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Mercy Corps is in the startup phase of implementing the five-year $20 mil USAID-funded Incentivize Learning Activity. The program aims to address food security needs and incentivize school enrollment and ensure access to education for vulnerable and underserved school age children using a home-grown school feeding approach. The program will provide school meals, targeted financial incentives, engage communities and parents and conduct social and behavior change communication. The program will leverage local procurement through the development of school feeding models during the startup phase. An initial pilot in January 2024, will test school feeding models for refinement and scaling in Year 2 (September 2024).
The consultant will support desk research and the development of informed school feeding models for the program to pilot starting in January 2024. It is imperative that the models are well informed, capturing lessons learned from national, regional and global school feeding efforts, as well as taking into account the unique context in Liberia – both in terms of the education system but also supply chain and logistics that are crucial for home-grown school feeding efforts.
Consultant Activities:Conduct thorough desk research on national, regional and global school feeding models, documenting good practices and failures to inform school feeding model development Develop a field visit plan, which outlines key engagement to take place in Liberia Conduct in-person research and engagement in Liberia: Field visits to schools in all six counties Engagement with key Ministry of Education and Ministry of Agriculture stakeholders Engagement with other school feeding implementers Engagement with other food security implementers Engagement with private sector actors working across potential value chains Engagement with Mercy Corps program team members Design 3-5 school feeding models based on desk and in-person research
Consultant Deliverables:Inception report including desk research, field visit plan and draft stakeholder map (see Annex 1) Final report including school feeding models and stakeholder map (see Annex 2)
Timeframe / Schedule:
The consultancy will take place over 40 days from August to September 2023. A three-week field visit to Liberia is envisaged, but is flexible based on the proposed field visit plan.
The Consultant will report to:
Director of Programs, Mercy Corps Liberia
The Consultant will work closely with:
Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Program Team and supporting departments
Required Experience & Skills:5+ years of experience working with school feeding or similar food security programs. Experience working in Liberia is required. Deep understanding of the Liberian context including how the Ministry of Education School Feeding Technical Division operates, supply chain and procurement realities, etc. Ability to conduct the work within the envisaged timeline. Knowledge and understanding of school feeding good practices. Experience working with other large-scale school feeding implementers such as WFP, Save the Children, Mary’s Meals, etc is preferred.
To apply, upload a brief concept note (no more than 2 pages), CV and daily rate with your application. Mercy Corps will provide all in-country logistics including flights to and from Liberia from the consultant’s preferred departure location, in-country transportation, and accommodation. Mercy Corps will pay per diem to the consultant at a rate of $48 per day during travel to Liberia only.
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Annex 1 – Inception Report templateIntroduction to school feeding in Liberia Overview of school feeding approaches in Liberia – lessons learned, successes and failures Regional school feeding approaches – lessons learned, successes and failures Global school feeding approaches - lessons learned, successes and failures Field visit plan – detailed methodology and workplan for in-person engagement Draft stakeholder map
Annex 2 – Final Report templateIntroduction Revised inception report sections incorporating additional information gathered during the field visit Introduction to school feeding in Liberia Overview of school feeding approaches in Liberia – lessons learned, successes and failures Regional school feeding approaches – lessons learned, successes and failures Global school feeding approaches - lessons learned, successes and failures Final stakeholder map Overview of implementation counties and context School feeding Models Overview of the model Suggested activities to operationalize the model Key conditions for success of the model Potential risks and mitigation measures Recommendations Conclusion