Mercy Corps YIL COVID-19 Response and Strategy Consultant

Mercy Corps YIL COVID-19 Response and Strategy Consultant

Purpose of Engagement:

  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current crisis globally and specifically in Kenya, Youth Impact Labs has designed an emergency response plan to help SMEs develop continuity plans, build resilience and preserve their workers’ jobs.

  • As part of this response, YIL aims to provide strategic support to selected companies in its portfolio during this period by focusing on opportunities that they can leverage, pivoting of operations and enhancement of resilience with the objective of ensuring business continuity and employment retention for the thousands of workers and suppliers within their business value chains.

  • Youth Impact Labs is seeking Kenyan-based consultants with experience of providing consultancy services, to support Herdy Fresh and Get Boda in line with the highlighted intervention as detailed below.

    For each of the businesses, the consultant will:

  • Conduct a rapid market assessment to establish the structural and business changes in the business’ market due to COVID-19 crisis. The consultant will highlight resultant effects and identify strategic opportunities that the businesses can leverage during the current period and post COVID-19 epidemic, including a COVID and post pandemic scenario planning

  • Conduct an internal assessment to identify the implications of COVID-19 on the respective businesses’ operations including supply chain disruptions, cash flow, internal operations and evaluate the viability of their current business models going forward.

  • Provide strategic and actionable business and operational recommendations to the businesses to help them pivot and take advantage of the identified opportunities. This includes but is not limited to cash flow management, supply chain restructuring, human resource and operational adjustments and any other relevant business functions.

    To achieve the above, the consultant will be expected to undertake the following activities:

  • Desk review of primary company documents including strategies, financials, regular reports, etc. to understand the company’s products, services, existing market, operational processes and recent performance, in order to have sufficient background information for the exercise.

  • Conduct interrogatory meetings with the respective company teams and stakeholders, and secondary research to understand the companies’ model and operations and the effects that COVID-19 has had on each of the companies and their respective industries

  • Synthesis of findings from the desk review and interviews to provide a detailed analysis of findings and recommendations for the respective company
    develop a well-defined and documented COVID-19 response and recovery strategy that includes key findings, recommendations and an implementation framework

  • Youth Impact Labs anticipates that these assignments will be conducted in parallel, preferably with specific teams dedicated to each of the two companies to ensure delivery within the proposed timelines.


    The key deliverables from the project are:

  • Inception report that captures revised work scope of work, adjusted work plan, preliminary information request and draft information
    gathering tools

  • Draft COVID-19 response strategy report that outlines an overview of the implications of the pandemic on the respective business, a market assessment that highlights effects on the industry and business and potential pivoting opportunities for the business, and detailed strategic recommendations and an implementation framework outlining how the company should adjust its internal management and operational processes in order to pivot during this period

  • Final COVID-19 response strategy report that is a refined version of the draft strategy and that incorporates feedback from the Mercy Corps and respective business team

  • Thought leadership article: A 2-pager style thought leadership document that provides actionable recommendations on key challenges facing start-ups in the ecommerce and logistics industries and actionable steps that they can take to build resilience and recover post COVID-19

    Reporting Lines

  • The consultant shall work under the direct supervision of the respective CEOs, (Get Boda and Herdy Fresh) and will report to the post investment and learning advisor, Youth Impact Labs

    Ownership and control of work / publication

  • Ownership and control of all work products related to this scope of work and partner engagement shall belong to Mercy Corps and the respective partners. Any use of material, learnings or publications derived from the work product will require prior written approval from the partners and Mercy Corps

    Timeframes and Budgets

  • Youth Impact Labs anticipates that the assignment will take up to 25 – 30 working days, but can take a shorter duration depending on the consultant’s proposed methodology. The works shall be executed between 13th July 2020 and 21st August 2020. The total costs of the assignment will be negotiated with the service providers.

    Hpw to Apply

    To apply provide a brief proposal of no more than 10 pages/ slides containing the following:

  • Summary of approach/ methodology and sample work plan;

  • Team structure and brief bios of team members; if applying as a firm, include firm registration documents (certificate of registration)

  • References, web links or electronic copies of at least three examples of recently completed projects of a similar nature

  • Detailed budget, clearly outlining each cost, the quantity, and the total anticipated project cost

  • Proposals will be evaluated on the criteria as captured in the annex section.

  • Proposals must be sent digitally by 2359 HRS, Friday 3rd July 2020 to


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