Organization:Sanad for Peacebuilding
Sanad for Peacebuilding is seeking an external religion and peacebuilding consultant to provide technical support to key selected religious leaders, the National Reconciliation Commission, and the local governments of Nineveh and Anbar to develop their capacity to integrate religious speech and the roles of religious actors in reconciliation processes and to help them understand mechanisms to develop moderate speech.
Sanad for Peacebuilding is a non‐ governmental, non‐profit organization, established in 2013 with support from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and works to build and strengthen peace, democracy, and human rights in Iraq by providing support and technical expertise to civil society networks. Sanad is particularly supporting the Network of Iraqi Facilitators (NIF), and the Alliance of Iraqi Minorities (AIM).
Sanad is implementing a 14-month project funded by the Government of Canada to establish and introduce a two-year CVE strategy, enhance the rule of law and transparency in Anbar and Nineveh, enhance reconciliation and he safe return of IDPs in Anbar and Nineveh through dialogue and community participation in policy and decision-making, and develop the CVE capacity of key stakeholders in Anbar and Nineveh.
Following a previous conflict assessment conducted by Sanad in Anbar, repeated calls were made by the local community for moderation of religious preaching, especially as there is lack of vetting mechanisms for the selection of individuals and the content of religious sermons. To enhance peaceful coexistence in Anbar and Nineveh, Sanad will hold joint dialogue between the local governments of Anbar and Nineveh with the Sunni Endowment to establish an arrangement around selecting the mosque Imams as well as measures to control extremist religious narrative via these Imams.
Moreover, lack of existing vetting mechanisms has contributed to the spreading of hate via extremist religious scholars. The project will act to moderate the religious narrative through direct engagement with the Sunni Endowment and the local governments to develop agreements, controls and mechanisms of accountability with the Sunni Endowment to ensure the creation of religious discourse which calls for moderation, tolerance and rejection of extremism. By preventing the spread of hate speech and promoting the spread of peace, the religious sermons can reduce the susceptibility of radicalization and promote community engagement.
Overall Work of the Consultant:
This consultancy will last for 10 days and is expected to begin in November. The consultant will work in accordance with their developed work plan approved by Sanad. Overall, this should contain the materials and agenda for:
1.A one-day roundtable meeting between the Anbar and Nineveh local govt, NRC and Sunni Endowment:The consultant will design the guiding questions and the agenda for the roundtable to produce inputs related to the measures of reducing extremist religious narrative and the selection criteria for mosque Imams in Anbar and Nineveh.
2.Two three-day religion and peacebuilding workshops:The consultant will design and implement two three-day religion and peacebuilding workshops in Erbil for selected religious leaders and Imams from Nineveh and Anbar.
- Agenda and guiding questions for a one-day roundtable.
- Agenda for two three-day religion and peacebuilding workshops
- Materials for two three-day religion and peacebuilding workshops
- Implementation of two three-day religion and peacebuilding workshops
Duration and Fee of the Assignment:
This consultancy will last 10 days. The daily rate is estimated at $750 per day for a total of $7,500.
Other costs (as per below) will be covered:
- Ground Transportation:$400
- Per Diem: $429
- Hotel & Lodging:$680
- Consultant Fees:$7,500
- Visa:cost based on consultant’s nationalityGrand Total:$10,009
Consultant Skills and Qualifications:
- Minimum 10 years work in religion and peacebuilding and/or inter-faith dialogue
- Demonstrated prior experience in developing religion and peacebuilding workshops
- Fluency in oral and written Arabic and English
- Strong understanding of the Iraqi context
- Prior experience working in the Middle East, Iraq preferred
Applications should be sent via email firstname.lastname@example.org@sanad-iq.orgwith “Religion and Peacebuilding Consultant” in the subject line. The applications received will be accepted on a rolling basis and evaluated by a panel composed of members of Sanad for Peacebuilding and other partners.
Successful applicants will be invited to a meeting with Sanad to discuss the proposed consultancy process and budget.
Deadline for applications: October 31st, 2018.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.