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We are looking for an individual or organisation to undertake a rapid review of humanitarian interventions in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Gender Based Violence (GBV) and their inclusion of people with disabilities and older people.

The selected candidate will produce a concise report on each sector to increase our understanding of this area of inclusion.

The deliverable will help us focus our support for innovation and innovative approaches that address barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities and older people.


We are developing a new portfolio of work on Disability and Older Age Inclusion (DOAI). International reports provide evidence that older people and persons with disabilities face discrimination and multiple barriers to access including cultural, physical and legal /policy barriers. The recently published Humanitarian Inclusion Standards (HIS) for Older People and People with Disabilities sets out nine Key Inclusion Standards for all humanitarian assistance (covering aspects of identification and registration, access and participation, coordination, resources, data, learning and feedback).

Our new DOAI Initiative will explore and support innovation and innovative approaches that have a unique potential to accelerate the pace of the adoption of the Humanitarian Inclusion standards and find new solutions to address the barriers to inclusion faced by older people and people with disabilities.

Pending a substantial and robust Gap Analysis to inform the new Disability and Older Age Inclusion (DOAI) innovation initiative, we are working with sector experts to integrate a DOAI “lens” into its existing WASH and GBV initiatives. This will enable us to begin directing resources for innovation into this important area of humanitarian inclusion, whilst building on our existing relationships and networks in GBV and WASH.


Rapid Reviews which explore (using the HIS as a common framework):

  1. The inclusion of people with disabilities and older people in existing interventions in GBV.
    The focus for the HIF GBV initiative is better measurement of the outcomes of GBV interventions. Knowing that people with disabilities are at a greater risk of violence1 Elrha aims to deepen our understanding of the impact of GBV interventions with a DAOI lens.
  2. The inclusion of people with disabilities and older people in existing interventions in WASH.
    The prioritised areas for the WASH initiative are handwashing and MHM, with a cross-cutting focus on understanding the needs of the wash user. We seek to further understand gaps throughout the phases of intervention including at design phase, operation and outcomes in terms of DOAI.

Through three key components:

  1. Review of the inclusion of people with disabilities and older people in GBV and WASH humanitarian interventions
  2. Narrative on key examples and outcomes achieved
  3. Synthesis of trends observed and commentary on interpretation

Terms of Reference

Find out more information in the full Terms of Reference.


We expect work to begin on 12 March 2019. The deliverables must be completed and approved by 19 April 2019. We request the submission of a good draft report by 5 April 2019, with time allocated for feedback and iteration if needed. We expect the candidate to suggest the optimum allocation of days across this work.


The budget should be broken down by activity and include day rates where appropriate. There are no expected expense or travel costs to be incurred.

How to Apply

We will accept individual applications for one or both of the GBV or WASH deliverables.

The application deadline is 23:59 GMT on 01 March 2019.

Submit applications to for the attention of Sophie Van Eetvelt and Angela Francis, which should include:

  • Summary of team and demonstration of relevant experience;
  • Covering letter, setting out interest in and suitability for this project against the candidate requirements (maximum 3 pages);
  • Examples of reports, guidance or other materials produced on humanitarian GBV/WASH/DOAI interventions, particularly where these sectors intersect;
  • Proposed methodology, time frame and work plan, including how the deliverables will be action-oriented and accessible;
  • Proposed budget including day rate (if relevant).

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