Jordan: Capacity Needs Assessment Consultant

Organization: Mennonite Economic Development Associates
Country: Jordan
Closing date: 30 Jan 2017

Program Description

MEDA’s Jordan Valley Links (JVL) project will be operated over 5 years from 2016-2021. The ultimate outcome of the project is to increase the contribution by women and youth entrepreneurs to Jordan’s economic growth. MEDA will seek to support women and youth in the Jordan Valley to seize new opportunities in targeted sectors and in turn become strong economic actors. MEDA will use two main approaches to achieve this goal: improving women and youth’s entrepreneurial and business acumen through capacity building and market linkages; and working with communities, families, and market actors to reduce entry for enterprise development for women and youth.

MEDA will work in the Jordan Valley and surrounding areas to directly support 25,000 women and youth in increasing their incomes and their contribution to Jordan’s economic growth. A further 30,000 individuals are expected to benefit indirectly from the project’s initiatives in three sectors: food processing, tourism and clean technologies. To do this, MEDA will take a two-pronged approach leading to:

1) Improved entrepreneurial and business acumen of women and youth in targeted sectors, and

2) Reduced barriers to entry for enterprise development for women and youth.

In order to facilitate these market actors, MEDA partners with local organizations or Key Facilitating Partners (KFPs) across a variety of sectors to provide local knowledge and context, mobilize project beneficiaries, and gain local community input and buy-in for the development effort. In return, MEDA introduces these organizations to its market-driven approach to development and works with them to increase their capacity to deliver enhanced services.

MEDA ensures to build the capacity of KFPs over the projects’ design, development, implementation and evaluation phases. Therefor we are looking to assess the current KFPs’ capacities and designing a capacity building plan for their team accordingly. We aim at building their capacity to sustain the services they provide for the local community with the same high performance during the project implementation.

Approach to KFP Capacity Needs Assessment

MEDA is committed to build the capacity of KFPs through:

· Providing capacity building support to KFPs in the areas of project management, business and value chain development.

· Using action learning systems in the field to apply classroom and experimental learning to program planning, implementation and evaluation for staff, partners and clients

· Providing oversight, technical assistance and direction to partners as needed to ensure that the actual performance of the project satisfies deliverables stipulated in KFP agreements

Objectives

The main purpose of the capacity needs assessment is to derive insights on the current capacities of the project’s Key Facilitating Partners in a number of areas, including project management, business, leadership, program design, value chain development best practices and technical skills. The results, analysis and recommendations from the assessment will inform the development and implementation of MEDA’s ongoing capacity development plan for the KFPs.

Scope of Assignment

MEDA is seeking a consultant to assess the capacities of KFPs in the areas identified above in the objectives; the consultancy will include conducting needs assessment exercises for two key facilitating partners, comprising of 10 staff members who will be directly engaged in the project. Accordingly, the assessment should include them and the related departments to ensure their technical capacity to perform their assigned task and the capacity of the organization.

Geographic Scope

The project’s target area is the Jordan Valley and surrounding areas. The project’s current partners are responsible for implementing interventions covering the northern and middle regions of the Jordan valley. This will be mainly through community centers or local community based organizations. The assessment should include visits and interviews to the KFPs’ respective headquarters in Amman as well as to their field offices.

Specifically, the objectives of the KFP capacity assessment are:

· Serve as a baseline for the capacity of the organization to undertake the interventions under the JVL project, and

· Identify the main strengths, gaps and opportunities which will inform the development of a tailored capacity development plan

Main Tasks and Scope of Work

The responsibilities of the local expert on capacity needs assessment are, but not limited to conducting the following tasks:

  1. Design the capacity needs assessment methodology, and identify main entry points including process and plan based on a desk review of the Jordan Valley links project and the KFPs’ technical assignment with MEDA.
  2. Present capacity needs assessment action plan to JVL project staff for validation
  3. Presenting capacity needs assessment plan to KFP teams, validate and schedule the needs assessment visits.
  4. Conduct capacity needs assessment where deficiencies and opportunities can be identified.
  5. Present findings of the capacity needs assessment and discuss identified priorities with the JVL and KFP teams.

It should be noted that in parallel to this assignment two other assessments (Gender and Monitoring and Evaluation assessments) will be taking place and has to be coordinated.

Expected Deliverable

Technical report which includes clear description for current level of capacity, main results, gaps and opportunities for improvement and a brief summary of recommendations for further capacity development

Duration of Assignment

The needs assessment process is expected to take no more than 13 working days and be implemented over a period of 6 weeks. Before the completion of the capacity building plan the consultant will be expected to review and integrate the results of the value chain market assessment that will be conducted by the KFPs, which will include information on technical services and support that the KFP will need to provide or facilitate and an assessment of their capacities to provide such support or services.

Qualifications:

· Previous experience in conducting capacity assessment exercises for non-governmental organizations (references will be required)

· Strong analytical skills

· Strong written skills in English (will need to be demonstrated through submission of a writing sample)

· Fluent in both Arabic and English

Applications should include, but not limited to:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Proposed methodology and Scope of work
  3. A summary of relevant past performance or capability statement demonstrating experience carrying out similar tasks.
  4. Optional: brief of a showcase study to a similar assignment carried by the consultant
  5. Estimated Budget

How to apply:

Applications must be received via e-mail not later than 17:00 (Amman Time) on January 30, 2017. Applications shall be submitted in pdf (preferred) or other electronic format, in English, to jvlsubmission@meda.org

Thank you for your interest in the Jordan Valley Links Project.

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