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Food Security and Livelihoods (market assessment) Consultant -- Danish Refugee Council

Background

The Danish Refugee Council has been in South Sudan since 2004 mainly working with returning refugees and internally displaced persons returning home after a long civil war. In 2012, DRC opened its operations in Upper Nile State (Maban County) to respond to the large influx of refugees coming from Blue Nile State in Sudan. In early 2013 DRC expanded its operations to Unity State, by setting up a new refugee camp, Ajuong Thok, to welcome refugees relocated from Yida as well as new arrivals from South Kordofan. Apart from building the new camp, DRC is responsible in Ajuong Thok for: Camp Management, Shelter, NFI distributions and Community Services. DRC is also implementing small infrastructure upgrading activities for the host community.

In 2012 DRC in South Sudan merged with the Danish Demining Group bringing together DRC’s protection activities and DDG’s AVR (armed violence reduction) activities as well as humanitarian mine action.

DRC’s main donors in Unity State are UNHCR and Danida.  The Head of Office will be leading a team of 6 international staff and over 70 national staff.

DRC is a rights-based organisation and a member of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) and therefore committed to documenting our accountability to the beneficiary population and the impact of our activities. DRC adopts a community-based approach, where beneficiaries and local authorities are included in the prioritising, planning and implementation of activities as an important measure of rehabilitation and capacity building.

Purpose of the assessment

Several agencies are or have until recently been involved in the provision of food security and livelihood activities (FSL) in both the refugee and host community. As activities move from emergency into a care and maintenance phase there is a real need to consider durable solutions for the refugee population. At the same time there is a need to consider the needs of the host community and to build stronger and peaceful relationships between the refugee and host communities.

UNHCR and partner agencies wish to develop an FSL strategy for Maban. This strategy would inform FSL activities for 2015 and beyond. In order to develop this strategy there is a need to gain a better understanding of past and present FSL activities.

Scope of work

The consultancy will be carried out approximately from 17th November 2014 and will be undertaken in primarily in 31 days.

Key tasks

The consultant is expected to

  • Provide an overview of what FSL activities have been conducted by different agencies in Maban county (both in the host community as well as in the four refugee camps) since 2012;
  • Conduct an assessment of youth vocational skills in both the host and refugee community;
  • Build on the work conducted in previous assessments;
  • Provide recommendations on which current FSL activities should continue in 2015, which activities should cease, and which new FSL activities should be considered for introduction in 2015;

Key Deliverables

  • Review recent assessments and other pertinent documentation on FSL activities in Maban;
  • Meet with all key stakeholders in Maban (UNHCR, partner agencies, local authorities, refugee community leaders, payam and other local administrators);
  • Provide a detailed and comprehensive written report which should;
  • Outline all FSL activities (including income-generating activities, vocational training) conducted in Maban in the past 12-18 months;
  • Provide a list of recommendations (including a clear rationale for each) on which FSL activities (including income-generating activities and vocational trainings) should continue, which activities should cease and which new activities should be introduced in 2015;
  • Present key findings to the Maban FSL Working Group towards the end of the consultancy period.

Time Frame

Availability: Mid November 2014

Duty station: Maban – Upper Nile, South Sudan

Contract Length: 31 days

Consultant profile

Essential:

  • Degree in Development Studies or qualification in social sciences or related subjects;
  • At least 5 years demonstrable NGO field experience in the FSL sector;
  • Experience of working in fragile and insecure environments;
  • Experience of working with refugee and host communities a distinct advantage;
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills;

Desirable:

  • Prior experience in South Sudan is a distinct advantage;
  • Knowledge of Arabic and any local language (Maban, Uduk) is a distinct advantage.

 We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.

Assessment and award of consultancy

DRC will evaluate the proposals and award the assignment based on technical and financial feasibility.  DRC reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal received without giving reasons and is not bound to accept the lowest or the highest bidder. Only those shortlisted will be contacted. Any subcontracting of the consultancy will not be accepted.

Commitments

DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.

Further information

You are welcome to contact our Team leader for Maban, Mike Ahern at team.leader.maban@drc-ssudan.org

Application

Interested applicants who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit their Expression of Interest by clicking on the apply button. All applicants must include the following documents in their application:

  • CV(s) with details of qualifications and experience indicating documentation of relevant assignments undertaken, and including full contact details of three professional referees.
  • Brief (not more than 2 pages) technical proposal that summarizes understanding of the TOR including the proposed methodology.
  • Financial proposal providing cost estimates of daily consultancy fees.
  • The foreseen work plan.

Only qualified and motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the selection criteria sent together with a CV will be considered. Please provide references, but do not attach any written recommendations until requested to do so.

Please submit your application and CV in English and marked “Food Security and Livelihoods (market assessment) Consultant – South Sudan.

CV-only applications will not be considered. Please note that applications are not to be sent directly to Mike Ahem. We only accept applications sent via our online recruitment system on www.drc.dk.

Problems with on-line application?

Please inform us via job@drc.dk, if you have questions to the application process or experience problems with your on-line application.

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