Consultant - Decentralization Program Design Guide Development - 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.
There are increasing opportunities to design and implement democracy and governance programs that support transparent, accountable, and responsive decentralized governance systems. Mercy Corps’ existing governance approach and theory of change clearly articulate intervention streams with community mobilization, civil society support, and accountable decision makers. Holistic decentralization programs approach at the systems level, with supply side interventions that combine institutional and public administration support with process-oriented activities focused on norms and values, and demand-side interventions that mobilize civil society and generate civic participation. Mercy Corps seeks to produce a generalized “program design guide” based on its existing governance approach framework, and leveraging recently developed proposals for specific countries. The guide is intended for proposal development and program implementation teams, to easily translate governance principles and approaches into building out activities and interventions that are then customized to the political context, governmental structure, and democratic development needs of a specific country.
Purpose / Project Description:
Mercy Corps seeks a consultant who will synthesize existing Mercy Corps approach documents, supporting materials, and proposals - informed by sectoral best practice and thinking - into a “program design guide” that can articulate the goals, theory of change, approaches, illustrative activities, and other details of a holistic decentralization and accountable governance program.
The Consultant will:
The consultancy will complete the following main activities:
- Become familiar with Mercy Corps governance and partnerships approach through review of current Governance and Partnership (GAP) team approach documents, program and sector guides, and key program documents, proposal, and/or evaluations that demonstrate the approach;
- Review the recent decentralization and devolution proposals Mercy Corps has developed;
- Develop a generalized draft program design guide based on and using these materials, in collaboration with the GAP team;
- Submit drafts (in prescribed Mercy Corps format) for one round of review and address comments before finalization.
The Consultant will:
- Deliver initial program design guide proposed outline and suggested annexes, due for review by April 30, 2021;
- Draft decentralization and devolution program design guide due for comment on or about May 14, 2021.
- Finalized decentralization and devolution program design guide due by May 28, 2021.
The Consultant will report to:
Senior Advisor, Governance and Partnership TSU
The Consultant will work closely with:
Required Experience & Skills:
- 5-10 years of experience in Democracy and Governance field (required)
- Experience designing or implementing decentralization or devolution programming, including local or municipal governance strengthening activities
- Familiarity with diverse systems of decentralized local governance
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