Consultant for Combined Study: Final Evaluation for
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.


 Grade Level: Consultant
 Supervisor: DMEL Manager
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Gadaref, West Kordofan, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Khartoum
 Duration: 3 months
 Closing Date: 12 Feb 2023


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 Projects


The Project “Strengthening the Political and Peacebuilding role of Women in Sudan’s Transition” (Final Evaluation)

Search in partnership with the Human Rights Initiative (MAMAN), Badya Centre for Integrated Development Services (Badya), Um Serdiba Association for Development (Um Serdiba) are implementing a project which supports building the skills, knowledge, and confidence of an intergenerational group of women leaders to contribute to and lead on peace and political processes at the local and national levels. This 18-month project, supported by the UN Peacebuilding Fund, targets Gedaref, South Kordofan, West Kordofan, and Khartoum and has the overall goal to empower a diverse array of women to meaningfully participate in Sudanese peace and political processes in support of a more inclusive transition. 


The study will mainly target the project implementation areas: Gedaref, South Kordofan, West Kordofan, and Khartoum.


The Project “Empowering Women Civil Society Leaders as Peacebuilders” (Baseline Study)

Search in partnership with Um Serdiba Organization for Development, Badya Centre for Integrated Development Services, Cafa Development Organization, Eve Center and Al Hareesat is implementing a 24-month project which emphasizes coalition-building –recognizing the high toll years of divisive politics, long-standing conflict, and political instability have had on women’s collaboration and relationships in peripheral states including South Kordofan, West Kordofan, and Blue Nile. Thus, the project is designed for women of various backgrounds to rebuild relationships and connections locally, across entrenched divides, and then to connect leaders in the targeted peripheral states and the power centre in Khartoum, to strengthen collective action. Recognizing the uncertainty at the national level, this project prioritizes the inclusion of diverse male champions at the local level. This builds on key successes and lessons learned from our previous and ongoing programming which has highlighted the importance of focusing on advancing peacebuilding and strengthening social cohesion at the local level, recognizing that this can often have the most impact on the day-to-day lives of conflict-affected communities, especially in the face of national political uncertainty.


This study will mainly target Blue Nile (Gisan Baw and El-Rosiris localities), South Kordofan (Dilling and Habila), West Kordofan (Greater Lagawa), and Khartoum (to leverage Search’s connections to the national women’s groups).


The Assignment:

Search for Common Ground (Search) is seeking a consultant who can carry out a combined study of the end-line evaluation of a project titled: Strengthening the Political and Peacebuilding Role of Women in Sudan’s Transition and a baseline study of a project titled: Empowering Women Civil Society Leaders as Peacebuilders. We are primarily interested in learning how the first project contributed to empowering a diverse array of women to meaningfully participate in Sudan’s peace and political processes in support of a more inclusive transition. Specifically, we would like to evaluate the impact of our project with regard to increasing agency of Sudanese women to participate in political processes and increasing institutional legitimacy at the local, national and international levels in response to the former. For the second project, we would like to gain insights to ensure that we engage the ‘right’ stakeholders, including male leaders with the potential to be receptive to women’s leadership and inclusion, by leveraging learning from Search’s familiarity with the local context and previous projects.



 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 (including sampling), data collection tools and timeline for the combined study;
  • Any necessary training of data collectors or set-up of systems for data collection;
  • Supervision and participation in data collection;
  • Oversight of data coding and analysis;
  • Debrief after data collection (discussion of preliminary findings and recommendations & report structure)
  • All original data submitted to Search;
  • Two draft evaluation reports in English, for review by Search staff;
  • PowerPoint presentation of findings (in English and Arabic)
  • Restitution session (presentation of key results to staff and partners)
  • 2-page learning document focusing on key findings and recommendations for internal and external dissemination (for final evaluation only). 

Two final reports in English (each 20 pages max in length, excluding appendices) consistent with Search branding and standards for evaluation. The baseline report is to be informed by the findings of the final evaluation report. The two reports:

  • Uses the Search evaluation template unless otherwise agreed in the contract
  • Include all relevant project specifics
  • Fully explains the objectives and research questions of the study, limitations and methods chosen for analysis,
  • Findings respect Search’s evaluation standards, are structured around the main objectives of the study, and are presented in relation to the intended target groups. It should explain adaptations that occurred during the project and their impact on results.
  • Recommendations should have a clear audience and be specific, accessible, and actionable.
  • Indicator table showing all indicator data (comparing baseline and endline values)
  • Appendices should include detailed research instruments, list of interviewees, terms of references and evaluator(s) brief biography

 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 civil society sectors, specifically in conflict-affected areas in Sudan;
  • 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.

Selection Criteria

  • Consultant proposals will be selected for:
  • Relevance of proposed methodology to the goal, objectives, and research questions for the project.
  • Quality of proposed methods, conflict sensitivity approaches, and quality control measures.
  • Qualifications of the candidate(s).
  • Proposed budget in relation to proposed methodology, deliverables and team.
  • Timeline for proposed activities.

The application deadline is: Sunday, February 12, 2023







To apply, interested candidates (individuals or teams) are requested to submit the following two documents through above link.

  • 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.

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


For any related questions, kindly write to Project focal point ( with a copy to DM&E Manager ( ) and the ILT Senior Officer ( ).


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 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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