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Programme Manager Gender and Peacemaking

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 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 the 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 our Gender and Peacemaking Programme starting from 1 June 2021. The post is currently offered on the basis of a four-day week (32 hours).

Terms of reference

Reporting to the Director of the Peace Practice and Innovation Unit, the Gender and Peacemaking Manager will lead the European Institute of Peace’s Gender and Peacemaking Programme. This will involve managing the overall implementation of the Institute’s Gender and Peacemaking Strategy, implementation of projects and providing oversight and advice to project teams across the Institute on the design, implementation and monitoring of gender sensitive approaches to peacemaking and conflict resolution.

Duties and responsibilities

The Gender and Peacemaking Programme Manager will:

  • Lead, coordinate and manage the implementation of the Institute’s Gender and Peacemaking Strategy and related projects in close collaboration with the PPI Director;
  • Lead, coordinate and manage the development and adjustment of deliverables and priorities for the GPM Strategy including the development of baseline and monitoring and evaluation indicators and implementation guides for staff;
  • Maintain oversight of project implementation by supporting and managing the Gender and Peacemaking Team, ensuring good team dynamics and facilitating internal communication flows;
  • Develop and maintain effective liaison, strong relations and engagement with donors to facilitate the timely implementation of project activities, and ensure strict compliance with donor rules and regulations, and delivery and monitoring of programme outputs and expenditure within defined deadlines;
  • Ensure sound financial management of ongoing projects/programmes 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;
  • Ensure operational and strategic coherence on programmes and projects by ensuring that the European Institute of Peace’s vision, mission, and goals are reflected in its operations:
    • Emphasise inclusivity, sustainability, and coherent approaches;
    • Are linked up closely and effectively with European policy;
    • Provide a platform for innovative thinking and take a critical look at how to improve practices to be more gender sensitive in the field of mediation, conflict resolution, and peace building within the context of his/her specific projects;
  • Contribute actively to the development of fundraising strategies and fundraising activities for the Gender and Peacemaking programme and projects;
  • Take initiative, identify opportunities and plan and participate in relevant event which could further enrich the Institute’s Gender and Peacemaking programme;
  • Continue to develop and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with relevant EU institutions, European governments, Women’s Mediation Networks, NGO counterparts and peer experts;
  • Participate in external events and networks within the scope of expertise;
  • Provide strategic advice to colleagues to develop new, pragmatic ideas for how the Institute’s projects can adopt inclusive approaches with specific focus on strengthening the application of gender analysis and women’s agency and leadership in developing and implementing projects;
  • Contribute to an inclusive and constructive internal workplace by proactively sharing information and engage in team work when applicable.



  • University degree in political science, conflict resolutions, international relations, or related field;
  • Minimum 6 years experience (post-University and post-trainee,) at least 3 of them in connection with efforts on mediation, mediation-support or dialogue facilitation with a gender component;
  • Experience working with recovering or fragile states;
  • Experience in project management and project implementation including budget managing;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills;
  • Excellent command of English;
  • Ability to work well under deadlines; and take intitiative in organising work to meet goals,
  • Attention to detail;
  • An ability to think strategically and lead a team
  • Ability to work collegiately with partners inside and outside of the Institute;
  • Permission to work in Belgium (Belgian or EU citizen or currently in possession of a Belgian work permit.)


  • Excellent written and spoken ability in a language other than English;
  • Significant work experience while living in a fragile or conflict affected state;
  • Exeperience working with EU insititutions or members states;

Key Working Relationships:

  • The Programme Manager will report to the Peace Practice and Innovation (PPI) Director,  will lead the GPM Team, and work with the other teams in the Institute, especially as part of joint teams working on specific processes.

The Institute offers

  • Belgian permanent contract;
  • This post is currenly offered the basis of 32 hours per week (a four day week).
  • Salary based on 13.92 months;
  • Benefits package which includes luncheon vouchers, Hospitalia insurance, pension plan and contribution to public transportation;
  • Dynamic international team with opportunities to learn and develop skills.

Recruitment process

Please submit in English:

  • Your CV (Name_Surname_CV_ Programme Manager Gender and Peacemaking);
  • A one-page motivation letter (Name_Surname_CV_ Programme Manager Gender and Peacemaking).

Submit to: recruitment@eip.org

The deadline is 11 April 2021. If selected for the first round, we will contact you for an interview which includes a written test. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline for application: 11 April 2021