Consultant for Stakeholder Mapping – Iraq

Search For Common Ground


Search for Common Ground (SFCG) (hereinafter called Search) Iraq invites application from an individual consultant(s) /firms/research company to carry out a “Stakeholder Mapping of DRL implementers, their local partners and sub grantees”. A The consultant will work with the Search Iraq programme team, led by its Country Director.


Search Iraq is implementing a 15 month project “Strengthening An Iraqi Community of Practice in Democracy, Human Rights and Governance”. The project is funded by the US State Department, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) and will run through October 2018 to December 2019. The overall goal of the project is strengthening an Iraqi community of practice in democracy, human rights and governance.

For detailed Mapping Objectives, Methodology, and Key Research Questions, download the full Terms of Reference.


Scope of Work

The scope of work of the Consultant(s) will include the following:

  • Develop assessment instruments, with Search input, through a comprehensive inception report in English. However, the data collection tools need to be translated into local languages as necessary once approved by Search Iraq Country Director and MENA Regional DM&E Specialist.
  • Carry out the literature review, document analysis, and KIIs.
  • Produce a 25-pages (approx.) core content report (excluding cover pages and annexes) (in English) covering key findings, major conclusions, and recommendations in order to help inform the development of the program.



Within the consultancy period, the consultant is expected to complete the above-mentioned scope of work. The deliverables are as follows:

Inception Report with research work plan completed within first 10 days of the signing of the contract and consist of the assignment as agreed upon by the program team. The inception report should have detailed methodological approach and data collection tools to capture the questions in mentioned in key research questions. The inception report and the data collection tools/questions need a formal approval from Search Iraq Country Director and ILT’s MENA Regional DM&E Specialist before starting the mapping process

First Draft of the Stakeholder Mapping report. The consultant should submit draft stakeholder mapping report for Search review and feedback within 3 weeks of the completion of data collection. The report is subject to Search Iraq and ILTs MENA Regional DM&E Specialist’s review. The review and feedback may be of multiple rounds depending on the quality of the report. No final payment is approved unless the MENA Regional DM&E Specialist technically approves the report.

Final Reports: The stakeholder mapping report should be written (and fully edited) in English, approx. 25 pages, and consist of:

▪   Table of contents;

▪   Executive summary – that includes brief project introduction, methodological approach, key findings and recommendations (no more than 3 pages);

▪   Findings, analysis, and conclusions: The findings section will have subchapters to cover thematic areas covered in the key research questions.

▪   Recommendations to SFCG, in general, and project team, in particular. Every single recommendation should be directly linked to mapping findings.

▪   Appendices, which include, research instruments, list of interviewees, bibliography, and consultant’s brief biography;

▪   One electronic copy (in MS Word document) in English.

Presentation in PPT or similar format with digested findings ready for restitution meetings with participating NGOs and donor of the project


For a detailed timeline for Deliverables, info on the Research Team, and more on Remuneration, please download the full Terms of Reference


Required qualifications for the consultant

  • Master’s degree in peacebuilding, community development, international relationships, sociology or related field.
  • At least 5 years of experiences of conducing qualitative research
  • Sound understanding of the stakeholder mapping and conflict assessment.
  • Sound understanding of inclusive governance, democratic, human rights and good governance principles and practices
  • High level of written and spoken knowledge of English. Ability to write high quality report in English.
  • Ability to work in conflict prone areas and strong cultural sensitivity in work practice
  • Team player and receptive of feedback and suggestions
  • Having knowledge of local language will be an added advantage
  • Ability to travel to Iraq, especially Baghdad and Erbil.
  • Strong Arabic and/or Kurdish language skills within the team

How To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates may send their technical and financial proposal, a copy of each individual’s CV and three writing samples to, no later than 10 December 2018. Telephone call and personal visits are not welcomed.

Type: Contract

Application Deadline: 12/10/2018

Erbil, Iraq