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Consultant/s Evaluation and Planning Session - Syria region

30 August 2021

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The Diakonia International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Centre promotes respect for the laws of war through independent research, advice, and advocacy. The Centre's Syria Regional Desk, based in Lebanon, combines in-depth analysis of the conflict in Syria and the region with capacity development and advice for humanitarian actors. It engages with humanitarian organisations, State and non-State actors, civil society, and other stakeholders to raise awareness and share knowledge about international humanitarian law.

Scope of work

In light of the upcoming new programme cycle, the IHL Centre's Syria Regional Desk would benefit from a two-day in person planning session to be held on the 7th and 8th of October, location to be confirmed. The activity would focus on the application of the new programme cycle for 2022-2024 and on ensuring that the work plan for 2021 bridges into the new phase of the programme.

The Centre’s Syria Regional Desk is seeking a consultant or team of two consultants in order to prepare, facilitate and manage the planning session.


In coordination with the Programme Manager and Officer, the consultant/s is/are expected to provide the following services and content:

  • Analysing key programme documents, as well as past cycle’s activities and their impact to capitalize on them through the transition into the new programme cycle.
  • Innovatively and dynamically unpacking the theory of change of the new programme cycle in order to strategise priorities and rolling out of activities across the rest of 2021 and the following three-year cycle.
  • Developing the programme of the two-day-long planning session, in addition to conducting it in English.
  • Identifying and analysing potential opportunities and obstacles with a view to articulating assumptions and adopting mitigation strategies.
  • Developing mid-term evaluations and adjustments of the work plans.
  • Providing programme management advice geared towards the development of a detailed work plan, based on identified priorities and measurable objectives, for the rest of 2021 and the following three-year period, with emphasis on 2022.
  • Drafting and submitting a final report detailing the developed draft work plan, strategic findings and key recommendations.


Essential profile:

  • University degree in social sciences or a related area. A post-graduate degree in project management related fields would be an advantage.
  • At least ten years of proven relevant professional experience in planning, managing, and evaluating international research driven advocacy and education programmes.
  • Strong understanding of political, socio-economic, and human rights issues in the countries covered by the programme, namely Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon.
  • First-hand experience working with relevant international stakeholders in the region, such as donors, humanitarian, and diplomatic communities, INGOs, local NGOs and armed forces and groups.
  • Exceptional communication and analytical skills.
  • Excellent drafting and report writing capacities.
  • Highly motivated and committed to the values of inclusion, transparency, and integrity.
  • Availability to carry out the work in October 2021.

Desirable experience:

  • Experience in programme management of grants funded by SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency).
  • Familiarity with international humanitarian and human rights law.

Working language

The working language will be English.

Timeframe and Logistics

Up to Seven (7) working days, including Two (2) days for the planning session.

The assignment may require international travel; all related costs will be reimbursed up to a maximum of €1,000 upon submission of invoice and receipts.

Accommodation for the planning session will be covered by Diakonia along with costs for obtaining necessary visa. Diakonia will not process any visa applications needed by the consultant/team of consultants.

The consultants will have to procure travel and health insurance at their own expenses.

Contract type

Short term consultancy contract.

How to apply

The consultant(s) shall submit their proposals including the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae & motivation letter.
  • Names and contact info of at least three professional referees.
  • Technical proposal, detailing methodology and including a skeleton of programme for the planning session (max. 4,000 words).
  • Competitive financial proposal.

Applications failing to include all of the above documents will be automatically excluded.

The application pack should be sent to Ms. Soha Assy, Programme Officer, soha.assy@diakonia.se, by 13 September 2021, 5 pm Beirut time. Selected candidates will be notified within five working days from the closing date.