Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In conflict, in disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within; now, and for the future.
Mercy Corps recognizes that climate-related risks are a major obstacle to strengthening resilience and building productive livelihoods. Timely, accurate, and relevant information on climate and weather variations, provided by climate services (CS), helps inform end users’ decisions, which can enhance their productivity, reduce their risks, or enhance their resilience to climate shocks and stresses. Unfortunately, many CS fail to create feedback mechanisms or take participatory, user-centered approaches that include farmers' perspectives. This can lead to the development and provision of CS that are inappropriately contextualized, inaccessible, or not useful for farmers. Equipping CS practitioners to design, manage, and adapt CS strategies and structures based on participatory, user-centered approaches can build more effective CS and strengthen end users resilience to climate risks.
Through the Mercy Corps-led Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI) we have generated knowledge and evidence, through studies, research, and briefs, about the factors that determine the effectiveness of CS in contributing to end users’ livelihoods. The CISRI learnings find that end users can be supported to access, understand, and act on climate information by mainstreaming participatory and user-centered planning, design, and communication processes into climate services.
Purpose / Project Description:
The goal of this consultancy is to use the learnings from CISRI to inform a Capacity Building Workshop for practitioners involved in the design, production, and delivery of climate services to better understand the importance of, and understand how to, engage end users in improving CS. The skills, knowledge, and experience required to lead and/or manage user-centered processes is often not a core strength of the highly technical institutions tasked with delivering CS. Therefore, this workshop aims to build the capacity of those practitioners to engage end users in essential components of the CS process.
Develop a workshop that can empower CS practitioners to design, implement, and adapt strategies and programs based on participatory, user-centered approaches. After the workshop, practitioners should understand how to incorporate the following learning objectives into practice through program implementation and policy changes:
Consultant Activities and Deliverables:
Consultant time will generally fit into the following categories:
Consultant deliverables include, but are not limited to, producing:
Illustrative Timeframe / Schedule:
The following dates indicate the start week for the specific activities:
Week of April 22:
Week of April 29:
Week of May 13:
Week of May 27:
* All dates are subject to change.
The Consultant will report to:
Ali Blumenstock, Program Manager, Environment, Energy and Climate (EEC) Technical Support Unit
The Consultant will work closely with: Director, Environment, Energy and Climate (EEC) Technical Support Unit, and the broader EEC TSU
Required Experience & Skills:
Deadline for applicants: Friday, May 3, 2019
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