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The European Institute of Peace (EIP) 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 provide 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 of peace processes and agreements, facilitating policy discussions, and proposing practical engagement, for example through inclusive dialogue and mediation support.

Based in Brussels and active in over a dozen countries, the European Institute of Peace is an independent organisation 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 innovative approach to peace enables us to be agile, creative, and effective in everything we do, and these are key qualities we look for in our team members. See www.eip.org for more information

We are looking for a Programme Assistant for the Environmental Peacemaking Programme in the Peace Practice and Innovation Unit  on a fixed-term 18-month contract.

About the Environmental Peacemaking Programme

The Environmental Peacemaking (EPM) Programme seeks to gear up conflict resolution to respond to climate change and wider environmental challenges in conflict contexts in order to contribute to a sustainable environment and enhance the prospects for durable peace.

EPM aims to support peace leaders and local communities to address climate and environmental concerns in the wider framework of peace processes, in conflict prevention, resolution and in post-conflict peace building. We believe the environment is fundamental to make peace and that conflict resolution practitioners can strengthen their efforts by understanding how it affects conflict dynamics.

As the Programme Assistant, you will become an integral part of a small and dynamic team in Brussels that works for an enhanced climate and environmental focus in peace processes. Working closely with the team, you will get to work on a wide range of tasks from policy development to event/meeting organisation, process design and project implementation. 

Duties and responsibilities

Reporting to the Peace Practice and Innovation (PPI) Director and Programme Officer, the Environmental Peacemaking (EPM) Programme Assistant will provide operational and substantial support to the managers, officers, and analysts in the EPM team.

In this context, the Programme Assistant will support the EPM team in the delivery of high-quality projects in Somalia, Yemen and the Central Sahel among other countries. Working closely with the Programme Officer, the core tasks of the Assistant are to:

  • Provide operational, administrative and logistical support to the project teams, external experts and consultants throughout all phases of the project cycles to ensure smooth project delivery.
    • Provide operational and logistical support to field visits, appointments and meetings related to both internal and external project activities.
    • Contribute to monitoring and reporting on grants in accordance with project management systems.
    • Contribute to recruitment, including in the drafting of Terms of References and providing general support to recruitment processes.
    • Liaise with the Operations Department on operational, administrative and financial matters.
  • Compile briefing materials and deliver meeting and project reports, including taking minutes in internal and external meetings.
  • Maintain an overview of EPM internal documents and ensure relevant documents are recorded.
  • Conduct and distribute bi-weekly background research on environmental issues in relevant conflict contexts (thematic and geographic) in support of project implementation, public interventions and scoping of new projects.
  • Support the EPM team in integrating a multi-year strategy to make the EIP and conflict resolution practice environmentally sustainable.



  • University degree in political science, international relations, peace and conflict studies, conflict resolution or similar; combined focus on climate change or environmental studies is a strong asset.
  • At least two years of experience with international affairs; specific focus on climate security, environmental peacebuilding or other related climate change and environmental issues in conflict contexts is a strong asset.
  • Perfect command of English (verbal and written);
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills;
  • 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.)

Desirable skills:

  • Experience working with recovering or fragile states;
  • Experience working with EU institutions of foreign affairs in a European country;
  • Command of French;

The Institute offers

  • 18 month fixed-term contract.
  • Salary based on 13.92 months and commensurate to the position and experience;
  • Benefits package which includes luncheon vouchers, hospital insurance, pension plan, and contribution to transportation;
  • 40h/week including 12 RTT days per year;
  • Orange SIM card;
  • Contribution to teleworking allowance: €15.

Start date: March 2022

The successful candidate will need to reside in or relocate to Belgium/EU when the employment contract starts.

Recruitment process

Please submit in English:

  • Your CV (Name_Surname_CV_EPM Programme Assistant);
  • One-page letter (Name_Surname_ML_EPM Programme Assistant) demonstrating your qualification according to the profile.

Submit to: recruitment@cg9lzbbryk.preview.infomaniak.website

The deadline is 31st of December 2021 close of business (COB).

If selected for the first round, we will contact you for an interview which may include a written test. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The written test will be held in mid-January, and the interviews the week of 24/01/2022. We look forward to meeting you!

Deadline for application: 31 December 2021