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14 Nov 2020

Individual Consultant: Cross Border Consultancy (Fixed-term)

Job Description

DRC/DDG has well-established and long-standing programs in South Sudan and neighboring countries working with displaced populations in addressing vulnerabilities resulting from shocks, both natural and man-made, that impact their mobility, livelihoods and safety. South Sudan has some of the continent’s largest numbers of IDPs and refugees due to high levels of insecurity as a result of protracted conflict. This coupled with the effects of flooding and significant food insecurity in the area continues to cause substantial displacement of large amounts of the population. The cyclical conflict, food insecurity and lack of sustainable livelihoods opportunities leads to transient populations moving back and forth across various border areas. The region hosts a significant number of these displaced populations and there is a need for more evidence-based information that can aid in developing tailored programming that addresses the vulnerabilities of these populations.

Given the high levels of displacement arising from a host of environmental, conflict-related and economic elements, there is need for a comprehensive analysis of push factors to design interventions in a more deliberate manner specifically across communities living in Upper Nile state, Jonglei state and Pibor Administrative Areas as well as neighboring border areas.

PURPOSE OF CONSULTANCY

The purpose of this consultancy is to generate an evidence base on current issues and dynamics driving displacement in the northeast South Sudan and neighboring border areas by investigating trends and community perspectives to assess the possibility of cross-border peacebuilding/resilience programing and if so, to develop a harmonized design for future potential programming. The objectives are two-fold:

  • Create an in-depth research piece that includes a) a contextual analysis of communities in the South Sudan and neighboring border areas and b) maps the existing integrated peacebuilding and resilience/livelihood initiatives.
    • The research piece will look at the different triggers for displacement in the region (i.e conflict, climate-induced, economic). As part of the research, the consultant will create an actor mapping of existing stakeholders working in both the resilience/livelihood and peacebuilding sectors, as well as identify existing gaps in order to produce innovative and sustainable recommendations for ways forward. The recommendations should consider the nuances that will enable implementation in regions of focus, including, but not limited to, political sensitivities regarding this type of research and data collection
  • Produce an implementable, actionable and costed concept note for a potential pilot project that can be sold to potential donors
    • The second key deliverable will be the development of a concept note which can be used for a potential pilot project. The expectation is that the findings of the above research piece will inform the creation of this concept note, which will combine elements of resilience/livelihood and peacebuilding/conflict management interventions. The Concept Note must align with DRC Country Strategy and propose suggested donors who may be interested, according to donor strategies.

EXPERIENCE AND TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES

  • Masters in Social Sciences, International Development or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience in understanding and/or development of integrated resilience & peacebuilding programming
  • Expert knowledge of South Sudan and neighboring contexts in particular around issues related to displacement, conflict, resilience, livelihoods. Direct field experience in these regions is a significant advantage
  • Demonstrated prior experience in research, analysis and development of proposals/concepts
  • Willingness and ability to travel to South Sudan or other field locations should the conditions allow for it
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English

Closing date: 19 November 2020, 04:00 PM (East Africa Time)

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