Judicial Systems Mapping and Assessment Consultant Vacancy at Search for Common Ground (SFCG)
Posted: 04/Oct/2018

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff that is committed to its mission and values. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Judicial Systems Mapping and Assessment Consultant

: Maiduguri, Borno

About the Project
The overall objective for “Protection, Empowerment and Resilience Building of Women in North East Nigeria in partnership with UN Women” is "to empower communities and build resilience through promoting socio-economic behavior change to address the root causes of gender-based violence (GBV) and improve access to formal and informal judiciary systems, as well as economic empowerment opportunities for women.

It intends to achieve this by empowering women and build resilience by increasing access to justice for cases of GBV through both informal and formal judicial systems and engage them in livelihood and income generating activities (IGA) to increase their financial independence. It is supported by two objectives:

  • Objective 1: Women and girls’ safety increased through community-based actions to mitigate risks prevent and respond to incidents of GBV in Borno and Yobe states
  • Objective 2: Targeted women in Borno and Yobe states have improved livelihood and access to income generating activities (IGA).

The project is being implemented with state governments, federal institutions, women groups, and stakeholders in Borno State (Mafa & Jere LGAs) and Yobe State ( Yusufari or Geidam LGAs).


  • The mapping and assessment will adopt a qualitative approach, comprising of observation, in-depth interviews and focus group discussions.
  • The analysis will focus on formal and informal community based, as well as local and state level systems where the project is being implemented; however linkages at national level will also be explored.

Purpose of Judicial Systems Mapping and Assessment:

  • The research is aimed at mapping and assessing of the formal and informal judicial systems in Borno and Yobe states. These will include traditional structures and mechanisms for justice at the community level, as well as formal structures including but not limited to FIDA, NHRC, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development, NBA, Legal Aid Council.
  • The assessment will focus on capacity of formal and informal systems to respond to cases of GBV and other gaps in the capacity of the systems to respond to women’s and girls’ needs.

The study is expected to include:

  • A contextual analysis of Borno and Yobe
  • A focus on displaced and recovering communities in these states
  • Identification of women’s and girls’ needs in relation to GBV, including a political and economic analysis focused on these needs and GBV
  • Identification and mapping of formal and informal judiciary systems in Borno and Yobe states, at different levels - community, ward, local government and state, including the links and interconnectedness (or otherwise) of these systems
  • Assessment of the capacities of formal and informal judiciary systems in Borno and Yobe to address the needs of women and girls, including a SWOT analysis of each system.
  • Documentation of entry points and opportunities to strengthen the capacities of formal and informal judiciary systems in Borno and Yobe states to address GBV and identified needs of women and girls

Findings from this study will inform appropriate training and capacity building of formal and informal judiciary systems in the states to address the needs of women and girls. Beyond being used to inform programme planning and implementation, the report will be shared widely with project participants and partners, and presented during SFCG Nigeria programs. The report - with sensitive details redacted - will eventually be published on SFCG’s website and shared with other learning networks in order to enhance the broader field of women’s protection and peace-building in Nigeria and the world.

Deliverables of the Consultant
The mapping and assessment deliverables are:

  • An inception report detailing the proposed method, study matrix, data collection tools and work plan. It is to be approved by SFCG before starting data collection.
  • Draft bullet point/overview of key findings for review by SFCG staff and other stakeholders before final report is prepared.
  • Final Report (maximum 30 pages, excluding appendices), consisting of, but not limited to: Executive Summary, Methodology, Findings and Analysis, Conclusions, Lessons Learned and Recommendations. The report should be structured according to the evaluation questions.
  • A 3-pages summary with key findings and recommendations.
  • Appendices, including data collection tools and list of interviewees.
  • A power point presentation of the report.
  • Audios and transcripts of all interviews and assessment tools filled


  • Graduate degree in Law, Social sciences, Humanities, International Development, Gender studies, and related courses.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ work experience in international development, gender, human rights and community engagement
  • Experience with qualitative research and analysis

Other Relevant Requirements

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent written communication and report writing skills in English
  • Prior work experience in North East Nigeria
  • Ability to communicate fluently in Hausa and Kanuri
  • Ability to be Gender Sensitive and flexible with time and work schedule

Logistical Support 
SFCG will provide the following logistical support to the consultant:

  • Transmission of background materials (project proposal, meeting notes, etc.)
  • Availability of a meeting room in Maiduguri
  • Meeting arrangements with stakeholders and beneficiaries as requested by the consultant
  • Support of a SFCG Field Officer for introductions to key stakeholders and equivalent


  • The mapping and assessment will take place from 10th to 25th with initial findings in bullet point format due by 30th October and the final deliverables due on the 12th November, 2018.

Budget and Terms of Engagement:

  • All production costs incurred will be covered from the consultancy fee.
  • 5% withholding tax will be deducted at source from the total cost of the consultancy fee for a firm.
  • 40% of the consultancy fee will be paid when initial the contract is signed, 30% will be paid upon submission of initial findings and the remaining balance of 30% will be paid on final completion and submission of satisfactorily deliverables.

Application Closing Date
7th October, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

The title of the application should be: "Judiciary Systems mapping and assessment: Protection, Empowerment and Resilience Building of Women in North East Nigeria", and the application should hold four attachments:

  • 1 technical offer detailing the methodology, timeframe and size of the evaluation team proposed (max 4 pages);
  • 1 biography of the evaluator/ evaluation team demonstrating relevant experience/ knowledge (max 5 pages);
  • 1 financial offer (Excel) detailing the costs of the budget;
  • 2 references of organizations who can verify the quality of the consultant’s work.

Please compile your writing sample and resume into one document as the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.