Danish Demining Group in Nigeria Job Vacancy for TERMS OF REFERENCE Mediation Training– Borno and Adamawa States

The Danish Refugee Council / Danish Demining Group (DRC/DDG) has been operational in West Africa since 1998. Our aim is to contribute to the peace and stabilization, protection and promotion of durable solutions to crisis-affected populations in the region. The overall strategic objective of the programme is to support peace and stabilization, protect and promote durable solutions to conflict affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and fundamental human rights.
Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within DRC which implements mine action and Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) programmes. DDG’s mandate is ‘to create a safe environment free from armed violence and the remnants of conflict’, and DDG does this via a programmatic focus on four key sectors: Security Systems Reform, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) management, Mine Action and Conflict Management.
In 2015, DRC/DDG opened a new country programme in Nigeria responding to the huge humanitarian needs and challenges in the North East of Nigeria. Nigeria’s northeast is currently experiencing a significant humanitarian crisis, which has been the result of the on-going-armed conflict between Boko Haram (BH), the Nigerian military and the Multi-National Task Force in the north-east. End of 2016, DRC/DDG has commenced programme funded by the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa that seeks to promote stability and socio-economic recovery in Borno and Adamawa states. The programme is focused on four key programmatic axes:

  1. Promoting socio-economic recovery and sustainable livelihoods;
  2. Addressing the needs of youth affected by displacement and at risk of criminality and radicalisation;
  3. Enhancing community protection and conflict mediation capacities;
  4. Reducing the risks associated with mines/explosive remnants of war (ERW)

Indeed, high insecurity in the region has made access for humanitarian actors extremely difficult, further exacerbating the situation. The main drivers of the conflict have been analysed by a DRC/DDG conflict sensitive assessment conducted late 2015. The insurgency is both ideological, grievance and opportunity driven, with a combination of underpinning factors such as extreme religious interpretations, political and socio-economic grievances and opportunism.
The conflict has exacerbated existing social divisions, especially where joining Boko Haram presented opportunities to secure land or livelihoods and exclude other groups from access to resources. Religious motivations were articulated in connection with socio-economic factors as well.
An estimated 10 million people have been affected by the insurgency in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe States. In spite of increasing spontaneous returns of IDPs/refugees in Borno state since February 2016, security is not fully restored. Communities have been greatly affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the project area[1] leading to a disruption of social and community life and traditional mechanisms for dealing with community issues and conflict have been weakened.
Recent analysis of evaluations carried out by DRC-DDG in March 2017 show that overall there are tensions, distrust, increasing land disputes and suspicion among family members, local authorities, security providers and community members. The return of IDPs/Refugees may put increasing pressure on communities in terms of access to land and resources this could lead to tensions, new disputes as well as exacerbating already existing or latent conflicts. There is a need to strengthen community safety through communities’ own engagement, as well as re-establishing trust and collaboration with authorities and capacities to resolve or mitigate conflicts peacefully.
In September DDG will carry out training in mediation, dialogue facilitation and conflict analysis of the staff based in different north-eastern states of Nigeria (Adamawa, Borno). This is with the objective to train staff to be able to carry out neutral and impartial mediation and dialogue facilitation at the community level and work with community leaders or others involved in the same. The next step will be to develop a training of trainers of staff and Community Based Organisations, so that the staff and the CBOs can then do training adapted to the communities.
The services and key deliverables required will be the following:
a) Consultant(s) to develop a participant manual and trainers’ manual on neutral and impartial mediation. The manual should clearly describe:

  • The preparatory work prior to mediation and dialogue (conflict analysis and mapping of actors)
  • What is mediation and how does it differ from arbitration, conciliation, and facilitation and the pros and cons of each process
  • The relevance and limits of neutral and impartial processes in addressing violent conflicts
  • What are the different steps of the mediation process, and what does each step entail
  • What are the opportunities and limits of mediation. How mediation can be used in violent conflict context and what are the risks involved (do no harm approach)
  • What are the differences and similarities between two (2) party or multi-party mediation.
  • What are the differences and similarities between mediation and dialogue facilitation
  • What are the key elements and the steps of dialogue facilitation processes.
  • What are the key communication tools involved in mediation processes with a description of key tools, elements and examples of:
  • Active listening
  • Reformulation / paraphrasing
  • Reframing
  • Mirroring (reflecting emotions)
  • Questioning
  • Summarising
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Non-violent communication
  • Managing emotions
  • How to ensure quality of mediation processes, including supervision and coaching framework
  • How to evaluate the processes of mediation and dialogue facilitation and their outcomes

In collaboration with DDG and as relevant other required elements will be incorporated in the material.
b) Support the 2 first weeks of training and possibly a 3rd week of field practice. Training will take place in a field location where DRC-DDG has a field office.
c) The Global AVR advisor and AVR Manager should be associated to contribute to parts of the material development and training and be coached by the consultant trainer
d) The consultant(s) will base the trainings on input from Global AVR Advisor and Nigeria team, and the context, develop material that will serve for trainings on the Nigeria programme, but also serve as a basis for future trainings on DDG programmes and partner organisations. The material will be 2×1 week (5 days) training modules based on above as well as a manual with field practice guidelines.
e) Consultation and harmonization of approaches with other stakeholders, other humanitarian partners and relevant actors, should be sought wherever relevant.
f) The material developed and copyright will solely belong to DDG and relevant partners, it will be the basis for similar trainings on other DDG programmes and partnerships. The aim is also to share with other Humanitarian organisations (open source) for development of best practices within mediation adapted for humanitarian contexts and programmes.
DRC/DDG will provide the following:
a) All available documents as Annex B & C and contacts requested by the consultant,
b) Guide the consultant on the important stakeholders and area
c) Consultancy fees at a mutually agreed rate.
d) DRC Regional Office will organise the travel to Abuja.. Accommodation will be arranged by DRC – unless agreed otherwise. Support in Visa processing will be arranged by DRC Country Office, which will arrange travel and transport within Nigeria.
The consultant shall work under the direct supervision of DRC/DDG Global AVR Advisor and/or Head of Program / AVR Manager. Administratively the consultant is expected to work with DRC/DDG Head of Bases in the areas of operation. DRC/DDG programme staff in the field will provide support as required.
The consultancy will consist of a duration of 5-8 weeks, including additional days of preparatory work, from 20 august to 2017 through 6 October 2017. We foresee the needs for the development of the material and the training (training expected to start Monday, 11th September) in Nigeria to be as follows

  • Preparation phase: 10 – 14 days preparation and delivery of draft material
  • 1st week basic training: introduction to conflict management processes, mediation, dialogue facilitation and conflict analysis
  • 2nd week: more in depth focus on mediation and dialogue facilitation
  • 3rd & 4th week: practice first in class and then supervised field practice and finalize the training materials with field practice guidelines.


  • A postgraduate qualification in conflict prevention, international relations, African Studies, peace studies, political science or related field
  • At least 5 years’ experience of working on issues related to stabilization, conflict management, University degree in a relevant discipline
  • Minimum one previous experience working with an INGO involved in Armed Violence Reduction
  • Experience with accreditation/certification in Mediation training
  • Proven record of training, mentoring and developing the capacity of staff in the fields of mediation and peacebulding.
  • Proven experience of developing training material
  • Experience of working in challenging and insecure environments
  • Diplomatic, patient and persistent.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Experience working in diverse and cross-cultural context
  • High degree of computer literacy – fully proficient in use of word, excel and PowerPoint
  • Willing to live in shared team house

Daily rate charge to be negotiated, provision of an international flight to and from Nigeria, local travel, and accommodation. Insurance package could be negotiated if needed.
Commitments: DRC/DDG has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff is required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.DRC/DDG.dk/HAF.4265.0.html)

How to apply:

Interested applicants who meet the required criteria are invited to submit a Mediation Training proposal here no later than 15 August 2017.
The Mediation Training offer should include:

  • A suitability statement including CV of participating consultant (s) with details of qualifications and experience.
  • A technical proposal that summarizes understanding of the TORs, methodology, and tools to be used.
  • Proposed chapter outlines of the participant manual
  • Proposed chapter outlines of the trainers’ manual
  • Work-plan clearly indicating the training schedule.
  • Financial proposal providing cost estimates and consultancy fees.
  • Contacts of three organizations that have recently contracted you to carry out similar consultancy.
  • A sample of previous related work authored by the applicant.
  • Proof of formal registration in line of work in country of operation or home country.


  • Technical review of the methodology to be used
  • Technical review of previous work
  • Evaluation of consultant’s relative experience and skills
  • Number of work days suggested for the task
  • Cost per day and for total cost of contract
  • Availability and start date of field work

Please note that applications are not to be sent to individuals within DDG, but should be submitted by clicking the below “apply for position” button.
Please contact [email protected], if you experience problems with your online application.
[1] Kudzum, Kankilia, Vi, Futuless, Sina, Shafa Tilijo, Muva, Kwaa, Didif, Yazza, Betso and Hurda, Auno, Benisheik, Gongulong, Goidamgari, Jakana, 7 UP and Zabarmari
Danish Demining Group (DDG) is widely recognised as provider of efficient and community-oriented solutions to human security problems caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war as well as small arms and light weapons.
DDG is part of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), which is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 35 countries throughout the world. We are the largest humanitarian NGO in Denmark and consistently ranked as one of the world’s best NGOs according to Global_Geneva.
We fulfil our mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in the conflict areas of the world. We also advocate on behalf of conflict-affected populations globally on the basis of humanitarian principles and the Human Rights Declaration. Our work and long-term strategies are guided by our five core values: Humanitarian approach – Respect – Independence & neutrality – Inclusion – Honesty & transparency.
You can read more about our vision and work on drc.ngo.

Closing date: 15 Aug 2017