Consultant for Learning from Market Transition – from food aid to cash assistance in North Eastern Nigeria

Job
from Action Against Hunger USA
Closing date: 24 Oct 2017

Background

Since 2009, northeast Nigeria has been affected by insecurity because of armed conflict-related violence. The resulting humanitarian crisis has impacted over 15 million people, left more than 7 million in need of humanitarian assistance and displaced more than 2 million people. Since the state of emergency declaration in 2015, conflict has resulted in significant internal displacement. According to the IOM’s March 2017 Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), Borno state hosts the majority of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) with more than 1,4 million followed by Adawama (above 146,000) and Yobe (above 116,000). One million IDPs have returned to their LGAs of origin, but many are in secondary displacement (IOM DTM, March 2017 and ACAPS, April 2017).

Action Against Hunger has been implementing emergency programs since 2015 in North Nigeria mainly using multipurpose cash and electronic vouchers in Yobe and Borno State. In Monguno Town, north-eastern Borno State, which was only recently made accessible to humanitarian assistance, Action Against Hunger is currently involved in several activities including WASH, Nutrition and Food Assistance interventions. At this point of time, the food assistance is facilitated through in kind General Food Ration Distribution. As part of the scale up of the USAID/FFP project, Action Against Hunger intends to switch from in-kind food distributions to the use of cash-based interventions, electronic food vouchers to cover the food needs of the affected population residing in the camps of Monguno Town.

As part of this process Action Against Hunger has facilitated a number of assessments and conversations with the local population and traders. We would like to document the process and decision making on the switch from food in kind to cash assistance, for learning purposes and produce a case study for Action against hunger and the larger community of practice. We believe a supporting tool for good practice on this process will be helpful for any organisation switching between modalities and commodities. Additional, reach out to other agencies with similar transition experience will be done too, to ensure the Good Practice Guide is inspired by Action Against Hunger, but captures other organisation’s learning and experience.

Method

The following research methods will be employed:

(1) Review existing documentation available for North Nigeria, especially Monguno. Review Action Against Hunger’s reports and conversations from market assessments, decision making etc on the Monguno Program.

(2) Discuss and collect some primary data from the local affected population and selected stakeholders on the modality switch and its process (IDPs, expatriate/national project staff, local/national representatives, local authorities, humanitarian agencies, or donor representatives)

(3) Facilitate conversations and learning gathering from other partners globally who switched from food to cash in given contexts.

Output

This are the four main outputs expected from this study:

(1) Documentation report on the process and proceeding of Action Against Hunger modality switch in Monguno, which includes an executive summary and practical recommendations that can be used to inform Action Against Hunger future programming.

(2) 4-6 page case study with picture illustration

(3) Video case study on the process and facilitation of the modality switch

(4) Good Practice Guide on in-kind – cash modality switch processes

How to apply:

Interested parties must submit their applications by email referenced under title ‘Consultant for Learning from Market Transition – from food aid to cash assistance in North Eastern Nigeria’ at tender.lsc@acf-international.org

Deadline for submission: 24th Octobre at 17:00 (GMT+3).

Action Against Hunger will consider applications from individual consultants only, who will be the sole responsible to deliver the outputs of the assignment.

Applications should include:

  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae,

  • One supporting document of max 3 pages outlining core competencies in line with the assignment, the proposed methodology of work including timeframe and location and the financial expectations.

Only shortlisted applications will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide references, evidence of past experience, and additional administrative documents.

The final selection of applicants, or cancelation of the assignment, is at the sole discretion of Action Against Hunger.

For more information, prospective consultants may contact Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm (GMT+3) at the following email address or by phone:

Email: tender.lsc@acf-international.org or tel: +254 (0)728 65 95 43