The Community Stabilization Unit (CSU) of IOM’s Iraq mission implements programs in areas affected
by conflict and displacement all over Iraq. The Conflict Analyst at CSU is mainly tasked to roll out
conflict-sensitive community assessments and to ensure that project’s methodology is under continuous
adaptation based on a contextualized analytical understanding of root causes of conflict. This includes
the monitoring and analysis of historical and new tensions and grievances, triggers for violent
resolutions of disputes and identifying coping mechanisms, formal and informal venues for dialogue and
opportunities for social cohesion and social reconstruction. In addition, the Conflict Analyst supports the
exploration of new thematic approaches to transitional justice, security sector reform, local governance,
etno sectarian identities and engagement with youth and civil society.
CSU is currently seeking an experienced candidate who can support the Conflict Analyst in his tasks,
with the capacity and motivation to bring new ideas, new linkages and relevant analytical updates to the
Unit. The ideal candidate is passionate about politics in the broad sense, has access to a wide network
of informants, particularly from Iraq’s civil society, is flexible to travel and is eager to learn about new
thematic approaches to peacebuilding and stabilization in Iraq.
Under general guidance of COM and Senior Emergency Coordinator/Head of Programmes, under overall
supervision of Head, Community Stabilization Unit (CSU) , and under the direct supervision of conflict
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Support the Conflict Analyst in analyzing social, political, economic and security trends
relevant to the stabilization of Iraq, both at central and at local level
2. Support the Conflict Analyst by rolling out conflict assessment and regular conflict analysis
which reviews conflict dynamics across Iraq
3. Support the Conflict Analyst in developing training programs on conflict analysis and conflict
sensitive programming, social cohesion, youth engagement, justice, volunteer groups and
4. Attend meetings and events relevant for Conflict Analysis in Erbil, Bagdad, Mosul or
5. Support the Conflict Analyst and M&E Officer extracting M&E data from CSU project issues
IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female
candidates are especially encouraged as well as the internal and external candidates are eligible
to apply to this vacancy. For the vacancy, internal candidates are considered first-tier candidates.
6. Provide contextual updates on the areas of operation, both as baseline and in preparation for
7. Support the Conflict Analyst in writing contextual updates for proposal writing and narrative
8. Coordinate closely with Project Officers, program field staff, community Focal Points and
IOM colleagues from other Units to ensure that activities are designed, implemented and
monitored in accordance with a conflict sensitive methodology and peace building strategy.
9. Support the Conflict Analyst and Project Officers in youth engagement strategies
10. Assist the Conflict Analyst in other duties as assigned.
• Master’s degree with two years of work experience in the field of research study or Bachelor ’s
degree with four years of work experience in the field of research study;
• Minimum of three years’ experience in/ knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research field
interviews, preferably in an international organization. Experience with IOM or another
international organization a plus.
• Experience with community stabilization, peace-building, social cohesion and/or development
interventions in conflict and/or post-conflict settings;
• Background in civil society and working with CSOs in Iraq;
• Experience in writing policy papers or position papers with regard to peace and conflict;
• Understanding of basic conflict analysis processes and do no harm principles
• Capable of reading historical roots of conflict and current conflict triggers, spoilers and enablers
• Basic understanding of durable solutions framework and current challenges of Iraq and in the
displacement and return contexts.
• Fluency in English and Arabic/Kurdish is required.