Organization: Search for Common Ground
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 19 Sep 2016
Search for Common Ground is seeking a consultant to collaborate with the country and regional teams on a literature review and the development of tools for a Social Risk Assessment on community relationships and extractive industries in Tanzania.
While Search has team members available to support this work, and we are committed to a more integrated approach to research (rather than a fully external consultancy), the team is specifically looking for support to ensure the innovative approach to the methodology, the expertise in community sustainable business practices in the field of extractive as well as the academic rigor of the literature review. Additional expertise in gold mining in Tanzania to support analysis and reporting will be prioritized in the selection of the consultant.
Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international conflict transformation NGO that aims to transform the way individuals, groups, governments and companies deal with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative solutions. Headquartered in Washington DC, USA, and Brussels, Belgium, with field offices in 35 countries, SFCG designs and implements multifaceted, culturally appropriate and conflict-sensitive programs using a diverse range of tools, including media and training, to promote dialogue, increase knowledge and determine a positive shift in behaviors. SFCG has been working in Tanzania since 2006 to promote gender equality, foster good governance and encourage greater objectivity in the media. The team works in collaboration with a network of civil society, media and government partners across dividing lines to promote positive societal change.
The study will expand upon and build on existing knowledge. To this end, Search will carry out a detailed social risk assessment to identify local drivers of conflict and social deterrents to extractive industries’ work. The assessment will evaluate the history of interaction between the community, local government and the private sector around gold mining – identifying**existing** grievances and dynamics, and key triggers of past tensions (unmet legacy commitments/expectations, political interventions, etc). Special attention will be given to triggers of improvements to the relationship between the community and extractive industries, or positive solutions to past tensions.
Objectives of the Social Risk Assessment
The Social Risk Assessment will capitalize on Search’s extractive industry knowledge and experience in the mining areas, and its unique access to the community and local stakeholders. Over the past four years Search has cemented its position as a neutral third party, trusted to both gather information and manage conflict. The Social Risk Assessment will broaden, enrich,*deepen* and structure Search’s knowledge giving a comprehensive understanding of the sources of social risks in extractive industries’ social work environment.
Overall, the goal of the Social Risk Assessment is to provide a site-specific, detailed and holistic picture of drivers of conflict, and opportunities for improvement of the relationship with the community. The study will have four main objectives:
Examine the perceptions of the population about community cohesion and the contributions of strategic social investment and engagement to cohesion.
Assess the level of access to information in communities and the role of government in providing information, particularly to marginalized groups.
Identify potential risks and conflict sensitivity issues associated with the current plans in programming.
Identify any untapped opportunities that would allow us to maximize results in the mining areas related to security, protection, and coexistence.
Examine the specific question of dependency and sustainability of programming an exit strategy for one of their sites.
The findings of the Social Risk Assessment will be used to provide programming recommendations and highlight opportunities for more effective implementation based on identified conflict drivers, risks, and opportunities for conflict transformation. The study will also assess current media (print, radio and television) and information sharing among the wider population to identify opportunities for improved access and sustainability in communication about mining ownership (Search’s 4R approach assesses the Reach, Resonance, Response, and Relevance of different forms of media). As a follow-up to the Social Risk Assessment report, Search will update and continue to conduct monthly ‘community perception surveys’ to assess perceptions/approvals around extractive industries’ work and monitor the impact of Search project activities, using indicators identified in the social risk assessment. This will allow Search to adapt programming based on the unique needs of each community.
 See main agreement Advancing Sustainable Peace and Security in Tanzania (2015), Chapter 3.
For more details on the Terms of Reference kindly click on this link: https://www.sfcg.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Terms-of-Reference-for-a-Tanzania-Social-Risk-Assessment.pdf
How To Apply
To apply, interested candidates are requested to submit the following documents:
Curriculum vitae ;
An expression of interest, outlining
o relevant experience (referenced in the requirements above),
o availability of the team
o links to writing samples on extractive industries
o Estimated daily rates for staff in relation to completion of the proposed deliverables
Applications must be submitted by email before 19 September 2016 through the SFCG website (www.sfcg.org) under ‘employment’.