Mid-term evaluation – Strengthening the capability in the League of Arab States
DAI
Abuja, NG
17h ago

Description

The origins of this initiative that builds on the ongoing League of Arab States (LAS) efforts date back to an EU LAS Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on crisis response and early warning that was signed in 2009, establishing the basis for long-term institutional cooperation and dialogue in the field of conflict prevention, risk assessment, crisis response and peacebuilding.

  • A first phase of cooperation commenced in 2010 to re-enforce the capacity of the League - via its Secretariat - to respond to political, social, economic and environmental crises, through a joint capacity development programme;
  • to operationalize LAS capacity for gathering and channelling early warning signals and their analysis in support of early action and to systematize a long-term dialogue between the LAS and the EU in the fields of risk analysis, crisis response, conflict prevention and peace-building.

    The project contributed directly to the establishment and equipment of a Regional Crisis Centre (RCC), which was inaugurated in November 2012, allowing the LAS Secretariat to create the necessary rolling capacity to perform effective crisis-related early warning.

    On the basis of the activities and resource investments of Phase I, an institutional capacity within the LAS Secretariat has emerged in the area of crisis response, crisis preparedness and early warning.

    In the first phase, LAS Secretariat was able to put in place the project's infrastructure, and to provide the Crisis Room with the latest equipment to help with data collection and analysis.

    However, the project did not evolve as expected with regard to the political developments in the Arab region. The LAS Secretariat was not able to effectively employ the resources and capacities established for the benefit of early warning, crisis prevention and response in LAS Member States.

    The ongoing second phase of the project builds on the achievements and lessons learnt of this first phase. Hence, the new project was designed specifically to establish an Arab cooperation framework and to support the building of early warning and crisis response capacities in national crisis response entities of LAS Member States.

    It also aims to deepen the policy dialogue between LAS, the EU, and possibly other international / regional organisations, assist decision-making processes within the LAS and to create operational capabilities that could enable the LAS Secretariat and the member states to play a more effective role in early warning and crisis prevention and response.

    Arab region has been facing different types of crises that are associated with different levels of tensions, conflict and instability.

    These crises have had serious humanitarian impact, such as in Somalia, with significant displacement and famine in 2011.

    The war in Syria has led to a refugee crisis in Lebanon and Jordan, and has spilled over to Iraq, impacting negatively on humanitarian and development situations there.

    In 2014, almost 40 percent of the world’s displaced population came from the Arab region, while the region is home to only 5 percent of the world’s population.

    The share of displaced more than 16 million is four times higher than 14 years ago. As such, the Arab region now has one of the highest number of refugees in the world, which has put to the test the resilience of both the refugees and the host communities.

    In relation to natural disasters, the burden is also significant but appears less than with manmade crises cyclones in Oman, drought in Somalia, and floods in Yemen, Sudan and Tunisia, and pandemics in other countries have however also had detrimental effects on the humanitarian situation and development of the region.

    This project recognizes that the institutional capability to respond to crises and conflicts is critical to avoid vulnerability to conflict and natural disasters.

    At the same time, the cross-border nature of many man-made crises and natural disasters requires increased regional cooperation which could be made more effective if operationalised through a functioning regional crisis prevention and crisis response architecture to overarch or complement bilateral agreements.

    Category I expert : Team leader

    Minimum requirements for the team leader

    Qualification and skills

  • At least Master's Degree in Development, International Relations, Diplomacy, Political or Social sciences, Law, Public Administration or other relevant field related to this assignment;
  • or, in its absence, equivalent professional experience of 13 years.

    General professional experience

  • At least 12 years professional experience in policy formulation and evaluation of projects in the fields of crisis / management / post-conflict related intervention, humanitarian aid and / or development;
  • Specific professional experience

  • At least 5 years of experience of project cycle management (PCM) application, monitoring and evaluation of projects preferably in the field of crisis and conflict prevention;
  • Experience in conducting evaluation / reviews / assessment of large-scale donor funded projects or programmes in a conflict or conflict-prone context;
  • Soft skills

  • Excellent coordination and team management skills as evidenced by previous assignments;
  • Excellent communicating skills, in particular, liaising with different stakeholders (including diplomatic corps, Governmental officials, security agencies and civil society) as evidenced by previous assignments;
  • Strong capacity to quickly understand complex and changing circumstances as evidenced by previous assignments;
  • Language skills

    Excellent command of English (written and spoken)

    The following knowledge and experience will constitute additional assets

  • Ability to write and speak Arabic at the working level;
  • Previous professional experience in work / evaluation in the MENA region;
  • Previous experience with evaluation of EU External Action crisis management / conflict prevention projects, ideally IcSP;
  • Experience with regard to the work of regional organisations, ideally the LAS.

    Category II expert : Crisis Room expert

    Minimum requirements for the crisis room expert

    Qualification and skills

  • At least Master's Degree in Security studies, Development, International Relations, Diplomacy, Political or Social sciences, Law, Public Administration or other relevant field related to this assignment;
  • or, in its absence, equivalent professional experience of 7 years.

    General professional experience

  • At least 6 years professional experience in the management and / or evaluation of projects in the fields of crisis / management / post-conflict related intervention, humanitarian aid and / or development;
  • Specific professional experience

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in setting up and operation of crisis rooms;
  • Experience in the evaluation of complex and politically sensitive projects, as evidenced by previous assignments;
  • Language skills

    Excellent command of English (written and spoken)

    The following knowledge and experience will constitute additional assets

  • Previous experience with evaluation of EU External Action crisis management / conflict prevention projects, ideally IcSP;
  • Previous professional experience in work / evaluation in the MENA region;
  • Previous experience with Regional Organisations;
  • Good command of Arabic.

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