Consultant - MSD Technical MEL Advisor
Mercy Corps has worked across Iraq’s 18 governorates since 2003, implementing relief and development programming, more than a third of which has focused on the specific needs of refugees and displaced persons. Mercy Corps Iraq’s goal is to work with civil society, public and private sector partners to meet immediate needs and reduce longer-term vulnerabilities of communities within Iraq. Mercy Corps Iraq focuses on (1) providing humanitarian assistance to conflict affected populations to meet basic needs, maintain human dignity and facilitate self-empowerment; (2) supporting income-generating opportunities that transition individuals and households from financial dependency towards financial independence while facilitating market-system approaches; (3) working with young females and young males to address their diverse needs, promoting leadership and linkages with civil society, as well as access to education, psychosocial support, and economic opportunities; and (4) promoting reconciliation and foster trust across community divisions by strengthening conflict management and prevention mechanisms and enhancing social cohesion.
Purpose / Project Description:
Mercy Corps Iraq is implementing an agriculture development program that aims to improve the business environment, and improve access to financial services as well as reactivate the agriculture value chains in the area of Hamdaniya in Ninewa governorate. The agricultural sector in Ninewa, once the main agricultural production area for Iraq, has been largely disorganized by the conflict: public infrastructures such as irrigated perimeters, slaughterhouses, markets etc. have been either damaged and/or plundered, as were private equipment and assets (orchards, poultry houses, feed production units and other essential items for agriculture livelihood. Although rehabilitation and recovery costs may be in progress, access to financial resources is a challenge both for the government, due to a comparatively low priority on agriculture in reconstruction efforts, and for farmers, whose capital has been depleted. The same can be said for all micro and small enterprises that are part of the economic fabric of rural areas and therefore contribute to the overall rural development of the governorate.
- Provide technical guidance around the initial start-up and implementation activities of PERMA, especially in regards to developing a structure for implementation and continuous improvement/adaptive management of MSD interventions.
- Develop a monitoring approach and tools, systems for reflection, and learning practices for MSD component of PERMA program, in close coordination with program and MEL teams.
- Support identification and recruitment of additional MSD support staff for the PERMA program.
- Orient and train the PERMA program and MEL staff, on technical MSD program implementation, and monitoring for the
- Coordinate with the MEL Manager for PERMA program, to ensure the integration of monitoring the MSD component to the overall PERMA MEL and indicator plan.
The Consultant will conduct the following activities:
- Develop a structure to plan, implement and continuously improve MSD interventions, using best practice for MSD programming regionally.
- Develop a monitoring approach, tools, and systems for reflection, and learning practices for MSD component of the PERMA program.
- Develop concepts for the MEL consultancy firm for qualitative research projects (in coordination with MEL Manager and program team).
- Conduct a recruitment process for additional MSD support staff for the PERMA program.
- Conduct an orientation on the MEL MSD to the PERMA program and MEL staff, includings consortium partners.
- Conduct a training on the MEL MSD to the PERMA program staff and MEL staff, including consortium partners.
- Coordinate with the MEL Manager responsible for the PERMA program, to ensure the integration of monitoring the MSD component in the overall PERMA monitoring plan.
- Provide a consultancy report.
The Consultant will develop the following deliverables.
- Monitoring system and tools, systems for reflection, and learning practices on MSD for PERMA Program developed.
- Qualitative research activities identified and presented to the PERMA program team for MSD research and development.
- Additional staffing resources identified and recruited.
- PERMA program staff oriented and trained on MEL MSD.
- MEL MSD integrated with the overall MEL system of the PERMA program
- Consultancy Report developed and submitted.
Timeframe / Schedule:
Maximum two months’ duration – 15 December to 1 February 2020, full time in Iraq. Since the nature of this consultancy requires the consultant’s daily presence as a member of a team, the working days and hours applicable to regular Mercy Corps staff in Iraq will also apply to the consultant. However, depending on the nature of work and ability to actually work on sixth day of a week, the consultant may work, if asked to do so for a specific deliverable.
From December 2019 to February 2020, the work schedules will be adjusted based on the program needs. The work schedule for this period will be developed on a monthly basis.
The Consultant will report to:
The Consultant will work closely with:
Financial Inclusion Manager, Agriculture Consortium Manager
Required Experience & Skills:
- Relevant advanced degree required.
- 5-7 years’ professional experience in design and management of monitoring and evaluation systems for complex, multi-sectoral projects.
- Familiarity with the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) Standards is essential
- Demonstrated experience monitoring facilitative project interventions using a “Making Markets work for the Poor (M4P)” approach and/or a value chain development approach.
- Experience in training, capacity building of partners and team members.
- Experience in impact assessment.
- Experience in providing written analyses of complex market systems, and development of system for knowledge management and dissemination.
- Fluency in spoken and written English. Arabic is preferr