Elrha: Inviting Applications for a Research and Evaluation Partner to create good practice guidance for designing user-centred emergency sanitation provision using rapid community engagement approaches.

Donor Name: Elrha
Fund name: The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF)

Challenge: User-centred sanitation design through rapid community engagement
Funding brief: This call is part of a broader challenge around improving user-centred sanitation design through rapid community engagement

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) is launching a new Challenge to understand how to design, implement, and evaluate approaches to user-centred sanitation that incorporate rapid community engagement and are appropriate for the first stage of rapid-onset emergencies.

As part of this Challenge we’re launching three Calls:
● Call for a Research and Evaluation Partner: A call for a research partner with monitoring and evaluation experience to undertake three key tasks:
● Conduct a review of existing community engagement practice and relevant approaches that could be applied in rapid-onset emergencies;
● Coordinate data collection and evaluate the effectiveness of up to five projects exploring community engagement in the implementation of sanitation facilities in rapid-onset emergencies;
● Draw together good practice guidance on how to carry out and evaluate rapid community engagement projects in emergency sanitation. Funding of up to £200,000 is available for the successful applicant.
● Call for Rapid Community Engagement Projects: A call to create innovative approaches to rapidly engaging with and understanding the sanitation needs of emergency-affected communities. Up to five projects will be selected. Funding of up to £100,000 is available for each chosen project.
● Call for a Dissemination Partner: The role of the Dissemination Partner will be to work with the Research and Evaluation Partner to translate their findings into an engaging output, as well as create and implement an effective and innovative dissemination plan. Funding of up to £40,000 is available for the successful applicant.

They’re looking for a Research and Evaluation Partner to create good practice guidance for designing user-centred emergency sanitation provision using rapid community engagement approaches. The guidance should include information on how to design, implement and measure the impact of the approach and engagement with the affected communities. It should have direct applicability for the decisions humanitarian agencies need to make when designing sanitation in the early stages of an emergency.

The Research and Evaluation Partner (R&E Partner) is expected to carry out the following tasks:
● Create a Review of current community engagement practice and approaches (including relevant related/similar notions and concepts) and their appropriateness for and impact on making sanitation decisions in rapid-onset emergencies.
● Informed by the Review, develop a framework for monitoring and evaluating the success of community engagement approaches in emergencies.
● Share Review findings and initial monitoring and evaluation framework with up to 10 shortlisted Community Engagement Projects at a 2-day Innovation Workshop in July 2017. The framework will be discussed and adapted in collaboration with the teams.
● Coordinate and support the data collection for up to 5 community engagement projects around sanitation in rapid-onset emergencies.
● Analyse data collected and translate the findings into good practice guidance on how to design, implement, and evaluate rapid community engagement projects to inform sanitation provision in humanitarian emergencies.
● Work together with a Dissemination Partner to identify the most relevant format for the guidance so that it brings the most value to its intended users and supports sanitation decision-making in emergencies.
● Support the Dissemination Partner to share the good practice guidance with the broader humanitarian community and other relevant actors involved in making sanitation decisions in emergencies.
● Write up the Review and project findings in academic paper format with the aim of publishing the study as a peer-reviewed article and presenting it at relevant forums.

Deadline: 10 March 2017 (23:59 GMT)

Funding details link:
● http://www.elrha.org/hif/funding/water-sanitation-hygiene-wash/challenges/rapid-user-driven-sanitation-challenge/re-partner-call/

Budget limit: Funding of up to £200,000 will be made available for the selected Research and Evaluation Partner.

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Project duration: Not Found
Eligible organization: Not Found

Eligibility:
The Call is open for individuals, groups or organisations, as well as partnerships that containthe required mix of skills. Applicants are expected to have:
● Broad experience and knowledge of community engagement approaches (and related concepts) in humanitarian settings;
● Understanding of sanitation in emergencies;
● Extensive monitoring and evaluation experience and expertise;
● Familiarity with the dynamics and intricacies of humanitarian settings and the ethics of carrying out research in these contexts;
● Excellent research skills including (but not limited to) desk research and qualitativedata collection, specifically interviews;
● A strong understanding of how to translate research findings and insights intoengaging and practical outputs;
● Access to a varied network of expertise in both the humanitarian sector and in the community engagement sector;
● Excellent coordination and collaboration capabilities and experience of working with multi-stakeholder groups.

Submission mail: Not Found

Other important link:
● 
R&E Partner Handbook: http://www.elrha.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Handbook-1-%E2%80%93-RE-Partner.pdf

How to apply: Apply by Online Grant Management System.
● If you’ve applied for a grant with the HIF before, login and apply (http://www.commongrantapplication.com/login.php?refOrgId=20971&refProgId=620&refProgType=all).
● If you are new to the HIF, register and apply (http://www.commongrantapplication.com/register.php?refOrgId=20971&refProgId=620&refProgType=all).

 

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