Oct 192018

Organization: Search for Common Ground
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 03 Nov 2018

Project Summary

Search seeks services of an external consultant to conduct a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) and baseline study for the project Lobi Mokolo Ya Sika – A Dual Approach to an Effective SSR. This is an 18 months project funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of African Affairs (AF).

The overall goal of the project is to improve FARDC capacity to protect civilian populations through positive civil-military relations and increased understanding of and respect for human rights and International Humanitarian Law.

The Projects

The specific objectives (SO) and their Expected Results (ER) are:

SO1: Increase in Knowledge of and practical application of knowledge by Congolese security forces regarding their roles, rights and responsibilities in creating a safe and secure environment for civilian populations in the DRC consistent with IHL

  • ER1.1: FARDC instructors at the national level have the knowledge and tools to effectively promote civilian protection and human rights within the armed forces;
  • ER 1.2: FARDC members in Tanganyika have the knowledge and understanding of their roles, rights and responsibilities in civilian protection.

SO2: Strengthen FARDC accountability and collaboration between FARDC and civilians

  • ER 2.1: Civilians and the FARDC have a better understanding of each other’s perspectives and their capacities to hold each other accountable are strengthened;
  • ER 2.2: The members of Cellules de communication have the capacity to communicate clearly through dialogue with civil society;
  • ER 2.3: Members of Defense and Security Commission review National SSR policies inclusive of the real needs of the FARDC and the community they serve.

For further information on the project you can reach out to contacts listed below. Full version of project proposal will be shared only with the selected candidate.

Goal and Objectives of Study

Search is looking to recruit a consultant or a team of consultants to conduct this study. The goal of the KAP & Baseline study is to help us refine our understanding of security, civilian protection, impunity and civil-military relations. The study should also collect baseline values for project indicators. Specifically, the objectives of the study are:

  1. Conduct a KAP study on civilian-military relationships;
  2. Collect baseline values for project indicators;
  3. Conduct a risk assessment and draw recommendations for programming to ensure “Do No Harm” and conflict sensitivity are respected in the project.

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As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Requirements of Consultant(s)

The following skills and experience are expected by Search for our evaluator/evaluation team for this project:

  • Proficiency in English and French (written and spoken), knowledge of Kiswahili is a comparative advantage;
  • More than five years of experience in project evaluation, including collecting data in interviews, surveys and focus groups;
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field, included peacebuilding, conflict transformation and/or security sector reform;
  • Experience in conflict analysis and working on security sector reform related themes;
  • Experience working with international NGOs;
  • Experience conducting quantitative surveys and analysis;
  • Evaluation methods and data collection skills;
  • Familiarity, contextual knowledge of and experience working in Eastern DRC, experience on SSR and Eastern DRC contextual challenges is a comparative advantage.

In addition, the consultant is required to respect the following Ethical Principles [1]:

  • Comprehensive and systematic inquiry: Consultant should make the most of the existing information and full range of stakeholders available at the time of the review. Consultant should conduct systematic, data-based inquiries. He or she should communicate his or her methods and approaches accurately and in sufficient detail to allow others to understand, interpret and critique his or her work. He or she should make clear the limitations of the review and its results.
  • Competence: Consultant should possess the abilities, skills and experience appropriate to undertake the tasks proposed and should practice within the limits of his or her professional training and competence.
  • Honesty and integrity: Consultant should be transparent with the contractor/constituent about: any conflict of interest, any change made in the negotiated project plan and the reasons why those changes were made, any risk that certain procedures or activities produce misleading review information.
  • Respect for people: Consultant respect the security, dignity and self-worth of respondents, program participants. Consultant has the responsibility to be sensitive to and respect differences amongst participants in culture, religion, gender, disability, age and ethnicity.

In addition, the consultant will respect Search’s evaluations standards, to be found in Search’s evaluation guidelines:

How to apply:

To apply

To apply, interested candidates should send the following items to our employment portal here:

  • To apply, interested candidates (individuals or teams) are requested to submit the following two documents:
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A technical proposal proposing a methodology for the baseline together with a financial proposal for the completion of the aforementioned deliverables and a short cover letter.
  • Note: Only two documents can be submitted, so the technical and financial proposals must be combined, along with the short cover letter.

Applications must be submitted to this link by Nov 3rd. For any related questions, kindly write, with copy to and

Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website for full details of our work.

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