Organization: IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Purpose of the consultancy
Result1. Conduct a detailed multi-technique food security and context analysis will be conducted at national and field level in the provinces of Kasai, Central Kasai and Kasai Oriental.
Result 2. Lead the scoping exercise and drafting of a Hunger response Scale -up appeal for DRC based on the recommendations from the
The DRC National Red Cross Society
The DRC RC receives support from four PNSs (Spain, France, Sweden, Belgium) in addition to the IFRC and ICRC who are present in the country. With the support of the Spanish Red Cross, the NS has been providing food assistance to the people of Kwilu province, in the towns of Bandundu ville and Kikwit, since 2014. The beneficiaries of this assistance are community groups. In response to the current food insecurity, food assistance is planned for 16,000 households or 96,000 people with anticipated funding from BHA in the provinces of North Kivu and Tanganyika, where the number of food-insecure people is more than 4,000,000 people in need of food assistance. The National Society has up to 81 staff members plus 750 volunteers trained in Food Security and livelihoods.
The RC partners present in the DRC are supporting the NS, in the framework of actions aimed at responding to food insecurity either directly or indirectly through emergency or longer-term interventions aimed at strengthening the resilience of communities. The IFRC through the cluster office in Kinshasa and the regional office based in Nairobi provide ongoing technical and strategic support to the SN.
In collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and other Movement partners, the DRC Red Cross has curved itself a niche as a key actor in epidemic prevention and preparedness, including through the “Community Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Program” (CP3) in the provinces of Kinshasa and Kongo Central, as well as through the “Expanded Program on Immunization” aimed at increasing immunization coverage in provinces of Haut-Katanga, Haut-Lomami, Ituri, Kasai, Kinshasa, Kwilu, Mongala, Tanganyika, and Tshuapa. The DRC Red Cross has further supported emergency response to the various Ebola outbreaks, as well as the response to other disasters, such as the Nyiragongo volcanic eruption in 2021.
While the DRC NS has had some previous experience with the Food security and Livelihood sector, it remains relatively new across all movement partners in DRC. With the experience from other emergency responses incountry and food assistance programming across the region, RC will use this as a chance to preposition as a strategic and technical partner in the Food security programming. In so doing, the delegation wishes for this action to strategically contribute to existing body of evidence in ways unique to the federation.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
A team led by an experienced research expert and made up of DRC RC staff, volunteers, support personnel and will conduct these assessments. The expert will present an inception report detailing the methodology and techniques s/he will use to conduct the situation analysis in light alignment with the deliverables outlined in his terms of reference. Upon approval of the inception report the consultant will be assigned not more than 45 days to present his preliminary findings and 60 for the final knowledge products and deliverables. Priority will be given to internal Food security research experts within the Federation to undertake these assignments while options to source for external experts remain open.
The field mission will focus on the severity of the situation by engaging with various stakeholders including government at all levels, RC structures, community members and the donor community in the countries to be visited.
Methodology and Key elements for consideration during the analysis:
The tasks related to this assessment will be, but not limited to:
- Conduct a micro-level desk review of existing food security reports from the UN and other formal/informal sources and use this to make statistical deductions, correlations and forecast trends
- existing secondary information with existing Federation program data, key informant interviews with relevant individuals/institutions as well as focus group consultations with various strata of the community
- Conduct a capacity needs assessment of the SN National Society’s branches in the provinces of Kasai and, Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental, which are projected to be most at risk.
- Conduct a comprehensive mapping of existing food security partners and actors with interest in the selected counties including their specific themes and gaps
- Collect human stories on the impact of hunger on communities, working with existing community networks to identify localized actions to mitigate the effects, collecting and responding to community feedback while building on expectations to inform hunger crisis response strategies at national and regional levels.
- Assess the impact of food insecurity on other sectors particularly community health and WASH and how this may impact the intended results of ongoing Federation responses
- Identify the support provided and planned by the government and other partners in the country, especially in the regions in phase 3 and 4 and clarify the gaps to be filled by the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in the response.
- Inform revision of the current strategy if there is a need to revise the plan, target or assistance mechanisms developed below or to develop a larger scale response.
- Make practical recommendations to the Federation on our true value proposition building on existing strengths and previous experience
Key Research questions to answer
- How severe is the situation? What are the most acute needs in addition to food shortage?
- What are the main drivers of the crisis locally?
- What has been the action taken by the national and local authorities?
- Who are the other stakeholders/donors responding to the crisis and specific interests
- How is the RC response so far?
- What is the added value and comparative advantage of RC responding so far?
- What are the capabilities to be enhanced to rise to the challenge?
- What is required to scale up the RCRC actions in addressing the vulnerabilities resulting from the hunger crises?
Job Duties and Responsibilities (continued)
- Community members, including local leaders
- National Society Volunteers
- DRC National Society Staff
- partner National Society in DRC
- Food security, Nutrition, Heath cluster teams
- Food security technical persons from organizations
- IPC TWG and UN
- IPC reports
- Market analysis
- Program data
- EWARN information from partners
- Survey reports
Deliverables and outputs
- Inception report including field protocols to be submitted immediately after a contract is signed with the expert
- Hunger analysis report including partner matrix, capacity assessment outcome and human interest stories- and clear recommendations of RCRC value proposition.
- A draft DRC Hunger appeal at a minimum
- A master’s degree in degree in relevant field (in social research methods, development studies, agriculture, economics, ecology or related field)
The consultancy will be carried out by an international/national evaluation consultant(s) with the following profile:
- Experience with RCRC or international research institute or with national or international Food Security development agency/Natural resource management focused agency or with an international NGO.
- Minimum two years of relevant work experience in research studies and report writing
- Strong primary and secondary data analysis and analytical skills
- Familiarity with various field survey methods and techniques (PRA, sample surveys, etc.)
Knowledge, Skills and Language
- Evidence of publications on related topics – added advantage
- Good communication skills and experience of workshop facilitation.
- Ability to write clear and useful reports (may be required to produce examples of previous work
- Ability to manage the available time and resources and to work to tight deadlines
- Familiarity with the context of the Red Cross/Crescent and DRC context is preferred.
- Fluency in French is required
- Knowledge of English is preferred.
Competencies and Values
- Core Competencies: Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust
- Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability
- Managerial competencies: Managing staff performance; Managing staff development
Candidates interested in this offer are requested to send us their offer file including
- CVs of the evaluators
- The technical offer describing your working methodology
- Financial offer
- The chronogram of activities
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