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Consultant – Team Bonding and Trust Building Facilitation at Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization that works in 40 countries around the world to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Since 2012, Mercy Corps has worked to tackle Nigeria’s complex and evolving needs through a range of dynamic, multi-sector programs. In Northeast Nigeria, Mercy Corps is addressing the immediate humanitarian needs of vulnerable communities; enabling conflict-affected populations to transform from relief to resilience using market-driven approaches; and supporting community-led peace-building efforts.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Consultant – Team Bonding and Trust Building Facilitation

Location: Uyo, Akwa Ibom
Employment Type: Temporary


  • Mercy Corps is implementing the Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP), a five-year peacebuilding program funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). CIPP’s aim is to prevent violent conflict in the most at-risk communities across Katsina, Kaduna, Plateau, Kogi, Kano and Benue states in Nigeria’s Northwest and Middle Belt regions.
  • CIPP works with community leaders, women, government officials and state-level actors to improve their ability to peacefully manage disputes; to strengthen Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) mechanisms for timely response to violent conflict, and facilitate collaboration among communities with government agencies, civil service organizations and local leaders to address root causes of conflict. CIPP is implemented in partnership with Pastoral Resolve (PARE), Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD), and the African Radio Drama Association (ARDA).
  • Having reached the third year of the life of the project, the CIPP team recognizes the need to develop a cohesive strategy for the coming implementing year, taking into consideration current and potential changes in its implementing environment, lessons learned, successes and challenges from the previous years. This strategy retreat also comes at a time when conflict contexts in CIPP sites will be affected by the upcoming 2023 general elections, highlighting the need to develop strategies to mitigate issues and address the changes in conflict context and operating environment that come with the election season.
  • To achieve this, the team will hold a 5-day strategy review meeting and Team bonding retreat in a neutral environment that is free from distractions and will provide an opportunity to conduct deep dives into past program implementation, the CIPP process of change and detailed work planning for the coming year. The activity will allow the team to escape distractions of their daily routine to improve and adapt the program’s execution strategy for the coming 2.5 years of the project.
  • The proposed strategy retreat will be held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, featuring a 3-day strategy review meeting with Mercy Corps CIPP leadership, partner Executive Directors and Program managers and two days team bonding and wellness retreat for extended CIPP team members across Mercy Corps and partner organizations. This retreat will focus on supporting teamwork and collaboration between team members across Mercy Corps and partner organizations. COVID-19 has greatly impacted staff welfare, mental fatigue, and morale.

Consultancy Description

  • The consultant will lead the facilitation of key team bonding and trust-building exercises for the CIPP team during the 2-day team bonding retreat.
  • The consultant will be expected to work in close collaboration with the CIPP Program Manager and Communications Officer to develop a series of activities that are appropriate for the caliber of participants in attendance. The team bonding activities will hold on the 7th and 8th of April, 2022.
  • The consultant will report to: CIPP Program Manager
  • The consultant will work closely with: CIPP Communications Officer


  • Participants include CIPP team members from Mercy Corps and its five implementing partners organizations across various leadership levels. A total of 45 participants will be in attendance and will participate in the team bonding activities.

Scope of Assignment:

  • Develop and facilitate an effective team building program tailor-made for the CIPP team
  • Consult extensively with the CIPP focal points to identify areas of need
  • Provide tools and supplies needed to facilitate the activities

Consultant Deliverables:

  • A team-building plan and schedule
  • Design and facilitate the team bonding

Mercy Corps Responsibilities

  • Provide support to the facilitator
  • Approve final team building plan

Key Competencies:

  • Minimum of 3 years experience facilitating team building activities for organizations
  • Experience with NGO sector preferred
  • Experience in sustained engagement with development partners, local agencies and community stakeholders
  • Strong analytical, communication and writing skills;
  • Languages: Ability to speak and write fluent English

Proposal Submittals and Evaluation Criteria
Applicants will submit the following key documents:

  • Company profile outlining how the applicant meets the requirements of this assignment (30%);
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) of the lead facilitator (10%)
  • Proposal outlining how they propose to undertake this assignment including a work plan (30%);
  • Finance Proposal that includes daily professional fee, cost of logistics, supplies, and other reasonable associated costs (20%)
  • One previous report on similar or related work (10%)

Payment Terms

  • Mercy Corps will make payment within 10 days upon receipt of invoice through bank transfer.
  • Mercy Corps will deduct WHT in line with government regulations.

Application Closing Date
20th March, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications to: [email protected] using the Job Title as the subject of the email.

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