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for Consultancy: A Study on the Role of the Church in Violence in
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
on the role of the Church in violence in Zimbabwe. The research
is commissioned in order to gain an in-depth understanding of and
generate information on the church's role in conflict prevention,
peace building and national healing in Zimbabwe. 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
From this study;
state and non state actors will be able to develop strategies to
strengthen their capacity to positively engage with the church as
strategic partner in violence prevention, national healing and peace
building. The Church as a sector will also draw important lessons
on how it can contribute more effectively to violence prevention
and the promotion of a peaceful coexistence through its structures
and forging of strategic linkages with government and civil society.
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 role of the church in violence
objective of the study is to investigate the role of the church
in violence in Zimbabwe and to generate information on possible
strategic partnerships and linkages between the church, civil society,
government and other key stakeholders to promote a peaceful coexistence.
Such information will assist in informing the national healing and
peace building framework in Zimbabwe.
- To generate
information on the current and potential future role of the church
in sectoral and political violence and how the church should respond
to violence in conflict situations.
- To gather
information that will assist churches better understand the nature
and character of violence in Zimbabwe
- To offer
strategic recommendations on how to improve collaboration between
the church civil society, government and other stakeholders including
the government in responding to violence more constructively
- 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.
individuals or organizations should send in their expression of
interest to CCSF Secretariat (NANGO) 5 Meredith Drive, Eastlea,
Harare, or email to email@example.com
and copy firstname.lastname@example.org
or the email subject line should be marked "The Role of the
Church in violence in Zimbabwe".
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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