Conflict and Peacebuilding Lead, CSSPII Project 86 views

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Objectives and Scope of the Conflict and Peacebuilding Lead

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant.

The Lead will be responsible for the Conflict and Peacebuilding thematic area of CSSP2 programme. He/She will provide strategic advice to SMT concerning conflict sensitivity programming with specific peace outcomes throughout the intervention regions, including: (i) the identification of possible conflict sensitivity risks and plausible contributions to peace through CSSP2 programming (ii) the provision of guidance on the level of ambition CSOs in the conflict affected regions could aspire to contribute to peace through CSSP2 program; and (iii) engagement with relevant stakeholders in the conflict affected regions, to help clarify CSSP2’s position and provide advice on how to improve engagement and collaboration in these regions. He/She will closely work with Humanitarian and GBV Advisors of the program. The following are detail responsibilities of the Conflict and peacebuilding Lead.


Job Responsibility #1:  Program management

  • Lead on conflict and peacebuilding thematic area
  • Revise/update CSSP2 Program’s Conflict and Peacebuilding Strategy and orient CSSP2 team and CSO partners in conflict affected areas
  • Advise the CSSP2 management team to effectively mainstream conflict management in program implementation
  • Provide guidance on conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding to the programme and wider stakeholders, including internal capacity building support in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict prevention, conflict sensitivity, conflict analysis, and risk informed programming
  • Lead conflict analyses tasks and regularly share inputs for to help the program to streamline conflict sensitivity as well as contribute to programme risk management plan
  • Work with SMT and in consultation with the Team Leader develop and implement an adaptive program approach that helps pivot the program direction on the basis of an ongoing conflict analysis.
  • Highlight where the programme may risk contributing to conflict / tensions, with recommendations for activity alterations where needed
  • Recommend the SMT to ensure that Risk Assessment is sufficiently robust and takes sufficient account of broader risks to peace and conflict from the proposed programme interventions
  • Develops tools for the implementation of specific technical components on conflict and peace building and other relevant areas
  • Maintains a constructive dialogue and technical exchange with program advisors, Hub teams and technical staff of implementing partners
  • Engage in the activities of the Programme Management Team and contribute to the progression of the programme
  • Undertake other activities reasonably requested by the Team Leader/SMT

Job Responsibility #2:  Conflict engagement

  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with donors and other stakeholders- relevant government agencies, bilateral and other NGOs
  • Link with other stakeholders in the conflict settings for better collaboration and networking
  • Strengthen the conflict and peacebuilding focused networks and platforms in conflict affected settings
  • Represent the program in different bilateral and government engagement meetings on conflict and peacebuilding issues

Job Responsibility #3:  Capacity building

  • Review competencies for conflict sensitivity and peace contributions for CSO, partners identifying where capacities need to be built
  • Consults the Team Leader and other Technical Leads on recommendations for improving the capacity of CSO partners for quality program implementation
  • Provide capacity building to CSO partners working in conflict affected regions on Conflict Sensitivity and peacebuilding. This will include organizing training/capacity building events, backstopped by CD and SMT
  • Provide focused support to CSOs to build their capacities to understand host / migrant tensions and for enhanced 2-way communication with communities through using indigenous and religious structures
  • Document and disseminate good practices and lessons learned from the CSOs experiences. Be an active member of the nascent Peace and Conflict Community of Practice, and ensure relevant learnings shared through the community of practice are applied to the CSO’s approach
  • Support CD team to integrate conflict and peacebuilding issues to carry out technical capacity needs assessments and comprehensive analyses relating to the conflict and peacebuilding thematic areas
  • Prepare and lead conflict sensitivity needs, training & mentoring plan for CSO partners and government counterparts
  • Deliver trainings or prepare TORs for service providers and collaborate to deliver quality trainings and CD supports
  • A clear plan for the training and building of knowledge and awareness of the concepts of Conflict Sensitivity, Peacebuilding, and Do No Harm amongst CSSP2 team, CSO partners and key stakeholders

Job Responsibility #4:  Monitoring and Learning

  • Review programme deliverables and activities to ensure that issues relating to conflict and conflict management are adequately addressed
  • Design and implement the conflict analysis processes, the development of peacebuilding strategies for programme interventions, and the monitoring of their implementation.
  • Ensure development of fieldwork assessment/evaluation methodology is conflict sensitive
  • Support the design of Log frame indicators and milestones to ensure conflict sensitivity
  • Support MEL team in the preparation of indicators / monitoring frameworks for each intervention that track and monitor, and then evaluate, the peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity impacts
  • Contributes to the strategic direction and technical processes of conflict and peacebuilding thematic area to ensure strategic objects of conflict and peacebuilding thematic area and the wider CSSP2 goals and objectives are met.
  • Ensures the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.

Reports to: Deputy Team Leader

Supervise: Conflict & peacebuilding officer

Job Requirements


  • Advanced academic degree in conflict studies, international relations or relevant discipline
  • Master degree or above in a field such as political science, peace and conflict, social science or other related field relevant to the above duties with 7 years of experience of working on issues of conflict and peacebuilding, conflict mitigation or related fields
  • More than twelve years of professional experience providing technical support to integrate conflict sensitivity into both development and humanitarian  programming
  • Experience in design, drafting, presentation and dissemination of conflict analysis
  • Experience in capacity building (training, mentoring, coaching) and material preparation
  • Solid knowledge of peacebuilding programme design, including the articulation of theories of change
  • Thorough and proven experience and understanding of the political, social and economic situation in the country, including national and local peace and conflict dynamics
  • Experience in managing government offices relationships/engagement in conflict settings
  • Proven experience of implementing Do No Harm and conflict sensitive programming
  • Proven extensive experience of Monitoring and Evaluation of conflict prevention and peacebuilding interventions
  • Strategy development experience
  • Conflict Analysis experience in similar settings
  • Experience in supporting grants and its implementation
  • Experience in team management, coordination, networking
  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically including regular travel to conflict-affected contexts
  • Excellent in English speaking and writing skills


  • Promotes a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office
  • In-depth knowledge and experience on development, HRBA and Gender and inclusion issues in conflict settings
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Builds strong relationships with CSO partners and external actors
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

Interested applicants fulfilling the requirements are invited to send their application letter and CV to [email protected] or Pact Ethiopia Office Address: Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline for application: August 26, 2022.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered and only those candidates that are short listed for interviews will be notified.

Address:  Yeka Sub City, Gurd Shola Area, Woreda 9, house No. 778, Mercy Plaza 6th floor. For further information please call 011-661-6244/011-661-6939.

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