Search for Common Ground (Search) is a non-governmental organization working to transform the way societies deal with conflicts. We have over 30 years of experience in peacebuilding and are based in 53 local offices worldwide. We strive to build sustainable peace for generations to come by working with all sides of a conflict, providing the tools needed to work together, and finding constructive solutions. While conflict is inevitable, violence is not. Our mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. Instead of tearing down an existing world, we focus on constructing a new one. We shift the everyday interactions between hostile groups of people, so they can work together to build up their community, choosing joint problem-solving over violent means. We rely on local staff as well as local partner organizations in order to ensure our work is culturally sensitive, sustainable and well-grounded in the context.
The Joint Initiative for Strategic Religious Action (JISRA) in Iraq is a consortium of three international NGOs, namely Search for Common Ground, Tearfund, and Mensen met een Missie (MM), as well as local partners Peace and Freedom Organization (PFO) and Christian Aid Program Northern Iraq (CAPNI). JISRA aims to address and transform intra-, inter-, and extra-religious dynamics in Iraq to promote Freedom of Religion and Belief through direct and local partner implementation across Iraq.
As part of the JISRA project, Search will train the partner organization staff in Search’s conflict transformation methodology: the Common Ground Approach (CGA). The CGA focuses on strategies for non-adversarial communication, active listening, empathy building and other skills that help groups constructively communicate and engage across dividing lines over common interests. The consultant will have to develop a curriculum in consultation with Search’s existing CGA framework , to the Iraq context. Once the curriculum is developed, the consultant will deliver the Conflict Transformation Training and a Training of Trainers (ToT) in-person in Erbil, Iraq.
The roles and responsibilities of the consultant will include:
1. Adapt the Common Ground Approach (CGA) for the Iraq context, inclusive of advocacy
materials. The consultant will adapt and design an Iraq-specific curriculum under the CGA
2. Coordinate with the Search CGA global unit leads online, to develop the training content,
methodology, agenda, clear objectives, expectations of each session, and training materials
in consultation with the project management team.
3. Deliver in English, an in-person, 2 day training and 2 day ToT in Erbil to 15+ participants.
a. The Training of Trainers (ToT) must provide participants with the curriculum, skills,
and expertise necessary to offer the Conflict Transformation Training at their
organizations and in their communities.
4. Update the 2-day training curriculum and 2-day ToT curriculum based on feedback and
lessons learned from delivered training.
a. Submit a final training report on the training sessions, in line with Search’s reporting
requirements and standards. This should include recommendations, lessons learned,
and feedback on individual participants.
15 days total [Remotely - Online]
Adapt the Common Ground Approach (CGA) curriculum, for the Iraq context.
Consultant must coordinate with the Search’s CGA in country and global unit leads in curriculum design, reviews and finalization on the English training materials
2 days total [In-person - Erbil, Iraq]
Deliver a 2 day training in Erbil to 15+ participants
2 days total [In-person - Erbil, Iraq]
Deliver a 2 day ToT in Erbil to 15+ participants
5 days total [Remotely - Online]
Revise and finalize training facilitator guide & presentation, pre & post tests, agenda, and curriculum based on feedback from the above noted trainings in English.
4 days total [Remotely - Online]
Submit a final 3-7 page training report, inclusive of recommendations, in line with Search’s reporting requirements and standards.
Total days of work
Successful candidates will be expected to design and present Search with a training agenda and a detailed timetable of training sessions, clearly outlining the topics which will be covered and showing the numbers and types of exercises based on Search’s training manuals. Trainers must employ participatory training techniques and interactive facilitation in alignment with Search’s manuals in order to ensure active engagement and effective learning outcomes.
Additionally, trainers will be expected to have the following qualifications:
● Proven experience in the design, development, and delivery of similar training
● Proven experience in curriculum development
● Ability to tailor training modules to the specific needs of trainees
● Experience in advocacy and awareness-raising
● Knowledge of the Iraq context
● Experience in designing/adapting questionnaires, evaluation forms, and pre and post-tests
● Interpersonal skills that evoke trust and are gender and culturally sensitive
● Willingness and ability to be flexible
● Fluent in English, knowledge of Arabic and Kurdish languages are preferred Training topics shall include, but are not be limited to, the following:
● Non-violent communication and active listening
● Conflict analysis
● Promotion of dialogue and dialogue facilitation
● Negotiation and mediation
● Engaging women and youth in peacebuilding
● Non-adversarial advocacy to engage duty bearers
● Dispute resolution to support interfaith action
Throughout the project, trainers are requested to coordinate closely with Search’s Project
Manager regarding the curriculum and training material.
To apply, interested candidates should submit the following documents by January 20th 2022 to email@example.com
● Detailed CV;
● Cover Letter, inclusive of description of the training methodology and confirmation of
● trainer availability in February 2022 to deliver training in Erbil, Iraq;
● Financial proposal including daily rate (travel and accommodation in Erbil will be covered).