Livelihood Consultant (ERMS) at FHI 360 Nigeria
Closing date October 28, 2019 Background
FHI 360 is a development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions for human development. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.FHI 360 is currently operating an Integrated Humanitarian Assistance Project in Northeast Nigeria in Borno State with offices in Dikwa, Ngala, Bama/Banki, Mobbar/Damasak and a scale up plan to Damboa Local Government Areas (LGA). We implement integrated programs in health, nutrition, protection (Gender Based Violence and Child Protection) and WASH components. FHI 360 seeks to integrate a component on Economic Recovery and Market Systems (ERMS) with specific focus on livelihoods that will help affected populations restore and/or improve their livelihoods and support market systems at household, community or state’s level. FHI 360 has been working in Nigeria for more than 30 years and has expanded its programs to respond to the humanitarian crisis through integrated WASH, Health, Protection and Nutrition interventions and Economic Recovery and Market System. To achieve these, an analysis of the market systems and their variables (supply and demand) play major roles on the survival and livelihoods of the affected population.Therefore, FHI 360 is currently seeking qualified candidates as Livelihood Specialist to provide Rapid Livelihood Restoration consulting services and market assessment in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria,Scope of WorkMarkets play a critical role in how people survive, so understanding how they work during a crisis, and the best way for humanitarian responses to work with them, is essential. Crises certainly affect markets, but not always in predictable ways. Crises can disrupt specific activities and relationships within a market or cause markets to fail completely. As a result, individuals, households, and businesses may be forced to take actions that undermine their current well-being and future viability. Therefore, the livelihood intervention under the Economic Recovery and Market Systems (ERMS) sector will assist crisis affected and vulnerable populations to reduce the economic and social impact of disasters and build community resilience to shocks and enhance skills and financial services for families. The livelihood consulting service should include but not be limited to the following activities.· A comprehensive understanding of relevant market dynamics and economic factors that avoids negative market distortions;· An analysis of the local skills and capacities that minimize harm to the natural environment and individuals, including/considering conflict dynamics, as well as enough analysis of the relevant market systems;· Demonstrate a strong element of community consultation prior to determining the most viable livelihood intervention(s);· Describe the relevant and critical market systems, the relevant disaster risks to those market systems, and the likely effect the disaster would have;· Clearly mitigate or transfer risks to people’s livelihoods from a specific, likely shock for which people’s existing coping strategies are inadequate;· Assess women’s and men’s own perspectives on the most serious risks to their livelihoods, their risk tolerance, and existing strategies for managing or reducing risk;· Describe lessons learned from past efforts at risk management in the program area· Clearly show community/affected population contributions and co-investment with local governments and the private sector over full subsidy of assets;· Assess the establishment of non-formal, self-capitalized community-based savings groups, e.g. credit groups or similar models;· Identify possibility of people access to formal or non-informal financial services, including savings, credits from existing financial service providers;· Identify the existence of other financial structures that can support community resilience to help them be better prepared for disasters or to meet disaster-related demand;· Review the Linkage of cash transfer recipients to formal or non-formal financial services including livelihoods; and the provision of financial education· Provide a general overview of various types of financial services in the program area and their coverage of, and services to, the target population;· Describe the target population’s access to financial services (livelihoods), including access to needed identity documents/processes to access services;· Explain how the disaster has interrupted access to finance and how this affects men’s and women’s livelihoods and critical markets;· Describe the impact you expect supporting financial services to have on men’s and women’s livelihoods, as well as the local economy, within the program period;· Explain what other donors or commercial investors are doing in support of access to finance and why USAID/OFDA is the appropriate donor to address the identified needs;· Describe the prevailing security and economic environment and whether it is conducive to financial services activities;· Identify unmet demand for livelihood opportunities in the community. Include a focus on equitable opportunities for men, women, and disadvantaged individuals· Describe affected population’s livelihood ability in group governance aspects including men’s and women’s free choice and self-selection into groups, and their ability to elect their own leaders and set their own rules;· Identify similar approaches already exist or have been tried in the program area, and their history;· Identify any cultural, gender, or security issues (including possibility of displacement) that may impede the success of livelihood program and how they can be addressed these; and possibility for continued expansion/replication of livelihood activities beyond the program period.Protection MainstreamingEconomic recovery programs should orient enterprises and households to markets that are growing, stable, or have unmet demand in order to provide opportunities for employment and/or increased income to sustain livelihoods. Thus, the consulting service must illustrate results of how resources and services are equally available and useful to both men and women in the program areas, including women’s participation and decision making. The assessment must target persons with special vulnerability (e.g. female-headed households, persons with disabilities, youth, and adolescents,) and identify/address barriers to their participation. It must also consider safety and protection concerns in place for affected population, especially women and how to will mitigate any risk of sexual exploitation and abuse during program activities.Location of Work and Duration of AssessmentThe livelihood assessment (formal and non-formal financial services) will be conducted in the 4 project Local Government Areas (LGA), Ngala, Damboa and Damasak in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.The rapid livelihood assessment is expected to last for the period of 30 days working days including the submission of full reports.Timetable and Address for SubmissionThe submission of full proposal and technical documents including budgets are due no later than 28th October 2019 Please note that partial submission of proposal will be accepted.Qualifications
- MA/MSc or equivalent in livelihoods, financial services (formal and non-formal sectors) in humanitarian, early recovery and resilience context and or related degree
- Minimum of 5 years+ relevant livelihood and related financial services experience in humanitarian contexts and IDP settings within the international NGOs and development sectors; field experience is essential.
- Proven expertise in livelihoods in humanitarian, early recovery including a demonstrated understanding of relevant standards and indicators in the minimum Economic Recovery Standards, a Sphere companion guide and OFDA/USAID guidelines on Early Recovery and Market Systems
- Prior experience in startup and management of livelihoods in humanitarian programs including working with women and men’s involvement in livelihood opportunities, equitable resources distribution and participation in decision making
- Has sensitivity to cultural diversity and understanding of the political, contextual, and ethical issues in assigned areas.
- Articulate and professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive fashion with clients and staff
- Must have conducted same or similar livelihoods and/or formal and non-formal assessments (added advantage)
- Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English
Evaluation Criteria/Essential Skills and QualificationsAll Proposals/Submissions will be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria:· Demonstrated understanding of livelihood, formal and non-formal financial services in a humanitarian, resilience and/or early recovery context· Availability and willingness to work in the project locations within the timeframe and for the duration required· Years of relevant experience conducting livelihoods related interventions in a humanitarian context· Best value for money and quality technical documents· The consultant should have qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, interpreting and report writing skill· Strong communication skills, able to effectively present information clearly and respond appropriately to questions from FHI 360 staff and other relevant stakeholders· Strong supervisory and organizational skills· Ability to work on own initiative and to meet deadlines.· Ability to cope with stress; hardship; patience and flexibility.· Ability and willingness to travel to field sitesHow to ApplyRequired DocumentationProposals submitted must include the following components:· A one-page cover letter· Biodata form ( https://solicitations.fhi360.org/FHI360%20Biographical%20Data%20Form.pdf)· CV/profile and reference details of previous clients· Evidence of similar assessment or work conducted in the past· Technical Assessment proposal based on livelihood program logic including the following information- what types of baseline data to be collected, what sources are needed for the information identified, methodologies required based on the objective of the assessment, financial proposal based on consultancy, detailed work plan (Gannt chart) with clear timelines and any other viable information needed for the assessment· Indicate number of data collectors/enumerators you would like to work with plus their minimum requirements
Deliverables· A rapid livelihood assessment report completed and validated within 30 days, clearly meeting the scope of work (SOW) mentioned above· Support the writing to the ERMS section of the full proposal· Submit all the training materials, assessment tools and data analysis outputs (both raw and final) electronically to FHI 360 IHANN II· Complete livelihood data collection and entry that reflects the target locations in Borno State, Nigeria· Work closely with the M&E and Protection team on all aspects of the assessment up to the final reports· Present the livelihood assessment report after analysis including background, methodology, results, limitations, findings, conclusions and recommendations (short and medium terms livelihood opportunities)
How to Apply:· Interested applicants who meet the required profile are invited to submit a biodata form , CV, a financial proposal (this should outline the detail financial breakdown per each of the proposed activities) and a technical proposal (this should include, but not limited to understanding of the ToR with critical reflection on the consultancy assignment, methodology) to [email protected] until October 28, 2019.