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Call for Consultancy: A Review of Traditional Mechanisms of Violence Prevention in Transitional Justice
Church and Civil Society Forum (CCSF)

Deadline: 26 March 2012

The Church and Civil Society Forum (CCSF) is a coalition of church and civil society organisation which was formed to facilitate national reconciliation and healing in a coordinated and harmonized manner. More specifically; CCSF seeks to help develop Zimbabwe's national healing process into a broad-based; community centered process; to be a strong partner for the Zimbabwean government within the national healing framework and to ensure that ordinary Zimbabwean participate in the national healing framework in a meaningful way.

CCSF is calling for reputable individuals or organizations to undertake a research to review transitional mechanisms of violence prevention in transitional justice. The research is commissioned in order to gain an in-depth understanding of and generate information on traditional mechanisms in transitional justice. The study is expected to come up with strategic policy recommendations to inform lobby and advocacy work by CCSF and other stakeholders with the hope of influencing the violence prevention and national healing framework in Zimbabwe. CCSF will engage with various stakeholders through dialogue and wide public dissemination of the findings of the report through various church and civil society forums. The study will use a structured methodology, based on a wealth of quantitative and qualitative techniques to be carefully articulated in the researcher proposal.

From this study; state and non state actors will be able to develop strategies to strengthen their capacity to positively engage and or strengthen traditional mechanisms of violence prevention and how local and traditional structures can be better integrated into the national healing and peace building framework as strategic partners. The Church and civil society will also draw important lessons on how it can contribute more effectively to violence prevention and the promotion of a peaceful coexistence through forging strategic linkages with traditional structures government. State and non state actors will be able to develop strategies to strengthen their capacity to influence greater recognition of traditional mechanisms on transitional justice. Overall; this study is going to bring about important recommendations for stakeholders including civil society; government; regional and international bodies. The CCSF therefore seeks to engage a Consultant for purposes of interrogating the nature and character of traditional mechanisms of violence prevention in Zimbabwe.

Overall Objective of the Study

The study seeks to interrogate the role of local traditional and national mechanisms of violence prevention within the context of transitional justice and the influence of such mechanisms of policy relating to national healing and peace building in Zimbabwe.


  • To analyse and provide information on the transitional environment in Zimbabwe with particular attention being given to traditional mechanisms of violence prevention and peace building.
  • To generate information and develop lessons on traditional mechanisms of violence prevention from other countries in Africa and beyond.
  • To develop strategic policy recommendations for the effective use of the findings in order to inform evidence based strategies for both state and non-state actors to influence transitional justice in Zimbabwe.


  • The methodology will be proposed in the Consultant's bid. The methodology will be further refined in consultation with the Cluster lead and presented in the Inception Report.
  • The proposal to undertake the study should clearly indicate the specific data collection methods i.e. field visits, desk studies, review of secondary literature, and interviews with key informants and stakeholders. Interviews may include telephone, email and personal interviews.
  • The research methodology must be underpinned by participatory mechanisms to ensure full ownership and participation by member organisations and their various constituencies. Thus it must show how the Church and CSOs will be involved at all stages of the research including problem identification, review of data and validation of findings.

Application Process

The Lead Consultant should possess at least a Masters Degree in Peace, Development Studies, International Relations or other relevant disciplines and relevant extensive experience in undertaking related research.

All interested individuals or organizations should send in their expression of interest to CCSF Secretariat (NANGO) 5 Meredith Drive, Eastlea, Harare, or email to and copy

The envelope or the email subject line should be marked "Review of Traditional Mechanisms in Transitional Justice".

The application must demonstrate institutional capacity to conduct the study, contactable referees, CVs of lead consultants as well as proposed methodology, implementation plan and budget.

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