Consultant - GIRL-H Technical Private Sector Engagement - Remote

Programs Anywhere, United States


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 worldwide, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.

Purpose / Project Description:

Girls Improving Resilience through Livelihoods + Health (GIRL-H) is a Mercy Corps-implemented 36-month program targeting adolescent girls, boys, and young people aged 10 to 24 years in Kenya, Uganda, and Haiti. The program aims to improve girls' well-being by increasing their access to life skills, health information, basic numeracy and literacy, financial literacy, and fostering pathways to formal education, economic opportunities, and civic engagement.

The overall goal of GIRL-H is that adolescent girls, boys, and young people experience improved well-being and increased access to educational, economic, and civic engagement opportunities, contributing to individual and household resilience.

One of our objectives aims to have the public, private, and civil sectors foster an enabling environment in which girls are valued and can access their human rights and exercise personal agency.

Consultant Activities:

The Consultant will:

Refining the partnership development and management process

  • Build on the PSE strategy and tools to introduce a streamlined process of identifying, selecting, and managing PSE partnerships
  • Refine, embed and test the existing tools and develop any additional ones into the GIRL-H private sector partnership process to plug any existing gaps
  • Identify and liaise with various Mercy Corps departments, e.g., finance, procurement, PARQ, etc. to outline the partnership process and clearly articulate their roles and responsibilities at each stage of the process
  • Specifically develop a selection and approval matrix for partner identification, selection, and engagement

KPIs

  • Development and use of the partnership selection and implementation matrix
  • Refined PSE partnership process for GIRL-H - including refinement and incorporation of tools across all stages of the partnerships process 

Validation of the strategy

  • Working with the country program managers and PSE officers, the Consultant will conduct in-country assessments to map the private sector in the implementation regions and shortlist high potential partners
  • Building on the private sector mapping, the Consultant will review and refine target sectors and opportunity areas outlined in the PSE strategy through validation with various in-country stakeholders to establish interest and implementation viability
  • Develop a refined outline of partnership opportunities in each of the countries based on the feedback from stakeholders
  • Analysis of high potential partners based on opportunity areas identified. The Consultant will shortlist the partners with the highest potential for partnership

KPIs

  • Refined outline of target sector and opportunity areas that have been tested and validated with in-country stakeholders
  • Shortlist of partners with highest opportunities

Selection of partners and development and operationalization of partnership concepts

  • Working with the program management unit, the country PSE officers, and country program managers to develop a pipeline of at least ten high potential private sector partnerships in each market and operationalize at least three flagship partnerships in each the first six months
  • For the nine flagship partnerships, the Consultant will prepare concept notes and facilitate brainstorms with the selected partner and relevant stakeholders (we anticipate some level of co-designing with the selected partner(s)). The Consultant will ensure that the concept meets all Mercy Corps quality and implementation standards before and during operationalization
  • Responsible for the operationalization of the nine flagship partnerships based on the concepts developed and approved. The Consultant will be overall responsible and accountable for the implementation of these concepts. In doing so, they will work with the in-country PSE officers responsible for on-the-ground implementation, including preparation of documentation, scheduling of meetings, following up with MC and partner teams, etc.
  • The Consultant, working with the program director and country program managers, will come up with a partnership management process - outlining the responsibilities of each team member and the processes to be followed during execution until closeout
  • In the operationalization of the partnerships, the Consultant will jointly work with the PMU and country teams (GIRL-H, procurement, sub-award teams) to identify and implement the most suitable methodology for each partnership - ranging from sub-awards, single sourcing and tendering, etc.
  • Develop a mechanism to evaluate the success of pilots, draw learnings and determine which ones should be scaled

KPIs

  • Preparation of a pipeline of at least ten private sector partnerships in each market - this will include an outline of potential partners, partnership opportunity, and assessment of the viability
  • Operationalization of three flagship concepts per country - from concept development, contracting, implementation, etc

Capacity building

  • Develop a partnership management process that outlines the roles of various PMU and in-country GIRL-H team member
  • Handhold country staff through the partner identification, selection, concept development, and implementation processes to build their ability to execute future partnerships
  • Develop pieces of training for local PSE reps on critical topics, including (1) partner mapping and identification (2) pitching to private sector actors (3) intervention design, concept note development, and partner negotiation (4) partner monitoring and management
  • Conduct at least two trips to each market location for mapping, partner outreach, and relationship development, and go to meetings with the local PSD to demonstrate-by-doing about best practice
  • Review each concept note submitted by country teams and provide constructive feedback
  • Provide feedback on capacity and performance of local PSD reps to in-country program managers and program director

KPIs

  • Partnership process outlining management functions and roles of GIRL-H team members
  • Handholding country team members to implement the partnerships, i.e., concept note preparation and review, co-designing, operationalization, etc.
  • Training on private sector engagement developed and delivered to PMU and country teams
  • Hand Holding and mentorship of country staff during in-country visits - ensuring that staff are engaged and learn-on-the-job during partner outreach and meetings

Consultant Deliverables:

The Consultant will:

  • Development and use of the partnership selection and implementation matrix
  • Refined PSE partnership process for GIRL-H - including refinement and incorporation of tools across all stages of the partnerships process
  • Refined outline of target sector and opportunity areas that have been tested and validated with in-country stakeholders
  • Shortlist of partners with highest opportunities
  • Preparation of a pipeline of at least ten private sector partnerships in each market - this will include an outline of potential partners, partnership opportunity, and assessment of the viability
  • Operationalization of three flagship concepts per country - from concept development, contracting, implementation, etc
  • Partnership process outlining management functions and roles of GIRL-H team members
  • Handholding country team members to implement the partnerships, i.e., concept note preparation and review, co-designing, operationalization, etc.
  • Training on private sector engagement developed and delivered to PMU and country teams
  • Hand Holding and mentorship of country staff during in-country visits - ensuring that staff are engaged and learn-on-the-job during partner outreach and meetings

Timeframe / Schedule: 

  • Inception Report- Within one week of signing the contract
  • Partnership selection and implementation matrix- Within one week of signing the contract
  • Private sector engagement plan two weeks of signing the contract
  • Four flagship partnerships per country- Within three months of signing the contract

The Consultant will report to:

Program Director GIRL-H Program

The Consultant will work closely with:

Country Program Managers, Program Management Unity Manager, and Director of Research & Evidence

Required Experience & Skills:

  • 5-10 years of experience in a relevant technical of which at least three will have been with a private sector entity, public-private sector engagement, or a social enterprise
  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in economics, business management, business administration innovation, project planning and management, public policy and administration, or any other business-related fields
  • Demonstrated experience in building and managing effective partner relationships, including the ability to navigate complex political and multi-stakeholder environments
  • Minimum 5 years of demonstrable experience in market facilitation, supporting systemic change and promoting a business or market/economic development. At least three years will have been with a private sector organization
  • Experience in the development and implementation of project management and matrix frameworks;
  • Demonstrated skills in building partnerships between the private sector and development actors
  • Proven ability to develop, drive, and support end-to-end business development processes, including partner selection, concept creation, co-designing interventions, execution, MERL, etc.
  • Fluency in French will be an added advantage
  • Willingness to travel internationally, sometimes at short notice

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 can better 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 based on 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 international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging communities as equal partners in designing, monitoring, and evaluating our field projects. Team members are expected to conduct themselves professionally and respect local laws, customs, and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.