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03 April 2019

Countdown 2030 Europe is looking for a Consultant

Countdown 2030 looking for consultant on humanitarian funding for SRHR

Humanitarian aid funding to SRHR by European donors

Terms of Reference - Consultancy


In 2018 close to 136 million people needed aid due to conflict, vulnerabilities,  pandemics and displacement  with an estimated 34 million of whom were women of reproductive age.  Globally, women are affected disproportionately by emergencies and face multiple risks related to their full enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), requiring access to key services, including contraception and safe and legal abortion. Less than half of the women and adolescents girls lack access to reproductive health services. Exclusion, marginalisation and exploitation is common, including sexual and gender based violence. Also, practices such as early and forced marriages occur significantly more often in areas where humanitarian crises are on-going, as a result of lack of access to SRHR information and services.  SRHR has been a neglected area within the humanitarian system,  although there is an increased engagement to the issues among donors, multilaterals and civil society but much more needs to be done. Hence, Countdown 2030 Europe has committed to work to increase financial and political commitment by European donor countries to SRHR in emergency settings.

About us:

Countdown 2030 Europe (C2030E) is a Consortium of 15 leading European non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We advocate for increased European donor support to Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Family Planning (FP) in order to meet FP2020 target of enabling 120 million additional women and girls accessing modern contraceptives by 2020.
To respond to the rapidly changing context of international cooperation, the Consortium has expended its expertise to also look at SRH & FP in humanitarian assistance, following its proven strategies to deliver more and better European donor spending on SRH/FP. The Humanitarian Workstream within C2030E was established in 2017 with the main objectives to build partners’ capacity and enhance knowledge, share lessons learned on ensuring SRHR in humanitarian settings, and initiate advocacy to mobilise European funding to SRHR in humanitarian settings from domestic and international sources.


The purpose of the consultancy is to get a better understanding on humanitarian finance streams and in particular evidence, trends and (where possible) data on SRHR funding in humanitarian assistance from (selected) European donor countries. The work will support Countdown 2030 Europe in creating relevant advocacy asks related to humanitarian funding by European donors, to strengthen our policy and advocacy work on SRHR in humanitarian contexts at national, regional and global level.

The objectives of the consultancy are to:
● Present some background on trends in humanitarian funding more broadly:
○ The size, composition, and flows of global humanitarian financing;
○ The key traditional and emerging humanitarian financing streams, funding channels, and donors;
○ The Financial Tracking System (FTS) and other sources of information/data on humanitarian financing;
○ The main funding streams through which European bilateral donors are supporting humanitarian aid;
○ The most important trends in humanitarian financing.
● Explain through which of the above described financing streams (selected) European donors fund SRHR and Family Planning in humanitarian aid.
● Provide an overview of the funding trends of (the selected) agencies and European donors funding SRHR in humanitarian contexts - in terms of:
○ Channels (Multilateral / bilateral / through organisational channels / …)
○ Type of partner (UN, INGO, local NGO, IFRC, ICRC)
○ Duration (short/long term funding)
○ Geographical focus
○ Funding amounts (to the extend this is extractable) and/or availability of data on this (and in the case of absence of the latter: insights into the existing difficulties/barriers with regards to transparency)
○ Specific thematic SRHR topics addressed (types of activities)
○ Reporting mechanisms to the donor (if SRHR-related indicators are included or not)
○ Linkages with donor’s humanitarian policies (do donors rely on the implementing partner to include SRHR in health interventions or do they have their own requirements/standards for funding health that includes SRHR?)
○ Linkages of SRHR as part of ‘gender’ and ‘sexual gender based violence’ in humanitarian aid
○ In case of significant funding to SRHR in humanitarian aid, where does the ‘ask’ for this mainly comes from? In case of no significant funding to the issue (albeit funding provided to health more broadly, for example), what are the possible reasons behind this?
● Provide information on how European donors fit into the wider global funding gap picture in terms of SRHR  in humanitarian aid (what can these donors learn from other donors (such as Canada)? What is the impact of policies such as the Global Gag Rule of the USA?)
● Where possible, provide key recommendations on advocacy asks around funding to SRHR in humanitarian aid by European donors (including e.g. key advocacy opportunities of donor countries to advance SRHR issues in humanitarian funding through their decision-making positions in e.g. UN or funding bodies).



● Desk based research utilising relevant resources ie:
❖ OCHA financial tracking
❖ EU Edris
❖ OECD – DAC data on ODA for humanitarian assistance:
❖ The State of the Humanitarian System 2018 - Full Report
❖ Donor tracker – SEEK Development:
❖ Global Humanitarian Assistance Report, by Development Initiatives (presented at EuroNGOs workshop in 2017 – but no breakdown for SRHR (only health)):
● Key informant interviews including with a selected number of donor governments and UN agencies.


Countdown 2030 Europe works in 12 European donor countries and the EU institutions. Where needed, the report can zoom into a few selected European donor countries where Countdown 2030 Europe has an interest in increasing its advocacy on SRHR in humanitarian aid:
● Sweden
● UK
● Norway
● Denmark
● Netherlands
● Belgium


1. A report (max 15 pages) outlining the findings to the objectives outlined above including:
- Background on humanitarian finance streams, funding channels and donors.
- A  summary on agencies and European donors currently funding SRHR in humanitarian contexts and recent trends in how they fund this.
- Advocacy recommendations towards European donors, including e.g.:
- How European donors could work for a better systematic inclusion of  SRHR in humanitarian funding streams;
- How European donors could coordinate better in that regards;
- Advice on how Countdown 2030 Europe could possibly track financing streams to SRHR in humanitarian assistance by European donors, or increase transparency on funding data (e.g. concrete asks around SRHR reporting).
2. An executive summary of 1 page;
3. Appendix – List of documentation reviewed, people and organisations interviewed.


The goal is to have the finalised research and recommendations by end of May 2019.


As full compensation for the services, Countdown 2030 Europe (IPPF EN) shall pay the consultant an amount not exceeding 4,000 USD.


● Knowledge of the humanitarian aid sector, in particular expertise in financing streams and humanitarian aid funding;
● Understanding of the European (humanitarian donor) context;
● Knowledge of SRHR programmes (and/or health/gender) in humanitarian aid;


Please send a CV outlining relevant expertise and a short proposal including suggested number of days and distribution to the different tasks by Sunday 7th of April, to Joke Lannoye ( and Kristina Castell (