Digital Support Provider (Humanitarian Innovation Fund, Elrha)

Term of Reference: Digital Support Provider

Total budget: up to £10,000 GBP (excl. VAT)
Proposals due: 25 March 2021 (12:00 GMT)
How to Apply: Please submit proposals FAO Angela Francis via email to with the email subject line ‘Digital Support Provider – [your name]’.

Overall Objective: The overall objective of this work is to assess digital solutions’ alignment to the Digital Principles, provide tailored recommendations to the innovation grantee teams utilising digital solution(s), and offer general key considerations to help inform others in the humanitarian community who wish to adopt these digital innovations in future.

Please see website and Term of Reference for details, brief overview included below.

The HIF is a globally-recognised programme leading on the development and testing of innovation in the humanitarian system. Established in 2011, it was the first of its kind: an independent, grant-making programme open to the entire humanitarian community. It now leads the way in funding, supporting, and managing innovation at every stage of the innovation process.

The HIF both funds and equips our grantees and their partners to manage innovation. This means we go beyond funding to enable our grantees’ progression along their innovation journeys through the provision of innovation management support, tools, resources and bringing together networks. Where needed, we also facilitate bespoke support for grantee projects. These innovation projects can look very different- whether products or processes, whether at problem recognition, invention or scale stages, and may be ‘high tech’ or include no technological aspects at all.

This Digital Support Provider will support grantee projects which have a focus on or include elements of digital technologies as part of their innovations. Technology brings immense potential to the area of humanitarian innovation with the ability to increase reach, value for money, efficiency, effectiveness and even impact of humanitarian response, however its use in emergency contexts still encounters many barriers. With this knowledge, we seek to support our grantees working with digital solutions to understand how their digital solutions align with the Principles for Digital Development, and to provide concrete recommendations for increased alignment and therefore best practice for the community of practice.