These Terms of Reference are for a three-month consultancy (approx. 60 days from 1st November 2020 to 31st January 2021, with some flexibility) to support a scoping process to inform the programme design of a pilot project.
Saferworld is at the beginning of implementing a one year pilot aimed at supporting the integration of more conflictsensitive practices into the policies, practices and programmes of aid actors in Sudan. It draws upon Saferworld’s extensive experience of supporting similar processes in a range of contexts, coupled with our deep contextual knowledge and long-term, established relationships with Sudanese civil society from across the country. Over the past three years for example, Saferworld has successfully designed and built up the Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility (CSRF) in South Sudan. The CSRF has successfully supported aid actors to promote deeper and more nuanced understanding of how aid interacts with conflict and to help them to build coherent and effective responses to the challenges of operating in South Sudan.
The proposed project will support individuals and organisations to develop a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the context within which they are operating, with the aim of ensuring that interventions do not aggravate conflict and instead contribute to peace. It will support aid actors to do this by providing high-quality analysis, technical advice and capacity building, and by supporting lesson learning and the sharing of knowledge about complex conflict issues in Sudan. The approach will be informed by continuous consultation with a diverse range of local and international actors, and will adopt a flexible, iterative and adaptive approach.
The pilot year will begin with a three-month scoping period, which will provide more in depth information on the specific context and lay the groundwork to further define the remit of the programme. It is important to get the starting point right, to adequately analyse the context and dynamics to inform the Theory of Change, and to understand the main challenges with regards to conflict sensitivity. The scoping process will also define key issues and themes for the facility to focus on, define the process for the creation of an evidence base, and how to capture learning. The process should seek to build an understanding of ‘conflict sensitivity’ which moves beyond catch all technical terms to be strongly rooted in the Sudanese context i.e. to support agencies to develop a clear and nuanced understanding about what adopting a conflict sensitive approach means in practical terms in the Sudanese context. To that end, it will be essential to work closely with local Sudanese actors and civil society to define what this means on their terms.