Conflict Specialist at International Alert

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International Alert is one of the world’s leading peacebuilding  organisations, with over 30 years of experience supporting communities, advising governments, organisations and companies on how to build  peace. Alert works with people in conflict-affected and threatened areas  to make a positive difference for peace; to improve the substance and  implementation of international policies relevant to peacebuilding; and to  strengthen the peacebuilding sector.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Conflict Specialist

Locations:  Gombe and Sokoto
Employment Type: Full Time

Background

  • International Alert is part of a consortium with DAI US for the implementation of a five-year governance and service delivery improvement programme funded by USAID in the five states in Nigeria (Adamawa, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Gombe, and Sokoto) regions in Nigeria.
  • The purpose of this job is to provide conflict sensitivity technical assistance to the implementation of the overall governance programme including the mainstreaming of conflict analysis into the programme cycle and the implementation of programme activities.

The Post Holder Will

  • Support the DAI-managed Programme Coordination Unit/Technical Delivery unit to ensure that conflict analysis is influencing programme design and implementation.
  • Provide conflict sensitivity technical assistance to project components within responsible focal state (s)
  • Support the integration of conflict analysis into the political economy analysis of the programme.
  • Act as one of the focal points for technical support and training across the implementation team, among partners and with external stakeholders in conflict sensitivity, conflict analysis, peacebuilding and social cohesion processes.
  • Provide communication and coordination with International Alert West Africa programme on context analysis, programme delivery and programme development opportunities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the DAI-managed Programme Coordination Unit/Technical Delivery unit to ensure that conflict analysis is influencing programme design and implementation
  • Contribute to the management of the Conflict Assessment Framework (CAF) including collecting data, providing transcription, analysis and report writing.
  • Provide alignment between conflict and gender analysis where applicable.
  • Provide conflict sensitivity technical assistance to project components within responsible focal state (s)
  • Provide conflict monitoring of context in focal state(s) on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis.
  • Support capacity building of all delivery teams to recognize conflict in sensitivities in their work with partners (state government, CSOs, media, etc) and assist their programme adjustments in a conflict sensitive manner.
  • Support the integration of conflict analysis into the political economy analysis of the programme.
  • Collaborate with the S2S PEA Adviser to update PEA every 3 to 6 months in each focal state with conflict-relevant information.
  • Act as one of the focal points for technical support among partners and with external stakeholders in conflict sensitivity, conflict analysis, peacebuilding and social cohesion processes.
  • Identify adequate case studies of change and impact influenced by our Alert intervention

Travel Requirements

  • The location of the position is Gombe/Sokoto; however, travel to the five focal states should account for 30% of the assignment.

Essential Requirements

Talents:

  •  At Alert, we have introduced Talent Management to our business model as we believe talented people are crucial to the success of our work.  We believe all individuals are talented and success comes in matching the right talents to the right roles.  For this role, the skills, qualifications and experience listed below are important, but we believe that to be great in this job you are likely, first and foremost, to have a talent for:
    • Logical thinking which supports the translation of complex ideas into practical programme proposals.
    • Collaboration and teamwork that builds on colleagues’ knowledge and expertise to maximise learning, strengthen programme teams’ skills and confidence and improve the quality of Alert’s programming
    • Pursuing new business opportunities with an entrepreneurial spirit and determination
  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, social sciences, social development or a related field
  • Demonstrable understanding of conflict and peacebuilding issues, and their practical application in specific contexts, namely Sokoto
  • Significant experience of managing field-based peacebuilding projects or programmes  (at least 3 years)
  • Excellent report-writing, research, editing and oral presentation skills
  • Excellent communication, networking and inter-personal ability
  • Proficiency in English
  • Sound knowledge and experience of applying conflict sensitive approaches to development and/or humanitarian programmes including delivering trainings on these issues
  • Considerable experience in working in partnerships with other organisations and/or supporting local offices
  • Experience in providing mentoring and support to a range of actors

Desirable Requirements:

  • Post-graduate qualification on conflict-related studies
  • Knowledge of participatory research methods including USAID CAF methodology

Deadline: 6th May, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should forward their CV to:  [email protected]  using the position as subject of email.