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21 Feb 2019

Consultant sought for Somalia

Job Description

Consultant sought for Somalia

We are currently seeking a local consultant to carry out a mapping of local actors working for peace in Jubaland, Somalia.The mapping will be carried out as part of a programmeimplemented by Peace Direct and the Social-Life Agricultural Development Organisation, our Somali partner organisation, entitled ‘Supporting Youth and Women in Kismayo as Positive Agents of change’.

Description of the consultancy

By mapping, Peace Direct means the systematic data-collection of locally-led initiatives working for peace in a specific context. Local peacebuilding initiatives are not given the focus and the agency they deserve, partly because of negative assumptions (lack of capacity, mismanagement of funds) and because of mere ignorance (of who does what and where). The mapping that Peace Direct does aims to address this second issue mainly, as well as the first one to a certain extent. We aim to identify and collect information on local peacebuilders so that a maximum of stakeholders knows who does what, where, and what is their level of capacity.

Mappingwill be published on the Peace Insight website. This gives peacebuilders more visibility and should facilitate opportunities to collaborate among themselves and with national and international stakeholders. Beta versions  of previous mappings can be seen here for Mali and DRC.

As part of this project, the selected consultant will:

– Carry out a mapping of local civil society actors working on peacebuilding and social cohesion in Jubaland regions. The mapping will follow a methodology and approach already developed by Peace Direct, which will jointly be refined with the consultant.

– Arrange all logistical details for travel, accommodation and organisation of interviews.

-Produce mapping data in the excel format provided by Peace Direct

– Produce a findings report with overall conclusions about peacebuilding in Jubaland from the mapping exercise, as well as lessons learned and recommendations for future mapping

Person Specification

  • Excellent analytical and research skills (including skills in participatory research);
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Fluent Somali and English;
  • Ability and willingness to travel in Jubaland, Somalia;
  • Experience working in Somalia;
  • Knowledge of the Somali context and the civil society environment, especially grassroots initiatives and how they operate;
  • At least five years of relevant research experience, including using quantitative and qualitative methodologies;
  • Understanding of research ethics and ‘Do no harm’ principles.

Additionally, the consultant must:

  • Have an inclusive and transparent approach, ensuring the participation and feedback from all groups of project participants;
  • Understand that the information collected and the finding reports are the property of Peace Direct and cannot be shared without its authorisation.

If you are interested in this role, please sendthe following documents:

  • A Curriculum Vitae;
  • A cover letter outlining your suitability for this consultancy assignment, how you would approach the assignment, the expected number of working days and your day rate;
  • Writing samples from relevant previous research.

The deadline to apply is Friday 15th March 2019 at 23:59 GMT.

Video Skype interviews will take place on the 21st and 22th March.

Applications must be sent by email toPeace Direct’ s  International Programmes Officer, Alice Coulibaly at the following address: alice.coulibaly@peacedirect.org.


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