in providing assistance or enabling assistance to H2R communities, such as South Sudan, Nigeria and Colombia and others. NRC will work closely with the identified organisations to explore the role they play in enabling access and which challenges and constraints they face.

To complement NRC’s expertise on humanitarian access, NRC is recruiting a consultant with a specialisation in local partnership development across multiple contexts to support data collection, analysis and drafting of four case studies that will articulate the unique challenges and opportunities for these local organisations working with H2R communities. The consultant will work in coordination with the NRC access team and country offices to identify and detail relevant information for the case studies.

Scope and consultancy products

To complement NRC’s expertise on humanitarian access, NRC will recruit a consultant with a specialisation in local partnership development to support data collection, analysis and drafting of four case studies that will articulate the unique challenges and opportunities for these local organisations working with H2R communities. The consultant will work in coordination with the NRC access team and country offices to identify and detail relevant information for the case studies.

Working with regional and global access advisers, the consultant will be required to:

  1. Develop an inception report comprising of an overview, work plan and proposed methodology
  2. Conduct desk research and review of the existing information, policy, practices and evidence to complement this piece of work
  3. Design data collection tools and analysis guide in consultation with regional advisers and selected country offices
  4. Support field research teams
  5. Draft four selected case studies focusing on criticalities and opportunities as well as concrete recommendations

Expertise Required

To achieve the deliverables expected, the following capacity is required:

Primary:

  • Proven experience developing research methodologies intended for organisational learning
  • Understanding of humanitarian access concepts, frameworks and mechanisms
  • Experience working with local organisations, including community-based organisations and networks
  • Excellent drafting skills to and ability to make tailored recommendations based on information and data analysis
  • Experience developing workshop facilitation material and other process learning materials

Secondary

  • Comfortable operating in the initial phases of a project, where objectives and deliverables are iterative
  • Experience working remotely with minimal supervision, but with strong personal drive and communication skills needed for coordinating multiple moving pieces of work
  • Strong understanding of humanitarian responses

Expression of Interest

Expressions of interest are requested with the following information:

  • Suggested methodology for achieving the deliverables
  • Timeline for activities
  • Complete curriculum vitae of the candidate/s
  • Published writing sample (in English)
  • Proposed budget, including the expected number of working days


Expressions of interest should be emailed to sarah.kilani@nrc.no and melody.knight@nrc.no by 31 January 2022.