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Expert, Forensic Archaeology Trainer


1 month ago

Job type: Contract


Category: Teaching

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.

Position Background

ICMP has assessed the missing persons process in Northeast Syria in regards to ad hoc excavations of mass graves and clandestine graves, and the needs of emergency responders.

ICMP is seeking an experienced forensic archaeologist to develop curriculum and provide online and in-person training relating to the principles of assessing, safeguarding and protecting mass graves and sites of forensic interest, and general procedures to map, document and recovery human osseous remain.

Reporting to the Head of Program (Syria/MENA) and working closing with Science and Technology staff at HQ, the Expert Archaeologist will work with first responders in NE Syria to develop protocols and standard operating procedures to safeguard mass grave sites and document recovered human remains to support identification efforts as a key output.

The Expert Trainer is a fixed-term three-month consultancy position with possibility of extension or further short-term contracts subject to funding. The position is remote but may also work out of ICMP Headquarters in The Hague or in the ICMP Lebanon office.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Wim Kok Center of Excellence and Learning at HQ, and the Head of Program, design, prepare and lead two simulations and training events to raise awareness among first responders from Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour, about the missing persons process, protecting mass graves and unidentified human remains, as well as associated evidence located in conflict-affected areas to include mass and clandestine graves and other sites of potential forensic interest
  • Answer emails, engage in instant messaging or host video calls with learners from partner institutions, when necessary
  • Monitor discussion and training forums to ensure learners are appropriately engaged and on topic through the ICMP learning management system (LMS)
  • Provide advice and guidance on the protocol and standard operating procedure to finalize this output with the partner institution.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in forensic archaeology or a forensic science and/or crime scene related discipline
  • 8-10 years of practical experience in the field of forensic archaeology and complex recovery and crime scene contexts such as mass graves
  • Comprehensive and thorough knowledge in forensic archaeological field methods and protocols for the recovery and documentation of osseous human remains
  • Prior experience as a subject matter expert trainer, experience in remote training delivery is an advantage
  • Experience working with an Instructional Designer to create curriculum and training materials
  • Prior experience working in Syria or a conflict area is an advantage
  • Knowledge and familiarity with the work of the ICMP and its country programs is an advantage
  • Knowledge of practical measures that can be taken to assess, safeguard and protect mass grave crime scenes from inexpert excavation or tampering.

Mandatory requirements

  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English; knowledge of Arabic is an asset
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point and online training systems such as Desire 2 Learn (D2L).
  • Proven ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality or gender
  • Willingness to travel to Lebanon and Syria if necessary
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings.


Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

REVIEW of APPLICATIONS will begin on 7 August 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled.

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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