Revision of the joint country strategy of the Civil Peace Service in Palestine / Israel

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Preparation, facilitation and follow-up of the workshop on the revision of the joint country strategy of the Civil Peace Service in Palestine / Israel with Agiamondo, forumZFD, GIZ,  Kurve Wustrow, and Weltfriedensdienst. (2022-2028)

  1. Background information on the assistance for the CPS joint country strategy

The CPS has agreed to structure the work of the Civil Peace Service in each partner country in accordance with joint country strategies (Trägerübergreifende Länderstrategien – TLS). As part of each TLS, the participating agencies agree on the essential criteria for the analysis of conflict scenarios (including their relevance), on the resulting peace needs, as well as on joint, overarching targets and strategic approaches for addressing them. As a result, each TLS forms a strategic umbrella under which the participating agencies continue to plan and implement their own CPS projects in an independent manner. It is the responsibility of the executing agencies on the ground to prepare the respective strategy papers, which must be coordinated with the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

In 2017, CPS organisations finalised an updated TLS for Palestine and Israel, covering the period from 2016 to 2021. Against the background of the changing conflict situation and the associated changes in the project targets, the existing TLS requires a comprehensive revision.

  1. Purpose of the assistance for the development of the joint country strategy

The purpose of this assistance is to support the CPS organisations in the process of drafting the context analysis of the TLS so as to produce a new country strategy paper (TLS) that will be endorsed by all stakeholders and puts forward coherent and synergistic strategies for intervention and secondment of staff. The latter should be based on an analysis of the local context and take into account the specific characteristics of the CPS instrument.

  1. Scope and extent of the assistance for the development of a joint country strategy

The assistance includes an assessment of the peace needs based on an updated context analysis and discussions with relevant actors, the preparation of a first draft of the TLS and the organisation and implementation of two workshops, one in Palestine and one in Germany (if the pandemic situation allows this venues) within the period from September – October 2021. It is planned to split the workshop into two parts: First part being the revision of the systemic conflict analysis (1 days) second part: collecting information on the content of the TLS (see below) and agreeing on main elements of the TLS paper (3 days). 

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together national and international peace experts from all five CPS organisations in order to prepare the final TLS document. During the workshop, we will discuss, supplement, revise and validate information relating to the individual chapters of the TLS, focussing on chapter 2 – 5 as described below, which will then form the basis of the final version. The final version will incorporate feedback from the TLS CPS steering group.

The workshop in Germany should focus on the dynamics and discussions of the Israel-Palestine conflict in the German context and public sphere.

CPS stipulates the following format and structure for the TLS document:

1. Introduction

  • General information about the CPS in the country concerned: history, current profile, participating CPS agencies,
  • Overview of the process undertaken to develop the strategy paper: procedure, stakeholders that took part, methods.

2. Systemic analysis of the context and conflict (see above "Content and Questions")

  • Analysis of the central conflict scenarios, conflict driving factors, root causes of conflict, peace building needs and potentials for peace and its overall relevance.
  • Key actors and needs.

3. Long-term objectives of the CPS engagement in the sense of desired impacts to be achieved across different CPS organizations

4. Working approaches (see above "Content and Questions") - Relevant cross-organizational working approaches and assumptions on the interdependencies between the long-term objectives/ impacts and these approaches.

5. Cooperation and synergies - targeted synergies through cooperation with actors from the German development cooperation, international actors, networks and alliances in partner countries of relevance for promoting peace.

6. Knowledge management and impact monitoring - presentation of ways of cross-organizational exchange and knowledge management that support the longer-term objectives/ impacts addressed through CPS Engagement.

7. Security situation - Within the scope of the CPS planned activities, what security issues for all participants can be anticipated for the following six years?

The process of developing the strategy should address and incorporate the relevant cross-cutting issues (gender, human rights, Do No Harm and conflict sensitivity).

  1. Time frame of the project

The content assistance activities consist of two parts. Part I - Update of the systemic conflict analysis​​​​​​​ and Part II - TLS Workshops and drafting of TLS document​​​​​​​. Part I is expected to last for 16 and Part II for 17 working days (plus two days of travel):

Part I - Update of systemic conflict analysis

June – July 2021:

  • Elaboration of context analysis. ​​​​​​​(1. Analysis of the central conflict scenarios, conflict driving factors, root causes of conflict, peace building needs and potentials for peace and its overall relevance. 2. Key actors and needs.)

Part II - TLS Workshops and drafting of TLS document

August – October 2021:

  • Three days of preparation of one TLS workshop in Israel / Palestine and one workshop in Germany (Berlin or Bonn/Cologne) (review of the documents, desk research and coordination with the TLS steering group), support with the processing of existing analyses
  • Facilitation of one 4-day workshop in Israel/Palestine in the period of September
  • Facilitation of one 2-day workshop in Germany in the period of September/ October)
  • One day for the preparation of the workshops documentation (in collaboration with additional documenter)
  • Five days to prepare the draft of the TLS document, based on the results of the workshop in Germany, no later than three weeks after the workshop
  • One day of feedback discussions with TLS steering group
  • One day to revise the draft on the basis of the feedback discussions
  1. Methodology (see the ToR for the TLS)
  • Preliminary talks with the participating CPS organizations (as mentioned above)
  • Review of the relevant documents of the CPS agencies working on the ground (e.g. internal strategy papers, project applications, reports, previous TLS, context analyses, etc.)
  • Research and review of relevant sources for context analysis and strategy development
  • Interviews and focus group discussions with relevant actors
  • Strategy development workshop with selected CPS experts in israel / Palestine
  • Workshop with CPS representatives in Germany
  1. Products

          Part I - Systemic conflict and context analysis

  • Systemic Conflict Analysis 

         Part II - TLS Workshops and drafting of TLS document

  • (Support with the processing of information from existing documents (conflict analyses) in order to create blueprint for the workshop)
  • Workshop agenda for two workshops
  • Implementation of the workshops
  • Preparing the minutes of the workshops (in collaboration with additional documenter)
  • Development of a TLS draft based on the results of the workshop
  • Final version based on the comments to the draft and the input provided during the feedback talks within the TLS steering group
  1. Cooperation

The contractor will closely co-ordinate his/her assignment with the TLS steering group. Assigned members of the steering group will support the contractor in compiling materials for the conflict analysis and in establishing contacts with CPS partner organisations and other stakeholders.

In preparation and conduct of the workshops, the contractor will be supported by assigned staff members from CPS organisations. With this, the integration of especially, but not only, context, language- and culture-related aspects into the process will be secured.

  1. Qualification of the contractor
  • General qualifications
    • Education: University degree (Master or equivalent) in political science, social sciences or a related subject
    • Work experience: 10 years of professional experience in peace work and civil conflict transformation
    • Technical expertise in the field of peace building, especially in the framework of CPS programmes
    • Expertise in the development of strategies and the drafting of Civil Peace Service strategy papers, as well as the facilitation of processes and workshops
  • Regional experience/local knowledge of the Palestine/ Israel context
  • Language skills: English
  1. Application

Interested candidates can choose to send an offer for Part 1 & 2 combined, or apply only for Part 1 or Part 2 separately.

Interested candidates are requested to send in the following documents by May 16, 2021 to Christian Gülisch:

  • Motivation letter.
  • Resume, including the mentioning of at least three relevant previous assignments.
  • 2-3 page document describing your approach to this assignment, suggested methodology and workshop outline. Please also outline how you intend to integrate the competencies of CPS staff members assigned in preparing and facilitating the workshop.
  • Indicating your requested remuneration (fee per day).
  • Information on at least two (2) previous assignments, including contact details of the clients.
  1. Contact details

The contact person for technical questions regarding the assignment is Christian Gülisch, Head of Programmes Middle East at forumZFD (

  1. Reference documents

Following chapters of “Civil Peace Service (CPS) compact. Principles, actors and procedures of the CPS”

  • Chapter 3 “ CPS country strategy papers”
  • 3.1. “ Terms of Reference - Development of CPS country strategy papers “
  • 3.2 “ Monitoring and updating of CPS country strategy papers”
  • Guidance on the creation, monitoring and updating of CPS country strategy papers (Consortium Civil peace Service, PM&E working groups, 2018)

Please find the complete Terms of Reference with additional information also in the attached document at the bottom of this page.

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