- 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 Northeast Conflict Management and Stabilization (NE-CMS) Program is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to improve security and reduce support for violence in Borno State in Northeast Nigeria. Following two previous phases of the program starting in August 2016, the NE-CMS program entered Phase III in August 2019 for an additional two-year implementation period, which is expected to result in:
- Citizens are more civically engaged, and civilian government are more transparent and inclusive in addressing community needs around service delivery
- Communities demonstrate improved trust and social cohesion within and between actors at the local level
- Local decision-making spaces and peacebuilding processes are equitable and inclusive of marginalized social groups, especially youth and women.
The consortium aims to achieve these outcomes through a range of activities: engaging government in capacity building and mentorship, supporting traditional leaders and communities to conduct advocacy and accountability activities; encouraging dialogue and psychological trauma healing among diverse stakeholders to generate trusting relationships, nurture reconciliation, and mitigate potential future crises; and establishing parallel safe spaces for women and youth to ensure that they can effectively contribute to peacebuilding.
NE-CMS operates in five targets LGAs, namely: Maiduguri Municipal Council (MMC), Jere, Dikwa, Dambo, Gwoza. A key output expected of Outcome one of NE-CMS as stated above is Capacity Building for Participatory Governance. This assessment will contribute significantly to delivering on this output, hence the actualization of Outcome 1 of the NE-CMS program.
The overall objective of this assignment is to:
- Explore the role of Local Government Councils (LGCs) representing the five target LGAs, their relationships with state-level MDAs, and how policy and planning processes move through these channels.
- Understand the capacity of the LGCs representing the five target LGAs to deliver services to local communities, by identifying gaps, interests, and needs that could improve their capacity in the future.
- Identify available key resource(s) within target LGCs as well as strategies for strengthening their institutional capacity, for the promotion and realization of the goals of NE-CMS in Borno State.
The specific objectives of this consulting assignment are to:
- Identify key civil society, government and private sector stakeholders within the five focal LGAs that impact on participatory governance efforts positively and negatively;
- Examine the different interventions being implemented by the LGCs and relevant MDAs and how the actual implementation happens in terms of the participation of community members and LGC officials;
- Assess the strengths, weaknesses and capacity-building needs of LGCs; relevant MDAs in the five LGAs and quasi-governmental organizations that are current and potential partners of the NE-CMS Program;
- Develop organizational profiles and performance assessments that will guide the selection and design of the government capacity building component of the NE-CMS Program
- Develop capacity building plans in collaboration with assessed organizations to support the capacity building activities to bridge identified gaps.
- S/N Government CNA Stakeholder Analysis
Develop tool for government CNA covering nine core domains, with a view to assessing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in participatory governance. The domains include:
- Governance and Leadership
- Finance Operations and Administration
- Resource Mobilization
- Human Resource Management
- Program Management
- Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting, and Knowledge Management
- Networking, Alliance Building, Coordination and Collaboration
- Service Delivery and Quality Assurance Develop tool for stakeholder analysis, tailored to elicit the following but not limited to:
- Background of agencies;
- Vision, mission, goals and objectives of each agency;
- The specific projects that the government is implementing in each of the 5 target LGAs, including the nature of the project, target beneficiaries, budget, etc.
- Source of financial support;
- Status of implementation; accomplishments; gaps and issues in implementation, and lessons learnt;
- Relationships with other MDAs, including challenges and gaps that impede service delivery
- Conduct the assessment with relevant agencies, including feedback from other INGOs who are closely engaging with LGCs and/or providing technical assistance. Conduct the mapping and analysis exercise, with analysis focusing on the following key elements:
- Adaptive management
- Social mobilization
- Institutionalization and sustainability.
Conduct a 1-day capacity building plan development workshop with the assessed organizations. Develop a report, including recommendations on:
- Strategic interventions and role of NE-CMS, INGOs, and Government to complement and support existing initiatives;
- Relevant pathways for effective citizen advocacy and community engagement for meaningful participatory governance
Develop a report, including clear programmatic recommendations for NE-CMS intervention Methodology:
- The Stakeholder analysis and CNA process will be participatory and conducted through a triangulated approach combining
- Review of background documents (desk review),
- Interviews with key agency personnel and other relevant organizations
- Onsite organizational systems review.
- Any other creative methodology deemed appropriate by consultant for achieving task objectives is recommended. The assessment tools will be simplified such that it can either be self-administered or a designated facilitator can lead the process.
Skills and Experience Required of the Consultant
The consultant is expected to have the following skills and qualifications:
- Advanced degrees in Economics, Development Studies, Social Sciences or related discipline;
- A minimum of ten (10) years experience in conducting organizational/government capacity needs assessments, experience with self-assessment processes will be an advantage;
- At least 5 years of experience working in organizational development, capacity building in the specified area;
- An understanding of the socio-political and economic context of Borno State;
- Excellent writing and communication skills in English/
- Ability to speak Hausa; Kanuri language ability will be an added advantage;
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work well with diverse people.
- Be resident in Maiduguri, Borno State.