Consultant (Development DRA Strategy)


Job Description

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can defeat poverty or any type of inequality or discrimination. We are an international confederation of 19 organisations (affiliates) working together with partners and Local Communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries . All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. To read more about our values please click here. Currently, Oxfam Novib is the chair of the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), a coalition of 15 Dutch humanitarian organisations in partnership with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The alliance's goal is to enhance the effectiveness, timeliness, reach and quality of the Dutch humanitarian aid efforts. The DRA responds to humanitarian crises by designing Joint Responses drawn up and implemented by the members best placed to respond to a crisis.General Information Duty Station: Home-based / The Hague, The Netherlands Type of Contract: Consultancy Salary Scale: To be determined Working Hours: Approximately 18 days for the whole contract duration Contract Duration: September 2020 to January 2021 Application Deadline: 9 September 2020 Background The rising number of humanitarian disasters and armed conflicts around the world has led to an increase in people in need which places an increased responsibility on international aid organisations. In light of these challenges, the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) was established in the shared belief that through closer collaboration, Dutch Non-Governmental Organisations could become more efficient, effective and potentially achieve more impact. During its current strategy period (2018-2021) the DRA focuses on four pillars: innovation, localisation, accountability and collaboration. The DRA’s current strategic period and funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) will expire by December 2021. To ensure that the DRA continues to provide efficient, effective and meaningful humanitarian aid, a new four-year strategy plan needs to be developed. This Strategy will form the basis for the DRA to become an even more relevant and attractive partner, both for local organisations and Dutch participating organisations as well as for institutional donors in order to reach more impact for people in need. Objective and scope The DRA has set up a Strategy Task Force which is responsible for the formulation of a new DRA strategy. The taskforce is currently in the process of collecting input from internal and external stakeholders which will be translated into a first Analysis piece. The taskforce is seeking the support of an external consultant to translate the input received from internal and external stakeholders into a new strategy for the DRA for 2022-2025 and at the same time critically reflect on the inputs. The consultant will be responsible for writing up the new strategy in consultation with the DRA strategy taskforce. The overall objective of the consultancy is to formulate an inspiring DRA strategy for the period 2022-2025 that will include DRA’s vision, mission, values and long-term objectives. Methodology / work plan The DRA strategy taskforce has written an inception report which describes the trends in the humanitarian sector and includes a SWOT analysis of the DRA. Furthermore, they have collected input from internal and external stakeholders by means of Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), group discussions and a survey. The consultant will engage in several strategic sessions with DRA strategy taskforce to understand the input received so far and the analysis made by the DRA taskforce. The consultant will provide a critical reflection and in consultation with the DRA taskforce write the draft DRA strategy. The draft strategy will be brought forward to DRA partners and CEOs for discussion during the CEO meeting at 1 December 2020. The consultant will be responsible for amending the draft strategy based on input received from consultations with DRA partners and CEOs. The following sources will provide input for the DRA strategy:
  • DRA strategy 2018-2021

  • Inception report written by DRA strategy taskforce

  • Input from internal and external stakeholders by means of KIIs, strategic discussions and outcomes of a survey

  • Consultations with internal stakeholders (taskforce and CEOs)

  • Learnings from the future DRA pilot

Timeline and deliverables The following timeline and deliverables are expected as output of the DRA strategy development exercise:
  • 2nd week of September 2020: A first meeting shall be held before the assignment starts to review the Terms of Rerence (ToR) and agree on the work plan.

  • 22 September 2020: The consultant will meet with the DRA strategy taskforce to understand the process, the input received to date, and the analysis done by DRA strategy taskforce.

  • 1st week October 2020: The consultant will review all collected data.

  • 13 October 2020: The consultant will attend consultations with the taskforce and the advisory board (DRA CEOs).

  • Last week October: The consultant will write a first draft of the DRA strategy based on KIIs, survey and strategic consultations.

  • 1st week November: The content of the report will be finalized through mutual discussion between DRA strategy taskforce and consultant.

  • 15 November 2020: First draft, including feedback of the taskforce and advisory board, is ready to be shared with CEO.

  • 1 December 2020: The consultant will attend consultations with the CEOs.

  • Second week of January 2021: The consultant will write the final DRA strategy based on feedback received through strategic consultations. Various feedback loops will be included (with the taskforce and the advisory board).

  • The final report should be delivered no later than 31 January 2021.

Professional skills and qualifications The consultant should demonstrate the following areas of technical expertise in their application:
  • Experience in Design of strategy development processes.

  • Experience in quantitative Data Analysis.

  • Experience in writing organizational strategies in such a way to facilitate communication of the strategy to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Relevant subject knowledge and prior experience of working in the field of Humanitarian Action.

  • Proficiency in English and the ability to produce good quality written documents in English is a mandatory requirement of this assignment.

Budget The financial bid must be prepared and submitted with clearly defined breakdown of the consultant’s daily fee and other associated costs. Interested applicants should consider that approximately EUR 8860 is available to conduct this assignment. Please be aware that the amount of the financial proposal will also be a criterion for assessing the application received.
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