Collective Action/Behavioral Economics Research Consultant at Mercy Corps in Kenya

Collective Action/Behavioral Economics Research Consultant at Mercy Corps in Kenya

Collective Action/Behavioral Economics Research Consultant at Mercy Corps in Kenya

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Job Type: Consultancy

Career Category: Research, Economics, Community Development

Education Level: Master’s degree in Economics, Behavioral Economics, Applied Research and Evaluation, or Social Science; PhD preferred

Experience: Minimum 5 years in community development, natural resources management, or applied research

Deadline: April 11, 2024

Location: Kenya


Mercy Corps is a leading global organization dedicated to making a positive impact worldwide. With operations in over 40 countries, Mercy Corps partners with communities to overcome adversity and build resilience. In Kenya, Mercy Corps has been active since 2008, implementing programs to improve the lives and livelihoods of Kenyans affected by poverty, conflict, and resource scarcity.

Purpose/Project Description

Mercy Corps is conducting applied research to understand how different incentive structures can promote collective action for integrated land regeneration and gender-inclusive land management in Kenya. The research will focus on designing and testing incentive mechanisms to support sustainable land management practices, particularly in Garissa and Wajir counties.

Consultant Objectives

  • Co-lead the participatory design of incentive mechanisms.
  • Support the design and implementation of applied research activities.
  • Analyze and synthesize study findings.

Consultant Activities

The Consultant will:

  • Review program documents and participate in meetings with Mercy Corps staff.
  • Coordinate with Mercy Corps to conduct initial interviews with communities and leaders.
  • Co-lead the design of incentive mechanisms in collaboration with target communities.
  • Develop a research protocol and coordinate data collection with program staff.
  • Provide interim updates and final reports based on study findings.

Consultant Deliverables

The Consultant will develop and submit:

  • Inception report outlining the approach to participatory design.
  • Finalized work plan for the assignment.
  • Data collection tools and detailed research plan.
  • Interim updates and final report on study findings.
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Projected Timeframe / Schedule

The research should be completed within 50 working days between April 2024 and August 2024.

Required Experience & Skills

  • Master’s degree in relevant field; PhD preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in community development or applied research.
  • Knowledge of natural resources management and gender equality issues.
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of Kiswahili or other relevant languages is an asset.

How to Apply

Interested consultants/consultancy firms should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by April 11, 2024, to with “Application for Collective Action/Behavioral Economics Research Consultant” as the subject. The EOI should include a technical proposal, financial proposal, CVs of proposed team members, relevant sample reports, and references.

Collective Action/Behavioral Economics Research Consultant at Mercy Corps in Kenya

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