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Iris Wielders

Iris Wielders is a Senior Consultant in Itad’s FCAS Theme with 17 years of expertise in conflict prevention, crisis response, and peacebuilding.

Iris has a proven track record in monitoring and evaluation, adaptive programme management, research, conflict analysis, data collection, capacity building, and document reviews and her work is based on her strong academic background. She was the Conflict Adviser for DFID in Sudan where she led cross-departmental conflict reduction and peacebuilding programming and policy advice. She was also the Conflict Analyst in Sudan for a peacebuilding programme with Peace Direct and was the Analyst for Peace Direct’s work on adaptive programming in Sudan.

Iris has extensive experience working as a conflict analyst, working on the HMG’s Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability (JACS) in both the DRC and Pakistan and on an HMG-funded programme in the DRC where she designed Do No Harm risk mitigation matrices. Iris has worked at a number of universities and lectured on a number of courses. She is an accomplished writer and excellent communicator, authoring papers on topics such as conflict prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, civil society engagement, and corruption, and facilitating dialogues with multiple stakeholders.

Nationality: Dutch
Languages: Dutch (native), English (fluent), French (excellent)
Country Experience:

Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Fiji, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Micronesia, Myanmar, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vanuatu


2000 - 2001
MA. Humanitarian Assistance
University of Groningen
1995 - 2000
MA. Political Science and International Relations
University of Amsterdam


2018 - present
Senior Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2015 - 2018

2013 - 2015
Conflict Adviser
UK Department for International Development, Sudan

2005 - 2013

Post-graduate Lecturer and Course Convener (Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies)
University of Sydney

Visiting Scholar
Australian National University

2002 - 2004
Administrative Manager
University of Sydney

Administration Officer
University of New South Wales

2001 - 2003
Project Officer and Researcher
European Centre for Conflict Prevention, The Netherlands

Webster University at Leiden, The Netherlands

Project Experience:

Conflict Sensitivity for the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Methodology
(UNDP) - Conflict Sensitivity Expert
Designed conflict sensitivity guidance for the UN/WB/EU PDNA methodology. Research, interviews and guidance writing.
TPM community peacebuilding in Yemen
(Itad) - Evaluation Lead
Evaluation inputs to inform evaluative TPM in Yemen.
Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability (JACS)
(HMG ) - Conflict Analyst
Conducted a literature review for JACS for the UK Government and managed the Pakistan research assistant.
Conflict Sensitivity and Gender Responsiveness Analysis
(UNDP ) - Team Leader
Team Leader and conflict analyst for a conflict sensitivity and gender responsiveness analysis of UNDP and UN Women’s Joint Programme in Rakhine. Managed the Burmese research assistant.
2017 - 2018
Conflict Sensitivity in Libya
(Peaceful Change Initiative ) - Senior Adviser
Provided programme management, and designed conflict sensitivity mainstreaming tools and processes.
Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability (JACS)
(HMG) - Conflict Analyst
Facilitated workshops, undertook an analysis based on desk-based reviews, and conducted interviews.
Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Private Sector Development Interventions in Fragile States
(IFC) - Conflict Analyst
Part of a team led by OPM designing and executing the research.
Conflict Sensitivity for DRC for Community-Based Land Use Planning Programme
(HMG) - Conflict Sensitivity Adviser
Commissioned by the UK Stabilisation Unit to be a conflict sensitivity adviser for UN HABITAT’s programme in Eastern DRC. Designed Do No Harm risk mitigation matrices and other tools for projects in North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri. Liaised with ISSSS on alignment.
Peace Building Support
(Foundation for Civil Society ) - Conflict Analyst
Designed sub-strategy on peacebuilding support for Tanzania’s largest civil society grant-making foundation. Undertook data collection, trainings, and workshops.
Capacities for Peace Project
(LPI) - Conflict Analyst
Provided assistance to LPI to help complete submission of project.
Peace Building Mapping Research
(Peace Direct ) - Conflict Analyst
Quality control of Unity State/South Sudan peace building mapping research, plus led on joint strategy for conflict mitigation and social cohesion in South Kordofan.
Tanzanian Conflict Analysis
(UNDP ) - Conflict Analyst
Updated conflict analysis of Tanzania and Zanzibar following the 2015 elections, and reviewed the UNDP dialogue platform support during the 2015 elections. Undertook research and report writing, and facilitated workshops.
Adaptive Programming in Fragile Contexts
(Peace Direct) - Analyst
Wrote about the current thinking on adaptive programming in fragile and conflict-affected states. Published the work in ‘Putting the Local First’.
Conflict Sensitivity Mainstreaming
(Oxfam ) - Conflict Sensitivity Expert
Part of a two person team designing a three year regional programme including for Asian countries to strengthen learning and integration of flexible programming sensitive to fragile and conflict affected contexts. Case study focuses were in Pakistan and Philippines. Included a review of previous programme and a capacity assessment.