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Monday, April 10, 2017

Mercy Corps Consultancy Opportunity: Institutional and Context Analysis

Consultancy Opportunity: Institutional and Context Analysis
Consultancy Title: Institutional and Context Analysis
Project Location(s): Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu and Nandi Counties, travel required
Duration: 30 days.
Background:
Mercy Corps works almost exclusively in conflict and post-conflict environments. We currently have programs in
42 countries; the vast majority of these are considered at high or moderately high risk for instability. While we recognize the difficulties operating in these environments, we believe that transitional environments offer tremendous opportunities for positive change. Since the late 1990s, Mercy Corps has implemented more than 100 peacebuilding programs in over 30 countries with specific emphasis on people-to-people approaches.
Mercy Corps is implementing an 18 month Kenya Election Violence Prevention and Response program (KEVP) supported by the US State Departments, Conflict and Stabilization operations (CSO) to mitigate the risk of escalation of election-related violence in the lead up to, during, and immediately following the Kenyan elections currently scheduled for August 2017 in four Counties: , Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru and Nandi.
Purpose / Project Description:
Based on experiences from past elections, the political landscape is likely to change as we approach August 2017, with possible new alliances, and defections after the party nominations/ primaries.
To support flexible programming and quick response including the facilitation of multi-stakeholder dialogues based on proper understanding of shifted dynamics since November 2016, Mercy Corps plans, jointly with IESCs to conduct a rigorous institutional and context analysis to understand new relationships and the processes that would have changed after the political party nominations/primaries.
The analysis will help the program determine new political interactions including any changes in the distribution of power and resources between groups/political parties and individuals, and the processes likely to create, sustain and transform these relationships over the election period
Illustrative Consultant Activities and Timeframe:
Detailed activities and exact dates will be refined based on consultant skills and a more specific scope of work presented during hiring negotiations. The institutional and context analyst (ICA) will commit to approximately
30 days starting May 5, 2017.
  • Work with Mercy Corps and Champions of Peace staff to identify appropriate individuals with peace committees and integrated electoral security committees for interviews and FGS.
  • Conduct a thorough literature review of the institutions and political dynamics of the four counties.
  • Conduct a dissemination workshop to share the outcome of the findings
  • Analysis and synthesis of existing information on local capacities for electoral violence mitigation
  • Recommendations for key actors within sub counties including key election related points of conflicts, potential hotspot areas, and specific strategies or interventions Mercy Corps and its partners should consider, and areas where additional resources might be required.
The Consultant will report to:
KEVP Chief of party
The Consultant will work closely with:
The KEVP Deputy Chief of Party, Champions of Peace Program Manager, and members of the assessment team
Consultancy Opportunity: Institutional and Context Analysis
Profile of the Consultant:
The consultant shall have the following skills and experiences:
  • Highly knowledgeable of election conflicts and violence in Kenya and specifically in the
    counties of Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru and Nandi.
  • Highly skilled researcher with demonstrated past research work on conflict and stakeholder analysis
  • Experienced negotiator/mediator with proven past experience
  • Minimum 5 years work experience in related field
  • Strong analytical and writing skills
1. Expression of Interest
Qualified persons interested in undertaking this assignment should send an Expression of Interest consisting of:
  • A short proposal on how the assignment will be undertaken (The proposal must be concise and straight to the point adhering to the timeframe)
  • A clear work plan
  • Budget
  • Curriculum vitae of the key personnel
  • Applications by organizations to include a brief history of the organization and relevant experience
Assessment Criteria
  • All proposals will be assessed on the following criteria:
Criteria Detail Points
Experience of Applicant
  • Combination of organizational or individual experience, profiles of key individuals on the project, and provided demonstrations of work
  • Technical proposal Quality proposals will provide detail of the approach, training methodology, duration of training activities, examples of negotiation/mediation curriculums
  • Value for Money Cost of work, compared to quality of anticipated products being provided
Proposals in sealed envelopes should be dropped at the Mercy Corps Nairobi Office at ABC Place, Building 3, 1st Floor on or before April 21, 2017, 3pm.
Or mailed to:- ke-pr@mercycorps.org
Applicants seeking clarifications on this bid should send their questions/quarries to ke-pr@mercycorps.org by
10:00 am Wednesday April 12, 2017.

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