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Consultancy for Development of Case Studies for Host Family Support Programming


  • Organization: IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Location: Budapest
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: Closed

Organizational Context

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 192-member National Societies. The overall aim of IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.”   IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises. 

IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The work of the IFRC is guided by the following fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. 

IFRC is led by its Secretary General, and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters are organized into three main Divisions: (i) National Society Development and Operations Coordination; (ii) Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization; and (iii) Management Policy, Strategy and Corporate Services.

IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas.  IFRC also has country cluster delegation and country delegations throughout the world. Together, the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat.

Job Purpose

Purpose of project and Background

The following are the Terms of Reference for a consultancy to develop a case study compilation that captures the host family support programming of 10 Red Cross-National Societies and national governments in the European Union responding to the 2022 Ukraine crisis.

Alignment to the IFRC’s objectives and strategy

The project aligns with Goal 1 of the IFRC Strategy 2030 – People anticipate, respond to and quickly recover from crises. It will support the building of local response and preparedness capacities alongside complementary international support mechanisms, so that our network will respond effectively to any emergency. It also aligns with Strategic Priority 4 – Migration and Identity and will contribute to knowledge and understanding of strategies and partnerships for meeting the needs of people on the move.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Project objectives

To project aims to support practitioners in gaining a better understanding of the design and implementation of host family support programming by gathering data from each country and consolidating into one overarching case study compilation document.

The final document will describe how the 10 different host family support programmes were implemented in the different country contexts highlighting the main contributions of the programme, the barriers and challenges, opportunities for sustainability, and lessons learned, along with next steps and recommendations going forward with such programmes. It will also detail the integration of components of the multifunctional team (e.g. Shelter, Cash, Protection Gender and Inclusion, Migration and Displacement, CEA, Information Management, Livelihoods and Education) to achieve shelter and settlement outcomes within the programmes. Additionally, the document will summarise the enabling environment of each country, detailing potential policy challenges and barriers.

The audience of the compiled case studies is the European Commission, national governments and local authorities, UN agencies, NGOs and CSO staff and volunteers, and private contractors, RCRC humanitarian staff and volunteers.Consultancy outputs

A consolidated case study compilation document that collects 10 country-level case studies of the Safe Homes Programme. The approximate length of the document should be 30 pages

Method of delivery and reasons for selecting that method

  • Desk Review of 10 country-level case studies and relevant information that captures the context of the countries.
  • Interviews/ consultation sessions
  • Some in-person presence in particular countries may be required


Proposal to develop the consultancy should include

  • Cover letter and examples of relevant work
  • Outline Methodology (deliverables on a progress plan)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Budget Proposal


Experienced, senior Shelter expert with experience and understanding of host family support programming.

  • Extensive demonstrable experience in Shelter programming in humanitarian contexts (including in host family support programming)
  • Experience in undertaking research and engaging with key informants.
  • Experience in developing effective case studies.
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills in English
  • Preferred experience in developing case studies using storytelling methodologies.
  • Preferred Migration expertise

Knowledge, Skills and Languages

Support to be provided to the consultant

 There will be steering committee defined that will be responsible for overseeing the development of the case study compilation. This steering committee will be a representation of each of the subject experts that should integrate the multifunctional team to support the implementation of a host family support programme. The steering committee will provide support to the consultant to guide the development of the case study compilation. This will help to secure that the outputs will be appropriate to the ways of working of the Red Cross (National Societies and IFRC), however, the outputs should also serve external audiences previously described.


Schedule for payment of fees

The consultancy fee will be transferred by IFRC to the consultant after completion of the assignment, after receiving an invoice from the consultant including an overview of the services rendered in the full period (3 months). If the consultancy is extended, then advance payment will be made of up to 20%.


Time allocation, for budget purposes

This assignment is for a maximum of 45 working days, during the period: 01th of July 2023 – 30th of September 2023.

In addition to the Consultancy fees, and unless differently agreed in written format, the IFRC shall cover the Consultant’s travel expenses for in-person coordination meetings upon IFRC requests.


Management of consultancy

The consultancy shall be managed by the Safe Homes Programme Manager. The steering committee will provide the required briefing to the consultant and establish periodic monitoring discussions to assess progress. Other ad hoc communications with the consultant will be held as required.

Competencies, Values and Comments

Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability


Core competencies: Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust  


The consultant will be contracted by the IFRC and the standard contractual terms will apply.

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