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Call for Consultancy: A Study on the Gender Dynamics of National Healing in Zimbabwe
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 Zimbabweans participate in the national healing framework in a meaningful way.

CCSF is calling for reputable individuals or organizations to undertake a research on Gender Dynamics of National Healing in Zimbabwe. The research is commissioned in order to gain an in-depth understanding of and generate information on the gender dynamics of 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 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 research proposal.

From this study; state and non state actors will be able to develop strategies to strengthen their capacity to positively influence gender dynamics of national healing. This study is also 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 gender dynamics in national healing in Zimbabwe.

Overall Objective of the study

The study will highlight critical and strategic information on gender dynamics of national healing in Zimbabwe. The study will analyse gender dynamics associated with peace building interventions and assess the impact of actions taken so far in promoting gender in national healing. It is also expected that recommendations from the study will provided concrete basis for evidence based lobbying and advocacy for the development of a national healing and peace building framework in Zimbabwe.

Specific Objectives

  • To profile the nature of crimes and violence committed against women during conflicts and establish the basis for supporting broad-based gender sensitive lobbying and advocacy, including legal processes to obtain justice for women;
  • To investigate on best practices applicable for the integration of gender-specific mechanisms in national healing;
  • To provide case studies, were applicable, showcasing various methodologies for documenting women's rights violations internationally, regionally and locally
  • To recommend follow up actions, based on the findings, that may be pursued jointly by the Church and Civil Society formations regarding the gender dimension of national healing

Methodology

  • 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

Institutional application are accepted but the lead researcher must be in possession of at least a Masters degree related to the area of peace and conflict prevention.

All interested individuals or organizations should send in their expression of interest to CCSF Secretariat (NANGO) 5 Meredith Drive, Eastlea, Harare, or email to vimbanai@nango.org.zw and copy machinda@nango.org.zw

The envelope or the email subject line should be marked "Gender Dynamics of National Healing in Zimbabwe".

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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