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. Mercy Corps has been present in Niger since 2005, focusing its interventions on improving food security, livelihoods, gender, social cohesion, governance and emergency response outcomes. Our work in these areas contributes to local communities’ resilience to shocks and stresses and enables them to achieve long-term, inclusive and equitable development, including through supporting safe and productive migration.
In West Africa, migration is a common response to insecurity and environmental hardships. Yet, there is little evidence on the economic returns to this livelihood strategy. Planning for Productive Migration (PPM), a project designed in partnership with Stanford’s Immigration Policy Lab (IPL), seeks to support safe, regular, and productive migration and to understand its impact through action-research. Though migration may unlock economic improvements and other benefits, it is also associated with several risks including trafficking, exploitation and legal issues. The PPM program helps men from rural Niger access livelihood opportunities across ECOWAS, through an integrated package of support which includes, migration planning, alleviating financial constraints to migrate, support to obtain legal requirements for migration, and deploying a robust risk mitigation plan for migrants.
Purpose / Project Description:
In 2021, Mercy Corps and IPL were awarded a grant to pilot the PPM program and research with 210 households (110 participants and 100 non-participants) in the Tahoua Department of Niger. The purpose of the pilot is to test the primary components of the program and enable learning before the full scale-implementation of the program, planned for 2022. Working to identify any challenges from the pilot and advising on necessary implementation adjustments is critical to ensure successful implementation and learning opportunities for the full-scale PPM program. The Program Coordination Consultant will help the Mercy Corps Niger team, Mercy Corps Research and Learning Team, and the IPL to assess what can be improved based on information from the pilot, and help the teams decide and prepare for how to proceed for scaling the program. The scale-up from pilot to full program, will require adapting the program model to assist 3,000 participants across three treatment and one non-treatment arms, as per the following:
PPM program treatment group – PPM training and household dialogues, bus tickets, risk mitigation mechanisms & data collection with 940 participants
Unconditional cash transfer (UCT) treatment group – distribution of ~$100 cash and phones & data collection with 830 participants
Control group – phone delivery & data collection with 830 participants in the same locations as individuals in both treatment groups
Pure control group – baseline and follow-up data collection with 400 participants in villages where there are no treated individuals
Consultant Objectives: Work in-country with Mercy Corps Niger’s PPM Program Manager, Operations, Finance, and other relevant teams to identify implementation challenges and advance implementation planning for scaling-up the PPM pilot.
The Consultant will:
Hold discussions with the MC Niger team, IPL and MC R&L to document learning from pilot implementation including with regards to security, procurement, logistics, community engagement, and MEL.
Develop an implementation plan for full-scale PPM program implementation, including timing of specific activities and human resources needs to implement at scale. This should include plans for:
New communities/communes within Tahoua required to target to achieve expected participant numbers
Ongoing community engagement plans, including communication with community leaders
Pre/post-training tests and participant data management
Training logistics, including trainer recruitment, delivery of per diems to participants, identifying venues, planning for preparation and distribution of phones
Mechanism for distributing unconditional cash transfers
Review existing budget, re-allocate existing funds based on actual expenditures during the pilot and plans to scale, and identify any uncovered budgetary needs.
In conjunction with IPL and MC R&L develop data management protocols for how the PPM program team should track and share participant information.
The Consultant will develop:
A revised PPM budget, including proposed re-allocation of existing resources, and additional resources needed to implement the program
A detailed implementation plan for full-scale PPM program, including identifying staffing needed to implement program
A participant data management plan
Tentative Timeframe / Schedule: April 25th (or earlier) – June 24, 2022
For completing the above-mentioned activities, it would be ideal for the consultant to spend as much time as possible in Niamey, with a minimum of 2 weeks in-country.
Review of project and pilot material – remote – 5 days
Development of implementation plan – Niamey and remote – 10 days
Facilitate discussions with PPM team, MC R&L and IPL – Niamey – 5 days
Development of revised budget – Niamey and remote – 5 days
Development of data management plan – Niamey and remote – 5 days
Total days: 30 DAYS
The Consultant will report to: Director of Research and Learning, Climate Change and Migration
The Consultant will work closely with: PPM Program Manager; PPM Program Officer; Deputy Director of Programs, Mercy Corps Niger; Country Director, Mercy Corps Niger; Mercy Corps Research and Learning Team; the Immigration Policy Lab
Required Experience & Skills:
5-10 years of experience in relevant technical field
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a field related to international development, political science, education and/or economics
Significant experience in program management, in a field-based position
Deep familiarity with the ECOWAS region, including prior work experience and professional network
Exceptional analytical, writing, and oral communication skills
Fluency in English and working proficiency in French is required
Travel and Working Condition
The consultancy may be conducted remotely and on a part-time basis, to be clarified in a work plan submitted by the consultant and agreed with the supervisor.
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