Job Title: Consultant – PVE Advisor
The 2014-2017 ISIL conflict displaced more than six million people or 15 per cent of Iraq’s total population. As of September 2021, 4.9 million people have returned to their areas of origin, with approximately 1.1 million still internally displaced. Returnees encounter deep social stabilisation challenges including a lack of clear guidance and reassurances from authorities, poor material conditions and infrastructure in areas of return, lack of access to sustainable income, lack of community-based interventions to promote positive social interactions amongst diverse groups, violent and divisive rhetoric from extremist groups, and lack of capacity and awareness to advocate for reparations. Setbacks encountered in 2020-2021 related to the COVID-19 pandemic, collapsing oil prices, and instability has created further obstacles to Iraq’s overall development and economic prosperity.
Destabilisation factors in Iraq are complex, with multiple local, national, and international challenges. Communities in areas of return struggle with social cohesion and reintegration, particularly for individuals with perceived affiliation to ISIL and those in secondary displacement, as they cannot return to areas of origin due to security and/or socio-economic reasons. There is a weak social contract between civil society and local and tribal authorities, limiting the effectiveness of existing efforts to promote community stabilisation. COVID-19 further exacerbated these factors in the country because of the related mitigation measures and the additional strain the situation posed on the available services.
There is an urgent need to address barriers to safe and dignified return of IDPs. Families with a perceived affiliation to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) face complex return and reintegration challenges, including stigmatization, difficulties in accessing civil documentation, rejection by communities in areas of origin, and, in some cases, banishment from communities or tribes. Addressing these barriers is essential to preventing violent extremism across the country and to strengthening social cohesion and stem out drivers of conflict that if left unaddressed would once again destabilize these areas.
This consultancy feeds to an ongoing intervention contributing to stability in Iraq and reducing the risk of renewed violence, by increasing the ability of targeted communities (including IDPs, communities in socio-politically vulnerable situations, female headed households, families with perceived affiliation to ISIL, former combatants, returnees, communities at locations of return, and local authorities) to address the complex challenges related PVE. To achieve this objective, IOM work with communities, local government, and the central government to identify and implement interventions to address key drivers of violent extremism.
Within the framework of broader reintegration and reconciliation programming in Iraq, IOM is currently scaling up its PVE programming. Under the overall guidance of the IOM Chief of Mission in Iraq, the overall management of the Head of the Community Stabilization Unit, and the direct supervision of PVE Programme Manager, the PVE Advisor will be provide technical support to the Division’s leadership and PVE team on IOM’s PVE programming in Iraq. Specifically, s/he will be responsible for the following:
Core Functions / Responsibilities
- Design and draft data collection tools on the drivers of violent extremism, including surveys, focus groups discussions, and Key informant interviews) As needed throughout the project
- Conduct and present research on the theory and practice of P/CVE, including the latest academic and pragmatic recommendations from regional and international programs As needed throughout the project
- Review, and analyse existing IOM assessments and tools in order to integrate the findings into the PVE interventions design and implementation As needed throughout the project
- Drawing upon assessment results, develop a comprehensive community-level PVE recommendations to be piloted in the targeted communities; support the development of tools to monitor and evaluate impact on IOM PVE interventions; work with the Conflict Analyst and other relevant IOM advisors and teams to integrate assessments’ recommendations into existing and planned interventions relevant to the PVE program Within the first 6 weeks
- Design and/or conduct capacity building needs assessments and develop strategy to strengthen the Government of Iraq’s capacity to implement its PVE strategy within the framework of the National PVE Strategy As needed throughout the project
- Develop a contextualized capacity building package(s), including training curricula and tools, and support the provision of training and technical assistance (e.g. support to civil society organizations and Government of Iraq (GoI) institutions to develop PVE-related policies, strategies, M&E planning, and the integration of local-level action plans) As needed throughout the project
- Advise IOM Iraq to identify and engage with potential PVE partners, including partnerships with academic, research institutes, and think-tanks specialized in PVE and risk reduction; draft and/or provide input to ToRs and calls for proposals/expressions of interest As needed throughout the project
- Work with IOM’s Gender Advisor to mainstream gender considerations to ensure comprehensive assessment of the implications of drivers of VE for men and women relevant to IOM’s PVE program within 6 Weeks of the contract
- Support IOM PVE team in presenting key finding at meetings, conferences, and workshops; prepare and share briefings with IOM staff for purposes of donors, and Government counterparts’ engagement as needed As needed throughout the project
- Undertake other duties as assigned and reflected in the workplan
This TOR may be amended to meet the program’s evolving needs
Performance indicators for the evaluation of results
· Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticism
· Client Orientation – works effectively and well with clients and stakeholders
· Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others
· Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience’s needs
· Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving information and awareness about gender for policy and program design purposes
· Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others
· Planning – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within time of contract
· Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter
· Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation in actions involving IOM staff
· Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions necessary for remote work
Resource Mobilization – works with IOM stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM in terms of product outputs
Required Qualifications and Experience:
Education & Experience
· Post-graduate qualifications in the Social Sciences or Law with focus on organisational planning, M&E, International Development, Project Management with at least 6 years of relevant professional experience in program design incorporating M&E factors, project assessment and reporting.
· University degree in a field above with at least 7 years of relevant professional experience.
· Fluency in English language is required.
· Working knowledge in Arabic language is an advantage.
· Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
· Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
· Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators
· Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
· Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action-oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
· Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
· Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
· Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
How to apply:
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