Mali: Consultant : Innovative Approaches to Conflict Prevention in Mali

Organization: Institute for Security Studies
Country: Mali
Closing date: 18 Jan 2018

The ISS is seeking to appoint a Consultant to support the development of an initiative that aims at supporting policy makers with evidence-based research on innovation in conflict prevention practices in Mali. The consultancy, from January-April 2018, involves extensive engagement on research outputs (especially through field research), analysis and writing; networking with relevant organisations, governments and civil society organisations, and providing presentations and briefings. The researcher will report directly to the Senior Researcher at Peace Operations and Peacebuilding Division.

About the Projects

The Consultant will be engaged in the following project:

  • Mapping Conflict Prevention Innovation in Africa is a project funded by the government of Canada, implemented in partnership with the Igarapé Institute. The project aims at supporting decision-makers and practitioners, through evidence-based research and advice, as a means to enhance conflict prevention practices in Africa, and

Overview of duties

  • Support the development of field research in Bamako;

  • Assist in the planning, preparation and execution of fieldwork in Mali;

  • Assist in the identification of interviewees, arrange meetings and conduct interviews in Bamako, together with Senior Researcher;

  • Assist in the practical arrangements for interviews in Bamako, including language assistance;

  • Facilitate contact with stakeholders in Bamako, through e-mail and telephonic contact;

  • Take interview notes and help compiling interview notes, with Senior Researcher;

  • Follow up with relevant stakeholders after field research;

  • Support Senior Researcher in writing 1 Op-Ed on the topic,

  • Support Senior Researcher in writing 1 case study report on findings of case study, including with its focus on gender;

  • Support Senior Researcher in writing 1 Strategic Note on the findings of the study, and

  • Assist in the development of other products.

Overview of requirements

  • Knowledge of human security in Mali, with special interest on conflict prevention, peace operations and/or peacebuilding;

  • Experience in planning, conducting and disseminating results of research projects in Mali;

  • Knowledge of/and relationships with government and non-government Institutions in Mali;

  • Good research and analytical skills with publications record;

  • Good English and French language skills;

  • Constructively function within a team, self motivated, able to work independently, under pressure and meet deadlines, and

  • West African citizen with in-depth knowledge of Mali

Consultancy will be until 30 April 2018, and fees will be paid based on pre-established donor agreement.

How to apply:

Email your application to Rekha Valabh at Applicants must provide a motivation letter and detailed CV.