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Consultant Baseline Study and Assessment of Peace Structures
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: DMEL Manager
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Khartoum and South Kordofan
 Duration: Two months
 Closing Date: 28 Dec 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. Headquartered in Washington DC, USA, and Brussels, Belgium, with 55 offices in 34 countries, Search 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. Operating in Sudan since 2009, Search has developed and implemented innovative peacebuilding programs in collaboration with local Sudanese NGOs. Our work in Sudan seeks to empower women and other marginalized groups and encourage greater inclusivity in the peace processes and governance in Sudan. 


The Project:


Traditional leadership and power structures in Sudan are primarily made up of older male leaders, the 2019 peaceful revolution provided the opportunity for youth and other marginalized groups to demand more inclusive systems. As the recent military takeover has exacerbated local conflict dynamics and intergenerational divides, political turmoil, and civilian protests; in historically conflict-ridden states, such as South Kordofan, it will be imperative to bridge the fault lines between traditional peace structures and emerging youth leaders, if they are to respond to these complex dynamics and achieve enduring peace effectively. In this project, Search for Common Ground (Search), Badya Centre for Integrated Development Services (Badya), and Um Serdiba Organization for Development (Um Serdiba) propose to address these conflict dynamics by 1) increasing the knowledge and capacity of diverse youth leaders and peace actors; 2) providing opportunities for these groups to gradually build trust and relationships, and then 3) ensuring that key successes are amplified to leaders and decision-makers in nine communities of eastern South Kordofan. By demonstrating the positive benefits of inclusive models of leadership, this project will begin to shift traditional models of peacebuilding that have neglected to address some of the root drivers of violent conflict in South Kordofan


The Assignment:


Search for Common Ground (Search) is seeking a consultant who can carry out baseline and assessment of peace structure for project title: Fostering locally-led, inclusive peacebuilding across generations in South Kordofan.  We are primarily interested in collecting baseline values for the key project indicators and assessing whether the projectís theory of change resonates with targeted communities and their needs and is relevant to the current context. 



 Duties and responsibilities:

  • Search expects the following deliverables from the external consultant(s) as they correspond to the timeline and budget:
  • An inception report detailing the methodology, data collection tools and implementation plan including data collection, analysis and report.
  • Any necessary training of data collectors or set-up of systems for data collection
  • Supervision and participation in data collection
  • Debrief after data collection and presentation of preliminary findings
  • Oversight of data coding and analysis
  • All original data submitted to Search
  • Two separate draft reports for baseline and assessment in English, for review by Search staff and partners
  • Two final reports in English (15 pages max in length each, excluding appendices) consistent with Search branding and standards for baseline and assessment  report

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

  • The following skills and experience are expected by Search for our evaluator for this project:
  • Proficiency in English and Arabic  (written and spoken)
  • More than 5 years of experience in project evaluation, including collecting data in interviews, surveys, and focus groups
  • Experience in conflict analysis and working with justice and civil society sectors
  • Experience working with international organizations
  • Experience conducting quantitative surveys and analysis
  • Evaluation methods and data collection skills
  • Familiarity and experience with contextual challenges in the geographic location(s) where the study will take place.



                        TO APPLY PLEASE CLICK HERE:https://jobs.lever.co/sfcg/896579ae-4a30-450c-8e6b-368d1d864044


 Interested candidates (individuals or teams) are requested to submit the following two documents:


-Curriculum vitae

-A technical proposal proposing a methodology for the baseline together with a financial proposal for the completion of the aforementioned deliverables and a short cover letter.


Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 28, 2022.


Note: Only two documents can be submitted, so the technical and financial proposals must be combined, along with the short cover letter.

For any inquiries you can write to the project officer:menun@sfcg.org with copy to:lrohrbach@sfcg.org , eabdelsadig@sfcg.org and jelias@sfcg.org 


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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