Terms of reference Consultant Civil Society Learning Initiative
|Operational Area||West Africa (Liptako-Gourma)|
|Programme Area||Civil Society|
|Timeline||25 days over 6 months (October 2020 – March 2021) – remote|
The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers, providing support along the displacement routes to refugees, migrants and vulnerable populations to ensure safe and dignified life. DRC strives to find durable solutions for the population affected by displacements. To this end, DRC supports Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees to realise material, physical and legal rights. After several decades of experience in this field, DRC has expanded to include programming that tackles the root causes of conflict in order to prevent new and secondary displacement.
BACKGROUND TO THE CONSULTANCY AND PURPOSE
Although DRC has been working with local civil society actors for several years in various countries, DRC has largely remained a self-implementing agency. Nevertheless, DRC is working towards increasing its commitment to the Grand Bargain, Core Humanitarian Standards and localization agenda in general. DRC has invested in establishing a Civil Society Engagement Unit tasked to develop a Global Civil Society Engagement Strategy. At this juncture, DRC is initiating a learning initiative to better inform the further development of DRC’s strategic, programmatic and operational planning in its civil society engagement work across the organization.
As a first step, a simple mapping matrix was initiated to map out what civil society programming currently looks like across DRC and to support with the identification of potential case studies for this learning initiative. Specific areas of inquire about DRC’s civil society engagement in the mapping exercise were structured around four themes – partnership, capacity development, participation, advocacy . The rationale for these specific themes links to DRC’s global theory of change for civil society engagement. In reality, DRC’s interactions with these themes vary largely across countries and regions. The learning exercise at DRC global level with the varied case studies is expected to capture learning across these themes – both good practices and gaps, to inform a way forward for DRC’s civil society engagement . Please see in annex DRC’s global Learning Framework document for more detailed background information on this initiative.
The localization agenda and the triple nexus – humanitarian response, resilience/development and peacebuilding – are at the heart of DRC West and Central Africa 2020-2022 strategy. In West Africa region, there has been historically a rich civil society, which is currently trying to adapt to the unfolding security and protection crisis . Civil society continues to work towards resilience and development , but also adapts to the crisis and engages in humanitarian response and peacebuilding initiatives . Local civil society has strong assets to strengthen the response for displaced people and communities affected by the conflict: local acceptance, knowledge of areas and communities, access, connections with local authorities etc .
The study will thus focus on our engagement with civil society in the triple nexus in Liptako-Gourma. In particular local NGOs, formal and informal youth lead and women led organisations and regional networks which are working alongside IDPs, refugees and host communities to promote protection, economic recovery or peace building  . The analysis will reflect on the existing mobilizations and gather information on how those CSOs and civil society movements view their renewed engagement in the security and protection crisis context and in the triple nexus. The study will identify obstacles and facilitators and also how does DRC engage with civil society on the triple nexus, what worked and didn’t work in this regard and that could be improved.
The study will focus on the following areas of Liptako-Gourma: Sahel, North and Centre North regions in Burkina-Faso; Tillaberi region in Niger; Mopti and Gao regions in Mali, and national levels . DRC has offices and teams in each of these regions.
Through current programming, DRC engages with these civil society actors in the following way:
- Financial and technical support to 5 main local partners amongst key local NGOs active in displacement axis in Mali (TASSAGHT), Burkina-Faso (CRUS), Niger (KARKARA, AREN) and at West Africa regional level (RBM) to promote resilience and social cohesion in border communities in Liptako-Gourma. This is in consortium with Save the Children and Care.
- Financial and technical support to the Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) and to 10 of their member women organisations in Burkina-Faso, Mali and Niger to strengthening the voice of women in civil society in security sector governance in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger through the establishment of a pool of women experts.
- Technical support to the Association Malienne pour la Survie au Sahel (AMSS) in a tripartite agreement AMSS-UNHCR-DRC for protection monitoring in Segou, Mopti, Gao, Tombouctou and Kidal.
 which are the three core sectors of intervention of DRC in the region.
Experience / Training
Key requirements are:
- At least 5 years’ experience in similar qualitative analysis in humanitarian settings, of which at least 2 years at senior consultant level
- Demonstrated experience with research methodologies designed to capture organizational learning
- Knowledge and experience of organisational models of systematic engagement with civil society are a must; experience specifically with civil society in West Africa is highly desirable
- Ability to work in a multicultural context as a flexible and respectful team player.
- Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.
- Excellent oral and written French and English communication skills
How to apply
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