Programme Management and Development Support Officer

Reporting to: Senior Director for Programme Management

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Application closing: 4 August, 2019

Background

Interpeace aims to improve lives by preventing conflict and building lasting peace. Interpeace does so through practical, field-based solutions – built inclusively on the basis of trust between all concerned – as well as through contributing innovative thought leadership on peacebuilding and peace responsiveness.

Interpeace’s mandate is:

  1. To strengthen the capacities of societies to manage conflict in non-violent, non-coercive ways by assisting national actors in their own efforts to develop social and political cohesion.
  2. To assist the international community (particularly the United Nations as a strategic partner) to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts worldwide.

Interpeace achieves its purposes in three core ways:

  • By working with partners to create and deliver locally designed and locally led peacebuilding initiatives, based on community-level research and evidence;
  • By interacting closely with leaders at community, civil society, and political levels (national and international) to ensure that political processes in particular are inclusive of all key stakeholders; and,
  • By maintaining a pipeline of innovative thought leadership and practical initiatives to promote conflict sensitivity and peace responsiveness, based on fieldwork and with results and lessons shared widely.

Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva and has offices around the world. For more information, please visit www.interpeace.org

Position within the Organization

The Programme Management and Development Support Officer is a member of the Programme Management Unit which implements all of Interpeace’s active and ongoing programmes around the world. The Programme Management Unit is led from the Headquarters office in Geneva, with team members based in various locations including in East and Central Africa, West Africa, Europe and the MENA region.

Purpose and General Overview

The Programme Management and Development Support Officer reports to  the Senior Director for Programme Management by supporting the leading and overseeing of the implementation of Interpeace’s peacebuilding programmes worldwide. The Officer also has responsibilities in the Programme Development and Innovation Unit where the Officer supports the Unit to identify new peacebuilding programme opportunities and to develop proposals for donors. In both of these aspects of the role, the Officer is expected to contribute specifically by undertaking background research, drafting, report and proposal writing, preparation of presentations and other duties such as record-keeping as directed. In addition, the Officer contributes practically towards ensuring smooth transitions between the programme development and programme implementation phases of peacebuilding fieldwork by designing and supporting the execution of transition/hand-over plans including contributing administrative support when required. The Officer may be called upon to undertake short-term country assignments to support these transitions and the successful ongoing delivery of peacebuilding programmes in the field.

The duties of the Programme Management and Development Support Officer cover:

  • Programme Management
  • Programme Development
  • Representation

Duties and responsibilities

Programme Management

  • Supports in developing and drafting concept notes, proposals and donor accountability reports for ongoing peacebuilding programmes worldwide
  • Supports field-based programme teams and/or partner institutions as required with peacebuilding activity implementation, including promoting and providing practical input for effective liaison and coordination, and providing guidance on institutional policies and practices
  • Deploys to the field on temporary assignments as required to provide administrative input, liaison with stakeholders, guidance and other practical support required to implement defined peacebuilding activities
  • Collaborates with colleagues in the Operations Unit to ensure that planned activities take place within agreed timeframes and budgets, and within the organization’s governance and administrative parameters
  • Designs and supports the implementation of transition/hand-over plans including contributing administrative support when required, to ensure that project proposals prepared in the Programme Development Unit are smoothly transitioned into and implemented by the Programme Management Unit, ensuring transfer of institutional knowledge and providing methodological, programmatic guidance and operational support

Programme Development

  • Supports in developing concept notes and proposals for new peacebuilding programmes worldwide, including research, drafting and participating when required in field missions to assess potential for new peacebuilding activities and donor support
  • Contributes to the quality of resource mobilization by supporting the development of donor agreements and other donor-related documentation ensuring coherence and alignment between donor and Interpeace policies and procedures (e.g. alignment of proposals with Interpeace’s Theory of Change) and other administrative and accountability requirements

Representation

  • Support the Senior Director in representing the performance and accountability needs and interests of the Programme Management Unit as required in interacting with Interpeace colleagues internally – eg – either personally through attending coordination meetings or through preparing presentations for the Senior Director
  • As required, when in the field, to represent Interpeace including to working level contacts in partner organisations

Qualifications:

Education

  • Advanced academic qualification in peace-related studies, social or political science or other relevant fields

Experience

  • 1-2 years of experience in peacebuilding, political and/or developmental work with increasing responsibility

Competencies

  • Understanding of current thinking on peacebuilding issues and methods; and demonstrable ability to anticipate emerging needs and integrate them into priority programme setting
  • Practiced organizational and planning skills; and has some knowledge of project cycle management including using project planning and management tools
  • Strong writing and communications skills in English and desirably French is required

Interpeace Competencies

  • Collaboration and Weaving
  • Communication
  • Drive for results
  • Adaptability and Continuous Learning
  • Respect for Diversity

Success factors

  • Strong commitment to supporting local peacebuilding initiatives and to the values and working principles of Interpeace
  • Excellent social and inter-cultural skills, outstanding communication skills to a variety of stakeholders from different backgrounds
  • Creative team player with a commitment to inclusiveness and consensus building
  • personality with tact and a high adaptation capacity
  • Identifies with and is committed to Interpeace’s core values and working principles

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to recruitment@interpeace.org .  “Programme Management and Development Support Officer” 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.

The position is opened until Sunday August 4th 2019.

Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims at achieving greater gender parity in all levels of its work. We welcome applications from women and men, including those with disabilities.