Request for proposals: Provider for HPass Quality Reviews


HPass is an online platform offering a one-stop shop for humanitarian professional development. It responds to a need for a more consistent approach to professional development and skills recognition for humanitarians, who move frequently between organisations and locations, and need to be able to demonstrate their accumulated skills and experience in order to be quickly recruited and deployed. It is the product of a collaboration between a number of expert organisations in humanitarian learning, and wide consultation across the sector, and is being incubated by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy.

HPass offers humanitarians a space to showcase their skills and experience through digital badges. These enable humanitarians to formally and verifiably demonstrate their expertise in a range of technical areas. Humanitarians set up a profile on which to display badges earned from a variety of providers, which is publicly available and can be accessed by colleagues and potential recruiters.

The site offers humanitarian learning and assessment providers the opportunity to create digital badges through a ‘Badge Factory’ facility, which they can then issue to their learners. The promotion of quality humanitarian learning is key to the site’s value proposition, and HPass also offers support to learning and assessment providers to meet sector-approved standards in order to drive up quality across the board. HPass is an essential resource for individual humanitarian staff and volunteers, recruiters, line managers and human resource (HR) professionals, and providers of humanitarian learning and assessment services.

A handful of HPass services have recently been piloted, with a view to improving the service before it is more widely launched. This includes the recently developed HPass Humanitarian Learning Standards, and Standards for Assessment of Humanitarian Competencies. HPass is seeking a provider, “the Provider”, to conduct Quality Reviews of organisations against these standards, which if successful enable organisations to achieve HPass Approved status.

In this context, HPass is seeking expressions of interest from auditing/quality assurance service providers to provide third party Quality Review services against the HPass Humanitarian Learning Standards, and Standards for Assessment of Humanitarian Competencies. Please see the Terms of Reference and Annexes for more details.

Read the Terms of Reference [PDF]


How to apply

Expressions of interest should be sent to Esther Grieder at by 30 April 2019.

Closing date:

30 April 2019

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