Mercy Corps is hiring a
**Location: UK or Europe base
Mercy Corps is a leading global organisation powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
While the majority of Mercy Corps Europe’s income is received through grants from institutional donors, we have grown the proportion of our income received from commercial contracts over the past five years from 0% to approximately 10%. To date, this has been through a focus on UK Government contracts. To support a growth agenda, to spread risk and to align with our newly launched 10-year strategy, we are now looking to diversify our base of contract donors through an expansion beyond UK Government and into other European institutional donors.
Purpose / Project Description:
The purpose of this consultancy is to carry out a donor mapping exercise, focusing on eight European institutional donors (named below) to understand their approach to contracts, so we can make informed decisions about how, when, and where to focus our diversification efforts.
Application deadline: Monday 29th May, 2023. Please apply early - applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
The consultant will produce a clear report – the “Mercy Corps European Contract Donor Mapping Report” - which will present in detail the various approaches that the eight selected institutional donors take to contracting, along with recommendations about where the greatest opportunities for expansion are specific to Mercy Corps.
The eight European institutional donors we will focus on are:
The consultant will present each donor’s approach to contract spending, making it clear what the funding streams are, and for which Mercy Corps is eligible.
Mercy Corps will provide a detailed Annex (Annex A) associated with this Scope of Work during the recruitment and interview process which highlights the (draft) key questions we need this consultancy to answer.
The Consultant will:
The Consultant will:
Note that the deliverables produced in the course of this consultancy will remain the property of Mercy Corps and should not be shared with individuals or organisations outwith Mercy Corps.
Timeframe / Schedule:
It is anticipated that this consultancy should take approximately 25-30 full days, spread over two months (about 3 days a week, ideally throughout May and June 2023).
Suggested timeline as follows (subject to change following consultation and agreement with selected consultant):
Kick-Off Meeting between consultant & Mercy Corps (to set scene and inform the consultant)
Consultant to propose finalised set of questions (Annex A), and present report template to key stakeholders for review & comment
Carry out desk-based research on each institutional donor, including any direct engagement as necessary
Present draft version of report with research and data on two donors completed for review and comment
Present final report to key stakeholders, considering previous feedback, for review and final sign-off. Any final comments and feedback to be incorporated into report prior to consultancy concluding
The Consultant will report to:**
The Consultant will work closely with:
Required Experience & Skills:
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Application deadline: Monday 29 May, 2023. Please apply early - applications will be considered on a rolling basis.