Consultant to Support Inter-Agency COVAX Humanitarian Buffer Implementation

Organization: International Council of Voluntary Agencies
Closing date: 5 Mar 2021

Duration: 3 months (with possibility of extension) @ 3 days per week (total 39 days)
Starting date: 29 March 2020
End date: 25 June 2020
Location: Home Based
Application deadline: 05 March 2021

About ICVA
Founded in 1962, ICVA (International Council of Voluntary Agencies) is a global network of over
130 nongovernmental 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. ICVA
promotes and facilitates effective NGO engagement in the humanitarian sector, with a focus on
Forced Migration, Humanitarian Coordination, Humanitarian Financing, and cross-cutting
systems-strengthening issues.

Background to Consultancy
It is critical that the humanitarian community works together to support fair and equitable access
to COVID-19 vaccines and treatment, in particular to ensure that all vulnerable people including
refugees, IDPs, asylum seekers, migrants, stateless people, indigenous populations and those
living in conflict zones have access to vaccines on equal grounds with the rest of the population. It
is equally important to ensure these efforts do not come at the expense of other lifesaving health
and humanitarian interventions. As new variants of the virus are identified throughout the globe,
it becomes ever clearer that universal access to the COVID-19 vaccine is the only solution to end
the pandemic and mitigate the deepening socio-economic inequalities caused by measures to
reduce the spread of the virus.
There is a concern however that in some situations, national authorities might be unable or
unwilling to ensure access to vaccines for specific groups of the population. To address this
pressing concern, a COVAX Humanitarian Buffer has been established. This buffer will help ensure
vaccines reach vulnerable populations in situations where they are excluded from national efforts,
whether on grounds of ethnicity, nationality, migration status, gender identity, poverty, or other
grounds. The IASC Emergency Directors Group (EDG) has established a Task Force to support the
implementation of the Humanitarian Buffer, working with WHO, the Global Health Cluster and the
COVAX facility. The NGO consortia members of the IASC are supporting this inter-agency initiative.
Consultancy Objectives
This consultancy will support collective NGO engagement in IASC-led interagency efforts on the
management of the COVAX Humanitarian Buffer. The consultant will support the Inter-Agency
Humanitarian Buffer Task Force, the Global Health Cluster COVID-19 Working Group and the NGO
members of the EDG, as part of the NGO contribution to these collective efforts. The consultant
will support coordination, planning and advocacy efforts, to ensure humanitarian vaccination
efforts reach those most in need with the support of NGOs at global, regional and national levels.

Reporting Arrangements
The consultant will report to ICVA’s Head of Coordination.

The consultant will support the implementation of the COVAX Humanitarian Buffer and strengthen
NGO engagement and influence in key operational and strategic decision-making processes.

  • Provide support to the Inter-Agency Humanitarian Buffer Task Force, the Global Health
    Cluster COVID-19 Working Group and other groups as required
  • Advise the NGO members of the EDG on decisions relate to the use of the buffer
  • Represent diverse NGO perspectives and ensure NGOs are contributing to processes
    supporting the transparent and equitable use of the humanitarian buffer
    The Consultant will coordinate with NGOs and NGO Fora in focus countries to support effective
    vaccine programme roll-out
  • Ensure relevant information and analysis is shared with NGOs and NGO Fora at country
    level in a timely manner
  • Gather inputs from NGOs at national or sub-national levels related to the effectiveness of
    vaccine roll-out
  • Identify gaps and areas for action to inform working group and EDG decision-making
    The consultant will support NGOs in their global and national advocacy and communication efforts
  • Highlight key issues or areas for advocacy by the NGO community with donors,
    governments or communities
  • Develop key messages, talking points or other products to support NGOs in their advocacy
    at global, regional and national levels
  • Identify areas where advocacy will support vaccine roll-out and make recommendations
    for NGO engagement

Consultant requirements
• At least 10 years of progressive experience in the humanitarian sector
• Experience working in operational or policy roles in the health sector
• Experience working within and influencing the IASC humanitarian coordination
• Experience leading consultative processes with NGOs and NGO Networks
• Excellent writing and communication skills in English
• Proven ability to work autonomously
• Proven ability to work under pressure and be flexible, including to meet deadlines while
managing multiple competing and changing demands
• Understanding of or direct experience in vaccine programming and delivery
• Experience in advocacy and influencing, particularly with humanitarian donors
• Knowledge of current humanitarian policy issues, including related to COVID-19

How to apply:

Applications including cover letter, CV or resume and proposed consultancy rate (daily/monthly)
should be sent by email to mentioning “Humanitarian Buffer
Consultant” in the title of the email. The closing date for applications is 5 March 2021.

Note: The consultant must be registered to work in accordance with legal requirements in their
country of residence and must be able to submit documentation proving all legal obligations are
met. Full compliance with ICVA regulations and safeguarding policy is required.


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