Consultant – Humanitarian Needs Assessment at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world’s largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Consultant – Humanitarian Needs Assessment

Employment Type: Full-time

Job Purpose
The main objective of this consultancy is to conduct a comprehensive humanitarian needs assessment in Nigeria. The focal states for the study are:
North East:

  • Borno
  • Adamawa
  • Yobe

North West:

  • Zamfara
  • Katsina
  • Sokoto

North Central:

  • Plateau
  • Benue
  • Niger.

South East:

  • Imo
  • Abia
  • Enugu

South West:

  • Ondo
  • Ekiti
  • Lagos


  • Edo
  • Bayelsa
  • Cross River.

The criteria for selecting the focal LGAs for this study will be discussed and agreed with the selected consultants. One consultant will be selected to conduct the study in Northeast, Northwest, and Northcentral geopolitical zones; a second consultant will be selected to conduct the study in the Southeast, Southwest, and South south geopolitical zones. This assessment will inform IFRC’s strategic planning and programming, enabling the organization to prioritize its interventions and effective allocation of resources.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Desk review: Conduct a thorough review of existing secondary data on humanitarian needs in Nigeria, including reports, assessments, and government documents.
  • Field data collection: Collect data in the focal states in cooperation with State branch secretaries and community-based volunteers of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), using various tools, including:
  • Focus group discussions (FGDs): Organize and conduct FGDs with community representatives, displaced persons, vulnerable groups, and other key stakeholders to gain a qualitative understanding of their needs and experiences.
  • Key informant interviews (KIIs): Interview relevant government officials, humanitarian actors, and experts to gather insights into the broader context and response efforts.
  • Surveys: Conduct quantitative surveys, if feasible and appropriate, to collect data on a larger scale.
  • Data analysis: Analyze all collected data, both quantitative and qualitative, to identify key trends, needs, and gaps in the current response.
  • Reporting: Prepare and submit a comprehensive report summarizing the findings of the assessment, including:
  • Description of the methodology used.
  • Overview of the humanitarian context in the assessed states.
  • Key findings and identified needs across these different sectors: food security, livelihoods, health, WASH, and shelter.
  • Recommendations for IFRC’s programming and advocacy efforts.
  • Dissemination: Present the findings of the assessment to IFRC designated staff and other relevant stakeholders.


  • The consultant should possess the following qualifications and experience: Advanced Degree in a relevant field (e.g., Humanitarian Studies, Public Health, Social Sciences, Development Studies.).


  • Minimum of 15 years of experience conducting humanitarian needs assessments in complex environments
  • Demonstrably strong research and analytical skills
  • Experience working in Nigeria and familiarity with the local context.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.

Knowledge, Skills and Languages:

  • Inception report: outlining the detailed methodology and work plan for the assessment.
  • Draft report: presenting the preliminary findings of the assessment for feedback.
  • Final report: a comprehensive and well-structured report summarizing the findings and recommendations.
  • PowerPoint Presentation: summarizing the key findings and recommendations for stakeholders.

Application Closing Date
13th March, 2024.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should: