Localization Research Consultant At HIAS


HIAS seeks a researcher with experience in localization approaches and research methods to produce an external desk review of localization research and best practices to date and a comparative analysis of ongoing and potential localization projects across select locations. As part of HIAS’ localization strategy, a dedicated localization pilot task force (LPTF) is planning the implementation of an evidence-based localization pilot program. This will include actions to strengthen the capacities, where needed, of national and local actors in partnership-based humanitarian action. HIAS is committed to delivering a pilot grounded in current research and practitioner learning for localization and local partnerships, and that contributes high quality, substantive evidence to ongoing practitioner and policymaker learning in this area.

In preparation for the pilot, the research consultant will complete (1) A desk review that synthesizes current evidence on localization pilot programs and experimental work to date, highlighting relevant findings and evidence gaps and (2) a brief comparative analysis of potential pilot locations, taking into consideration feasibility, operating context, policy environment, stakeholder mapping and capacities, acceptability with/receptivity of local actors, and associated risks. These deliverables will provide an evidence base and guidance for HIAS’ decision-making around key dimensions of HIAS’ localization pilot.

The first stage of the consultancy will focus on mapping and synthesizing existing evidence into a written review and key summary points. The scope of the review will include existing studies (both academic and practitioner-focused), conceptual and measurement frameworks, and recommendations and best practices to date, including a review and synthesis of existing interview responses that HIAS has collected from peer organizations. The desk review will focus on synthesizing secondary research

The consultant will conduct meetings with key stakeholders at HIAS to present findings from the desk review and summary. These meetings will include both presentation and discussion of findings with internal stakeholders in order to build organization-wide awareness of the evidence base on localization to date and enable stakeholders to actively engage with evidence and findings

The second stage of the consultancy will focus on producing a brief comparative analysis of HIAS’ proposed pilot locations, to include no more than six (6) geographies. The consultant will meet with a limited set of key HIAS stakeholders, including HQ and country office staff, to gather context and information about HIAS’ localization efforts to date and local partner and stakeholder capacities. Informed by the existing evidence base and funder landscape, the consultant will synthesize this information and any additional secondary research required into a comparative analysis of potential pilot locations, taking into consideration feasibility, operating context, policy environment, stakeholder mapping and capacities, acceptability with/receptivity of local actors, and associated risks.

The consultant will conduct meetings with key stakeholders at HIAS to present the results of the comparative analysis and recommendations for the choice of pilot location. These meetings will support HIAS to evaluate, based on the research and findings synthesized, the feasibility of a pilot in select locations given the operational context, potential risks, the availability, suitability and support of relevant local stakeholders, and the local actors’ capacity needs and gaps.

The consultant will work directly with HIAS’ AVP for Humanitarian Partnerships, Policy & Practice (HPPP) and HIAS’ Director, Results and Impact for Strategy and Measurement (SAM), who will provide technical and methodological guidance and review during the consultations and desk review phase. The consultant will interact with additional HIAS staff, including country office colleagues, in conducting internal consultations and in presenting findings and engaging in discussion of the desk review.

Note, this is a remote 1.5 month consultancy that begins as soon as possible.


  • Conduct focused research on and synthesis of evidence from localization initiatives to date, to include (a) an in-depth desk review and specialized comparative analysis of research initiatives and pilots focused on localization in humanitarian settings across six locations; grounded in (b) consultations with a limited set of relevant HIAS stakeholders (including HQ and country office leadership) to inform the synthesis.
  • Draft and disseminate a high-quality report and key summary points that synthesize the findings from the desk review and internal stakeholder consultations, and that reflect the key considerations for a localization pilot in each location, including context, assumptions, critical risks, the availability, suitability and potential support of local stakeholders, and the local actors’ capacity needs and gaps;
  • Identify funders of current or past localization initiatives in each location;
  • Draft and disseminate a comparative analysis of potential pilot locations, grounded in the evidence assembled in the desk review and interviews with HIAS staff, and focused on key feasibility, acceptability, and stakeholder mapping considerations for the pilot.
  • Present the findings of the desk review and comparative analysis to HIAS’ Localization Pilot Task Force (LPTF) and other key stakeholders, using a discussion-based format.


  • Graduate degree in international relations, international law, social sciences, or other related field.
  • Fluency in English required, including excellent presentation and writing ability in English.
  • At least 7 years of experience working in a humanitarian, development, or protection-focused NGO, in multiple contexts preferred.
  • Extensive conceptual and practical knowledge of localization approaches and the literature on localization to date, including key frameworks, findings, evidence gaps, and lessons learned.
  • Training in research methods, including quantitative and qualitative approaches, and demonstrated experience in conducting, using, and/or using research in the context of humanitarian and development programming.
  • Experience conducting literature reviews and synthesis of both academic and practitioner-focused research; demonstrated ability to synthesize and communicate key concepts and research findings clearly, accessibly, and without jargon.
  • Excellent writing skills, including a track record of submitting written deliverables that meet quality standards for clarity of expression, grammar, and mechanics.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented; ability to work under pressure and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Effective communication and networking skills, and the ability to collaborate with and collect information from a wide range of actors.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce technical analysis and actionable recommendations relevant to working with local stakeholders.
  • Commitment to HIAS’ mission and values, and refugee protection.


We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process for consultancies:

Step 1: Submit your application!

Step 2: Video interview with the hiring manager.

Step 3: Offer, consultancy agreement and background check.

Step 4: Start your professional journey with HIAS!

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step.


Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission, and values.


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