Call for P/CVE Experts

CALL FOR EXPERTS: GCERF Seeks Applications for Its Independent Review Panel (IRP)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, 9 September 2018

The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) is a multi-stakeholder global fund that works with local partners to strengthen community resilience to violent extremism. GCERF is an independent public-private partnership that directs resources to initiatives led by and benefiting local communities in order to empower women, girls, boys, and men. GCERF focuses on local communities because they suffer the most from violent extremism, and because they are optimally placed to understand and act upon the drivers of violent extremism.

GCERF is seeking applications to add 2-3 new members to its Independent Review Panel (IRP) – the group of international, independent, and impartial P/CVE experts who provide technical advice to the GCERF Secretariat and the GCERF Governing Board, including the assessment of funding proposals.


The international Independent Review Panel (IRP) is an independent, impartial group of 8 to 14 experts appointed by the GCERF Governing Board to provide a rigorous technical assessment of requests for funding made to GCERF. The IRP’s review is against established technical standards, placing special emphasis on the overall coherence and performance potential of the application. Written and spoken fluency in English is required of all IRP members. The current IRP Terms of Reference are available on the GCERF website here; however, they are currently being revised and will be presented to successful applicants. An overview of the GCERF Core Funding Mechanism (CFM) process is available on the GCERF website here.


The IRP is a group of experts who are institutionally independent of the Secretariat, Board, and other governance structures of the Board. IRP members serve in their personal capacities and do not represent their employer, any government, or other entity. Members of the GCERF Secretariat are ineligible to serve on the IRP. Board Members, Alternate Board Members, Board committee members or individuals who participate in Board meetings as part of Board constituency delegations, and Country Support Mechanism (CSM) members shall stand down from these roles if selected and agreed upon to serve on the IRP.


As a whole, IRP membership shall, to the extent possible, include experts in the following areas:

  • community engagement and action;
  • preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE), and the drivers of recruitment and radicalisation to violent extremist agendas;
  • community-level resilience and capacity development;
  • conflict transformation;
  • government-community relations;
  • formal education and informal learning;
  • professional and vocational education;
  • small- and medium-size enterprise development;
  • livelihoods and human security;
  • interfaith relations;
  • non-profit governance and management;
  • public-private partnerships, private sector engagement, and corporate social responsibility;
  • radicalisation dynamics;
  • social entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • engendered issues – youth, women, and victims/survivors of terrorism; and
  • information and communications technology.


In addition to the expertise listed above, IRP members should ideally have:

  • knowledge of GCERF and its purpose, as well as general policy issues in the field of P/CVE, community engagement and resilience, human security, and international development;
  • experience in applying for or assessing requests for grant funding and making recommendations;
  • experience in developing, funding, managing, or overseeing programmes in the fields listed above in developing countries;
  • experience in participating in the governance structures of a grant-making institution or mechanism; and
  • financial management experience including budgeting and financial reporting.


For this particular Call for Experts, preference will be given to applicants who have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Arabic language
  • French language
  • Community-oriented policing,
  • Formal education (especially primary/secondary education), informal learning, and lifelong learning
  • Gender perspectives in radicalisation to violent extremism (e.g. gender-based violence, masculinities, femininities)
  • Pre-criminal interventions (e.g. “off-ramps,” referral mechanisms)
  • Professional and vocational education/training
  • Rehabilitation/reintegration of former violent extremist offenders
  • Entrepreneurship, and livelihoods development
  • Migration (e.g., refugees, displacement)


IRP members shall serve for up to two years and are eligible for appointment for a second term of up to two years. IRP members may receive an honorarium of USD 2,000 a year. GCERF will defray all direct costs associated with an individual’s role on the IRP, such as travel and accommodation costs.


To apply to be a member of the IRP, please email: (a) your curriculum vitae (CV)/resume; and (b) the names, titles, email addresses, and phone numbers for two professional references to:, with the Subject line: “IRP Application: LAST NAME, First Name.” Please do not include a cover letter. The GCERF Secretariat will screen and, where appropriate, complete reference checks for applications for IRP membership. The application deadline is Sunday, 9 September 2018.

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