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This Call for Applicants is for the development of a Humanitarian Innovation Ethics Tool, aligned with our Humanitarian Innovation Guide and providing practical support and guidance on ethical humanitarian innovation for innovations being funded by the HIF and the sector at large.

In our 2018-20 strategy for the HIF, we set out our ‘responsible ambition’ for humanitarian innovation, one that is creative and dynamic while also focused on accountability and sensitivity to the humanitarian ecosystem of which we are a part.

This tool will include key ethical questions for all stages of the innovation process and navigation through the choices humanitarian innovators may need to make. This new tool will complement the other practical tools featured in our Humanitarian Innovation Guide and reinforce its strong strand on ethics and the management of risk. We’ll work with our funded grantees and other key partners to operationalise this tool, providing real-time support on ethical innovation in the field as part of a broader collaborative agenda addressing the ethical challenges of humanitarian innovation.

We are serious about a substantial and responsible form of innovation in the humanitarian system, one of significant quality and depth and working in accordance with a robust ethical framework. Such an approach is essential for an innovation agenda appropriate for the humanitarian context.

We are seeking an experienced individual or team of individuals to undertake a multi-part consultancy between March 2019 and March 2020, to:

  1. Undertake a scoping exercise on the ethical humanitarian innovation landscape
  2. Use the findings of the scoping exercise to develop a draft Humanitarian Innovation Ethics Toolkit with Guidance notes
  3. Support the HIF and its grantees to pilot and consult on the Toolkit, monitor progress and collate and analyse data to feed into further development of the Tool
  4. Revise and finalise the Toolkit and support planning for dissemination and wider use in the humanitarian sector.


The budget should be broken down by activity and include day rates where appropriate. There are no significant expected expense or travel costs to be incurred. A maximum of £50,000 is available which should include all taxes (such as VAT) and all additional costs associated with such as travel and accommodation as required.

Terms of Reference

Read the full Terms of Reference and how to apply here.

Related Resources

Tool Innovation Management

Humanitarian Innovation Guide

Tool COVID-19, Ethics Related

R2HC Research Ethics Tool

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