Consultant at Search for Common Ground

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington DC and in Brussels, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities.
With a total of approximately 800 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects in 49 countries, with permanent offices in over 35, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the US.

Job Title: Consultant for a Baseline Study

  • The purpose is to collect, analyse, and present information related to the two projects that currently is not known, or only partly known, to SFCG. 
  • It shall provide a complete picture of the situation in Borno and Adamawa States with regards to the following questions:
  • Security Actors: Who are the current formal and informal security actors? Where are they present? How do security forces and communities relate to one another: (both perspectives); What is the level of trust of security agents by community members, and vice-versa?  What is the current level of collaboration between security and target communities?
  • Human Rights Abuses: What kind of human rights abuses are taking place? Where? To what extent? Where can reliable information be found? What is the trends of gender with regards to perpetrators and victims?
  • EW/ER systems: Which current EW/ER systems are in place? Who are the actors involved? Which geographic areas do they cover? What types of cases do they report? To what extent are they functional? Since when have they been in place?
  • EW/ER and communities: What is the communities’ relation and involvement in current EW/ER? What type and level of interaction of communities with EW/ER?  Are there any trends with regards to involvement and gender?
  • Communication and decision makers: What are the traditional and formal channels of communication about security and human rights abuses? Who are the decision-makers? Which government agencies exist with a peacebuilding or security mandate that are present in communities? How effectively do these peacebuilding or security agencies work with communities?
  • Traditional Systems: Are there traditional ways of dealing with human rights abuses as well as early warning and early response? Which? How do these mechanisms work? Are there any trends with regards to involvement and gender?
  • Partners: Who are the most adequate potential implementing partners as per SFCG identified criteria?
  • Intervention zones: Which additional LGAs and communities are most relevant to expand to? (Ranking according to SFCG criteria) Who are the key local (community) actors of influence?
  • The baseline shall be based on secondary data (to the extent that reliable data is available) and primary data. Primary data collection methods are primary qualitative such as key informant interviews, focus group discussions and surveys. Other methods can be used as considered relevant.
  • The baseline will be conducted in Adamawa and Borno State. For certain baseline questions, data collection is done in intervention LGAs and Communities, and for other questions data collection will take place in areas where SFCG is not present. Exact locations will be agreed between the consultant and SFCG project team.
  • Recommended interviewees at state level are e.g. i. West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), United Nations Agencies, relevant International NGOs, CSOs, EW/ER Networks, State Government Actors, State Police, other State Security Agents, Nigerian Military, Judicial actors, and the National Human Rights Commission.
  • Recommended interviewees at community level are e.g. Local Government Actors, CSOs working on Human Rights, Community Leaders, Representatives of IDPs, Religious Leaders, Peace Committee members, Women Leaders, Local Security Agents, Informal Security agents, Community Members involved in EW/ER, and community members including marginalized groups such as the people living with disabilities, IDPs and women.
The baseline study deliverables are:
  • An inception report detailing the proposed method, baseline matrix, data collection tools and work plan. 
  • It is to be approved by SFCG before starting data collection.
  • Draft report for review by SFCG staff and other stakeholders.
  • Final Report (maximum 40 pages, excluding appendices), consisting of but not excluded to: Executive Summary, Methodology, Analysis, Conclusions and Recommendations. 
  • The report should be structured according to the baseline questions.
  • Appendices, including data collection tools and list of interviewees.
  • A power point presentation of the report.
The ideal candidate and/ or team will have the following:
  • More than 4 years of experience in baselines and evaluations with international organizations;
  • Graduate degree in Conflict Studies, Human Rights, Social Work or other relevant degree;
  • Experience in peace building, conflict resolution and human rights; 
  • Experience in international development, prior work experience in North Eastern Nigeria; 
  • Experience with qualitative methods;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Excellent written communication and report writing skills in English;
  • Speaker of Hausa and ideally also Kanuri;
  • Ability to be flexible with time and work schedule
Logistical Support:
  • SFCG will provide the following logistical support to the consultant;
  • Transmission of background materials (project proposal, meeting notes, etc.);
  • Availability of meeting room in Maiduguri;
  • Use of SFCG printers;
  • Meeting arrangements with stakeholders and beneficiaries if requested by the consultant;
  • Support of a SFCG Field Officer for introductions to key stakeholders and equivalent.
  • The baseline study will take place during November, 2016 - January, 2017, and the final deliverables are due end of January, 2017.

Location: Maiduguri

Closing Date
13th November, 2016.


  1. Interested candidates are invited to send an application through our Application System . 
  2. The title of the application should be: “Baseline Study in North Eastern Nigeria” and the application should hold four attachments:
  • One technical offer detailing the methodology, timeframe and size of the evaluation team proposed (max 4 pages);
  • One biography of the evaluator/ evaluation team demonstrating relevant experience/ knowledge (max 10 pages);
  • One financial offer (Excel) detailing the costs of the budget;
  • Two references of organizations who can verify the quality of the consultant’s work 
Preference will be given to applicants who include at least an executive summary from a past baselines or evaluations conducted.


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