Mercy Corps Baseline Survey Consultancy Opportunity in Kenya




1. Background

Mercy Corps is implementing a multi-year, conflict prevention and stability programme, known as Community Resilience Against Extremism (CREATE), funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF).

The programme seeks to engage local and national governments and local civil society organizations and communities to mitigate conflict and instability in East Africa.

This is to be achieved through support to policy initiatives, community engagement, and support to civil society organisations.

The programme is being implemented by a consortium led by Mercy Corps Kenya across five countries, i.e. Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Mozambique.

Strategies are adapted to the context and opportunities in each country to advance research, policy formulation, legislation and field implementation of programme activities.

The goal of CREATE is to showcase how key stakeholders working to prevent and counter violence extremism (P/CVE) demonstrate improved capacities to discentivise or disrupt the recruitment or radicalisation of at-risk individuals in response to evidence generated by the programme.

Further, it seeks to demonstrate the most effective means of preventing radicalisation and recruitment.

CREATE seeks to achieve three outcomes:

Outcome 1: Targeted at-risk individuals in violent extremism hotspots and/or hotbeds, are less at risk of radicalisation and recruitment by violent extremist groups.

Outcome 2: Key non-state influencers and partners are better able to respond effectively to prevent or counter radicalisation and recruitment by violent extremist groups.

Outcome 3: Government actors have increased capabilities to constructively engage other stakeholders to prevent radicalisation and recruitment by violent extremist groups

It is against this background that Mercy Corps intends to commission a baseline survey to establish a basis for tracking changes that may occur over time under each outcome due to the programme’s interventions.

2. Purpose of the Baseline

CREATE’s baseline survey seeks to gather data on the perceptions of individual community members on the roles played by various state and non-state actors in the prevention of violent extremism (PVE) within their localities.

Specifically, the baseline survey will assess community perceptions on the:

  • challenges of violence and insecurity in their localities;
  • extent and effectiveness of non-state actor engagement in PVE initiatives;
  • the relevant systems in place to support non-state actors’ PVE efforts;
  • extent and effectiveness of governments’ responsiveness to PVE initiatives;
  • the effectiveness of state and non-state collaboration in the design and implementation of strategies and initiatives on PVE;
  • recommendations for possible solutions to VE challenges within their localities.

In addition to contributing to CREATE’s Results Framework baseline qualitative data, information gathered from the baseline survey will assist CREATE’s programme team to better guide implementing partners in the delivery of projects within the targeted counties.

3. Scope of Work

3.1 Geographical Scope

The baseline survey will be first conducted in Kenya, and then rolled out to other countries as need arises. In Kenya, Mercy Corps intends to operate in 10 counties, i.e. Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Lamu, Tana River, Isiolo, Taita Taveta, Nyeri, Laikipia and Nairobi counties.

The baseline survey will sample 6 out of these 10 of counties. These will be Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Lamu, Tana River and Isiolo.

This selection is made primarily due to the fact that these are six out of seven counties in which CREATE intends to deliver interventions under all of the programme’s three outcomes.

3.2 Technical Scope

The consultant’s technical scope of work will entail:

i) Desktop review: The consultant will conduct a review of available documentation and based on findings, provide inputs to enrich the survey tool questions

ii) Prepare the baseline survey work plan in consultation with the CREATE’s MEL Manager.

iii) Enrich and finalise the study methodology: The consultant will finalise plans to conduct the baseline survey including:

  • Reviewing the draft baseline survey tool and proposing any necessary revisions to ensure that accurate data is collected to respond to the objective of the survey;
  • Develop a checklist to guide FGD discussions in each county;
  • Work with CREATE’s MEL Manager to engage a team of experienced enumerators, consisting of residents from the counties in which data is being collected to enable ease of access to, and responsiveness of community members. Preference should be given to those who have previously conducted similar themed evaluations.

iv) Training of enumerators: Upon engagement of the enumerators, the consultant will lead a one-day training for all survey team members to ensure a shared understanding of the objectives of the survey, the baseline survey tool questions, data collection techniques and expected deliverables. The training will also consist of a session on conflict sensitivity.

v) Field work: Field work will take place concurrently in the six counties, i.e. Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Lamu, Tana River and Isiolo, over a one-week period. The consultant will pre-test the baseline survey tool, and collect, collate and enter data.

vi) Data analysis: The consultant will analyse the collected data and consequently generate the baseline survey report.

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10. Required Skills, Experiences and Competences

Mercy Corps is looking for a consultant who has the following requirements:

  • A PhD or a masters’ degree qualification from a recognised university in any of the following areas: sociology, peace studies, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, development studies or any other relevant field.
  • Demonstrable experience in leading teams in the conduct of baseline surveys for similar themed resilience programmes in Eastern Africa.
  • Must have good understanding of fragility and resilience programmes. Preference will be given to those who have a good understanding of P/CVE programmes.
  • Solid methodological and research skills, demonstrated through a list of research pieces and evaluations.
  • In-depth knowledge of the socio-cultural, economic and political context of the coast region of Kenya.
  • Excellent report writing skills, demonstrated by a list of published articles or reports.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili. Proficiency in the local languages of the Kenyan coast region will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple individuals and groups.
  • Ability to produce high quality work under tight timeframes
  • Knowledge and experience of gender, human rights and conflict sensitive approaches.
  • Preference will be given to those who have conducted similar surveys in the coast region of Kenya.

11. Application Procedure

Interested consultants are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for delivery of the assignment.

The EOI should include:

  • The consultant’s understanding of the terms of reference and a work-plan.
  • The financial proposal detailing: consultant’s costs, enumerators’ costs and any other costs anticipated in undertaking the consultancy.
  • Detailed CV of the consultant with full description of the profile and experience, including a list of previous research and evaluations.
  • One copy of relevant sample report.

The application, written in English, should be submitted to Mercy Corps before 4.00 PM on Sunday 8th March 2020.

Applications should be addressed to

Note: A detailed technical proposal is not required due to the background inputs and approach for delivery that Mercy Corps has already proposed for delivery of the assignment. The consultant will expand on, and revise Mercy Corps’ proposals and submit this as part of the inception report.

12. Disclaimer

Mercy Corps reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals without any explanation whatsoever.

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Updated: March 6, 2020 — 12:49 am