Call for Proposals: Synthesis Report Consultant

Freedom House
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Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 20 February, 2017
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

Freedom House is seeking a consultant to write a journal-quality report synthesising information and presenting main findings from 16 site-specific community profile reports. These terms of reference describe the scope of the project and its basic requirements.
Project Description:

Freedom House, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and as part of the Mitigating Xenophobic Violence (MXV) component of our regional Justice as a Right in Southern Africa (JARSA) programme, is working in collaboration with South African civil society organisations to conduct research around social cohesion and collective violence, in particular xenophobic violence, and to develop strategies to address drivers of this violence in 16 target sites across South Africa. Freedom House’s research partners have developed detailed, site-specific reports (approx. 40-60 pages each) for each of these target sites. The reports reflect on the histories, current dynamics, and major economic, political, and social stakeholders affecting social cohesion in these communities.

Scope of Work:

The purpose of this consultancy is to write a report synthesising information and presenting main findings from each of the 16 site-specific community profile reports. The report must be suitable for publication and presentation in an academic environment and it is expected that the names of all authors of the report will be noted in the distributed report. Individuals or groups (i.e. teams of individuals, organisations, or companies) are welcome to apply.

The consultant(s) is expected to perform the following tasks in coordination and consultation with Freedom House:

  • Read and review in-depth each of the 16 site-specific reports developed by Freedom House’s research partners;
  • Develop a draft synthesis report (maximum 20 pages) based on the review of the 16 reports that includes the following:
    • Summaries of each site-specific report;
    • Analysis of the common types of economic, political, and social stakeholders preventing and/or promoting social cohesion;
    • Analysis of common drivers of conflict across the specific sites;
    • Recommendations to government, civil society, and donors on approaches for addressing drivers of conflict and for promoting social cohesion;
  • Incorporate feedback, if any, from Freedom House and its research partners (may be received in multiple rounds) on the draft report;
  • Develop a final report (maximum 20 pages) incorporating feedback from Freedom House and its research partners, and remain available to present or discuss the synthesis report in one or more group meetings as needed;
  • Liaise with Freedom House as necessary for the successful completion of this scope of work;
  • Provide additional support as needed and directed, which may not necessarily be included above but which may be necessary for the successful completion of this consultancy, by Freedom House.

Expected Outputs:

  • Draft synthesis report;
  • Final synthesis report that incorporates feedback from Freedom House and its research partners;
  • Attendance at group meetings and presentation(s) on the synthesis report as needed.

The successful candidate should be based in South Africa and should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Master’s degree in the social sciences with five or more years of professional experience;
  • Demonstrated academic and professional experience in one or more of the following areas: conflict mediation, migrants’ and refugees’ rights, social cohesion;
  • Strong research and writing experience in an academic environment;
  • Solid understanding of academic writing best practices and standards;
  • Familiarity with initiatives in South Africa addressing social cohesion and xenophobia.

Deliverables and Timeline:

  • Consultation meeting with Freedom House held by 17 March 2017;
  • Submission of draft synthesis report to Freedom House by 15 May 2017;
  • Submission of final synthesis report to Freedom House by 2 June 2017;

The consultant will be paid at a daily rate, negotiable within Freedom House accepted consultancy rates. All other costs required for the successful completion of the consultancy, such as material and travel expenses, are to be identified in consultation with and provided by Freedom House.

Application Guidelines:

Please submit an application consisting of the following to Ms. Mpangi Kwenge,, by 20 February 2017. The application should include:

  • Motivation letter detailing experience and suitability for this consultancy;
  • CV(s);
  • Desired daily rate and estimated number of days;
  • Sample of previously published work.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applications will be evaluated on their responsiveness to the scope of work, relevant and demonstrated experience, and cost-effectiveness.

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