Profiling the Evolvement of the Syrian NGO Networks: the role in humanitarian response and long- term prospects

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Turkey
Organization: International Council of Voluntary Agencies
Closing date: 25 Apr 2021

Organisation: ICVA

Duration: Average of 20 Days of Work

Starting date: Monday, May 3rd May, 2021 – June 20th, 2021**

Location: Remote Interviews targeting Gaziantep, Turkey/ Desk – Based **

Applications deadline: April 25th, 2021**


About ICVA

Founded in 1962, ICVA (International Council of Voluntary Agencies) is a global network of 130 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) active in 160 countries, operating at global, regional, national and local levels, whose mission is to make humanitarian action more principled and effective by working collectively and independently to influence policy and practice. Based on its 2019-2021 Strategy, ICVA promotes and facilitates NGO engagement in the development of humanitarian sector, with a focus on Forced Migration, Humanitarian Coordination, Humanitarian Financing, and cross cutting issues.

About ICVA’s NGO Fora Support Programme

In many humanitarian contexts, NGOs come together to establish networks to coordinate NGO efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance. Networks are active in a range of areas: facilitating NGO engagement in the humanitarian response system; supporting an effective, inclusive and contextualized response; promoting collective NGO advocacy etc. In-country humanitarian NGO networks frequently contribute to the effective and principled delivery of humanitarian assistance. In a context of rising humanitarian needs and increasing complex humanitarian crises, effective NGO coordination is more critical than ever. At ICVA, we believe that well-resourced and effectively supported coordination bodies are crucial to improving humanitarian operations.

About the Syrian NGO Network Engagement and Partnership Programme

ICVA has entered into a strategic partnership with UNDP Syria to deliver an engagement and partnership programme with a core group of Syrian NGO Networks. The overall purpose is to strengthen the capacity of Syrian NGO Networks to enable them to play a vital role in joint coordination and representation by strengthening skills and capacity across a range of areas including coordination, governance, and strategic planning. Strengthening local humanitarian actors and networks in Syria and the region is key to a strong humanitarian response. International efforts should supplement – not substitute – national and local efforts.

Consultancy Objectives

Throughout the Syrian NGO Network Engagement and Partnership Program, 12 Syrian Networks based in Gaziantep were provided trainings on Joint Coordination & Advocacy as well as Good Governance & Strategic Planning with the purpose of strengthening the impact of these networks and their capacity to play a vital role in joint coordination and representation. One of the main strategic focus resulted from the discussion with the local Syrian networks that there is a need to document the experience of these networks, derive lessons learned and reflect on main strengths and opportunities. Furthermore, there is a need to review the work of local Syrian networks as a unique opportunity for collective coordination and joint advocacy. This case study will map and document key strengths and provide clear recommendations to strengthening national coordination capacity which is essential to the Syrian response.

The networks have gone through different stages of transformation since they were established. This consultancy will examine this transformation, the achievements, the challenges, and provide recommendations for further advancement to key stakeholders such as donors, UN agencies, INGOs and counterpart local and national CSOs.

The consultant will document the evolution of the Syrian NGO Networks during the last decade with key emphasis on the role of local Syrian networks in the collective advocacy work, representation, participation, the networks attempts in merging humanitarian response with mid to long term responses and strategies(Nexus) in their role as coordination bodies. In addition, it is crucial to highlight the role of women-led networks and their contribution. The case study should assess SADDD (Sex, Age, Disability Disaggregated Data) and highlight positive examples as well as provide recommendation for increasing inclusion levels. The case study will be used for advocacy purposes at national, regional, and global level. Furthermore, the report will shed light on the main recommendations to strengthening the role of local Syrian networks in the decision making and leadership processes.

In a summary the main objectives are:

  1. Map and document the experience and evolvement of the Syrian CSOs networks, successes and challenges. Focusing on advocacy, collective Action, Nexus, inclusion, and impact)

  2. Identify recommendations, targeted at specific accountable actors, for enhancing effective coordination among the networks, meaningful engagement of the networks members and how to enhance collaboration with other stakeholders in the humanitarian development sectors.


The detailed methodology will be developed by the consultant and agreed with ICVA. The selected consultant will:

· Conduct a brief desk review of relevant reports and documentation (3 days Max).

· Develop the draft and final research methodology and workplan- including research questions and schedules (2 days)

· Conduct (remote or in person depends on ability to travel and COVID-19 situation) qualitative interviews with key informants (8 days)

· Draft and Final Report, Executive Summary and Power point Presentation developed and presented (7 days).


The Consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  1. Approved research methodology and workplan.

  2. A comprehensive case study report & key recommendations, up to maximum 20 pages/7000 words in length including an executive summary (1-3 page summary briefing), a PowerPoint presentation (based on ICVA template) of process and key findings. Appendices to be used as appropriate.

  3. A Meeting to Present the Case Studies & Findings/ Recommendations, pitched to the Syrian Networks & UNDP.

Engagement with ICVA

The consultant will report to the ICVA Regional Representative and will work closely with the MENA Deputy Regional Representative. Including:

· Finalizing and agreeing the methodology and workplan

· Holding weekly project meetings,

· Supporting information and contact needs as well as data collection. –

· Engaging through several rounds of review on each deliverable – on both the first drafts and the final drafts

Consultant requirements

• Advanced university degree in social/political science, economics, law, journalism or related studies

• Excellent analytical skills and high level written and oral communication skills in English.

• Knowledge of NGO Networks, their missions, functions etc.

• Experience and familiarity with the MENA region; familiarity with the Syrian context is required.

• Understanding of ICVA’s mission and NGO contribution to the humanitarian sector.

• Proven ability to work autonomously.

• Proficiency in Arabic language, so it is easier to communicate with the representatives from the Syrian networks.

Note: Throughout the work, the consultant must be registered in accordance with legal requirements in their country of residence and must be able to submit documentation that proves that she/ he is meeting all legal obligations for the consultancy, including full compliance with ICVA regulations including the safeguarding policy.

How to apply:

If you have the required expertise and skills, please apply by sending the following applications requirements to

· CV

· Three examples of recent similar deliverables (Case studies, tools, research, etc)

· A short proposal (approx. 2-3 pages), including how you meet the criteria for the consultancy, proposed approach, requested day rate, and three references.

Please mention ‘MENA Case Studies” in the subject line.

Applicants from all countries are encouraged to apply. Consultants must be legally registered to be employed on a freelance contract in their country of residence.

ICVA’s selection process includes rigorous background checks and reflects our organisational integrity and commitment to make humanitarian action more principled and effective.

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview on 28th and, 29th April 2021.

The final deadline for application is 25th April 2021.

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