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  • EHPSA Case Study Series: Final Brief Published

  • Evaluation of Danish-Bolivian Cooperation 1994-2016

    The Danish Foreign Ministry has recently published the Evaluation of the Danish-Bolivia Cooperation 1994-2016.


    NCG partner Louise Scheibel Smed was part of the team who, in consortium with Orbicon, assessed the specific value added of the Danish approach to supporting sustainable, rights-based development as well as providing lessons learned. NCG partner Per Kirkemann was Quality Assurer.


    Overall, Danish assistance has demonstrated a relatively high degree of flexibility and ability to adapt to changing contextual circumstances and “windows of opportunity”. The major challenges in the Danish-Bolivian partnership arose in relation to the institutional support, mainly at central governmental level.


    However, Danish support to the processes of decentralisation and popular participation, to education (including bilingual education) as well as to the enhancement of the rights, livelihoods and opportunities of indigenous peoples has contributed to fundamental changes in Bolivian society over the past 20 years.

     

    For more information click here

  • Evaluation of the Ghana – Denmark Partnership (2007-2017)

    NCG, in partnership with Orbicon, has recently finalized an evaluation of Danida’s Ghana-Denmark Partnership covering the period 2007 to 2017. Denmark has provided development assistance to Ghana since 1957, when the country gained independence. The main areas of cooperation in the period from 2007 to 2017 have been general budget support, governance (including decentralization and human rights), health, tax/customs and private sector development. The current Denmark-Ghana Partnership Policy 2014-2018 envisages a transition from primarily development cooperation to a strategic partnership, based primarily on political and commercial cooperation.
     

    The evaluation concludes that Danida has played an instrumental role in the acceleration of the decentralisation reform process in Ghana over the past 10 years, however the area of civil society is where Danida has left the most significant mark. Danida’s support to developing the National Health Insurance System (NHIS) has also been instrumental in transforming the provider payment system, i.e. the form, scale, quality and scope of health service delivery. The support to tax reforms has been less successful and the limited results obtained may not be sustainable. In general, the enabling environment for transformative change has not been conducive and in the absence of progress on the overall policy framework for private sector development, Danida’s decision to focus on enterprise level support in its private sector programme is assessed to be then right one. 

     

    NCG’s team of experts was involved in all stages of the evaluation, including developing the evaluation methodology, field work and field visits, analysis, and drafting of evaluation report, with Per Kirkemann in the role of Private Sector Development Expert, Marina Buch Kristensen as Governance Expert, and Louise Scheibel Smed as Research Assistant.

    Click here to read the full Evaluation Report in English, and herefor a short resume of the Evaluation’s key findings in Danish.
  • Evaluation Study of the Somalia Diaspora Programme

    NCG has recently been awarded a contract by Forum Syd to evaluate their Somalia Diaspora Programme (SDP). The program aims to engage the Swedish Somali diaspora to support development projects in Somalia. For more information click here.
  • Inception Support to Water Sector Trust Fund – Water and Livelihood Programme – Kenya

    NCG has recently been assigned to provide Inception Support for new Danida Funding to Water and Livelihoods Programme in Refugees, Host and Other Vulnerable Communities of Kenya – Support to Water Sector Trust Fund (WSTF).

    For more information click here. 

  • Independent Evaluation of the Linkage of Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

    NCG has recently been assigned by SDC to evaluate the linkage of humanitarian aid and development cooperation (nexus).

    The purpose of the assignment is to assess the performance of the SDC strategies, program and partnerships in linking humanitarian aid and development cooperation.

    For more information click here.

  • Nordic Consulting Group Fall Internship 2020

    Curious about international development and the world of consulting? Apply for an internship and join us for a semester full of learning and insight!

     

    As an intern at Nordic Consulting Group (NCG) you will be part of an exciting cross-disciplinary international consultancy company that carries out a broad range of consultancy assignments globally and, with a special focus on Africa, Asia and Latin-America. Our services focus on all sectors and themes related to international development, however, NCG’s core competencies lie within governance, human rights & equality, climate & environment, sustainable growth, and the humanitarian-development nexus. We carry out a significant number of assignments for a wide range of international clients such as Danida, Sida, Norad, Swiss Development Cooperation, European Union, the World Bank and the UN agencies, as well as various national and international NGO’s.



    NCG is looking for an ambitious intern, who is interested in pursuing a career in international development and, who would like to gain sector insight and skills in project acquisition and management. As an intern, you will work closely with our team of project managers, partners and network of external consultants. Your tasks will be of varying character but, with a primary focus on:

    • Fast and efficient identification of upcoming and relevant project opportunities
    • Daily monitoring and dissemination of project opportunities
    • Management and update of company website and social media accounts
    • Coordinating the efficient operation of the Secretariat (e.g. re-stocking office supplies, arranging NCG events, coordinating weekly Strategy Meetings and office calendars etc.)
    • Providing agile support to Project Managers on ongoing tendering processes
    • Coordinating Expressions of Interest and tender proposal deadlines and requirements
    • Daily communication and support to NCG partners, clients and consultants
    • Supporting contractual, financial and administrative management (e.g. preparing official documents, contracts etc.)

     

    Your qualifications:

    Our ideal candidate is outgoing, service-minded, responsible and a team-player. It is an asset if you are interested in international development and it reflects in your education and professional experience.

    Furthermore, we expect you to:
    • Be in the final year of your bachelor’s degree or currently studying for your master’s degree in a relevant field
    • Have work experience from former student jobs or internships
    • Have strong administrative skills and a structured approach to your work
    • Have an ability to prioritise, respect deadlines and assume responsibilities
    • Be a positive, solution-oriented person with a substantial drive for accomplishment
    • Show willingness to learn and develop new skills on a constant basis
    • Have a strong command of Word, Excel, Power Point
    • Be proficient in Danish and English both orally and written. Good French/Spanish or other language skills will be an advantage

     

    Personal development and professional experience:

    At NCG we offer comprehensive insight into the field of consulting services in international development. At NCG you will surround yourself with international experts, who have specialized knowledge on key thematic areas within the development field. You will also work with the dedicated team of Project Managers and learn the ins and outs of development consulting, sector insight, and project tendering, while also prioritizing a relaxed horizontal work environment with place for learning. You will have the opportunity to expand your professional network, access substantial knowledge and gain in-depth understanding of the project cycle of international development tendering and related interventions.


    Practical Information:

    The internship is a full-time position (37 hours/week) starting in the beginning of August 2020 and culminating in the end of January 2021. NCG offers a monthly compensation of DKK 5,000.

    If you have any questions regarding the position, do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

    To apply:

    If you are interested in the vacancy, please follow this link to fill out the application form by no later than March 4th. Please note that you should attach a cover letter and a CV in English. Kindly state in your cover letter where you have seen this vacancy.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Project References

  • Review and Capacity Assessment of Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke/ ActionAid Denmark

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MFA) has launched a Review of Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke/ActionAid Denmark, which NCG has been commissioned to carry out.  Action Aid Denmark works to strengthen civil society, including social movements with a focus on youth and women, in order to enhance democratic participation and civic space, economic opportunities and decent work, gender-responsive public services through progressive tax as well as to strengthen localisation of humanitarian action and resilience by enhancing protection, accountability and social and economic resilience in protracted crisis with special focus on women and youth.

    The purpose of the Review is to stimulate learning, support relevant organisational development, and analyse and strengthen cost effectiveness within the organisation. Accordingly, the review should issue recommendations, which will provide a critical input to the MFA’s on-going dialogue with Action Aid Denmark. Recommendations may include areas for further review.

    The team is composed of NCG partners Anne-Lise Klausen and Lone Bildsøe Lassen, and financial management expert, Jonas Lovkrona.
  • Review and Capacity Assessment of Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke/ ActionAid Denmark

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MFA) has launched a Review of Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke/ActionAid Denmark, which NCG has been commissioned to carry out.  Action Aid Denmark works to strengthen civil society, including social movements with a focus on youth and women, in order to enhance democratic participation and civic space, economic opportunities and decent work, gender-responsive public services through progressive tax as well as to strengthen localisation of humanitarian action and resilience by enhancing protection, accountability and social and economic resilience in protracted crisis with special focus on women and youth.

    The purpose of the Review is to stimulate learning, support relevant organisational development, and analyse and strengthen cost effectiveness within the organisation. Accordingly, the review should issue recommendations, which will provide a critical input to the MFA’s on-going dialogue with Action Aid Denmark. Recommendations may include areas for further review.

    The team is composed of NCG partners Anne-Lise Klausen and Lone Bildsøe Lassen, and financial management expert, Jonas Lovkrona.