Consultant – Site Planning Practical Training Development

International Organization for Migration

Nature of the consultancy: Development of IOMs Site Planning training package

Project Context and Scope: While camps are always considered as a last resort, very often displaced populations have no alternative options when seeking shelter. Many of these “temporary” settlements last for many years, and frequently decades, and early decisions during their establishment have long lasting impacts on the people seeking shelter within them. Site planning must be executed in coordination with stakeholders, following sound technical guidelines to reduce exposure to hazards, and integrating protection risks mitigation measures.

IOM is seeking the support of one or a team of consultants to develop a site planning training manual, consisting of content for a 30-hour course that will be delivered in-person over 5 days, plus a 5-10-hour self-learning series of modules to be completed before the in-person training. The course objective is to equip IOM staff with the practical technical knowledge on how to establish, or upgrade, a displacement site. The target audience will be IOM staff with a technical background in built environment related professions, and with some experience in shelter and settlements, WASH, infrastructure development, or CCCM programmes, and who have a working knowledge of computer-aided design software such as AutoCAD.

Organizational Department / Unit to which the Consultant is contributing: Support the implementation of Outcome 2 (Improve inter-cluster/cross-sectoral collaboration on preparedness and responses to displacement crises) of the Global Project CC.0052 “Improving coordination and response to displacement crises”, managed by the Department of Operations and Emergencies in IOM Headquarters.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:


  1. Inception phase: Conduct a learning needs assessment (LNA) to identify the topics which should be included in the curriculum. This could include a review of existing site planning training materials, and interviews with key stakeholders, to identify the critical elements required in the content, and develop a detailed workplan for the delivery of all outputs.

Outputs: LNA report (4 pages max) and workplan

  1. Module mapping: Based on the topics identified through the LNA, conduct a module mapping to lay out how the content will be structured into various modules, and specific learning objectives for each module. Note the following:
  • A module might include several topics or focus on a single topic, as required.
  • The technical modules must complement the fundamentals of site planning Inter-Agency workshop content already developed by IOM.
  • Define suitable learning objectives for each module, i.e what the training participant should have learned by the end of each module.

Output: completed module mapping

  1. Development of content for agreed modules. Content development to be completed by the consultant(s) based on the findings from the LNA and the results from the module mapping. Develop the content and associated resources for each module to achieve the learning objectives. Propose suitable delivery mechanisms for each module (e.g. self-learning, presentation, exercises. Etc.)

PART 2 Optional deliverable based on consultant(s) capacity and experience

  1. Develop a complete training manual package for the content:
  • Define delivery mechanisms for each module
  • Develop draft training manual including sessions plans, exercises, handouts, etc.
  1. Final training manual

Required Qualifications and Experience:


Bachelor’s degree in social science or a related field from an accredited academic institution.


Minimum 5-7 years of experience in humanitarian operations, program design and implementation, with at least 4 years of experience in site planning.



Fluency in English required and working knowledge of French, Spanish, Arabic or other UN official languages is advantageous.

Travel required

Travel may be required for the implementation of activities, unless COVID restrictions prevail.

Travel to Geneva to be agreed.

Duration of Consultancy: July 15th 2022 – December 12th 2022



  1. Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  2. Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  3. Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators

  1. Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  2. Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action-oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  3. Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  4. Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  5. Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to send their application to [email protected] no later than 26 June 2022 by indicating “Consultancy Application” in the subject of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Submission requirements:

  • Specify submission for: Part 1 only, or Part 1 and 2
  • CV and cover letter
  • Sample of related work, including at least two examples of sites which the candidate has designed and established, specifying the role held for each.
  • Proposed outline/structure of the training, including basic topics to be included in each module (1 page maximum).