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Consultant - Resilience Technical Advisor

Closing: Jan 31, 2023

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Published: Jan 24, 2023 (6 days ago)

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The Resilience TSU has two vacant roles. One is focused on Resilience Curricula and Adult Learning. Qualified consultant support is needed to help advance project streams related to resilience and inclusion curricula and resilience standard practices in the program cycle curricula. The other role is focused on Resilience Storytelling and Communications. A consultant steeped in resilience storytelling and communication frameworks and approaches is needed to advance work related to this role while it is vacant. Then, when the new advisor starts later in Quarter 3, the consultant is needed to provide technical orientation and on-the-job support to help with the onboarding of this new role. This will include some lighter support to assist the establishment of refreshed management approaches for the Resilience Community of Practice which will be managed in part by the new role.

Required Experience & Skills:

  • At least 7 years of experience in resilience technical work including in international development contexts
  • At least 3 years work experience in adult learning methods in curriculum development
  • MA or MS preferred in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated professional proficiency in storytelling development and facilitation methods applied in international development contexts
  • Strongly preferred familiarity with Mercy Corps Resilience Theory to Practice workstream


Responsibilities
The Resilience TSU has two vacant roles. One is focused on Resilience Curricula and Adult Learning. Qualified consultant support is needed to help advance project streams related to resilience and inclusion curricula and resilience standard practices in the program cycle curricula. The other role is focused on Resilience Storytelling and Communications. A consultant steeped in resilience storytelling and communication frameworks and approaches is needed to advance work related to this role while it is vacant. Then, when the new advisor starts later in Quarter 3, the consultant is needed to provide technical orientation and on-the-job support to help with the onboarding of this new role. This will include some lighter support to assist the establishment of refreshed management approaches for the Resilience Community of Practice which will be managed in part by the new role.

Required Experience & Skills:

  • At least 7 years of experience in resilience technical work including in international development contexts
  • At least 3 years work experience in adult learning methods in curriculum development
  • MA or MS preferred in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated professional proficiency in storytelling development and facilitation methods applied in international development contexts
  • Strongly preferred familiarity with Mercy Corps Resilience Theory to Practice workstream


Resilience Storytelling and Communication Related Responsibilities
  • Backstop Resilience Storytelling and Communication role backtopping responsibilities

    • Manage Resilience Community of Practice activities including hosting and following up on planning meetings, scheduling and organizing events, and drafting communications to RCoP members
    • Organize all RCoP materials and develop storage/knowledge management system
    • Synthesize best practices on the RCoP into guidance / standard procedures
  • Provide Technical Onboarding and Orientation on Resilience Storytelling and Communication methods:

    • Develop materials for and lead technical orientations on resilience storytelling methods with new Senior Advisor team member.

      • This should include at minimum a customized onboarding plan with links to key resources and an orientation on the existing, most relevant technical resource materials (e.g. review of resilience storytelling frameworks and guidance resources piloted in Mercy Corps to date, analysis of communication products (strategies, plans, training resources, written outputs), and coaching on approaches for successful engagements with program teams on storytelling.
    • Co-create a learning / development plan with the Advisor with recommendations for addressing knowledge priorities.
    • Provide technical backstopping for the Advisor during one program engagement. This program engagement is projected to entail on the ground program collaboration and field work in Nairobi and/or northern Kenya for approximately 4-6 days.

      • This entails providing technical reviews and advising on resilience storytelling and communications facilitation tools, agendas, and templates, and assisting with some writing assignments as deemed necessary. Advise the new Advisor on knowledge management systems for resilience storytelling technical resources.
  • Provide Technical Onboarding and Orientation on the Resilience Community of Practice (RCoP):

    • Develop agendas for and support onboarding and orientation of new team members on RCoP management.
    • Share existing management systems and conceptual approach to the RCoP
    • Provide light backstopping and coaching to Advisor on one RCoP engagement.

Resilience Curriculum and Adult Learning Related Responsibilities

  • Backstop Resilience Curriculum and Adult Learning role backstopping responsibilities

    • Lead activities to plan and implement working sessions with TSU teams to advance resilience and inclusion linkages. Design and prepare a working session for the resilience and inclusion teams to unpack questions related to core approaches and identify shared technical interests. Document next steps and assist in organizing follow up session.
    • Resilience Theory to Practice curriculum

      • Compile a hyperlinked tool index, with short narrative descriptions, of technical resources from the Resilience Fellowship model
      • Draft a no more than 5 page guidance document / standard procedures approach describing curriculum approach to date in Resilience TSU, current technical limitations, and comparison with other curricula and recommendations
      • Advise Resilience TSU on recommended approach to capture learning from program engagements for curriculum development on resilience standard practices around workplanning. Suggest and develop templates for capture, participate in planning meetings, and identify opportunities to co-create new technical guidance.
      • Design and lead one to two sessions with the RCoP on resilience approach in activity design and practical lessons on resilience practices in workplanning.


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