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Consultant - Productive Migration Curriculum Development - Remote with travel to Niger
Mercy Corps
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Mercy Corps is a leading global organization 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. Mercy Corps has been present in Niger since 2005, focusing its interventions on improving food security, livelihoods, gender, social cohesion, governance and emergency response outcomes. Our work in these areas contributes to local communities’ resilience to shocks and stresses and enables them to achieve long-term, inclusive and equitable development, including through supporting safe and productive migration.

In West Africa, migration is a common response to insecurity and environmental hardships. Yet, there is little evidence on the economic returns to this livelihood strategy. Planning for Productive Migration (PPM), a project funded by the Open Philanthropy Project, and designed in partnership with Stanford’s Immigration Policy Lab (IPL) seeks to support safe, regular, and productive migration and to understand its impact through action-research. Though migration may unlock economic improvements and other benefits, it is also associated with a number of risks including trafficking, exploitation and legal issues. The Curriculum Development Consultant will help the project team prepare a migration preparation training curriculum for young Nigerien men interested in migrating for work to other countries in the sub-region.


Purpose / Project Description:

The Curriculum Development Consultant will develop tools that will be used by the program team in the implementation of PPM. The program focuses on five key training or support elements: safe migration, employable skills, digital literacy, financial inclusion and family counseling on livelihood strategies. Drawing on existing Mercy Corps resources and models from other implementers, the consultant will contribute to design of tailored training materials, and guidance on how best to deliver information to program participants.

Consultant Objectives:

  • Support the design of program activities by developing a comprehensive training manual, facilitation guide, and any other necessary participant-facing training materials for a 10-day training program
  • Ensure that training/counseling elements of the program are tailored, relevant and usable by targeted participants

Consultant Activities:

The Consultant will:

  • Review background program documents (concept note, results framework, pre-baseline analysis) and curated Mercy Corps manuals, tools and other resources relevant to the design of PPM program activities in the areas of digital literacy, financial inclusion, family counseling on migration and financial management, and employable skills
  • Conduct additional research to identify and propose additional models/approaches that could be incorporated into program design for the key program elements in order to achieve program goals.
  • Conduct an in-country assessment to map out key remittance services providers working across the ECOWAS.
  • Liaise with the PPM program manager and the broader Mercy Corps and IPL team to understand program implementation plans and propose the best options for how and when information should be delivered to program participants.
  • Produce a day-by-day training manual and facilitation guide relevant to key program elements.
  • Prepare a manual and facilitation guide for the household counseling as well as a template for the family migration plan.

Consultant Deliverables:


The Consultant will:

  • Provide a comprehensive training manual inclusive of modules necessary to convey information for the abovementioned key program elements.
  • A facilitation guide for trainers that explains best practices for how to deliver trainings.
  • A facilitation guide for how to deliver the counseling sessions and develop a family migration plan.

Tentative Timeframe / Schedule: May-June 2021

*Exact LoE to be determined in consultation with the consultant)

  • Review curated documents: estimated 3 days
  • Additional research on useful approaches: estimated 4 days
  • Discussions with PPM, Mercy Corps and IPL teams: estimated 2 days
  • Service provider mapping: estimated 4 days
  • Develop draft training manual and facilitation guide: estimated 9 days
  • Incorporate feedback and finalize: estimated 2 days
  • Total Estimated LoE: 25 days

The Consultant will report to:

Director of Programs- Mercy Corps Niger

The Consultant will work closely with:

Mercy Corps Research and Learning Team; Technical Support Unit; the Immigration Policy Lab (IPL)

Required Experience & Skills:

  • 5-10 years of experience designing financial inclusion, employment, digital inclusion or gender/economic empowerment programs targeting migrants.
  • 5-10 years of experience in developing curriculum, training and facilitation material.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a field related to international development, political science, education and/or economics
  • Deep familiarity with the ECOWAS region, including prior work experience and professional network
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, and oral communication skills
  • Fluency in English and French is required

Accountability to Partners

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Travel and Working Condition

The consultancy may be conducted remotely and on a part-time basis, to be clarified in a work plan submitted by the consultant and agreed with the supervisor.

How to Submit Your CV

This notice does not constitute an offer of employment. Any description contained herein may be modified and/or revoked. Interested applicants should carefully note the minimum qualifications and submit a CV along with a cover letter detailing previous experience, and a proposed daily rate to Mercy Corps online career site at

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Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.


We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

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Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

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