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Updating IRC’s Markets E-learning courses – Subject Matter Expert

Deadline: 5 December 2022



The CALP Network is a dynamic global network of over 90 organisations engaged in the critical areas of policy, practice and research in humanitarian cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and financial assistance more broadly. Collectively, CALP members deliver the vast majority of humanitarian CVA worldwide.

International Rescue Committee (IRC) currently has 2 e-learning courses on markets hosted by CALP on the Cash Learning Hub on Kaya. They are:

  • Introduction to Market Analysis
  • A Practical Guide to Market Analysis

These courses were developed in 2016, based largely on the Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) approach, and have not been updated since.

There have been numerous shifts and developments in the humanitarian markets world since the publication of the aforementioned e-learning courses. A number of tools and guidance documents have since been published or updated including CALP’s Market Support Tip Sheet and the MISMA (Minimum Standards for Market Analysis) and MSMA (Multi-Sector Market Analysis), to name just a few. Generally there has been a shift away from EMMA and towards lighter and more targeted market analysis approaches. Meanwhile, REACH has established itself as a major purveyor and coordinator of key market information for humanitarian actors. A new markets toolbox, geared for a humanitarian audience, is also currently in development.

CALP will be working closely with a task team from the Markets in Crises (MIC) advisory committee (including IRC) to review and update, and where necessary, develop new modules for these courses.


Main objective

This consultancy aims to update these e-learnings to bring them in-line with the latest guidance and convert the longer course into a series of smaller micro-learning courses on different markets topics, to be scoped with the MIC task team.


The IRC markets courses are still some of the only self-directed e-learning courses on markets and are still hugely popular and in demand. However, they are now 6 years out of date and market-based programming (MBP) has changed significantly in that period.

There is demand for these courses and an appetite to ensure they reflect a current understanding of good practice as well as move them beyond market assessment and analysis to cover a wider range of MBP including support to and development of markets, as well as combining using/supporting and developing markets – as per the Markets in Crisis MBP framework.


Specific objectives

This consultancy will review the latest guidance on humanitarian-focused market analysis and market-based programming and develop updated e-learning storyboards/content for a set of modules. This content is to be developed in English with a view to translating the content later on (translated content is not within the scope of this consultancy).

The consultant will need to adapt the content to CALP’s principles of micro-learning. This will include breaking down the existing training into shorter sections on different topics.  They will need to work closely with the e-learning developers to collaborate on the instructional design of the course, co-write the storyboards and answer queries on the course build as necessary. They will also need to work closely with CALP and the MIC task team on scoping, high level design, and content development.

Key activities of the consultancy include (with estimated number of days in parentheses):

1.     Review of updated markets guidance documents, trends, tools, tip sheets etc (2 days)

2.     Scoping & prepare a high-level design for new courses/modules (4 days)

3.     Draft/Co-write storyboards for e-learning courses (10 days)

4.     Review draft outputs/course builds for each course (4 days)


The following are the final deliverables to be completed by the end of the consultancy, unless otherwise discussed and agreed upon by the Responsible Manager and Consultant:

1.     Deliverable 1, Completed storyboards for all micro-courses, Due by 28th April 2023

2.     Deliverable 2, Final reviews of all built components, due by 30th September 2023.

Please note the exact number of final courses/modules has not yet been scoped but it will not exceed the total length of the existing courses (approx. 4 hours of learning content).

Payment Schedule:

70% payment on completion of all storyboards

30% completion on final reviews of all built components


This scope of work will cover approximately 20 days between 6 January 2023 and 30 September 2023.

Any additional days and/or modification of Start dates must be completed before additional work is commenced. The end date is non-negotiable.


The consultant should send a technical and financial/costing proposal detailing their understanding of the TOR and methodology that will be used to undertake the task. Also include prior experience conducting similar work, Resume / CV, and budget (and/or daily rate).

For this piece of work, CALP is looking for the following expertise:

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of market-based programming in both humanitarian and development settings, including market assessment and analysis, implementing a range of market-based activities (using/supporting/developing) as well as monitoring markets
  • Proven experience in developing training materials
  • Experience in developing online learning and storyboards is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in capacity building, adult learning methodological approaches and designing training is highly desirable.
  • Strong English language writing skills.


Applications to be submitted to and no later than 5 December 2022.

Please use the subject line “Markets e-Learning SME – CALP Network”.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.

For questions, please contact

For more information, please download the Terms of Reference below.

This work will be made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of CALP and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.