Global Communities is currently implementing the USAID-funded Commercially Viable Conflict Free Gold Project (CVCFG), an artisanal mining initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The goal of the project is to establish a conflict-free artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold supply chain originating from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The five-year, $11.9 million program builds on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly produced gold to jewelry buyers in North America and Europe.
CVCFG aims to contribute to the broader US government goal of reducing instability in the DRC by providing commercial opportunities to artisanal miners by linking them to responsible buyers in international markets. The three primary objectives of the project are:
to increase co-investment in conflict-free, traceable ASM gold from Eastern DRC (Objective 1)
to increase the volume of exports of conflict-free, traceable ASM gold from Eastern DRC (Objective 2)
to improve the commercial viability of ASM gold Cooperatives (Objective 3)
The main objective of this consultancy is to facilitate a three-day meeting broken down into the following:
1. Pause and Reflect
Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) is at the core of the CFCVG program, integrated into all phases of project implementation and guides all program operations and decision-making. CFCVG’s CLA approach recognizes that learning is a continuous process that must be participatory, systematically planned, adequately resourced and well integrated into the program life cycle.
The program will employ a learning-oriented approach that integrates opportunities for learning throughout the program cycle. Throughout program implementation, multiple “pause and reflect” activities will regularly take place to help us reflect on project milestones, challenges and opportunities in order to adapt programming and activities as needed to ensure we meet our objectives.
The consultant will work with our HQ-based, CVCFG Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Specialist to design and deliver a 2-3 day workshop, of which 1 day will be designed as a virtual “Pause &Reflect” on Year 2 activities.
2. Work Plan
The Consultant will work with the Chief of Party to facilitate sessions designed to facilitate a virtual work plan development for Year 3 of CVCFG (October 1, 2020-September 30, 2021).
Work closely with the CVCFG Chief of Party and program management team to develop an agenda for the Pause &Reflect and work plan retreat.
Facilitate discussion during the retreat (keep the discussion on time and on track)
Work with Project Officer to capture key milestones from year 2 and key activities for Year 3 work plan.
Pause &Reflect Outcome Report
The Consultant will produce a short report that captures key discussion points, decisions reached and actions items as a result of the Pause &Reflect portion of the virtual retreat.
Period of Performance: This assignment will be for 10 days level of effort, starting on/about July 1, 2020 and ending on/about July 30, 2020.
Location: It is anticipated that this assignment will be conducted remotely. No travel is envisaged.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
* Knowledge of relevant context and experience working in Africa and/or conflict-affected countries.
* Superior communication skills in English.
* Ability to work in Microsoft Power Point.
* Fluency in oral and written English is required.
* Knowledge of the precious minerals value chain or jewelry industry desired.
* MBA, or Master’s Degree in International Development, Conflict Management, or Economics;
* Previous experience facilitating meetings between groups or organizations;
* Previous experience working with or for donor-funded programs (preferred).
All Applicants must submit a CV and cover letter highlighting previous experience facilitating discussions between groups and/or organizations working on the same initiative.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
About the Organization
Global Communities is an international development non-profit organization. Our mission is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.