Research Project Consultant

Research Project Consultant for Beyond Barriers: Overcoming Funding and Workforce Obstacles to Achieve a Localized Humanitarian Response


Concern Worldwide, with funding from USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), will undertake a 24-month project in support of efforts to overcome two of the largest barriers to the localization of humanitarian action – humanitarian financing and human resources. This focused research project will be implemented across five different humanitarian contexts, with a view to develop transferable learning on sustainable funding and staffing issues, such as capacity and retention, within the lens of advancing locally led humanitarian response and recovery.

The Beyond Barriers project, led by Concern, will be conducting research on advancing the localization agenda in five countries – Malawi, NW Syria, Bangladesh, DRC, and Somalia. The first phase of the project involved data collection visits to each of these countries. Phase 2 of the project will be composed of the final analysis of this data, drafting of country reports, developing case studies and conducting a global quantitative survey. Concern is seeking a consultant to support the team with the various tasks in Phase 2.

The consultant will work with the Concern team from 1st November 2023 – 31st January 2024. Remote working will be facilitated for the duration of the consultancy.

About Beyond Barriers

Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization committed to the relief, assistance and advancement of poorest people in the least developed countries of the world, aiming towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Founded in Ireland in 1968, Concern has over 4,000 personnel working in 24 countries around the world, primarily in Africa and Asia.

Beyond Barriers is one of Concern’s primary initiatives aimed at improving local humanitarian response capacity; others include joint initiatives between Concern, International Medical Corps (IMC) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) on the Building a Better Response Project (BBR), the National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership, and Local Capacity Strengthening for Response (LCS4R).

With the research conducted under this program, a series of practical solutions to overcome common challenges will be developed utilizing a variety of mechanisms, including case studies, teaching cases, and assessment frameworks. The tools will then be rolled out both in-country and globally via dissemination round tables, a newly developed program website, among other best practice mechanisms for dissemination and usability. Aimed at transferability and opportunities for scale-up, this program will be grounded in a focus on proactive, program-based solutions to funding and staffing challenges. By harnessing the broad spectrum of contexts in which Concern operates, while focusing on a finite set of routine operational issues and challenges that organizations in those contexts face, learning derived from the analysis will help strengthen replicability of best practice and accelerate the overall process of localization, while ensuring the highest standards of humanitarian response programming are maintained.

Scope of Work

With guidance and support from Concern Worldwide, the consultant will be responsible for:

Data Analysis & Research

  • Support and review sections of qualitative analysis and convert into readable text
  • Review certain key stakeholders interviews to ensure all insights have been captured and analysed
  • Ensuring that analysis documents are consistent across all study contexts
  • Conduct further data analysis, as required
  • Ensure that all literature has been included and update as necessary
  • Conduct secondary research on certain key themes from data collection

Report Writing & Phase Two Preparation

  • Support on the review and editing of country and workshop reports
  • Support on the organization of country webinars for dissemination
  • Preparing template of Final Study report and consolidating data from other reports
  • Support on the development of case studies
  • Support on the development of quantitative survey and dissemination
  • Support on the collation of ideas for tools and pilot projects


  • Participate in Beyond Barriers weekly team meetings
  • Support on dissemination of research results within Concern Worldwide

Consultancy Purpose & Timeframe

The timeframe for this consultancy is 3 months – between November 2023 –January 2024. The consultant will report to Concern’s Senior Technical Adviser – Localisation

Essential Requirements

  • 3 + years of experience in humanitarian or relevant sector
  • Education to Master’s Degree level in relevant field of study
  • Experience working in humanitarian and/or development contexts
  • Strong writing skills

Desirable Requirements

  • Previous work on theme of localization and/or partnerships in humanitarian sector
  • Previous work on research projects
  • Ability to work comfortably in French

Budget & Level of Effort

Candidates should provide a budget with a daily rate and other expenses based on the following schedule:

30 working days between 1st November 2023 – 31st December 2023

20 working days between 2nd January 2024 – 31st January 2024

Concern reserves the right to amend the number of days work required for this project.

How to apply

Please submit by email to by 6th October 2023 the following:

  • Up to date CV,
  • Motivational letter,
  • Writing Sample
  • Two References
  • Budget

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