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Thematic Expert – Psycho-social Impact of ISIS Conflict  (Consultancy contract)

The European Institute of Peace is looking for exceptional individuals and 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 www.eip.org for more information.

We are looking for a Thematic Expert – Psycho-social Impact of ISIS Conflict  to support the PPI unit.

Terms of References


  • Contribute a chapter to a report for publication on the impact of the ISIS conflict in Northeast Syria, focusing on the thematic pillar related to the psycho-social impact of the conflict;
  • Conduct all aspects of the required research for the chapter, including desktop review of open sources and previously published material and data, interviews, review of closed sources (including data collected during victims’ 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 psycho-social damage suffered by the targeted population
  • 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 accomplished, 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;
  • Any other relevant duties as directed as line manager.


  • At least 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 of working in conflict-affected areas, especially in Syria, will be considered an asset;
  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and verbal);
  • 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 in the autumn/winter 2022/2023.

The Institute offers

  • Consultancy contract  for a maximum of 122 days from 01/12/2022 to 31/03/2023 with flexible working conditions.
  • The total budget for the contract has been set at 7,500 EUR.

Recruitment process

Please submit in English

  • Your CV (Name_Surname_CV_ Position)
  • A one-page Motivational Letter (Name_Surname_ML_Position) demonstrating your qualification according to the profile, the methodology (when relevant) and a fee proposal

Submit to: recruitment@cg9lzbbryk.preview.infomaniak.website

Deadline: 09/12/2022, 23:59 PM

*The successful candidate will be selected based on the most competitive offer, including in consideration of technical and financial proposals.

Deadline for application: 09 December 2022