Job Title: Consultancy – Peacebuilding and GBV Advisor Iraq
The Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland (ASB) is a German aid and welfare organisation with more than 300 branches at national, regional, district and municipal level all over Germany.
More than 1.2 million members provide a broad social basis for our organisation and more than 20,000 employees as well as over 17,000 volunteers form part of the ASB ensuring a high level of quality in areas such as rescue services, civil protection and social services. Since its foundation in 1888, the ASB has acted as a politically and denominationally independent association ensuring a high level of continuity and reliability. ASB Foreign Aid Department provides both direct emergency relief to people hit by man-made or natural disasters and longer-term rehabilitation measures designed to promote recovery and to rapidly help restore the livelihood of refugees, internally displaced persons and other vulnerable people. ASB currently has a portfolio of more than 100 relief, rehabilitation, development and DRR projects in countries like Bosnia, Georgia, Greece, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Niger, Philippines, Serbia, and Ukraine.
Operational in Iraq since 2014, ASB has been committed to support refugees, IDPs and host communities in the sectors Health, WASH, Livelihoods and Protection.
ASB is currently seeking expressions of interest from qualified and committed individuals for the following position: Consultancy – Peacebuilding and GBV Advisor Iraq
The ASB Peacebuilding and GBV Advisor Iraq reports to the ASB Country Representative.
Responsibilities & tasks:
The ASB Peacebuilding and GBV Advisor Iraq will be responsible for: Designing, organizing and conducting project activities directly such as capacity development measures for local peace structures and civil society organizations. This includes the responsibility to:
1.Designing, organizing and conducting project activities directly such as capacity development measures for local peace structures and civil society organizations. This includes the responsibility to:
- Ensure that capacity development contributes to local peace processes or to broader Iraqi and international strategies to support social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.
- Ensure that activities are aligned with the overall PRHR (Peacebuilding, Reconciliation and Human Rights) ASB objectives and carried out in a participatory manner, always involving the target population’s point of view.
- Ensure that other activities that support social cohesion, peace and Gender equality interlink with the project’s other intervention areas, such as livelihood/employment creation and the construction of infrastructure
2.Managing ASB social and gender activities, including the management of service contracts with local and international consultants, companies and consortiums. This involves to:
- Ensure that projects are designed, planned an implemented in an effective, time-bound manner
- Ensure that project activities yield planned results and achieve intended impacts
- Ensure that project activities are carried out in compliance with EU, respective donor and ASB standards and regulations
- Ensure that projects are conducted aligned with the project methodologies related to gender equality, conflict sensitivity, target group orientation and do-no-harm
3.Connecting the social peace and peacebuilding approach to local formal and informal stakeholders. This includes the responsibility to:
- proactively build and strengthen networks and relationships with local stakeholders
- ensure that concepts are in line with local needs and supportive of local peace and reconciliation efforts
- foster active coordination with other organizations, working in Anbar, Salaheddine, Kirkuk and Ninawa.
4.Develop/adapt existing curricula and training materials devised by ASB – The content, including trainer guides, participant guides, handouts and power-points will be largely drawn from the existing material.
- Train and equip a team of minimum 20 trainers (10 for trainings in Anbar and 10 in Salaheddine) in facilitation skills to lead the peacebuilding and social cohesion trainings.
- Develop pre-post tests for trainings (tests will be finalised and assessed by M&E and Programme Managers).
- Test and ensure translation of training agendas and content with training team.
- Oversee and provide on-going coaching to training team to ensure accuracy and quality.
- Facilitate training seminars and workshops.
- Write training reports with recommendations.
- Ensure the highest standards of social cohesion trainings.
5.Support ASB management, staff and local partners staff with developing best approaches to and implementing activities aimed at responding to and the prevention of SGBV in all its forms, women empowerment and other protection related activities, as well as with women and civil society empowerment.
6.Improving the capacity and competency of the ASB’s staff on how to manage related technical components and on how to guide the local partners implementing women’s protection and empowerment interventions (quality case management and PSS services, giving due attention to protocol, social norms, attitude change and advocacy work). As well as capacitating them to carry out gender and do-no-harm assessments, relevant political, social and economic empowerment activities.
7.Support the team with developing the local implementation plans for the Gender Equality Policy.
- The Consultant will make an initial assessment to find out the capacity gaps and needs in ASB’s SGBV protection and women’s empowerment programming in Iraq
- Consultant will include programme and partner staff in this effort (design of the assessment tools, implementation of the assessment) so that their capacity is enhanced and the competence retained. The plan shall include: a) with the programme team, develop tailor made and measurable capacity development plans for each relevant partner; b) advise and support managers to develop individual technical development plans for protection and women empowerment staff; c) ongoing follow up, mentoring and support to relevant ASB staff on technical aspects of the programmes/project. If/when needed shadow programme staff to help them gain confidence and improve the capacity for work with partners.
9.GBV Programme development and protection mainstreaming:
Develop a specific and targeted work plan, based on the identified and arising needs of each project and in line with the capacity level of ASB and partner staff. The work plan will be based on the assessed needs, using SMART methodology, and appropriate for the context. The work plan will detail how the consultant can:
- Guide and support the team with mapping of SGBV protection and women’s empowerment services in the project areas.
- Advice ASB management on best approaches for mainstreaming protection in ASB programmes and with partners.
- Support relevant programme/project development initiatives and provide technical review and guidance on the proposal and concept notes development.
- Support the team with developing the local implementation plans for the Gender Equality Policy.
- The content of the work and support by the consultant will meet the specific needs of the projects and each local partners staff and is culturally adapted to the Iraqi context.
10.The Peacebuilding Consultant will perform the following tasks:
- Advisory on technical approaches on local peacebuilding, GBV and conflict sensitive methodologies.
- Support the peacebuilding team and the head of component through advisory on peacebuilding approaches, such as dialog, mediation, negotiation, peace education, peace media, etc.
- Support the peacebuilding team through community liaison and advisory on approaches to community consultation, including participatory methodologies and including marginalized and vulnerable community groups and all genders
- Conducting different types of short-term and longer activities in the targeted project areas, often several days per week or certain weeks of a month
- Conduct and facilitate trainings and other types of activities that aim at building the capacities of local community members and local government officials
- Facilitate workshops and stakeholder consultations, including community consultation sessions
- Facilitate consultation sessions with community members to identify suitable project interventions, such as infrastructure to be built or rehabilitated
- Networking with relevant stakeholder in Iraq.
- Meet regularly with the most relevant local stakeholders, including mayors, employees of directorates, but also influential figures from academia and civil society
- Facilitate introductory meetings or ad-hoc meetings with relevant authorities or traditional leaders, such as tribal and religious leaders.
11.Management of project activities:
- Conceptualize new project activities in cooperation with the Program Managers.
- Tender new project activities to be contracted and select suitable implementing partners.
- Steer, advise and monitor project implementation, ensuring regular reporting and disbursement of the allocated budget is happening timely.
- Other tasks as per the needs of the projects and specified by the Country Representative/line manager.
Qualifications – Candidates shall have the following competencies and experience
- Demonstrate evidence of extensive experience in developing peacebuilding and conflict prevention initiatives.
- Possess sectoral experience and knowledge in evaluating peace, livelihoods and humanitarian recovery interventions.
- Possess deep knowledge and practical experience of using quality standards such as CHS and Sphere.
- Possess strong qualitative and quantitative research skills.
- Experience of analysis of large datasets.
- Have excellent written skills in English and excellent Arabic skills, with proven ability to adjust to different contexts from a local, rural level to higher-level political stakeholder discussions.
- Have the legal right and ability to travel to or within Iraq.
- Proven experience in having worked in both an advisory, technical capacity, as well as in the capacity of a trainer and facilitator.
- Technical knowledge on negotiation, mediation and conflict sensitivity are a must and need to be proven by specific work experience, involvement in the facilitation of local peace dialogs/negotiations or successful peace process outcomes.
- Impartial and objective approach towards working in a sensitive environment with many conflicts of interests between different identity groups and the capacity to intervene as an independent stakeholder.
- Team player, willingness to coordinate and collaborate with all members of the ASB component, the overall project team, horizontally (between colleagues of the same level) as well as vertical (with Project Coordinator and Program Manager)
- High motivation to contribute to ASB initiative on peacebuilding and women right and to achieve high quality impacts under tight timelines.
- Willingness to contribute to a fast-paced team and being flexible to ever-changing contextual implementation context and the associated challenges.
- Being open to learn and to keep learning new skills, being able to innovate and conceptualize new project activities in a creative way.
Start of Work: As soon as possible
Type of Contract: Short-term consultancy
Duration: 3 months (with possibility of extension)
Duty Station: Duhok, with extensive travel to project sites and offices (Baghdad, Anbar, Salah ad-Din, Ninewa).
Salary: ASB offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience
ASB has zero tolerance for SEA, fraud and corruption, ASB core policy is ruled by the code of conduct, which is obligatory followed by the team, contractors, partners.
ASB is an equal opportunities employer. Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. ASB is also committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
How to apply:
Qualified applicants should send a Letter of Motivation (max. 2 pages) and a CV specifically addressing the above job description and requirements with contacts for 2 recent professional referees to:
Subject line: “ASB Peacebuilding and GBV Advisor Iraq”
Applications not meeting the specified minimum requirements or received after closing date may not be considered
Only electronic applications accepted.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Applicants who are not selected will not receive a rejection letter.
Closing date: 24th January 2022