Consultancy for a Non-Technical Survey Training

from Danish Refugee Council
Closing date: 23 Sep 2019

Terms of Reference for one NTS Training to be carried out in Northeast Nigeria.

Northeastern Nigeria, 2019


Nigeria’s northeast is experiencing a significant humanitarian crisis, which has resulted from the on-going armed conflict between Boko Haram, the Nigerian military and the Multi-National Task Force. An estimated 14.8 million people are affected by the conflict that led to a state of emergency being declared, for a period, in three northeastern states (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe).[1] It is estimated that over 2.2 million people have been displaced[2]; 67% since 2014. A process of return has been underway to areas the Nigerian military has recaptured from Boko Haram in 2015, such as northern Adamawa, but large areas of Borno outside of Maiduguri metropolitan remain too dangerous for IDPs to return. The scale of destruction in the areas of northeast Nigeria affected by Boko Haram and military violence is far greater than is usually perceived outside the region or reported in local and international media. High insecurity in the region has made access for humanitarian actors extremely difficult outside of major cities such as Yola and Maiduguri, further exacerbating the situation.

Approximately 74% of IDPs have witnessed violence and many are traumatised after having seen family and community members killed and injured, and watched their homes and communities burned and destroyed. In addition, the rising number of those displaced is contributing to the erosion and breakdown of family and community support systems, and increasing feelings of mistrust.[3] In addition to the psychological scars created by the conflict, there are also physical remnants of the conflict, for example in the form of mines and unexploded ordnance, which remain in areas of origin, and which will continue to pose a threat to the lives and livelihoods of IDPs at the time of return, but also at present. Some work has been successfully done in this regard by Nigeria’s own military and police resources but these items continue to contribute to a climate of fear, and are amongst the obstacles to the safe and sustainable return of IDPs and refugees in the northeast.

In November 2015, Danish Demining Group (the mine action and armed violence reduction unit of the Danish Refugee Council) commenced the delivery of emergency risk education in Adamawa and Borno states. DDG has been providing RE ever since. More recently, DDG has also undertaken explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team member training for police EOD personnel from Borno and Adamawa States, and more training is planned in November of this year. DDG has also trained personnel to conduct non-technical survey (NTS) in affected areas.


Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a unit of the Danish Refugee Council that specialises in mine action and armed violence reduction. DDG’s support to mine action follows a set of best practice procedures and processes based on International Mine Action Standards and international conventions addressing anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions and certain conventional weapons. In spite of gains in humanitarian mine action, new conflicts that have even greater implications for civilian safety and the threat and risk to people from existing mines and explosive remnants of war remains significant. Mine action involves removing landmines, other explosive ordnance (EO) and weapons to prevent harm to civilians and to remove obstructions to securing livelihoods needed for recovery from conflict. It can provide a “multiplier effect” of creating a secure environment for vulnerable people for development, releasing contaminated land for productive use, and by removing blockages for humanitarian and development assistance to take place. Mine action activities conducted by DDG, therefore, should be seen as part of a larger framework for emergency assistance or national development. Mine action work can establish a basis or trust in communities affected by conflict that enables other community-based programming interventions. Examples of DDG’s mine action activities are at Annex A to this concept note.


The purpose of this document is to outline the terms of reference (ToR) for Delivery of a Non-technical survey Training in Northeast Nigeria.

Non-Technical Survey Training

Non-technical survey is typically the starting point for the assessment of land, its categorization as a suspected or confirmed hazardous area (SHA/CHA), and the associated processes of cancelling, reducing or clearing land for productive use. It involves a thorough investigation of new information about possible Explosive Ordnance (EO) contamination, or a previously recorded hazardous area, generally without the use of mine action assets inside the suspected area. It's usually considerably less costly than technical survey and clearance, yet it can have the greatest impact of all the activities associated with the definition and management of contaminated land.

For this reason, NTS Training should give the full preparation for the DRC/DDG NTS Teams based in Northeastern part of Nigeria to allow them to identify and categorize right evidences provided by affected communities that may enhance the report of CHA/SHA or cancellation.

This training needs to follow the IMAS 08.10, 1.6 DDG SOP and other standard related to NTS operation.

The requirement:

  1. NTS Training package

There is a requirement for an NTS Training course to be held in Northeast Nigeria. Much of the problem with explosive ordnance (EO) is with IED, and yet, at present, RE in Nigeria is based on an ‘emergency RE’ approach using generic images of EO. It needs to be updated and separate work will be undertaken to improve current RE provision by DDG RE teams.

This ToR covers the design and provision of an NTS Training Course. The training package should be based on IMAS 08.10, 1.6 DDG NTS GOP, DDG Nigeria NTS SOP (Draft Version) and 1.8 DDG Training GOP. This NTS Training package needs to be adapted to the Nigerian context and the needs of deployment of teams in Northeast Nigeria. It’s expected that the training can be delivered during the lapse of 03 weeks (15 working days) and consisting of the following topics/lessons:

· Introduction to Mine Action and NTS

· Introduction to Standards SOP’s.

· Community Liaison – Efficient Communication

· GPS training and GIS field approach

· Defining direct and indirect evidences

· Mine Laying / Patterns / EO Basic Recognition

· NTS Process

· Impact Assessment

· Reporting


  1. Training material

A complete set of NTS training material is required, including:

· A training management plan (TMP) for Non-Technical train-the-trainer

· PowerPoints for each class

· A course programme

· Outline lesson plans

· Notes for practical lessons

· A list of required equipment

Time required

It is estimated that four weeks will be required for this work, all of them in country.

Initial preparation of NTS training material (review and amend the training material and TMP):

1 week (Maiduguri/Yola)

Delivery of Non-Technical Survey Training 3 week (Maiduguri/Yola)

How to apply:

The complete ToR and the consultancy package can be requested via mail to:

Tender process

All applicants must submit:

· Detail proposal about how you will undertake the assignment, detailing methodology and other processes (no longer than ten pages) in English

· CVs of applicant(s) and qualifications/background to undertake the training

· Fees / Costs of consultant filled in the request for quotation template attached

· Proposed timeline

· Proof of registration as a Consultancy Company.

· The supplier profile and registration filled in and stamped

· The request for quotation and all the documents required must be sent by 23rd September 2019 through email to:

· For any clarification/question about the tender, send a mail to . Do not send your offer to this address mail, otherwise you will be disqualified.