The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University is a continental academic/think tank on peace and security area in Africa. Its work is built on three pillars namely: Education and Professional Development, Research and Policy Analysis and Policy Dialogue. With the aim of playing a crucial role in bringing about sustainable peace and contributing to the implementation of the African Union Tripoli Declaration of August 2009, IPSS convenes an annual flagship security conference called the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, now popularly known as the Tana Forum. This initiative is a response to the Tripoli Declaration’s appeal for “African-led solutions” and the treatment of peace and security as a collective “intellectual challenge.”
As such, IPSS, parallel to the Forum and hosting its Secretariat, runs the Africa Peace and Security Programme (APSP) to build African capacities to develop and implement African-led solutions for peace and security in Africa. In this context, the outcomes of the Forum aim to inform the Institute’s activities in education, research, and policy dialogue. This further contributes to creating a platform where ideas and synergies on African-led solutions in peace and security can converge with wider objectives to inform decision-making, policy formulation, and implementation at the African Union (AU), Regional Economic Communities (RECs), regional mechanisms (RMs).
Over the years since 2012 the Forum discussed various peace and security issues concerning Africa among African Heads of State, Former Heads of States, African eminent personalities, peace, and security experts, high-level representatives of regional and international organisations, representatives of CSOs, youth groups, etc. The Forum has been able to create its own niche in the African peace and security arena. The Tana Forum comprises two governing bodies, the Board of Trustees and the Tana Technical Committee. The Board of Trustees provides strategic oversight in governing the Forum by establishing broad policies and objectives. Using their external relationships, the Board Trustees also undertake advocacy to promote the Forum within the continent and internationally. The Board members comprise eminent personalities who have demonstrated leadership, inspiration, and experience in their fields. The Technical Committee on the other hand operates as a steering committee that advises the Tana Secretariat on the technical aspects of the annual Tana Forum. In particular, the Technical Committee aims to advise the Secretariat on all processes pertaining to the Forum’s content development to strengthen its capacity to generate fruitful discussions on peace, conflict, and security information for stakeholders involved. The Technical Committee comprises experts and practitioners experienced in peace, security, governance and development areas in Africa and beyond.
As the Tana Forum marked its 10th-anniversary last year, the Tana Forum Secretariat is now working towardspost-Forum activities for the past 10 years. As such, the Secretariat would like to recruit an expert consultant to undertake this task.
The overall objective of the assignment is to assess the impact of the Tana Forum for the past 10 years. The Specific objectives are:
- To assess to what extent the Tana Forum has contributed to the change of narrative in the African peace and security realm;
- To assess the impact of the Forum on policy implementation;
- To assess the impact of the Forum in influencing policies on peace and security issues on the continent;
- To assess to what extent the Forum participants (during the main, pre and post-Forum activities) have benefited from the Forum in terms of having an in-depth analysis of peace and security issues of the continent;
- To evaluate the recommendations and takeaways of the Forum;
- To strategically explore the future of the Forum;
- Outline ways of sustainability for the Tana Forum.
The expected outcomes of the assignment are:
- Understanding the standing of the Tana Forum in the African peace and security arena;
- Finding ways to better the Forum for strengthened and impactful discourses in the African peace and security realm;
- A comprehensive 10-year report on the Tana Forum;
- An infographic depicting the outstanding matters from the report;
- Publication and dissemination of the final assessment report to the relevant partners and stakeholders.
The deliverables of the assignment would include the following:
- Inception report based on the initial meeting with the Secretariat;
- Development of work-plan with timelines;
- Presentation of the preliminary findings of the interaction with the various stakeholders;
- A progress report at the end of each task;
- A validation workshop towards the end of the project;
- A comprehensive report that includes the impact, the SWOT, the recommendation/takeaways, and the future and sustainability of the Forum.
- An executive summary of the report;
- Extracting information (outstanding matters) that can be translated into infographics.
The project will be a Three-month (90 working days) project starting from the signing of the contract of agreement.
We are seeking a highly qualified and experienced consultant to undertake the 10-year review of the Tana Forum. The consultant will play a crucial role in assessing the Forum’s achievements, identifying areas of improvement, and providing recommendations for future strategies. The candidate should possess the following expertise and experience:
- A master’s degree or higher in a relevant field such as sustainable development, Peace and Security, and Social studies, or a related discipline is preferred.
- Proven 5 – 10 years’ experience in conducting research and evaluation studies. Demonstrated ability to design and implement evaluation methodologies, collect and analyse data, and generate evidence-based findings.
- Demonstrated ability to engage with diverse stakeholders, including government agencies, NGOs, and international organisations. Excellent communication, and facilitation skills to ensure effective collaboration among stakeholders.
- Strong project management skills, including the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize tasks effectively, managing timelines, budgets, and resources to ensure timely delivery of project outputs.
- Proficient in synthesizing information including confidential, and preparing comprehensive reports.
- Ability to communicate findings, recommendations, and lessons learned in a clear and concise manner to both technical and non-technical audiences.
- Competencies-based interviewing experience.
- The ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team. Experience working in diverse cultural settings or international contexts is highly desirable.
- Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in additional languages especially French is an advantage.