Elections sensitization strategy consultant

Mercy Corps Nigeria

Job Summary

The Northeast Conflict Management and Stabilization (NE-CMS) Program is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) through the Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) mechanism to reduce violence and insecurity in Borno State. The program is an expansion from a pilot phase implemented by a consortium from August 2016 to March 2017, and is currently being implemented by a consortium with multiple partners both international and national with Mercy Corps being the lead. The program will run until March 2019.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 4 years

Job Description

Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its interventions on humanitarian assistance, economic development, and conflict mitigation. With the ongoing insurgency in Northeast Nigeria causing the displacement of millions of individuals, Mercy Corps started its humanitarian response in 2014 to address the rising humanitarian needs. As the crisis has persisted, Mercy Corps’ strategy has also expanded to address the root causes of the conflict and seek to build the long-term resilience of communities with integrated programs focusing on governance, the recovery of markets and livelihoods, social cohesion and social protection, youth empowerment, and local conflict management.

The NE-CMS program seeks to contribute to:

  • Improved trust in the state to meet community needs
  • Reduced youth vulnerability to involvement in violence
  • Improved prevention of violence and peaceful coexistence within and between communities

Consultant Objectives

In the context of the nationwide general elections currently scheduled to take place in February 2019, the Consultant will work to support Outcome 1 through the development of an elections sensitization campaign strategy, aimed at raising citizen awareness of:

  • The forms and risks of corruption in elections and how to counter them
  • Their rights and responsibilities, rules and regulations related to voting
  • The risks of hate speech and rumors in elections and how to counter them
  • The importance of issue-based voting for accountability
  • These objectives were developed during a participatory Elections Sensitization Workshop with members of the North East Peace and Security Network on 4th October 2018 in Maiduguri, and subsequent strategy design will be based on results of the workshop. The strategy should demonstrate a high degree of conflict sensitivity and cultural sensitivity. The strategy will be used as the key planning document to guide the production and dissemination of sensitization tools and materials. 

Consultant Activities

The Consultant will:

  • Consult with the NE-CMS team in order to gain a strong understanding of Mercy Corps’ election sensitization objectives, as well as specific results of the Elections Sensitization Workshop to use as the foundation for strategy design.
  • Develop a conflict-sensitive elections sensitization strategy that prioritizes and consolidates the proposed objectives, messages, and methodologies developed during the Elections Sensitization Workshop in order to ensure that the sensitization campaign is coherent and impactful.
  • Verify translation of all sensitization messages into English, Hausa, and Kanuri languages, in coordination with licensed translators within Borno state.
  • Ensure that all sensitization strategy objectives are sufficiently SMART (Specific – Measurable – Achievable - Realistic - Time Bound) to enable NE-CMS to effectively measure outcomes.
  • Deliverables and Timeframe

Deliverables Deadline:

  • Consultation with the NE-CMS team 26th October 2018
  • Draft Strategy 2nd November 2018
  • Validated Translation of Messages in Hausa and Kanuri 7th November 2018
  • Final Strategy 9th November 2018
  • Deadlines to be confirmed upon contracting.

Document include:

  • The successful firm or candidate must include in the application package:

Technical Proposal:

  • Statement of Technical Expertise, including descriptions of 3 similar past projects (no more than 2 pages total)
  • Sample 2-page Strategy, demonstrating competency in ensuring conflict sensitivity and cultural sensitivity in elections sensitization campaigns
  • CV's, for Key Personnel
  • Cost Proposal, detailing daily consultant fees
  • Note: Any applications received past the deadline will not be considered

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