Consultancy

TorqAid offers services in three main areas of Global Development, namely consultancy, training, and resources.  In focusing in on consultancy, the main difference between advisory work and consultancy per se, is that the former is largely built around an ongoing relationship with the client in question, whilst consultancy is more about ‘one-off’ contracts with individual clients.  Mentoring is much more of an ongoing one-to-one relationship with the Global Development Practitioner (GDP) in question.

Global Development Adviser

Global Development advisory work has included working as:

  • Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Advisor with a national church-based agency in Vanuatu, helping plan out recovery initiatives from Tropical Cyclone (TC) Pam, and developing a strategy for dealing with ongoing el Nino-related drought
  • DRM Advisor for the Tonga National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), both designing Terms of Reference (TORs) for government led Clusters, and supporting NEMO in responding to an offshore volcanic eruption
  • DRM Adviser for a Victorian church involved in community-based recovery initiatives following the 2009 bushfires and 2011 floods
  • Crisis Centre Advisor to Albanian not-for-profit (NFP) agencies in Tirana responding to the 1999 influx of refugees from Kosovo

Global Development Consultant

Global Development consultancy work has included:

  • Carrying out Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) work in both Laos (planning), and PNG, Vanuatu, and the Solomon islands (all evaluation)
  • Being the DRM expert on the Australian mission to Cambodia, planning out the comprehensive resettlement and reintegration program of refugees from Thailand
  • Carrying out for British and Australian NGOs recovery initiatives in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, following the Indian Ocean tsunami; and in Myanmar, following cyclone Nargis
  • UN-contracted capacity building role in working with the Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP) in Bangladesh
  • Being part of the joint Australian-PNG government team planning out recovery initiatives following the tsunami at Aitape, PNG
  • Planning and implementing chartered aircraft carrying humanitarian supplies into Ethiopia (2 flights), Bangladesh, and Jordan
  • Carrying out drought assessments for Australian NGOs working in both PNG and Afghanistan

Global Development Mentor

Mentoring Global Development Practitioners (GDPs) working in both Afghanistan and Niger.  The former involved a visit to Kabul.

Global Development Adviser

Possible new initiatives could include advising clients on the following:

  • Helping develop a global development strategy for clients wanting to move into a new geographical region such as the South Pacific
  • Training up clientele staff to carry out Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) initiatives in either remote/rural/outback Australia, or Pacific Island Countries (PICs)
  • Working with inventors of new innovations for the humanitarian sector (such as particular Non Food Items = NFIs), to develop an effective marketing strategy
  • Helping a school develop a strategy for incorporating Global Development issues into its existing curricula

Possible new initiatives could include the following:

  • Being a team member in carrying out humanitarian related field assessments, reviews and evaluations
  • Writing up project proposals or submissions for funding purposes 

Global Development Consultant

Global Development Mentor

Individual support for Global Development Practitioners (GDPs) about to depart for overseas assignments.