The Start Network is a consortium of 42 leading NGOs working together to connect people in crises to the best possible solutions. In order to meet the needs of crisis-affected people in a future of great uncertainty and complexity, we believe that the humanitarian sector must change. The Start Network members collaborate because the change that is demanded cannot be achieved by any single organisation acting alone.
We promote a way of working that enables international and local humanitarian actors to coexist. We envision a self-organising system where the agencies best placed to respond to a crisis are empowered to do so. To realise this vision, we are working to catalyse a humanitarian sector that is more diverse, decentralised and collaborative.
The consortium works in four principal areas: Start Fund (financing for emergency response); Start Engage (strengthening civil society capacity); Start Labs (experimentation, rapid prototyping and learning); and Start Response (umbrella grants for long term responses).
The Start Network legal structure enables resources and initiative to reach nearly 7,000 partner agencies, comprised of over a quarter million staff working in 200 countries and territories.
Start is presently hosted and incubated by Save the Children UK on behalf of all Member Agencies and intends to become independent. The majority of Start core team staff work within the Save the Children UK infrastructure, and some also work as embedded staff in Network members.
Pakistan is one of the most active countries for the Start Network – and offers an international model for civil society collaboration. There are several networks in country – including the Pakistan Humanitarian Forum for INGOs and National Platform which constitutes on national NGOS, plus Start Network workstreams working in consortium on different initiatives – seven (7) Disaster Emergency Preparedness Projects (DEPP), a Start Fund rapid response decision making group and a Start Labs Drought Financing Facility. However, there is not one single narrative or initiative to join these networks together under a common purpose, which is critical for collaborative humanitarian action. There is critical momentum building in Pakistan and an opportunity of joining of networks and key stakeholders together is an opportunity to align, share ideas, best practice and new prospects for organisations within the humanitarian community. Despite these networks having some overlap there is little resource to join the networks together under a common vision which is often sighted as a gap leading to inefficiency.
As part of an application to the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA) CAN Fund for sustainable collaborative networks, the Start Network, with ACTED and Mercy Corps put forward an application to bring these networks together. In order to bring about this sustainable collaborative action, colleagues from Pakistan have identified three gaps that have hindered collaborative humanitarian action:
· A lack of research on the networks that exist in Pakistan and the common overlapping activities.
· There has not been a joint-contingency plan to identify risks and preparedness plans
· Many initiatives but not one space to join the dots and discuss the future of humanitarianism in Pakistan
Therefore it is proposed to utilize the HLA grant to contribute to more sustainable collaborative action through three initiatives:
· Research on networks in Pakistan: As a first step, is to understand the networks, organisations and individuals that make up the humanitarian community in Pakistan. This can be done by organisations such as Capacity Connect which enables organizations to map institutional relationships and to generate a visualization illustrating where you are positioned in relation to others. These maps are backed by powerful network analysis-derived statistical metrics to illuminate relationships and structures that may not be visible or intuitive.
· Conduct a contingency planning workshop with relevant humanitarian actors to identify the risks and prepare for emergencies that may occur in 2017-2018, which will contribute to a joint action plan. Part of this will be to link into early action funding such as Start’s anticipation window.
· A Start for Change conference which will present the evidence of the research on networks and contingency planning workshop, while also providing the space to commit to collaboration principles and a road map for more sustainable collaboration. A key tenant of this event is the promotion of local capacity and skills, with a small percentage speakers or facilitators will be brought in that are outside of the region. The Start for Change conference will also put forward recommendations for establishing a Start Network hub in Pakistan. This is based on the feedback from many members that there is not one cohesive plan for the Network in Pakistan – however, there is a demand to make this a reality. Currently, as there is no official Start Network hub – this is Pakistan’s chance to provide collective leadership and input into the broader Start Network internationally, as well as in Pakistan. Above all, the activities and future direction of travel is for us to determine to ensure that it is relevant to the needs of the context of Pakistan.
In order to deliver these, we have set up a working group of stakeholders to ensure that these deliverables are met based on the ideas and drive of the civil society which these initiatives seek to help. In addition to this, we are looking for an event organiser for the third objective – facilitating the Start for Change two day conference. This person would be a critical element to creating an event that is for Pakistan to take these agendas forward. The event facilitator will be specifically targeting speakers who will be able to share experiences and talk about linking information and finance mechanisms. Further speakers will be sought for new business models ideas and ways of operating within Pakistan – specifically addressing lessons learned and ways for the future. The event will be specifically catered towards all stakeholders in the Pakistan humanitarian/ development community, so we seek to gain attendees from civil society, governments, UN, academia and humanitarian organisations.
In this context, in order to deliver this conference, ACTED is looking for one or more consultants to work with the Start for Change working group to meet the conference deliverables:
· With ACTED project manager, in the organising and planning of event (including logistics such as catering, AV, communications) and agenda is set to ensure that the conference will run smoothly
· Confirm attendance of at least 70 participants
· Invite and confirm speakers from Pakistan and region that are relevant to the conference
· Ensure that event planning is transparent and available for all stakeholders to take part and shape – and that all are clear on dates and timetables
· Work with ACTED, Start Network Secretariat, Mercy Corps and Start for Change working group as needed to ensure the event is well executed
· Facilitate on the day of the conference to ensure that conference objectives are met – above all ensure the day is collaborative and that all voices can he incorporated
· Be master of ceremonies (MC) on the day, to take participants through the agenda, introduce speakers/topics, and ensure agenda/timeframes track
· Ensure participants are aware of any actions / next steps from conference
· Assist in the wrap up of event – including follow up report with ACTED, Start Network Secretariat, Mercy Corps and Start for Change working group
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
The Start for Change conference date is to be set for the end of April 2017. The estimated consultancy is likely to require 6-8 full days. Deliverables must be met within this timeframe. Any additional days are up to the discretion of the ACTED and in-line with the available budget.
QUALITY AND ACCOUNTABILTY
The consultant’s point of contact will be the appointed ACTED project manager who will have final authority over the quality and completeness of the work.
COSTS & BUDGET
All costs – including benefits, travel, and expenses incurred will need to be covered within the consultant’s fee. Security and insurance will be the responsibility of the consultant.
PERSON SPECIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE
· Fluent in English and Urdu
· Knowledge of the Pakistan and region humanitarian context
· Experience in facilitating workshops, training and mentoring (preferably in the humanitarian field)
· Insurance coverage (including public liability and travel insurance)
· Demonstrable high level competence in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships across organisational boundaries
· Proven skills in building partnerships for humanitarian programme delivery
· Strong brokering skills
· A flexible and initiative-taking attitude with the ability to work autonomously
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills
· Excellent computer skills including word processing, presentation and use of spreadsheets combined with the ability to develop and maintain office and management information systems
· Knowledge and experience of the Start Network’s modus operandi, and at least some of the Start Network member agencies’ ways of working and key sectors
· Experience of instructional design, design of humanitarian learning or presentational materials
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