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10 Janvier 2016 Il y a 2 années

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Régions concernées par cette opportunité: Tunis

“MENA Common Ground Institute”
Consultant Terms of Reference
Developing Curriculum on Community Dialogue Design

 

The Organization

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 500 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects in 35 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff who love their work. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.

Background

In response to the challenges currently facing the Middle East and North Africa in the wake of the Arab uprisings, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) launched the MENA Common Ground Institute (MENA CGI), a regional initiative to enhance dialogue quality in the MENA region with the ultimate goal of fostering collaborative dialogue on local, national and regional levels.

MENA CGI aims to :

  1. Build the capacity of a new generation of Arabic-speaking dialogue design and dialogue facilitation experts
  2. Support local dialogue initiatives.
  3. Research and reward best dialogue practices. In 2015, MENA CGI kicked-off with a one-year pilot project called ‘Promoting Dialogues’ targeting civil society organizations in Tunisia and Egypt. In 2016, MENA CGI is scaling up and expanding its operations to become a truly regional initiative, while simultaneously institutionalizing its impact in Tunisia and Egypt.

Building off of the contributions made by the pilot initiative to dialogue curriculum development, which include an Arabic-language Dialogue Facilitation Manual, MENA CGI will produce a training manual on Community Dialogue Design, which will be made available in English and Arabic.

Summary of Responsibilities:

To further the initiative’s objectives, MENA CGI will develop an English-language Community Dialogue Design curriculum manual, which will be subsequently adapted into Arabic. The manual will be used as a resource for future project activities, including in Training of Trainers (TOT) and cascade trainings of dialogue experts in community dialogue design. The curriculum will be published and made available to the larger field of peace building. The consultant’s responsibilities will include the following:

A) Development of an English-language curriculum manual (50 pages minimum) on Community Dialogue Design, under close guidance by MENA CGI expertise. Using a detailed framework developed by MENA CGI, the consultant will work closely with MENA CGI staff to develop this resource in full.

Objectives

  • Develop informative content on Community Dialogue Design based on outline developed by dialogue design experts.
  • Identify and incorporate illustrative case studies from the MENA region that demonstrate the applicability of Community Dialogue Design curriculum.
  • Develop pedagogical guidelines for the implementation of Community Dialogue Design curriculum.

Methodology

MENA CGI will provide the Consultant with a detailed outline to guide the curriculum development process, which will contain topics including but not limited to the goals and use of the manual; the definition and culture of dialogue; dialogue design guidelines for the pre-, during, and post- dialogue phases; and guidelines for overcoming obstacles in the dialogue design process. The Consultant will develop informative content based on this outline, in close consultation with MENA CGI staff.

  • In consultation with MENA CGI, the Consultant will identify representative case studies from the MENA region that illustrate curriculum principles to be included throughout the manual as examples.
  • In consultation with MENA CGI, the Consultant will develop brief implementation guidelines around the content, which will be included at the end of each section in order to facilitate the use of the manual in a pedagogical setting.
  • Bi-weekly meetings with MENA CGI staff will be held in person or by Skype.

Editing

The Consultant will be asked to make adjustments to the curriculum based on feedback from MENA CGI staff on the initial draft, as well as feedback from a Training of Trainers (TOT) held in early March 2016, which will use parts of the draft curriculum.

Timeframe

The Consultant will deliver a draft outline of projected chapters within two weeks from the date the contract is signed. A complete first draft of the curriculum will be delivered by February 28, 2016. Following review of the draft curriculum and feedback from SFCG, the Consultant will deliver the final curriculum the end of March 2016 (specific deadline TBD).

Critères d'éligibilité

  • MA or PhD in international relations, conflict resolution, Middle East studies, international development, or a related field.
  • Significant previous experience in curriculum design
  • Significant expertise in dialogue design processes, as well as deep understanding of facilitation, mediation and conflict resolution
  • Extensive knowledge of MENA context, culture, and local issues
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Fluent written and oral English required.
  • Specific knowledge of MENA region dialogue processes. [Preferred]
  • Prior field experience in the MENA region. [Preferred]
  • Prior experience in training or curriculum application. [Preferred]
  • Experience working with international teams or organizations. [Preferred]
  • Fluent Arabic strongly preferred. [Preferred]

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