Programme Support 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 01.04.2022 – 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 stabilisation action. The objective of this work will be to enable international (UN agencies and INGOs) and regional organisations to contribute more effectively to peace through their humanitarian, development, and stabilisation 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 Support Officer will report to the Senior IPAT Manager and receive close supervision.

Purpose and General Overview

The Programme Support Officer will support the effective and timely implementation of the Policy, Learning and IPAT unit’s work on Peace Responsiveness through providing a range of support. S/he will be the administrative backbone of this programme. The purpose of the role is to facilitate the efficient and effective implementation of all programme activities as well as facilitating and contributing substantively to reporting on its outputs and results.

The Programme Support Officer will closely collaborate with other staff members working on peace responsiveness. S/he will also regularly engage with other colleagues in Interpeace, particularly those dealing with corporate support and communications for coordination, effective delivery and consultation purposes. The Programme Support Officer will also regularly engage with IPAT Associates who provide expertise and services.

The position will receive close supervision and may require some travel.

Duties and responsibilities

Support to Programme Management and Development

  • Supports the development of workplans
  • Supports the drafting of concept notes, proposals and donor reports
  • Supports Monitoring and Evaluation activities in line with the log frame and performance measurement framework of the programme in collaboration with the Programme Officer
  • Supports the analysis of Monitoring and Evaluation data in collaboration with the Programme Officer
  • Supports the drafting of timely quality programme reports in line with Interpeace and donor requirements

Administration and Logistics

  • Organises trainings and events
  • Prepares consultancy contracts for IPAT Associates assigned to projects
  • Arranges travel and other logistics in accordance with Interpeace policies and in line with budget
  • Monitors the payment schedules of consultancy contracts and coordinates the issuance of payments
  • Coordinates procurement processes and payments


  • Supports the preparation of communications materials (tweets, webstories, reports, talking points) to create visibility for the programme in collaboration with the Communications team
  • Supports the identification of suitable communications platform to strengthen the PRF’s visibility (events, conferences, websites, publications, and other fora)


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

Relevant experience and qualifications may include:


  • A tertiary qualification in international relations, social sciences, peace and conflict studies, political science, development studies, public administration, management, or related field


  • Professional experience in programmatic and/or administrative support roles with some experience in international organisations or international NGOs being an advantage


  • Excellent skills to organise and coordinate in complex multi-stakeholder and multi-cultural environments
  • High degree of self-organisation and adaptability
  • 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



  • Experience working with peacebuilding, development, humanitarian, or security programmes desired
  • Experience supporting international peacebuilding or development projects desired
  • Working knowledge of French (verbal and written) desired
  • Experience working on communications

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 Support 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.