Request for proposals: Global Learning Needs Assessment


The Humanitarian Leadership Academy’s mission is to positively contribute to a humanitarian response that is faster and more effective with increased local participation and ownership. The Academy is implementing a set of strategies in order to realise its mission; one of them is enabling access to learning platforms, tools and resources for local responders, humanitarian organisations, and learning and development providers.

The Academy is developing different learning products (platforms, tools and resources) for different stakeholders, depending on identified needs both at global and local level.

The Academy’s Learning Agenda Report in 2017 identified the following learning areas as priorities for learning interventions:

Food security
– Policy and Standards
– Needs assessments
– Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) in emergencies
– Communication
– Coaching, leadership and change management

Since the beginning of 2017, learning projects have been taken forward to address these identified priorities by embedding learning topics within flagship pathways (I.e., Humanitarian Essentials, DRRM, et al.) or aggregating or co-developing learning independently.

The relevant Academy’s flagship pathways include:

1. Business Continuity Planning
2. Humanitarian Essentials
3. Volunteer Essentials
4. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Essentials

To ensure the Academy’s learning offer and the current network themes are relevant, forward-looking and properly scoped, it is necessary:

  • to review and verify the 6 areas of core learning identified in Dalberg’s 2017 Learning agenda and clarify whether the need/gap has been bridged with suitable learning that the Academy has built/aggregated and provided access. Then to identify, specifically, what gaps remain, why and for whom we need to address them. We would also like to ascertain their willingness-to-pay and whether existing learning exists to address any remaining gaps.
  • to uncover any emerging learning needs through a process of triangulation of: (1) demand from organisations/strategic partners, globally and/or regionally; (2) themes identified emerging from the localisation agenda and; (3) also to interrogate further the issue of leadership and change management to better understand the focus of learning need, for whom, willingness to pay and if existing content exists the Academy could aggregate. The emerging issues of Data Protection and Safeguarding would also be topics we would want explored in this manner.
  • to identify organisational capacity gaps within those themes, including challenges and barriers preventing humanitarian workers from accessing learning.

Objectives of contract

The main objectives of this work are:

  • To confirm the flagship pathways are relevant within the sector;
  • To identify organisational capacity gaps within those pathways, including challenges and barriers preventing humanitarian workers from accessing learning;
  • To explore what are other capacity gaps that have emerged in the last year, consolidating our understanding of earlier scoping work and existing learning while flagging new emerging thematic areas the Academy could address.

This work covers focused research on technical and non-technical learning needs, including a list of learning packages and potential audiences to be targeted.

The additional thematic areas identified through earlier scoping that the Academy would like to be included in the commissioned research are as follows:

  1. Leadership
  2. Change management
  3. Data protection
  4. Safeguarding

Read the Terms of Reference [PDF]

How to apply

Expressions of interest should be sent to Paul Gunaratnam at by Tuesday 19 February 2019.

Closing date:

19 February 2019

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