Search for Common Ground (Search) Indonesia is opening a short-term writing consultancy for its project “Solidifying Religious Freedom in Indonesia”. For this consultancy, Search Indonesia seeks to procure the services of an independent, external consultant to rewrite a report, and produce a fact sheet and policy brief based on the data and report of a public perception survey held by Search with the objective to understand the public perception on religious freedom in Indonesia.
As a diverse country, Indonesia is facing challenges in managing social harmony and tolerance within the heterogenous society. Despite being widely acknowledged as a tolerant country considering the extraordinarily diverse religions and ethnicities present, many ideals of the country’s core identity, including religious freedom, are increasingly under threat, with increased violations of religious freedoms in recent years. In response, the project will use innovative approaches, from inter-religious training to art festivals and social media personalities, to bring diverse stakeholders together, including local and national government, youth and local communities. These diverse groups will collaboratively contribute to improving state protection for religious freedom and building a more cohesive and diverse Indonesia.
Search is an international peacebuilding organization that strives to transform the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches; towards collaborative problem-solving. Search is working in 35 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the USA, and has been working in Indonesia since 2002. Search, in collaboration with local partners, is supporting the Government of Indonesia in the process of building peaceful culture through dialogues, outreach activities, and capacity strengthening. Search works primarily with youth, government agencies and officials, and local communities in to support and promote tolerance and peace in Indonesia.
Search Indonesia through the consultancy services of an external party has carried out a public perception survey on religious freedom within the period of March-August 2018 in 7 areas throughout Indonesia (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Bekasi, Yogyakarta, Kupang, and Bandung) which involved 711 respondents and used a combined approach of quantitative and qualitative methodology. The primary objective of the public perception survey is to measure how the state actors, community, and religious fraternity preserve religious freedom in Indonesia. It also intends to obtain relevant information that will inform the project’s strategic planning while maximizing the visibility of public’s view on project implementation.
Search is an international peacebuilding organization that strives to transform the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches; towards collaborative problem-solving. Search has been working in Indonesia since 2002 and works with governments, civil society, state institutions, youth, women, media organizations, and other stakeholder groups to promote peace, reconciliation, tolerance, and collaboration across dividing lines.
Search, in collaboration with local partners, supports the process of building peaceful culture through media programming, dialogues, outreach activities, and capacity strengthening. Search Indonesia works primarily with youth to prevent violent extremism and religious intolerance as part of the challenges for peace and tolerance in Indonesia.
The objectives of the writing consultancy are as follows:
- To demonstrate in a reader-friendly format the result of the findings and highlights of the public perception survey;
- To produce a fact sheet and policy brief in order to inform the public and related stakeholders on the situation of religious freedom in Indonesia, how media & social media influences or shapes public attitude toward religious freedom, and the recommendations to improve the situation of religious freedom.
The key survey questions that are expected to be addressed in the publications are as follows:
- What is the level of public awareness on importance interreligious tolerance in target locations in Indonesia?
- To what extent people value religious diversity and culture of religious tolerance?
- What is the level of public knowledge on the law on religious freedom including the articulation of religiosity in relation to the Pancasila, the constitution (article 29) and local law?
- Should there be an established State Religion and if the government should prevent certain religious practices?
- How do people look at the conservative interpretation of Islam and subsequent acts?
- What is the level of respect of people from one religion to other religions among the general population?
- What is the state of religious tolerance or intolerance in target locations?
- How is the current public perception on government responsiveness to violent and intolerant actors/activities?
- What is the public attitude on the role of religion in political life and relationship to the state?
- What is the public attitude around key influencers including religious leaders, political leaders, media, civil society groups, and NGOs, etc.?
Scope of Work and Deliverables
- Report of data analysis to be submitted to the Country Representative/Senior Program Manager and ILT for comments and suggestions. Depending upon the quality of the report, there could be more than one round of review process. The report will be reviewed by Search Indonesia Team followed by Search’s Asia Regional DM&E Specialist.
The report should be in English and Bahasa Indonesia, and consist of:
- Cover Page. Search will provide sample cover sheet for reference.
- Table of contents, list of acronyms/abbreviations and list of tables and charts
- Executive summary of key findings and recommendations – not more than 3 pages.
- Introduction: Context analysis, project description, survey methodology with a clear explanation of sampling, survey methodology, and data analysis approach.
- Survey findings, analysis, conclusions, and recommendation. The analytical chapter has to be structured under the agreed thematic areas of the survey.
- Recommendations. The recommendations should be addressed to the program implementation and necessary strategic approaches.
- Appendices, which include collected data, a detailed description of the methodology with research instruments, list of interviewees, bibliography, and consultant’s brief biography.
2. Fact Sheet, no more than four pages, consisting of background (context and issue), key findings and analysis.
3. Policy Brief, no more than four pages, consisting of context and issue, main findings, implications, and policy recommendations.
Duration & Deadlines
The duration of the contract will be a total period of 15 (fifteen) working days.
SFCGI will provide preparatory and logistical assistance to the baseline team, which include:
- Background materials (Program Proposal/TOR, Log Frame, etc.);
- Presentation material of findings;
- Report of survey.
Experience and Qualifications
- Individual consultant with between 3-5 years of writing experience;
- Degree in social sciences;
- Experience in data-based journalism or report-writing is an advantage;
- Knowledge in social and political issues required.
Short-listed offerors will be invited for further discussion about the proposed approach. Incomplete applications well not be accepted
Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.