Work in progress – commissioned work

We are currently conducting two different pieces of research, commissioned by different agents.

  • Evaluation of UNICEF’s role as Cluster lead (co-lead) Agency, commissioned by UNICEF, and
  • ‘Becoming the MSF we want to be’ – shared diagnosis and state of affairs analysis, commissioned by Médecins Sans Frontières – International Board.

Evaluation of UNICEF’s role as Cluster lead
(co-lead) Agency

Period: June – November 2020


UNICEF is the cluster lead agency (CLA) for three Clusters: Nutrition, WASH and, as co-CLA with Save the Children, Education. In addition, UNICEF is Focal Point Agency for the Child Protection Area of Responsibility under the Global Protection Cluster. Since 2013, when UNICEF evaluated its CLA responsibility, much has changed: investments have been made in improving the functioning of the clusters; new issues such as accountability to affected people or localisation have been added to the clusters’ agendas; and the importance of UNICEF’s role in supporting the clusters has been highlighted. A new evaluation of UNICEF’s CLA role is expected to take stock of the achievements and to assess them. In addition, and possibly even more importantly, the current COVID-19 pandemic may have profound implications for the future role of the clusters and their way of working. These aspects will be looked at in a formative manner as part of the evaluation.

‘Becoming the MSF we want to be’ – shared diagnosis and state of affairs analysis

Period: June – November 2020

MSF – International Board

The MSF International Board is the governance body delegated to oversee the entire MSF association. Especially since 2018, it has been working to guide the MSF Movement in a common reflection on the organisation should evolve over the coming 10 to 15 years. Alternatives to its current set-up and/or structural changes should be looked at. To ensure that this reflection is evidence-based and grounded in reality, HERE has been asked to analyse the state of affairs to support a shared diagnosis, which will help the organisation in becoming the MSF it wants to be.