Development of a discussion paper on conflict transformation under the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA)

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Closing date: 26 Jan 2021

Invitation to Bid

Reference No: 83372755

The GIZ programme for “Support to the African Union in the area of Peace and Security” is commissioning an analytical paper to build up on the existing body of knowledge by offering a cross-sectional assessment of the implementation of the 2016-2020 APSA Roadmap and its contribution to peace, security and stability in Africa.

The analytical paper will offer a fresh perspective on the suitability, application and impact of the APSA instruments in defusing conflicts arising within individual AU Member States or in cross-border conflicts through conflict prevention measures (including preventive diplomacy or dialogue), conflict management interventions (including mediation and peace support operations) and post-conflict reconstruction efforts and strategic security issues. The development of the paper will include a review of the horizontal institutional dynamics within the AUC including the ongoing reforms, and a vertical assessment of cooperation between the AU and the RECs/RMs and international actors.

The contractor will be responsible for the development of an analytical paper and a short policy brief that will address the following key issues:

  • Offer a brief overview of the trajectory and evolution of violent conflicts in the continent during the 2016-2020 APSA roadmap implementation period.
  • Conduct a cross-sectional assessment of the performance of different APSA instruments, retroactively taking stock of the quality of the APSA instruments with case studies of successes, shortcomings and lessons learnt.
  • To include a fair assessment of the status quo of peace support operations, mediation, ad-hoc interventions and the conflict prevention agenda.
  • Identify the suitability of APSA in addressing thematic cross-cutting agendas including gender, CSO and youth engagement.
  • Review the dynamics of collaboration between the AU and RECs/RMs in the implementation of APSA instruments.
  • Recommend areas of future programmatic support to the principal APSA actors, including on policy dialogues, knowledge management, lesson learning and training/capacity building.
  • Make recommendations to the GIZ programme on strengthening synergies, training and capacity building needs for the AUC, in light of the ongoing reform agenda, and for RECs/RMs to support the consolidation of the APSA.

· Recommend areas of support to mainstream and strengthen women, CSO and youth engagement.

The contractor will conduct the work (total of up to 25 working days) remotely, between February 15, 2021 and April 15, 2021.


The consultant should have the following qualifications:

i. Education/training: University qualification (PhD degree or equivalent) in Political Science, International Affairs, Social Sciences or other related studies

ii. Language: highly proficient in spoken and written English

iii. General professional experience: 10 years of professional experience in the peace and security sector

iv. Specific professional experience: 8 years in academia and research

v. Regional experience: 5 years of experience in projects in Africa or with the African Union Commission

vi. Other: Demonstrable research products from past assignments (attach or provide links to at least 2 samples of previous work in your application)

Before submitting any bid, interested bidders should collect further bidding documents listed down by contacting the e-mail address:

· Invitation letter

· Technical evaluation criteria’s

· Bid sheet

· GIZ General terms and conditions local/international

How to apply:

The contractor will be required to submit a technical and financial offer. The financial offer should list the daily fees charged for this contract. Please note that this should not be specific to the task required, as a variety of tasks (as listed above) will have to be performed throughout the contract duration. The technical offer should include the approach taken by the contractor and showcase his or her previous work in the areas listed above.

All bids must be delivered/submitted via email address before 4:30pm (GMT+3) on Thursday, 26 of January 2021. All bids must include a full technical and financial offer. Technical and financial offers have to be submitted separately.

The GIZ programme for “Cooperation with the African Union in the area of Peace and Security” reserves the right to cancel the bid fully or partially.


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