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Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent rights-based humanitarian organization working to protect the rights of displaced and vulnerable persons during crisis. NRC is currently establishing operations in Sudan in line with the humanitarian response plan with strategic programming priorities focusing on Education, Livelihoods and Food Security and Information, Counselling and Legal assistance (ICLA). The ICLA programme provides services to displacement affected populations to enable them to claim and exercise their rights and contribute towards attaining durable solutions through various thematic areas including; legal identity and civil documentation, employment laws and procedures and housing, land and property rights (HLP).

Housing, land and property rights are a key issue in Sudan as land conflict has been recognized as a root cause of conflict and tribal disputes. Preliminary information indicates that other HLP issues in country include; restrictions on freedom to select one’s place of residence, lack of HLP documentation, destruction of HLP and land registries, acute shortage of adequate housing in areas of displacement with consequences such as insecure tenure, limited access to essential services and fluctuating rental prices.

The HLP subsector was initiated in Sudan with the main objective to facilitate a coordinated, effective and comprehensive response by humanitarian actors to HLP concerns and needs of displacement affected communities. To support this objective of the subsector. NRC is looking for a consultant to carry out a scoping mission of Housing, Land and Property issues in selected areas of displacement and return in Sudan (White Nile and South Kordofan) and draft report to reflect the findings of this study and recommendations for programming and policy influence in Sudan.

The overall objective of the assessment is to identify Housing land and property issues in selected areas affected by displacement in Sudan. 

Application deadline:11.10.2020
Employer:Norwegian Refugee Council
Title:Consultancy: Scoping Study on Housing Land and Property Rights in Sudan
Webcruiter ID:4295761396

Expected deliverables
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the consultancy will be undertaken remotely through ‘Meetings, interviews and discussions to be conducted remotely, for example phone, Zoom, skype etc. In country data support to be provided by NRC ICLA.’

The following will be the main deliverables of this consultancy;

  • Undertake scoping assessment of HLP issues in pre-identified locations in Sudan
    • Support development of data collection tools
    • Support data collection process to ensure the findings of the study are based on quality data.
  • Prepare a report including findings, conclusions, lessons learned and recommendations for concrete actions to be taken in the implementation of Housing, Land and Property activities in Sudan. The report should provide a clear account of;
    • The legal and administrative framework on Housing, Land and Property relevant in Sudan
    • Mapping of Housing, Land and Property issues in areas of displacement, reintegration and return
    • Mapping of actors implementing HLP or partners who have encountered HLP issues and have planned interventions [local, national, international organizations, community-based, private sector, government
    • Assess the current situation on HLP issues including (a) restrictions on the freedom to choose one’s place of residence; (b) an acute shortage of adequate housing in areas of displacement, compelling displaced families to reside in sub-standard accommodation including informal settlements characterized by highly insecure tenure and limited access to essential services; (c) limited or rapidly depleting financial resources, coupled with rising rental prices and increasing indebtedness; and (d) low prevalence of written or verbal lease agreements, leading to insecure tenure and risk of evictions.
    • Provide practical recommendations for the further development of the HLP programming in-country and relevant actors the HLP sub-sector should coordinate with.
  • Feedback workshop: presentation of the major findings and recommendations of the assessment to internal stakeholders (to occur immediately upon conclusion of the fieldwork)

The full terms of reference can be found here.

Qualifications and experience
  • Sound knowledge of the crisis and evolving displacement context of Sudan;
  • Sound knowledge of Housing, Land and Property, including women’s rights in conflict or post-conflict communities, including forced displacement, humanitarian assistance and development;
  • Experience of working in an emergency context;
  • In-depth knowledge of the humanitarian and development landscape in Sudan and knowledge of actors on the ground;
  • Fluency in English. Preferred fluency in local languages Arabic and excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Proven ability to operate under strict deadline and high level of discipline and professionalism.
  • Legal knowledge including knowledge of Sharia will be a distinct advantage. In addition, previous experience working in or on Sudan is a particular asset.
  • Significant experience in assessment, monitoring, data analysis, research and/or evaluation – including prior experience in project and programme reviews and evaluations.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills.


  • Specialization: Law, Humanities, Social sciences or related course
  • Education level; College / University, Bachelor’s degree, College / University, Master / PhD grade

Other Qualities

  • Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision
  • Highest standards of ethics and integrity
  • Ability to work in insecure environments
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Codes of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable

Note: Applications can be accepted only from registered consultancy firms/sole traders

Submission of expression of interest

Consultants who meet the above requirements are invited to complete an NRC Webcruiter application with the following information:

  • Cover letter: A short (maximum 1 and ½ pages) letter addressing suitability for the assignment and current contact information and the dates of availability for the assignment
  • Consultant’s Profile: (maximum 5 pages) through:
    • A concise CV or resume
    • Supporting evidence showing relevant experience and previous works
    • Inception report detailing process and approach*
  • Financial Proposal:
    • Detailed financial proposal

*Please refer to the full terms of reference for this consultancy here.

We look forward to receiving your application!


Maria KeucheyanSenior HR Officer

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.

We work in crises across more than 30 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights.

NORCAP is a global provider of expertise that contributes to solving challenges in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors. Our ultimate goal is to strengthen the resilience, and protect the lives, rights and livelihoods of vulnerable people and communities

NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

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