Request for Proposals – Conflict Transformation Trainer

Reporting to: Interpeace’s Senior Advisor for the Middle East and North Africa region

Location: Morocco

Type of position: Consultant

Application closing: 11 April, 2019

About Interpeace

Interpeace is an international organization for peacebuilding, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Its aim is to strengthen the capacities of societies to manage conflict in non-violent, non-coercive ways by assisting national actors in their efforts to develop social and political cohesion. Interpeace also strives to assist the international community (and in particular the UN) to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world through better understanding and response to the challenges of creating local capacities that enhance social and political cohesion. For more information about Interpeace, please visit www.interpeace.org

Background

Over the last decade, relations between authorities and civil society have grown increasingly complex in Morocco. Pending faster legal implementation of the 2011 liberal reforms, citizens have turned away from traditional political parties and NGOs, previously perceived as the main mediators and interlocutors in discussions with the government. Instead, many have turned to social media and new figures of online activism to get their political and social messages across. This trend was confirmed during the Hirak, a social protest movement deployed across Morocco in 2016 and 2017. This event highlighted the polarization between the government and some union movements around sensitive socio-economic issues, and the need to jointly define new mechanisms for dialogue. In a context of social unrest and reduction of civic space, Moroccan civil society groups need to promote constructive dialogue with the regime while ensuring their role as counter-powers.

It is within this context that Interpeace has developed an initiative aimed at enhancing social dialogue in Morocco through strengthening the capacities in conflict transformation of a selection of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). More concretely, the project aims to 1) increase their knowledge, skills and integration of key conflict transformation approaches and tools in their practice; 2) enable them to develop a mutual understanding of their respective actions and increase their levels of collaboration; and 3) help them engage in a constructive dialogue with Moroccan authorities.

To do so, Interpeace will facilitate trainings and workshops for the actors involved in the project to meet, share experiences and learn from each other. Interpeace will also work with each of these organizations to identify their challenges and key competencies to develop, both in organizational development and methodological and behavioural in conflict transformation, dialogue and facilitation.

Preparation and Submission of Proposals

Interpeace invites qualified service providers to submit a bid to provide the services described in the attached Terms of Reference, and which form an integral part of the present Request for Proposal (RFP).

The Bidder shall bear all costs associated with the preparation and submission of its proposal, and Interpeace shall not be responsible or liable for those costs, whether direct or indirect, regardless of the conduct or outcome of the RFP, nor if the RFP is cancelled, altered or postponed for any reason. This includes, but is not limited to, any and all costs incurred for pre-proposal clarifications, oral presentations, site visits, and subsequent meetings and negotiations.

All offers shall be prepared in English or French. Offers shall comprise the following documents:

1. Technical Proposal

The Terms of Reference (ToRs) of the services requested by Interpeace can be found in Annex A. The technical proposal should include the following information:

a. Description of the service provider and the service provider’s qualifications, including

  • Experience in conducting participatory needs assessment, designing and delivering trainings (desirable: on conflict transformation) to civil society stakeholders
  • Knowledge of state-of-the-art policy and practice in conflict transformation
  • Relevant academic qualification (preferably at Master’s level) and at least 10 years of relevant professional experience
  • Strong oral and written skills in French (desirable: Arabic)
  • Familiarity with Interpeace’s values, methodology and engagements
  • Familiarity with social and political dynamics in Morocco desirable

b. Number of similar and successfully completed projects, number of similar projects currently underway.

c. Any other information that will facilitate evaluation of the service provider’s reliability and capacity to provide the services. This may include descriptions of capacity-strengthening workshops and trainings provided to similar organizations and/or online social influencers, and descriptions of experience and knowledge of applying conflict transformation in programming.

d. Proposed methodology, approach and implementation plan: The proposal should demonstrate the Proposer’s response to the Terms of Reference, identify the specific components proposed, how the requirements shall be addressed, demonstrate how the proposed methodology meets or exceeds specifications.

2. Financial Offer

Your separate Financial Offer must contain an overall offer in USD.

The Financial Offer must cover all the services to be provided as per the ToRs. The price must be “all inclusive”.

The cost of preparing a bid and negotiating a contract, including any related travel, is not reimbursable nor can it be included as a direct cost of the assignment.

All offers to provide the services described in this RFP must be submitted by e-mail to jabli@interpeace.org by 11 April 2019. All submissions must indicate “Conflict Transformation Trainer – Morocco project” in the subject line.

Only proposals under consideration will be notified.

Participation in this RFP indicates acceptance of the terms and conditions provided.

 

Annex 1                 Terms of Reference

Subject:                 Conflict Transformation Trainer – Morocco Project

 

Background

Pending faster legal implementation of the 2011 liberal reforms, citizens have turned away from traditional political parties and NGOs, previously perceived as the main mediators and interlocutors in discussions with the government. Instead, many have turned to social media and new figures of online activism to get their political and social messages across. This trend was confirmed during the Hirak, a social protest movement deployed across Morocco in 2016 and 2017. This event highlighted the polarization between the government and some union movements around sensitive socio-economic issues, and the need to jointly define new mechanisms for dialogue. In a context of social unrest and reduction of civic space, Moroccan civil society groups need to promote constructive dialogue with the regime while ensuring their role as counter-powers.

It is within this context that Interpeace has developed an initiative aimed at enhancing social dialogue in Morocco through strengthening the capacities in conflict transformation of a selection of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). More concretely, the project aims to 1) increase their knowledge, skills and integration of key conflict transformation approaches and tools in their practice; 2) enable them to develop a mutual understanding of their respective actions and increase their levels of collaboration; and 3) help them engage in a constructive dialogue with Moroccan authorities.

To do so, Interpeace will facilitate trainings and workshops for the actors involved in the project to meet, share experiences and learn from each other. Interpeace will also work with each of these organizations to identify their challenges and key competencies to develop, both in organizational development and methodological and behavioral in conflict transformation, dialogue and facilitation.

Implementation

The Consultant will operate under the supervision of Interpeace’s Senior Advisor for the Middle East and North Africa region, based in Agadir, in coordination with Interpeace’s Project Officer for Morocco, based in Rabat.

The workshops will take place in different parts of Morocco, and remote support will be provided by the Consultant to participants via Skype if the need is identified. All activities will be conducted in French, but Arabic is an asset to review CSOs’ documentation.

Timeframe

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Assignment

Interpeace is seeking proposals from experienced trainers and facilitators to work with Interpeace’s Senior Advisor for the Middle East and North Africa region and Morocco Project Officer to prepare training materials, conduct workshops in Conflict transformation and accompany participants in their learning processes.

Objectives

The IPAT Consultant will be responsible for developing and delivering the workshop materials throughout the project. S/he will :

  1. Support the selection of participating CSOs and online social activists;
  2. Develop training methods and tools to strengthen the individual and institutional capacities of each participant according to their personalized “development and learning plan”;
  3. Facilitate training workshops in conflict transformation, and assist participants in the implementation of tools and mechanisms taught;

Specific tasks will include:

  • Desk research on conflict transformation training methodologies;
  • Facilitation of a selection workshop aimed at introducing the project and finalizing the selection of shortlisted applicants;
  • Assessment of participants’ training needs and preparation of personalized “Development and Learning plans”;
  • Development of tailored methodological and learning material to identified needs;
  • Planning and preparation of multiple workshops in conflict transformation tailored to identified needs, including:
    • Objectives
    • Timeframe and setting of the workshop
    • Structure of the workshop (modules)
    • Content of the workshop modules (substance and methodology)
    • Materials for the delivery
  • Facilitation of 4 workshops in conflict transformation to the core group of CSOs and social activists selected for the project;
  • Separate engagement with a selection of influential online activists who are followed by the population;
  • Reflection with Interpeace on this first attempt to work with civil society in Morocco based on the results of the training evaluation, and identification of additional needs in formation and accompaniment.

 

Methodology

The workshop will draw on state of the art policy and practice for conflict transformation as relevant to selected participants’ engagements. It will also integrate insights and lessons from Interpeace’s and the consultant’s programming experiences, as well as those derived from participants’ experience with the matter.

The workshop will be tailored to the participants’ needs and requests and make use of participatory techniques so as to actively engage the participants and enable them to directly apply the delivered content to their areas of work.

 

Deliverables

The following deliverables are submitted to Interpeace in electronic form.

  • Baseline survey to measure participants’ capacities and needs in conflict transformation theory and practice
  • Personalized “learning and development” plans for each CSO participating in the project, developed based on the results of the baseline survey and follow-up discussions with participants.
  • Workshops outline, module content, and support materials
  • Activity reports (two weeks after each workshop) and final report on the assignment (three weeks after final workshop)