Mercy Corps will be starting the USAID funded Food for Peace – Building Hope Along the Karnali River Basin (Bhakari) project in Nepal. This multiyear international emergency food assistance program is expected to start from October 2020 through September 2023 covering 6 districts; Jumla, Mugu, Kalikot, Surkhet, Dailekh and Achham.
The overall goal of Bhakari is that emergency food needs of vulnerable and socially excluded households in Karnali River Basin are met while simultaneously building food security and resilience for the future. The Bhakari activity will establish mechanisms for short-term cash support—through both the activity’s and government systems—while linking longer-term resilience to agriculture, water, financial inclusion, Disaster Risk Reduction and community capacity strengthening. Concurrently, Bhakari layers an intentional focus to address the root causes of gender inequity and social exclusion. Bhakari will operate through three Purposes; 1 “Increase household (HH) level food availability and access”: 2 “Improve access to sustainable water sources for productive purpose” 3 “Reduce the impact of natural disasters”:
Mercy Corps Nepal requires a research/data collection firm to support in planning and executing baseline/final evaluation survey and other monitoring surveys and assessments throughout the life of Award. The Research firm will provide support to the Bhakari program, under the supervision of MEL Director and in close coordination with the Start-Up Team Lead, Technical Advisors, program and operations team in the Mercy Corps Nepal Country Office.