Terms of Reference (TOR)
Consultancy to Develop an ADR Guidebook

Introduction on Search for Common Ground

Search for Common Ground is a locally rooted global organization that works to end violent conflict and build healthy, safe, and just societies. It is the largest organization dedicated to peacebuilding, with offices in over 30 countries including places where conflict puts millions of people at risk. In Sri Lanka, Search has been operational since 2011 and is considered a deeply localized organization with a team of ethnically and religiously diverse staff. Search has been working with a range of local partners and stakeholders to promote a culture of tolerance and collaborative problem-solving.Search has two key programmatic approaches

 1) peace, social cohesion, and reconciliation;
2) inclusive local governance; and in the recent past, Search has also worked on digital peacebuilding to promote the acknowledgement and protection of historical memories and prevent future conflict. Search has also supported post-war reconciliation through dialogue and memorialization.

British council and Search Partnership
British Council and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in Sri Lanka have signed an agreement to work on Area 3 (inclusive local action forums to address shared problems and improve the resolution of community-level grievances under SEDR), and the contract period is July 2023 to December 2024. The overall goal of the SFCG project is to strengthen inclusive local dispute resolution mechanisms that peacefully manage conflict and prevent the escalation of violence in target six districts and twelve divisions in Sri Lanka.

Purpose of the consultancy
Develop a guidebook to serve as an essential resource for individuals, civil society, and other organizations involved in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It equips readers with the necessary knowledge and resources to effectively handle conflicts using ADR techniques. By summarizing key lessons, addressing challenges directly, and sharing successful strategies from real-life stories, this handbook offers practical solutions and accessible resources. From dispute identification, facilitation, negotiation, to mediation frameworks, it empowers users to manage community disputes confidently and competently. Whether they are new to ADR or experienced, this guidebook serves as a valuable resource for anyone aiming to resolve conflicts peacefully.

The objective of the consultancy
1. Develop a guide book that documents the ADR process undertaken by the project capturing the methods used, challenges and lessons learnt in English. The document should be written and presented in an easy to read style.

2. Design and layout the finalized guide book incorporating easy to use design,
infographics and other tools that would make the book visually appealing.

Search for Common Ground (Search) Sri Lanka seeks a Consultant/Organization for “Consultancy to Develop an ADR Guidebook "for SEDR Project. For the complete terms of reference and process please click and send your duly completed application with required document to on or before 2 nd June,2024. Only short-listed service providers will be contacted.