Project Name: Promoting Resilience and Social Cohesion Through an Integrated Response to Vulnerable Communities in Yemen
(Durable Solutions Project)
Search for Common Ground (Search) is a non-governmental organization working to transform the way the world deals with conflict. We have acquired over 35 years of experience in peacebuilding and are based in over 30 countries around the world. In each project Search seeks to engage all stakeholders to work together to address shared challenges and develop joint solutions. We have led programmes around the world to help societies channel their differences away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative solutions, with activities that range from conflict mediation and peace education to stabilization and women’s empowerment. Search’s mission in Yemen is to promote a culture of dialogue and diversity through the involvement of all components of society, while reinforcing their capacities. Search-Yemen is working during the ongoing conflict to help members of Yemeni society approach conflicts and differences in a constructive manner, through cooperation and dialogue. Search-Yemen is currently operating in eight governorates and maintains relationships with a wide and robust network of local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
This project “Promoting Resilience and Social Cohesion Through an Integrated Response to Vulnerable Communities in Yemen” (Durable Solutions) is a 2-year initiative funded by the EU and implemented by a humanitarian consortium of ACTED, CARE, IRC, NRC, DRC, and Search-Yemen. The overall objective of the action is to promote resilience and social cohesion for vulnerable and host communities. The Consortium has designed an intervention that corresponds to numerous of the eight IASC criteria for durable solutions, including adequate standard of living, access to employment and livelihood opportunities, access to mechanisms to restore housing, land and property, access to and replacement of personal and other documentation, effective remedies for displacement-related violations, including access to justice and information about the cause of violations. The proposed action is structured around two specific objectives, namely: S01: To enhance resilience of returnees, IDPs and their host communities; SO2: To promote community social cohesion and strengthen the capacity of the local authorities and civil society organizations. Search will be responsible for achieving the second objective, and will do so through the following activities: identifying and training Insider Mediators (IMs); conducting conflict scans to identify sources of conflict and resources for peace; facilitating community dialogues; providing capacity-building and institutional support for local authorities; conducting community initiatives; and launching media campaigns.
Scope of Consultancy
The Research Consultant employed under this project will report to the project manager and work closely with other team members to provide research-based technical assistance to Insider Mediators IMs (data enumerators from both host communities and IDPs). The main objective of this constancy is two-fold; First, conducting a baseline study to facilitate initial understanding of the project’s context in the six targeted districts in Lahj and Dhamar to better orient project activities and interventions. Second, supporting the process of developing, implementing, and producing the conflict scan tools and reports.
Overall, the baseline study aims to:
- Identify and specify the current status of the target communities in regard to the project objective (community social cohesion, resilience, and civil society and local authority capacity).
- Undertake a mapping exercise for local stakeholders to be targeted in the project activities.
- Confirm the feasibility and applicability of working in the selected communities within target districts.
- Update the Project Log frame to include necessary baseline information for respective indicators, and update targets.
- Obtain perceptions of targeted communities’ members about means of strengthening social cohesion to inform the project’s implementation methodology
- The baseline study will measure local communities’ current perceptions, knowledge of, and participation in dialogue processes. It will also evaluate the available conflict resolution mechanisms including the role of local authorities and CSOs. The baseline will focus on answering the following questions:
- What is the community vulnerability level?
- What community perceptions exist regarding local levels of tension and conflict drivers?
- What conflict resolution mechanisms currently exist within the community?
- What is the community-level knowledge on dialogue process for conflict resolution?
- What is the role of local authorities and local CSOs in the local peacebuilding process?What are the gaps in their capacity to fulfill these roles?
The Research Consultant will work closely with the project team and Insider Mediators (data enumerators) to integrate the baseline questions in the conflict scan tool that will be implemented at each of the six targeted districts in Lahj, and Dhamar. The Research Consultant will have to carry out the following task.
- Review existing community conflicts research tools in light of project objectives, host and IDP needs, baseline study questions compiling all in a single research tool
- Updating and revising the current training materials on designing and delivering community assessment, conflict scan, community dialogues, community initiatives and action plans to better reflect the needs of IDPs, host communities and returnees.
- Develop a framework for methods of data collection, data quality assurance and data collection plans.Provide guidelines about these plans to the Insider Mediators (data enumerators) in collaboration with Search’s country M&E Team.
- Develop a research plan for the insider mediators (data enumerators) forming the required groups for data collection at each district.
- Compile data from targeted locations for tabulation, analysis, and production of research findings.
- Develop research tools/templatesthat will be used by insider mediators to carry out project activities.
- Provide needed support to Insider Mediators (data enumerators) building their capacity to conduct community assessments, help communities to identify local level conflict issues, facilitate dialogue processes across inter-communal tensions, and develop action plans for implementing community-based initiatives.
- Draft six conflict scan reports based on results obtained from each district using Search Conflict Scan Report Template and the Conflict Scan Tools used to collect required data.
The project will be implemented in the following locations:
Lahj: Radfan, Tuban, and Al Maqaterah
Dhamar: Jahran, Jabal Ash Sharq, and Dhamar city
Methodology and Data Collection Tools
In both governorates, the data collection methods (qualitative and quantitative) used areFocus Group Discussions (FGD), Key Informant Interviews (KII), and surveys. A first stage of analysis will be based on secondary data, mostly documents produced by clusters and other relevant organizations and stakeholders, in order to assess the general situation of the district (accessibility, interventions by other organizations, etc.), the overall level of vulnerability, as well as the needs in basic services and livelihoods. Data collected by the Durable Solutions Consortium partners will be also be reviewed to obtain more details about the level of vulnerability at the targeted communities. At the following stage, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) will be conducted to map existing community conflicts and gather more information on the activities that would mostly benefit the community. Obtained data through the FGD will be further validated through Key Informant Interviews (KII), with community leaders and local authorities to obtain more details about the FGDs findings based on multi-sectoral factors like the presence of IDPs, the economic situation, access to clean water, access to markets, access to basic services and livelihoods etc. The qualitative KII data combined with the quantitative data created from a household survey will provide a clearer image of the different contributing factors to community vulnerability and types of vulnerabilities. The consultant will further triangulate findings with previous conflict scan reports, conflict resolution partners and working groups, and national-level data. The global COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the high-quality research practices including assessments, evaluations and other studies that are needed for programme planning and decision making. COVID-19 is rapidly spreading throughout Yemen, and the risks associated with personal interaction affect the methods we can use, the types of data we can collect, and the questions we can ask. Thus, adaptation is needed to work under the constraints imposed by COVID-19 including research methodologies and approaches.
- The consultant will work in collaboration with Search regional ILT team and close coordination with Search-Yemen DM&E manager. S/he will be responsible for data collection, analysis and reports writing with the following being some of the specific tasks:
- Review and comment on draft data collection tools for alignment with the baseline and conflict scan objectives.
- Train evaluation survey crew including enumerators on the data collection process including review of data collection tools.
- Supervise field data collection of quantitative data and lead and contribute to the collection of qualitative data through organizing KII and FGDs.
- Undertake transcription and translation of KII and FGD notes.
- Conduct analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data and write the reports.
- Conduct desk review, interviews, and other forms of data collection with consortium partners, local authorities, and other concerned stakeholders
Based on the consultancy scope of work, the consultant will be responsible to submit the following deliverables:
- Six Community Stability Assessment CSA reports (Conflict Scan Reports) in English and Arabic using the Search conflict scan template.
- A final baseline report in English and Arabic (40 pages max in length and not less than 20 pages, excluding appendices) consistent with Search branding and standards.
- Any necessary training of data collectors or set-up of systems for data collection Supervision of insider mediator data collectors
- All original data submitted to Search
Duration of the Consultancy
- The duration of the contract will be a total period of 6 months and starts from the time of signing the contract.
Search will provide the following logistic support as part of its role in this project:
- Provide relevant project documents including proposals, implementation work plans and SFCG materials for adaption to Yemeni context.
- Familiarize consultant(s) with key respondents, collaborators, implementing partners, Government officials and other stakeholders.
- Technical assistance with the review and approval of tools and reports.
The consultancy firm 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: http://www.sfcg.org/programmes/ilt/dme_guidelines.html
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.
Requirements of the Position
The following skills and experience are expected by Search for our evaluator for this project:
- A strong background in researching local community conflicts, conflict sensitivity, analysis, and peacebuilding.Strong qualitative research skills, especially design and analysis of studies involving focus group discussions and key informant interviews.A university degree or equivalent in social sciences, economics, statistics, political sciences or other relevant fields.
- Proficiency in Arabic and English.
- More than 2 years of experience in project evaluation, including collecting data in interviews, surveys and focus group discussions.
- Evaluation methods and data collection skills, particularly in active or post-conflict contexts
- Experience working with international organizations, especially in similar position.
- Experience in gender analysis and the development of gender sensitive indicators.
- Understanding of and experience in Yemen.
- Strong communication and writing skills.
- Ability to be flexible with time and work schedule.
- Excellent computer skills.
- Capacity to work under pressure and availability to travel.
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.
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