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We are seeking proposals to document the impact of selected R2HC-funded studies in order to support our monitoring and evaluation processes and to generate a series of case studies that can be shared with key stakeholders.


R2HC knows that delivering impact through research in line with our programme objectives is a complex undertaking, with a long ‘chain’ or pathway to change between the production of new knowledge and its application to humanitarian action. Our aim is to fund impactful, high quality research that improves the lives of people affected by humanitarian crisis. This is not only through providing critical evidence to fill knowledge gaps, but also through activities such as translating knowledge into useable products, enhancing the ability of stakeholders to access and use research outputs, and increasing the connection and engagement of key stakeholders with research findings and new evidence.

Now that the R2HC programme has achieved a degree of maturity, we are in a position to be able to demonstrate to key stakeholders, including donors, outcomes achieved in relation to uptake and use of funded research, and to validate how these outcomes have been achieved. To do this, we have determined that qualitative case studies are needed to supplement the quantitative data we routinely collect on the outcomes and impact of funded research. We are seeking a single consultant to lead the development and drafting of 8 written case studies, capturing the uptake and impact of closed studies funded by the R2HC programme.

More information on the background and approach to R2HC’s research impact case studies can be found in the full Terms of Reference.


Case studies will:

  • Assist in fulfilling R2HC’s reporting obligations to donors by providing a coherent and compelling account of how activities funded by R2HC achieve intended outcomes. Specifically, they will document how research strengthens the evidence base for humanitarian action and increases uptake of research by humanitarian stakeholders, exploring strategies and activities undertaken by selected research teams
  • Inform Elrha, by providing a nuanced understanding of the pathways to uptake and impact for R2HC-funded studies, as well as the context for change in various humanitarian settings and with key stakeholders such as the humanitarian coordination clusters, governments and INGOs
  • Support staff learning and development, to enable effective grant management and support for future grantees
  • Provide ‘stories’ of uptake and impact which may be used to develop or illustrate Elrha communications products and campaigns


  1. 8 written case studies developed using the agreed methodology, using Word templates provided by R2HC.
    • The structure will follow the existing case studies provided by R2HC, containing a short <1 page executive summary, and including references to any external sources consulted which validate reported impact
    • Case studies should be approximately 5 pages, exclusive of references, depending on the breadth and depth of outcomes achieved through each studY
  2. Documented interviews with key informants (written summarised transcripts) and any supplementary information relied on for the case study (such as testimonial emails from stakeholders).

Terms of Reference

Find out more information in the full Terms of Reference.


The intended start date is in mid March 2021, and the period of implementation of the contract will be approximately 6 months from this date. We anticipate 7 days of work per case study inclusive of planning, development and writing and expect 60-65 days in total will be required from the consultant to deliver. More details on the timeline and activities relating to the assignment are in the full Terms of Reference.


Elrha welcomes proposals that take into consideration the scope of the assignment and foreseen time frame. Please indicate if you/your company is VAT registered and where. The budget submitted to us should be broken down by activity and include any travel costs and other expenses.

How to apply

The application deadline is 12:00 GMT on 5 February 2021.We will not be able to consider incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline.

We are looking for applications from individual consultants only, to provide a consistency of writing across case studies and for liaising with R2HC.

Applicants should submit their written proposal and any supplementary information (such as CVs or testimonials) as one single PDF file or zipped folder.

Submit applications: FAO Cordelia Lonsdale to

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