Description

Background:

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. 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.

Purpose / Project Description:

Mercy Corps seeks a consultant with experience compiling and analyzing humanitarian needs and program approaches through field assessments and focus group discussions to inform Mercy Corps strategy of humanitarian programming in Venezuela. Field assessments should have a major focus on food security, health, nutrition, WASH, and protection/GBV sectors with resilience, climate change and localization as transversal themes across the above mentioned sectors. The assessments should be conducted in existing and potentially new geographic areas of intervention in the country.

Consultant Objectives:

The consultancy serves 4 purposes:

  • Compile, assess, and consolidate input from targeted communities, local partners and other humanitarian actors in the geographic areas of intervention and humanitarian sectors to identify potential gaps and/or opportunities for Mercy Corps to develop and strategize potential programming.
  • Develop and map out potential partnership opportunities with local partners and INGOs, as well as build and maintain key relationships with stakeholders on the ground.
  • Based on the conducted assessment, provide recommendations of program approaches that could contribute to Mercy Corps strategy of humanitarian programming in Venezuela.
  • Map out in the geographic areas of intervention, local authorities, institutions and services providers related to the proposed programming that is being considered.

    Consultant Activities:

    The consultant will:

    • Work together with the country Team Leader to prioritize sector programming based on the needs, gaps and opportunities.
    • Design and develop an assessment tool and data collection methodology for the field assessments.
    • Conduct/manage field assessments with local and international partners and program participants with a focus on the abovementioned humanitarian sectors
    • Present and knowledge-share the collected and analyzed information with the Venezuela country team.
    • Conduct regular meetings with the Venezuela team leader to discuss preliminary findings.
    • Review key programmatic and background documents and request any additional data from team
    • Address all Mercy Corps comments and feedback.
    • Analysis of field data

      Consultant Deliverables:

      The Consultant will:

      • Conduct, analyze and synthesize interviews and focus groups with a diverse set of actors in Venezuela
      • Develop a context analysis of the multi-sector (food security, nutrition, WASH, health, protection/GBV) programming and gaps in geographic areas of intervention.
      • Develop a mapping of potential partners, actors, institutions, local authorities and services providers in the geographic areas of intervention
      • Develop a final report with findings, conclusions and recommendations on possible sectors and geographic areas of intervention
      • Community stakeholder list and engagement plan, including data collection method for the assessment.
      • Presentation of the findings to the Venezuela Country team.
      • Service Completion Report.

        Timeframe / Schedule:

        August 10, 2022 - October 7, 2022 (35 business days within that time frame). The preliminary schedule for the consultancy is as follows:

        • 08/10 - Start Date
        • 08/12 - Desk research, as well as review key programmatic and background information
        • 08/17 - Completion of Assessment tool and data collection methodology
        • 08/22 - First draft of the context analysis
        • 08/24 - 09/16- field assessments (KIIs, FGDs, site visits)
        • 09/21 - Map of potential partners and community stakeholder list and engagement plan
        • 09/26 - Presentation of findings to the Venezuela Country team
        • 09/29- Final Report
        • 10/07 - End Date

          The Consultant will report to: Venezuela Country Leader

          The Consultant will work closely with:

          • Regional and Country program team
          • Regional technical advisors ‌
          • External stakeholders (e.g. local partners)

            Required Experience & Skills:

            • 5-7 years of experience in program management, including 3 years leading field assessments and technical assistance.
              • MA/MSc‌ ‌in‌ ‌international‌ ‌relations,‌ ‌development,‌ ‌economics,‌ ‌anthropology‌ ‌or‌ ‌related ‌degrees‌ ‌required;‌
                • Experience‌ ‌conducting‌ ‌research,‌ ‌including‌ ‌data‌ ‌collection‌ and evaluation, and ‌synthesizing‌ ‌qualitative‌ ‌data,
                    • Experience managing relationships with multiple stakeholders and program participants across sectors
                      • Expertise in either qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods
                        • Ability to work remotely and coordinate with multiple team members based in different locations
                          • Excellent written and oral Spanish skills. English fluency is a plus.

                            Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
                            Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

                            We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

                            Equal Employment Opportunity
                            We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

                            Safeguarding & Ethics
                            Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our stakeholders and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

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