The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) is a non-governmental organization, which envisions societies that are peaceful, equal and free from violence. Established amidst the violence of apartheid, CSVR seeks to address the causes and consequences of violence within a continually evolving context. CSVR aims to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace at community, organisational, national and regional levels. The organization achieves this through collaboration with, and learning from the lived and diverse experiences of practitioners working in communities affected by violence and conflict to inform innovative interventions, generate knowledge, shape public discourse, influence policy, hold states accountable and promote gender equality, social cohesion and active citizenship.
CSVR provides technical support and works with individuals and communities, to focus on the wide range and forms of violence including collective, sexual and gender based (SGBV), political, criminal, state and social violence. CSVR’s interventions include mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), community development and advocacy. The knowledge generated from research and the interventions is used to inform the Centre’s advocacy initiatives which are aimed at shaping public discourse and influencing policy and practice.
BACKGROUND OF THE CONSULTANCY
CSVR is currently implementing a two-year interactive and empowerment program that aims to contribute meaningfully to achieving a resilient, cohesive, collaborative, and responsive social justice sector with the skills and capacities to apply trauma-informed tools and strategies to achieve wellness at individual and organisational levels.
Through the workshops, coaching, mentoring and psychological/psychosocial interventions embedded in this project, CSVR aims to facilitate the following objectives and outcomes for the social justice sector:
1. The social justice sector has cultivated a culture which is safe enough for people to address the mental wellness and mental-ill health issues that impact their capacity to be effective and impactful.
2. Leaders and emerging leaders in the social justice sector recognize the importance of mental wellness and enable staff to access the tools and resources available.
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3. Resilient and empathic leaders and emerging leaders deliberately incorporate strategies for coping with mental health challenges and promote mental wellness within the design of their organisation development processes and programmes
4. Black female leaders are more resilient with strong organizational and team development skills and are skilled in leading for healing.
5. Frontline workers as individuals and teams are more resilient; more able to discuss mental wellness challenges and better equipped at creating cultures of healing in their environments.
The programme design assumes 2 cohorts of leaders, frontline workers, and black women leaders over 2 years. The number of people in each cohort would likely be 30 leaders, 45 frontline workers and 15 Black women leaders as mentees. The below activities will be replicated in the second cycle, with incorporations of learning from the first cycle.
1. PREPARATORY AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
• Creating content for training, workshops and mentorship programmes
• Designing impact measurement instruments
• Contracting with implementing partners
• Establishing project management protocols and parameters
• Timeous submission of monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as per project requirements
2. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND COACHING
• Personal coaching sessions, of 1 hour each totaling 6 sessions per participant.
• Group sessions involving a blend of coaching and clinical therapeutic interventions the goal of which is personal healing, resilience building and strengthened leadership. These sessions would likely be 2 hours each, offered in alternate months and totaling 6 sessions per cohort.
• 1-on-1 50 minute counselling, based on an assumption that at least 10% of participants will require clinical assistance.
3. FRONTLINE WORKERS CAPACITATION AND RESILIENCE BUILDING
• Personal coaching sessions, of 1 hour each totaling 10 sessions per participant. These focus on personal development goals
• Group coaching sessions focusing on the development of resilience and building stronger teams. These sessions would likely be 2 hours each, totaling 6 sessions per cohort.
• 1-on-1 50 minute counselling, based on an assumption that at least 10% of participants will require clinical assistance
4. BLACK WOMEN LEADERS MENTORSHIP
• A preparatory short course for mentors
• Personal coaching sessions of 1 hour each, totaling 10 sessions per participant
• Group mentorship with a focus on the practical elements of leadership and organizational development, 2 hours in duration totaling 10 sessions per cohort.
• 2-day retreats, to allow for the deeper healing work; two retreats per cohort
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Potential Service Providers should be able to provide evidence of their ability to develop and implement coaching or mentorship services in programs with the following outcomes:
1. Participants feel free and safe to discuss mental wellness and mental -ill health in a group context, without fear of ridicule, stigma or alienation
2. Leaders have an appreciation for the importance of healing and mental wellness in drawing the best performance from their team.
3. Leaders commit to continuing practices learned during the program, into the future
4. Through our program, participants more fully understand the strengthening effect of healing and mental wellness on holistic human wellness.
5. Leaders and participants are committed to and skilled in incorporating the principles gained, into the future design of their intervention programs.
6. Black female leaders have safe spaces in which they can seek help with challenges; share best practices and support each other towards the attainment of their development goals.
7. Black women leaders have incorporated principles and practices which allow them to lead with courage and integrity and to embrace their strengths, vulnerabilities, and talents to the optimization of their own purpose-driven lives and their evermore impactful organizations.
8. Frontline workers are able to acknowledge personal mental wellness challenges and are able to apply strategies to improve mental wellness.
9. Frontline workers have deeper understanding of the impacts of mental wellness on their performance.
10. Frontline workers have deeper understanding of the impacts mental wellness challenges have in individuals, families and communities.
11. Frontline workers are equipped to have destigmatizing conversations about mental wellness at community level.
Through providing support to organisational leaders and frontline staff, this program seeks to help vulnerable communities by supporting the organizations which are already in the process of providing services to such communities, with the aim of ultimately supporting the quality of the outcomes for work being done in that sector.
This program places emphasis on self-care and resilience building for participants in an endeavour to build communities’, leaders’ and institutions’ existing capacity and foster a healthy balance between the individual, the organisation and the social justice sector.
CSVR calls upon service providers with expertise in the areas of coaching and/or mentorship to provide services to participants (leadership, development and wellness support) within the following programs:
1. Leadership Development and Coaching
2. Frontline Workers’ Capacitation and Resilience Building
3. Black Women Leaders’ Mentorship
The contract will be for the duration of 12 months, with the possibility of extension for purposes of completion of the program. To apply, kindly submit your profile, proof of registration with relevant statutory bodies, and certifications to firstname.lastname@example.org by 27th September 2022.