Needs Assessment – Call for Proposals
The large-scale escalation of conflict in Ukraine since 24 February 2022 has significantly changed the situation for the civilian population in many ways. The active hostilities have caused at least 6,731 civilian casualties as well as severe destruction or damage to civilian infrastructure in the affected areas. Furthermore, millions of Ukrainians have left their homes temporarily or permanently either to other parts of the country or to other countries. Access to services including social protection and life-saving health services has been severely disrupted or overstretched, and supply chains for essential goods are also challenged. Ukrainian banks have introduced limits to cash withdrawals while prices continue to rise. At the same time adults and children are experiencing high levels of distress, anxiety and sleep deprivation living for weeks in bomb shelters, and/or having experienced violent and traumatic events as they try to flee to safer areas. Overall, the large-scale active conflict in Ukraine is putting an estimate of 12 million people in need for humanitarian assistance.
As the conflict continues without a resolution and in a dynamic way, so does the needs for the most vulnerable people. Therefore, the Danish Red Cross (DRC) are looking to support Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) with conducting a needs assessment to understand better the needs created by the conflict as well as the implications for the interventions implemented under the DRC-URCS partnership.
2. Purpose, Objectives and Scope
The purpose of the assessment is to gain a better and more nuanced understanding of the complex challenges and needs deriving from the escalation of large-scale country-wide armed conflict in Ukraine since 24 February 2022.
The needs assessment will identify key humanitarian challenges and needs of the most vulnerable people in Ukraine in current situation as well as the consequences for these people on medium and longer-term.
The intention is that the assessment will be used to form a shared understanding between DRC and URCS of key challenges and needs to be addressed in common longer-term programme interventions. The assessment of humanitarian needs shall be aligned with URCS’ and DRC’s mandate, opportunities, capacities, and strategic priorities, and shall recommend specific areas of interventions that could be explored and supported under the URCS – DRC partnership in response to and recovery from the ongoing conflict – as well as informing longer term planning and programming. The assessment will furthermore identify potential needs for more detailed or continuous needs assessment.
The objectives of the assessment are to give a more detailed insights into the following four questions, taking into consideration the mandate, capacities, and the following strategic priorities of the DRC and URCS: MHPSS, DM (humanitarian assistance, DRM, DRR), Recovery (CVA), Health, IHL/HD and Youth Engagement
What are the key humanitarian challenges and most urgent needs prevailing in Ukraine after 24 February 2022 for;
a. Population residing in conflict affected areas
b. IDPs and host communities in more calm areas
c. People on the move
Who are the most vulnerable groups in the current situation?
What are the key needs expected to affect the most vulnerable groups in the next 1-2 years?
What are the main capacities and constraints for DRC/URCS in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable people in current situation and on the longer-term perspective?
What are potential areas of intervention for DRC/URCS taking into consideration the above analysis as well as identified key gaps in assistance provided by other stakeholders and what further needs assessments (if any) would be required?
The assessment will:
· Focus on the challenges and needs deriving from the escalation of large-scale conflict on 24 February 2022, but also include a perspective on expected medium to long-term consequences
· Cover the whole of Ukraine, but with emphasis on the most challenging situations (people in areas hardest affected by conflict, IDPs and host communities and people on the move)
· Focus on the most vulnerable groups within the most challenging situations (as above)
· Build on other existing assessments done or being undertaken focusing on similar humanitarian challenges and needs.
· Focus on the priority sectors for DRC/URCS
Taking into consideration the partnership between DRC and URCS since 2014 and both organisations’ vast experience with addressing the needs of the most vulnerable people in Ukraine, the assessment also will be informed and framed by the experiences and lessons learned from previous successful URCS interventions supported by DRC, the strategical framework formulated by both URCS and DRC prior to the escalation of conflict as well as new ambitions added by the organisation’s senior management later as well as the existing expertise, resources, and capacities within both DRC and URCS.
The needs assessment will be conducted mainly as a desk review and primary collection through Key Informant Interviews (KIIs). The methodology will include, but not necessarily be limited to:
• Desk review of existing assessments and analysis on the humanitarian challenges, vulnerable groups and needs in Ukraine since the escalation of conflict on 24 February 2022, but also drawing on learnings and knowledge from the previous 8 years of humanitarian interventions due to the active conflict in Eastern Ukraine
• Mapping of relevant sectors from DRC and URCS’ strategical frameworks for Ukraine
• KIIs with key international organizations specializing within relevant humanitarian sectors
• Interviews with key management and technical staff from URCS and DRC
• Verifying findings and recommendations with senior management from DRC and URCS
As the above methodology allow for the work to be conducted remotely, there will not necessarily be a need for the consultant to travel to/conduct the work from Ukraine unless the consultant is already there. However, knowledge about Ukraine and proficiency in Ukrainian or Russian will be an advantage in the data-collection process.
4. Deliverables & Schedule
The final products expected to be delivered are:
· An inception report to be shared with DRC/URCS after first week to allow for inputs to approach, specific research questions etc.
· A full written report answering all four questions as set out in objectives section
· A short (2–3-page) executive summary with key findings and recommendations
The report and summary should be written in English and using DRC’s templates.
The consultancy schedule for the assessment is
· Deadline for application: 18 May 2022
· Consultancy starting from: 01 June 2022
· Final report to be delivered: 22 June 2022
How to apply
In order to apply for the Needs Assessment assignment, DRC kindly requests the interested individuals to send:
A proposal for assignment including a more detailed plan and timeframe
An updated CV of consultant(s) assigned for the assignment
A budget for the assignment including a daily rate in EUR
Note: available budget is max 15,000 EUR. Financial proposal should be submitted in EUR or DKK.
Offers must be submitted by 18 May 2022 COB to Programme Delegate, Luna Mariager on email firstname.lastname@example.org. The successful applicant will be contacted directly.