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Coalition Building and Networking Consultant
Search for Common Ground

SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND is the largest dedicated peacebuilding organization.

Since 1982, we have worked to end violent conflict and to build healthy, safe, and just societies all over the world. Currently, we work in 31 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

OUR MISSION is to transform the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions.

WE BELIEVE that conflict is inevitable but violence is not. Conflict is a natural result of human diversity. When we deal with conflict adversarially, it generates polarization and violence. When we collaborate, conflict catalyzes positive change.

OUR VISION is a world where cooperation is the norm—where differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence.


 Section/Unit: Program
 Grade Level: Consultant
 Supervisor: Program Officer
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Khartoum
 Closing Date: 27 Nov 2022


The Organization:


Search is an international conflict transformation NGO that aims to transform the way individuals, groups, governments, and companies deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative solutions. Since 2019, Search Sudan designs and implements multifaceted, culturally appropriate, and conflict-sensitive programs using a diverse range of tools, including media and training, to promote dialogue, increase knowledge and determine a positive shift in behaviors.


The Project:


Search in partnership with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (CEPPS/IFES), the International Republican Institute (CEPPS/IRI), and the National Democratic Institute (CEPPS/NDI), with associate partners Internews (CEPPS/Internews) are implementing a project that supports the development of Sudan’s governance and electoral institutions; promotes inclusive participation of all voters in the elections; and the revival of political parties, civil society organizations, and media. This three-year program, supported by USAID, targets the entirety of Sudan and has the overall goal of establishing and strengthening democratic institutions, stakeholders, and processes that will administer transitional elections and lay the foundations for a more peaceful, inclusive, and democratic Sudan


The Assignment:


In support of its ongoing projects which aim to build peace and strengthen social cohesion in Sudan’s periphery states, Search for Common Ground is seeking to recruit a Coalition Building and Networking Consultant. The consultant will lead in conducting a three-day workshop for diverse civil society stakeholders to improve their understanding and knowledge base in building effective and strategic coalitions, networks, and partnerships with other actors. The participants will include Search’s partner staff, women leaders, and other peers in the civil society sector active in human rights, democracy, and electoral systems in South Kordofan, West Kordofan, Blue Nile, Kassala, Gadarif, and Khartoum. The consultant will deliver comprehensive training covering stakeholder and context analysis, and incorporate elements of conflict sensitivity. While discussing coalition-building, the consultant is expected to equip participants with practical tools, knowledge, and approaches that participants can later apply to ensure the formation of strategic and effective networks in their different lines of work.


Geographic Locations:


The Coalition Building and Networking Consultant can be based anywhere in Sudan but must be willing and able to deliver the training session in Khartoum, Sudan.

 Duties and responsibilities:

Key Roles & Responsibilities

  • Lead, plan and facilitate a three-day training on coalition building and networking particularly exploring the main stakeholders in Sudan’s current socio-political context as well as the principles of ‘do no harm’
  • Share the relevant PowerPoint materials to be used for the training beforehand for feedback from the Project Focal and Programme Coordinator
  • Facilitate discussions, interjections and conversations with and among participants in a conflict and gender-sensitive manner
  • Explore with the group how different actors form networks to address shared concerns, particularly in relation to relevant authorities
  • Listen to participants’ discussions to understand existing community grievances and how different groups, stakeholders and networks mobilize to advocate for change – understanding the affiliation, reach and the relationship between different actors with communities
  • Ensure that the training session is conducted in a timely manner
  • Ensure that the confidentiality, privacy and safety of all participants (women and youth) are protected and upheld at all times
  • Collect feedback and M&E data (pre- and post-tests) from participants in an inclusive, conflict-sensitive and comprehensive manner and promptly relayed to Search’s DME manager
  • Write a comprehensive report that captures the content, interactions and outcomes of the workshop in English in a timely manner
  • Facilitate discussions and finalize with participants the mechanisms to manage, mobilize and regulate the formed coalition and its members

Key Deliverables

  • Successfully complete one 3-day training in the Khartoum state
  • Comprehensive and clear English reports covering the interactions, outcomes, and reflections of participants during the workshop including detailed M&E data as well as pictures from the training
  • Accurate, comprehensive, and conflict-sensitive training material (PowerPoint presentation) that was used during the workshop



 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:


  • Excellent interpersonal skills, presentation, and effective communication with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills in English
  • Advanced reporting writing skills in English and Arabic
  • Ability to maintain professionalism, creativity, and enthusiasm while working in a fast-paced, multi-cultured environment with minimal supervision.
  • Strong active listening skills
  • Experience working with communities in Blue Nile, White Nile, Kassala, Khartoum, and South Kordofan is preferred



Application Deadline: Sunday, November 27, 2022



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Please submit your CV and cover letter on or before the deadline.


The consultancy should be concluded the end of December 2022.


The consultant will be contracted for 5 working days


-1 day orientation

-3 days for the training sessions

-1 day for reporting


The consultant will be paid upon receipt and approval of complete activity reports.


This opportunity is open to Sudanese Nationals only.


As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities. 


Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work. All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity - Tenacity - Empathy - Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest, and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth, and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.  Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. View our code of conduct here and our privacy policy here.



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