Consultant - International Communication Consultant for the FARM Programme

Programs Goma, Congo, Democratic Republic Of (Was Zaire)



Mercy Corps is an international humanitarian and development non-governmental organisation (NGO), operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since August 2007, with a staff of approximately 600 team members. The Mercy Corps National Office is located in Goma with sub-delegations in Masisi (North Kivu), Bunia and Bukavu (South Kivu). Mercy Corps' activities in the DRC consist in the provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), but also on large-scale WASH infrastructure and the development of service delivery in urban centers. Moreover, Mercy Corps also implements food security, governance support, and economic recovery programmes with a growing trend toward transition and integrated development programmes.


Purpose / Project Description:

In North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC, Mercy Corps (MC) and Search For Common Ground (SFCG), in cooperation with the international consultancy firm Fair & Sustainable Consulting (F&S), are implementing the integrated Food Security and Inclusive Access to Resources for Conflict-Sensitive Market Development (FARM) programme, which seeks to improve stability for men, women, boys and girls through development of a more efficient and inclusive market environment and improved access to land, reaching upwards of 44,000 households (or 200,000 individuals) in Masisi and Rutshuru Territories.

To obtain this goal, the FARM programme addresses systemic constraints and barriers to land access and control and supports joint community planning for better land use, while simultaneously facilitating increased economic cooperation between market actors from different communities and helping them to improve their income through inclusive value chain development. The consortium implements all activities according to equitable access and participative approaches for women, men, youth and members of different ethnic groups.

Since the start of the programme, FARM has reached 46,531 direct participants and 297,440 indirect participants. FARM is now delivering meaningful results at an increasing scale, on various fronts (land access, land security, land restoration, market access), as the programme enters into its fourth year.


Consultant Objectives:

The consultant will build a workplan and collect story assets in order to develop communications deliverables.) targeted at specific stakeholders, including donors, NGOs, UN agencies, national and provincial authorities, Congolese media, internal Mercy Corps). The communications deliverables will highlight different approaches of the FARM project including market systems, conflict resolution, natural resource management, and land access and control.


Consultant Activities:

The activities carried out by the consultant will be as follows:

- Field visits (where permissible, COVID-19 dependent)

- Analysis and interpretation of data provided by the consortium

- Liaising with donors and other stakeholders, and partnering with country and HQ communications focal points to ensure deliverables are complementary to broader communications goals and plans

- Video and audio recordings

- Collecting testimonials and interviewing key program participants.

- Production of articles, videos, content for social networks based on the information collected.


Consultant Deliverables:

The Consultant will develop a workplan to complement the milestones of the FARM program and relevant external moments. The deliverables will include but not be limited to:

  • Assets for pitching to media - national and international
  • Assets for providing to donors and partners for their own online channels
  • Articles and blogs for Mercy Corps and partner websites
  • Video content for online and social media channels
  • Draft tweets and posts for multiple social media platforms

Indicative list of topics:

  • Connecting farmer producer organizations to the market
  • Public-Private Partnerships with market actors
  • Market information system set up with Orange
  • Resilience design for smallholder farmers, natural resource management (NRM), and climate resilient agriculture.
  • Collective land titling
  • Facilitating access to land
  • Land conflict resolution
  • Other topics as identifie


Timeframe / Schedule: 

The consultancy will begin in late August for a total duration of around 6 months, which may include some remote work.  Field visits and data collection will take place in September - October, and with continuous analysis of the information gathered in order to enable the consultant to begin publishing content from October forward. 


The Consultant will report to:

The consultant will report to the FARM programme Director.

They will work in close collaboration with the FARM project managers, the Communication Manager of MC DRC, and the HQ Communications team.


Required Experience & Skills:

▪ Minimum of a BAC+4 university degree in Journalism, Social Communications, Marketing or other Social Sciences or at least 10 years of practical work in journalism, communications programmes.

▪ 5 to 10 years experience in media and communications, ideally within the humanitarian and international development fields .

▪ Good knowledge and experience of working with local partner agencies, radio stations, opinion leaders, local authorities, national and international organisations.

▪ Have a good knowledge of the Congolese media landscape.

Excellent writing skills, including long-form articles and short, succinct posts for social media 

▪ Video production and editing skills

▪ Demonstrated experience in the development of communication materials for large-scale, multi-sectoral development programmes related to agriculture, market systems development, agricultural finance, economic development, land rights, peacebuilding is desirable.

▪ Strong knowledge of relevant platforms for the publication of communications materials delivered as part of this consultancy.

▪ Fluency in English and French is a must, with Swahili considered as an asset

Applicants will be requested to submit a CV as well as a cover letter and a selection of writing samples in English and French.