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.
|Languages:||Dutch (native), English (fluent), French (excellent)|
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
University of Groningen
University of Amsterdam
UK Department for International Development, Sudan
University of Sydney
Australian National University
University of Sydney
University of New South Wales
European Centre for Conflict Prevention, The Netherlands
Webster University at Leiden, The Netherlands
(UNDP) - Conflict Sensitivity Expert
Designed conflict sensitivity guidance for the UN/WB/EU PDNA methodology. Research, interviews and guidance writing.
(Itad) - Evaluation Lead
Evaluation inputs to inform evaluative TPM in Yemen.
(HMG ) - Conflict Analyst
Conducted a literature review for JACS for the UK Government and managed the Pakistan research assistant.
(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.
(Peaceful Change Initiative ) - Senior Adviser
Provided programme management, and designed conflict sensitivity mainstreaming tools and processes.
(HMG) - Conflict Analyst
Facilitated workshops, undertook an analysis based on desk-based reviews, and conducted interviews.
(IFC) - Conflict Analyst
Part of a team led by OPM designing and executing the research.
(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.
(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.
(LPI) - Conflict Analyst
Provided assistance to LPI to help complete submission of project.
(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.
(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.
(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’.
(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.