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The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 75 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and provides assistance within shelter, education, livelihood and food security, information counselling and legal assistance, and water, sanitation and hygiene as well as protection. We work in crises across 31 countries, where we help save lives and rebuild futures. In 2020 we assisted more than 11 million people.

As part of the project known as “Greening the Orange”, NRC has in the last year worked to define its strategy to become more environmentally sustainable. This includes developing a plan for how NRC will work to turn into reality its ambitious pledge to work towards becoming carbon neutral. It also includes increasing the environmental sustainability of our programmes.

To support the latter, we are looking for a consultant to help us define what steps we will need to take to ensure the “do no harm” towards the environment as a result of our programmes, and in cooperation with Global Managers, define what NRC will set as minimum standards for integration of environmental aspects as part of our programmes.

Objectives of the work

In collaboration with the Greening the Orange team, and in coordination with the Global Project Manager Safe Programming, the Consultant will:

1. Provide comprehensive overview and review external guidance and tools

  • Support in building a comprehensive catalogue of relevant guidance and tools
  • Provide recommendations on which of these guidelines and tools NRC should prioritise using and make reference to in internal guidance

2. Review internal guidance and tools

  • Review existing guidance on environmental action such as Programme Policy, CC strategies and handbooks, quality assessment tool and Emergency toolbox to
  • Provide recommendations on what is missing for NRC to be compliant with sectoral standards and what needs to be updated

3. Develop new guidance

  • Hold workshops with the functions listed below to provide guidance on sectoral and other standards that NRC should seek comply with and identified weaknesses in NRC’s existing guidance.
  • The objective of the workshop should be to support function leads to know what changes need to be made to existing policies and guidance
  • In a consultative manner, develop short (2 page) minimum standards per sector or function.
    • Global Managers for Shelter and Settlements, WASH and Livelihood and Food Security
    • Emergency Response Section

4. Provide recommendations on how NRC should build further capacity and guidance on this issue

Duties of the consultant

The consultant will liaise with and report to the Project Manager for the Greening the Orange project  at regular and agreed times during the consultancy to help ensure success of the project. The consultant is required to retain flexibility and respond to the provided feedback. NRC will have the final decision on guidance documents on environmental minimum standards.


  • A catalogue of recommended for use external guidance and tools
  • Input on changes that need to be made to existing NRC guidance to better cover this topic
  • Short (2 page) guidance documents per sector and function that defines NRC’s Environmental Minimum standards. 

Reports should be submitted in Microsoft Word format, in UK English [amend as appropriate. Graphs or other graphical devices should be editable (i.e. not pictures). All references must be cited according to convention, and detailed in a bibliography, using the Harvard system as set out in the UNESCO Style Manual. All verbatim quotations must appear in quotation marks and must not be of excessive length. All data collected under the consultancy must be submitted with the deliverables, in a widely recognised format such as Microsoft Excel. Publications and PowerPoint should be based on the NRC template.

All materials should be freely available for use by NRC and partners. Any plagiarism in any form, or any other breach of intellectual property rights, will automatically disqualify the consultant from receiving any further payments under the contract by NRC, and NRC will seek to recover any payments already made.

The consultant will follow Ethical Research Involving Children guidance on the ethical participation of children. In addition, all participants in any study or other interaction will be fully informed about the nature and purpose of the interaction and their requested involvementInformed consent must be obtained for any photographs, audio or video recordings, etc., in accordance with NRC’s policy on consent.

NRC will own the intellectual property rights to all materials submitted by the consultants under the contract. The consultants must therefore ensure that they have possession of any materials provided to NRC as a part of the deliverable. The rights to reproduce the reports/training will fall to NRC and its contracted agents. NRC will be free to reproduce the materials at will and to grant reproduction and onward training rights.

Duties of NRC

NRC will

  • Provide a suitable understanding of NRC’s work,
  • provide administrative facilitation and ensure time available from relevant colleagues
  • provide timely feedback to the consultant

Implementation schedule and estimated inputs

Consultancy is expected to start in May or June 2021 with a targeted deliverable date for workshops and finalising guidance documents by end June. Finalisation of guidance documents could run up to August 2021 at the latest but is expected to be completed well in advance of this.

Qualifications of the consultant

  • Experience at Adviser or Manager level from humanitarian programmes
  • Experience at Adviser or Manager level on environmental mainstreaming in humanitarian action
  • Demonstrable experience in developing guidance documents and facilitating workshops
  • A broad knowledge and experience from the development of environmental and climate change policies and standards relevant to humanitarian action

Submission of interest

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • An up to date curriculum vitae
  • covering letter including a description of the proposed process and a breakdown of total cost of the deliverable consisting of 4 pages maximum
  • examples of relevant work

Please send submissions to the Project Manager for the Greening the Orange Project: Torill Sæterøy at [email protected].

  • To help us track our procurement effort, please indicate in your email where (ngotenders.net) you saw this tender/procurement notice.
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The Norwegian Refugee Council is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises in more than 30 countries, where we help save lives and rebuild futures.

We deliver high-quality aid where needs are greatest. When we started our relief efforts after World War II, humanitarian needs were critical. They still are – and we’re still there, protecting people forced to flee and supporting them as they build a new future. Today, we work in both new and protracted crises across more than 30 countries, where we provide camp managementfood assistanceclean watershelterlegal aid, and education.

We stand up for people forced to flee. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. When we witness injustices, we alert the world. We promote and defend displaced people’s rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena. NRC’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva is a global leader in monitoring, reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

We respond quickly to emergencies. NRC’s global provider of expertise, NORCAP, the world’s most used, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world. Our experts stand ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to support the UN and local authorities in humanitarian crises.

Around 14,000 humanitarians work with the Norwegian Refugee Council. Most of us are hired locally to work in the field, and a small number are based at our head office in Oslo. Many of our colleagues were once themselves fleeing their homes.

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