International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over three hundred projects. IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies and several donor agencies. IBTCI specializes in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) across many sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.
Assignment Title: Conflict Expert, DRC
Technical Point of Contact: COP
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Coordination Contract (MECC) Project at IBTCI has been tasked by USAID with conducting a conflict analyses in eastern DRC and the cross-border region to guide broader strategic programming. The key stakeholders and the primary audience for the analyses will be USAID/DRC and USAID Washington. The geographic scope of this conflict analysis will be Eastern DRC, including regional conflict threats and triggers that affect this area. The Conflict Expert, should have keen understanding of drivers of conflict such as resource scarcity, ethnic tensions, etc., as well as experience identifying conflict mitigation strategies and community engagement.
The Conflict Expert, DRC will work with the Team Leader and Conflict Expert, International to design the assessment and data collection tools, conduct interviews and discussions, conduct data analysis, and draft the assessment report centered on USAID’s service delivery and coordination with selected Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (GDRC) entities, civil society and private sector actors. This consultancy is expected to begin immediately with an estimated 60 days of LOE over a four month duration with potential travel to various provinces of the DRC for fieldwork.
Using your expertise and subject matter skills, perform assigned tasks on specific task orders and/or contracts. Tasks could include, but not be limited to:
Scope of Work:
- Provide technical expertise in the assessment and facilitation of presentations related to conflict mitigation and prevention activities funded by USAID in the DRC. Activities include:
- Tool Development
- Assessment Plan/Inception Report
- Kick-off Meeting with relevant USAID/DRC Staff
- Data Collection
- Combination of primary and secondary data to include:
- KIIs and FGDs with relevant stakeholders such as local academic institutions, think tanks, CSOs, GDRC officials at national and sub-national levels, USAID/DC, USAID/DRC, IPs, and program beneficiaries.
- Secondary data, which the consultant team is expected to identify and review
- Combination of primary and secondary data to include:
- Data Analysis
- Mission-wide out-brief presentation (Validation of Findings)
- Preliminary Draft Report
- Final Analysis Report
- Assist in the drafting of the assessment report, including recommendations and report requirements as listed in the assessment scope of work.
- Contribute to the preparation and facilitation of the presentation of key findings and recommendations to USAID and other selected stakeholders.
- Consultant will be responsible for identifying, contacting, and coordinating with key informants.
- Support Team Leader and Assessment Team with translation requirements during interview/focus groups.
- Other duties as assigned.
Serve in the above consultant capacity to support the IBTCI technical practice of Crisis, Conflict & Governance.
- This position does not authorize/require the consultant to directly communicate with IBTCI clients.
- This position does not authorize/require the consultant to have decision making authority on final work product.
- At least 5 years’ senior level international experience in conflict policy/analysis/do no harm.
- Facilitation experience at community and senior levels.
- Experience in Eastern DRC or Great Lakes Region.
- Fluent written and oral French and English.
- Must be able and willing to be mobile and agile at a moment’s notice in case of an emergency.
- In case of an emergency situation, must be able and willing to “duck and seek cover,” which may require the individual to exit the vehicle, unaided, and hurriedly seek shelter elsewhere, as needed, in the event of a roadside emergency.
Education: Advanced degree in political science; sociology; anthropology; international relations; or, related social science.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Deep knowledge of DRC and Great Lakes Region
- Strong understanding of USAID/DRC programming and approaches in DRC.
- Keen understanding of conflict settings and familiarity with literature surrounding the causes and consequences of violent crime
- Keen understanding of drivers of conflict such as resource scarcity, ethnic tensions, etc.
- Keen understanding of conflict mitigation strategies and community engagement
- Cultural sensitivity and ability to work in a cross-cultural team.
- Skilled in facilitation and leading large, diverse group discussions.
- Proven experience writing assessment-type documents for a government audience.
- Robust experience with data collection methodologies including FGDs, KIIs, surveys, etc.
- Ability to contribute analysis and combine field-based research with broader analytical trends and observations.
- Local knowledge across the DRC to support with local travel/security arrangements, organize meetings, rent safe meeting space, and understand the security situation and related procedures.
- Ability to translate key documents, data, and interviews from local languages into English.
- Proficiency in oral and written Swahili.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
Physical Requirements: This position requires the incumbent to be mobile and agile at a moment’s notice in case of emergency. This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.
Travel: Position is based in Kinshasa, DRC. Travel to additional provinces in the DRC is possible. International travel may be required and may include travel to fragile or conflict prone zones.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
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