Search for Common Ground


Job Overview


Search for Common Ground (Search) is the world’s largest dedicated peacebuilding organization envisioning a world of safe, healthy, and just societies, free from the threat of violent conflict. Founded in 1982, Search works on the frontlines of today’s most consequential conflicts where millions of lives are at stake. Our core methodology is called the Common Ground Approach, through which we help adversaries learn to trust each other, create avenues for collaboration, and generate breakthroughs for peace. Search works in multiple countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with our MENA Regional Office based in Amman.


Search started working in Iraq in 2016 through a regional Levant EU-funded consortium and officially set-up an office in Iraq in 2018. This work evolved into a permanent portfolio with our country office established in Erbil, KRI and Baghdad, GOI. The mission of Search Iraq is to enhance social cohesion between Iraqi committees, creating an enabling environment for stabilization and reconciliation.



Women, Youth, Peace and Security (WYPS) is a four-year program that aims to strengthen women and youth’s meaningful, enduring participation in advancing inclusive peace and security in the MENA region. Search for Common Ground has partnered with Women Empowerment Organization (WEO) to implement the program in Iraq. Recognizing that inclusive peace is mutually reinforced through bottom-up and top-down processes,will amplify the influence of youth and women peacebuilders at the grassroots level, catalyze broad inclusion of grassroots peacebuilders in municipal and national institutions and peace processes, and advance social norms that support the meaningful inclusion of diverse stakeholders in peace and security.


By consolidating influence, motivating institutions, and shifting social norms, the program will enable diverse women and youth’s increased and enduring participation in peace and security. The program also has the cross-cutting objectives of sensitizing and mobilizing influential male allies to promote women and youth’s leadership in peace and security and advancing regional networks, synergies, and cross-fertilization to strengthen inclusive peace and security.



The Training of Trainers (ToT) for the Women Led Organization (WLO) / Women Rights Organization (WRO)’s participants includes various topics. An important topic for the ToT is the Common Ground Approach (CGA), which consists of Search’s specific peacebuilding strategy. Besides that, the topics MenEngage about how to engage men in gender and youth related thematics, Youth engagement for Youth, Peace and Security (YPS), and any Women, Peace and Security (WPS) training curriculum will be included in the training. These thematics are global agendas that are linked to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Iraqi National Action Plan, which was the first in the MENA region to be developed.


As part of the WYPS project, Search is seeking to hire a consultant to develop curriculum and deliver a series of training sessions (in-person) for the participants from the 19 WLO/WROs. This training will build the skills of the WLO/WROs, and the participants will in turn give training to five selected smaller NGOs in their regions of origin. The responsibilities of the consultant will be twofold.

  • First, the consultant will work closely with the Project Manager to utilize data collected during the mapping assessment and develop training materials that cover the following topics: CGA, MenEngage, youth engagement for YPS, any WPS training curriculum.
  • Once the training materials are developed, the consultant will conduct six day in-person extensive training sessions for 40 participants(two participants per organization) . See the key deliverables for a detailed training plan and schedule.


Key Deliverables

The consultant will be responsible for the following outputs:

Output  Timeline 
1 Curriculum Development Layout and Plan: The consultant will share a 1-2 page plan on the content that will be developed and the training plan. Second  week of June 2023
2 Draft Curriculum Development: Initial Curriculum Development (Virtual or in-person depending on location of consultant).

The Consultant will be responsible for developing 6 days in-person trainings. The consultant can make use of  existing Search curriculum, and other curricula relevant to the Common Ground Approach (CGA), MenEngage, youth engagement for YPS, CGA, any WPS training curriculum.

Last week  of June 2023
3 Finalize Curriculums and Training Materials: The Consultant will finalize the English curriculums and training materials. This should include the development of the following for each training:

  1. Training Curriculum
  2. Participant’s handouts (where applicable)
  3. Training Agenda
  4. PowerPoint Presentations,
  5. M&E tools (e.g., pre-/post-test),
  6. Other relevant materials as needed.
July 1 – 9, 2023
4 Training of Trainers (ToT): The Consultant will conduct  6 days training sessions in Erbil for 20 participants. July 16 – 20, 2023
5 Submission of Final Curriculums & Training Materials:  After conducting the trainings, the consultant will update the existing English training materials (where needed) and submit the final versions to Search. July 23-27, 2023
6 Final Report: The consultant will develop a short (5-10 page) final report covering the achievements/lessons learned of the in-person training, inclusive of the analysis of pre-post tests and outline recommendations for future action for Search/WEO. July 29-August 4th,2023



  1. Experience in working in humanitarian/development sector with women organizations, youth groups, etc.;
  2. Experience with conducting a Training of Trainers;
  3. Experience in facilitating trainings in Iraq;
  4. Knowledge of the context in Iraq, and ideally the Ira 1325 WPS National Action Plan;
  5. Experience in designing and delivering qualitative and quantitative trainings;
  6. Experience in report writing and various technology platforms;
  7. Experience in designing and developing training materials on Youth Peace and Security (YPS), Women Peace and Security (WPS), advocacy, social cohesion, social media campaigns, social cohesion;
  8. Willingness and ability to be flexible;
  9. Proficiency in English, and Arabic (written and spoken);
  10. Interpersonal skills that evoke trust and are gender and culturally sensitive.


Training topics should include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Developing content on YPS/WPS
  • Digital literacy
  • Strategic communication
  • The Common Ground Approach
  • Men engagement
  • Youth involvement in WPS and YPS
  • Leadership
  • Social cohesion
  • Recruiting and supporting of local WROs/WLOs
  • Cascading trainings to other local organizations


Selection Criteria

Consultant proposals will be selected based on the following:

  1. Relevance of proposed methodology to meet the goal, objectives, and requests of  the curriculum development.
  2. Qualifications of the candidate(s) designing and delivering trainings.
  3. Previous experience in conducting Training of Trainers, possibly in Iraq.
  4. Proposed budget and timeline in relation to the deliverables.

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