Humanitarian Research & Training Consultant
Remote Worker - N/A

About Concern

Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization committed to the relief, assistance, and advancement of the poorest people in the least developed countries of the world. Founded in Ireland in 1968, Concern Worldwide has nearly 4,000 personnel working in 24 countries across the globe. Concern believes in a world where no one lives in fear; where all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities essential to a long, healthy, and creative life. Our mission is to help people living in absolute poverty achieve major improvements in their lives, improvements that are sustainable without ongoing support from Concern.

Concern Worldwide U.S.

Concern Worldwide US (Concern) is seeking a highly skilled humanitarian professional to support stakeholder engagement and dissemination activities under three USAID funded humanitarian research and training programs implement by Concern. Candidates should extensive experience in international humanitarian response and advanced knowledge of the humanitarian coordination system.

Position Background

Concern Worldwide has long been invested in bolstering the capacity and agency of local and national actors within the humanitarian system through training, research, and partnership. Working in the Humanitarian Training Unit with the VP of Programs, Humanitarian Programs Director, and Humanitarian Training Program Officers, this position will support the implementation and expansion of a growing collection of Concern’s humanitarian capacity strengthening and research programs. Specifically, the consultant will work directly under four such USAID funded programs: the Building a Better Response Project (BBR), Local Capacity Strengthening for Response Project (LCS4R) and Beyond Barriers: Overcoming Funding & Human Resource Obstacles to Achieve a Localized Humanitarian Response.

The background for these programs is as follows:

Through a comprehensive e-learning coupled with remote and in-person workshops, the Building a Better Response Project (BBR) aims to build the capacity of NGO personnel, and other humanitarian actors, to engage with the international humanitarian coordination system in a manner that improves overall coordination 

and response to the needs of affected populations. The project, now in its eight years, is implemented by a consortium led by International Medical Corps, along with Concern and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, with funding from USAID. To date the program has reached over 70,000 humanitarians and has held over 90 trainings in 46 countries. Additional information on the program can be found here:

The Local Capacity Strengthening for Response Project (LCS4R) aims to strengthen the organizational capacity of local and national NGOs to respond to emergencies within the humanitarian coordination system. The goal of LCS4R is to enable, through focused capacity strengthening activities, national NGOs to better coordinate and prepare for and respond more effectively to humanitarian emergencies. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), the LCS4R project is implemented in a consortium by International Medical Corps and Concern Worldwide. The consortium will implement LCS4R through three components (1) intensive capacity strengthening activities for 10 NGOs; (2) a series of training symposia targeting a broader audience; and (3) a knowledge management platform providing resources to all participating organizations, as well as the global humanitarian community. 

The commitment to strengthen local humanitarian action has been made by stakeholders at every level of the humanitarian system. The COVID-19 pandemic further emphasized the necessity of this commitment and the urgency to accelerate meaningful systemic change to ensure a rapid and effective response. Local actors, the international community, and donors alike seek operational guidance grounded in evidence to take the next steps on the path to localization for stakeholders at every level of the humanitarian system. The Beyond Barriers Project, with funding from USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), will undertake a 24-month research project to examine some of the barriers that limit localized humanitarian assistance. Aimed at transferability and opportunities for scale-up, this program will be grounded in proactive, operational solutions to funding and human resource barriers, with particular attention to the impact of power dynamics in the system

With guidance and oversight from Concern Worldwide, the Consultant will be responsible for:

· Development of the Building a Better Response E-learning Tool roll-out strategy; including launch events, tool validation, communications, and dissemination 

· Convening of a high-level stakeholder advisory group to support the Building a Better Response Project

· Lead implementation of six regional Building a Better Response e-learning launch and dissemination events; this includes development of programming, coordination of participation and attendance from high -level stakeholders 

· Support implementation of the intensive capacity strengthening activities under component 1 of LCS4R including Concern Worldwide’s South Asia Symposium

· Development of a Beyond Barriers literature review document

· Support Beyond Barrier data analysis and drafting of a study findings paper


· Production of a comprehensive BBR E-learning Rollout Strategy 

· Recruiting and management of BBR Advisory Group 

· Implementation of 6 BBR Global Launch Events; completed no later than 15 March 2023

· Execution of Concern’s LCS4R Symposium 

· 1 Beyond Barriers literature review document 



· Advanced degree in International Development or Humanitarian Studies

· Knowledge of the humanitarian coordination system, including the cluster approach, and humanitarian leadership structures (e.g. HCT/HC).

· Prior experience designing and coordinating high-level programming events

· Excellent written and oral communication skills 

To Apply

Please submit a CV and short project proposal (1-2 pages). The proposal must include estimated timeframe and related costs. The timeframe on these deliverables is tight, so proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis; thus, interested parties are suggested to respond in a timely manner.