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The Global Prioritisation Exercise (GPE) is a programme through which Elrha aims to improve outcomes for people affected by humanitarian crises. It will do so by enabling the humanitarian community to target global, regional, national and local humanitarian research and innovation capabilities, and resources, to the most pressing problems.

With the financial support of the governments of the UK and the Netherlands, the GPE will:

  1. provide updated and in-depth mapping of humanitarian research and innovation activity (investments and initiatives);
  2. undertake a separate global and regional consultation process to identify priorities for humanitarian innovation and research;
  3. roll out further communication and engagement processes to build involvement in and support for strategic coordination and collaboration to maximise the impact of humanitarian research and innovation investments;
  4. influence the humanitarian community funding priorities to increase the alignment between needs and investments.

We aim to equip donors with the knowledge and tools that enable them to fund long-term transformative solutions that address the most pressing humanitarian problems.

To achieve the programme goals, the GPE will drive a strategic approach to research and innovation, working across the humanitarian system to identify and prioritise problems. We will engage stakeholders at multiple levels to understand and explore, alignment and disconnect across priorities and audiences, perceptions and experiences of barriers, and gaps within the system.

In developing the priorities, we will collaborate with global, regional, national, local actors and communities affected by humanitarian crisis to ensure efforts are coordinated and positioned to achieve maximum uptake and impact. The priorities these consultations will produce will not only focus on the shared needs but also draw on differences between various locations, crisis contexts, groups, themes and clusters.


The focus of this consultation will be to engage with both operational and research and innovation humanitarian agencies that don’t have strong brand presence, are less well-known within the sector and don’t usually get involved in policy conversations but have valuable insights to share. To capture learning from different contexts, including crisis situations, we will aim to select community-led organisations in different geographic locations and/or represent groups that are underrepresented in humanitarian policy conversations. This can include but not limited to, people with disability, internally displaced people (IDPs), refugees, host communities, ethnic minorities; women and girls; and older people.


The purpose of this consultation is to:

  • Contribute to a richer and more inclusive humanitarian research and innovation ecosystem by consulting with people affected by crisis and community-based organisations to understand their priorities.
  • Identify and map regional humanitarian research and innovation needs and priorities from the affected communities’ perspective, exploring any disconnects identified by the Global Mapping Report.
  • Identify challenges and opportunities to impactful and inclusive research and innovation ecosystem.


The Consultation will generate reports and annexes reflecting priorities, challenges, and examples of opportunities for improved investment strategies for humanitarian research and innovation. These will have been identified through consultations with people/communities affected by crises and community led organisations.

The report should:

  1. Analyse and identify the impact of humanitarian research, innovation and learning on the communities affected by crisis.
  2. Explore communities’ perspectives as humanitarian research and innovation agents.
  3. Analyse and identify barriers to a more inclusive research and innovation ecosystem.
  4. Identify the humanitarian research and innovation priorities from the perspective of community-led organisations.
  5. Explore the community-led organisations’ perceptions and experiences of the barriers and opportunities to prioritising investment or research and innovation activities.
  6. Identify example of possible synergies with other relevant sector research


We expect the work can begin immediately following contracting. Work should be completed by January 2022, however may finish earlier dependent on the engagement plan/timings.


Financial offers should exclude applicable UK VAT but include any taxes that overseas suppliers may be liable for outside the UK. Please indicate if you/your company is VAT registered and where.

Please note that payment is linked to satisfactory completion of the activities set out in this Invitation to tender.


You can download the invitation to tender package for this consultation following the links below.

The application deadline is Sunday 11:59 PM GMT 16 May 2021. We will not be able to consider incomplete proposals or proposals submitted after the deadline.

Please submit proposals with all required documents via email to  with the email subject line ‘GPE Community-level Consultation’.

Invitation to tender package

Community Level Consultation

Schedule 1 – Budget Breakdown (Model Financial Offer)

Schedule 2 – Supplier Due Diligence Template

Appendix 1 – Elrha Contract Terms

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