Consultancy - Building Evidence to Inform the Effective Use of Cash in Emergency WASH programming tender at Save the Children – University of Copenhagen

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08 August 2017

Consultancy - Building Evidence to Inform the Effective Use of Cash in Emergency WASH programming tender at Save the Children

About Save the Children

Save the Children uses a holistic approach to help us achieve more for children, and to use our resources in an efficient and sustainable way.

In every programme we aim to:

  • innovate – develop and prove evidence-based, replicable solutions to the problems children face
  • achieve results at scale – by expanding effective and sustainable approaches
  • be the voice – campaign for better practices and policies to fulfil children’s rights and ensure that children’s voices are heard
  • build partnerships – with children, communities, governments, civil society and private sector organisations – to influence others and increase our impact

Project Background

Implementing market-based approaches and cash-based initiatives is not new to the WASH sector; programmes have often included, for example: cash for work; vouchers for water trucking, hygiene kits and fuel; setting up water kiosks; capacity building of water traders; and supporting financial systems and processes as part of regular programming. However, with the Grand Bargain, negotiated at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey 2017, that looks to scale up the use of Cash Transfer Programmes (CTP) as an emergency response modality, there is a clear need to actively compile evidence to guide individual sectors on how best to design and implement CTP within emergency response. There is recognition within the WASH sector that a more appropriate and human-centred humanitarian response is needed, however, there is concern that without fully recognising the technical complexity of the WASH sector, a push towards, certain cash modalities, such as Multi-Purpose Cash (MPC) Grants, as the preferred and default method of support” risks focusing on the provision of WASH goods and services to the detriment of more holistic rights based and public health approach. Save the Children UK want to better understand the use of CTP and Market-Based Programming (MBP) in emergencies WASH to enable the design of appropriate interventions for crisis affected children and their families.

The Specific Objective of the Consultancy

Compile evidence on the use and outcome of CTP and MBP used within emergency water, sanitation and hygiene programming, assessing the suitability of different modalities to meet critical WASH needs of crisis affected children and their families in the onset of crisis. Producing an evaluation through a review and synthesis of compiled evidence to determine critical parameters of the use of CTP and MBP in emergency WASH.

Aims and Deliverables

  • Provide an evaluated synthesis of CTP and MBP design, implementation, outcomes and impact within emergency WASH response.
    o Highlighting, through a report, the critical areas for consideration when planning and implementing CTP and MBP to support emergency WASH response. To better understand how to responsibly use CTP and MBP to support emergency WASH provision.
    o Gaining an understanding of the use of CTP and MBP to support emergency WASH provision specifically on child outcomes.
  • Use the evaluation to feed into the development of sectoral guidance on the appropriate selection and implementation of CTP and MBP for emergency WASH response in collaboration with the WASH cluster and WASH cluster members.
  • Use the synthesis to support the development of policy guidance for internal and external advocacy, through the production of policy briefs, to encourage the appropriate use of cash in emergency WASH response programming.

Professional Qualifications

We are looking for a partner or consultant that has experience in conducting research in humanitarian contexts, desirably undertaking previous work in the area of WASH and CTP or MBP. Along with experience in developing sectoral guidance and policy outputs. It would be an advantage if the applicant had access to a sectorally relevant dissemination platforms.

Contact details

Application Procedure

Interested consultants should review the Terms of Reference documents and complete the request for proposal document, which can be found through the below link:

Please send the request for proposals document and any required additional material to Dr. Katrice King on or before midnight of the 20th August 2017.