IRC Consultant - Conflict Analysis, Northwest Nigeria (Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina) Jobs in Nigeria

IRC Consultant - Conflict Analysis, Northwest Nigeria (Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina) Jobs in Nigeria

Background of the project

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to people affected by war or disaster.

At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity, and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

In Nigeria, the IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In February 2014 the IRC moved into Adamawa State, in 2015 moved to Borno and Yobe states in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for conflict-affected populations.

Brief Context of Northwest

Nigeria’s north-west zonal region covers Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara with an estimated population of 50 million people. Since 2014, the region has been faced with a multi-dimensional crisis, rooted in failure of development and long-standing tensions, climate change, youth unemployment, poverty, weak governance, and lack of access to basic services particularly in Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara states, driven by the complex set of distinct but interrelated factors.

Impact of the insecurity:

The intensification of insecurity is causing massive displacement and an increasing development and humanitarian crisis in the affected regions especially in Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto. IRC and its partners will continue to operate in NW however the conflict in NW is dynamic and ever changing and therefore it is important that IRC intentionally get to understand the conflict and its dynamics to better inform its designs and implementation in NW.

Disrupted livelihoods activities: Armed criminal groups have levied taxes on communities and deprived them from accessing their farmlands, forced people to cultivate for them, and carried out attacks in reprisals or over noncompliance. Communities relying on cattle rearing had their livestock raided or killed.

Scope of work

Overall Goal of the consultancy

The main goal of the consultancy is to gain a better understanding of the conflict context and dynamics in Northwest Nigeria and provide evidence that can shape IRCs understanding of the conflict dynamics in Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto states as well as position IRC to be able to develop proposals and programming that is conflict sensitive based on the principle of ‘Do No Harm’.

In addition to that the conflict analysis will identify and support in rolling out the required capacity necessary for designing, delivering effective conflict sensitive. programmes in the targeted states and communities, to maximize its positive impact on the current conflict.

Aim of the consultancy

The main aim of the consultancy is to dig into the root causes and comprehensive understanding of the persistent ongoing conflict environment and context in the NW. To identify the key stakeholders involved in the conflict, their interests, and the extent of their influence.

To identify dividers and connectors for each type of conflict Assess the impact of the conflict on the population especially the farmers, herders, men, women, youths, boys, girls and marginalized communities etc To identify existing conflict resolution mechanisms, including traditional and formal justice systems, and their effectiveness Provide evidence-based data and information that will inform future programming’s/interventions in NW (Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina) Provide recommendations on conflict sensitive programming (i.e. how to best mitigate dividers and build on connectors) and the gaps that exist in the 3 states.

Provide recommendations on how to effectively promote peacebuilding and conflict transformation in Northwest Nigeria, based on the findings of the conflict analysis. Provide recommendations to IRC and its partners on future programming/ intervention to ensure that the program design and implementation is well informed by the conflict context and dynamics and addresses the root causes of the conflicts and the associated needs (both immediate and long terms)


IRC Deputy Director for Programs
will be responsible for the overall management of the assignment, with the MEAL Coordinator being responsible for the coordination and providing day to day support to the consultancy process and working closely with the consultant.

The IRC Senior Technical Advisor for Governance and systems strengthening will provide technical oversight and guidance over the tools and methodology being used for the consultancy and the final report.

The consultant will carry out the analysis according to the ToR and will include necessary conflict sensitivity tools and exercises to meet study objectives. some of these tools and areas of enquiry include, but are not limited to, the following: (a) secondary literature review/desk research, (b) Key informant interviews, and (C) focus group discussions, (D) observations (e) Data analysis etc.

A detailed methodology, including the design of data-collection tools and formulation of specific questions will be developed by the consultant.

Output & Deliverables:

The consultant will be expected to produce the followings:

  • Inception report containing a detailed conflict analysis methodology with accompanying workplan and tools to achieve all the objectives that provides an overall conflict analysis its characteristics, causes, dynamics and consequences for women, men, youths, girls, and boys.
    Training workshop for data collectors

  • A synthesized report with a focused analysis on the following areas: i) the conflict environment and its interaction with humanitarian and development Programs ii) Gaps in conflict sensitive programing iii) highlight of opportunities for improving conflict sensitive programming.

  • Presentation of analysis results and recommendations to IRC SMT, technical Coordinators and NW program team (provide the power point)

  • Conduct sensitization on conflict and context analysis, and the importance of the principle of Do No Harm in program design and implementation.

  • Develop a workplan for the implementation of the Conflict Analysis report.

    Payment Rate and Schedule:

    The payment rate will be based on competitive offer and value for money. Meanwhile the payment schedules will be based on deliverables in the contract, set time period or schedule and invoice submission:

  • 40% down payment upon signing contract.

  • 30% once draft report is produced.

  • 30% once the report is finalized.


  • Minimum undergraduate university degree in conflict studies, Peace building, law, social sciences, or development studies.

  • A relevant 5 years of significant background and experience in conflict sensitivity analysis and ethical qualitative research and analysis on conflict issues, causes or approaches to conflict transformation (essential).

  • Proven consultant with strong and evident background in conflict analysis and resolutions, peacebuilding, adaptation, and resilience programming.

  • Experience in conducting context and conflict analysis and development of tools for the integration of Conflict Sensitivity related dynamics into the strategic and operational framework.

  • Conflict sensitivity expertise in complex humanitarian contexts, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Knowledge on the history of conflict dynamics in NW will be an advantage.

  • Fluent in English, written and oral as well as proficiency in local language from NW Nigeria is an advantage.

  • Excellent writing skills and ability to articulate the linkage between findings, analysis, and program recommendations.

  • Flexible attitude towards receiving feedback.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; IRC Consultant - Conflict Analysis, Northwest Nigeria (Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina) Jobs in Nigeria

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