Consultant - Advancing Peace & Stability in Syria - Jordan

Programs Amman, Jordan


Project Location: Amman, Jordan (with possible travel within the Middle East region)


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 building stronger communities from within. Now, and in the future.

Mercy Corps has been present in Syria since 2012 and implements emergency, life-sustaining and early recovery interventions.

Purpose / Project Description:

Mercy Corps is pursuing opportunities for programs that contribute to social cohesion and peacebuilding in Syria. In anticipation of an imminent donor call for proposals, Mercy Corps seeks a consultant to lead the technical development of a competitive multi-year peacebuilding proposal for submission to a prospective donor. 

Consultant Objectives:

The consultant will ensure that the proposal reflects a sound context analysis, is evidence based, builds on learning from the peacebuilding field of practice and articulates practical approaches to harness opportunities for advancing peace and contributing to the long-term stability of Syria. The consultant will use participatory processes, which will guarantee that the final proposal reflects the perspectives of Mercy Corps and its partner organizations while simultaneously responding to donor priorities as outlined in the call for proposals.

Consultant Activities:

The Consultant will undertake several activities to deliver against stated objectives including:

  • Develop/review and finalize proposal development work plan
  • Undertake a rapid context analysis (including conflict analysis and gender analysis) utilizing data from both primary and secondary sources
  • Gather evidence and learning from Mercy Corps, partners and other peace and conflict practitioners to inform proposal design.
  • Facilitate project design workshops with the participation of Mercy Corps team members and staff from partner organizations
  • Develop the project approach, logical framework, work plan, propose a staffing structure and write the proposal narrative
  • Provide key recommendations for consideration during proposal budget development – in support of project delivery
  • Provide weekly progress updates/debriefs to Mercy Corps proposal development support team; raise any issues of concern and requests for support
  • Gather information from secondary and primary sources to ground the proposal in context and evidence
  • Travel as necessary to meet with Mercy Corps and partner teams

Consultant Deliverables:

The Consultant will provide:

  • Proposal development timeline
  • Summary of rapid context analysis findings (including conflict analysis and gender analysis)
  • Project design workshop report
  • Draft project approach, logical framework, work plan and staffing structure for review and approval by Mercy Corps proposal development support team
  • Summary of key considerations for the project budget
  • Full and final proposal in donor template, incorporating feedback/inputs from Mercy Corps’ proposal development support team.
  • The consultant will also develop two additional short concept notes, which represent our Peace and Conflict program in Syria

Timeframe / Schedule: 

The consultancy will last a total of six weeks. The consultant’s application should include an indicative work plan with timelines for key deliverables during the proposal development process

The consultant should preferably be available during the second week of February 2020.

The Consultant will report to:

The Peace and Conflict Advisor, Mercy Corps Syria

The Consultant will work closely with:

Mercy Corps grants team, new initiatives team, peace and conflict advisor, program directors; and focal points for partner organizations

Required Experience & Skills:

  • Graduate degree in relevant field e.g. humanities, social or political sciences, such as peacebuilding, dispute resolution, international relations or equivalent relevant field experience.
  • Significant international experience (at least 5-7 years) in programming related to the peace and conflict field of expertise that includes preparing writing and analysis on proposal development, designing interventions and managing integrated proposal teams, demonstrating strong theoretical and applied knowledge of the field of expertise.
  • Practical field experience in peace, conflict and governance programming including monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in remote program management and Syria response preferred.
  • Experience facilitating participatory and consultative approach.
  • Strong writing skills including experience in writing proposals for diverse donor audiences particularly European and United States Government donors. For this excellent analytical skills and computer literacy is required.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties. Tact and diplomacy are essential.
  • The ability to work closely in a team, be patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and work in an environment that is often stressful and potentially volatile.
  • Willingness to travel within the Middle East region.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English. Fluency in spoken Arabic is advantageous.