Advocacy expert trainer at Interpeace


Position: Advocacy expert trainer


Interpeace is an international organization for peacebuilding, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It aims to strengthen the capacities of societies to manage conflict in non-violent, non-coercive ways by assisting national actors in their efforts to develop social and political cohesion. Interpeace also strives to assist the international community (and in particular the UN) to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world through better understanding and response to the challenges of creating local capacities that enhance social and political cohesion. For more information about Interpeace, please visit

These are Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the required technical support towards training of civil society organizations in advocacy.


Interpeace has been active in Burundi since 2007. In line with Burundi’s national development plan and national peace capitalization plan, Interpeace’s program aims to support Burundi’s sustainable and equitable development through entrenched peace and stability. It contributes to the advent of a united and prosperous Burundi by improving governance, consolidating democracy, supporting reconciliation and strengthening the population’s resilience, particularly for the most vulnerable.

Synergies for Peace III is a 3-year project that aims to contribute to reconciliation and to more accountable and inclusive governance that addresses local and national priorities for peace capitalization and development in Burundi. This initiative is coordinated by Interpeace and implemented by a consortium of five Burundian civil society organizations: Burundi Training Leadership Programme (BLTP), Centre d’Alerte et de Prévention des Conflits (CENAP), Initiatives et Changement (ICB), Association des Éditeurs du Magazine Jimbere (Jimbere Magazine) and Association des Jeunes Burundais pour le Développement Inclusif (AJEBUDI-YAGA).

Service or Assignment Description and Objective(s)

Interpeace is looking for a consultant to support the project’s advocacy for a national trauma-healing framework in Burundi. More specifically, the consultant will be tasked with building consortium partners’ capacity in advocacy and supporting the development of an advocacy campaign plan. S/he will be required to deliver training with focus and practical examples to demonstrate the following:

  • Basics of lobbying,policy analysis and advocacy in relation to trauma healing;
  • Evidence based advocacy with specific focus on trauma healing;
  • Influencing planning processes at local and national levels;
  • Mobilizing citizens/constituents to play an active and informed role in advancing the trauma healing framework;
  • Identifying strategies which reflect the needs of different groups (such as women, returnees, and youth groups, among others);
  • Generation and dissemination of evidence-based documents (position papers, petition and case studies) to facilitate civil society advocacy and lobbying at different levels.

Expected Results

The main deliverables include:

  • Submission of an inception report that outlines the consultant’s understanding of the mission, including role, responsibilities, methodology, deliverables and timeframes;
  • Development of a capacity-building plan and modules in advocacy, in close collaboration with Interpeace and CENAP;
  • Training of partners in advocacy as defined by the capacity-building plan. Note that the training might be conducted online;
  • Facilitation of a 4 day in-person workshop for consortium partners to jointly develop an advocacy plan. This workshop will be held in Bujumbura and prepared in close collaboration with Interpeace and CENAP;
  • Follow-up on the workshop: the consultant will share a final report detailing the used methodology, the outputs and outcomes of the consultancy as well as challenges or lessons learned. S/he will also follow-up as needed to ensure a high-quality advocacy plan is finalized.
  • Implementation support: the consultant will remain available through email or calls for 8 months following finalization of the advocacy plan, to provide guidance and advice on the implementation of the advocacy plan.

Deliverables and Timeframe

Qualifications and required competencies

  • In-depth knowledge and experience in conducting evidence-based advocacy campaigns;
  • At least 5 years of experience delivering training in advocacy for NGOs, INGOs, or government organisations;
  • Strong analytical, participatory facilitation and communication skills;
  • Ability to deliver both online and in-person training;
  • Good understanding of the policymaking and implementation process in Burundi and how it relates to national reconciliation;
  • Proven record of delivering professional outputs (with at least 2 verifiable references);
  • Excellent French speaking and writing skills;
  • A master’s degree in law, human rights, social science, political or any relevant field.

How to apply

Interested candidates (or teams of candidates) should submit applications by April 23, 2023 via: with cc to

“Advocacy expert trainer” MUST be included in the email’s subject line.

All candidates should attach the following:

  • The applicant(s)’ CV(s);
  • A brief technical proposal (maximum 3 pages) describing their understanding of these Terms of Reference and how they intend to approach the assignment;
  • Samples of previous relevant work done;
  • A financial proposal – the consultancy will take place online and in Bujumbura (4-days workshop). Should the consultant be based outside of Bujumbura, transport, accommodation, and DSA for the workshop will be catered for by Interpeace.


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