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Short-term Consultant: Enhancement of Vulnerability Assessment Framework

Please note that this is a short version of the Terms of Reference (ToR) for this assignment. The full version incl. application procedure can be found here: Terms of Reference

The severe humanitarian crisis in Syria has resulted in a substantial decrease of capacity for the population to meet basic assistance needs, which represents the predominant entry point for CACH. According to the UN, the estimated remittances of $1.6 billion sent to Syria each year have reduced by up to 50 percent in 2020. With the relative improvement of the security situation in GoS, the need for public service delivery has surged as well. Access to education, therefore, represents the second entry point for CACH’s assistance, as only half of the Syrian schools are functioning compared to the pre-crisis situation. Access to school is also hindered by basic assistance needs, as families often need to choose between the consumption of existential goods or sending their children to school. A third entry point for CACH is related to the widespread depleting of income opportunities. Many economic sectors have been negatively affected by the depletion of productive assets and savings, limited economic opportunities and the widespread destruction and contamination of agriculture-related infrastructures. 

In the absence of a harmonised national approach, CACH and Caritas Syria developed a basic vulnerability scoring system which relies on data collected via a household survey. CACH seeks to develop a broader vulnerability assessment system based on a list of objective and quantifiable indicators of the socioeconomic vulnerability of Syrians. The study must enable CACH and its partners to: 

  • Improve understanding of the profile of socio-economic vulnerability of Syrian households in Rural Damascus, Homs and Aleppo. 
  • Establish a more effective and efficient vulnerability assessment framework based on a robust understanding of multi-dimensional vulnerability in line with the context in the targeted location(s).

Deliverables and Timeframe

The assignment shall indicatively be conducted between October and December 2021 and should be completed within a maximum of 40 working days. The deliverables (in English) include an inception report, a workshop, the vulnerability assessment framework, as well as a study for its validation.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in development science / humanitarian assistance, political science, economic science, research, livelihoods studies, information and data management / statistics, etc.
  • Relevant professional / academic background and proven experience in MEAL and vulnerability assessments or poverty reduction programming;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in designing and/or implementingcash-based assistance;
  • Proven experience in the conduct of cash and market-based research (at least 3 research assignments), in the development of multidimensional poverty index and demonstrating experience working with quantitative and qualitative data collection and strong analytical skills;
  • Familiarity with emergency programs and good understanding of humanitarian assistance standards;
  • Experience in the Middle East region and familiarity with the Syria crisis context is a decisive asset;
  • Excellent oral and written English language, Arabic is an asset.


Offer Submission

Please submit your application in line with the ToR by 26 September 2021 through the link below. Please find the ToRs for further information on the consultancy and application procedure here: Terms of Reference

Apply here

For further enquiries, applicants may contact: Caritas Switzerland Country Director Wael Darwish ( 

Applications which are not submitted through the online platform will be disregarded.

Caritas Switzerland, CH-6002 Lucerne