Research Consultancy on Health & Peace

Location: Remote location

Application closing: 23 January, 2021

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

The Interpeace Peace Responsiveness Facility (PRF) is dedicated to creating and accompanying multi-level change processes in the UN system so that humanitarian and development actors strengthen their contributions to sustainable peace – in other words, become more “peace responsive”.

It does so, on the one hand, by strengthening the capacity of individuals, organizations and the humanitarian and development system as a whole to deliberately design for and realize peace-contributing outcomes, support locally led change, and strengthen resilience to conflict and violence.

On the other hand, the facility promotes and supports a gradual transformation in organizational forms and operational practices to foster an enabling institutional environment for operationalizing the Sustaining Peace agenda.

The PRF works through six integrated components:

  • Institutional partnerships
  • Joint programming
  • Supporting change agents
  • Cross-organizational exchange and learning
  • Research and knowledge base, and
  • Policy engagement and outreach to donors.

One of the key strategies to enhance peace responsiveness within the humanitarian and development system is to generate a stronger evidence base on the interlinkages between conflict and peace dynamics and specific sectors, such as health, food security, education, and others. Interventions conducted within conflict-affected settings have been seen to exacerbate conflict, as they inadvertently heighten tensions or enflame latent conflict. They have also been noted to be less than optimally effective in achieving their technical impact (e.g. in health, food security, education, etc.), when disregarding factors related to trust between people and the institutions delivering the services. Yet, there have also been cases where carefully designed interventions within these sectors have the potential to reduce grievances, increase trust and social cohesion, and contribute to a greater societal capacity to foster and sustain peace.

The evidence base for such peace contributing effects remains relatively thin and anecdotal.  Therefore, Interpeace aims to increase the understanding of the linkages within the health sector. The outputs of this research will be used to:

  • Generate more high-level commitment, operational momentum and funding for health and peace.
  • Provide input into operational guidance on peace responsive programming and M&E for our institutional partners (notably UNFPA and WHO).
  • Serve as input into donor, policy actors and practitioner dialogues.

Consultancy

Through this assignment, Interpeace would like to strengthen the evidence basis on the interlinkages between health and peace, and increase its understanding of programmatic and operational ramifications of said interlinkages. More specifically, the objectives are to:

  1. Map the impact of conflict on health (in its various dimensions) and the impact of health interventions on peace and conflict dynamics.
  2. Identify conceptual and practical (real and potential) overlaps between health and peace outcomes.
  3. Increase the knowledge on the interlinkages between health sector programming and peace and conflict dynamics, and the evidence supporting it.
  4. When appropriate, make recommendations on (innovative) approaches to further enhance the mutual elevation of health and peace programming.
  5. Make recommendations for further research to deepen the evidence base.

For more details, please refer to the attached Terms of Reference.

Qualifications

Considering the inter-disciplinary nature of this research, the ideal candidate would have experience both in the health sector and in the peacebuilding sector. Given our own expertise in peacebuilding, previous experience and knowledge of the health sector would be given more weight.

Requirements:

  • At least 10 years of professional experience in applied research
  • Strong expertise in synthesizing / reviewing academic literature, ideally from a multi-disciplinary perspective
  • Highly skilled in research methodology development
  • Strong motivation to explore multi-disciplinary thinking
  • Having access to medical journals is desirable
  • Programmatic experience in health sector in developing countries (ideally) is desirable
  • Previous experience working in or on conflict-affected countries is desirable.

Submission of Expression of Interest

Interpeace invites qualified persons to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to provide the services described in the attached Terms of Reference.

The call is open to individuals as well as companies who would provide the services of one consultant. Alternatively, the research could be conducted by a team of two. Qualifying individuals must be registered as consultants in their country of residence.

Applicants shall bear all costs associated with the preparation and submission of their proposal, and Interpeace shall not be responsible or liable for those costs, whether direct or indirect, regardless of the conduct or outcome of the EOI, nor if the vacancy 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 Expressions of Interest shall be prepared in English and comprise the following documents:

  1. Motivational Letter, explaining why this topic is of interest to the candidate.
  2. Track Record, including past professional experience within the areas of expertise described above, examples of work, and contact details of three references.
  3. Financial Proposal, containing a proposed all-inclusive, daily consultancy rate in USD. The cost of preparing an application 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 Expression of Interest must be submitted by e-mail to Ms. Laura Frühwald at fruehwald@interpeace.org and copied to Ms. Anne-Sofie Stockman at stockman@interpeace.org by 23 January 2021.

All submissions must indicate “Health and Peace Consultancy” in the subject line.

Only applications under consideration will be notified. Participation in this EOI indicates acceptance of the terms and conditions provided.

TERMS OF REFERENCE