Consultancy – IASC AAP Task Force

20 December 2022

Supporting donors’ responsibility for greater accountability to people in crisis

A meta review and synthesis of the current situation

Consultancy Purpose/Objectives:
To produce a

  1. Meta Review of recommendations for donor’s support to AAP
  2. Review of current donors’ requirements for AAP
  3. Recommendations for the future work of the AAP Task Force on its work with donors

Greater accountability to people in crisis requires a system-wide approach. As humanitarians, our primary responsibility is to people affected by crisis.[1] Our efforts to be accountable rest on principles, values and factors that enable the system to be more engaging and responsive to the needs of affected people.   In recognition of this, the IASC Accountability Task Force has adopted the following theory of change to guide its work:

Contribute to greater system-wide change by strengthening collective AAP by
(1) having a more accountable and enhanced leadership
(2) supported by a more inclusive system and architecture; and that
(3) has access to more quality funding and technical resources.

The IASC Principals have called  for the commitment of donors to put in place the required incentives for the system to be more engaging and responsive to the needs of affected people. The Taskforce recognises that donors[2] have a critical influence on the way organisations conduct their work. They have a powerful role in the drive for greater accountability to people in crisis, holding humanitarian actors to account, and incentivising course correction based on engagement with affected people and their feedback. Donors can identify gaps, address administrative challenges and provide more predictable, systematic and flexible support for collective accountability to affected people.

Therefore, the Task Force has developed a plan to engage with donors, working closely with the Grand Bargain Participation Revolution, to work closely with donors on the drive for greater AAP.

This review is the first stage of that process. It recognises that many recommendations have already been made in this regard, so will compile a synthesis of these to affirm the work already undertaken. This would also include a review of how donors are currently referencing commitments to AAP in their grant and partnership guidelines.


  • Meta review of donor related recommendations – a number of published reports on the humanitarian system have made reference to the role of donors in Accountability practices. This would consider these to produce a meta overview of the recommendations
  • Review of current donors’ practices on AAP – many donors are promoting AAP in their funding guidelines and partnership document’s, in a variety of ways and approaches. This review would produce an overview of how donors are taking account of AAP. This would include the DAC donors, UN partnership guidance and other funding like the joint disaster appeals and pooled funds
  • Synthesis report and recommendations for the Task Force and IASC to take forward. The consultant/s will be expected to discuss a draft report with the IASC TF group / workstream before producing the final version of the report.

Timeline and application
The consultancy time period is for 20 days to the end of March 2023.

The ideal person / persons would have

  • Good understanding of accountability in the sector
  • Good understanding of IASC process
  • Good network in the aid sector
  • Fluent in English, both orally and in-written

The person(s) shall be registered as a Consultant/s in their country or work for a consulting firm.

Application Process
Please send the following to with the title “IASC TF AAP and donors” by January 20th, 2023.

  • One page motivation letter,
  • CV of the consultant/s
  • Consultancy/workplan proposal and
  • fees (daily rate)

Interviews will be held the last week of January.

Due to large numbers of applicants, we do not have the capacity to respond to each individually. Only those invited to interview will be notified. When contracted by CHS Alliance, the consultant commit to the CHS Alliance vision, mission, and values and commit to be personally and collectively responsible for upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.  This includes refraining from acts of misconduct, respecting the CHS Alliance’s Code of Conduct and the dignity of those whom the Alliance pledges to assist and with whom they have contact.

ToR date: December 2022

[1] IASC, Statement by Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee – Accountability to Affected People in Humanitarian Action, 14 April 2022.

[2] By donors – we recognise that all organisations that transfer funds to another organisation have a role to play in the drive for greater accountability. The work of the Task Force will focus on government donors, but also pooled fund mechanisms.