Programme Officer for Guinea-Bissau

Location: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (with travel to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)

Application closing: Open until position is filled

Job start date: September 2018

About Interpeace

Interpeace is an international organization for peacebuilding, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Interpeace supports locally led peacebuilding initiatives in more than 21 countries in Latin America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 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


Reporting to the Head of Programmes for West Africa (based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire), the Programme Officer for Guinea-Bissau (based in Bissau) will collaborate and work closely together with Interpeace’s local partner Voz di Paz in the development and implementation of peacebuilding programmes in the country. The Programme Officer is responsible for ensuring that activities under the Interpeace Guinea-Bissau Programme are run in a coherent, well-planned manner, and in line with the programme design as agreed by both Interpeace and Voz di Paz. The Programme Officer will provide adequate planning and methodological support to Voz di Paz, as well as continually monitoring the Guinea-Bissau Programme to ensure its effectiveness and its adherence to agreed programme deliverables and budgets. The capturing and sharing of results with stakeholders and funding partners, to optimize impact, will be an important aspect of this position. Additionally, the Programme Officer designs and implements an engagement strategy of current and potential international partners in order to mobilize ressources for the Guinea-Bissau programme.

 The remote collaboration with the Interpeace Regional Office for West Africa in Abidjan will be ensured through regular communication at a distance (email, telephone etc.) as well as periodical travels to Abidjan.


Duties and responsibilities


  • Remain abreast of the political, economic and social situation in Guinea-Bissau, and in the region in general, through coordinated updates;
  • Monitor substantive programme and contextual developments and provide regular briefings;
  • Maintain close liaison with team members in the Regional Office in Abidjan as well as other Interpeace offices around the world to ensure that all Interpeace staff are regularly briefed on Guinea-Bissau Programme activities;
  • Provide methodological and programmatic guidance and operational support for activities by Interpeace and Voz di Paz.

Programme management

  • Lead on the management of the Guinea-Bissau programme;
  • Support the local partner team in the planning and implementation of activities for various projects;
  • Monitor project activities and budgets to ensure progress is being made in line with programme design and expectations in close cooperation with Finance and Administration Manager as well as Head of Programmes for West Africa;
  • Facilitate the engagement and contracting of external service providers;
  • Organize the external evaluation of projects through collecting and organizing of necessary information (including data on indicators of the logframe etc.) in collaboration with local partner;
  • Communicate with donors and partners in the country as well as in capitals, in collaboration with Head of Programmes.

Communication and reporting

  • Ensure effective contribution to and timely submission of weekly reporting;
  • Collect, compile and disseminate both contractual and strategic reporting to donors and other key actors;
  • Lead and review written products including publications and donor reports and provide quality control, including coordination of tasks relating to content and quality as appropriate;
  • Take the lead in the review, proofreading and editing of substantive products from the local partner;
  • Support the local partner in the development and dissemination of communication materials (ptinz, social media, etc.);
  • Ensure quality translations of publications;
  • In close coordination with the Global Engagement Unit, contribute to the global communication efforts of Interpeace via their Web Site and social media, concerning the Guinea-Bissau programme.


  • Ensure that reflection and learning takes place regularly with regard to programme process and development, methodological adaptations and generally on the topics under study;
  • Ensure adequate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the programme through the design of adequate M&E mechanisms and the holding of periodical review/reflection workshops, external evaluations, etc.

Fundraising and programme development

  • Lead the fundraising initiatives to ensure the financial sustainability of the programme;
  • In coordination with the Regional Office, design and implement an engagement strategy of current and potential international parterns in order to mobilize additional ressources for the programme;
  • In collaboration with the Head of Programmes and in support of the partner organisation, develop programme proposals including logical frameworks and budgets (with support from the Interpeace Finance Manager) according to the specific donor requirements;
  • Develop and deepen existing relations with key international actors in the country and region and strategically engage these actors in the work of Interpeace.

Support to the Regional Office

  • Support the work of the Regional Office in the exploration and development of new programme opportunities in West Africa and the Sahel region;
  • Contribute to communication materials and reports of the Regional Office for West Africa;
  • Undertake any other assignments, as may be determined by the Head of Programmes or the Regional Director for West Africa.


Candidates for the position of Programme Officer Guinea Bissau must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • Master degree in international relations, peace and conflict studies, security studies, human rights, diplomacy, gender studies, international cooperation, humanitarian aid, communication or related fields
  • Professional proficiency in Portugese (CEFR: C1) or native-speaker (CEFR: C2) required
  • Professional working proficiency (CEFR: C1) in English or French required
  • 3-5 years of professional project management experience; especially in peacebuilding programmes
  • Aptitude to adapt to a different context regarding security, culture, climate or health issue, demonstrated by at least 6 months experience outside of country of origin
  • At least 2years experience in report writing for donors, budget management, relationship building with political and financial partners or direct support to local partners considered as stong assets
  • Demonstrated work experience of at least 1 year in West Africa considered a strong asset

A successful candidate will:

  • Identify with Interpeace’s core objectives of supporting locally owned peacebuilding processes and supporting the international community’s efforts to support local peacebuilding capacities
  • Enjoy integrating into a dedicated, dynamic and international team
  • Want to make his/her contribution to peacebuilding dynamics in the region of West Africa
  • Be eager to deepen their knowledge and capacity in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict preventionBe a critical thinker
  • Be motivated to closely collaborate with Interpeace’s local partner team

How to Apply

Qualified candidates may submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of interest in FRENCH or in ENGLISH to and

The following MUST BE included in the subject line of the application email in order to be considered: “Programme Officer for Guinea-Bissau”

Please be sure to answer the following questions in your cover letter:

  • Why did you chose to apply specifically to Interpeace?
  • Why are you interested in peacebuilding?
  • Why are you interested in West Africa and/or the Sahel region?
  • What do you want to learn through working with Interpeace?
  • What is your availability?

Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY candidates short-listed for interviews will be notified. This call will remain open until the position is filled.

Please note: Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims at achieving greater gender parity and diversity in all levels of its work. We welcome applications from women and men. Nationals from countries in West Africa are strongly encouraged to apply.