Consultant - Technical Writer - Nepal or Remote
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.
Supporting the Education of Marginalised Girls in Kailali Phase II (STEM II) has been a successful project for Nepal, focusing on improving the educational and livelihood prospects of over 6,000 adolescent girls and young women in Kailali district. STEM II came to a close on 31 March 2021, after over 7 years of implementation. During the course of the project, we have generated a lot of evidence and learning which identifies components of the project that has the potential for scale, replication and sustainability.
The purpose of this project is to understand and articulate what scale and sustainability looks like for STEM II (and its sister project, Blossom which also ended on 31 March 2021) and to understand what the future of these projects are, and how we can take these projects (or components of them) to a much bigger scale to achieve the greatest impact. The scale and sustainability exercise will address the following points:
- Understand what scaling means in the context of STEM II and Blossom
- Identify key innovations or interventions in STEM II and Blossom which have the greatest potential of enduring
- Which key innovations/interventions under STEM II and Blossom has the potential for scaling and can contribute to being a ‘breakthrough’ solution for Nepal
- Which components of STEM II and Blossom can be applied to and/or adapted for programming in other sectors and geographies, and how
- Explore if and how these key innovations/interventions correspond with policy intentions and other political economy considerations relevant at the national and provincial levels
By addressing the above points, Mercy Corps Nepal will be better positioned to pursue new opportunities, building on the successes, good practices and lessons learned from STEM and Blossom. The key outputs from this exercise are as follows:
- Comprehensive notes from each workshop session
- Concept notes based on the notes/information from the workshops to be shared with targeted donors
Purpose / Project Description:
Mercy Corps Nepal is looking for a strong technical writer to support the delivery of the two key outputs as above, working closely with relevant country team members.
With regards to the concept notes, these may be for a range of audiences and donors including and not limited to institutional donors, such as USAID, FCDO, the European Union, and corporates and non-institutional donors. The concept notes may be subject to several rounds of feedback before completion and submission/dissemination to the targeted audience, so the consultant will need to able to respond to feedback and revise the content as specified.
The technical writer is responsible for:
- Documenting discussions from three workshops
- Development of and/or editing 4-5 capacity statements on identified components of the STEM and Blossom projects
- Development of 2-3 concept notes
- Participating in brainstorming workshops
Dependent on the assignment, the types of activity that the consultant likely be asked to carry out include:
- Being responsible for writing content for assigned deliverables
- Being responsible for editing, smoothing, consolidating and final polishing before submission of assigned deliverables
- Gathering input from country team members. The consultant will work closely with relevant country team members to ensure that he/she has the relevant information to write or edit a particular deliverable.
- Comprehensive notes from each workshop
- At least two concept notes completed
- 4-5 capacity statements on identified components of the STEM and Blossom projects
Timeframe / Schedule:
30 working days until the end of 30th June 2021
The Consultant will report to:
Director of Programmes
The Consultant will work closely with:
Director of Programmes, Country Director, and other Mercy Corps Nepal team members as assigned.
Required Skills and Experience:
Mercy Corps seeks candidates with excellent writing skills and experience of working in international development, and preferably with experience of working in the Nepal context. Key requirements include:
- 5-10 years of experience in a relevant technical field
- Excellent English verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to present information logically and concisely
- Ability to work under pressure and deliver quality products under tight deadlines and in sparse working environments
- Ability to work as part of diverse teams and support planning processes
- Strong organizational and presentation skills, attention to detail, and proficiency in Microsoft Office and other appropriate software
- Experience of working in international development and the humanitarian sector
- Preference given to candidates with prior experience of working on issues related education, youth engagement and/or economic empowerment
- Preference given to candidates with prior experience and demonstrated understanding of development issues in Nepal
- Previous experience of working on communications deliverables with the international development sector is desirable
Application Process and Requirements
Qualified and interested parties are asked to submit the following:
- Cover letter, which states a daily fee rate quoted in USD for deliverables
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