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Regional Advisor for the Great Lakes (Consultancy Contract)

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 Regional Advisor for the Great Lakes to support the Engagement, Dialogue & Process Design Unit (EDP).

Duties and Responsibilities

Programmatic support:

  • Contribute to the design, development and implementation of EIP’s Great Lakes Programme to prevent or resolve conflicts with an emphasis on peace process support initiatives which play to Europe’s strengths and aligned with EIP’s Vision, Mission, and Goals;
  • Support implementation of assigned projects, dialogue activities, large and small events planning and management, preparing for and ensuring action on meetings at various levels;
  • Support and conduct missions in the DRC and the wider Great Lakes region;
  • In collaboration with local consultants, contribute to field-based engagement in order to develop and maintain strong local community networks, and to work closely with local stakeholders and conflict parties to inform and contribute to the achievement of programme objectives;
  • Support relationships building with international NGO and multilateral organisation counterparts in the region to identify political priorities, strategic interests and scope for political collaboration;
  • Contribute to the planning and execution of, relevant policy discussions in the region, leading to the development of strong policy recommendations and process design options;
  • Contribute to fundraising by identify opportunities and build relations with potential donors;
  • Monitor local and regional developments in the Great lakes Region and develop knowledge, expertise and key relationships, feeding into the analysis developed by the unit and ensure overall adherence to the Institute’s analytical framework.

Team management support:

  • Assist with the coordination of the work of EIP’s local consultants in the region through regular meetings and frequent follow-up;
  • Support operational compliance and sound financial management of local consultants, assisting with financial reporting (preparation and contribution to drafting of annual activity-based project budgets as well as monthly and quarterly financial reports and preparation and sending of new funding requests);
  • Contribute to the producing of programmatic reports, mappings and proposals;
  • Participation in the various team meetings.


  • University degree in political science, conflict resolution, international relations, or related field;
  • Minimum 12 years of experience, 7 of which spent in the field of conflict resolution, post-conflict stabilisation, diplomacy, humanitarian activities or similar;
  • Knowledge of the political and economic situation of the Great Lakes region;
  • Residence in eastern DRC is highly desirable (or in the Great Lakes region);
  • Experience in working in multicultural teams in the context of complex programmes or projects, experience in working with/in regional teams or remotely is an asset;
  • Very good communication and people skills;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and comply with tight deadlines;
  • Attention to detail and ability to multitask effectively;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team;
  • Perfect command of French and English is necessary;
  • Good command of Kiswahili or any other local language is an asset.

The Institute offers

  • Consultancy contract (for a maximum of 180 days) from 01/03/2023 to 28/02/2024

*This position is subject to available funding

Recruitment process

Please submit in English:

  • Your CV (Name_Surname_CV_Regional Advisor Great Lakes)
  • A one-page Motivational Letter (Name_Surname_ML_Regional Advisor Great Lakes) demonstrating your qualification according to the profile, mentioning also your expected daily rate.

Subject of the email: Name_Surname_Regional Advisor Great Lakes

Submit to: recruitment@eip.org

The deadline is 29/01/2023 at 23h59 (Brussels Time). The successful candidate will be selected based on the most competitive offer. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline for application: 29 January 2023