Project details


Project title

Restricted procedure - Review and Capacity Assesment of Danish Refugee Council

Country Programme / Action Plan
Tender / Procurement notice
11 Feb 2019


11 February 2019


23 February 2019


1 072 094 DKK

Procurement type




Funding Agency

DANIDA - Danish International Development Assistance

Estimated duration

3 weeks


Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Denmark, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Yemen



The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) plans to launch a capacity assessment and review (hereafter: “Review”) of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) as part of a series of reviews that the MFA is conducting with each of its strategic partners. In 2017, DRC qualified as an MFA strategic partner for the period of 2018-2021. Under the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), DRC will receive DKK 175 million annually over each of the four years. Of this, DKK 160 million is earmarked for humanitarian activities (Lot HUM) and DKK 15 million for civil society activities (Lot CIV). This is the first time that DRC receives civil society funding from Danida. In addition to the SPA, DRC also receives some other Danida funding, including extraordinary humanitarian funding to some larger crises.

The SPA covers engagements funded under Lot HUM focusing on 10 regional, displacement crises: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Mali, Myanmar, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The SPA engagements funded under Lot CIV are in Afghanistan, East Africa (Somali, Kenya), Iraq and the Syria crisis (Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey). SPA funding also covers flexible emergency response and a stand-by roster seconding experts to humanitarian organisations, a global business engagement, a global innovation programme, a global policy programme and a diaspora programme targeting the Somali and Afghan diasporas.

The overall objective of the Review is to assess the capacity and performance of DRC in delivering results under its partnership with the MFA. Specifically, the Review should: 1) assess and validate DRC’s programmatic results documentation for the period 2015-2018, based on a sample, and 2) assess DRC’s overall strategic, organisational, programmatic and financial management capacity to achieve the results put forward in DRC’s new engagement with the MFA. The purpose of the Review is to stimulate learning and support relevant organisational development. Accordingly, the Review should issue recommendations, which will provide a critical input to the MFA’s on-going dialogue with DRC.

The Review will have a particular focus on:
• DRC’s programme platform and multi-sector approach,
• DRC’s work across the humanitarian/development/peace nexus,
• DRC’s Emergency Response capacity,
• DRC’s approach to local partnerships and capacity building,
• Cohesion between HQ-regional-field structures as well as strategic leadership.

The Review will be based on a desk assessment of relevant background documents, interviews with DRC and other stakeholders in Copenhagen, as well as three field missions (expected: Jordan, Kurdish Region of Iraq and Kenya) of each 3-5 days. An inception report will be prepared following the desk review and initial interviews in Copenhagen and prior to the field missions. The planned field missions will include visits to DRC regional offices, country offices and to sampled project locations in each visited country. The aim of the field missions is to assess performance and validate tentative findings from the desk study and Copenhagen interviews through field-level observations of sampled projects and through interviews of DRC staff and stakeholders in the field. Following the field missions, the Review will conclude with the presentation of a Review report, preceded by a presentation of initial findings and a report drafting and revision period.

We are looking for a consultant team of three members with strong capacity to assess a large, civil society organisation working across a global environment, across the humanitarian-development nexus and with a strong track record in humanitarian action. The selected company will be asked to put together a team of three international consultants/experts: (i) an expert in organisational/capacity development of civil society organisations, who will also function as team leader for the consultant team, referring to the overall MFA team leader; (ii) a programme and results management expert, with strong humanitarian knowledge; and (iii) an expert in financial management and programme administration. A chief technical advisor from the MFA will lead the review team overall.

The Review is expected (tentative dates) to start mid-March and conclude in early June with little flexibility on each end. It will follow the estimated schedule:
- Inception (desk review): second half of March
- CPH interviews: early and late April (with Easter break)
- Field missions: late April to mid-May
- Report drafting and finalisation: mid-May to early June
The three field missions are expected to take a total of 15-16 days, over a period of three weeks (21 days).

The budget maximum is DKK 1,072,094, and the estimated time frame for the consultants is 100 work days (total days across all three consultants).

Selected candidates will be invited to submit a full proposal. Notification of selected candidates is expected immediately after the deadline for expressions of interest. Selected candidates should be ready to submit a full proposal within 8 calendar days (6 working days) of notification of shortlisting from the MFA.

Deadline for applications: 23 February 2019, at 23:59, Danish time

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

Download application form here.

Contact point: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SSP
Name of Programme Officer: Andreas Ring
E-mail address, Programme Officer:
Telephone of Programme Officer: +45 4153 2627

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