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The Rural Resilience Activity is a five-year, $45 million USAID-funded Program in Nigeria’s northeast. The purpose of the Rural Resilience Activity is to sustainably move people out of chronic vulnerability and poverty. The Rural Resilience activity will enable individuals and communities to engage in strong and sustainable market systems rather than continuing to rely on humanitarian assistance and faltering with each new shock. To achieve this purpose, the Activity will have four components and four cross cutting elements:
Component 1: Provide up-to-date evidence for selection of market systems, livelihoods and employment opportunities that contribute to inclusive and resilient growth and improved nutrition.
Component 2: Stimulate market systems growth and diverse economic opportunities (Pull activities).
Component 3: Build capacity to take advantage of market systems opportunities (Push activities).
Component 4: Sequencing, layering, integrating (SLI), and collaborative learning to improve activity effectiveness, sustainability, and scale.
Component 5: Supporting Market Resilience to COVID-19 Shocks.
Purpose / Project Description:
To help market actors withstand the shocks and stresses presented by COVID-19, Mercy Corps plans to deliver cash transfers to 50,000 individuals (45,000 farmers and 5,000 microenterprises). Working in the Feed the Future (FtF) portfolio states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Kebbi, Niger, Benue, and Ebonyi, and FCT over a period of 10 months, Mercy Corps will synchronize with the harvest cycle to ensure that agricultural collectives, microenterprises, small holder farmers, women cowpea processors, and lead firms have targeted support to survive, rebuild, and recover from the economic impact of this complex crisis. Mercy Corps’ approach specifically targets 50,000 individuals, of which at least 50% will be women and youth, and 90 agribusinesses/agro-processors, to ensure that recovery efforts are inclusive of society’s most marginalized groups. Drawing upon Mercy Corps’ global expertise and existing capacity under the Feed the Future Nigeria’s Rural Resilience Activity, Mercy Corps will rapidly expand support services to mitigate the economic, agricultural, and food security impacts of COVID-19. These urgent efforts to direct money towards smallholder farmers, microenterprises, and agro-processors aims to counteract the most severe COVID-19 impact and enable these actors to survive the upcoming harvest season.
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The objective of this assignment is to assist the Rural Resilience Activity Covid-19 mitigation team to identify opportunities to support women processors operating within the cowpea and other value chains in North East Nigeria to improve their operations, recover from the effect of COVD-19 pandemic and/or improve their resilience. The consultant will also lead the identification of the appropriate equipment that can be deployed to support such women processors at either post-harvest or value addition levels, credible sources of such equipment as well as develop operational guideline for providing the equipment support to the women processors.
The Consultant will:
The Consultant will provide the following:
Timeframe / Schedule:
10 working days within October 2021
The Consultant will report to:
Tafirenyika A. Mupfanochiya; Cash Assistance Programme Director –RRA, MERCY CORPS-NIGERIA
The Consultant will work closely with:
The Cash Assistance Program Director, the RRA Programs Gender Advisor, and the program teams.
Required Experience & Skills:
Mercy Corps standard is 5-10 years of relevant experience for consultants
Tax Identification number and/or Tax certification
Experience in similar contracts evidenced by references, and/or appreciation letters and any other documents from other organizations you have worked for
Samples/evidence of similar events planned previously – Picture samples can be an alternative to some samples due to the size of the item/asset
Detailed work plan to execute the work including timeline for set up and dry run
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