Mercy Corps’ Technical Support Unit (TSU) is a key part of the Program Department. TSU subject-matter experts help set agency strategy and provide consultation to field offices worldwide – from assessment and design through project implementation and results measurement, to program closure.
Mercy Corps’ youth employment work is at an exciting moment. It currently includes a portfolio of roughly 50 programs globally and is focusing around two technical areas; (a) market system development (MSD) approaches to youth employment; and (b) engagement with ‘jobtech’ or digital solutions to employment. For each of these areas, the TSU maintains a ‘portfolio’ of programs adopting these approaches, which benefit from increased technical assistance, research, and support as part of an internal community of practice.
Purpose / Project Description:
The purpose of this consultancy is to promote and advance Mercy Corps’ MSD4E work at the global and regional level with the goal of improving quality, increasing the number of Mercy Corps programs applying the MSD4E approach, building evidence, and influencing others in the field, in alignment with Mercy Corps’ Pathway to Possibilities strategy.
An important purpose of this role is to encourage cross-learning between programs, and to operationalize cross-cutting approaches in MSD for Employment programming. For that reason, it is preferred that the consultant who undertakes this assignment also has the capacity to take on other consultant assignments supporting MSD4E programs within the portfolio – specifically those in Zimbabwe, Liberia, and Ethiopia (note these Scopes of Work have not been published yet). However, as it is more critical to find cover for the necessary tasks rapidly, we are willing to consider different consultants for different components of the role in the short-term.
In this three-month consultancy period, the Consultant will work closely with the global Markets Technical team, the Young People and Protection team, the GESI team and other relevant technical support teams to ensure that the Africa region is driving the agency’s innovative programming and thinking on youth employment. The Consultant will play a technical liaison role with key partners and donors, and will help teams design, innovate, partner, and ultimately succeed in delivering evidence-based youth employment programs. They will also play a part in supporting the design of new programs, building on learning from existing programs.
Communication and influence:
The consultant will be expected to provide a detailed report at the end of every month outlining the execution of the duties outlined in the scope of work above. Specifically, the report will include the following:
The Consultant will report to:
The global TSU Director for Youth Employment
The Consultant will work closely with:
Africa Regional TSU, Regional Directors, Deputy Regional Directors, Country Directors and Directors of Programs, Program Directors/Managers implementing MSD for youth employment-focused or multi-sector programs, Regional and Global Technical Support Unit, Jobtech Community of Practice, Research and Learning team, MEL team.
Required Experience & Skills: