Save The Children

Conflict Analysis and Sensitivity Assessment Consultant

Save The Children

Job Description

The Conflict Analysis and Conflict Sensitivity Assessment will include four components: * Conflict Analysis: The conflict analysis will consider three levels – sub-regional, national and local – covering the different levels of intervention across the target countries in East and Southern Africa (ESA), and West and Central Africa (WCA), which are Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, DRC, Mali, Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso. It will first identify all the relevant pre-existing tensions and conflicts that characterise the context in which Save the Children intends to operate in this project; provide a short but comprehensive overview of their background and history, including research into their causes; and map all the relevant groups involved, with an analysis of the relationships and connections between them. The analysis should also include a sp ecific focus on the impact of the identified conflicts on children and youth, including children and youth on the move, who find themselves in vulnerable displacement situations. In that regard, the analysis will cover in particular the six grave violations of children’s rights, with an age and gender-sensitive lens. The impacts included should be comprehensive, for example, including the mental health and psychosocial impact on children, differentiating boys and girls, but also cognisant of children and youth’s agency in conflict (and not to portray them only as victims). Finally, the analysis will include a forward-looking section for each of the identified conflicts, speaking to the likely evolutions (dynamics) of these situations in the short to mid-term, and including the identification of factors that can be regarded to promote peace in each context. * Conflict Sensitivity Assessment: The assessment is a review of preliminary planned interventions and programming across the implementation phase and will include a review of all the project parameters; assessment of the risks of conflict impacting implementation, with proposed contingency measures; opportunity mapping for reinforcing peace outcomes; and a clear outline of potential changes to the original project design/activities. This should speak to and emphasise synergies in the baseline study. Where plans for activities are not finalised, the assessment will seek to assist in the planning, adding a conflict sensitive lens. Overall, the conflict sensitivity assessment will aim at ensuring that both the current and potential impact of conflicts on the most vulnerable populations and on planned interventions are addressed, while ensuring that the organisation's footprint on conflict dynamics (both positive and negative) are equally identified and adequately managed. The assessment will be conducted with the goal to support safe, adaptive, and accountable programming throughout this project. * Conflict Sensitive Monitoring and Evaluation Tools: Following from the conflict sensitivity assessment, this component involves recommendations for developing the monitoring and evaluation tools (specifically indicators) for the implementation phase to ensure that conflict sensitivity is mainstreamed and included as part of project monitoring through conflict-sensitive indicators. These should include tools to be used to monitor trends and impact on program implementation to further inform program design, intervention and adaptation, and policy influencing. These tools will be developed in conjunction with gender sensitivity tools, ensuring that gender specific impacts of conflict are monitored. Furthermore, recommendations will also be made so as to systematically monitor the project’s impact on conflict dynamics (focusing on the many layers of interaction between intervention and context), in particular recommendations to prevent and/or respond to potential negative impact, and to maximise positive impact on contextual drivers of peace and social cohesion. * Conflict Sensitivity Capacity Assessment: In order to ensure that the conflict sensitivity assessment and the monitoring and evaluation assessment will impact the project for the entire length of implementation, a comprehensive assessment of the capacity of programme staff to apply the recommended monitoring and evaluation tools needs to take place. This assessment must include recommendations/plans for subsequent capacity building. An assessment to other bottlenecks to conflict sensitivity, both internal and external to the organisation, that may impede the project from being conflict-sensitive should also be conducted. These may include: changing socio-political and socio-economic situations in target countries, policy changes among others. These four components, taken together, will allow the governance structure of the project, the project management and the programme staff to ensure that the activities and implementation will ‘do no harm’ and be conflict sensitive, with period reassessments of changes in circumstances and the capacity to identify the impacts of conflict on the implementation. All four components are expected to be practical and context-specific, and to be presented in a concise and user-friendly manner. Qualifications and Experience This consultancy is open to both individuals and consultancy firms who meet the following criteria: * Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies, International Development, Law or related area; * At least 7 years relevant professional experience working on conflict sensitivity; * Prior experience of researching and analysing conflict in the African context, especially in the ESA and WCA regions; * Strong speaking and writing skills in English and French. * Familiarity with child rights programming; * Demonstrated experience of gender-sensitive research. Research conducted in the field of gender and conflict would be an advantage; * Demonstrated experience in applied research, especially literature reviews; * Experience of child participatory research; * Demonstrated experience in Programme reviews; * Demonstrated experience in developing capacities to enable sustainable impact of analyses/assessments; * Demonstrated experience in capacity assessment and development; * Demonstrated experience working with INGOs; * Demonstrated analytical and conceptual ability, good communication and facilitation skills; * Demonstrated strong report writing skills and be able to share examples of previous work; * Demonstrated track record of delivering high quality written outputs on time in a consultancy environment; * Demonstrated ability to work independently and deliver on time. The Organisation We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030: * No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday * All children learn from a quality basic education and that, * Violence against children is no longer tolerated We know that great people make a great organisation, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued. Application Information: Applications should consist of: * Cover letter * Short proposal, detailing proposed methodology, including illustrative budget (max 4 pages) * CV's of team undertaking the work * Examples of or links to similar work already conducted Interested applicants are requested to send their applications to by the 7th of April 2020. A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy. Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents
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