Our programme delivery brings us into partnerships with grassroots NGOs, government ministries, local and international consultancies, research centres, universities, and many teams in the global South.
Leading large teams in challenging contexts
Since 2014, DFID has funded the £440+ million Humanitarian and Resilience Programme (HARISS) to deliver life-saving supplies to South Sudan’s people and help them cope with conflict, droughts and flooding. IMC has been selected to evaluate and generate learning from HARISS interventions to help improve their impact. To do this, we lead a team of renowned local and international organisations that include Forcier, Development Gateway, University College London’s Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre, CommsConsult, Humanitarian Outcomes and the University of Portsmouth.
We also manage big teams to deliver frameworks, which are mechanisms that streamline and increase effectiveness of procurement. Within the Expert Advisory Call-Down Services Framework, IMC leads a team of 70+ partners to provide UK government’s staff with technical expertise on issues related to global prosperity.
Promotion of diversity in the construction industry
Across the world, we work with as much a varied pool of contractors as possible, including small contractors and female professionals, who face challenges to get a foot in the door.
One of these women is Shahrukh Khan, the CEO of SmarTek, a construction firm that works with IMC on the Humqadam programme in Pakistan.
After years of discrimination, she was about to leave the industry altogether when we entered the market. Ignoring the humble size of her company and her gender, Shahrukh submitted her bid and was awarded a contract with IMC.
SmarTek completed construction in three schools and won contracts to work on four more in Punjab.
Today, the firm is on the fast track to expansion. With half of its employees being women, SmarTek is quickly acquiring new clients and in 2013-14 was recognised as the 16th Fastest Growing Company at the AllWorld Network , an organisation that ranks private firms across low- and middle-income countries.
From 2012 to 2016, an IMC-DAI joint venture provided technical advisory services to DFID Advisors for the Professional Evidence and Knowledge Services: Climate, Environment, Infrastructure & Livelihoods Helpdesk and Call-down Service. We helped DFID to collect evidence for programming decisions through knowledge products, training and rapid response to helpdesk queries. In doing so, we managed a team of 41 NGOs, academic institutions and consultancies from over 20 countries, mostly local SMEs. Throughout four years all members have remained and in 2016 we received the DFID Commercial High Recognition Award for Fair Treatment of Sub-Contractors.