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for Consultancy: Development of a CCSF Violence Early Warning Mechanism
Church and Civil Society Forum (CCSF)
26 March 2012
The Church and
Civil Society Forum (CCSF) is a coalition of church and civil society
organisations 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 the research
that will lead to the development of a violence early warning mechanism
that is broadly accepted by both the Church and Civil Society in
Zimbabwe. The research is commissioned in order to gain an in-depth
understanding of the nature of violence and how to identify signs
and signals of violence and come up with ways of dealing with it.
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 contingency measures
to deal with the humanitarian consequences of violence. It is envisaged
that part of this mechanism addresses dissemination and sharing
of information, with a central hub created that will link identified
information bases together. This exercise will also bring about
important recommendations for other stakeholders; including government;
regional and international bodies on possible mechanisms to adopt
in the event of a violent crisis.
The CCSF therefore
seeks to engage a Consultant for purposes of developing a violence
early warning mechanisms in Zimbabwe.
The study will
classify the forms of violence that have taken place in Zimbabwe,
their likelihood to recur, highlighting the best responses to avoid
these occurrences and what should be done in the event that violence
erupts. It is also expected that recommendations from the study
will provided concrete basis for evidence based lobbying and advocacy
for the development of a early warning response mechanism for CCSF.
- To identify
the specific forms of violence that have taken place countrywide
- To gain knowledge
of the signals of possibilities of violence eruption, what to
be done to protect civilians, by whom and at what stage.
- To identify
the practical ways of avoiding the eruption of violence
- To provide
information needed to create a central hub that will link identified
- The methodology
will be proposed in the Consultant's bid. The methodology
will be further refined in consultation with the CCSF Violence
prevention Mechanisms Cluster 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.
applications are accepted but the lead research must be in possession
of at least a Master degree related to the area of peace and conflict
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 "Development of
a CCSF Violence Early Warning Mechanism".
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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