A consultant is required to conduct a Feasibility and Baseline Study on the Status of the Rights of Ethnic Religious and Linguistic Minorities and/or indigenous peoples in Zimbabwe 

Start date: 4th February 2019

Title of the Project: Deepening engagement: Achieving rights for Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in Africa.

Invitation for Bids for a Feasibility and Baseline Study on potential work concerning the Rights of Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities and/or indigenous peoples in Zimbabwe with financial support from IRISHAID CSF.


The IrishAid is currently funding a project supporting a programme of capacity building, legal empowerment and advocacy in 5 countries; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and DRC implemented through MRG’s own work and that of our partners in these countries. Zimbabwe has been added as potential sixth country pending deeper understanding of the status of minorities and indigenous communities and the feasibility (and pros and cons) of carrying out capacity building, legal empowerment and advocacy given the new developments after the ushering in the new leadership of President Munangagwa. The transition to new leadership in Zimbabwe has prompted MRG idea of extending work into Zimbabwe after reassessing the context in Zimbabwe and the prospects for meaningful work on the issue of ethnic, linguistic and religious minority and indigenous peoples within the country. We are aware of communities such as the Ndebele (2.2 million), Tonga (140,000) and Venda (84,000) although there may be other relevant communities.  All these communities are believed to have extremely high level of socio-economic deprivation, denial of their most basic human rights and exclusion. The study is part of the implementation of the three-year project titled ‘Achieving rights for Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in Africa’


The purpose of the baseline study is to briefly determine quantitatively and qualitatively and set out the current situation in relation to the main elements of the project the social, economic, political and legal status of indigenous and ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities populations in Zimbabwe. (Hereafter all these groups will be referred to as minorities for simplicity). It will further assess the situation and possibility of carrying out advocacy and empowerment programs including capacity building of local organisations and legal empowerment of communities. Further, it will establish the feasibility of engaging local governments, NGOs and CBOs especially those directly led or working on minorities to contribute policy change.

The consultancy is for a period of just over 2 months, beginning from 4th Feb. The methodology should be proposed by the consultancy team but is likely to include desk review work, participatory field data collection, data analysis and report writing. We are looking for an Expert consultant (s) specialized in the areas of human rights, gender, minority and indigenous rights, do not harm, conflict sensitivity, capacity building, legal empowerment and local community building and advocacy.

The overall objective of the consultancy is to conduct a detailed rapid assessment of the state of indigenous and ethnic minority issues in Zimbabwe, identifying social, economic, cultural and political issues as well as state of respect for and protection of the indigenous and ethnic minority rights in law, where gaps exist and exiting enabling environment for advocacy, partnership building and networking.

Key experience and qualification required:

The consultant should have experience and knowledge of the social, economic, legal and political issues of indigenous and ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in Zimbabwe.

Excellent understanding of human rights including international human rights system is key to this consultancy, alongside knowledge of Zimbabwe government processes, constitution.

Degree in Social Sciences, Community Development, Development Studies or other related fields; a bias of Research methodology is an added advantage.

Proven experience in conducting participatory quantitative and qualitative research, and specifically conducting baseline studies especially in Zimbabwe context and community-centered methodologies.

For more details, please download the consultancy terms of reference TORs feasibility and baseline study Zimbabwe


Technical and financial proposals should be electronically sent separately clearly marked “Zimbabwe Feasibility Study” and addressed to kabajuni@mrgmail.org  or Claire.Thomas@mrgmail.org

Deadline for submission is 17th January 2019.

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