Localization Research within the CCCM Cluster Consultancy At UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a home-based part-time Individual Consultancy within the Operational Support Service in the Division of Resilience and Solutions, Geneva.

UNHCR is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. We are in over 125 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions.

Title: Consultancy for Localization Research within the CCCM Cluster project

Duty Station: home-based

Duration: For 65 working days, starting as soon as possible until 31 August 2022

Contract Type: Individual Consultancy

Closing date: 08 February 2022

Start date: as soon as possible

Organisational context

The CCCM cluster has a unique opportunity to further refine the commitments to localization. When the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 sent out a call for humanitarian action to be ‘as local as possible, as international as necessary’, and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of international humanitarian aid, 18 donor countries and 16 international aid organizations and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) (1) agreed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of international humanitarian aid.

The lead agencies of the CCCM Cluster, along with it’s SAG member organizations, were part of the agencies who signed onto this ambitious commitment. The aim was to improve the quality of the assistance by using the strong relationships of local organizations with the local circumstances, politics and culture, thus better serving affected people while also reducing the transactional costs.

Furthermore, since 2020 two Global CCCM retreats have highlighted the need for a CCCM Cluster plan for the localization theme. The Area-based Approach WG have requested support to develop local area-based coordination models and exit strategies for localization, while the Capacity Development WG have underscored the need to develop a pool of local trainers and requested guidelines to adapt and simplify training materials.

Finally, over the past years the clusters have been encouraged to find ways to incorporate localization approaches in the country level strategies. Cluster coordinators, however, have signalled that they lack the tools and knowledge on how to implement the localization agenda in their respective clusters to its fullest potential.

In July 2021, the IASC published Guidance on Strengthening Participation, Representation and Leadership of Local and National Actors for cluster coordination mechanisms. This guidance outlined five key areas that need to be addressed – Participation, Leadership, Capacity Strengthening, Resourcing for Coordination, and Visibility. It also included a set of indicators to measure the progress of the localization agenda against these five areas within the cluster system, which are to be incorporated into Country Cluster Performance Monitoring mechanisms. These five areas however need to be assessed by each global cluster to identify specific challenges, barriers, and potential solutions that can be addressed.

Duties and responsibilities

Scope of Consultancy

In order to address the mentioned requests, needs and gaps, the Global CCCM Cluster is seeking a consultant to undertake the following

  1. Develop and carry out a survey with a wide variety of CCCM Cluster stakeholders at global, country and local level on challenges for local NGOs and local authorities across the 5 different areas outlined in the IASC Guidance on Strengthening Participation for L/NAs (2)
  2. Produce a report based on the survey and key informant interviews with identified L/NA CCCM cluster members summarizing challenges identified in the survey, recommendations outlined by L/NAs on how to address them, and a working definition for localization for the CCCM Cluster which respects the views of local organizations and clarifies the CCCM framework of shared roles and responsibilities.
  3. Produce a list of recommendations and tasks for further development roadmaps, , tools, guidance or further research that should be taken forward by the Global CCCM Cluster on localization


Consultant should develop a methodology as part of their proposal for the consultancy, with the key tasks outlined as but not limited to:

o Undertake a desk review (with the global cluster partners), SAG and Global CCCM team as well as other clusters and relevant actors, to map current CCCM (and other relevant) responses to displacement to highlight the range of localization needs in CCCM Operations and prioritize location for further consultations

o Based on the desk review findings, develop the initial findings and frame key questions together with the global CCCM cluster team for further consultation and discussions

o Undertake consultations with Local/National NGOs and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) who are part of the CCCM Cluster within responses as identified through global and national cluster coordinators on their views related to opportunities and barriers to localization for CCCM. Undertake consultations with global CCCM stakeholders including national CCCM cluster coordinators and co-coordinators, national and global level Thematic Working Group members, and other key informants on their views related to strategic opportunities and barriers related to localization for CCCM

o Undertake consultations with National Authorities in contexts identified by the Global CCCM Cluster Coordinators

o Develop, distribute, and produce analysis of a survey and KII’s for Local and National NGOs within CCCM responses of barriers to coordination and funding at a national level against the IASC framework for strengthening participation of L/NA

The final product (e.g. survey completed, data collected, workshop conducted, research documents produced specify):

3 reports on Localization in CCCM implementation and 3 webinars on results.

Number of pages: 6 -8 pages per report

Language(s): English

Number of copies:4

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required

  • At least 5 years experience in CCCM programming, preferably in contexts where local NGOs were CCCM Cluster members
  • Have a thorough grasp of the debates and discourse of the Localization Agenda and IASC Results Group 2
  • Have demonstrated experience in conducting qualitative research in consultancies and/or have their own consultancy company
  • Have conducted research for clusters or UN agencies previously
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders within the humanitarian system


The successful candidate will be working home-based, with mission travels to Geneva if she/he does not reside in Geneva.


The consultancy is planned to be home-based.

(1) https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/grand-bargain-official-website/grand-bargain-signatories

(2) Participation, Leadership, Capacity Strengthening, Resourcing for Coordination, Visibility – https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/operational-response/iasc-guidance-strengthening-participation-representation-and-leadership-local-and-national-actors

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit their letter of motivation and Personal History Form (PHF) to hqdrsvac@unhcr.org indicating DRS/2022/001; First Name/Last Name, Consultancy for Localization Research within the CCCM Cluster project in the subject of the email.

Personal History Forms are available at PHF Form Supplementary Sheet.

Applications without PHF Form will not be considered.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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