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for Consultancy: A Review of Traditional Mechanisms of Violence
Prevention in Transitional Justice
Church and Civil Society Forum (CCSF)
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.
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
- 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.
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.
individuals or organizations should send in their expression of
interest to CCSF Secretariat (NANGO) 5 Meredith Drive, Eastlea,
Harare, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and copy email@example.com
or the email subject line should be marked "Review of Traditional
Mechanisms in Transitional Justice".
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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