The Localisation Working Group of the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) seeks a consultant to document the DRA experience of localisation and showcase progress.

General information
Duty Station: Home-based / The Hague, The Netherlands
Type of Contract: Consultancy
Salary Scale: To be determined
Working Hours: Approximately 8 days
Contract Duration: September 2021 to mid-November 2021
Application Deadline: 13 August 2021

The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) is a coalition of 14 Dutch aid organisations that responds to major international crises in a timely and effective manner. Through collaboration and a partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), DRA is able to deliver greater impact than members operating independently. Since its inception in 2015, the DRA has brought life-saving and life-sustaining assistance to millions of people in countries affected by socio-natural disaster and conflict. DRA Joint Responses (JRs) are implemented by DRA partners and their local partners who are best placed geographically and technically – with currently responses ongoing in Nigeria, South Sudan, DRC, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, CAR, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Mozambique.

The DRA strategy 2018-2021 aims to contribute to transforming the approach of humanitarian action in ways that respond to key global trends and challenges and better supports those most in need. This strategy includes the following four priorities:

Priority 1: More accountable humanitarian action
Priority 2: Innovation and Learning
Priority 3: Collaboration for effective responses
Priority 4: More effectively supporting locally led responses

Now that the strategic period is coming to an end, the Localisation Working Group (LocWG) would like to share and celebrate its progress and achievements in relation to five localisation actions points. To document the DRA experience of localisation and bring together new insights, the LocWG is looking for a consultant to support on collecting input and examples on achievements and challenges and finalize the product.

The research aims to identify and analyze both success- and limiting factors for localisation in the various DRA joint responses – both acute and protracted. In addition, these JR-specific insights will be brought together in general recommendations which can be used for learning internally and sharing externally. It builds on good practices previously identified, and goes a step further to include a stronger element of analysis on localisation in the DRA and the JRs, including but not limited to how internal workings of the DRA at times potentially either stimulates or slows our collective localisation efforts. The report will shed a light on progress made over the strategic period – showcasing where we started, and where we are now – highlighting both achievements and challenges faced. While acknowledging contextual differences, it will, for the first time, further dive into and compare (dis)similarities between JRs, with the aim to better support localisation in the next strategic period.

The consultant is asked to
a) develop, in collaboration with the LocWG, a set of quantitative and qualitative questions linked to the action points
b) interview a selected number of Protracted JR and Acute JR leads and Field Coordinators
c) draft a situation overview for each JR country based on the input received
d) make a comparison between the selected Protracted and Acute JRs
e) analyze trends and results.

See full TOR here.

The consultant supporting the development of the LocWG report as described in the TOR should meet the following requirements:

  • Significant experience in conducting case studies/ evaluations on localisation processes
  • Excellent English communication skills
  • Excellent writing experiences especially on the topic of localisation
  • Prior knowledge of the Dutch Relief Alliance would be beneficial, but is not a must

Application requirements & deadline
Interested candidates are encouraged to get in touch with Elsa van Zoest ( via e-mail to indicate their interest latest by 13-08-2021. Interested candidates are expected to provide the following documentation:

  • A brief technical proposal with a response to the TOR. Please ensure the technical proposal explains the proposed methodology to be used, includes a few example questions linked to each of the 5 action points, as well as a detailed budget specifying the daily rate expected (max 2 pages total)
  • CV including a minimum of 2 recent and relevant references.
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