Policy Associate (consultancy)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Application closing: 13 September, 2019

Job start date: September 2019 – February 2020 (5 months)

About Interpeace

Interpeace is an international organization for peacebuilding, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Its aim is 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. Interpeace also strives to assist the international community (and in particular the UN) to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world through better understanding and response to the challenges of creating local capacities that enhance social and political cohesion. For more information about Interpeace, please visit www.interpeace.org


Interpeace seeks to recruit a Policy Associate, as a short-term consultant in the Policy, Learning and IPAT (Interpeace Advisory Team) unit to support the development phase of a new international policy initiative on peacebuilding processes. The consultant would work with the Director of Policy, Learning and IPAT on the scoping phase of a multi-year participatory initiative to establish new normative principles to guide contemporary international peacebuilding processes.

The Policy Associate will have an early-to-mid career profile with experience and expertise in international peacebuilding at either a government or intergovernmental level, and preferably with field-based experience also. The position will be based in Geneva and be three days a week for a five-month period. The consultant will have a background in research, communications, partnership-building and policy-oriented work as well as domain knowledge of peacebuilding, peace-making processes, and related UN processes. Substantive work domains of the consultant will comprise research, partnership and other stakeholder engagement, policy development, and project management. The principal output of the consultancy will be a draft plan for a methodical research, communications and political process to guide the development of the peacebuilding principles initiative from 2020.

Expected Deliverables (working in collaboration and under the guidance of the Director of Policy and Learning)

  • A final scoping report: Summarise latest cutting-edge research on peacebuilding processes based on desk-top study as well as dialogue with experts from academia, practitioners from the-field and with UN and government policymakers.
  • A finalized strategy and implementation document to guide the future development of the initiative including political, communications/stakeholder engagement, and risk management aspects in particular.
  • A detailed project plan involving planning documents such as a Gantt chart and resource planning matrix to ensure the deliverables of the proposed strategy and implementation plan are met on time, including various and diverse stakeholders’ being engaged inclusively and in a timely and structured way.
  • Delivery of a retreat with experts to present and validate the results of the scoping research.
  • A draft communications plan and develop potential partnerships and collaborations.

Expected Profile of the consultant:

The consultant should fulfil the following requirements:

  • At least 5-10 years of experience in peace, conflict and development issues, preferably in both research and policy, as well as practical experience working in post-conflict settings.
  • Broad domain-knowledge and understanding of peacebuilding and conflict issues at conceptual and programmatic level.
  • Excellent research skills with demonstrable experience working on policy-oriented research documents related to international development, humanitarian or peacebuilding fields.
  • Strong familiarity with UN systems and understanding of UN peace processes.
  • Excellent communication, analytical and writing skills.
  • Demonstrable teamwork experience in fast paced environment.
  • A minimum academic qualification of a post-graduate degree in international relations, international law, development studies, social science or peace and conflict studies.
  • Fluent English as well as advanced French preferred.


  • All applications must be submitted by e-mail to rodas@interpeace.org by 13 September 2019. All submissions must indicate “Policy Associate (consultancy)” in the subject line.
  • Only applications under consideration will be notified.
  • All applications must include a CV and cover letter addressing the above described requirements.