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RESTRICTED CALL: DEVELOPMENT OF A PROPOSAL FOR A VII PHASE OF THE TRAINING FOR PEACE PROGRAMME

Background & Introduction

The Training for Peace (TfP) Programme is a Norwegian funded capacity support programme to the African Union Commission (AUC). It is one of the implementing arms for the peace and security component of the Memorandum of Understanding between the AUC and the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The Programme consists of three Partners – the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Norwegian Institute for Foreign Affairs (NUPI). It also has a Secretariat that coordinates the activities of the Partners with the AUC and other interlocutors as well as ensure an on-the ground presence in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The primary objective of the TfP is to contribute to strengthening the capacity of the AUC to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts and insecurity on the continent through the deployment of effective full spectrum peace operations. In doing this, the TfP works with the Department of Political Affairs and Peace and Security.

The main objectives of the Programme are:

  1. To support the AUC to improve the knowledge and understanding of the current conflict and security environment in Africa, including identifying, mapping and tracking new threats, challenges and risks; and
  2. To strengthen the capacity of AUC to respond to these challenges through policies and initiatives, ranging from a set of soft security measures, to an enhanced ability to plan, deploy, manage, monitor and evaluate more effective special political missions and peace support operations.

Background to Consultancy

The sixth and current phase of the Programme, which began in June 2020, adopted a clustered system of programming to upscale opportunities to enhance the programme’s outcomes and ultimately, contribute to the AU’s efforts at maintaining peace and security on the continent. On 18th April 2023, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed to a two-year cost extension, amending the sixth phase dates of the Grant Agreement from 01 July 2020 to 31 December 2024.

In 2023, the TfP partners embarked on a planning process towards the development of a proposal to be submitted to the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for funding. The proposal will be submitted on behalf of the TfP programme and the directorates of Conflict Management and Governance and Conflict Prevention. The inclusive planning process culminated in the identification of a set of strategic priorities that were agreed by the interlocutors at the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security, the Permanent Mission of Norway and the three TfP partners.

In implementing the directive of the Strategic Board[1] for the development of a proposal for a seventh phase, the TfP governing board intends to procure the services of a consultant to facilitate the development of a Proposal for the consideration of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Duties and Responsibilities

With the support of the Coordinator of the Secretariat, the consultant is expected to support the development of a comprehensive project proposal and an indicative implementation plan. Using the TfP Programme strategic priorities developed, the strategic plan of the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security and Strategic guidance documents of the Governance and Conflict Prevention Directorate and the Crisis Management Directorate, the Consultant will lead the development of the Proposal for the seventh phase.

Key Areas of Responsibilities include:

  1. Reading and understanding all relevant documents including but not limited to the TfP annual reports from 2020-2023; the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and the two project evaluations, the Nordic-Africa strategy as well as any other relevant documents that will be made available by the TfP partners through the Secretariat;
  2. Utilize the TfP M&E framework and relevant documents of the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security and engage with relevant individuals to establish baseline indicators for the next phase;
  3. Collaborate with the TfP partners to understand project goals, needs, and outcomes
  4. Create a draft proposal development plan that sets out the relevant steps including dates, strategic stakeholders and a process flow for the development of the proposal. The final proposal development plan should be submitted based on feedback from all partners and the necessary consultation;
  5. Ensure a shared appreciation by all stakeholders, including the TfP partners, the AUC interlocutors, the Permanent Mission of Norway to the African Union and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of the essential requirements of the proposal.
  6. Lead the development of a clear and compelling proposal and indicative implementation plan aligned with the strategic priorities of the TfP, the D-PAPS and Norway as articulated in its strategy for Africa;
  7. Support the workshopping of the draft project proposal among relevant stakeholders to promote buy-in.

Deliverables

An inception report that outlines the key steps, processes, timelines, key roles and responsibilities of the Coordinator, Partners and other relevant stakeholders for the development of the proposal.

A comprehensive proposal that includes the following:

  • Baseline indicators
  • A well-articulated theory of change for the proposal and the programme
  • Well-articulated content and context analysis based on the strategic priorities
  • A risk framework
  • An indicative implementation plan
  • A Monitoring and Evaluation Plan

Duration of the assignment

The assignment is from 28 May 2024 – 30 September 2024. The contract is for a period of 55 non-consecutive days.

Expected Schedule of Work

Date Deliverable Number of Days Responsible Entity
24th May 2024 Contracting and provision of relevant documents TfP
29th May 2024 Inception Report 5 days Consultant
3rd June 2024 Feedback on inception report from TfP partners TfP Partners & Secretariat
8th June 2024 Draft Baseline indicators produced 10 days Consultant
12th June 2024 Feedback on Draft Baseline Indicators TfP Partners & Secretariat
14th June 2024 Log Frame with Theory of Change, Goal, Outcomes, Outputs, indicators, Means of verification etc developed 5 days Consultant
19th June 2024 Feedback on theory of change and logframe TfP Partners & Secretariat
4th July 2024 First Draft proposal with M&E plan shared with TfP partners for review and input 20 days Consultant
11th July 2024 Feedback on draft proposal TfP Partners and Secretariat
17th July 2024 Revised draft proposal submitted 5 days Consultant
18th July 2024 Draft proposal with incorporated feedback shared with AUC and the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA) TfP
26th  July 2024 Feedback received from AUC and the MFA AUC & RNE
27th  July 2024 Feedback received from AUC and the MFA shared with Consultant Secretariat
31st  July 2024 Final proposal with feedback incorporated shared for layout 5 days Consultant
4th August 2024 Layout review by consultant to ensure that visuals etc reflect the content of the document 1 day Consultant
August (Dates to be determined based on availability of the two directors) Workshop proposal with AUC 3 days (2 days for the preparation of a power point presentation etc and 1 day for the presentation) Coordinator (to arrange); Consultant and TfP Partners
September 2024 Workshop proposal with Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 1 day NUPI (to arrange);   Consultant, Partners and Secretariat

Travel:

This assignment is home based with limited travel. Where the Consultant has to travel, the ISS travel policy will apply.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Strict adherence to timelines, confidentiality, tact and sensitivity responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.

Competencies

The Consultant should:

  • have expertise in organisational development with a demonstrable record of experience in proposal development
  • have in-depth understanding of the structure of the Department of Political Affairs Peace and Security
  • have an understanding of the change management process at the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security
  • have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of contributory mechanisms in multilateral organisations
  • have excellent analytical, writing and communication skills
  • have previous experience/track record with grant writing for multi-year proposals

Relevant qualifications

  • Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in International Development, Organizational Development, Political Science, Human Rights, Social Science, or any other related fields.

Skills and Experience:

  • At least 15 years of demonstrated work experience in designing and facilitating strategic planning processes, change management, proposal drafting, team building retreats and/or other similar events for international organisations.

Award Criteria

This assignment requires a mix of knowledge, skills and experience. It requires a person with in-depth knowledge of the PAPS department of the African Union Commission; organizational development, organizational change management processes and the role of contributory mechanisms such as the TfP in multilateral organisations.

Proposed approach

The consultant must submit a proposed approach emphasizing the following:

  • Understanding of the context and the consultancy scope.
  • Description of the proposed plan and method to carry out the assignment.
  • The consultant shall document the relevant qualifications by submitting detailed CV.
  • A financial offer

Remuneration

Payment for the services will be on a deliverable’s basis upon certification that each deliverable has been satisfactorily performed.

Questions and submission

If you have any questions regarding the offer, please contact Linda Darkwa at Training4peace@gmail.com.

Deadline: 17th May 2024

[1] The Strategic Board is the highest decision-making body of the Training for Peace programme. It comprises the Permanent Mission of Norway to the African Union, the two directors of the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security and the Executive Directors of the three Training for Peace partners. It is chaired by the Permanent Representative of Norway to the African Union. The Governing Board is the operational and technical oversight governing body of the Programme and meets at the level of the TfP programme Managers in the Partner institutions.

Closing Date: 17 May 2024
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