Call for tender for a research

Understanding Humanitarian Access through Perceptions by Communities and ANSA of (I)NGOs in South Sudan

January 2020


Geneva Call in South Sudan invites tenders from independent consultants to submit their applications before March 1st, 2020.

The complete Tender File should be submitted to the following email address under the title “UHA RSS”:


Geneva Call is a private, not-for-profit humanitarian organization founded in 1998 under Swiss law. It is a neutral and impartial non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting respect by armed non-State actors (ANSAs) for international humanitarian norms in armed conflict and other situations of violence, in particular those related to the protection of civilians.

Geneva Call is registered in South Sudan since 2018 with the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC). With funding from the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), Geneva Call is implementing a project named “Enhancing protection of civilian populations in areas of armed conflict in South Sudan” aiming at improving the behaviour of ANSAs for a better protection of the civilian population, including the humanitarian access.


Lack of access to people in need of humanitarian assistance is a challenge faced in most conflict-affected countries. Observers and humanitarian actors emphasize that several obstacles impede access of humanitarian actors to those in need.

Geneva Call’s research will aim at establishing a historical background of humanitarian intervention in South Sudan and, under specific hypothesis with regard to trends, risks and challenges, at assessing NGOs strategies on access negotiation, faced difficulties, perception of humanitarian stakeholders by ANSAs and communities. The study will include an in-depth analysis of NGOs perception by communities and ANSAs as well as an analysis of NGOs methodologies to secure and maintain humanitarian access. The main findings will be shared with the humanitarian community and the stakeholders involved in the study. The final goal of this research will be to identify practical solutions to improve access and to design adapted sensitization material intended to ANSAs.


The consultancy will consist of approximately 30 days. The following is a suggested timeframe:

  • 5 days for research tools design, methodology layout;
  • 15 days for conducting the research;
  • 7 days for producing the final report including validation;
  • 3 days for dissemination of final report.


Consultant Profile

It is expected that the consultant has a high level of technical expertise and work experience in either International Humanitarian Law (IHL) or humanitarian protection. He/she must have a strong understanding of humanitarian access impediments, access negotiation strategies, GBV prevention mechanisms, and experience of working with local actors in humanitarian response in armed conflict and violence. It is expected that the consultant be based in the country, with a strong understanding of the national / state level context and humanitarian structure. The consultant should also be able to work across the whole of the territory of the Republic of South Sudan.

Format of the Tender

In responding to this invitation, tenders should provide the following information, striving for no more than 2,000 words:

  1. Name and contact details of tenderer (the tenderer is understood to be the person who will be responsible for the contract and for liaising with Geneva Call Office); CV outlining their respective experience in humanitarian access negotiation and protection of civilians in armed conflict and violence including a list of trainings already attended/conducted, and a bibliography of published articles;
  2. Summary of design of the methodology including: hypothesis of the research; description of sampling, target selection, geographical scope; risks for the research (including security); calendar of the research.
  3. Proposed fee per day (indicating taxes) for conducting the research and producing the final paper and subsequent support, exclusive of accommodation, perdiem, transport costs.

Expected Outcome of the Research

  • Actions, a report, and training materials (translated into local language, if required) coming out of the training on the IASC guidelines;
  • Capacity building plan per implementing partner, and final report once implemented;
  • Overall report of capacity building support to all partners, including achievements, lessons learned, and recommendations for the attention of the Geneva Call

Deliverables of the Research

  • Design of the methodology including:
    • history of humanitarian intervention in South Sudan;
    • description of humanitarian access issues in-country;
    • related hypothesis of the research;
    • related bibliography;
    • mapping of existing strategies for the humanitarian actors;
    • description of sampling, target selection, questionnaires, geographical scope, etc.;
    • risks for the research (including security) and mitigation measures;
    • calendar of the research.
  • Conducting the research itself;
  • Formalizing the research report, including main findings, and recommendations for the humanitarian community (implementers, donors);
  • Leading a presentation of the main findings and recommendations of the research. It will mainly target humanitarian stakeholders, including donors.


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