Consultant on non-conflict displacement (3 months)
The Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the
Norwegian Refugee Council is looking for a Consultant to undertake a study
on non-conflict displacement. Mandated by the United Nations, the IDMC is
the leading international body monitoring internal displacement worldwide.
IDMC runs an online database providing comprehensive and regularly updated
information and analysis on internal displacement in over 50 countries. In
addition, IDMC is also engaged in advocating for the rights of the
internally displaced persons (IDPs) and provides training on the
protection of IDPs. For more information on the Centre, visit its website
Compared to an estimated 25 million people displaced worldwide by
conflict, the number of people uprooted by natural disasters or
development projects or natural disasters is thought to reach four or five
times that figure.
Natural disasters, including floods, earthquakes, droughts and storms
routinely displace hundred of thousands of people every year. Recently,
devastating storms and earthquakes in 2004/2005 in the Americas and Asia
have not only brought attention to the vulnerability of tens of millions
of people living in disaster-prone areas of the South, but also
highlighted the multiple human rights challenges displaced people face in
the wake of the disaster.
While people displaced by conflicts or natural disasters generally attract
some level of attention and support from their government and/or
international aid agencies, people forced from their homes because of
development projects go largely unnoticed and unassisted. Most experience
traumatic relocation, impoverishment and often have to wait years before
receiving compensation, if any. Causes or categories of development-
induced displacement include the following: water supply (dams,
reservoirs, irrigation); urban infrastructure; transportation (roads,
highway, canals); energy (mining, power plants, oil exploration and
extraction, pipelines); and population redistribution schemes.
The consultant will work with IDMC country analysts in Geneva to design
and implement a project financed by IDMC. The objective of the project is
to conduct a desk review of relevant literature on non-conflict
displacement, map the main actors undertaking assistance and advocacy
work, and identify the key protection concerns facing people displaced as
a result of natural disasters or development projects. The overall purpose
of the desk review is to analyse how the inclusion of non-conflict
displacement in IDMCís monitoring and advocacy activities might affect
IDMC with regards to its strategic position on conflict-IDPs and on the
resources available. The final outcome of the Consultantís work will be
the development of scenarios detailing IDMCís potential future involvement
on the issue.
In collaboration with the focal point (or Working Group on non-conflict-
displacement), the Consultant will perform the following tasks:
-Conduct a desk review of all relevant literature on non-conflict
-Undertake a mapping of humanitarian/inter-governmental/governmental
actors involved in non-conflict induced displacement, their roles, future
plans and any consortia-based work.
-Identify the principal protection gaps and specific needs of non-conflict
induced displaced persons
-Gain an understanding of IDMCís current monitoring and advocacy role, and
advise on the political opposition or support that IDMC might encounter if
IDMC was to engage in monitoring and advocacy around non-conflict
-Study the potential comparative advantages of expanding the scope and
focus of IDMCís work to cover non-conflict induced displacement.
-Advise IDMC on future scenarios (light, medium and heavy impact)
envisaging IDMCís involvement in non-conflict displacement, including
political risks, personnel demands, donor support, etc.
-In collaboration with IDMCís webmaster, discuss and advise on the
potential impact of the inclusion of non-conflict induced displacement on
the IDMC web-based IDP database
-Present the findings and conclusions during a meeting to be held with
IDMC and its donors in July 2007
The Consultant will:
-Provide to IDMC within two weeks of commencing the methodology and plans
for the period of his consultancy;
-Work with an IDMC Working Group on a regular basis for guidance, ideas
sharing and updates. The Working Group is to be provided with three
intermediary briefings (one per month);
The period of this consultancy is three months, March to June 2007.
-Advanced University degree in political science, sociology, international
relations, or related field;
-Strong background in issues relating to IDPs;
-Extensive experience in the field of development-induced displacement and
natural disaster-induced displacement
-Familiarity with the UN system, and working with ICRC, NGOs, donors, and
-Proven abilities in analysis and report writing;
-Excellent inter-personal and communication skills;
-Excellent drafting skills in English.
-Computer literacy (word, excel, lotus notes and internet);
-Ability to work with minimum supervision, with efficiency, competence and
integrity with people of different national backgrounds.
Fees and other benefits to be agreed according to experience and
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be informed of the
status of their application and invited to participate in a written
recruitment test. Citizens of countries other than Switzerland and the old
member states of the European Union may face difficulties in obtaining a
work permit for this position from the Swiss authorities. For more
information on the Swiss work permit regime, please consult the website of
the Geneva authorities at http://www.geneve.ch/permis.
A CV and letter of motivation (no more than 1 page) should be sent to
Jacqueline Shaninian, email: [log in to unmask]
The deadline for applications is Friday 26 January 2006.
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