Livestock Market Research Consultant

MERCY CORPS EUROPE (MCE) sudan -- Date Posted 7/29/2020

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Project/Consultancy Title: Sudanese Livestock Market Research Consultant

Project Location(s): Sudan


Deadline: August 8, 2020



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. Now, and for the future.


Supporting Pastoralism & Agriculture in Recurrent & Protracted Crises (SPARC) is a six-year (2020-2026) £19.9 million research initiative funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The goal is to generate and promote the application of evidence on what works to strengthen the resilience of agricultural and pastoral livelihoods in fragile, drylands contexts in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. The program aims to advance research on livelihoods, agriculture and pastoralism that can be used by DFID and other agencies to guide decisions on programs and policies to support livelihoods resilience in the drylands. Through research and evidence, SPARC will develop knowledge to enhance the ability of DFID, the donor community, NGOs, local and national governments and other stakeholders to assist pastoralists, agro-pastoralists and farmers in the context of conflict, climate change, and other shocks and stressors. Mercy Corps is a member of the SPARC consortium with the Overseas Development Institute and the International Livestock Research Institute. Cowater International is the lead firm.


Purpose / Project Description:

SPARC is currently conducting research on the impacts of COVID-19 on agro-pastoral livelihoods, in order to provide responsive research technical assistance to DfID country offices and program teams in the midst of a dynamic pandemic. The consultant will provide critical technical leadership on key aspects of SPARC’s COVID-19 analysis. 


The Consultant will be responsible for monitoring and reporting on the ongoing consequences of COVID-19, including the disrupted 2020 Hajj, on Sudan’s livestock sector. He or she will also be responsible for conducting a retrospective analysis of previous disruptions to Sudan’s livestock markets in order to inform programmatic responses to current and future disruptions related to Covid-19. This will entail identifying, recruiting, and interviewing key informants including but not limited to traders, and concurrently conducting desk-based reviews of local media and other publications to map developments in Sudan’s livestock sector.



Consultant Activities:

The Consultant will:

  • Conduct ongoing desk review of local media and other publications, including in Arabic, to identify and report on changes in Sudan’s livestock sector resulting from Covid-19. 
  • Leveraging existing connections, including with Sudanese livestock market actors, identify, recruit, and interview key informants about Sudanese livestock export and trade dynamics in the context of Covid-19 and previous livestock market disruptions.
  • Draft regular memos synthesizing key findings from desk reviews and key informant interviews, and participate in analytical debriefs with members of the broader SPARC research team.



Consultant Deliverables:

The Consultant will:

  • A comprehensive contact list of Key Informants, including but not limited to local traders, relevant to the subject of livestock trade and Covid-19 related disruptions in Sudan. 
  • Approximately 20 sets of key informant interview notes, to be shared on an ongoing basis, as available. 
  • Two brief synthesis memos (2-3 pages), describing key findings from desk review and key informant interviews, and identifying potential areas for further research. Synthesis memos will inform analytical debrief sessions, in which the Consultant will participate with members of the broader SPARC research team.



Timeframe / Schedule: 


Week One: 

  • Onboarding and training on research tools
  • Compilation of initial key informant contact list
  • Initiation of desk review


Week Two:

  • Key informant interviews conducted and notes shared with SPARC team
  • Desk review and compilation of sources continues
  • First synthesis memo (2-3 pages) due


Week Three:

  • Key informant interviews conducted and notes shared with SPARC team
  • Desk review and compilation of sources continues
  • First analytical debrief session with SPARC research team


Week Four

  • Key informant interviews completed, and final set of notes shared with SPARC team
  • Desk review complete and annotated compilation of sources shared with SPARC team
  • Second synthesis memo (2-3 pages) due
  • Second analytical debrief session with SPARC research team


The Consultant will report to: 



Required Experience & Skills:

  • At least five years’ experience conducting qualitative research with NGOs or other development actors, and preferably on topics related to livestock markets in Sudan.
  • Extremely strong knowledge and professional networks with livestock market actors in Sudan, which will be leveraged to facilitate key informant interviews.
  • Significant experience conducting desk-based internet research and comprehensively reviewing and reporting on local media and other publicly available information sources.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills in both English and Arabic.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision, and meet deadlines.




Applicants should submit their academic and work experience certificates, CVs, and application letter to by August 8, 2020.

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Seniority Level Consultant
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