The Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation (SweFOR) is seeking to engage consultant services to facilitate a 3-day training in Do No Harm in Juba August 16-18, for partner organizations of SweFOR, Läkarmissionen Foundation and other NGO representatives.
SweFOR, The Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation, is an ecumenical Swedish non-governmental organization founded in 1919. We work for the protection of human rights and non-violent resolution of conflicts by raising awareness in Sweden and strengthening partner human rights defenders in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, South Sudan and Western Sahara.
SweFOR has been committed to support Sudanese and South Sudanese civil society actors and human rights defenders in their work for peacebuilding, nonviolent conflict management and human rights since 2003 with an extensive partnership with Sudanese Organization for Nonviolence and Development. Since 2012 we support SONAD’s South Sudanese sister organization Organization for Nonviolence and Development (ONAD) in South Sudan with funds for development projects within the area of peacebuilding and nonviolent conflict management. The formation and development of arenas for interaction and dialogue within civil society is a central part of our partnership with ONAD and an area that we intend to elaborate further within the area of conflict sensitivity.
According to Fragile States Index 2015 South Sudan is the most fragile country in the world right now. With ongoing internal conflicts, economic crisis, weak governance institutions and democracy as well as deteriorated security situation for human rights defenders pose many challenges to NGOs. The population is also fragmented along ethnic, political and religious lines as a result of more than 21 months of civil war. However, in August 2015 the parties to the conflict signed an agreement of resolution of conflict in South Sudan. Although the implementation of the agreement is generally slow, it brings in an important opportunity for building sustainable peace. This context must be taken into consideration when planning and implementing sustainable development projects.
In a needs assessment it was identified that there is a need for increased awareness of tools for conflict sensitivity and sharing of experiences among local and international NGOs conducting development/humanitarian projects in South Sudan in order to minimize negative impacts on the conflict and support local capacities for peace.
As a result of the assessment it was decided to organize a Do No Harm workshop in Juba, August 16-18, in order to increase the awareness of the impact of aid on conflict and increased capacity to reduce negative impacts and maximize positive impacts through the Do No Harm-approach. SweFOR and allied Swedish NGO Läkarmissionen Foundation, supporting humanitarian and development projects in South Sudan, will follow-up the training on an overall level as part of the organizational support carried out within ongoing partnership agreements.
Objective and purpose of the assignment
The purpose of the training is to strengthen the participant organizations’ capacity to use Do No Harm tools ensuring conflict sensitivity of interventions in South Sudan.
The objectives of the training are:
- Increased awareness of how development aid, humanitarian assistance or peacebuilding work can make conflicts worse – or better – by the ways in which they operate and the choices they make.
- Increased skills/performance and exchange experiences of using practical Do No Harm methods for incorporating conflict-sensitivity into context analysis, program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
- Feedback on the participants’ needs of continuous support to apply Do No Harm.
Having a broad target group and promoting local ownership, we expect the consultancy to be planned and conducted in dialogue with SweFOR and ONAD. The logistics for the training will be arranged by ONAD.
Scope, methodology and duration of the consultancy
One or two trainers will hold an extensive and participative/interactive three day workshop on Do No Harm in Juba, South Sudan, August 16-18, 2016 as well as a 1-day training in Do No Harm for ONAD and their beneficiaries, August 19. The timeframe of the consultancy is 7-9 days, including planning and the submission of required deliverables.
The consultancy is to be performed in an inclusive and learning environment, increasing the participants’ capacity to understand and apply Do No Harm. The training should consider the participants own experiences and as far as possible base the methodology on their needs.
Target group: 20 participants – international and local South Sudanese civil society organizations working with development/humanitarian/peacebuilding projects in South Sudan.
If needed, ONAD will provide interpreter. 2 members of staff from SweFOR and 3 members of staff from Läkarmissionen Foundation will also attend the training.
The training is not expected to conclude in a predetermined product but to be a starting point for increased understanding and application of Do No Harm by the participants’ organizations. In this sense the training session is understood as an opportunity to identify issues that would be worth following up and how. The consultant is therefore expected to facilitate this process by delivering
The consultant is expected to deliver:
- Meeting minutes including notes on the discussions according to the agenda, any decisions and/or agreements made
- Documentation of the participants’ evaluation of the training.
- A summary of the main findings and related suggestions/recommendations after the training for further follow-up, including input on the participants’ needs of continuous support to apply Do No Harm
- A copy of any material and/or slides presented during the training
The candidate to be considered should possess the following competence and experience:
- A strong record in planning and leading interactive and participatory trainings in Do No Harm
- Extensive experience from working in South Sudan/the region
- Extensive practical experience in working with both community based organizations and professional NGOs
- Share the values of SweFOR with regards to non-violence, non-discrimination and universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated human rights.
- Sensibility to work with people with different background and experience
- Very good knowledge, both in theory and practice, about Fconflict sensitivity, context analysis, Reflecting on Peace Practices and Do No Harm
- High proficiency in English
- High proficiency in Arabic is desirable
- Personal skills: Respectful, cooperative, pedagogical and creative
How to apply
Interested candidates are asked to present a technical and financial proposal by sending it to [email protected] no later than the 13th of May 2016.
The technical proposal should indicate the candidate’s relevant experience, how she or he plans to approach the consultancy with brief methodology outline, brief description of why the candidate is the most suitable for the assignment, references and contact details.
The financial proposal should itemize the fee, material costs, travel costs and, if relevant, living costs in Juba and specify the amount of time required for the fulfillment of the assignment. Attention should be paid to SweFOR’s NGO status when drafting the tender budget.
If the tender is presented by a consultancy team, the structure of the team, including roles and responsibilities should be defined in the tender. The proposal will be evaluated in consideration of the above-mentioned requirements and by using the best value for money approach.
Sanna Svensson, program manager for South Sudan
Mail: [email protected]
Phone: +46 8 453 68 40