OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)

The business case for private sector engagement in emergency preparedness and response

  • Overview

    Project scope
    The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Private Sector Section (PSS) calls for expressions of interest from pro bono service providers to:
    1. analyze and further develop the business case for private sector engagement in emergency preparedness and response; and
    2. prepare a communication strategy and resources to be provided to high level decision makers in the private sector to promote engagement in emergency preparedness and response on the basis of the business case, including practical tools to facilitate engagement.
    The timeframe for the completion of this work is four months to ensure that the material is available for publication prior to the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.
    Context
    The private sector is a key stakeholder in emergency preparedness and response and has strong commercial and organizational drivers for engaging in these activities. Some private sector actors are engaging on the basis of a business case, yet this engagement is not systemic across the private sector.
    Existing studies recognize the existence of a business case for private sector engagement in emergency preparedness and response and highlight the rationales for engagement on this basis. A rigorous examination of that business case, backed up by case study evidence and economic modelling, is required in order to enable PSS to promote engagement on this basis and to support the development of practical tools to facilitate engagement.
    Scope of work
    This piece of work will build on existing literature and case studies on the business case for private sector engagement in emergency preparedness and response. It will involve:
    1. desktop research into published material, including case study analyses;
    2. consultations with stakeholders to fill the gaps in existing material, particularly in relation to the qualitative factors motivating engagement and case study examples of engagement on this basis;
    3. conducting economic modelling with persuasive visuals relating to certain factors supporting the business case for engagement (i.e. market and human capital factors);
    4. developing a communication strategy to promote the business case to high level decisions makers; and
    5. producing a practical guide and resources to facilitate private sector engagement on this basis.
    OCHA may call on the service provider to support engagement with the private sector, including by serving in an advisory role with respect to the communication strategy or providing additional recommendations. A project leader at PSS in Geneva will be available for day to day coordination of the project.
    Expressions of interest
    This work will be completed on a pro bono basis. Expressions of interest should include confirmation that the service provider has the expertise, capacity and experience to complete the project, including research experience, the expertise required to conduct economic modelling, the ability to effectively engage in consultations with the private sector and humanitarian actors and graphic design and publication capacity.

    Further Information

    Preferred partnership types

    Advocacy of global issues

    Sustainable Development Goals

    10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions; 17. Partnerships for the goals

    Regions / countries / territories

    Switzerland

    Issue areas

    Human Rights; Peace

    Type(s) of services / business sectors

    Financial Services; Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Media; Other; Technology; Telecommunications

    Disasters

    Global Refugee Crisis; Philippines Disaster Response; Yemen; Somalia

    Clusters

    Coordination

    Timing

    The timeframe for the completion of this work is four months to ensure that the material is available for publication prior to the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.