Livelihoods Specialist Consultant, Libya

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Organization: Peaceful Change Initiative
Closing date: 22 Nov 2020

Livelihoods Specialist Consultant to support the production of ‘Local Economy Assessments’ in 6 Libyan Municipalities

Start date: immediate

Duration of assignment: 20 days from start until 15 January 2021

Location: Home-based

Peaceful Change initiative (PCi) is a not-for-profit network, registered in the UK, with operations in North Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the South Caucasus region. PCi was founded in 2012, with the aim to break cycles of violent conflict and build the mechanisms and relationships that support long-term peace.

To that end, we:

· Work to support more effective management of conflict in societies undergoing significant change, by increasing skills and opportunities for dialogue, inclusion and collaboration.

· Work at the local, national, and international levels to mitigate the effects of violence on people’s lives, while laying the foundations for long-term peace and stability.

· Empower local peacebuilding practitioners and community leaders, we support their work through a network of international staff and consultants with expertise in a range of disciplines, including mediation and reconciliation, change management, community safety, and psychology.

More information on our work can be found at www.peacefulchange.org

Background to assignment

PCi has recently secured additional funding to integrate a project component focusing on the nexus between livelihoods and peace into its 3-year peacebuilding programme in Libya. This new project component aims to better capture and address the economic challenges faced by communities in target areas as a result of conflict and displacement and exacerbated further by COVID-19. Project activities will look to strengthen livelihood opportunities where the economic crisis is having - or is likely to have - a negative impact on community relations, gender equality and social inclusion.

PCi is looking to recruit a livelihoods specialist consultant to advise on the design and implementation of a set of Local Economy Assessments in 6 Municipalities in Libya. The participatory assessments will provide snapshots of the local economy, workforce, and labour market gaps in each Municipality, with a view to identifying opportunities to support livelihoods and livelihood resilience in target communities, while also contributing to building peace and social cohesion. The assessments will inform PCi’s strategy to implement a series of interventions in target areas. A particular focus will be placed on understanding issues faced by women, youth, and IDPs, with a view to designing interventions that address specific challenges faced by these constituencies.

Deliverables

1. Background research and stakeholder mapping

The consultant will be expected to have a good understanding of the local context in each Municipality before starting to design the assessment methodology. This preparatory work may include background desk-based research to gain sufficient knowledge of the political, economic and social context in each Municipality, a review of recent conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity analysis, and informal interviews to map relevant stakeholders that should be consulted in the assessments. PCi may support the consultant and facilitate contact with some key stakeholders; however, it will be the consultant’s responsibility to ensure timely and sufficient progress towards the completion of the deliverable.

Deliverable 1: 1-page socio-economic profile of each target area and mapping of relevant stakeholders

2. Design of Local Economy Assessment methodology

Working closely with the PCi Team, the consultant will design methodology to conduct the assessments in each area. The methodology should be consistent across all target areas; however, based on different local context, the data collection methods and selection of samples may vary.

The methodology should be based on primary data collection. The research methods should be compliant with COVID-19 social distancing restrictions and recommended safety measures in Libya; therefore, data may be collected in target areas through a combination of remote or in-person key informant interviews, small focus groups, surveys, and questionnaires.

The research sample should include representatives of men and women from different community groups, age ranges, ethnic and tribal groups, and levels of education and income, as relevant in each target area. The sample should also include persons with disabilities and internally displaced persons.

The data collection will be conducted by a team of Trainer Mentors with knowledge of target areas and experience of carrying out a range of assessments.

Deliverable 2: Assessment methodology including a table summarising tailored research methods and samples in each area.

3. Remote workshop/induction to test the methodology with PCi’s Project Team

With PCi’s support, the consultant will facilitate a remote induction for PCi’s Team of Trainer Mentors based in different locations across Libya to illustrate and test the assessment methodology, and ensure that team members are equipped with adequate knowledge and tools to effectively conduct the assessments and gather then necessary information in each target area. Adaptations to the suggested data collection methodology may be agreed as a result of this process.

Deliverable 3: remote workshops/inductions to train Project Team on conducting assessments; updated methodology (if relevant); agreed timeline for data collection and reporting

4. Analysis of findings and production of Assessment reports

Once the assessments will have been completed, the Consultant will receive and analyse the data and information gathered for each target area, based on which they will produce x6 reports (x1 for each area). Each report should be between 2,000 and 2,500 words (Key Findings and Recommendations only). The first report drafts will be reviewed by PCi’s Team, who will provide feedback and may request up to 2 rounds of changes for each report.

Deliverable 4: x6 Assessment reports (between 2,000 and 2,500 words each) with findings and recommendationsConsultancy Days**
Deliverable 1 - Background research and stakeholder mapping: 6 days
Deliverable 2 - Design of Local Economy Assessment methodology: 2 days
Deliverable 3 - Remote workshop/induction to test the methodology with PCi’s Project Team: 6 days
Deliverable 4 - Analysis of findings and production of Assessment reports: 6 days

Total days: 20

PERSON SPECIFICATION

The ideal consultant for this assignment is a self-starter professional with excellent analytical skills, knowledge of economic development, and experience in designing and implementing effective livelihood interventions in conflict-affected countries.

Skills and Experience

Postgraduate Degree in a relevant subject or demonstrable equivalent experience

At least 10 years’ experience in the peacebuilding, development, or humanitarian sectors

Demonstrable knowledge of the nexus between livelihoods and peace, and proven experience in designing and implementing impactful livelihood interventions in fragile contexts

Proven experience of designing participatory research methodologies, analysing findings, and producing recommendations

Excellent analytical and English writing skills, with proven experience of producing high-quality donor reports and research/policy publications for external audiences

Experience working with diverse teams; experience living/working in challenging environments

Experience in developing creative and agile solutions to challenges that occur due to insecurity and conflict

Knowledge of the Libyan context and experience of implementing programmes in Libya

Fluency in Arabic

Willing to model values of inclusion, dialogue, and collaboration

How to apply:

Please submit a copy of your CV and a short covering email outlining your relevant experience and indicating your daily rate in GBP to recruitment@peacefulchange.org. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis with a view to starting the assignment as soon as possible.



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