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Review and Capacity Assessment of ADRA DK with special Focus on Partnerships and the Linking of Development and Humanitarian Assistance

Deadline for Application: 3 March 2015 at 16:00 pm, Danish time 

Review and Capacity Assessment of ADRA DK with special Focus on Partnerships and the Linking of Development and Humanitarian Assistance (LRRD)

ADRA Denmark (DK) was established in 1987 as an international humanitarian and development organisation and is part of a large international network with more than 5.500 staff world-wide and working in 120 countries. ADRA DK has for a number of years received financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) for development as well as humanitarian work.

A capacity assessment in 2009 confirmed that ADRA DK qualified to receive MFA support as a ‘programme organisation’. Since then ADRA DK has received MFA funding for programmes in Uganda (22 mill. DKK 2009-2012), Rwanda (27 mill. DKK 2010-2012), and Malawi (30 mill. DKK 2011-2013). In addition, smaller development projects in South Sudan, Burundi and DRC have been funded by MFA.

Furthermore, in 2011 a capacity assessment was carried out which confirmed that ADRA DK had the necessary capacity to enter into a humanitarian partnership agreement with the MFA. Consequently, ADRA DK has since 2012 received 17.5 mill. DKK annually through the humanitarian partnership with the MFA to humanitarian activities in South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen. As part of the humanitarian partnership agreement, ADRA has been able to spend up to 1,5 mill. DKK as flexible means to acute humanitarian crisis in e.g. Burkina Faso, Lebanon, Rwanda, Syria, Uganda and to the Ebola-response. Furthermore, ADRA has as a humanitarian partnership organisation qualified for additional funding to ongoing activities in their main humanitarian areas of intervention. 

In 2012 a desk review of previous capacity assessments was carried out with the aim of determining whether ADRA DK had the capacity to enter into a framework agreement. The review included recommendations concerning ADRA DK’s administrative and professional capacity (e.g. risk assessment, monitoring systems, partnerships, context analysis). It was agreed that ADRA DK would become a framework organisation as from 1st January 2013 with an annual allocation of 37 mill. DKK corresponding to the funding level in the previous years.

In late 2014, the performance of all framework organisations performance was assessed by the MFA using a Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The RAM assessment was based on the strategy document and the results report submitted by each organisation in September 2014. ADRA DKs RAM assessment and scores highlighted among other things a number of possible capacity issues which the review will examine in more depth.

The overall objective of the review is to assess the performance and capacity of ADRA DK, using the RAM assessment as a reference point. A particular focus of the review will be on ADRA DK’s partnerships, and on how ADRA DK has managed to link relief and rehabilitation interventions with more long term development work (LRRD).  This will be done by

• Analysing and assessing the performance of the organisation in terms of delivering results through partnerships in humanitarian action and civil society collaboration at field level.

• Analysing and assessing the performance and capacity of the organisation in terms of linking relief, rehabilitation and development.

• Providing an assessment of ADRA DK’s current financial and organisational capacity to operate programmes under the civil society development framework and the humanitarian partnership agreements, incl. of the organisation’s follow-up of the recommendations from the latest assessments, relevant reviews and RAM.

Scope of contract:
Time required will be approximately 3 x 35 days. For each core consultant this will involve approximately 10 days in Copenhagen prior to travel, 15 days travel, 2 days workshop/debriefing in Copenhagen, 6 days report writing, 2 days final report writing. Based on the final methodology to be agreed after selection of the consultant, the division of work hours among individual consultants may be changed to conform to the focus for the review.

The contract will start 17 August 2015. Preparatory meetings, interviews and desk assessment of documents will take place in August-September followed by two field visits (1 week each) approximately 6-21 September to Rwanda (development) and Sudan or South Sudan (humanitarian). The final report (after rounds of consultation) should be ready 14 October 2015.

Areas of competencies required by the team of consultants include organisational capacity analysis, incl. financial and human resource management issues, as well as extensive experience regarding human rights based approaches to development and humanitarian assistance. The team must have knowledge of relevant Danish strategies and aid modalities, incl. the Policy for Danish Support to Civil Society and the Humanitarian Strategy. Team members should have experience from reviews and/or evaluations of civil society organisations within the area of development and humanitarian issues, preferably in a context with Danish development assistance. At least one team member must be fluent in Danish in order to access all relevant documentation.

More specifically, the team should cover the following competencies (where nothing else is specified at least three references should be given):

• Development issues in general, including human rights based approaches (Participation, Accountability, Non-discrimination, Transparency).

• Partnership issues, including capacity development of civil society in the South.

• Humanitarian assistance, including i) planning and implementation of principled and appropriate assistance to address vulnerabilities and to strengthen protection and resilience in both acute and protracted crisis situations and with a view to ensuring linkages between relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD); ii) coordination of humanitarian assistance; iii) humanitarian principles.

• Assessment of the financial and administrative capacity of civil society organisations and networks.

Deadline for applications: 3 March 2015 at 16:00 pm, Danish Time.

The standard application form should be used. Applications not using the standard form may be rejected. Applications received after the time limit shall be rejected.

The application form can be downloaded here.

Contact point: HCP
Name of Programme Officer: Anne Charlton Christensen and Mille Døllner
E-mail address Programme Officer: and

Criteria for selection: A minimum of three and a maximum of five applicants with references best suited for this assignment will be invited to submit a tender.