Mercy Corps Consultant – Animal Health Research and Learning Agenda for the Resilience Challenge Fund Jobs in Uganda

Mercy Corps Consultant – Animal Health Research and Learning Agenda for the Resilience Challenge Fund Jobs in UgandaConsultant Objectives

The consultant will provide remote and in-country support to:

  • Establish a (draft) framework for understanding the relationship between livestock diseases and reduced resilience in livestock-owning households in Karamoja region (remote).

  • Co-create a learning agenda and detailed scope of work for each learning area with the Animal Health Team Manager between the Apolou, the Government of Uganda and relevant private sector partners to understand motivations and barriers to effective disease surveillance and response systems (remote and in-country).

  • The learning agenda will be mapped to the Theory of Change and linked to the Policy Objectives.
    The learning agenda will include mapping of incentives or motivations for change.

  • The learning agenda will include technical and operational learning to support learning that leads to achieving scale.

  • Recommend areas where the capacity (knowledge, infrastructure, supplies) of program staff, GoU officials and private sector should be strengthened.
    Consultant Activities

    The Consultant will:

  • Review all relevant program and policy documents as well as scholarly and grey literature.

  • Participate in orientation meetings (remote) with relevant Mercy Corps program and Headquarter staff to understand activity scope and timelines. Recommend priorities for 2-3 week in-country support.

  • Working closely (remote) with the Animal Health Manager, develop an agenda and facilitators guide for a 2-3 day research and learning agenda co-creation workshop to be held in each target district. This workshop will include representatives from the public and private sector. Additional participants may include representatives from traditional leadership, research and academic institutions and/or civil society organizations.

  • Based on Uganda national COVID-19 mitigation activities, Consultant will work with Animal Health Team Manager to design a COVID-19 sensitive partner’s workshop or similar mechanism to solicit feedback. The approach will need to overcome competing COVID-19 response priorities within government systems.
    Facilitate co-creation workshops (TBD depending on ability to travel).

  • Conduct key informant interviews with relevant stakeholders and experts within Uganda and outside.

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the consultant will work with the Animal Health Manager and relevant program staff to prioritize in-country and external interviews and develop interview guides (not questionnaires) that will be used by program staff and the consultant. Interviews must be structured to maximize the information that can be acquired through phone interviews. Creativity in use of effective online communication platforms is encouraged.

  • Working closely with the Animal Health Manager, draft an
    animal health research and learning agenda that responds to the Increasing Public and Private Investment in Animal Health Systems to Strengthen Productive Assets and Veterinary Governance for Improved Resilience in Karamoja activity policy objectives.

    Consultant Deliverables

    The Consultant will:

  • Submit an inception report including:

  • Overview of relationship between animal health, disease control systems and resilience of pastoralist households with a draft framework for easier understanding of a complex issue.

  • Draft agenda for co-creation workshops

  • Initial list of in-country meeting/key informant interview needs

  • Workshop Close-out Report including:

  • Soft copies of all materials used

  • Key findings/recommendations to include capacity building recommendations (plan)

  • Final Research & Learning Agenda with scopes of work co-created with the activity Animal Health Manager

  • Close-out report that shares observations and recommendations of technical or programmatic gaps that Mercy Corps needs to address.


  • The Consultant will work up to 30 days beginning July 2020, broken into 15 days of remote support and 15 days in-country, including travel days. This may be adjusted based on the ability to travel and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Consultant will report to:

  • Apolou Animal Health Manager.

    Required Skills and Experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience in international livestock development

  • Advanced degree in veterinary medicine and/or veterinary epidemiology

  • Willingness to travel

  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver quality products under tight deadlines and in sparse working environments.

  • Experience working in public health systems preferred

  • Experience working pastoralist contexts preferred

    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 will be conducted in Uganda and remotely

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Consultant – Animal Health Research and Learning Agenda for the Resilience Challenge Fund Jobs in Uganda

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