DISASTERS EMERGENCY COMMITTEE JOB VACANCIES 2021
The DEC is calling for proposals to undertake a meta-synthesis for the DEC response for the Indonesia Tsunami in Sulawesi.
Terms of reference:
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) brings together fourteen of the largest UK humanitarian charities to raise funds in response to major international humanitarian crises. In line with the Core Humanitarian Standard commitment “humanitarian actors continuously learn and improve”, DEC is commissioning a learning-oriented meta-synthesis of the DEC membership’s response to the tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
On 28 September 2018, a series of strong earthquakes struck central Sulawesi province, the strongest a 7.4 M earthquake with its epicenter close to the provincial capital, Palu. The earthquake triggered a tsunami with waves that reached up to three meters in some areas, striking Talise beach in Palu and Donggala. The earthquakes, tsunami, and resulting liquefaction and landslides caused significant damage, displacement, and loss of life in affected areas.
On 4 October 2018, the DEC launched an appeal for funds to support member agencies in responding to the extensive humanitarian needs in central Sulawesi. All fourteen DEC members participated in the appeal, with thirteen having national affiliates and local partners in Indonesia, thus drawing down appeal funds to implement relief, recovery, and reconstruction activities. The collective fundraising campaign had raised over £29.6 million (including £2 million UK Aid Match funding) when appeal channels closed. The DEC funded programs come to an end in December 2020.
The purpose of this study, a meta-synthesis of DEC members’ and others’ work, is to learn lessons from the actions in Sulawesi for future similar responses, in Indonesia and elsewhere. This study therefore is not an evaluation of members’ activities; rather, it seeks to look at the overall work of DEC members within a larger context, and from that, to seek to identify lessons for future action. The primary aim is to provide an accessible narrative synthesis of the main findings highlighted in DEC members’ MEL-related reports, with particular emphasis on areas of convergent findings and indicative learning points. This will serve as learning for the DEC, DEC members, and the humanitarian sector more widely.
The scope of the desk review will be as follows:
- DEC members’ plans and reports submitted to the DEC
- DEC real-time Response Review report DEC-funded evaluations (4 DEC members)
- DEC Collective Initiative report on Measuring the localization in Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Operation towards Locally led Humanitarian Response.
- Non-DEC funded member evaluations
- Additional relevant non-DEC background materials
DEC wishes to maintain flexibility for the meta-synthesis process to be iterative. Initial guiding questions are:
- What are the key recurrent themes arising from the desk review?
- For each of these themes:
- what are the main findings and learning points?
- what common or recurrent findings/learning points emerge?
- is there any significant divergence in the findings, and if so, what factors might affect or explain this?
- where common or consistent findings do occur, what indicative conclusions do these suggest?
- How have the findings from the DEC Response Review report been taken onboard throughout phase two?
- what were the enabling factors in this regard?
- DEC is particularly keen for learning around:
- local capacity strengthening and working with partners;
- cash programming;
- impact on the environment of humanitarian programs, to be drawn out where applicable
The consultant is invited to outline an appropriate approach for the assignment, however the following points should be taken into consideration:
- desk-based review of members’ reports and additional relevant materials is essential;
- a clear and transparent element of quality review of the evidence is required;
- explicit reference to the Core Humanitarian Standard (as the DEC’s quality and accountability standard) is expected throughout the report;
- remote interviews with key informants (from DEC members and other relevant organizations) for clarification and verification might be useful. A 2018 ALNAP lessons paper 4 covers a plethora of issues that come up in synthesis, as well as some well thought out ideas around mitigating them. We welcome consideration of the recommendations contained in this paper.
It is expected that the bulk of the work will be carried out by a single consultant (although a team of two will be considered). The consultant/s will provide the following:
- extensive experience in evaluation of humanitarian programs;
- sound understanding of the methodological considerations related to meta-synthesis;
- demonstrable analytical, communication, and report-writing skills;
- a sound understanding of the context in Indonesia;
- strong facilitation skills and experience in designing participatory workshops;
- demonstrable commitment to learning and improvement in humanitarian action;
- experience with DEC or a DEC member agency is a plus.
Deliverables and schedule:
It is expected that the bulk of the work will take place across February-March 2021. The outputs of this assignment will be:
- A draft report to be submitted by end-March 2021
- including practical recommendations for programming
- max 30 pages, plus appendices
- A dissemination event for member agencies, following finalization of the report by the end of April 2021
- An audio/visual output for dissemination to aid workers in the field, by the end of April 2021.
The overall budget for this work is £25-30K.
How to apply
Interested bidders should submit the following:
- cover note confirming that the bidder can carry out the meta-synthesis in the timeframe given in the Terms of Reference (ToR)
- brief conceptual framework and proposed approach for how the meta-synthesis will be undertaken, including limitations (max 2 pages)
- matrix demonstrating how the consultant/s meet each of the skill requirements (in point 7)
- succinct work plan for the assignment
- budget (in GBP) setting out the full cost for the meta-synthesis, including a. the daily fee rate and number of days for each team member b. all other costs for the meta-synthesis
- CVs for the proposed team member/s
- two samples of outputs from previous relevant pieces of work
- contact details for two referees for a similar type of work for the lead consultant; we will only contact referees with your permission
DEADLINE: proposals should be submitted by 9 am Monday 18th January 2021 to Katy Bobin, DEC Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning Manager: email@example.com. Submissions to this call for proposals will be assessed based on the technical quality and the proposed budget. For technical quality, the following will be considered: published requirements for the team, strength of proposed methodology, and work plan.
It is expected that this work will be contracted by early February, with a view that the work takes place across February-April 2021. The DEC reserves the right to negotiate the proposals and budgets with the bidding teams before offering a contract.