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Expert on conflict resolution / Local Mediator

Job Type: Contract | Company: CTG | Location: Tripoli, Libya | Date posted: 18-10-2017

Vacancy reference no.:

VAC-1077

Position:

Expert on conflict resolution / Local Mediator

Place of performance:

Libya with mission to Tunisia, Libya

Contract duration:

up to 2 months (@30days/month)

Starting date:

26-Oct-2017

 

OVERVIEW OF CTG GLOBAL

CTG support and manage humanitarian projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world. With past performance in 15 countries – from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Central and South America – we offer a holistic fabric of project management, implementation and support. Skilled in emergency response to crises such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we have the ability to act quickly (crisis response teams can be on the ground in 24 hours) and to establish structured operations in high-risk environments. CTG recruit and manage qualified, skilled teams with extensive experience operating in challenging conditions.

 

OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is tasked with assisting the Libyan authorities in restoring public security and the rule of law, promoting inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation, and in assisting them to embark on the drafting of a new constitution and on laying the foundation for elections.  In accordance with its mandate UNSMIL will assist Libyan authorities and institutions resulting from the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), through technical advice and assistance to conduct a participatory, transparent, fair, inclusive and nationally owned and led reconciliation process.

 

In line with its mandate, the priorities laid down in its work plan and in keeping with the provisions of the LPA, UNSMIL and UNDP support stakeholders to come up with a reference document with options for developing a national reconciliation strategy. The document would inform future strategy and planning purposes in matters related to national reconciliation, as part of the Peacebuilding Fund supported project.

 

The document will be in line with the UN guiding principles on transitional justice, which include transparency, inclusiveness, accountability, and respect for local customs. The UN institutional support on reconciliation should thus focus on strengthening national efforts, including through capacity-building workshops and sharing of comparative experiences, in order to conceptualize and design an inclusive and comprehensive national reconciliation strategy, as well as program including its operationalization timeline.

 

As national ownership and independence are critical to the success of any reconciliation process, and in follow-up to the September 2016 and January 2017 experts preparatory meetings on reconciliation and the recommendations emanating from them, as well as in line with a “bottom-up” approach to peacebuilding, UNSMIL and UNDP propose to facilitate a series of 8 local reconciliation dialogue throughout Libya (East, West and South).

 

Since 2011, local reconciliation initiatives in Libya have remained mostly ad hoc and limited to these local constituencies. Furthermore they often consist of a “light” version of reconciliation, i.e. ceasefire agreement with some confidence-building measures: a rather “thin” understanding of reconciliation involving an exchange of prisoners, the payment of compensations, the reopening of some roads and the establishment of regular channels of communications to avoid isolated incidents escalating into new rounds of violence. This approach, while contributing to temporarily cease hostilities locally, does not bring sustainable peace and fails to address the structural causes of violence, thereby leaving a return to violence in the near future possible. Focusing only on the micro-level also bears the risk of further fragmenting the social fabric.

 

While local ceasefires and reconciliation agreements are indicative of Libya’s own capacities for building peace, their limited focus and the absence of a central state to ensure implementation have prevented them from having a strong, national impact so far, in particular when it comes to compensations. They have also, sometimes, reinforced tribal and ethnic senses of belonging. More synergies and linkages between national and local reconciliation initiatives should therefore be promoted. Ultimately, it is on this breeding ground of absence of heavy violence and existing channels of communication at the local level that the vicious circle between violence and lack of reconciliation at the national level can be broken.

This consultancy is part of the Outcome 2, Output 2.1 of the National Reconciliation Project, which aims at strengthening bottom-up reconciliation processes and supporting safe spaces for reconciliation and teamwork across and between actors from all background in various locations. The dialogue meetings should bring together traditional social leaders, rights activists, professionals and technicians with specific skills, municipalities, CSOs, and members of militias, through the facilitation of small-group discussions and roundtables.

 

The consultant will provide advice and practical support to UNSMIL and UNDP in their task of assisting the Libyan authorities, local actors and civil society organizations to design a strategy and implement a reconciliation process, ensuring a nationally owned and led process emphasizing participation, inclusiveness, accountability and transparency.

 

In particular, the consultant will assist the project in ensuring that the national reconciliation strategy supports, strengthen and builds upon local dialogue initiatives. The consultant will contribute to promoting local reconciliation through a series of peaceful political dialogue between all concerned parties and stakeholders, with the support of the UN acting as a neutral facilitator.

 

By opening channels of communication between all parties, the consultant will contribute to solving local conflicts and provide his expertise and advice to the UN in their efforts to promote a nationally owned and grassroots national reconciliation process in Libya

 

GENERAL FUNCTIONS

Role objective:

Reporting to UNSMIL/PAD under supervision of the Project Manager of the National Reconciliation project at UNDP Libya, the consultant will assist the mission in its task of providing technical assistance on the national reconciliation process, through his/her support in implementing output 2.1 of the project.

 

The consultant will advise the project team in the choice of local conflicts, actors, and processes to engage with, for a total of up to 4 local dialogue initiatives. The expert will facilitate, mediate and follow-up these various local dialogues in a fully impartial, inclusive and transparent manner.

 

The expert’s technical assistance outputs will be expected to adhere to the UN Secretary General’s Guidance Note on Transitional Justice, which emphasizes that UN support in the area of reconciliation should promote transparent, inclusive, participatory and nationally owned and led processes appropriate to the local context.

 

Expected output:

Specifically, the expert will provide the following outputs:

 

1. Elaboration of a general strategy for engaging in local dialogues and building safe spaces for reconciliation, defining the key local processes to engage with, a follow-up strategy and how to relate these efforts to the national reconciliation process.

2. Preparation of up to 2 dialogue sessions: identification of participants, establishing contacts and gaining buy-in for the dialogue process from key stakeholders, suggesting topics for discussion and an agenda, clarifying the objectives of the dialogue, ensuring inclusivity and representation (women and youth).

3. Full attendance, facilitation of the dialogue sessions, mediation and good-office between all parties before, during and after the session, deepening community cohesion, exploring issues as shared problems and seeking actions towards resolving them, outlining mechanisms to report back to the community and create accountability mechanisms.

4. Technical assistance to UNSMIL/UNDP to follow-up and implement on the recommendations emanating from the various dialogue, including through mediation and good office between key stakeholders, ensuring coherence of the meeting outcomes with the national reconciliation strategy, reporting back to communities to gain popular support from key stakeholders and counter spoilers, providing continuous technical and logistical support on the dialogue outcomes, and test various mechanisms to promote accountability.

 

Project reporting:

Reporting to the project Manager

 

Team management:

This role doesn't require management field

 

ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE

Education:

§  Bachelor's degree in humanities, social sciences, language, political science, international relations, arts, or related areas.

 

Work experience:

§  Minimum of 5 years of demonstrable relevant Conflict Analysis experience.

 

Geographical experience:

§  Minimum of 5 years of experience in Africa with local experience in Libya with mission to Tunisia is an advantage.

 

Languages:

§  Fluency in English (desirable) and Arabic (essential).

 

 

Key competencies:

Experience

 

- Demonstrated experience working with civil society, grassroots activists, militias and political actors in Libya across the political and regional spectrum.

- Access to the relevant stakeholders of local dialogues proposed.

- Demonstrated networking and communications skills.

- Knowledge of the local issues at stake and precise social/political/security analysis skills.

- Technical knowledge of issues relating to mediation, conflict resolution, local dialogue processes and reconciliation.

- Demonstrated experience in facilitating and supporting local dialogue in Libya, including in support to the UN efforts.

- Proven advisory experience and track record of engaging with Libyan activists, including authorities, militias and IDPs, on topics related to national reconciliation, conflict resolution, and peaceful dialogue.

- Proven intellectual and practical capacity to understand and interpret national and local development and political issues, particularly in recovery situation/post crisis settings.

- Proven records of writing skills, including preferably in English.

- Excellent communications and mediation skills.

- Reputation of impartiality and legitimacy among all concerned actors.

Qualifications

 

- BA qualification in humanities, social sciences, language, political science, international relations, arts, or related areas.

- Minimum 3-5 years of experience in broad human rights area (preferably in conflict resolution and peacebuilding areas including facilitation and mediation).

- Fluency in English (both oral and written) is preferred.

- Fluency in Arabic (both oral and written) is required.

 

Other relevant information:

Performance indicators:

  • The UN has a comprehensive strategy for engaging on local reconciliation processes and identifies which initiatives to support specifically, through an impartial and conflict-sensitive analysis.
  • Relevant key stakeholders support the local dialogues and are ready to participate.
  • Risks are assessed and potential spoilers identified and neutralized.
  • A comprehensive implementation and follow-up strategy is installed, with concrete accountability mechanisms.
  • Participants list established for each dialogue, participants contacted and fully engaged.
  • Preparation of the modules, sessions and agenda of the dialogues is done in consultation with the project team and in line with the project’s goals and the general guidelines of the UN.
  • Full facilitation during the dialogues is provided with an emphasis on inclusiveness, participation, accountability and transparency, and stressing the importance of youth and women participation.
  • Mediation and good office are provided to all parties in a balanced and impartial manner, before, during and after the dialogues, and the UN is kept informed of each development.
  • Technical assistance is provided to UNSMIL/UNDP on the follow-up of the recommendations emanating from the dialogues and how to link them with national efforts and other outcomes of the project.
  • Advocacy to key actors and influential figures on the ground is provided, to ensure the implementation of the recommendations from the local dialogues.
  • Regular inputs and recommendations on the national reconciliation strategy are provided, based on the conclusions of the workshop and outcomes of the local dialogues, including lessons learned for other local contexts, provided through a final report.

Duration and details

  • Duration: 30 work days for 2 months (with possible extension)
  • Duty station: home based with regular travel to Tunis or other location where the local dialogues will take place 

In order to apply please visit our website www.ctg.org alternatively you may use this direct link https://recruitmentctg.force.com/xcdrecruit__Site_ExternalPositionDetails?id=a1124000002rnaR

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