Programme Officer, Peace Responsiveness

Reporting to: Senior IPAT Manager

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Application closing: 5 March, 2020

Job start date: April 2020

 Fixed-term assignment   until 01.04.2023 – subject to confirmation of funding


Interpeace is an international organisation for peacebuilding that strengthens the ability of societies to manage conflict themselves in sustainable and non-violent ways. Interpeace designs and delivers its work tailored to each situation in partnership with local partners and communities, based on extensive consultation and research. Interpeace also ensures that the processes of conflict management and change that it supports are integrated at all levels of society including local communities, civil society, government and the international community (we call it a ‘Track 6’ approach).

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

Position within the Organisation

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. (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 IPAT (Interpeace Advisory Team) unit leads Interpeace’s work on the second facet to work with other actors to capacitate and improve their ability to engage in peacebuilding approaches.

The Sustaining Peace resolution of the Security Council and the UN-World Bank report on “Pathways to Peace” have called upon humanitarian, development, stabilisation and peace actors to evolve their ways of working to become more effective at enabling sustainable peace and preventing violent conflict. Since these recommendations have been made, many agencies have adopted policies to enhance their approaches to conflict sensitivity and contributions to peace. Yet, the challenge that many of these and other agencies continue to grapple with is the operationalisation of these policies.

In response, Interpeace is seeking to address these issues through the development of a dedicated capacity in the Policy, Learning and IPAT unit that would bridge the policy-practice gap by transforming practice through capacity development, learning, evidence-building, and joint-programming design. This work would improve practice of conflict sensitivity and further develop and mainstream what Interpeace describes as Peace Responsive approaches to development, humanitarian and stabilization action. The objective of this work will be to to enable international (UN agencies and INGOs) and regional organisations to contribute more effectively to peace through their humanitarian, development, and stabilization interventions. It will be an action-oriented policy and programming initiative that will seek to spearhead catalytic change in the practice of several large UN agencies to become more peace responsive and contribute more effectively to sustaining peace in support of efforts to prevent conflict and advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Programme Officer reports to the Senior IPAT Manager.

Purpose and General Overview

The Programme Officer will contribute to the effective and timely implementation of the Policy, Learning and IPAT unit’s work on Peace Responsiveness. S/he will co-develop implementation plans and manage their implementation in line with the overall programme strategy and budget. The effective management of the programme will contribute to the accomplishment of the programme goals in the areas of building 1) organizational capacities of international and regional partner organizations to strengthen conflict sensitive and peace responsive programming; 2) developing joint programme designs; 3) building the capacities of individual change agents to foster peace responsiveness; 4) cross-organizational learning and evidence-building on peace responsiveness; and 5) donor and policy engagement on peace responsiveness.

The Programme Officer will closely collaborate with other staff members of the Policy, Learning and Interpeace Advisory Team, including the Senior Peacebuilding Adviser and the Support Officer focused on this programme. S/he will also regularly engage with the Director of Policy, Learning & IPAT; the Global Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager; as well as other Interpeace colleagues for coordination and consultation purposes. The Programme Officer will regularly engage with external parties, including IPAT Associates who provide expertise in the context of the PRF, representatives of partner organisations (e.g. UN agencies, international NGOs, regional organizations), and donors.

Based on an adaptive management approach, the Programme Officer will contribute to evolving the strategic vision and implementation approach of Peace Responsiveness within Interpeace.

The position will involve some travel, possibly including high-risk contexts on rare occasions.

Duties and responsibilities

Programme Management and Development

  • Contributes to the development and practical delivery of Peace Responsive capacity-building activities
  • Contributes to the development of policy and learning from the programme, in collaboration with relevant colleagues
  • Contributes to the development of knowledge products and policy documents
  • Develops and implements workplan and activities
  • Identifies and develops opportunities to expand the programme
  • Drafts and develops concept notes, proposals and donor reports
  • Undertakes Monitoring and Evaluation activities in line with the log frame and performance measurement framework of the programme
  • Analyses Monitoring and Evaluation data
  • Produces timely quality programme reports in line with Interpeace and donor requirements in collaboration with relevant colleagues and units
  • In cooperation with Finance, reviews expenditures and monitors expenditures in line with the available budget
  • In cooperation with others, reviews and revises as needed the budgets and financial reporting
  • Stays abreast of relevant developments in international policy

Management – institutional coherence

  • Ensures close operational coordination at technical working level with other colleagues and teams in Interpeace and with partner organizations
  • Responds to request of information from partner organisations

Representation and Communication

  • Develops and strengthens relationships with partner organisations
  • Communicates across Interpeace programme teams, connecting programmes to Interpeace peace responsive policy agenda.
  • Shares information with donors
  • Represents Interpeace in meetings, conferences, forums and other public events at the Tracks Two and Three level, and as directed or required, and occasionally in the context of Track 1 support
  • Collaborates in the organisation of events by the Support Officer
  • Prepares communications materials (tweets, webstories, reports, talking points) to create visibility for the programme in collaboration with the Communications team
  • Identifies suitable communications platform to strengthen the visibility of Interpeace’s peace responsiveness work (events, conferences, websites, publications, and other fora)

Management of Personnel

Supervises and develops interns and programme support staff:

  • Supervises other programme support staff
  • Mentors and coaches interns
  • Creates an enabling work environment that fosters learning and innovation, demonstrating gender-responsive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes
  • In collaboration with the Global Operations Unit, safeguards the implementation of Interpeace’s safety and security policy and establishes and implements necessary measures that respond to the health, wellbeing and safety and security needs of the interns


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

Relevant experience and qualifications may include:


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


  • Professional experience in programme management (strategy, planning, reflection, implementation, monitoring, evaluation), with some experience in international organizations being an advantage
  • Research and related policy development and guidance
  • Field experience in conflict affected, development, or humanitarian contexts


  • Knowledge of the sustaining peace agenda, humanitarian-development-peace nexus, and conflict sensitivity/Do No Harm methods
  • Developed ability to implement complex monitoring and evaluation system and analyze monitoring data
  • Developed ability to effectively capture and communicate the impact of practical work
  • Proven ability to communicate, negotiate, and network with UN and government officials
  • Excellent 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
  • Excellent ability to deal with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and good judgment
  • Fluent in English (oral and written)
  • Interpeace Competencies
    • Collaboration and Weaving
    • Communication
    • Drive for results
    • Adaptability and Continuous Learning
    • Respect for Diversity



  • Professional experience in peacebuilding
  • Professional experience in development, humanitarian assistance, and/or stabilization
  • Professional experience in the UN system
  • Experience with organizational development/change management and/or adult learning and training approaches
  • Knowledge of facilitation methods and experience in practicing facilitation in multi-stakeholder environments
  • Proficiency in French and/or Arabic (oral and written)

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

How to Apply 

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to  no later than 5 March 2020.  “Programme Officer, Peace Responsiveness” 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.