Regional Consultant, Arab Region Programme
Location: Home based in the Arab region
KAICIID aims to create a more peaceful world by promoting dialogue and supporting religious leaders and communities in tackling our most pressing problems. We do this through education and training, convening religious leaders and policymakers, and carrying out research to encourage and enhance interreligious and intercultural dialogue. We work with our partners to build their capacities, connections, and confidence.
Our work focuses on four pressing and linked issues that challenge humanity: violent conflict; migration; the climate emergency, and social cohesion. We bring together religious leaders with policymakers to find constructive ways to address these issues through dialogue. Our work respects and values the differences between faiths and cultures but promotes the idea that we share a common humanity and a collective need to address these problems. Through all our work run three threads: youth engagement, gender, and policy development.
For more information on KAICIID, please click on the following link: https://www.kaiciid.org
THE PROGRAMME DEPARTMENT
The primary objective of the Programme Department is to create the conditions, platforms and environment through which religious leaders and other actors, in particular policy makers, can engage in constructive dialogue, thus strengthening mutual understanding and respect with the ultimate aim to encourage them to initiate action to bring about change in the policies of religious institutions and governments, at various levels, build mechanisms to facilitate on-going dialogue and action as well as strengthen networks of committed and experienced religious leaders, and other actors in the use of inter-religious dialogue (IRD) for peace and reconciliation in conflict situations in particular.
The Arab Region Programme aims at instilling the culture of interreligious and intercultural dialogue amongst its diverse partners in the region to promote social cohesion, common citizenship, and peacebuilding efforts and to counter hate speech. The programme engages and empowers religious leaders and communities, youth, women, media practitioners, dialogue experts and policymakers to form solid foundations for peace and recovery from crisis in the region. A regional Interreligious Platform for Dialogue and Cooperation (IPDF) in the Arab region has been launched in 2018 to serve as an umbrella organization to coordinate dialogue efforts and initiatives and KAICIID’s work in the region. Several sub-networks and projects have been also established under the platform to promote dialogue, peaceful coexistence, and mutual understanding between followers of different faith traditions and cultures, such as Dialogue 360 Project, She for Dialogue, Dialogue Journalism Fellowship, and Social Media as a Space for Dialogue.
Under the supervision of the Senior Programme Manager, Arab Region, and in close coordination with the Arab Region Programme officers, the consultant assumes responsibility for assigned tasks in the Arab Region Programme for the calendar year 2023 providing specific and punctual expertise in the region. In addition to providing technical and administrative support to the Arab Region Programme, the consultant will support the programme officers by launching, implementing and monitoring of IRD/ICD initiatives and projects.
This includes pre- and post-projects actions (preparing open call for applications, reviewing documentation, and supporting in the recruitment and selection of new participants and candidates, reporting, monitoring and evaluation). In doing so, the consultant will:
- Support the recruitment and selection of new candidates and projects under the following projects: She for Dialogue, Dialogue Journalism Fellowship, and the Dialogue 360 Project.
- Provide input and feedback according to existing criteria and draft presentations and summaries on the selection process.
- Support the evaluation and selection process of the learning grants and support the administration phase in terms of concluding agreements and finance-related documents.
- Support the programme officers in following up with the relevant stakeholders to ensure timely submission of high-quality deliverables and their alignment with the outcomes of the programme.
- Maintain and archive key documents and keep record of projects’ activities for reporting purposes.
- Contribute to the progress reports and the collection of most significant stories along the projects.
- Provide administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the programme.
- Contribute to the organization of in-person activities in the region and ability to travel when necessary.
- Assist in the encoding of programme documents and reports (e.g. briefs, presentations), as necessary.
- Draft, edit and translate documents in English, Arabic as needed.
- Attend meetings and taking notes as needed.
- Perform any other tasks as required.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Advanced university degree in interreligious studies, peace and conflict resolution, sociology, or similar disciplines.
- A minimum of three years’ experience in the field of religious, inter-religious or inter-cultural dialogue. Alternatively, a similar experience in developing and supporting civil society networks is required.
- Good conceptual and analytical capability, ability to rapidly learn and apply new concepts.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural/religious context.
- Strong organization skills with a problem-solving attitude
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent writing skills, with analytical capacity and ability to draw statistics, synthesize and interpret data in preparation of quality reports.
- Commitment to continuous learning and sharing knowledge.
- Proficiency in standard application software such as MS Word, MS Excel.
- Commitment to KAICIID values, as well as to highest ethical standards and human rights.
English and Arabic proficiency (written and spoken) and knowledge of a third language applicable to the region (French) would be a distinct advantage.
TERMS OF APPOINTMENT
This is a part-time assignment, the consultant will be expected to work 18,75 hours per week with a flexible schedule to be determined in consultation with the supervisor. The selected candidate is expected to start on 15 April 2023 and will be offered a consultancy contract until 31 December 2023.
The consultant will work remotely from their current residence in the Arab Region.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
21 March 2023
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a Curriculum Vitae together with a cover letter indicating the expected monthly consultancy fee.
KAICIID is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply.