Strategy/Theory of Change Review Consultant - Abuja, Nigeria

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 03 December 2019
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 02 January 2020

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Background:**

Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its interventions on humanitarian assistance, economic development, and conflict mitigation. With the ongoing insurgency in Northeast Nigeria causing the displacement of millions of individuals, Mercy Corps started its humanitarian response in 2014 to address the rising humanitarian needs. As the crisis has persisted, Mercy Corps' strategy has also expanded to address the root causes of the conflict and seek to build the long term resilience of communities with integrated programs focusing on governance, the recovery of markets and livelihoods, social cohesion and social protection, youth empowerment, and local conflict management.

Mercy Corps is leading a consortium of 4 international NGOs to implement Northeast Conflict Management and Stabilization (NE-CMS) Program, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID The programme's overall impact to '*Improved security and reduced support for violence in Borno state'*. Other partners include; Center for Humanitarian Dialogues (HD), Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) and Okapi Consulting.

Consultancy Objectives:

This consultancy will focus on two areas as follows

1) Support HD develop a component specific Theory of change (ToC) and Results Framework (RF) to enable delivery that contributes to the overarching objectives of NECMS: As part of intermediate outcome 3: '*Community demonstrate improved trust and social cohesion within and between actors at local level'*.

2) Strategy refresh session to identify opportunities for complementarity and agree on the operationalization of the agreed strategic approach which focuses on improving the role of NECMS in influencing a wider peace building architecture and other big players through better coordination; promoting lessons learning and undertaking joint advocacy. This consultancy will there for facilitate NE CMS partners' discussion on the practicality and role of the respective partners in delivering agreed strategic approach.

Consultancy Activities

No.

Activity

Timeframe

1

Workshop preparation / review programme of documents

2 days

2

HD ToC/Results Framework Review Session

2 days

3.

Strategy refresh session with all partners

1 day

3

Development of workshop report, ; HD ToC/Results Framework document; strategy refresh report (

2 days

Total duration for consultancy

7 days

Expected Deliverables

  • A ToC/ results framework document outlining how HD component contributes to NECMS overarching framework
  • opportunities for complementarity among partners and how partners will deliver the agreed strategic as a consortium
  • Workshop Report

Required Experience & Skills:

The ideal consultant will have the following experience and skills:

  • Master's degree in Peacebuilding, International relations, Public administration, social science, political science, or related field
  • At least 5 years of experience in project design, Monitoring & Evaluations and theory of change methodologies
  • At least 5 years of experience working with INGO or NGOs on peacebuilding, humanitarian diplomacy or community development, capacity building and mentoring
  • Previous experience in conflict prevention, radicalization inter-faith dialogues preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting strategy development and ToC workshops
  • Experience with organization development mentoring of NGOs and action planning
  • Knowledge of the northeast Nigerian context desirable
  • English fluency required

The Consultant will report to:

Consortium Manager, NE-CMS

The Consultant will work closely with:

Conflict Management Advisor

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

Weight

(%)

Possible Points

(1 to 10)

Weighted Score

(A)

(B)

(A*B)

Academic qualifications

10 %

10

1.0

Approach and methodology

30%

10

3.0

Organizational and Personal capacity and relevant experience

40%

10

4.0

Quality Assurance and Risk

15%

10

1.5

Value for money/Price/Budget

5%

10

0.5

TOTAL POSSIBLE SCORE:

100%

50

10

Scoring Evaluation

Criteria

Scale and Rationale

0 points

1-3points

4-6points

7-10points

Academic qualifications

· No master's degree, or Undergraduate degree related Peacebuilding, International relations, Public administration, social science, political science, Conflict Resolution, or equivalent.

· Bachelor's degree in Peacebuilding, International relations, Public administration, social science, political science Conflict Resolution, or equivalent.

Master's degree Peacebuilding, International relations, Public administration, social science, political science, Conflict Resolution, or equivalent.

Experience less than 5 years

Master's degree Peacebuilding, International relations, Public administration, social science, political science, Conflict Resolution, or equivalent.

Over five years of experience in subject matter.

Approach and Methodology

· Does not reflect understanding of issues or contexts or deliverables of the consultancy.

· Reflects some understanding of context or issues or deliverables of the consultancy.

· Reflects acceptable understanding project design, Monitoring & Evaluations and theory of change methodologies;

· Experience working with INGO or NGOs on peacebuilding, humanitarian diplomacy or community development, capacity building and mentoring of downstream organizations;

· experience in conflict preventions, particularly youth radicalization into violent extremisms, inter-religious or interfaith conflict management

· Reflects Excellent/mastery understanding with over 5 years' experience in project design, Monitoring & Evaluations and theory of change methodologies;

· Experience working with INGO or NGOs on peacebuilding, humanitarian diplomacy or community development, capacity building and mentoring of downstream organizations;

· Experience in conflict preventions, particularly youth radicalization into violent extremisms, inter-religious or interfaith conflict management.

· Organizational and Personal capacity and relevant experience

· No experience of such assignment in similar context

· Experienced in similar context

· In-depth understanding in-depth understanding of the context particularly in North East of Nigeria

· Worked with both INGO and Local organizations

· Has broad and in-depth experience in having worked in North East of Nigeria engaging with I/NGO and local organizations with a vast experience in capacity development, mentoring and monitoring and evaluations of Peacebuilding, humanitarian and development work.

· Quality Assurance and Risk

· Does not consider quality assurance and likely risks which may affect delivery of the assignment

· Has some understanding of quality assurance and risks but does not have management plan

· Has good understanding and management plan to ensure quality assurance and manage risks

· Has excellent quality assurance, risk management and differentiates both operational and programmatic risks

· Value for money/Price/Budget/ Availability

· Does not include budget.

· Date of availability not realistic to consultancy timelines

· Included budget is not in the template provided or not complete.

· Date of availability not realistic to consultancy timelines

· Budget is complete and in line with the template provided.

· Available at some negotiated timelines.

· Complete budget in line with the template provided and the applicant shows how the budget is aligned to value for money principles.

· Readily available to undertake consultancy

Submission of Applications:

The candidate must include in the application package:

  • CV, detailing previous training experience and highlighting trainings related to advocacy
  • Cover letter describing 3 previous training experiences related to the relevant themes; please also include the expected daily consultancy rate and availability.

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