This assignment envisions the following activities and deliverables:
* Engage in a debrief with team and complete some desk reading to understand programming.
+ Desk reading should include major research materials, research papers, semi annual reports, monitoring and evaluation results
* Facilitation of strategy meetings to arrive at a table of contents and beginning of content creation
+ Envisioned as a minimum of three workshop style online meetings to develop a Table of Contents and a ‘go plan’ and calendar for execution.
* Iterative Review of materials as they are developed
* Development of content on discrete topics within the document
+ Envisioned as discrete learning documents that arise from strategy meetings and subject to LOE availability
* Review and provide comments on final draft.
+ Edits will be provided by in house editor
+ Review to assure content is arriving at completion
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
* Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience working with issues of cooperatives, cooperative policy and legislation and market systems approaches
* Minimum of 5 years of experience in project implementation and experience in USAID reporting
* Excellent writing skills with demonstrated experience developing knowledge products for external audiences
* Master’s degree or higher in business, international development, cooperative business, economics, or similar field
* Relevant professional experience with cooperatives or agricultural SMEs preferred
* Fluency in English
About the Organization
Period of Performance: July 1 - August 31, 2020
Level of Effort: Up to 30 days
Reports to: Kristin Wilcox, Chief of Party
Location: Home of record
Global Communities, an international development non-profit organization, seeks a short-term consultant to support the Enabling Market Integration through Rural Group Empowerment (EMIRGE) team to complete and submit to USAID a thoughtful, detailed and learning focused document that presents a succinct retrospective and provides the key lessons learned from 2010 to 2019.
In October 2010, Global Communities was awarded an cooperative agreement, funded under USAID's Cooperative Development Program, Enabling Market Integration through Rural Group Empowerment (EMIRGE), whose focus was to develop, test and disseminate cooperative approaches within two very different economies: Rwanda and Mongolia. Based on prior analysis of high-potential agricultural value chains and with the ability to leverage existing Global Communities' programming and resources in those countries, EMIRGE sought to integrate groups of marginalized economic actors into the mainstream economy through a variety of capacity building efforts and stakeholder collaborations. In doing so, EMIRGE confronted the challenge of rural poverty commonly faced by millions of marginalized farmers by designing and employing methods to collaboratively mobilize rural resources toward attainable market opportunities.
The EMIRGE project catalyzed early-stage economic cooperation by responding to local market-based incentives and strengthening groups to develop a member-driven agenda. Through capacity building and mentorship, EMIRGE gradually observed the strengthening social capital and organizational capacity to advance group enterprises.
The Global Communities headquarters (GC/HQ) EMIRGE team actively coordinated and worked in country with field programs to design, test and document innovative approaches to cooperative development, enhancing effectiveness while piloting methods for broader use. To achieve this, EMIRGE channeled the expertise of internal and external specialists in the fields of economic development, organizational development, knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation and cooperative legal reform.
Scope of this Assignment
The EMIRGE program will complete its program cycle in September of 2020 ending a ten-year journey in four countries and having completed research in South Sudan and Ethiopia. The program has developed a body of knowledge and research that must be creatively yet succinctly organized in its twilight months in order to create a set of lessons that can empower cooperative programming in the future, within Global Communities, and provide concrete lessons for new practitioners.