Job Title: Expert, Community-based Dispute Resolution
Date: 8 January 2021
Apply by: 17 January 2021 (EXTENDED)
Duty station: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Job type: Full-time
Reports to: Project Coordinator, Inclusive Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Sierra Leone
Reporting to the Project Coordinator, the Expert will be responsible for delivery of project outputs related to strengthening the inclusiveness, gender-sensitivity, and conflict-sensitivity of community-based dispute resolution (CBDR) in Sierra Leone.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Establish and maintain strong working relationships with CBDR providers at project sites, including customary actors (chiefs, faith leaders, etc.), local courts, District Security Committees, Local Police Partnership Boards, and others as deemed relevant.
Work with youth-led partners to design and implement youth-led advocacy initiatives that will contribute to improving inclusiveness, gender-sensitivity and conflict-sensitivity of local CBDR, including through the design and implementation of community-based verification systems (“Responsiveness and Accountability Plans”)
Train CBDR providers on adoption of inclusive, gender-sensitive, conflict-sensitive practices, and provide technical advice and counsel on strategic planning, external communication, conflict-sensitivity, and mediation practice, as needed.
Support CBDR providers to establish codes of conduct, standard operating procedures, and protocols that entrench basic rights norms and standards, respect for jurisdictional boundaries and coordination, procedural safeguards, restorative justice principles (including non-financial reparation), and effective record-keeping.
Support delivery of dialogues between youth and CBDR providers at community level
Advise, as needed, national-level institutions that oversee or regulate CBDR on scaling-up successful practices from local level.
Perform other tasks as directed by Project Coordinator
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
8+ years of professional experience providing analysis and advice on conflict prevention, local governance, mediation, or other relevant topics in the Sierra Leonean context
Superior diplomatic and verbal communication skills in English and relevant Sierra Leonean languages, and proven ability to navigate effectively and build multi-stakeholder partnerships involving grassroots and high-level stakeholders.
Academic qualification in a relevant discipline (anthropology, development studies, economics, political science), ideally at graduate level
Proactive, entrepreneurial, and effective in a fast-paced cross-cultural work environment
Strong knowledge of governance arrangements in rural Sierra Leone, and established relationships with key actors such as customary authorities, a significant asset
Experience working within the Caritas network an asset
Send your Cover Letter and CV by email to the Human Resource & Operations Manager at:
Please address the Subject of your email as: Expert - Community Based Dispute Resolution
Only successful applicants will receive a response
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 17th, 2021 @ 5PM
WOMEN CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY