ARK Group DMCC is a development and stabilisation consultancy delivering policy-relevant, research-informed and evidence-based programming in areas of instability and conflict on behalf of governmental clients. ARK is working in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. Conflict sensitivity is at the core of ARK’s operating principles and is a priority focus of our peace, stabilisation and development efforts. Conflict sensitivity analysis continues to be an important aspect in identifying the most effective and locally appropriate modalities to engage local government, civil society and other stakeholders in the dissemination and use of results. ARK seeks to enhance the integration of conflict-sensitive approaches across ARK’s programme cycle including local and hyperlocal analysis, project design and implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, project reporting and overarching do no harm and conflict sensitivity principles.
As such, ARK wishes to enlist the services of an international consultant with experience in conflict sensitivity, consultation and peace and security to ensure that political risks, sensitivities and mitigation measures in existing programmes are reviewed and enhanced and provide the necessary tools to ensure proper integration of conflict-sensitive approaches in all aspects of ongoing and future work.
ARK’s Strategic Objectives on Conflict Sensitivity
The overall objectives of ARK with respect Conflict Sensitivity are as follows:
- To ensure ARK meets donor requirements on Conflict Sensitivity reporting at the regional and country level.
- To establish robust processes and standardize procedures for systematic conflict assessments and analysis, and to integrate conflict sensitivity considerations across programming, M&E, and reporting within all of ARK’s programmes and operations and those of its partners.
- To ensure comprehensive mainstreaming of conflict-sensitive approaches into ARK’s policies, strategic planning, programming and operations – including allocation of adequate human and financial resources.
- To ensure that all ARK staff have adequate knowledge, attitudes, skills, and competencies to sustainably mainstream do no harm principles into ARK strategies, projects and programmes through training delivery and workshops.
- To establish appropriate and effective Complaints and Feedback Mechanisms for ARK Country Offices.
Role of Conflict Sensitivity Advisor:
The work of the Conflict Sensitivity Advisor will be to enable the gradual development and then implementation of a Corporate Conflict Sensitivity Policy and regional Conflict Sensitivity Strategies, and will comprise the following:
- Working with ARK’s Management Team to conduct a group-wide Conflict Sensitivity review within ARK’s existing projects and assess how we continue to mitigate risks, especially in the area of aid diversion and unintended harmful impacts;
- Developing an action plan with recommendations and a phased work plan for ARK’s approach to mainstreaming Conflict Sensitivity approaches and do no harm principles across its policies, programmes and operations;
- Developing a regional Conflict Sensitivity strategy, and/or a corporate Conflict Sensitivity policy;
- Establishing processes and systems for Conflict Sensitivity analysis and reporting;
- Providing ongoing technical advice on Conflict Sensitivity on a retainer basis.
Tasks and Deliverables
1. Conflict Sensitivity Review
The purpose of this Conflict Sensitivity review is to assess the individual and institutional knowledge, attitudes, resources, processes and practices that enable further incorporation of Conflict Sensitive approaches. The review will involve the following key assessments conducted both through document review, workshops and interviews with ARK staff and partners:
- An assessment of ARK’s policies, strategies and a sample of programmes to assess the extent to which they do or do not incorporate conflict sensitivity principles and indicators.
- Review and advise on a sample of research proposals, drafts and briefs.
- Analysing and assessing the degree to which conflict sensitivity was taken into account in the design and implementation of interventions, in order to identify promising practice and lessons learned.
- Assessing the impact of conflict sensitive programme interventions and their prospects for achieving outputs, outcomes and impacts.
- Assessing organisational policies and practices and staff awareness and behaviours within the ARK group that facilitate or constrain prosecution of conflict-sensitive programming
2. Conflict Sensitivity Action Plan
Based on this review, the Conflict Sensitivity Advisor will write a report to include the following:
- A summary of key findings of the Conflict Sensitivity Review identifying strengths and weaknesses in ARK’s existing approach to Conflict Sensitivity.
- Recommendations for concrete steps and processes to increase the focus on Conflict Sensitivity in ARK’s current and future policies, programmes, M&E and reporting processes so that ARK procedures more effectively address the strategic and practical needs of all segments of the community, including but not limited to women, girls, boys, and men, incorporating insights into how conflict affects each group.
- Recommendations for training, learning and development to improve understanding and practice of all ARK staff and partners and to facilitate improved implementation of Conflict Sensitivity mainstreaming in all programme areas as well as institutionally.
- A phased, results-based and prioritised work plan to implement recommendations.
3. Rollout of Conflict Sensitivity Strategy, Policies and Procedures
- Development of a regional Conflict Sensitivity strategy and a corporate Conflict Sensitivity policy in line with internationally recognised conflict-sensitive approaches and relevant donors’ policies.
- Establishing processes and systems for Conflict Sensitivity analysis and reporting; this may include tools on best practices for Conflict risk analysis, Early warning & early response tools (macro-micro levels), Strategic frameworks for assistance in conflict-prone regions, Sectoral programming tools (macro level), Programme evaluation tools (macro-level), Project management instruments, Project monitoring and evaluation tools and Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA) methodologies.
- Design an appropriate training package to ensure programme implementation teams are well informed of conflict sensitivity and humanitarian principles and ensure that Programme staff across departments are familiar with, adhere to and implement conflict sensitivity procedures and processes. The training package should highlight the key principles underpinning the conflict-sensitive approach, explain the relationship between conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity, devise conflict sensitive approaches to issues faced in crisis management, identify the benefits and limitations of the conflict-sensitive approach, illustrates conflict analysis tools and methodologies and the Do No Harm Principles
- Design a conflict sensitivity induction package for new staff
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Master’s degree in conflict analysis, peacebuilding, mediation or conflict resolution
- Significant experience in an advisory, research or training role for an international organisation, academic institution, government on conflict analysis/peacebuilding training needs assessment, design and delivery to a variety of audiences
- Demonstrable understanding of conflict and peacebuilding issues, their practical application in specific contexts and the ability to engage international institutions at policy level on these issues
- Strong experience in delivering conflict analyses and advising on the design and delivery of conflict sensitive development and humanitarian programming in fragile contexts, particularly in the Middle East and North and East Africa
- Excellent analytical skills in the area of conflict sensitivity and how that relates to the programming stages.
- Demonstrable experience on training and facilitating conflict sensitivity type of sessions/ trainings/workshops
- Excellent report-writing, research, editing and oral presentation skills
- Excellent communication, networking and inter-personal ability.
- Experience in international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and in procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices in emergency management.
- Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.
- Commitment to and understanding of humanitarian values and principles including rights-based approaches.
- Fluency in English
- PhD in conflict analysis and conflict resolution
- Knowledge of participatory research methods including participatory M&E
- Good command of Arabic is highly desirable
Location: Home-based with travel to Amman and Beirut
Contract Period: Two months
How to Apply:
Please submit your CV and covering letter to HR@arkgroupdmcc.com with ‘Conflict Sensitivity Advisor’ on the subject line, explaining clearly why you are interested in this role and working for ARK, the skills and experiences you can bring to it, and how your experience meets the specification.
About the Organization
ARK is a research, conflict transformation and stabilisation consultancy that supports local communities in conflict and fragile areas. We believe that international stability, national security, community safety and individual empowerment are intrinsically linked.
As a team at ARK, we partner with local stakeholders to provide insight and develop programmes that are of immediate, tangible assistance to conflict-affected communities. Many of our staff are drawn from partner communities, hence ARK’s commitment to and understanding of conflict zones. ARK has ongoing programming in communities across the Middle East.