Monday, Sep 23, 2019

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (REOI) – INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICE FOR ASCERTAINMENT OF LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE IGAD LED SOMALI MEDIATION AND PEACE PROCESS

BACKGROUND: 

The IGAD region’s historical legacy in mediation and peace support operations takes pride of place in the region’s past and current engagement and regional diplomatic efforts. As early as the 1990s, the IGAD region has been and is currently playing a crucial role in mediation and peace processes in the region and in peacekeeping within and beyond the IGAD region.

Since its revitalization in 1996, IGAD has been involved in conflict prevention, resolution and mitigation of emerging and evolving security threats in the region. IGAD plays a vital and central role in mediating conflicts and peacebuilding in the Greater Horn of Africa. Over the years, IGAD played an important role in resolving the conflict in Sudan between the north and the south that resulted in the achievement of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). As the custodian of the Peace Agreement, IGAD rolled out several peacebuilding initiatives to promote peace and stability in the region. 

The Mediation Support Unit has conducted ascertainment of lessons learned from the IGAD-led South Sudan and Sudan Mediation and Peace Processes. The Unit plans to undertake an assessment of best practices and lessons learned from the Somalia Peace Talks and the implementation of these agreements e.g. the Djibouti Peace Processes. 

It is imperative to have all these information documented and shared for research and learning purposes. 

Under financing from JFA the IGAD Mediation Support Unit would like to hire a consultant to undertake an assessment of best practices and lessons learned from the Somalia Peace Talks and the implementation of these agreements e.g. the Djibouti Peace Processes. 

It is imperative to have all these information documented and shared for research and learning 

OBJECTIVE OF THE CONSULTANCY:

The IGAD Mediation Support Unit would like to hire a consultant to ascertain the lessons learned from the IGAD-led Mediation Efforts in Somalia. The overall objective of this project is to ascertain the lessons learned from the Somalia Peace Process. It will entail review and stock-taking of the lessons learned from the Somalia Peace Process that led to the signing of the several agreements as well as the implementation of the peace agreement

The lessons drawn from this peace processes will be shared with the structures of the MSU such as the Roster Members, the special envoys and Member States. This review process will first unpack the concept of peace-building from pre-negotiation phase to post-peace-agreement phase. It will then point to the process design, the methodology and the lessons for and from different stakeholders including the mediators, negotiators, parties to the conflict and IGAD as a regional bloc. In doing this, the consultant will provide a report with an overview of the conflicts in Somalia, detailing the conflicts from 1990, as well as examining the lessons drawn from the mediation efforts conducted in Kenya, Djibouti and Somalia.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: 

  • At least 15 years of experience in research, academia, mediation and peace processes, project planning, project management, knowledge management and documentation,
  • At least 10 years of experience in Project Management (Excellent Project Management Skills such as communication, planning and risk management skills).
  • The consultant should have at the minimum, a master’s degree in research, political science, conflict management, project management, peace studies, mediation, and/or related and relevant disciplines. A PhD is an added advantage.
  • Excellent report writing, communication and presentation skills
  • Analytical skills and deductive reasoning
  • Comparative knowledge and understanding of conflicts, peace processes, peace agreements and political developments in Africa; and more particularly in the IGAD region
  • Excellent command in English (both Written and Spoken)
  • Computer literacy; 

DURATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT 

The assignment will be phased over a two months period and will be undertaken in the phases outlined below. Background documents will be provided to enable the successful candidate to develop a design specifications, which will be implemented upon approval.

HOW TO APPLY 

Interested Consultants must submit their expression of interest (updated CV and non-returnable educational and work experience credentials with a cover letter) to the address below in person, or by mail or by email no later than200 pm  local time on 4th     October   2019. Our address is:

 

Procurement Unit

Administration and Finance

IGAD Secretariat

Avenue Georges Clemenceau

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P.O. Box 2653,

Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti

 

Women applicants are encouraged.