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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:

Deadline: September 21, 2020

Eligibility: NGOs from Lake Chad riparian countries working on issues of climate change, water, energy, agriculture, and/or conflict resolution

EcoPeace Online Training on Climate Security, Environmental Peacebuilding and Digital Storytelling – Lake Chad Basin

Apply and tell your organization’s climate story on social media!

EcoPeace Middle East and KAS Climate Policy and Energy Security Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa invite you to apply for this amazing opportunity to enhance your knowledge of environmental peacebuilding and climate security while learning social media and storytelling skills.

We will be selecting a small number of suitably qualified NGOs from the Lake Chad riparian countries to participate in an innovative online training program designed to teach organizations how to develop environmental peacebuilding narratives, and then build successful social media campaigns using this framework for messaging. Participating organizations will receive high level training and mentoring by experts, and valuable/practical hands on assistance in developing their own social media campaign/s.

Social media campaigns will focus on urgent matters of climate security and environmental peacebuilding in the Lake Chad Basin, to increase awareness, promote public participation, and enhance organizations’ social media visibility and outreach. The best social media campaigns will be featured prominently on both EcoPeace’s and KAS’s social media platforms.

To apply please fill out this form by September 15.

In our selection we will be considering the following criteria:

Country of origin: this training course is designed only for organizations based in any of the Lake Chad riparian countries (Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon), applications from other countries will be dismissed.

Field of work: priority will be given to organizations focused on issues related to the Lake Chad Basin, climate change, water/energy and agriculture, environmental peacebuilding, community engagement, sustainable development, conflict resolution.

Characteristics of the organization: Priority will be given to organizations that already have some social media experience and presence. Size, number of employees, number of projects implemented, and other relevant details that describe the organization will be taken into account.

Language: representatives of the participating organizations will be required to be able to speak and write in English.  

About EcoPeace: EcoPeace Middle East is an environmental peacebuilding organization that empowers local and cross-border solutions to regional water issues among Palestine, Jordan, and Israel. With a central mission of shifting water resource management from a point of conflict into a platform of cooperation, EcoPeace has been able to impact communities and leaders to take action towards common environmental solutions. Further work is done on a global scale by sharing its unique methodology in different regions of the world to promote cooperation over transboundary water resources. The Program on Water Security (PWS) connects EcoPeace’s experience in the Middle East with the needs of civil society organizations around the globe. Complementing government-to-government water diplomacy efforts, PWS seeks to advance local environmental peacebuilding initiatives by helping civil society organizations located in water-insecure regions develop their organizational capacity and advance security for their communities.

About KAS: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation in the Federal Republic of Germany. The Climate Policy and Energy Security Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa is a Regional Programme with the ultimate objective to implement and consolidate KAS activities related to climate policy and energy security on the African continent. The Programme serves as a regional competence center providing expert advice and coordinating certain activities of the country programs of the KAS in sub-Saharan Africa by regional networking on the continent. The Programme’s most important mission is to raise awareness for issues pertinent to energy security and climate change among political actors within the African Union (AU), regional authorities, and in various countries of sub-Saharan Africa. To this end, the Climate Policy and Energy Security Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa organizes regional discussion forums, international conferences, and seminars and furnishes reports, professional publications, and studies, all in close cooperation with KAS country and regional offices and programs in sub-Saharan Africa as well as with national and international partner organizations. Climate-related key risks are to be analyzed by way of political dialogue in order to elaborate project-oriented sustainable solution models at national, regional, and international levels.

Terms of Reference and Scope of Work
Call for Consultant

Capacity Building of Lake Chad Basin Civil Society Organizations by way of utilizing Social Media to Advance Environmental Peacebuilding and enhance Stakeholder Engagement

Title Social Media Consultant
Section Capacity Building
Location Remote
Start Date September 2020
End Date February 2021

EcoPeace Middle East
EcoPeace Middle East is a unique organization at the forefront of the environmental peacebuilding movement. We are a tri-lateral organization of Jordanians, Palestinians, and Israelis that promotes cooperative efforts to protect our shared environment, advance sustainable regional development, and create the conditions for peace in the region.

Background
Climate change and its disruptive impact on water resources is increasingly recognized as a threat multiplier that is a catalyst for conflict in areas around the world. The Lake Chad Basin is one of the largest sedimentary aquifer basins in Africa. With its vast pastures, arable land, and fish stocks, the basin was for centuries an important economic hub in the Sahel region. Today however the region is increasingly threatened by the impact of climate change.  Characterized by low economic development, high poverty levels, weak national integration, low social cohesion, and violent conflict, the region has been experiencing multiple and overlapping crises in the last decade.  Fishing, agriculture, and livestock, which are the most important economic activities of the region, are threatened by increasing climate variability and violent conflict, exacerbating competition for natural resources within and between lake communities.

Overall, climate security and water governance have not been given a high political priority by the riparian countries. In addition, given the circumstances and the nature of pressing current challenges, civil society organizations (CSOs) in the region mostly focus on humanitarian aid and peacebuilding, less on climate security and environmental governance. The landscape of CSOs is highly fragmented and there is very little coordination in the region between different organizations pursuing similar aims. While CSOs cannot replace government actors that have historically neglected the region, they can play a pivotal role in engaging communities on the ground, voicing local concerns, and disseminating knowledge and know-how. Therefore, empowering CSOs in the Lake Chad Basin is an important step towards achieving climate security and rebuilding social cohesion.

As identified by a recently published report by Adelphi, social cohesion within and among communities represents the first entry point to tackle the security development and climate challenges facing the Lake Chad region.

In December 2019 the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) office in Yaoundé, Cameroun hosted an exploratory meeting with EcoPeace Middle East and several civil society organizations (CSOs) located around the Lake Chad Basin. The meeting resulted in the following findings:

  1. There is a great need to further build capacities and increase the level of engagement of CSOs in taking on the challenges related to water security in the Lake Chad Basin.
  2. CSOs are needed to promote constructive and open dialogue with all other relevant stakeholders and affected parties including; local communities, women’s groups, youth, the military, national governments, academia, the private sector, and the donor community.
  3. When CSOs are seen as contributing something of real value they gain the long-term support and acceptance of other stakeholders in helping to address the challenges of climate security in the Lake Chad Basin.
  4. Environmental peacebuilding was identified as a new and attractive entry point for constructive dialogue among CSOs and other stakeholders in the Lake Chad Basin.
  5. Social media was identified as the most pervasive and effective tool for CSOs to amplify their voices and reach relevant stakeholders.
  6. Many of the CSOs working on the ground around the Lake Chad Basin do not currently have the technical skills to launch an effective social media campaign nor do they have the needed understanding of environmental peacebuilding as a strategy to advance their objectives

Scope of Work

A maximum of 10 organizations will be selected to participate in the training program. Criteria for acceptance to the program will include but is not limited to; a proven record of activity in the Lake Chad Basin, working in the sector of climate change mitigation, water, energy, agriculture, and/or conflict resolution in the region and a commitment to participate fully in the program. Applicants will also be asked to submit a detailed application form, including a skills and needs assessment, to demonstrate a commitment to the program and to allow EcoPeace, and the appointed social media consultant/s, to build a program that will fit the needs of the participants.

Overall Goal:
The proposed project seeks to provide CSOs around the Lake Chad Basin with effective tools and knowledge to better frame climate security narratives and messages and enhance their engagement and visibility with relevant stakeholders.

Expected Outcomes:

  1. Organizations will increase awareness of Lake Chad Basin climate risks among the general public, decision-makers and constituents in their local communities.
  2. Organizations will increase awareness of climate mitigation and adaptation measures, and potential opportunities among the general public, decision-makers, and constituents in their local communities.
  3. Organizations will be better equipped to identify climate and environmental peacebuilding narratives and improve their messaging skills.
  4. Organizations will develop an understanding of how their work can contribute to both climate security and conflict resolution by focusing on an environmental peacebuilding narrative.
  5. Program participants will improve their communication and cooperation around the Lake Chad Basin issues.

Expected outputs:

  1. 1+ online seminar on environmental peacebuilding
  2. 3+ online seminars on social media – technical and messaging that incorporates environmental peacebuilding
  3. 1 or 2 collective mentoring sessions
  4. Toolkit on various social media related skills
  5. Handbook combining toolkit and EcoPeace materials on environmental peacebuilding
  6. 10- ready to publish social media campaigns

Expected Tasks to be Completed by Consultant

  1. The consultant will be expected to contribute to the needs assessment completed by the EcoPeace team to understand how to improve the social media capacity of the participating organizations
  2. Design a curriculum for a minimum of 4 online seminars
  3. Mentor participants in order to improve their social media stories
    1. Monitor participants progress
    2. Respond to emails from participants
  4. Prepare Materials
    1. PowerPoint presentations and other teaching material
    2. Toolkits to share with participants
  5. Assist in the selection of the best social media campaign for potential further development
  6. EcoPeace reserves the right to request additional offers for phase 2 in 2021.

All products, deliverables and documents produced under this contract shall be solely owned by the EcoPeace Middle East. EcoPeace in its sole discretion may use the materials in part or in full in its future programs, projects and publications including any editing.

Consultant Qualifications

  1. Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in communication, social science, marketing, journalism, international affairs, or other related fields
  2. Minimum 2-3 years of experience working on social media related projects for international organizations or NGOs
  3. Experience in developing and implementing social media strategies and campaigns
  4. Adept at using a wide range of social media platforms, including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn
  5. Knowledge of social media monitoring technology and ability to use social media measurement and listening tools
  6. Experience of capacity building and training
  7. Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas as well as transfer knowledge and skills
  8. Previous experience working in Africa would be considered an asset
  9. Knowledge of social media communication behaviors in Africa would be considered an asset
  10. Must have an excellent command of English
  11. Knowledge of French would be considered an asset

How to Apply

Please send your CV, technical offer, including work timeline, the estimated number of hours and price offer per hour by 03 September 2020 to Giulia Giordano, at giulia@d3pavj8am0f09w.cloudfront.net and Carmi Ashboren, at carmi@d3pavj8am0f09w.cloudfront.net

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Interested consultants/firms are required to submit their technical and financial proposals to EcoPeace Middle East Environmental – Jordan within 15 working days of receiving the TOR. The technical proposal must contain a detailed deliverables schedule on submitting the economic feasibility study /business case within 90 days of beginning the assignment.

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The overall aim of the assignment is to build environmentally sustainable solutions, a financial and technical feasibility study for a concrete business case.

Interested consultants/firms are required to submit their technical and financial proposals to EcoPeace Middle East Environmental – Jordan within 15 working days of receiving the TOR. The technical proposal must contain a detailed deliverables schedule on submitting the economic feasibility study /business case within 90 days of beginning the assignment.

Interested applicants should submit their technical and financial proposals to Ms. Nour Abu Laban (Nour@EecoPeaceME.org).

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