Consultancy: To document the extent / progress / commitment towards the localisation of the humanitarian response in Zimbabwe from 2019-2020
- Post Date:January 16, 2021
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- Career Level ConsultantQualification DegreeExperience 5-10 Years
Background and rationale
National humanitarian actors are instrumental to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and sustainability of humanitarian action and results as they are often in place before, during and after crises and are usually the first to respond when an emergency hits. Recognizing this critical role, international humanitarian actors have committed since the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit Grand Bargain to making principled humanitarian action as local as possible and as international as necessary. The commitment to working in partnership with local organisations is further articulated in the Charter for Change (C4C) , an initiative led by both international and national non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to ensure more locally-led humanitarian response.
Localization refers to a stronger role for local responders, increased leadership of local responders (locally led responses) and increased humanitarian financing as directly as possible to local actors with the purpose to increase the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance.
These global commitments have put localization on the agenda. However the extent to which these commitments are put into practice vary from country to country and from one humanitarian response to another. Zimbabwe has experienced three serious humanitarian crises over the past 2 years ranging from Cyclone Idai in March 2019, severe drought and resultant food insecurity in 2019/20 and Covid 19 in 2020. All three responses were comprehensively supported with multi-sector funding, coordination and technical support. This research will engage a range of humanitarian stakeholders in Zimbabwe to ascertain the extent to which localisation was put in practice in the course of the 3 humanitarian responses and draw lessons learnt and recommendations for future responses.
This research will be led by Trócaire Zimbabwe working closely with CAFOD who are both signatories to the Charter for Change (C4C), Caritas National and Welthungerhilfe (WHH) who are all committed to localisation and to the Grand Bargain. A range of stakeholders will be involved including other INGO actors, Local NGOs, CSOs, Government (National, Provincial, Local), the UN and Donors.
The purpose of this research is to document the extent to which the commitment to localisation was and is being put in practice in Zimbabwe looking in particular at 3 key humanitarian responses from 2019 to 2020. These include: Cyclone Idai (March 2019), the 2019/20 El Nino Drought and the 2020 Covid 19 Response.
The research will look at the degree to which local actors are engaged in the humanitarian response and the degree to which localisation is being advanced across 4 key areas comprising:
- Funding and resources
- Partner capacity strengthening
- Voice and influence
The report will share experiences, learnings and good practice in terms of working with national and local partners, as well as analyse barriers towards progressing localisation and provide recommendations and ways forward.
The objective of the research is to document progress towards the implementation of the Grand Bargain commitments and analyse the extent to which current humanitarian funding modalities and practices, coordination structures and partnership models support localisation. The research will provide insights on partnership and funding models between local actors and International actors and provide recommendations regarding how localisation can be strengthened and improved in Zimbabwe.
Additionally, the research aims to contribute to the long-term objective to strengthen and increase the role of national actors in effective humanitarian responses, through enhanced capacity and increased access to funding. The last objective of the research is to sustain the dialogue on localisation in Zimbabwe.
Key questions the research should address:
The research will answer the overarching question, looking at the three humanitarian responses outlined above:
How are INGOs, UN and donors contributing towards the implementation of the Grand Bargain commitments in Zimbabwe and recommended steps going forward.
This will be explored by looking at the following key questions:
- What is the progress towards implementation of the Grand Bargain commitments to date in terms of direct and indirect funding to local actors?
- What is the progress towards implementation of the Grand Bargain commitments in terms of spartnership approaches and quality of partner relationships ?
- What is the progress of implementation of Grand Bargain commitments since March 2019 to date in terms of local actor capacity strengthening ?
- What coordination mechanisms underpinned the three responses and at what level (national, district, provincial) and the extent to which local actors exercised voice and influence at these levels ?
Research deliverables and timelines:
- Inception report: The consultant will be required to submit inception report that may include details of methodology, tools and timeline/work plan by late January
- Draft and final report(s), page limit (max 30 pages excluding annexes) with executive summary (to include methodology and limitations, summary of findings answering the research questions and key recommendations) by end February
- Policy Brief with key recommendations by early March
- Summary presentation for a workshop to present and validate the findings of the study with partners by mid-March
- Presentation of findings in research launch event including a policy brief with key recommendations by mid-March
The research is expected to be rolled out in 2 phases:
- First phase will include carrying out the research: The consultant is requested to gather and collect data through desk reviews and key informant interviews. The findings from the research will contribute to the broader localisation debate at national level.
- The second phase will focus on conversations and dissemination of research findings. This will focus on turning the results from the study into recommendations and practical guidance for actors. During the implementation phase, lessons and practices will be collected and feed into a learning document to be shared with relevant actors.
On completion of the research, Trócaire, in collaboration with Caritas National, CAFOD and WHH, will create dialogue spaces to disseminate findings as a learning document with other actors.
Roles and Responsibilities
Trócaire jointly with Caritas National, CAFOD and WHH will work closely with interested actors to coordinate the research exercise by:
- Providing guidance to the consultant and supporting access to local partners and international actors.
- Reviewing all drafts and ensuring feedback is taken into account.
- Providing overall responsibility and accountability for this research and its deliverables.
The external consultant/s will be expected to:
- Participate in briefing and consultative meetings on the assignment;
- Develop an inception report
- Develop data collection tools incorporating quantitative and qualitative methods
- Finalise the data analysis and submit a final report with key findings;
- Develop a policy brief and programme recommendations; and
- Present the information formally at a workshop with partners and key stakeholders for validation.
Consultant or Consultancy Firm Profile
- At least 5 years of demonstrated experience in research and knowledge of the humanitarian and development coordination architecture in Zimbabwe;
- Strong understanding of the localization agenda and demonstrated experience in this.
- Demonstrated track record in elaborating high-quality, informative and analytical reports with concrete recommendations;
- Contact details of 3 references;
- Contact details of the lead researcher proposed for this assignment
- Copy of similar research done previously submitted with the bids.
Conflict of interest.
Any conflict of interest involving an applicant must be fully disclosed to Trócaire. Failure to disclose a conflict may disqualify an applicant or invalidate an award of contract. Applicants are required to declare any current or past work which might reasonably be considered to represent a conflict of interest. It will for Trócaire to decide if any material conflict of interest exists and applicants in doubt in this regards should seek the advice of Trócaire.
Intellectual Property and confidentiality
Any concept, guidelines or other materials developed during the contract will be considered as property of Trócaire and may be used by Trócaire and its partners.
Trócaire will treat the content of all submissions as strictly confidential and information provided in the proposals will be used solely for the purpose of selecting a suitable consultant as described in this document.
Duration and period of the assignment:
The research will ideally start end of January and the assignment should be finalised within 20 working days.
- Applicants are required to submit a cover letter with the following documents:
- Proposed Research methodology;
- Tentative work plan
- Detailed budget with clear daily rates included
- The consultant/ consultancy firm’s Curriculum Vitae, specifying relevant expertise and experience as detailed in the section above
Submission of Proposals
The proposal should be submitted not later than 22 January 2021 using the following email addresses: [email protected]
Demonstrable experience and Value for Money (VFM) will be key considerations in evaluating proposals submitted. Only shortlisted consultants will be given feedback from the selection process.
NB: Both local as well as international consultants are eligible to apply.