Independent Consultant – “Building Bridges Between Herders and Farmers in the Middlebelt
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We are Searchers.

We are over 600 strong worldwide. We believe in our mission to end violent conflict.

It’s our purpose- our call to action.

A Searcher understands our vision of a world where:

Differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence

Respect for and cooperation with those we disagree with is considered the norm.

A Searcher is a dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate individual, committed to our values.

Shared Humanity. Empathy. Impartiality. Inclusivity. Courage. Hope. Humility. Audacity. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, we implement projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. You will be joining other highly motivated Searchers with a good team spirit and through commitment and dedication, have opportunities to grow.

About the Project

The “Building Bridges Between Herders and Farmers in Plateau, Nasarawa, and Kaduna States” is supported under the USAID’s Conflict Management and Mitigation Office for 30 months (July 2015 – December 2017). Originally planned for 24 months (July 2015 – June 2017), the project received a 6 month no cost extension, from July – December 2017. The project aims to improve intercultural understanding and build capable coalitions to reduce conflict between nomadic pastoralist and sedentary farming communities in Plateau, Nasarawa, and Kaduna States. The project is implemented by Search in partnership with the following local partners: Justice, Development and Peace / Caritas (JDPC), the Center for Women, Youth and Community Action (NACWYCA), and Mambissa & Amistados Ensemble.

The project has two key objectives:

Improving intercultural understanding between nomadic pastoralist and sedentary farming communities.

Building capable coalitions between community leaders, civil society and government to prevent conflict between nomadic pastoralist and sedentary farming communities.

The project also has the crosscutting objective of building the organizational and transferrable capacity of Search’s local partners in line with the preceding objectives.

The expected outcomes on the project include:

Outcome 1.1: Enhance peace architecture between pastoralist and sedentary farming community issues and interests as a result of project interventions

Outcome 2.1: Increased linkages between community leaders, CSOs and government actors for collaborative problem-solving to prevent violence between pastoralists and sedentary farmers

Outcome 3: Partners have enhanced organizational and implementation capacities

The project focuses on four primary target groups:

Pastoralist and sedentary community leaders, including youth leaders, as well as traditional leaders and leaders of specialized groups such as ethnic organizations, women’s organizations or marginalized group associations (for people living with disabilities, minority ethnic groups, etc.)

Semi-nomadic pastoralists who have adopted less frequent migratory patterns and some sedentary lifestyle aspects who will be assisted in their transitions with livelihood training activities.

Pastoralist and sedentary community residents who will participate in dialogues, collaborative actions and outreach events; and

Opinion leaders and key stakeholders at the national, state and local levels, such as government, political, religious, and civil society leaders, across the political, social, gender and generational spectrum.

The project is based on the following theory of change:


Theory of Change Statement

Social/Cultural Contract

“If nomadic pastoralists and sedentary farmers learn about each other’s culture, issues and interests, engage in a dialogue and participate in joint activities, then negative stereotypes will be challenged, leading to a better understanding between the two groups at the “more people” level.”

Ad-hoc Institutions

“If key governmental institutions and civil society organizations come together as equal partners with shared skills and knowledge regarding conflict resolution, then they will build a strong coalition that can effectively manage conflict between pastoralists and farmers through collaborative problem-solving techniques.”

We are Searching for…

An independent consultant to lead on the evaluation of the project. The consultant will lead on the development of the evaluation methodology, tools, data collection and report, with guidance from Search Nigeria DMEL and program teams.


Evaluation Questions

The study will measure to what extent the project has achieved foreseen results at outome and output levels. The evaluation will also test the project theory of change, and respond to key project indicators as specified in the Project Monitoring Plan. The evaluation will be participatory, centering around three DAC criterias — relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability of the project. The intention is to provide information to on-going peacebuilding work in the Northern Nigeria, and the farmers-herder conflict in particular.

Evaluation questions include:


How relevant were the project strategies, activities and partnerships to the specific context and objectives of the project?

How relevant were the project strategies, activities and partnerships to the results of the project?


Which approaches were most in the implementation of the project?

How effective have the project’s media programming and community engagements been at reaching the targeted demographics, and supporting the shifts in public knowledge and attitudes on conflict issues that are targeted through this project?

What contributed to the effectiveness of these approaches, media programming and community engagements?


If the project has contributed to the building of relationships and linkages between farmer and herder communities, how sustainable are these relationships and linkages?

What unexpected changes, both positive and negative, has the project contributed to?

Key extracts from the report will be presented to the community/target groups and key stakeholders, and used to inform future programme implementation on farmer-herder conflict by Search and/or these stakeholders. The evaluation report will also be submitted to the USAID Mission. In line with Search being an open-source organization and keeping with its commitment to transparency, the evaluation report of the project will be made publicly available on Search’s website and Learning Portal. It will also be shared with other learning networks in order to enhance the broader field of peace-building in Nigeria and the world.


The evaluation apply mixed-methods, combining quantitative and qualitative data collection tools. The evaluation will include in-depth interviews with key stakeholders, as well as focus groups among discussions of residents – including women, youth and elders – living in the target communities in Kaduna, Plateau and Nasarawa states. These will help assess the outcome at the local level, while a series of self-assessment questionnaires will be used to track progress in building the capacity of partners, the cross-cutting objective of this project.

Your contribution


The final evaluation deliverables are:

An inception report detailing the proposed method, evaluation matrix, data collection tools and work plan. It is to be approved by Search before starting data collection.

Draft report for review by Search staff and other stakeholders.

Final Report (maximum 30 pages, excluding appendices), consisting of but not excluded to: Executive Summary, Methodology, Findings and Analysis, Conclusions, Lessons Learned and Recommendations. The report should be structured according to the evaluation objectives and questions.

Appendices, including data collection tools and list of interviewees.

A power point presentation of the report.

Location, Budget and Timeframe

This evaluation will take place in select communities in Nasarawa, Plateau and Kaduna states, where project activities and partners are focused.

The budget for this evaluation is USD 16, 500 inclusive of all consultant fees, lodging, travel costs, data collection, etc.

The evaluation shall take place between October – December, 2017. The final deliverable shall be presented no later than 31st December, 2017.

You are…


The ideal candidate and/ or team will have the following:

More than 5 years of experience in evaluations with international organizations;

Graduate degree in Conflict Studies, Human Rights, Social Work or other relevant degree;

Experience in peacebuilding, conflict resolution and human rights;

Experience in international development, prior work experience in North Central Nigeria;

Experience with mixed methods;

Strong analytical skills;

Excellent written communication and report writing skills in English;

Ability to communicate fluently in Hausa;

Ability to be flexible with time and work schedule

Logistical Support

Search will provide the following logistical support to the consultant;

Transmission of background materials (project proposal, meeting notes, etc.);

Availability of meeting room in Jos;

Use of Search printers;

Meeting arrangements with stakeholders and beneficiaries if requested by the consultant;

Support of a Search Field Officer for introductions to key stakeholders and equivalent.

Support of a field vehicle and driver


The final evaluation will take place during October – December 2017, and the final deliverables are due end of December, 2017.

The consultant is required to respect the following Ethical Principles:

Comprehensive and systematic inquiry: Consultant should make the most of the existing information and full range of stakeholders available at the time of the review. Consultant should conduct systematic, data-based inquiries. He or she should communicate his or her methods and approaches accurately and in sufficient detail to allow others to understand, interpret and critique his or her work. He or she should make clear the limitations of the review and its results.

Competence: Consultant should possess the abilities and skills and experience appropriate to undertake the tasks proposed and should practice within the limits of his or her professional training and competence.

Honesty and integrity: Consultant should be transparent with the contractor/constituent about: any conflict of interest, any change made in the negotiated project plan and the reasons why those changes were made, any risk that certain procedures or activities produce misleading review information.

Respect for people: Consultant respect the security, dignity and self-worth of respondents, program participants. Consultant has the responsibility to be sensitive to and respect differences amongst participants in culture, religion, gender, disability, age and ethnicity.

In addition, the consultant will respect Search’s evaluations standards, to be found in Search’s evaluation guidelines:


Interested candidates are invited to send an application through our Application System, no later than Friday, 18th of August, 2017. The application MUST hold four attachments:

1 technical offer detailing the methodology, timeframe and size of the evaluation team proposed (max 4 pages);

1 biography of the evaluator/ evaluation team demonstrating relevant experience/ knowledge (max 10 pages);

1 financial offer (Excel) detailing the costs of the budget;

2 references of organizations who can verify the quality of the consultant’s work.

Please include start date and mention where you found this posting. Preference will be given to applicants who include at least an executive summary or abstract of a similar work conducted.

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