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Consultant - Youth Advancement for a Peaceful and Productive Tomorrow

Mercy Corps

5 - 30 years Amman - Jordan

Any Nationality

, Posted on May 17, 2018 1 Opening

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Project: Youth Advancement for a Peaceful and Productive Tomorrow (Peace-Pro) Activity Name: Support Peace-Pro team in final evaluation of program activities (Quantitative) Location: Amman Anticipated Start Date: 22-May-18 End Date: 05-Jul-18
1. Introduction and Background
We are looking for a highly qualified and experienced consultant to evaluate an EU funded project addressing youth vulnerabilities to joining violent extremist groups implemented in Jordan s Ma an, Russaifa/Zarqa, Salt and East Amman between 2016-2018. The consultant will lead on quantitative evaluative methods (the Quantitative Evaluation Consultant ) . The consultant should have relevant background in evaluating Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) projects, and/or projects addressing youth vulnerabilities to recruitment into non-state armed groups. Experience in evaluating projects/programs on mental health and/or psychosocial support is particularly desirable.
Youth Advancement for a Peaceful and Productive Tomorrow (Peace-Pro):
To address the vulnerabilities and risks that youth in Jordan currently face, local Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in partnership with Mercy Corps and other selected Jordanian civil society Organization are implementing Youth Advancement for a Peaceful and Productive Tomorrow (Peace-Pro) based on the following Theory of Change: If young people develop strong positive relationships with families and communities, and develop the skills needed to make difficult decisions and cope with stress, then they will feel less hopeless, more protected, and less frustrated, in turn reducing their vulnerability to support and to be recruited by violent groups .
In support of the Theory of Change and in light of the identified drivers of youth vulnerability to joining violent extremist groups, the project focuses on three interlinked expected results:
• Establish Community Action Hubs in targeted communities to improve response by local authorities, government agencies, community leaders, civil society and private sector actors to the risk of youth radicalisation
• Improve youth psychosocial well-being through multifaceted advocacy platform and targeted life skills programming
• Equip families and local communities to support vulnerable youth with knowledge, skills and resources to counter violent extremism in their homes and communities
Peace Pro targets youth ages 15-25 years old through age and gender appropriate activities [1] . Programming is geared towards youth who are at risk of radicalisation due to a variety of drivers including, among other things, isolation or social pressure from peers or family, a gang mentality, participation in armed groups, in conflict with the law or have been released from jail. At the root of the Peace-Pro project is Mercy Corps integrated, holistic model of youth programming that rests on the Profound Stress and Attunement (PSA) framework (see below) and, recognises the factors that contribute to vulnerability are diverse.
The Peace-Pro project was implemented across four locations in Jordan: Ma an, Salt, Russaifa/Zarqa Governorate and East Amman.
Profound Stress and Attunement
The foundational and key innovation of Mercy Corps approach is the Profound Stress and Attunement (PSA) framework that uses neurological science to understand the impact that long term stress has on the emotional brain (limbic system). This in turn affords the ability to use the lens of profound stress to develop programing that assists in a person s ability to recognise the emotional context for themselves, their family and their community. Mercy Corps psychosocial programme methodology helps people better manage the feelings of injustice and anger that commonly result from exposure to family or community-level conflict, propaganda of violent ideologies, and hopelessness which have been used to mobilise young people into violent extremist movements. The methodology connects youth who are dislocated from their networks to peers and positive role models through a reconnection back to self, family and community. The development of advocacy platforms, community service campaigns and awareness programs linked to Hubs further support adolescents to develop alternative methods for expressing themselves and have impact on a broader social justice context.
2. Consultancy Scope of Work
Geographical scope
The consultant will be based in Amman in Mercy Corps Country Office
Consultancy Objectives
The objectives of the final evaluation are:
• To evaluate the performance and impact of the project: Youth Advancement for a Peaceful and Productive Tomorrow (Peace-Pro), through analyzing project s quantitative data.
• Provide recommendations to improve future planning and how to adjust programmatic approaches to the complex and evolving context.
Scope of Work
The evaluation will examine Peace-Pro Project implemented in Jordan 2016-2018. The consultancy will be focused on tasks B&C below:
Task A: Design, collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data to measure effectiveness, relevance, coordination and coherence, impact and sustainability of project activities through highlighting achievements, lessons learned, and recommendations for future actions in the different Governorates of Jordan with a strong focus on countering violent extremism.
This will be conducted by the Qualitative Consultant under a different scope of work, which runs from 20 March to 15 July. Upon accepting the Scope of Work, the Quantitative Consultant will be linked to the Qualitative Consultant in order for them to decide on the best way to share insights throughout the evaluation.

Industry Type : NGO / Social Services / Community Services / Non-Profit
Functional Area : Corporate Planning / Consulting / Strategy / M&A


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