Short-term Consultant: Consultancy for Needs Assessment and Proposal Writing

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Organization: Caritas Switzerland
Closing date: 17 Oct 2021

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Short-term Consultant: Consultancy for Needs Assessment and Proposal Writing

Please note that this is a short version of the Terms of Reference (ToR) for this assignment. The full version incl. application procedure can be found here.

After ten years of conflict and crisis, humanitarian needs in Syria are still increasing. Ongoing insecurity and the compounded impact of displacement, combined with worsening socio-economic conditions characterized by sharp currency depreciation, record-level price increases and cuts in subsidized goods have prompted an almost 20 per cent increase in the number of people in need compared to early 2020 – the impact of the deteriorating situation is particularly devastating on children and women. According to UN OCHA, 97 per cent of children in Syria and an estimated 6.9 million people in absolute numbers are in need of humanitarian education assistance. 94 per cent of school-aged children live in areas with severe, extreme or catastrophic education conditions. Key barriers preventing children from accessing education include remoteness or unavailability of schools, financial barriers to education exacerbated including high costs related to education or the need for children to support with the family income instead of attending classes. Further challenges include the lack of adequate infrastructure with many school premises being damaged, poorly insulated or unsafe. The low quality of education in public schools presents another challenge. Closure of schools and other educational facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 and during the first half of 2021 with little to no access to remote learning opportunities have further hampered children’s educational outcomes. Needs for special psychosocial support are overwhelming.

A consortium of international and national humanitarian actors including but not limited to members of the Caritas Internationalis network (Caritas Switzerland, Caritas Austria, Caritas Syria) intends to submit a proposal in the context of the Humanitarian Implementation Plan 2022 (HIP 2022) for Syria issued by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) expectedly in October 2021. The deadline for submission of proposals is expected to be in December 2021.

Deliverables and Timeframe

The assignment is planned to start as soon as possible and to be finalized in December 2021 pending publication of the ECHO HIP 2022. A maximum of 30 working days are foreseen. Deliverables (in English) include a bid plan, a needs assessment report and the full proposal package.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in development science/humanitarian assistance, political/economic science, livelihoods studies, information and data management/statistics, etc.

  • Significant familiarity with emergency programs and solid understanding of standards of humanitarian programming

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in designing and/or implementing Education programming, preferably Education in Emergencies

  • Track record in successful proposal development for major international donors, preferably DG ECHO. Experience in drafting or implementing ECHO projects is critical

  • Experience in the Middle East region and familiarity with the Syria crisis context

  • Excellent oral and written English language, Arabic is an asset

How to apply:

Offer Submission

Please submit your application in line with the ToR by 17 October 2021 through the link below. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and the position might be filled before this deadline.

Apply here online

Please find the ToRs for further information on the consultancy and application procedure here:** ToR**

For further enquiries, applicants may contact: Caritas Switzerland Country Director Wael Darwish (

Applications which are not submitted through the online platform will be disregarded