Golo Peacebuilding Project Context Analysis Consultant

Location : Zalingei, SUDAN
Application Deadline :25-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :16 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :16 working days


Background and Project Description:

In 2003, conflict erupted in the western part of Sudan - the Darfur region, resulting in years of high-intensity armed conflict between the Government of Sudan (GoS) with the support of various armed militias on one side, and Darfuri rebel groups on the other. In 2007, the United Nations- African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was established as UN-AU hybrid peacekeeping mission with the mandate to protect civilians, facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance, mediate between the Government of Sudan and non-signatories of the peace agreement, and support the mediation of intercommunal conflict.

In June 2011, the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) was signed between the Government of Sudan and various Darfuri Armed groups, while others remained outside the agreement and continued fighting. To effectively implement the DDPD, the Darfur Development Strategy was developed as a pathway to recovery and long-term development in Darfur.

On 29 June 2017, the Security Council renewed the UNAMID mandate through resolution 2363 and decided to reduce its military strength by 40 percent and its police force by 35 percent, in line with the improvement of the overall security situation in the five Darfur states. While the overall security situation is improving, in January 2018, the Security Council (S/PRST/2018/4) reiterated the importance of adequate resourcing for the country team in conjunction with UNAMID drawdown and welcomed the Government’s consent to the opening of a temporary UNAMID base in Golo, Jebel Marra, Central Darfur, that would support humanitarian efforts and the protection of civilians. Golo locality has an estimated population of 164,000 according to the Humanitarian Assistance Commission, the GoS, with the mix of returnees and IDPs.

The Jebel Marra area in Central Darfur is composed of three localities; Golo, Rokoro and Nertiti. The predominant tribe in the area is Fur; other tribes are Masaleet, Zagawa, Tama, Zreigat, Nawaiba, Am Jalol, Falat, Ta’a lba, and Bargo.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objective and Scope of Consultancy

A context analysis, that is comprehensive and up-to-date, is needed to inform the UNDP, UNICEF and other stakeholders when conducting strategic planning, programme designing and project implementation in Golo, Jebel Marra, Sudan.


  • The context analysis will serve to strengthen the understanding of existing dynamics and underlying forces by identifying principal conflict drivers and capacities for peace.

  • The context analysis will identify entry points to inform UNDP and UNICEF strategic positioning and identify priorities for programming in order to strategically address emerging challenges.

The analysis will encompass political, social, economic, tribal/communal, and security thematic analyses, taking into consideration cultural and historical perspectives, while reflecting and reporting on the present context and drawing stakeholder mapping.

The Consultant under the overall supervision of the Project Manager and the Peacebuilding Specialist will be contracted to conduct the analysis; consult and brief UNDP and UNICEF, Donors and other stakeholders; provide recommendations at strategic and programmatic levels

Scope of Work:

The context analysis consultant will lead the context analysis process under the overall direction of the Project Manager and UNDP Peacebuilding Specialist, with support from UNICEF and University of Zalingei Institute of Peace and Development Studies

The Context Analysis Consultant will undertake the following:

  • Develop a practical methodology and approach, in collaboration with UNDP and UNICEF, to analyze Golo locality conflict dynamics.  The context analysis methodology should outline data gathering and data analysis approaches to guide the process of the analysis including factor, stakeholder, dynamics and scenarios. The analysis will be conducted on the basis of Conflict and Development Analysis (CDA) framework, which encompasses context analysis framework, assessment of current responses, and guidance on analysis application. The methodology should be prepared and designed based on the specific requirements of Golo/Jebel Marra and for providing recommendations to inform the various programming modalities, as indicated by UNDP.

  • Undertake a context analysis that comprises (i) secondary research (desk review) of relevant available studies from other agencies such as UNAMID, UNICEF and UNDP, previously drafted conflict/context analyses, and other available and relevant reports; (ii) conduct first hand data collection (consultations and interviews) to fill existing knowledge gap and gather updated information through direct engagement with UNAMID, UNDP, UNOCHA, UNICEF, donors, I/NGOs, government interlocutors, and community members/leaders (iii) carryout analysis of all gathered data. Based on an agreed methodology and approach, the analysis will be formulated to identify and develop an understanding around key drivers of conflict and capacities for peace through an analysis of the broader context, conflict causes, grievances and stakeholders. The analysis can identify a range of possible scenarios based, inter alia, on an understanding of the conflict drivers, the positioning of existing stakeholders and socio-economic and political trends of relevance.

  • Provide recommendations on the basis of the analysis (i) to inform and feed into the programme formulation process, such as the peacebuilding strategy, the Humanitarian, Development and Peace Nexus, SDGs implementation, etc., in terms of integrating a conflict-sensitive approach; (ii) to inform and strengthen UNDP and UNICEF current programmes to ensure context and conflict sensitivity; and (iii) to inform the way forward for developing UNDP and UNICEF capacity to promote conflict-sensitive programming,

  • Joint validation with UNDP and UNICEF on the preliminary findings to refine and finalize the report and assessment.

  • Develop a final report [15-25p.] presenting an understanding on the context, the findings of the analysis, and strategic and programmatic recommendations at Locality and State level. The report should be based on the context analysis conducted, and further complemented by the debrief session and the validation exercise.

The Project Manager will supervise the overall process of context analysis with the support of the Peacebuilding Specialist and provide the following support to the Context Analysis Consultant:

  • Provide information for desk reviews and require documents/data available from various sources, including from UNAMID.

  • Preparations for and conducting the analysis, including stakeholder engagement, and analysis reflection in collaboration with University of Zalingei.

  • Identify capacities and roles for conducting the analysis successfully and identify the process and possible gaps/risks/challenges.

  • Providing logistical support through the process of preparing for and conducting the analysis as well as sharing analysis findings.

  • Facilitate stakeholder contact and engagement where needed.

  • Support progress assessment, identify potential challenges, and provide inputs.

  • Preparations and logistical support for conducting the briefing and context analysis training.

UNDP and Peacebuilding Specialist will offer technical guidance in methodological development, carrying out and applying the context analysis as well as technical guidance where needed.




  • Corporate Competencies
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Ability to work with a multi-cultural and diverse team.
  • Functional Competencies:
  • Demonstrated experience in technical issues related to climate change mitigation
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze large amounts of complex and diversified data related to climate change mitigation in least developed countries.
  • Demonstrated strong coordination and facilitation skills;
  • Proved strong interpersonal skills and the ability to conduct the mitigation training


Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Level of Education Required:

Master’s Degree or equivalent in social sciences with a focus on peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, development studies or a related field; 

Work Experience and Expertise:

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in designing and implementing local level and/or national level context analysis mechanisms and early warning programs related to conflict affected environments, and/or extensive experience in conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding.
  • Relevant experience in fieldwork and research of the country socio-political and development dynamics;
  • Extensive experience in strategy and programme development;
  • Well-developed skills and demonstrated experience in the following areas: facilitation, consensus-building, multi-stakeholder dialogue processes, mediation, negotiation and dispute resolution;
  • In-depth experience working in conflict environments;
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in context analysis in conflict affected areas;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills, including political/context analysis skills;
  • A high degree of political and cross-cultural sensitivity;
  • Understanding of the political, social and cultural background of the country is greatly desirable;

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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