FCO Conflict Stability and Security Framework (CSSF)

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We are looking for consultants who are interested in projects tendered by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) under Conflict Stability and Security Framework (CSSF).
It will support HMG’s work responding to crises, instability and insecurity in particularly hostile fragile and conflict-affected states in an integrated manner. The scope of work will include (but not be limited to) provision of services to HMG in countries which present, now or in the future, similar security challenges to working in a hostile environment, and which require comparable levels of training and expertise. Typically these will be short, targeted interventions aimed at supporting stability and may require supporting a rapid or crisis response by HMG. The countries served by this Framework Agreement will be subject to change within the lifetime of the Agreement.
PAI is one of the suppliers operating under Thematic Lots A and B, including their respective sub-lots (A1,B1 etc.). Specific skills and experience required under each sub-lot are as follows:
Lot A – Governance, Security & Justice
A1. Understanding and Strengthening inclusive politics, political processes and accountability in Fragile and Conflict Affected Countries (FCAS):

  • Undertaking political systems analysis, demonstrate awareness and application of HMG analytical tools (e.g. Political Economy Analysis) in FCAS;
  • Strengthening the capacity of Parliaments, political parties, and locally elected governments; and support the role of traditional structures and local powerbrokers in facilitating inclusive political settlements;
  • Supporting participative electoral processes including capacity building for electoral commissions in FCAS and support for civic and voter education, including supporting the political empowerment and representation of marginalised and excluded groups, including women and youth;
  • Supporting peace and reconciliation processes, ceasefires, mediation and peace agreements including Track II diplomacy.

A2. Public Sector Reform & Public Financial Management:
Building ‘good enough’ inclusive, accountable and conflict sensitive government institutions in FCAS contexts, including demonstrable capability in:

  • Public administration reform/capacity building (incl. local mentoring) in FCAS, including building core state functions and essential service delivery that meets the expectations of the population;
  • Public Financial Management (PFM), anti-corruption and procurement, including building relationships between central and local government institutions including around budgeting, planning systems and HR management systems and the reform of tax systems, including tax administration and tax policy;
  • Supporting government accountability and responsiveness at all levels in conflict affected and fragile situations, including through support to government service delivery and development of grievance mechanisms; Conflict sensitive management of natural resources; Strengthening the private sector and the business environment in FCAS.

A3. Security sector reform & Security Sector capacity building in FCAS:

  • Increasing the capability, accountability and responsiveness of national, local & community level security architectures and structures (including non-state actors);
  • Improving strategic oversight and planning of Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration programmes of former combatants and their links to Security Sector Reform processes;
  • Improved Policing, crime prevention and community safety;
  • Increasing Border control and customs and counter-narcotics capacity;
  • Organised Crime and Anti-Money Laundering legislative reform and capacity building;
  • Maritime Security Capacity Building;
  • Human Rights compliant counter-terrorism legislation development and capacity building;
  • Capacity building, strengthening structures and response arrangements for crisis management, major incidents and terrorist attack including improving emergency services response arrangements;
  • Security for marginalised and excluded groups, including women and girls.

A4. Justice sector reform and Rule of Law in FCAS:

  • Strengthening the rule of law and democratic accountability including reforming police and justice systems, prisons, penal reform and interim management;
  • Interim and longer term legislative and constitutional reform processes and mediation, in FCAS;
  • Judicial reform and basic/interim access to justice and legal empowerment, including awareness and understanding of comparative legal systems;
  • Support to conflict resolution mechanisms, including transitional justice and reconciliation, support for implementation of ICC obligations, community justice, customary and traditional systems and alternative dispute resolution;
  • Building state and non-state accountability mechanisms (including parliamentary committees, oversight bodies and commissions, and civil society organisations) to monitor and promote human rights and freedoms, including social exclusion issues including anti-discrimination legislation and strengthen compliance with international treaty obligations in FCAS.

Lot B – Conflict Prevention, Stabilisation & Peacebuilding
B1. Peace-building, stabilisation and conflict sensitivity:

  • Either knowledge and understanding of the DFID state-building and peace-building framework, including the implications for programme design and implementation or knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of stabilisation; and/or peace-building and state-building, and implications for programme design and implementation;
  • Experience in developing and implementing activities and programmes [with state and non-state actors] to prevent conflict, reduce violence, support stabilisation operations and/or post conflict peacebuilding;
  • Applying conflict sensitivity to engagements in these contexts. Auditing of programming for conflict sensitivity, adapting to ensure conflict sensitive delivery.

B2. State – Civil society engagement:

  • Developing the capacity and sustainability of nascent civil society organisations, though provision of resources, training and expertise in areas including HR, finance, procurement, risk management, corruption control, and information management;
  • Supporting social cohesion and conflict resolution in local communities to build resilience to conflict and instability;
  • Supporting inclusive and conflict sensitive independent media to ensure balanced and accurate news and public affairs reporting;
  • Promoting harmonious local governance through supporting formal and informal inclusive decision making and planning processes, at community and local government levels.

B3. Strategic communication and outreach:

  • Managing all aspects of communications campaigns in conflict affected states, (including audience analysis, monitoring and evaluation) engaging target audiences at grassroots, national, regional and international levels as required.
  • Delivering media monitoring services, including provision of any required equipment
  • Capacity building of strategic communications functions within political institutions, enhancing tactical processes and organisational structures, as well as providing advisory and support services;
  • Capacity building and mentoring in advocacy, media and communications (including digital communications) for key civil society [and state] groups/actors promoting peace and stability.

B4. Inclusive Conflict prevention and Peacebuilding:

  • Capability in conflict analysis tools, methodologies, theory and practice, including stakeholder analysis and mapping of power relations, political systems, formal and informal institutions, etc;
  • Scoping and leading poverty and social exclusion analysis, including all aspects of poverty diagnostics, risk and vulnerability analysis; understanding of gender, social exclusion, inequality and marginalised groups (ethnic/religious groups, youth, women, elderly and people with disabilities);
  • Supporting the international policy framework for addressing violence against women and girls (VAWG) and designing and implementing programmes to prevent and respond to VAWG;
  • Gender sensitive approaches to programming and analysis, including relevant UN Intervention Guidelines (e.g. UN 1325);
  • Applying conflict sensitivity principles to development, humanitarian and conflict programmes;
  • Developing programming to address all aspects of social exclusion and marginalisation, at community, local and national levels.

If you have relevant experience and would like to be considered for opportunities available under this framework contract, please complete the below form:

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