|Date Posted||May 16, 2020|
Training and Consultancy
Consultant - Lead Analyst, East Africa Analysis Team (Remote)
Organization: Mercy Corps
Closing date 24 May 2020
Mercy Corps' Crisis Analytics teams aggregate and analyze data to improve decision making and access in complex crises. The teams support our programming in Syria, Libya, Democratic Republic of Congo and other locations. The teams directly contribute to data-driven decision making by layering information from primary sources, open sources and responders' programmatic data, where it is analysed by subject matter experts and data scientists. This analysis is grounded in Mercy Corps' status as an operational NGO, keeping our products constructive and relevant.
The East Africa Analysis Team (EAAT) will support Mercy Corps' implementation of a multi-year, conflict prevention and stability program funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF). This program (CREATE) will engage local and national government, local civil society organizations and communities to mitigate conflict and instability in East Africa through support to policy initiatives, community engagement, and support to national civil society organizations.
The EAAT is being stood up for a temporary period to specifically track the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Violent Extremism (VE) in East Africa. The secondary impacts of the pandemic (on livelihoods, markets, social cohesion, government resources) are expected to influence VE narratives, conflict and recruitment drivers and the operating environment of VE groups.
The EAPP will produce analytical products to support programmatic decision making within CREATE and the wider policy environment.
Experience in conducting actionable research on violent extremism and conflict in a humanitarian/development context
The Lead Analyst will work with teammates in each target country (Tanzania, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda) to track and build a body of knowledge on the impact of COVID-19 and its secondary impacts on violent extremism (VE) in East Africa.
S/he will report to the Chief of Party of CREATE, and closely collaborate with the Global Crisis Analytics team for technical direction and quality control.
The successful candidate will lead the publication of a bi-weekly report tracking the impact of COVID-19 on VE, and contextualizing it within the broader impacts occurring within the region. These will be fed by primary and secondary data collated by the EAAT team and the Lead Analyst. S/he will also draft thematic reports as requested, providing extra analysis on specific aspects of VE within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in East Africa.
To support the CREATE programme to adapt to contextual changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To inform policy makers on the changes to drivers of conflict and recruitment brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To track changes in the operational capacity, narratives and tempo of Violent Extremist groups within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To contribute to the body of knowledge on PVE programming being developed within the CREATE programme.
The Consultancy is divided into three main components:
Leading production of a regular regional analysis product (likely bi-weekly), including:
The coordination and drafting of the product
Developing and adapting data collection tools for the 5x country coordinators to gather inputs
Collection of additional secondary data as required
Providing briefings as directed to CREATE consortium partners and external stakeholders
Demonstrated ability to manage a remote team
Fluency in written and spoken English
Demonstrated knowledge of the political economy of, and current conflicts within, East Africa