Programme Manager

14 June, 2020

Do you want to make a real difference to peace? Are you interested in using your skills to shape conflict resolution?

The European Institute of Peace is looking for exceptional individuals who share our vision for a world where people live in safety and peace because conflicts and grievances are resolved through inclusive dialogue and lasting political agreements.

We design and help deliver sustainable peace processes and agreements by providing practical experience, technical expertise and policy advice on conflict resolution. We use a variety of tools to help us do this, including analysis, mapping and design, facilitating policy discussions, mediation support and practical engagement.

Based in Brussels and active in 15 countries, the European Institute of Peace is an independent organization working collaboratively with European decision makers, the parties to conflict, and those who represent people suffering from insecurity or at risk of violence, as well as the conflict prevention, resolution and mediation community.

Our approach enables us to be agile, creative, trustworthy and effective in everything we do, and these are key qualities we look for in our team members.

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Terms of References

We are looking for a Programme Manager to be part of the Engagement, Dialogue & Process Design (EDP) Unit. Reporting to the EDP Director, the Programme Manager will lead on the design, development and implementation of EIP’s work on sustainable peace process design as well as other relevant projects. As part of this line of work, EIP aims to contribute to more inclusive and sustainable peace processes by supporting partners who are involved in peace process design to address challenges related to the preparedness, timing, sequencing, and inclusivity of processes.

In this context, the Programme Manager’s responsibilities will include:

  • Lead and contribute to the design, development and implementation of high-quality engagements and initiatives to prevent or resolve conflicts with an emphasis on peace process support initiatives which play to Europe’s strengths, keeping in mind EIP’s vision, mission and goals;
  • Take initiative, identify opportunities and plan and participate in scoping missions or other project development activities as necessary and subsequently develop strategies for EIP interventions;
  • Ensure operational and strategic coherence and take responsibility for ensuring that activities are implemented and products delivered;
  • Providing in-depth analysis of comparative processes to assess useful lessons learned and ensure that they can be tailored to apply to other contexts;
  • Organise consultations and closed discussions with relevant political actors from the international community to map interests, views and ideas of key stakeholders;
  • Contribute to EIP's relationship management with relevant EU institutions, European governments, actors in the field and NGO counterparts to identify political priorities, regional interests and scope for collaboration;
  • Identify new potential donors, maintain existing donor relations and establish new ones; secure additional funding to be able to expand the scope of work;
  • Coordinate and manage colleagues from EDP and other units as well as external consultants, fostering smooth collaboration and information-flow between units and engage regularly with other EIP colleagues outside the teams to ensure coordination on new and ongoing project activities.
  • Ensure sound financial management including monitoring and forecasting expenditure, overseeing financial reporting, and ensuring compliance with internal and donor finance procedures;
  • Work closely with colleagues to contribute to analysis and compile briefing materials for internal and external audiences and events, including preparation of speeches for senior leadership, and lead or contribute to the development of relevant policy discussions, recommendations and process design options;
  • Any other responsibility agreed upon with the line manager.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • University degree in political science, conflict resolutions, international relations, or related field;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience, at least 3 of them spent on concrete international efforts on mediation, mediation-support or dialogue facilitation;
  • Experience working in conflict affected countries and with the design or support of peace processes;
  • Understanding of EU policies, the functions of and workings of the EU institutions;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills;
  • Perfect command of English. Good command of Russian, Arabic or Spanish is an asset.
  • Ability to work well under deadlines;
  • Meticulous attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team;
  • Ability to work in Belgium (Belgian or EU citizen or currently in possession of a Belgian work permit).

Recruitment process

Please submit 1- 2 pages CV with a motivation letter (Name_Surname_ Programme Manager) and expectations regarding remuneration to 

Deadline:  Sunday June 14th 2020.

If selected for the first round, we will contact you for an interview. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Kindly note that we unfortunately cannot accept telephone inquiries.

The start date for the position is August 1st 2020.