Head, Peace Responsiveness and Advisory Services

Reporting to: Director Policy, Learning & Advisory Services

Location: Geneva

Type of position: L7

Application closing: 31 July 2021


Interpeace is an international organization for peacebuilding that supports locally led peacebuilding initiatives around the world. Interpeace tailors its approach to each society and ensures that the work is locally driven. Together with local partners and local teams, Interpeace jointly develops peacebuilding programmes and helps establish processes of change that connect local communities, civil society, government and the international community.

As a strategic partner of the United Nations, Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices around the world.

For more information about Interpeace, please visit www.interpeace.org

Background to Position within the Organization

Interpeace has two facets to its mandate: (1) to strengthen the capacities of societies to manage conflict in non-violent, non-coercive ways by assisting national actors in their efforts to develop social and political cohesion; and, (2) to assist the international community (in particular the United Nations) to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world. The Policy, Learning and Advisory Services Unit leads Interpeaceā€™s work on the second facet.

Interpeace has developed the new and holistic approach of ā€˜Peace Responsivenessā€™, which supports leading humanitarian and development organisations ā€“ through research, policy, programmes, applied training and organisational guidance – to improve their conflict sensitivity and their efforts to contribute to peace more intentionally. Peace Responsiveness aims to transform the capacity of actors operating in conflict-affected or fragile contexts to be both conflict-sensitive and to contribute to peace outcomes proactively and practically through their technical programming. It seeks to do so in a manner that enhances collective impact, supports inclusive and locally led change, and strengthens societal resilience to conflict and violence.

The Peace Responsiveness team provides capacity development, learning, evidence-building, and joint programming. This work is closely aligned to the mission and purpose of the International Peacebuilding Advisory Team (IPAT). Interpeace created IPAT in 2013 to respond to demands by national and international stakeholders for technical assistance with peacebuilding in fragile and conflict-affected countries and regions. IPAT provides tailored advice as well as capacity-development/accompaniment support and training in different aspects of peacebuilding with a focus on process design and fostering local ownership. The strategic objective of IPAT is to support actors working in conflict contexts so that they have coherent peacebuilding strategies that are based on peacebuilding principles, are informed by context, crafted at multiple levels for systemic impact, and that enable local and national stakeholders to lead in pursuing sustainable peace. This includes supporting development, humanitarian, and security actors to integrate peacebuilding principles and approaches in their work in order to make their contributions to enduring peace more effective. IPAT is composed of leading experts in peacebuilding and advising, with further background available here.

Purpose and General Overview

This is a senior role within Interpeace which represents publicly and advances the philosophy and growth of Peace Responsiveness, and is accountable for designing and advancing Interpeaceā€™s related work and institutional relationships. The Head reports to the Director of Policy, Learning and Advisory Services. S/he manages the Peace Responsiveness team (currently 3 full-time staff) and supervises its work, as well as leading and fostering the work of IPAT. S/he also works closely with the Programme Manager for Joint Peace Responsive Programming who is responsible separately for designing and initiating peace responsive programmes in the field, and who reports to the Senior Director of Programme Management.

The strategic goal of the position is two-fold: (1) to promote and advance Peace Responsiveness as a leading conceptual and operational paradigm for operationalising practically the international Sustaining Peace agenda, and creating catalytic peace impacts through influencing humanitarian and development action; and, (2) to reinforce IPAT as a leading source of high quality and trusted peacebuilding advice and support. Ultimately s/he will seek to achieve catalytic impact by influencing globally leading humanitarian and development actors to be peace responsive.

The role holder manages and optimises resources and funding strategies to pursue these objectives. S/he also oversees compliance and implementation of relevant institutional procedures, policies and systems in alignment with donor requirements and eligibility regulations.

The role holder regularly engages with the Senior Director of Programme Management, the Director of Programme Development & Innovation, and the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications to ensure coherence of efforts across Interpeace. S/he identifies strategic opportunities for IPAT to contribute to Interpeaceā€™s institutional objectives and for increasing the implementation of Peace responsiveness across Interpeace programming. The role consults with and coordinates with the Head of Global Finance, Human Resources and IT as well as other Interpeace managers to ensure adherence to high standards of resources management.

The role builds and manages an ambitious work agenda as well as external relationships, including with representatives of UN agencies and other partners, organisations, think tanks, and governments. The role requires occasional travel, including potentially to high risk environments.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Develops, plans and leads the implementation of the Peace Responsiveness strategy in line with the strategic direction set by the Director.
  • Develops, plans and leads the implementation of the IPAT strategy in line with the strategic direction set by the Director.
  • Leads periodic reviews and adaptations of the Peace Responsiveness and IPAT strategies to ensure progress towards strategic and institutional objectives.
  • Identifies and proposes avenues to grow the work, visibility and impact of Peace Responsiveness and IPAT.
  • Develops and maintains strategic partnerships with representatives of key Interpeace partners for peace responsiveness such as UN agencies, INGOs, regional organisations, in coordination with other relevant Interpeace units where applicable.
  • Maintains donor relationships and engages representatives of government administrations as partners to the peace responsiveness agenda.
  • Guided by the Director of Policy, Learning & Advisory Services and in collaboration with the Director of Strategic Partnerships & Communications, oversees fundraising initiatives that grow Peace Responsiveness by generating new donor proposals, partnerships, joint programming that scales and increases the impact of the peace responsiveness team.
  • Reviews and develops business model/s for IPAT in consultation with the Director of Policy, Learning & Advisory Services and Global Management Team (GMT).
  • Guided by the Director of Policy, Learning & Advisory Services, assesses and makes go/no-go decisions on requests for IPAT services (from within Interpeace and from external actors).
  • Stays abreast of relevant developments in international policy and practice and identifies and seizes opportunities for engagement and positioning Interpeace in relevant international debates.
  • Acts as a thought leader and speaker on peace responsiveness including its inter-relationship with the Sustaining Peace agenda, the humanitarian-development-peace nexus and other global trends and agendas relating to peacebuilding.
  • Creates spaces and mechanisms for collaboration and weaving with other Interpeace units and programmes and oversees the communication about IPAT and the Peace Responsiveness.
  • Oversees, coordinates and ensures delivery of key training courses, including the Effective Advising Course and various Peace Responsiveness training packages. Maintains and, when necessary as per capacity requirements, expands the network of IPAT Associates.
  • Leads the ongoing collaborative engagement of IPAT Associates.
  • Oversee Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning and reporting on IPAT and Peace Responsiveness in coordination with the Global Manager for Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning.

Management of Personnel and Resources

  • Manages a team of up to three (at present) direct reports.
  • Manages long-term consultants working on strategic assignments and short-term consultants working on more discrete ad-hoc assignments.
  • Creates an enabling work environment that fosters learning and innovation, where staff members can achieve their potential, demonstrating gender-responsive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes.
  • Monitors, evaluates and documents the individual performance of direct reports through a staff development lens.
  • Mentors and coaches staff members.
  • In collaboration with the Global Operations Unit, safeguards the implementation of Interpeaceā€™s safety safeguarding and security policies and establishes and implements necessary measures that respond to the health, wellbeing and safety and security needs of the staff.
  • Guided by the mission and core values of the organization and its integrated talent management strategy, and in coordination with the Global Operations Unit, recruits, leads, motivates, develops staff.
  • Oversees the budgets, financial planning and financial management of Peace Responsiveness and IPAT workstream.



  • Tertiary degree in international relations, political science, development, management, or relevant fields.


  • At least 10 years of professional experience in project management and/or policy initiatives aimed at creating practical change (strategy, planning, reflection, implementation, monitoring, evaluation).
  • At least 5 years of progressive management experience in cross-cultural, international organisations.
  • Multi-disciplinary experience in humanitarian and/or development and peacebuilding fields.
  • Field experience implementing programmes in development, humanitarianism or in peacebuilding.


  • Ability to interpret a strategic vision into an operational model, with integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic, mission-driven, and collaborative environment.
  • Advanced planning and conceptual thinking, solid policy analysis and a proactive problem-solving orientation.
  • Advanced knowledge of peacebuilding policy and practice and the interrelationships of the humanitarian, development, and peace fields.
  • Advanced knowledge of strategy development and financial management.
  • Excellent knowledge of and ability to apply management principles as they relate to multi-cultural and complex organisations.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead highly collaborative, co-creative practices internally and in external partnerships.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment successfully and to demonstrate gender-responsive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes.
  • Excellent ability to interact with people respectfully and with tact.
  • Ability to deal with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and good judgment.
  • Ability to mentor and guide personnel.
  • Fluent English (oral and written).
  • Interpeace Competencies
    • Collaboration and Weaving
    • Communication
    • Drive for results
    • Adaptability and Continuous Learning
    • Respect for Diversity


  • Previous experience working in or with UN agencies.
  • Knowledge of and experience with organizational change processes.
  • Familiarity with systems thinking and approaches.
  • Strong track-record of partnership building skills.
  • Field experience in conflict affected contexts.
  • Working knowledge of French (oral and written).

Success factors

  • Ability to think-big and ā€˜outside the boxā€™.
  • Identifies with and is committed to Interpeaceā€™s core values and working principles.
  • Commitment to inclusiveness, collaboration, and co-creative approaches.
  • An innovative, critical thinker with extensive problem-solving skills.
  • A strategic manager who is accountable, leads by example, mentors and empowers a team and works to create work-life balance.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application toĀ recruitment@interpeace.orgĀ no later than July 31st 2021. ā€œHead, Peace Responsiveness and Advisory Servicesā€Ā MUST BEĀ included in the subject line of the application email to be considered.

The application must include:

  • a complete curriculum vitae
  • a letter of interest
  • an acknowledgement letter, answering the following questions:
  1. Have you ever been criminally convicted or subject to any criminal or administrative penalty by any competent authority? If yes, please specify:
  2. Have you ever been terminated or separated (e.g. contract termination, dismissal, non-renewal) or subject to any disciplinary measure or sanction by your employer for fraud, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse?
  3. Have you ever resigned while under investigation or during disciplinary proceedings?

And confirming the following declaration of understanding:

I confirm the accuracy of the information provided, with the understanding that Interpeace will conduct reference checks to verify relevant information.

I understand that if any false or misleading information is provided in my application, or any material fact suppressed, I may not be employed, of if I am employed, I may be dismissed.

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

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