About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within, now and for the future. Operating in Nigeria since 2008, Mercy Corps works in fragile and conflict-affected environments and has been providing critical relief aid, empowering communities to prevent and respond to violence, inclusive economic development, recovery from crisis, building better lives and transforming their communities for good.
Mercy Corps is implementing the Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) program. CIPP is a five-year, $15 million project funded by USAID and implemented by Mercy Corps in partnership with Pastoral Resolve (PARE), Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), Savannah Centre for Diplomacy Democracy and Development (SCDDD) and African Radio Drama Association (ARDA). The program is mitigating violent conflict in at-risk communities in six states of Nigeria’s North West (Kaduna, Kano, and Katsina States) and North Central (Kogi, Benue and Plateau States) through an integrated, multifaceted program that (1) empowers communities to prevent and respond to violence and violent extremism by strengthening key skills and relationships, and (2) fosters an enabling environment for peace through policy advocacy, media outreach, and linkages to development programs.
We seek a highly motivated individual/team who believes deeply in Mercy Corps’ organizational mission and who can display a record of results and achievements, providing programs with technical guidance and support in preventing violent extremism, preferably in the local context of Northern Nigeria. The three-day ‘Parenting for Peace: Curbing Violent Extremism’ Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop is aimed at building skills, and capacity of parents to build resilience of young people to prevent and counter violent extremism. This workshop is intended to equip parents, religious and community leaders with the knowledge to identifying signs of extremism and prevent young people from being drawn into extremism activities.
From the three-day ToT workshop, the participants should:
- Gain an understanding of Mercy Corps’ Nigeria CIPP program implementation approach and be able to identify their individual and collective roles within it
- Recognize and address risk factors for recruitment by violent extremist groups and suspicious behavior, including antisocial behavior and violent dispositions both local and national level
- Develop skills, and capacity to build resilience of young people to resist violent extremist groups’ tactics and prevent spread of violent extremist ideologies
- Improve community’s support and parent-child relationship through effective (and regular) communication and create safe spaces for young people to learn life skills.
- Develop knowledge and confidence to discuss grievances and security concerns to reduce risk of vulnerability to violent extremist tactics.
- Support participants to develop individual action plan for rolling out plan for step-down training.
Basic knowledge, skills and abilities required
- Minimum of Master’s degree in Criminology, Conflict/Peace studies, International development, Law or related field required with training certification in Countering/Preventing Violent Extremism (C/PVE) and peacebuilding.
- Technical expertise in Countering/Preventing Violent Extremism. He/she must have vast knowledge of a variety of PVE concepts, practices, and procedures.
- Strong participatory facilitation/training skills and ability to effectively share learning with adult learners.
- Strong interpersonal, communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of sub-groups.
- Wide knowledge of Nigeria’s conflict context and issues related to violent extremism
- Fluency in English and capacity to present concise report of the training.
- He/She will be responsible for the production and adaptation of all training materials that will be used for the three-day ‘Parenting for Peace ToT workshop in close consultation with Mercy Corps program staff. The consultant(s) will serve as the lead trainer at the workshop and will be supported by two other lead trainers working in similar field. He/she will provide technical support in the form of step-by-step guidance to the participants for subsequent follow-up coaching and monitoring sessions with parents and youth influencers.
- Present a feasible action plan that includes detailed training session plan that outlines the methodologies and materials required to deliver the training within three days of signing the consultancy agreement
- Develop gender-sensitive training materials that align with the context and can be easily adapted to suit specific community needs with close support from Mercy Corps. ALL training materials developed will subsequently become the property of Mercy Corps.
- The consultant will adopt an effective facilitation approach that creates an inclusive and learning environment for the participants at the workshop.
- Participates in the development of cross-learning opportunities and makes recommendations for procedural improvements.
- All within the contractual periodic, she/he will provide regular remote technical support to the participants, to clarify any approaches, procedures, and practices.
- She/he will be the lead trainer for the workshop. In addition, she/he will give specific coaching tips to support parents in their local communities.
- Present a final report with recommendations to inform the design and delivery of similar training in future.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL SUBMISSIONS SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE A DETAILED WORKPLAN, PROPOSED TRAINING AGENDA AND BUDGET.
Workshop dates: 17th – 19th March, 2021
Reports directly to: DCoP CIPP
Works closely with: Mercy Corps’ Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) Program and M&E Team
Location: The operational base of the consultancy will be Katsina State.