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Call for expressions of interest Support for conflict and social cohesion programming in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Introduction and context

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity. We use media and communications to reduce poverty and promote human rights in developing countries. We partner with civil society, local media and others to produce creative programmes in multi-media formats which inform and engage audiences around key development issues and strengthen the media sector through capacity building. Our work is built on insights from our research and engagement with communities and is focused on three key themes: governance and human rights, health and resilience.

In Bangladesh, we are a leading organisation in the humanitarian Communication with Communities sector and are currently working alongside partners as part of the response to the Rohingya emergency in Cox’s Bazar. Our work in this area involves a significant amount of primary research and we have good access to and trust within the refugee and host communities, combined with a strong, multi-disciplinary national research team with excellent understanding of the context.

As the Rohingya emergency evolves into a protracted crisis, we are currently in discussion with partners about how two-way communication, community engagement and accountability practice can best be applied to address growing tensions – both within the Rohingya community and between refugees and host communities in south-east Bangladesh.

As part of this work, we are exploring opportunities with donors to conduct a conflict analysis and associated formative research with communities in Cox’s Bazar; leading to the development of media and communications programming in the area of conflict reduction and social cohesion. The research will seek to help the humanitarian community better understand the situation related to social cohesion and conflict within the local area, allowing for the future design of a range of interventions to help reduce tension and build understanding between and within communities.

We are therefore seeking expressions of interest from individual practitioners with experience in conflict-related research and programming, who could advise and support our national team, based in Bangladesh, to undertake research and design robust, well-evidenced programming.

Research outline

The study would seek to explore:

  • Conflict dynamics between refugees, host community, government and other stakeholders.

  • Temporal changes in tensions and other trends within those communities over time

  • Differences in how sections of both populations are experiencing tensions and conflict

  • The needs and aspirations of different sections of the population; and the communities’ views about what would help reduce tensions

  • Perceptions of security and safety, particularly within the refugee camps and particularly amongst young people

  • Levels of trust in local security systems, both formal and non-formal

  • How people (particularly young people) are reacting to and coping with increasing tensions and concerns that they are experiencing

  • Motivating factors that would allow communities to feel more empowered and more likely to engage with civic responsibility

  • Beyond the initial research, we would hope to retain specialist thematic expertise to work with us on any resulting programmes.

Consultant requirements

We are seeking an individual consultant (or a named individual working within an agency) with experience in conducting conflict analysis in humanitarian settings, preferably in a refugee or IDP context. The consultant would provide support to our team of 12 national researchers in Bangladesh during the design, data collection, analysis and report-writing phases of the initial research. Following the completion of the research, the consultant would further support our national humanitarian specialists and media production teams with the design and creation of media and communications outputs. In particular, the consultant would need to:

  • Undertake background reading and attend briefings with the Bangladesh team and other primary stakeholders, to gain familiarity with the Rohingya emergency context

  • Provide training in conflict analysis techniques and approaches to the Bangladesh team

  • Support the design of a comprehensive research study, including identifying sources for desk review and supporting the creation of a detailed research design

  • Provide expert input into the design of primary research instruments

  • Support the creation of an analysis framework and advise throughout the analysis phase

  • Participate in data emersion and other analysis activities alongside national researchers and other key stakeholders

  • Provide input on the overall structure of the research report, detailed comments on working drafts and a final review of the final research product

  • Support the development of theories of change, communication objectives and intervention modalities for the resultant media and communications intervention(s)

  • Review conflict-related technical elements of design and scripts for communications outputs

  • Help to design robust indicators and associated monitoring and evaluation methodologies

  • Throughout the assignment, support national teams to develop their methodological and analytical skills in the area of conflict analysis and related research areas

Depending on donor timings, the consultant would need to be available from early July 2019. We would expect the engagement to include at least two trips to Bangladesh (one during the design phase, and one to cover analysis and reporting), with remote engagement in between. We would expect the research to be fully concluded before the end of 2019, but would seek to retain the consultant on a day-rate basis to support the implementation of resultant programming.

Note that this work is still subject to funding – we would intend to include the successful consultant within our formal donor proposal, and any contract to engage would be subject to formal approval of our plans by the donor.

How to express interest

Please send a short letter, covering your experience working in research around group conflict and tension (ideally in a displacement context), along with a CV and details of the day rate you would expect for this work.

Please send your submission to: nicola.bailey@bbc.co.uk