Nakuru City Conflict Analysis Consultant – Terms of Reference

  1. Project Background:

The Refugee Consortium of Kenya (RCK) is a national non-governmental organisation established in 1998. RCK’s mission is to promote and protect the rights and dignity of refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs, and other forced migrants in Kenya and the wider East African region. It was established as a response to an increasingly complex and deteriorating refugee situation in Kenya and the region. RCK’s core mandate is to: provide legal aid services and psycho-social counselling; engage in advocacy for policy change by providing technical support towards development of relevant legislations in line with international instruments regulating the management of refugees and other forced migrants; and to raise awareness regarding the plight and rights of the vulnerable groups through research and information dissemination.

The GIZ Civil Peace Service (CPS) is a global programme for the prevention of violence and peacebuilding in crisis- and conflict-affected regions. It deploys international and national Peace Building Advisors to strengthen the capacities of non-governmental and governmental organisations in the field of conflict sensitivity and conflict transformation. CPS methods for transforming conflicts are dialogue processes, mental health and psycho-social support, as well as peace-journalism, hate speech monitoring and the support of alternative dispute mechanisms. GIZ-CPS works with inclusive and participatory approaches.

RCK together with its partner the GIZ-CPS Programme are looking for a lead consultant and research assistant to conduct a conflict analysis in Nakuru city. Contextually, conflict assessment is a critical first step to sustain peace through conflict transformation approach, to inform more comprehensive and coherent strategies, political engagement, and creation of interventions in a conflict-sensitive way. It provides insights into the causes and consequences of conflict, the dynamics supporting or undermining peace efforts, and the needs and interests of diverse stakeholders. Hence, it will serve to inform the continued work of the programme with its partner RCK.

  • Purpose and objective(s) of the consultancy:

2.1 Purpose

The key purpose of this study is to better understand the causes and dynamics of conflict(s) including but not limited to social, political, environmental, and economical issues on asylum seekers, urban refugees, and host communities in Nakuru City County. The analysis will also provide quality inputs and strategic road map for RCK to effectively engage or mainstream peacebuilding and conflict transformation at the community level.

Overall objective
To understand the type of conflict(s), its root causes, and the dynamics around it in Nakuru city, Kenya.

Specific objective

  • To analyse the potential effect of the conflict(s), if any, on the asylum seekers, urban refugees and host communities, and its consequences on its target group especially women, girls, boys, and men. The analysis will provide RCK with a deeper understanding of effective conflict sensitive approaches to avert the project from exacerbating the conflict(s);
  • To identify potential synergies and opportunities for mainstreaming peace building and conflict resolution approaches for a proposed project. A potential entry point/roadmap for mainstreaming peace building in Nakuru city;
  • To map out the current capacity and assess the training needs of the stakeholders for conflict sensitive program delivery based on the Do NO Harm principle, that can impact positively on the conflict(s); and
  • To identify the best practices and tools for making conflict analysis an on-going process within a reasonable frequency.

    Scope:  

The consultancy work will be focused on; in-depth examination of the conflict(s), its characteristics, causes and dynamics, its impact on its target group (asylum seekers, urban refugees and host communities), and identify potential needs for interventions and peacebuilding initiatives. The analysis will be carried out in Nakuru city, Kenya.

Methodology:

The consultant(s) applying for this particular role must propose designs and methodologies in their submissions which shall be deliberated and agreed upon by the Conflict Management Team, for use. The Management Team shall provide a summary of the likely data sources and information to the successful candidate to aid in data collection and analysis. The absolute decision arrived at on specific design and methodologies shall be reached upon at the inception phase. This shall be done in consultation with the Conflict Management Team. The consultant(s) should note the key elements outlined below:

  1. Proposed Conflict analysis design;
  2. Data sources;
  3. Proposed data collection methods and analysis;
  4. Proposed sampling methods;
  5. Conflict analysis toolbox;
  6. Field visits; and
  7. Level of stakeholder engagement.

5. Ethics:

The consultant must commit to ensure that detailed safeguards and procedures are in place to warrant physical and psychological safety of the respondent(s) and those collecting the data. Likewise, the rights of the respondents must be observed and protected without any form of violation during their participation in the study/analysis. The consultant(s) must have a conflict analysis plan with a blue print in place to:

  1. Protect the rights of respondents, including privacy and confidentiality;
  2. Elaborate on how informed consent will be obtained and guarantee that the names of individuals consulted during the data collection will not be made public;
  3. In instances where children (under 18 years old*) are respondents, the consultant(s) must consider additional risks and need for parental consent;
  4. Data collection tools must be designed in a culturally appropriate manner and should not create distress for respondents.

    Application process:

   Submissions of the Proposals

Interested applicants who meet the required profile are invited to present an expression of interest by submitting both technical and financial proposals (separately) in PDF format with the subject clearly marked “RCK Nakuru City Conflict Analysis Consultancy: Peacebuilding Project Nakuru-Kenya” on or before Tuesday 11th October, 2022 via email to procurement@rckkenya.org. For further information, please see www.rckkenya.org.

All applications must have the following:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. Technical proposal: Summarizing the understanding of the TOR (written submission); method and tools to be used; suitability statement of the individual or company, including CVs of lead consultant and other participating consultant(s)/ research assistant(s) with details of qualifications and experience in this and/or similar assignments; work-plan clearly indicating the activity schedule; and a risk analysis and mitigation strategy;
  3. Financial proposal: providing cost estimates (costs per activity line, staff, and any logistics etc.) and technical consultancy fees; and
  4. Testimonials and contacts of three organisations that have recently contracted you to carry out similar assignment. In addition to this, submit at least 2 conflict studies written/authored by yourself as attachments to the application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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