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Consultancy: Baseline Evaluation

Background:

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 29 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.
The Project:

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Search for Common Ground (Search-Belgium), in partnership with our co-applicant Search for Common Ground USA (Search-USA), proposes an 18-month action that will seek to strengthen community resilience to election-related violence by empowering diverse local-level actors to identify, monitor, and de-escalate rising tensions. As they are part of the same family Organisation, both Search-Belgium and Search-USA arereferred to collectively as “Search” in this proposal. Search has also partnered with four co-applicants under this action: Human Rights Agenda (HURIA), Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), Kiunga Youth Bunge Initiative (KYBI), and Tana River Peace, Reconciliation, and Development Organisation (TRPRD). This action will target Garissa, Lamu, Tana River, Kilifi, Kwale, and Mombasa counties, will take place over a period of 18-months and will respond to increasing tensions and conflicts in the lead up to, during, and after the 2022 Kenyan Elections which often fuel violence and can lead to increased radicalization and recruitment to violent extremist organizations.

The Assignment:

Search for Common Ground (Search) is seeking a consultant / team of consultants who can conduct the baseline evaluation of our 18-month project “Uchaguzi Bila Balaa: strengthening community resilience to election-related violence by empowering diverse local-level actors to identify, monitor, and de-escalate rising tensions.” We are primarily interested in assessing community tensions and conflicts in the lead up to, during, and after the 2022 Kenyan Elections and available mechanisms to de-escalate tension raised during and after the election. The proposal for this study should include a plan to analyse these dynamics across demographic groups and between different stakeholders.

Deliverables:

  • An inception report detailing the methodology, data collection tools and timeline;  The inception report should include a review of previous studies related to Search’s programming and incorporate relevant learning
  • 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
  • Debrief session after data collection with presentation of preliminary findings before report writing begins
  • A draft baseline report in English for review by Search staff and partners
  • A final report in English (20 pages max in length, excluding appendices) consistent with Search branding and standards for evaluation

Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English and Swahili (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 conducting election related studies, including early warning and early response (EWER) systems
  • Experience working with international organizations
  • Experience conducting quantitative surveys and analysis
  • Evaluation methods and data collection skills
  • Familiarity and experience with contextual challenges in the geographic location(s) where the study will take place
  • Experience / records that show the consultant has done similar/related  assignments in Coastal of Kenya
  • will add value

To apply, interested candidates (individuals or teams) are requested to submit the following two documents by January 14, 2022:
1) Curriculum vitae2) A technical proposal proposing a methodology for the baseline together with a financial proposal for the completion of the aforementioned deliverables and a short cover letter
For any inquiries you can write to the DM&E Coordinator (smwakitalu@sfcg.org) with a copy to: lrohrbach@sfcg.org, mmwachausa@sfcg.org and jkimamo@sfcg.org.

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