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Humanitarian practitioners have long recognized that Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) is well positioned to address multi-sectoral needs and, depending on a complex array of factors, contribute to protection outcomes. While CVA is a well-established tool for food security and basic needs outcome areas, to date, the use of CVA in the Protection sector has been limited compared to its use in other sectors. Protection issues are complex, and consequently, protection programs are complex, with CVA serving as one modality among many that can be harnessed to contribute to protection outcomes.
The Global Protection Cluster (GPC) Task Team on Cash for Protection (TTC4P) aims to increase knowledge about the use of CVA in the protection sector as well as the effectiveness and quality of programs using CVA to achieve protection outcomes. It does so by continually mapping evidence and initiatives on CVA for protection, identifying gaps in knowledge on an annual basis, making recommendations on prioritization of research; advocating with donors for funding of priorities; and supporting the dissemination of learning through leadership of global and/or regional learning events.
Evidence mapping has recently been undertaken by members of the TTC4P on several of the Protection Areas of Responsibility (AoRs), including Child Protection (CP), Gender-based Violence (GBV) and Housing Land and Property. However, CVA for Mine Action outcomes, has yet to be addressed. Mine Action includes demining (non-technical and technical survey), marking and fencing, clearance and land release, Mine Risk Education (MRE), victim assistance (consisted of emergency and ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, psycho-social support and socio-economic inclusion) and stockpile destruction.
The TTC4P has developed a position paper on the use of CVA for protection outcomes in the protection sector, highlighting opportunities and concerns that exist in the sector to promote the use of CVA. While this position paper currently addresses CP and GBV in detail, the TTC4P requires mapping of CVA for Mine Action evidence in order to update the position paper as it intends to annually, to encompass evidence on HLP and Mine Action.
The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) on behalf of the TTC4P seeks a Research Consultant to support the TTC4P to map available evidence of the contribution of CVA to protection outcomes within the Mine Action AoR in humanitarian settings. To that end, WRC as TTC4P co-lead, in close collaboration with IRC as co-lead and other key members constituting an advisory group for this project, seek a consultant to undertake desk-based research.
- Examine the literature regarding the use of CVA as a component of Mine Action interventions.
- Where possible and facilitated by the GPC TTC4P Project Advisory Group, conduct a maximum of ten key informant interviews (KIIs) with headquarters- and field-based humanitarian practitioners engaged in CVA for Mine Action outcomes to capture promising practice.
- Examine gaps in evidence about the use of CVA within the Mine Action AoR for protection outcomes.
- Document promising practices and make recommendations to ensure evidence-based considerations are taken into account when planning for Mine Action programming that uses CVA.
- Recommend future areas of research and intervention designs.
The Consultant will be responsible for delivering the following:
1. Map evidence on CVA for Mine Action
1.2 Annotated bibliography
2. Develop and finalize a report of findings and recommendations for future research
2.1 Draft report, including visualization of evidence
2.2 Final report with executive summary
Total: 15 working days
The advisory group will provide templates for all items listed above, with the exception of a KII guide, which the consultant will be responsible for developing, should the KIIs be feasible and appropriately supported by the advisory group.
15 working days to:
- Develop methodology with previous evidence maps as a reference point and share with advisory group for input;
- Integrate feedback received from advisory group and conduct desk review and annotated bibliography and share with advisory group for input; where possible and facilitated by the GPC TTC4P conduct KIIs with relevant humanitarian practitioners to capture promising practice;
- Integrate feedback received from the advisory group and draft evidence mapping report and share with advisory group for input; and
- Integrate feedback received from advisory group and finalize evidence mapping report.
- Inception and periodic calls will be held between the advisory group and the consultant, as appropriate.
Skills and Experience
- Demonstrated experience implementing desk reviews, including developing methodology
- Demonstrated familiarity and/or expertise with the protection sector, including Mine Action
- Demonstrated familiarity and/or expertise with Cash and Voucher Assistance
- Proficiency (spoken, written) in English
- IT skills in word processing, email
The Research Consultant will be paid a daily rate of USD $600 per day. Payment schedule will be provided upon selection of consultant.
The final report will be co-branded by advisory group member agencies and remain the joint intellectual property of these parties. The consultant will be acknowledged within the document as determined appropriate by WRC.
The consultant will be based remotely.
Please send by June 26 current CV, a two-page proposal for completion of the work, three professional references and a technical writing sample of no more than ten pages with “CVA for Mine Action Consultancy” in the subject line using this form.