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Short-Term Consultant for Country Strategy Development | Sierra Leone

Geneva Global is currently seeking a highly-motivated, outstanding individual or firm to act as an in-country consultant supporting the development of a grantmaking strategy to identify and recommend priorities in the education, health, and economic empowerment sectors. The consultant would need to be available to start in April or early May 2019.

Assignment

Geneva Global has been tasked with creating a strategy for a client based on desk research, key document reviews, and key informant interviews in order to propose a set of possible interventions that correspond to priority needs of the country that complement other efforts and/or address prominent gaps. The overall grantmaking budget will be between USD$500,000 and USD$1,000,000 per year, over a five-year period.

Background information needed to inform strategy development will include but not be limited to:

  • Understanding national development aims, initiatives, and policies, with reference to the government’s plans and activities in the health, education, and economic development sectors; addressing the nature and breadth of coverage as related to three core development parameters: (i) technical dimensions, (ii) geography, and (iii) the sociocultural and economic characteristics of the major beneficiaries.
  • Government plans and policies to participate in pursuing the international Sustainable Development Goals and any relevant multilateral engagements in the country.
  • The country’s current and planned multilateral and bilateral development engagements.
  • Key INGO and national-level NGO programs relevant to the sectors of interest.

The strategy document to be developed would include, but not be limited to:

  • A summary and analysis of findings from the above research to inform grant decision-making priorities in each sector
  • An outline of key strategic priority recommendations for the client’s grantmaking—including illustrative grantee partners, programs, and activities—that refer to the three core parameters and align with the client’s mission and strategic vision
  • Indicative budgets for each sector
  • High-level results indicators
  • Other information to round out the country strategy content

 

Role of the Consultant

The consultant for this assignment would be tasked with the following:

  • Key Stakeholder Identification and Engagement
    • Identify the key government, multilateral, bilateral, INGO, NGO, and other relevant significant stakeholders that can provide or help Geneva Global access any written materials on the priorities, aims, and investments for the relevant sectors, and can act as key informants for interviews and networking, as needed.
    • Arrange and participate in key informant interviews with stakeholders as described above, both before and during an in-country visit (estimated to be 10 days total) by representatives from Geneva Global and our client.

 

  • Research
    • Identify and access relevant documents that outline plans, priorities, and related budgets for work in the key sectors from national and sub-national government entities (such as a national government education priority plan) and key multilateral, bilateral, or INGO organizations
    • Summarize key findings as needed, especially when documents are in a language other than English
    • Plan and conduct key informant interviews
  • Site Visit Coordination
    • Collaborate with Geneva Global headquarters’ staff and client representatives in creating an agenda for an in-country visit lasting for approximately 10 days
    • Arrange and secure meetings with key stakeholders, as described above (government, and relevant multilateral and bilateral, INGO, national-level NGOs)
    • Coordinate, arrange, and book trip logistics, including hotel accommodation, ground transportation, meals, etc., in consultation with Geneva Global headquarters’ staff and client representatives.
  • Report content
    • Draft, review, and provide contextual insight and input into the relevant background content for the strategy document
    • Support contextual analysis of findings and recommendations for the country strategy

Timeline of the assignment

Meeting the timeline for this assignment is crucial to success. We anticipate that the assignment to last from 10 to 15 weeks and will follow the timeline provided below. Ideally, the consultant would be available to start in the month of April, but no later than early May 2019.

Consultant Role Key Competencies

Successful candidates with meet most or all of the following criteria:

  • Strong reputation for integrity and competency
  • Extensive experience in the international development field
  • Extensive experience in creating/contributing to grantmaking strategies
  • Experience in working with international organizations and in cross-cultural work contexts
  • Broad knowledge, experience, and networks among the relevant national and international stakeholders for this assignment
  • Ability to work independently and produce high-quality work products within agreed deadlines
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Existing relationships with relevant potential key stakeholders, including national-level government ministries (for example, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, or relevant sub-ministries), as well as with relevant multilateral, bilateral, INGO, and national-level NGOs
  • Fluency in English and relevant local language(s)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Proficiency of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to relate well in a cross-cultural, multi-national settings
  • Availability to complete assignment beginning in April or May and for the following three months (April-July or May-August 2019)

Geneva Global is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. With our commitment to ensure diverse representation, we strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to apply.

How to Apply

Applicants should upload a brief cover letter and resume (including names and contact information for three references) here.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.