Commissioned Work

HERE’s mission is to contribute to improving collective performance and the effectiveness of humanitarian action. We produce independent research, analysis, and advice in the form of policy reviews, evaluations, and studies.

Building on our expertise and the evidence we have collected through our own research and through our commissioned work, HERE is well placed to drive deeper thinking around the application of the humanitarian principles.

We are happy to consider pieces of work that partners would like to commission to us, that fit with our agenda, and our core research expertise.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Two members of our research team are currently working on

Latest report: ‘Becoming the MSF We Want To Be’

September 2020

Médecins Sans Frontières International Board

Consultants: Ed Schenkenberg & Amanda Harvey-Dehaye
With the 2018 launched ‘Call for Change’ document (C4C), MSF’s International Board introduced a change process to guide the MSF movement in a common reflection on how the organisation should evolve over the coming 10 to 15 years. In moving the discussion on MSF’s future forward, the International Board decided to engage in formulating a shared diagnosis to further determine the directions and steps in ‘Becoming the MSF We Want to Be.’ This exercise is one that largely draws on the recent strategic planning exercises undertaken by the five operational centres of MSF. To support the diagnosis’ formulation, MSF’s International Board commissioned a ‘state of affairs’ analysis to HERE-Geneva.

Latest report: Consultancy on Risk Sharing – Discussion Paper

June 2020

ICRC, The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In recent years, donors and humanitarian organisations have made significant investments in risk management systems and tools and the issue of risk has come up in various consultations and discussions, including the Grand Bargain. To have an informed discussion during the 2020 Grand Bargain Annual Meeting on how to work towards better sharing of risks in the humanitarian sector, the Netherlands MFA and the ICRC commissioned research with the aim to map recent or ongoing initiatives to address risk in the humanitarian sector and identify the outcomes/ recommendations that could benefit from a collective discussion in a multilateral forum such as the Grand Bargain.

UNHCR’s Leadership and Coordination Role in Refugee Response Settings



UNHCR commissioned an independent desk review of its leadership and coordination role in refugee settings, looking at past refugee responses in the period 2014—2018.

Synthesis of Rohingya Response Evaluations of IOM, UNICEF and UNHCR



The purpose of this evaluation synthesis is to provide a consolidated picture of the response of the three United Nations actors and to draw lessons learned.

Independent Evaluation of the ADH Joint Appeal to ‘Rohingya Myanmar Bangladesh’. 
Summary in German


Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.

Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V. appointed HERE in December 2018 to carry out an independent evaluation of its joint appeal Rohingya
Myanmar Bangladesh

Evaluation of UNICEF’s Response to the Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh



The evaluation looks at UNICEF’s response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh from the end of August 2017 to the end of April, when data collection ended.

‘Listen to our voices’ What does it take to improve refugee participation in durable solutions processes?


Danish Refugee Council

The present report takes a closer look at enablers and obstacles for refugee and host community participation.

Real-time review of the DEC appeal for people fleeing Myanmar


The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) went to tender and contracted HERE to carry out a RealTime Response Review of the DEC member agencies’ initial responses to this refugee crisis.

Country-Based Pooled Funds Monitoring Toolkit



The Toolkit uses as a starting point the monitoring tools and the reported experience of different country-based pooled funds and in-depth insights on the Turkey Humanitarian Fund gathered during a three-day visit to Gaziantep, Turkey (6-9 November 2017).

Whose responsibility? Accountability for refugee protection and solutions in a whole-of society approach


Danish Refugee Council

Commissioned by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), this report explores the opportunities and risks for accountability in the specific context of a so-called whole-of society approach.