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We are looking for a consultant to work with our Journey to Scale grantees to test different models for deploying and integrating innovations into real-world contexts. The consultant will develop and deliver a package of non-financial support and gather learning on the process. The consultancy will be during the period of November 2021 until February 2022

Journey to Scale 

To date, the HIF has funded and provided support for over 150 innovations, many of which have demonstrated strong potential to address critical problems in the sector. However, scaling humanitarian innovation remains a crucial challenge for the global humanitarian community. 

Journey to Scale is designed to support humanitarian innovators who have successfully piloted their solution and are on the pathway to scaling the impact of their innovation. The current Journey to Scale round supports five innovation teams to test and implement their scaling strategies, with grant funding of up to 580,000 GBP from December 2020 to December 2022. 

Information about the five grantees can be found here: 

Terms of Reference

Please read our Terms of Reference for full details.


The intended start date of the contract is 8th November 2021, with the following approximate timeline and with final deliverables complete by 28th February 2022. 


A budget of up to £13,000 is available, excluding applicable UK VAT but including any taxes that overseas suppliers may be liable for outside the UK. However, proposals with smaller budgets are welcome, and value for money will be evaluated (see below for other evaluation criteria). 

The budget submitted to us should be broken down by activity and with any allocations for individual team members shown clearly. In addition, all anticipated costs must be included. Please indicate if you/your company is VAT registered and where. 

Note: Payment is linked to the satisfactory completion of specific tasks by the deadlines indicated in the timeline above. 

How to Apply

We are looking for proposals to demonstrate a concise and clear communication style. Proposals can be submitted as Word or PDF documents and should include: 

  • Covering letter, setting out interest in and suitability for this project against the candidate requirements (maximum 1 page) 
  • A concise summary of team and demonstration of suitability and relevant experience as per the above (maximum two pages) 
  • Examples of relevant work conducted previously (maximum two pages) 
  • Your proposed approach, timeline and plan to achieve the required deliverables and overall aim (maximum three pages) 
  • Your proposed budget in £GBP broken down by activity and including allocations for individual team members (day rates where appropriate), all costs and any applicable taxes 

You may wish to include (attached as links or appendices): 

  • Examples of previous innovation projects and other relevant work  
  • References or testimonies from previous team members, partners or clients 

The deadline for submission of proposals is 17:00 GMT on 3rd November 2021. We will not be able to consider incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline.  

We welcome enquiries relating to this ToR via email, but please allow at least five days for HIF to respond to enquiries.  

Please submit proposals FAO Abi Taylor via email to with the email subject line ‘HIF J2S Design for Deployment – [your organisation name]’. 

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