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Thematic expert – impact of the ISIS conflict on public health (Consultancy Contract)

The European Institute of Peace (EIP) is looking for exceptional individuals or companies who share our vision for a world where people live in safety and peace because conflicts and grievances are resolved through inclusive dialogue and lasting political agreements.

We provide practical experience, technical expertise, and policy advice on conflict resolution. We use a variety of tools to help us do this, including analysis, mapping and design of peace processes and agreements, facilitating policy discussions, and proposing practical engagement, for example through inclusive dialogue and mediation support.

Based in Brussels and active in over a dozen countries, the European Institute of Peace is an independent organisation working collaboratively with European decision-makers, the parties to the conflict, and those who represent people suffering from insecurity or at risk of violence, as well as the conflict prevention, resolution and mediation community.

Our innovative approach to peace enables us to be agile, creative, and effective in everything we do, and these are key qualities we look for in our team members. See https://www.eip.org/ for more information.

We are looking for a Thematic expert – impact of the ISIS conflict on public health  to support the PPI unit.

Terms of reference


  • Contribute a chapter to a report for publication on the impact of the ISIS conflict in North East Syria, specifically focusing on the thematic pillar: impact of the conflict on public health in North East Syria with attention for the psycho-social impact;
  • Conduct all aspects of the required research for the chapter, including desktop review of open sources and previously published material and data, interviews and review of closed sources (including material and data collected through victim’s meetings organised under the project), and any other relevant tasks to obtain the necessary information;
  • Liaise closely with the research assistant provided by the Institute;
  • Identify concrete and actionable measures to repair the damage of the suffering caused;
  • Serve as lead author for the chapter;
  • File an initial outline with the Institute for review by a jointly agreed date, a draft report with the Institute for review by a jointly agreed date, and remain available for further review after the submission of the draft report;
  • Keep the Institute duly informed of progress, obstacles encountered, and other relevant aspects as they pertain to the research;
  • Where relevant, liaise with political authorities, donors, and external institutions on behalf of the project team;
  • Where relevant, promote the work of the project to external parties, including by attending or speaking at public events or engaging with other organisations; and
  • Any other relevant duties as directed as line manager.


  • At least ten (10) years of experience in researching and writing about the psycho-social impact of conflict;
  • A proven record of high-quality publications in this field;
  • At least a master’s degree with relevance to this field; a PhD is considered a strong asset;
  • Practical experience in working in conflict-affected areas, especially in Syria, will be considered an asset;
  • Fluency at a native level (written and verbal) in English;
  • Ability to communicate and work in Arabic and/or Kurdish will be considered a strong asset;
  • Ability to work on a part-time basis on the project during four months at the start of 2023

The Institute offers

  • Consultancy contract for a maximum of 122 days for a four- month period with flexible working conditions.

 The total budget for the contract has been set at 7,500 EUR.

Expected start date: as soon as possible

Recruitment process

Please submit in English:

  • Your CV (Name_Surname_CV_Thematic expert – impact of the ISIS conflict on public health);
  • A one-page motivation letter (Name_Surname_ML_Title of the Thematic expert – impact of the ISIS conflict on public health) demonstrating your qualification according to the profile.

Subject of the e-mail: Name_Surname_Thematic expert – impact of the ISIS conflict on public health

Submit to: recruitment@eip.org

The deadline is 01/02/2023, 23:59 (Brussels time).

The successful candidate will be selected based on the most competitive offer, including technical and financial proposal.

Deadline for application: 01 February 2023