Systems Thinking/Do No Harm Specialist,
USAID/DRC Solutions for Peace and Recovery,
Democratic Republic of the Congo
The SPR goal is to increase social cohesion through inclusion of women and marginalized groups in communities in seven priority territories throughout North and South Kivu in eastern DRC. Three hypotheses support the SPR team’s approach towards achieving the project goal. First, if communities in eastern Congo are enabled to analyze conflict, they will develop processes that will produce effective solutions. Second, if Congolese women and marginalized groups are given the skills and opportunities to participate in community-based decision-making, their participation will result in better and more sustainable solutions. Third, if community decision-making is inclusive and participatory, it will result in better solutions and greater social cohesion. These hypotheses or theories of change drive SPR project objectives:
- Community stakeholders identify and accept and solutions to specific drivers of conflict,
- Participatory solutions are implemented, and
- Resources for community development are more inclusively allocated.
To reach these goals, SPR will build upon existing capacities in conflict analysis and mediation skills of CSOs in target areas. This includes CSO mapping and capacity assessments, provide training in and support co-design of context specific conflict analysis tools /framework. Participatory review such analyses will be used to identify possible solutions that can be carried out by community leaders. SPR will specifically recruit and work with women and marginalized groups to engage them in decision-making and leadership roles.
Finally, SPR efforts seek to redress gaps in access to improved livelihoods. Community action plans will be developed with conflict sensitive approaches for distribution of resources and services in target areas a primary focus. The project began in September and will last through August 2019. This USAID/DRC project is implemented by prime contractor, MSI and supported by International Alert and IRC as subcontractors.
**Citizens of the DRC are encouraged to apply**
MSI is currently seeking qualified candidates for a Systems Thinking/Do No Harm Activity. The purpose of this activity is to identify specific points of leverage whereby this project can intervene using a systems approach to understand relational dynamics among structural and proximate causes and triggers of conflict. This exercise will supplement traditional conflict analysis methods to simplify understanding of those dynamics at a more local level, identifying actors and their agendas and behaviors. The systems thinking exercise is intended to identify key factors and structures to help set priorities and identify important gaps in local programming. It is also envisioned that the results of this exercise will further inform USAID as well as local stakeholders of the interconnectedness of key dynamics throughout the region for other programming.
It is envisioned that two systems thinking exercises will take place – on in North Kivu and the other in South Kivu with SPR staff and local community stakeholders / members. The findings of the systems thinking exercise will then be to produce a Do No Harm analysis template (list of key questions / checklist) for both project and grantee use. This will be a participatory and inclusive effort that may require further DNH training / capacity building.
The estimated level of effort for this task is 30 days, inclusive of preparations, travel, and fieldwork. Travel to the field should occur in January 2017.
- Conduct two systems thinking sessions with SPR staff and other key stakeholders- one in North and the other in South Kivu.
- Based on the above two sessions produce a DNH/Conflict Sensitivity template with a list of key questions for the analysis.
- Visit potential target communities and gather data based on the template.
- Report to key stakeholders on findings and solicit feedback.
- Finalize the DNH/Conflict sensitivity analysis.
- Develop and conduct an SPR staff training program regarding how to conduct on-going conflict sensitivity analyses.
- University degree in a relevant field. An advanced degree (MA, MPA, MS, MBA) is preferred.
- 10 years of experience in conflict analysis and mitigation as well as knowledge of and experience in using systems thinking for peacebuilding programming.
- Experience working in the DRC, particularly in North and South Kivu.
- Experience in training Do No Harm is a must.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office platforms required.
- Outstanding communication, management, and reporting skills.
- Fluency in written and oral French required; working knowledge of Swahili strongly desired.