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  • The consultant is required to respect the following Ethical Principles: Comprehensive and systematic inquiry: Consultant should make the most of the existing information and full range of stakeholders available at the time of the review. Consultant should conduct systematic, data-based inquiries. He or she should communicate his or her methods and approaches accurately and in sufficient detail to allow others to understand, interpret and critique his or her work. He or she should make clear the limitations of the review and its results. Competence: Consultant should possess the abilities and skills and experience appropriate to undertake the tasks proposed and should practice within the limits of his or her professional training and competence. Honesty and integrity: Consultant should be transparent with the contractor/constituent about: any conflict of interest, any change made in the negotiated project plan and the reasons why those changes were made, any risk that certain procedures or activities produce misleading review information. Respect for people: Consultant respect the security, dignity and self-worth of respondents, program participants. Consultant has the responsibility to be sensitive to and respect differences amongst participants in culture, religion, gender, disability, age and ethnicity. In addition, the consultant will respect SFCG's evaluations standards, to be found in SFCG's evaluation guidelines: https://www.sfcg.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/SFCG-External-Evaluation-Guidelines-FINAL.pdf Required Profile Proficiency in English and French (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; Strong analytical and report writing skills Familiarity and experience with contextual challenges in the geographic location(s) where the study will take place.

Job Description:

  • Search for Common Ground (Search) is seeking a consultant who can provide baseline information to guide planning and implementation of a project in Northern Cameroon aimed at building trust and collaboration among citizens, law enforcement and justice sector actors. We are interested in understanding the current level of trust and collaboration that exists, and in identifying conflict sensitive and inclusive approaches to building this trust. Consultant's research proposals should include a plan to analyze current context across gender, age, and religious demographics. Candidates' teams should have experience researching evidence to inform the connection between planned programming, the context, and the expected changes from planned programming. Candidates' teams should also have experience transferring research skills to local partners. Search for Common Ground 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 52 field offices in over 30 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. Cameroon faces escalating crises that threaten the relative peace and security the country has enjoyed since independence. This presents risks to impact several key overall development indicators, including education and socio-economic welfare. Search and our local partner, Local Youth Corner (LOYOC), have designed an innovative 24-month project to foster trust building and collaboration among and between citizens, law enforcement, and justice sector actors in Cameroon. LOYOC, an experienced local civil society organization, will lead implementation, capitalizing on their extensive experience across Cameroon. We will combine an iterative series of capacity building, trust building activities, and platforms for dialogue and joint action planning to meet the project goal and objectives. In addition, local ownership and respect to culture, religion, and traditions are streamlined throughout all activities and approaches, in order to maximize impact and promote sustainability. The Project Search for Common Ground (Search) is supporting our local implementing partner, Local Youth Corner (LOYOC), to implement a project to foster trust building and collaboration on security among and between citizens, law enforcement, and justice sector actors within communities vulnerable to violent extremism in the Far North region of Cameroon. The aim of the project is supported by two objectives and four expected results as outlined below: Objective 1: To improve trust and constructive dialogue among and between citizens, law enforcement, and justice sector actors. ER 1.1. Law enforcement, justice sector actors, and key community leaders and influencers have strengthened capacity to constructively communicate with and engage citizens on justice and security. ER 1.2. Improved platforms to foster understanding and facilitate constructive dialogue among and between communities, law enforcement, and justice sector actors. Objective 2: To strengthen collaboration among and between citizens, law enforcement, and justice sector actors on shared security issues, including VE. ER 2.1 Joint community-level security mechanisms and protocols are developed and advanced by citizens, law enforcement, and local authorities. ER 2.2 Citizens have improved access to information on and positive examples of collaborative security, justice, and peace processes. We will combine an iterative series of capacity building, trust building activities, and platforms for dialogue and joint action planning to meet the project goal and objectives. In addition, local ownership, youth empowerment, and respect to culture, religion, and traditions are streamlined throughout all activities and approaches, in order to maximize impact and promote sustainability. Our theory of change is that: Theory of Change: If law enforcement and justice sector actors have improved capacity to engage constructively and collaboratively with citizens on security challenges, including VE; and If citizens have improved understanding of the mission of security and justice sectors and priorities of law enforcement; and If these stakeholders have joint platforms for regular dialogue and trust building and are then empowered to jointly develop community security mechanisms, underpinned by newfound trust and mutual-accountability in one another; Then overall community trust of and collaboration with law enforcement and justice sector actors will improve Because these stakeholders will benefit from a holistic approach to trust building based on capacity building, dialogue, and collaborative action, and will see each other as partners in addressing shared security issues. Goals and Objectives As the project commences, we require a consultant who will carry out a baseline study ahead of project implementation to set project indicators, assess the context to inform project strategy, and map and identify target stakeholders, including community leaders and influencers, law enforcement, and justice sector actors. The objective of the baseline study is to establish the baseline situation of the project and to provide information on the relevance of the approach to the context. Specifically, the baseline should respond to the following questions: Assess the current context (conflict dynamics, interventions done so far and gaps in these, peace opportunities) to inform the project strategy; Assess gender, age and social inclusion dynamics in project target locations, as relevant to proposed intervention; propose conflict sensitive strategies for including these demographics in the intervention Inform Search on the relevance of the proposed approaches and target location based on the above conflict dynamics assessments; recommend adaptations to proposed approaches as required Map and identify target stakeholders, including community leaders and influencers, law enforcement, and justice sector actors, and their motivations Conduct a risk analysis to be taken into account in order to avoid damaging the context and exacerbating existing conflicts, and proffer conflict sensitive approaches to mitigate these In addition to these, the study will provide baseline information and data for key project qualitative and quantitative indicators as included in the project M&E plan, as well as propose additional indicators based on project objectives and findings from the study. Findings from this evaluation will be used to inform future program design, planning and implementation. The reports will be shared widely with project participants and partners, and presented during Search Cameroon and Global programs. The reports - with sensitive details redacted - will eventually be published on Search's website and shared with other learning networks in order to enhance contributions to Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) programming and the broader field of peace-building in Cameroon, regionally, and in the world. Keys questions of the Study Who are the current formal and informal law enforcement and justice sector actors? Where are they present? What are the preferred ways of engaging with these law enforcement and justice sector actors with the prevailing context? How do law enforcement actors, justice sector actors and communities relate to one another (all perspectives)? What is the level of trust between law enforcement actors, justice sector actors and community members? What is the current level of collaboration between law enforcement actors, justice sector actors and target communities? What platforms currently exist for trust building and collaboration between law enforcement actors, justice sector actors and community members? What are the opportunities for this to happen? What has been done in the past to build trust and collaboration between communities, law enforcement and justice sector actors? What were the outcomes of these actions? What are the gaps that still need to be bridged? How is the proposed intervention relevant in bridging these identified gaps? What adaptations to the proposed intervention need to be considered to make the intervention more relevant? What stakeholders, including community leaders and influencers, law enforcement, and justice sector actors are relevant for this intervention? What are their motivations and how do these motivations align with the objectives and expected outcomes of this intervention? How much has gender, age and social inclusion been a priority in processes to build trust between communities, law enforcement and justice sector actors, and to what gains? How can gender, age and social inclusion be incorporated into the proposed intervention in ways that are conflict sensitive and Do No Harm to communities? What are the possible risks to or from this intervention? How can these be mitigated in a conflict sensitive manner that does no harm to target communities? Geographical Locations This study will be conducted in Yaoundé and in the Far North region of Cameroon, precisely in Maroua (administrative capital) and Mora where Search plans to implement this project. Specific communities and stakeholders of interest as relevant to the area and theme of study are to be recommended by the Consultant, and jointly agreed on with Search and LOYOC as well as presented to the donor. Methodology and Data Collection Tools Proposals should outline the research approach and methods for data collection to be used, including justification for these methods related to the research questions. The applications submitted must clearly explain why the proposed methodology is the most appropriate to achieve the study objectives; they must also clarify the different tools that will be used and how each of these tools contributes to meeting the established lines of inquiry. Proposals should also include the sampling strategy and approach to analysis. In addition Do No Harm strategies, and strategies for conflict sensitive youth inclusion should clearly be stated. Furthermore, the proposal should clearly state how the study would be conducted with Search's partner, LOYOC, such that it provides an opportunity for research skills transfer to LOYOC. Timeframe This study will take place from December 2020 - January, 2021 with the final deliverables due by 31st January 2021 at the latest. Budget and Terms of Engagement All production costs incurred will be covered from the consultancy fee. 5% withholding tax will be deducted at source from the total cost of the consultancy fee for a firm. Data Quality Assurance and Management All studies will be reviewed and approved by our country office and global Institutional Learning Team prior to acceptance of the final product. The inception report detailing the proposed method, study matrix, and work plan is to be approved by the Search team before starting data collection. In addition, draft reports will be reviewed and feedback incorporated before finalization and sign off. All data and materials collected in the course of this study is to be safely stored and handed over to Search at the end of the study. Submitted proposals should include plans for how the study will manage data throughout the study to ensure data quality. Deliverables An inception report detailing the methodology, data collection tools and timeline; 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; All original data submitted to Search; A draft evaluation report in English, for review by Search staff and partners; A Final report in English while also ensuring that the PowerPoint presentation of the key results of the study in French to enable proper use since the project targets are French speakers A final report in English (40 pages max in length, excluding appendices) consistent with Search branding and standards for evaluation. The Final Report Uses the Search evaluation template unless otherwise agreed in the contract Provides a clear connection between the conflict or context assessment and the intended results, articulate the project's ToC, and include other 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. The findings should speak to the link between the project, its Theory of Change and its contribution to our strategy. 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 indicators Appendices should include detailed research instruments, list of interviewees, terms of references and evaluator(s) brief biography. Consultant(s) will be responsible for organizing their own logistics for data collection (vehicles, fuel, and drivers), and this must be budgeted into the study. At least one Search staff member may be available to support data collection and logistics. In addition, Search and partners will share the following elements with the external consultant(s): Background materials including the project proposal and log frame, M&E plan, and other documents as needed and available. The consultant is required to respect the following Ethical Principles: Comprehensive and systematic inquiry: Consultant should make the most of the existing information and full range of stakeholders available at the time of the review. Consultant should conduct systematic, data-based inquiries. He or she should communicate his or her methods and approaches accurately and in sufficient detail to allow others to understand, interpret and critique his or her work. He or she should make clear the limitations of the review and its results. Competence: Consultant should possess the abilities and skills and experience appropriate to undertake the tasks proposed and should practice within the limits of his or her professional training and competence. Honesty and integrity: Consultant should be transparent with the contractor/constituent about: any conflict of interest, any change made in the negotiated project plan and the reasons why those changes were made, any risk that certain procedures or activities produce misleading review information. Respect for people: Consultant respect the security, dignity and self-worth of respondents, program participants. Consultant has the responsibility to be sensitive to and respect differences amongst participants in culture, religion, gender, disability, age and ethnicity. In addition, the consultant will respect SFCG's evaluations standards, to be found in SFCG's evaluation guidelines: https://www.sfcg.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/SFCG-External-Evaluation-Guidelines-FINAL.pdf Applications Interested candidates are invited to send an application through our career portal, no later than Monday, 21 December, 2020. The title of the application should be: 'Baseline Assessment - 'Strengthening Trust and Relationships between Community, Security, and Justice Sector Actors for Improved Security in Far North Cameroon' and the application should contain the following: The technical offer detailing the methodology, timeframe and size of the evaluation team proposed (max 4 pages); The1 biography of the evaluator/ evaluation team demonstrating relevant experience/ knowledge (max 5 pages) and CVs of key personnel 1-2 examples of past research where the candidate was the lead evaluator; 1 financial offer (Excel) detailing the costs of the budget detailing accommodation and traveling costs, field recruitments if necessary; 2 references of organizations who can verify the quality of the consultant's work. COMPANIES OR FIRMS applying should include: Company's Profile. Evidence of business registration Evidence of Tax registration/ Tax ID Number Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted. Submitted offers will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and selection made according to the following criteria: Quality of the financial offer: realism of the proposed costs, adequacy between the budget and the technical offer; Consultant's ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative studies, knowledge of methodology and field of research; Consultant's ability to conduct the study on time; Consultant's ability to recruit local data collection teams on site; Quality of reports proposed by the consultant as a sample; 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: Shared Humanity - Empathy - Impartiality - Inclusivity - Courage - Hope - Humility - Audacity. 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 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. Apply via the website, https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1607035997425

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