Communications Officer, Principles for Inclusive Peace

Reporting to: Head of Secretariat, Principles for Inclusive Peace

Location: Geneva

Application closing: 12 August, 2020

Two-year assignment – Full Time

Background

The Principles for Inclusive Peace is an international initiative launched by Interpeace with the support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and others. The initiative is a unique and inclusive global process aimed at examining and re-framing the way peace processes are conceived and implemented. Over the course of two years the initiative will include both bottom-up and top-down consultations led by an international commission of political leaders, peacebuilding and peace-making practitioners, civil society representatives and scholars. The initiative will result in a set of new principles and guiding norms to inform and incentivize more effective design and implementation of peace processes that enable sustainable peace.

Current approaches to peace-making and peace processes are often ineffective, resulting in most peace agreements failing between seven and 12 years after they are signed. The Principles for Inclusive Peace aim to achieve more effective and sustainable peace by influencing the global approach to peace processes. The initiative aims to move the international community towards multi-layered, more inclusive and strategic processes that are more effective in enabling societies to end violent conflict and build their capacities for sustainable peace. By creating a new set of enduring principles and non-binding norms, this initiative aims to change individual and collective incentives and behaviour within international peace action, and provide strategic coherence, greater accountability and mechanisms for long-term oversight.

This initiative was soft launched at the 2019 Paris Peace Forum and was selected as a top ten ‘scale-up’ project. For more background information about the Principles for Inclusive Peace, please visit: https://www.principles4peace.org/.

Interpeace is an international peacebuilding organization that strengthens the ability of societies to manage conflict themselves in sustainable and non-violent ways. Interpeace was originally established by the United Nations and remains its strategic partner. Beyond field-based peacebuilding, Interpeace also assists the international community – particularly the UN – to be more effective in supporting peacebuilding efforts worldwide. This includes contributing innovative thought leadership on peacebuilding policies and practices.  Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva and has offices around the world. For more information about Interpeace, please visit www.interpeace.org

Position within the Organization

The Communications Officer will provide communications and programme support to the Principles for Inclusive Peace Secretariat which will implement activities worldwide over a two-year period. The initiative is independent but has been seeded by Interpeace and will be managed from the Interpeace Headquarters office in Geneva. A key aspect of this role will be support to the internal and external stakeholder communication for the Principles for Inclusive Peace. The role will also require programme management responsibilities, including project management and practical oversight to ensure delivery of a highly inclusive and participatory series of regional consultations worldwide by the Commission.

A Steering Committee will provide overall oversight of the initiative, and the Head of Secretariat will manage the delivery of the process and engage closely with Committee members. The initiative is independent and international, and the Secretariat is responsible to the Steering Committee for the work and achievements of the Commission. The Communications Officer will contribute to the effective internal and external communication of the Principles for Inclusive Peace Secretariat.

Purpose and General Overview

The Secretariat will support the international Commission to develop the Principles for Inclusive Peace, in particular by ensuring a highly inclusive consultative global process.  The key organs of the initiative including the Commission, Research Committee and Advisory Council will be composed of eminent and senior political leaders, practitioners, scholars, and civil society / youth leaders with significant experience working on international peace and security issues.

The Communications Officer will work on internal and external stakeholder communication with all key components of the initiative. S/he will produce communications content for various audiences to the initiative, manage the social media presence and engage with programmatic communications elements of the initiative which include curation of content from participatory consultations with local actors.

The Communications Officer will contribute to the provision of secretarial support for the Commission as well as a  Steering Committee, Advisory Group and  Research Committee; contribute to process design, project management and sequencing of participatory  consultations and other project planning and logistics; contribute to the political strategy and strategic communications of the initiative; and, provide substantive input and feedback into research processes developed by the initiative.

The Communications Officer will contribute to forming partnerships and coordinate collaboration with other peace-making and peacebuilding organizations throughout the project. S/he will co-develop project plans and manage their implementation in line with the overall project plan, strategy and budget of the initiative. S/he will support the coordination and weaving of the different tracks of the initiative including substantive research, stakeholder engagement, local focus groups and deliberations of the international commission. S/he will also input into other parts of the initiative such as policy and advocacy outputs, desk-based and thematic research and the implementation of extensive participatory consultations.

The Communications Officer will closely collaborate with the Head of Secretariat other staff members within the Secretariat. S/he will also regularly engage with key Interpeace Communications staff as well as other Interpeace colleagues for coordination and consultation purposes. The Communications Officer will regularly engage with external parties, including Commission members, representatives of partner organizations (e.g. UN agencies, international NGOs, regional and local organizations and civil society organizations), and donors.

The position is for a two-year period but is envisaged to continue into an implementation and monitoring phase to mainstream and disseminate the Principles for Inclusive Peace to ensure their meaningful take up and operationalization.

The position will potentially involve some travel.

Duties and responsibilities

Specific Duties:

  • Co-develops and implements communication strategies and plans
  • Develops internal and external stakeholder communication products and engages with all key components and governing bodies of the initiative
  • Develops tailored communication approaches to target audiences and partners
  • Produces key communications content for various audiences to the initiative, including the general public, research partners and people living in conflict affected settings expiring peace processes
  • Manages the social media engagement and ensures a high degree of visibility and engagement through the creation of compelling and creative social media content, including twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Where necessary, liaises with service providers for various services for marketing, Audio-visual, graphic design etc.
  • Delivers on programmatic communications elements of the initiative which include curation of content from participatory consultations with local actors
  • Translate lessons-learned, both positive and negative and intended and unintended, into communication outputs for donors, partners, communities of practice, and the general public.
  • Contributes to the development and dissemination of knowledge products and briefing and learning outputs from the activities of the Secretariat, in collaboration with relevant colleagues
  • Contributes to developing the core briefing and background materials for the international Commission
  • Contributes to project management of key deliverables of the initiative
  • Stays abreast of relevant developments in international policy, in particular international peace and security developments

Management – institutional coherence

  • Ensures close operational coordination at technical working level with other colleagues in the Secretariat, with partner organizations and teams in Interpeace
  • Contributes to the strategic sharing of information and opportunities with key donors, partners and like-minded institutions

Representation

  • Develops and strengthens relationships with partner organizations and supports stakeholder engagement of the Secretariat
  • Participates in meetings, conferences, forums and other public events including public consultations and commission meetings
  • Collaborates with relevant colleagues to input into communications materials (tweets, webstories, reports, talking points) to create visibility for the initiative in collaboration with the Interpeace Communications team
  • Identifies suitable communications platform to strengthen the visibility of the initiative (events, conferences, websites, publications, and other fora)

Qualifications:

Candidates with relevant qualifications, experience, a tertiary degree, and fluency in English, are invited to apply.

Relevant experience and qualifications may include:

Education

  • Tertiary qualification in journalism, communications, public relations or related field, or, peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, development, public administration, management, or related field

Experience

  • Working across a broad range of communication areas, including editorial, social media, website management, events, public relations  and media
  • Communications and research experience in related policy areas
  • Field or lived experience in conflict affected, development, or humanitarian contexts considered an advantage
  • Peacebuilding, peace-making or mediation or other relevant field considered an advantage
  • Strategic partnership building and/or advocacy considered an advantage

Competencies

  • Communication skills, including developing/adapting content for social and traditional media
  • Professional writing skills in English, including the ability to proofread and edit documents with a journalistic style
  • Passion for innovative and creative digital communications and social media engagement and for issues related to violence prevention, international relations and story-telling
  • Understanding of the development, humanitarian and peacebuilding/peacemaking policy discourses
  • Basic knowledge of peace-making and peacebuilding policy and practice, including understanding of gender-and youth peacebuilding issues
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-responsive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes.
  • Ability to interact in political sensitive situations and with people respectfully and with tact
  • Ability to deal with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and good judgment
  • Languages:
    • Excellent verbal and written skills in English required; fluency in other working languages of the UN, especially French would be desirable.
  • Interpeace Competencies
    • Collaboration and Weaving
    • Communication
    • Drive for results
    • Adaptability and Continuous Learning
    • Respect for Diversity

Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims to achieve gender equality both through gender parity at all levels of the organization and promoting a gender dimension in all its work. We welcome applications from women and men, those with disabilities and those with a lived experience of conflict and violence.

How to Apply 

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to recruitment@interpeace.org no later than 12 August 11:00 pm CET. “Communications Officer, Principles for Inclusive Peace ” must be included in the subject line of the application email to be considered.

Please note that due to high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.