Researcher/Moderator, Syria/MENA Program, Remote

International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Remote, Lebanon

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st February, 2021

Job Description

Organization profile

Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. This is a complex global challenge that can be tackled effectively through cross-cutting programs that address a variety of difficult, interconnected issues.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It works with governments and other stakeholders, including families of the missing, to help them develop and maintain successful missing persons processes. To learn more about ICMP click here.

Syria/MENA Program

ICMP’s Syria/MENA program aims to establish the foundations for an effective and sustainable mechanism to address the issue of the missing in a future post-conflict Syria. The program focuses on the following:

  • Contributing to increased understanding among victims, civil society and key stakeholders regarding processes, standards and rights of victims and survivors who are involved in accounting for missing persons;
  • Establishing the conditions to launch a participative process of data collection that empowers and engages families of the missing; and
  • Increasing the capacity of Syrian families, legal experts and other stakeholders to foster an impartial and law-based approach to accounting for missing persons in post-conflict Syria.
  • The primary beneficiaries of the Syria/MENA program are families, in particular women, with relatives missing from the conflict, who are currently displaced in neighboring countries and, also where possible, those who are still in Syria.

Position Background

This is a seven month part-time remote position. Start date is immediately.

ICMP will facilitate the creation and convening of a Policy Coordination Group (PCG) for Missing and Disappeared Persons in Syria with the immediate goals of supporting Syrians to develop recommendations and a policy framework for a missing person process. The PCG Researcher/Moderator will support the PCG in logistically and substantively preparing for the meetings, facilitating meetings, conducting research as necessary, support in developing and drafting the recommendations/policy framework, and issuing relevant publications.

Under the direction of the Head of Program (Syria/MENA), the Researcher/Moderator’s duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Support the PCG in setting the agenda and discussion points
  • Facilitate and moderate PCG meetings
  • Support in developing and drafting actionable proposals and recommendations/policy framework
  • Drafting of publications
  • Conducting research
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Educational background in Political Science, Humanities, Sociology, Law, Public Administration, or relevant discipline
  • At least 8 years of previous professional experience
  • Exceptional facilitation and moderation skills with the ability to build consensus and overcome divisions
  • Experienced researcher and writer
  • In-depth knowledge of the situation in Syria
  • Understanding and knowledge of the situation of Missing Persons in Syria
  • Experience in liaising with Syrian civil society organizations, and regional, national and international institutions
  • Ability to communicate effectively with civil society while demonstrating sound political judgment and cultural sensitivity
  • Proven planning skills
  • Excellent conceptual, analytical, documentation, report writing and presentation skills.

Mandatory Requirements

  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel and Power Point
  • Computer equipped with video and audio and access to a reliable and stable internet connection
  • Proven ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality or gender
  • Ability to travel at short notice and to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings
  • Review of applications will begin on Friday 29 January with interviews taking place the first week of February 2021.
  • The position will remain open until filled.


  • This is a part time consultant role and is remote-based. Salary is commensurate with relevant experience and within budget availability.
  • ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.


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