Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 15 Mar 2017
Consultancy Title: Assessment Specialist *for the South Kivu ‘Strategic Resilience Assessment’ (STRESS)*
Duty Station: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, and remote from consultant’s home base
*Duration: 70 days total from March – July 2017*
Deadline to apply: March 10th 2017
Approximately 50 days (10 weeks) full time in Bukavu
Estimated 6 March 2017 – 12 May 2017
Approximately 20 days from remote home location
Estimated spread out from 15 May 2017 – 28 July 2017
Mercy Corps is kicking off the Food Security Project (FSP), a 5-year USAID Food-for-Peace funded program with the overall goal that vulnerable populations in South Kivu have increased food security, improved nutritional status and enhanced well-being. In order to achieve this goal, the FSP will strengthen community’s resilience to the stresses and shocks that impede their food security. The FSP theory of change holds that improved resilience is necessary to create a more stable, transformative environment in which sustainable, inclusive development progress — including access to nutritious food, better overall health and more economic opportunities — can be made.
To enable the program team and key partners to account for the complexity around resilience within the FSP project area, a Strategic Resilience Assessment (STRESS) was built into the program’s first year, known as the Refinement phase. The Strategic Resilience Assessment (STRESS) is Mercy Corps’ methodology for incorporating resilience building into strategy development and long-term program design. It builds an understanding of the dynamic social, ecological and economic systems within which communities are embedded.The overarching goal of the STRESS process in South Kivu is to develop intervention strategies and approaches that build the absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacities required among target program participants and stakeholders in FSP’s specific intervention zones, in support of improved food security of the most vulnerable populations.
Purpose / Project Description:
Mercy Corps seeks a bilingual (French/English) Assessment Specialist skilled in leading large, multi-sector, integrated assessments with both secondary and primary, qualitative and quantitative, data sources. The right person will bring a strong ability in systems-thinking and experience in approaches for understanding complexity for development programming. S/he will also value shared learning and have demonstrated experience using assessment processes to build the capacity of program implementation teams.
The STRESS is led by a core group of staff from the FSP Program Team, with advisory support from Mercy Corps global technical advisors and local stakeholders in South Kivu. The Assessment Specialist will play a central technical role supporting the FSP Program Team to carry out the STRESS process in South Kivu, with primary responsibility for an identified set of STRESS deliverables. S/he will provide in-country oversight and technical leadership on designing resilience assessment tools and an integrated analysis framework; ensure assessments that fall under the STRESS umbrella during the FSP program’s Refinement phase are aligned within an overall resilience implementation planning framework; drive and undertake data collection alongside the FSP Program Team; coordinate and lead analysis to inform the development of an updated program Theory of Change; and draft sections of the final report. The Assessment Specialist also plays a lead role in an important in-country systems-mapping workshop and may need to lead additional, smaller workshops as deemed necessary.
The Assessment Specialist will provide full-time in-country support during critical phases of the STRESS process, roughly 10 weeks. The remainder of his/her support will be through remote contact with the FSP Program Team and Mercy Corps technical advisors from the consultant’s home location, over the course of about two months.
To ensure the technical quality of assessment processes during the South Kivu STRESS, as described under Activities below, and responsibility for developing key assessment tools and analysis deliverables.
The Assessment Specialist will:
Oversee and ensure that data is properly consolidated, cleaned, synthesized, and summarized for effective analysis.
The Assessment Lead is responsible for delivering the following written products:
Timeframe / Schedule: The total Level of Effort is estimated to be about 70 days, over a 21-week period, starting early March 2017 through end of July 2017.
In country: approximately 10 weeks/50 days, full time, from approximately 6 March – 12 May 2017
Remote: approximately 20 days, from 15 May – 28 July 2017
The Assessment Lead will report to:
FSP Chief of Party
The Assessment Lead will work closely with:
Interested candidates are requested to apply with their CV, cover letter and links to any applicable assessment reports the candidate has authored.
How to apply: