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Individual Consultancy: To develop a conflict analysis for the Cabo Delgado (CDG) crisis (CDG, Nampula, Niassa)

Maputo (Mozambique)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Maputo (Mozambique)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
    • Conflict prevention
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-12

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To develop a conflict analysis for the Cabo Delgado (CDG) crisis (CDG, Nampula, Niassa) to provide analysis and guidance using a human-rights based and gender-sensitive approach to support key decisions related to UNICEF’s humanitarian and development programming scale up in the area. UNICEF aims to adjust and reshape programmes and partnerships to strengthen our capacity to reach children and vulnerable groups, maximize opportunities to support social cohesion and peace and to minimize the risks for children.

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Purpose of the Assignment:

To develop a conflict analysis for the Cabo Delgado (CDG) crisis (CDG, Nampula, Niassa) to provide analysis and guidance using a human-rights based and gender-sensitive approach to support key decisions related to UNICEF’s humanitarian and development programming scale up in the area. UNICEF aims to adjust and reshape programmes and partnerships to strengthen our capacity to reach children and vulnerable groups, maximize opportunities to support social cohesion and peace and to minimize the risks for children.

Purpose and Objective:

The purpose of this consultancy is to develop a gender-sensitive conflict analysis of the Cabo Delgado crisis for UNICEF Mozambique Country Office (MCO) with  guidance and recommendations on engagement  to ensure programmes do no harm, and are conducted through a human-rights based approach.

Methodology and Technical Approach:

This study should capture the multidimensionality of conflict including the political, security and social and cultural dimensions in Cabo Delgado. The analysis process should be completed using a recognized framework and methodological approach of conflict analysis and with UNICEF’s Guide to Conflict Analysis and UNICEF’s Guide to Conflict Sensitivity & Peacebuilding serving as key references.

A specific emphasis should be given in the analysis of the socio-economic dimensions of conflict, including specific patterns of marginalization, inequality and exclusion and perceptions which may be linked to the root causes and conflict drivers. The analysis should identify how the conflict is impacting the rights and wellbeing of children and young people (including child protection challenges and access to quality social services), the specific risks facing children, adolescent girls and young people, potential use/recruitment by armed groups, and their potential capacities and roles as connectors and peacebuilders. The analysis should explicitly capture the experiences, roles and perceptions of adolescents and young people, and duty bearers around children and young people, including, community members and services providers.

Although the conflict is mainly occurring in Cabo Delgado, the analysis should also capture elements and related facts  to the national context and in neighboring areas (cross border with Tanzania and Malawi, and internally with Nampula and Niassa) that influence local conflict dynamics and actors. Some key questions for consideration are included as an annex.

Activities and Tasks:

 

Task

End Product/Deliverable

Conduct an initial desk review of existing conflict/context monitoring data, documents and relevant reports conducted by agencies and institutions on the situation and development of the conflict in Cabo Delgado and neighboring provinces since the onset of the conflict. To synthesize a common understanding of the patterns, causes, actors and dynamics of conflict. This should include the emerging impact of the conflict on children, adolescent and youth including their direct engagement in it as well as the gender dynamics at play.

 

Inception report (not more than 5 pages without study instruments) outlining research questions, scope, detailed methodology, process of the conflict analysis including proposed methods of data collection (face to face and remotely), identified key stakeholders,  providing an outline of the conflict analysis report to be completed. 

 

Inception workshop with UNICEF programme staff and key stakeholders

 

Ethical considerations have to be discussed highlighting anticipated risks and mitigating measures of working with vulnerable populations.

 

Conduct data collection through consultations and in-depth interviews with key stakeholders, including current programme beneficiaries (if feasible and ethically appropriate), facilitate focus group discussions with women’s groups, community leaders, young people, displaced populations in accordance with the research protocol outlined in the inception report; include the UNICEF MCO and other agencies’ knowledge and understanding of the conflict with specific focus on impact on children, adolescent and young people and their needs;

Triangulate all collected data and validate emerging findings with key stakeholders including UNICEF MCO programme staff through online webinar or face to face workshops at the national and sub-national levels

Validation workshops (two – one at national level and other in Cabo Delgado): Presentation of preliminary results based on the desk review and primary data collection in the field.

 

Develop a draft conflict analysis report based on the research questions and outline agreed upon during the inception phase, including recommendations for any immediate adjustments of UNICEF’s ongoing programming and policy recommendations for UNICEF MCO to be considered in the designing and implementation of new country programme;  The report should distinguish  recommendations on a) how to make all MCO programmes conflict sensitive, b) those for potential peacebuilding programming in CDG province and nationally and c) for contribution to access strategy d) comprehensive tools and guidance for engaging adolescents and women into the conflict analysis process, ensuring their safety and contribution, and that relevant and representative populations are consulted.

The Draft Conflict Analysis report (no more than 30-35 pages excluding annexes). It should include an executive summary with key findings and well-defined recommendations.

 

 

Proposal of a real time monitoring system for the situation analysis, including formulated indicators, data sources, protocol of data collection and its frequency with specified risks and their mitigation measures.

 

 

 

 

Present the draft report to MCO staff and key stakeholders at the national and sub-national levels. Based on the feedback received develop the final report of the conflict analysis.

Produce short communication pieces based on the conflict analysis findings and participate in dissemination events per UNICEF request if possible

Final Conflict Analysis report, which incorporates all changes based on the received feedback.

 

Presentation of the final report to UNICEF staff and key stakeholders, and other communication materials (short brief, summary) for dissemination activities as per UNICEF request.

 

  1. Deliverables and Payments: 

 

Payments will be processed upon acceptance of the corresponding deliverable and against an invoice that will make reference to the contract reference and deliverable number. Payments will be approved by the respective supervisor of this consultancy/Chief Field Operations. The timeframe below is indicative and does not include time required to facilitate feedback from the UNICEF staff and key stakeholders.

 

Deliverable 1: Inception report (not more than 5 pages without study instruments). This should include Inception workshop with UNICEF programme staff and key stakeholders and results of discussions on Ethical considerations highlighting anticipated risks and mitigating measures of working with vulnerable populations

Delivery timeframe: Two weeks after contract signature                    

Deliverable/product(s): Inception report    

Payment: 15%                      

 

Deliverable 2: Validation workshops (two – one at national level and other in Cabo Delgado)

Delivery timeframe: Four-Five weeks after approval of Inception Report

Deliverable/product(s): Workshops for Presentation of preliminary results based on the desk review and primary data collection in the field     

Payment: 40%                      

 

Deliverable 3: 1) The Draft Conflict Analysis report (no more than 30-35 pages excluding annexes). It should include an executive summary with key findings and well-defined recommendations. 2) Proposal of a real time monitoring system for the situation analysis, including formulated indicators, data sources, protocol of data collection and its frequency with specified risks and their mitigation measures.

Delivery timeframe: Three weeks after the validation workshop

Deliverable/product(s):

1.1   Draft report and

1.2   Proposal of real time monitoring system      

Payment: 30%                      

 

Deliverable 4: Final Conflict Analysis report, which incorporates all changes based on the received feedback

Delivery timeframe: One week after the submission of MCO feedback

Deliverable/product(s):

4.1 Final report.

4.2 Presentation of the final report to UNICEF staff and key stakeholders, and

4.3 Communication materials (short brief, summary) for dissemination activities as per UNICEF request.

Payment: 15%        

Management and Supervision:

The consultant will work under the guidance of the Chief Field Office and Emergency, Research & Evaluation Specialist and will have working-level engagement with the Deputy Representative for Programmes, Emergency Specialist, Gender Programme Specialist, Adolescents Specialist Chief of Field Office in CDG and Programme Section Chiefs in Maputo. UNICEF will provide logistical support and office space as required (COVID-19 permitting).

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Academic qualifications:

    • Advanced university degree (at least Masters degree) in international development, social sciences, political sciences, conflict studies, peacebuilding, or human rights or another related area

    Work experience:

    • At least ten years of professional experience in conflict-affected contexts, human rights, humanitarian approaches
    • An understanding of IHL, IHRL, and other relevant international legal and normative frameworks
    • Strong background and experience in research design, research methodology and data collection;
    • Extensive experience in conceptualization/planning/ implementation/ monitoring and evaluation of conflict related response strategies and systems is highly desirable;

    Specific knowledge, competencies, and skills required:

    • Proven record of conducting a conflict analysis and designing conflict prevention and/or peacebuilding programmes;
    • Experience with gender analysis, gender assessments and gender-focused programming
    • Knowledge of child rights issues, including grave violations against children
    • Excellent understanding of the relationship between a violent conflict, child rights and basic social services.
    • Knowledge of the Mozambique socio-political and regional context is highly desirable.

    Language skills:

    • Fluency in written/spoken English is required; fluency in Portuguese is highly desirable. 

Download File Annex 3 - To develop a conflict analysis for the Cabo Delgado (CDG) crisis (CDG, Nampula, Niassa).docx

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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