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Baseline Study and Conflict Analysis STRONG States Project
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Washington, DC, USA
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Political Science
  • CG-USA and OZ are in the process of finalizing the project M&E plan, which will be shared at the start of this consultancy. As such, the project baseline indicators are not finalized; however, below is a list of illustrative indicators for data collection:
  • % Increase of target civil society actors who believe they can make a positive difference in preventing election-related and political violence
  • % Of target civil society actors who who report that state-to-state collaboration among and between each other is necessary to accomplish collective and respective goals around the elections
  • % Of target state and national level actors who report having opportunities to effectively coordinate and engage with each other for electoral violence prevention and coordination
  • % Of surveyed target population who report that violence is a viable option for achieving political or election-related goals
  • % Of surveyed target population who report trust in and satisfaction with the electoral process
  • % Of surveyed target population who report trust across the salient divides that are identified in each target area
  • In addition to baseline data for monitoring and evaluation, the study should address the following primary research questions:
  • Which areas (counties, municipalities, cities) are the most likely sites for political or electoral violence and what are the significant root causes, drivers and triggers of conflict?
  • Who are the key conflict actors, including actors or groups who are likely to initiate or condone acts of political or electoral violence as well as actors and groups (especially non-governmental actors such as community structures, civil society groups, leaders, etc.) who can or already act to prevent or respond to political and electoral violence?
  • What opportunities exist to strengthen resilience to political or electoral violence?
  • The following skills and experience are required:
  • More than 5 years of experience in a combination of the following areas:
  • Qualitative research, including collecting data in interviews, surveys, and focus groups
  • Conflict analysis and working with civil society sectors
  • Experience conducting quantitative surveys and analysis
  • Knowledge of evaluation methods and data collection skills
  • Experience working or doing research on peacebuilding, political violence, elections, polarization in the USA
  • Good writing and editing skills
  • Familiarity with civil society and community leaders in the geographic location(s) where the study will take place
  • Other desirable profile details:
  • Ideally, resident of the state in which the study will be conducted or with strong ties to the states part of the research
  • Experience working with American CSOs and/or community leaders
  • Already part of existing local networks of NGOs and activists working on political violence
  • Background in political science, community organizing, community work, or related fields
  • We welcome applications from researchers with strong community connections and/or community mobilizers with research experience. Applicants are welcome to submit applications for at least one or more states, including up to all four states
  • In addition, the consultant is required to respect the following Ethical Principles:
  • Comprehensive and systematic inquiry: Consultant should make the most of the existing information and full range of stakeholders available at the time of the review. Consultant should conduct systematic, data-based inquiries. He or she should communicate his or her methods and approaches accurately and in sufficient detail to allow others to understand, interpret and critique his or her work. He or she should make clear the limitations of the review and its results
  • Competence: Consultant should possess the abilities and skills and experience appropriate to undertake the tasks proposed and should practice within the limits of his or her professional training and competence
  • Honesty and integrity: Consultant should be transparent with the contractor/constituent about: any conflict of interest, any change made in the negotiated project plan and the reasons why those changes were made, any risk that certain procedures or activities produce misleading review information
  • Respect for people: Consultant respect the security, dignity and self-worth of respondents, program participants. Consultant has the responsibility to be sensitive to and respect differences amongst participants in culture, religion, gender, disability, age and ethnicity
  • This study includes three goals:
  • Identify key drivers and triggers of political violence in the targeted state, particularly election-related violence
  • Identify civil society organizations and leaders who have some measure of interest, capacity, or influence to prevent political violence, including organizations that might serve as primary state-level project partners; and
  • Collect baseline data for project monitoring and evaluation data, as detailed in the project's M&E plan. This data should include both qualitative and quantitative information and should generate knowledge in line with relevant pillars from Search's institutional Global Impact Framework
  • This study will likely include both qualitative and quantitative data collection. Methodology development and data collection tools will ultimately be developed jointly between CG-USA, OZ, and the consultant(s) based on input from the full STRONG States team
  • The STRONG States team will work closely and collaboratively with the consultant(s) hired to conduct this baseline. As such, hired consultant(s) should anticipate working collaboratively with the STRONG States team as well with all hired consultants to develop a streamlined methodology so that data collection and analysis is comparable across all four states
  • Deliverables
  • The STRONG States team tentatively expects the following deliverables from the external consultant(s) as they correspond to the timeline and budget. However, these deliverables may be adjusted in the course of methodology development:
  • An inception report that reflects jointly developed methodology, data collection tools, timeline, and in-state areas of concern
  • Initial drafts of the following documents, for review by the STRONG States team:
  • Baseline monitoring and evaluation data
  • A detailed conflict analysis of dynamics of political and electoral violence and other relevant dynamics, including a mapping of conflict actors
  • A stakeholder mapping to identify potential network members, partners and other key stakeholders to engage throughout the project
  • Recommendations for civil society partnerships
  • A final report consistent with STRONG States branding and standards for evaluation, that includes final drafts of the documents referenced above. In addition, the final report:
  • Fully explains the objectives and research questions of the study, limitations and methods chosen for analysis
  • Ensures that findings respect the evaluation standards of the STRONG States team, are structured around the main objectives of the study, and are presented in relation to the intended target groups
  • Includes appendices including detailed research instruments, anonymized information on interviewee demographics (including gender, race, ideology, etc.), terms of references and evaluator(s) brief biography
  • All original data should be submitted to the STRONG States project team
  • Logistical Support
  • Consultant(s) will be responsible for organizing their own logistics for data collection (vehicles, fuel, and drivers), and these costs must be reasonably budgeted into the study. CG-USA can provide some support in arranging logistics as agreed upon based on the consultant's proposal. At least one CG-USA staff member will be the point of contact and manager of this research
  • In addition, the STRONG States team will share the following elements with the external consultant(s): background materials including the project proposal, detailed M&E plan including the project logframe, related desk research, etc
  • The evaluator will be responsible for developing a detailed data quality assurance and management plan in conformity with Search's Accountability to Affected Population Operational Framework. All documents including reports and raw data will be reviewed and approved by the global Institutional Learning Team prior to acceptance of the final product
  • Initial data should be submitted in a draft evaluation report. That report will be reviewed by STRONG States staff and partners for relevance and accuracy. All studies will be reviewed and approved by the STRONG States team and by Search's global Institutional Learning Team prior to acceptance of the final product
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