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Programme Manager – Climate and Environmental Peacemaking Programme

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 Manager for the Climate Environmental Peacemaking Programme in the Peace Practice and Innovation Unit.

About the Climate Environmental Peacemaking Programme

Through the Climate and Environmental Peacemaking (CEPM) Programme, established in 2019, the Institute 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.

The CEPM Programme is focused on support to peace leaders and local communities to address climate and environmental concerns in the wider framework of conflict resolution. 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.

Duties and responsibilities

The European Institute of Peace is looking for a Programme Manager to be an integral part of the growing Climate & Environmental Peacemaking team within the Peace Practice and Innovation Unit. As the Programme Manager, you will work directly with the Director for Peace Practice and Innovation and become the day-to-day lead of a small and dedicated team in Brussels.

In this context, your duties and responsibilities will be to:

  • Lead or contribute to the design, development and implementation of all projects under the Climate and Environmental Peacemaking programme, this includes the full programme management cycle from concept note to final reporting;
  • Develop realistic strategies for engagement on the ground in order to develop strong networks, and an ability to work closely with local actors, conflict parties, and other relevant groups (e.g. marginalised actors), to inform and contribute to the achievement of project objectives;
  • Contribute to the development and advocacy of the Institute’s policy position on climate and environmental peacemaking, to EU and European policy makers; Keep up to date with European and international policy developments relevant to the Programme;
  • Work closely with colleagues to 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;
  • Develop and maintain effective liaisons, strong relations and engagement with donors to ensure strict compliance with donor rules and regulations, and deliver and monitor programme outputs and expenditure within defined deadlines;
  • Ensure sound financial management of on-going projects/programmes/envelope including monitoring and forecasting expenditure, overseeing financial reporting (preparation and submission of annual activity-based project budgets as well as monthly and quarterly financial reports and preparation, and sending of new funding requests), and ensuring compliance with internal and donor finance procedures;
  • Take initiative in relation to fundraising, identify opportunities and liaise with external actors in coordination with the line manager;
  • Provide analytical support to projects and teams across the Institute’s portfolio in climate change, natural resource and environmental issues that are relevant to conflict dynamics, opportunities for peacemaking and the specific objectives of projects;
  • Carry out other reasonable tasks as instructed by line manager. 

Profile

  • University degree in political science, conflict resolution, international relations preferably with a focus on environmental issues or related field.
  • At least 4 years of experience in the field of mediation and dialogue, peacemaking, peace building, conflict resolution (or a related field) combined with experience in climate change, environmental or natural resource issues. Specific experience in climate security, environmental security, environmental peacemaking or similar is a strong advantage. 
  • At least 2 years experience in management or management support roles of programmes or projects as well as teams.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills.
  • Excellent command of English (verbal and written). Additional languages, particularly French or Arabic, are significant assets. Additional languages will be tested as part of the recruitment process.
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and work well under deadlines.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team.
  • Legally entitled to work in Belgium (Belgian or EU citizen or currently in possession of a Belgian work permit).

The Institute offers

  • Open-ended Belgian 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.

Expected start date: As soon as possible.

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_CEPM Programme Manager);
  • One-page letter (Name_Surname_ML_CEPM Programme Manager) demonstrating your qualification according to the profile.

Subject of the e-mail: Name Surname_CEPM Programme Manager

Submit to: recruitment@eip.org

The deadline is 9 October 2022, 23:59 (Brussels time).

If selected for the first round, you will be contacted for a written test and interview. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We look forward to meeting you!

Deadline for application: 09 October 2022