Senior Peacebuilding Adviser

Reporting to: Director of Policy, Learning and IPAT

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 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.

Interpeace is seeking a Senior Peacebuilding Adviser who will provide substantive leadership on peacebuilding practice and policy across Interpeace and specifically on the Peace Responsiveness agenda. The Senior Peacebuilding Adviser is expected to have a track record and be strongly vested in peacebuilding thought leadership, to be able to advance joint programming approaches, policy change and capacity-building in practical ways within large organisations, and to communicate with impact. The Senior Peacebuilding Adviser reports to the Director of Policy, Learning and IPAT.

Purpose and General Overview

The Senior Peacebuilding Adviser provides substantive direction and guidance, ensuring coherence between the different activities of the Policy, Learning and IPAT unit and Programme Unit on Interpeace’s activities related to Peace Responsiveness. S/he will provide important substantive guidance to Interpeace colleagues on peacebuilding theory and practice and also support efforts toward joint peacebuilding programming across the Humanitarian, Development and Peace Nexus as well as with stabilisation actors.

The Senior Peacebuilding Adviser also her/himself designs and delivers capacity development processes with partner organisations; advises on joint-programme design; designs and delivers trainings; co-designs and facilitates cross-organisational learning with partner organisations; and, guides and contributes to the production of knowledge and policy documents.

The Senior Peacebuilding Adviser closely collaborates with other staff members working on Peace Responsiveness, specifically the Senior IPAT Manager who provides managerial leadership, the Programme Officer and the Support Officer for Peace Responsiveness. S/he also regularly engages with Interpeace senior management and other key colleagues, including the Global Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager; as well as colleagues working on field-based peacebuilding programmes; and, strategic partnerships and communications. S/he exchanges information as well as provides guidance. The Senior Peacebuilding Adviser regularly engages with external parties, including IPAT Associates, and representatives of partner organisations (e.g. UN agencies, international NGOs, regional organisations) and donors. S/he will also represent Interpeace in relevant policy contexts and broader communication outreach by Interpeace.

Based on an adaptive management approach, the Senior Peacebuilding Adviser will contribute to evolving the strategic vision and implementation of Interpeace’s joint programming approaches with other humanitarian and development actors.

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

Duties and responsibilities

Substantive Coherence and Guidance

  • Leads and guides the development of key concepts, methods, and approaches for the implementation of the work on Peace Responsiveness (e.g. on conflict sensitivity and its evolution into peace responsiveness)
  • Provides substantive guidance across Interpeace on peacebuilding theory and practise.
  • Leads regular exchanges with and among Interpeace programme staff, experts on the IPAT roster to ensure alignment with Interpeace principles and methods, learning and knowledge management.
  • Trains, accompanies, and mentors Interpeace programme staff and IPAT Associates in relevant methodologies and approaches
  • Exercises quality control by informing and reviewing materials

Programme Delivery

  • Develops and maintains trusted partnerships with representatives of relevant organisations in collaboration with the Director of Policy, learning and IPAT as well as the Senior IPAT Manager and other Interpeace colleagues
  • Co-designs and implements joint programming strategies with selected partner organisations
  • Co-designs and implements institutional capacity development strategies with selected partner organisations
  • Co-designs and co-delivers training courses related to peace responsiveness (including e.g. leadership and/or strategic programming for peace responsiveness)
  • Co-designs and co-facilitates cross-organizational learning processes on strengthening peace responsiveness at programmatic and institutional levels
  • Oversees, guides, and conducts research to develop relevant knowledge products and evidence on strengthening peace responsive programming by humanitarian, development, and stabilization actors
  • Develops and/or guides the development of policy papers and presentations on insights emerging from the work on peace responsiveness
  • Presents insights to relevant policy and practitioner audiences
  • Contributes to the Monitoring and Evaluation and reporting

Policy Engagement and Communications

  • Leads on the articulation of key concepts and insights for policy documents and other communication purposes
  • Co-designs policy engagement strategies and plays a lead role in making the concept and approach of peace responsiveness more widely known among donors, governments, and implementing agencies in line with the Policy, Learning and IPAT strategy and work plan

Product Development

  • Identifies potential service offerings/products that repeatedly feature in peace responsiveness activities; defines flexible standards for them to enable more efficient and high-quality replication; and leads in securing expressions of interest and commitment in those offerings/products

Institutional coherence

  • Ensures mutual learning between this work stream and Interpeace more broadly in collaboration with the Global Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
  • Ensures substantive alignment of the work on peace responsiveness with Interpeace’s values, principles, approaches and institutional theory of change


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

Relevant experience and qualifications may include:


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


  • Significant professional experience in peacebuilding and humanitarian or development programming through a ‘peacebuilding lens’
  • Significant professional experience with the development and implementation of capacity development strategies and locally owned development and humanitarian programming
  • Developed ability to conduct action-oriented research and related policy guidance
  • Field experience in conflict affected, development, or humanitarian contexts


  • Deep knowledge of peacebuilding concepts and methods
  • Deep knowledge of the sustaining peace agenda, humanitarian-development-peace nexus, and conflict sensitivity/Do No Harm methods
  • Proven ability to communicate, negotiate, and network with UN and government officials
  • Developed ability to effectively capture and communicate the impact of practical work
  • Knowledge of facilitation methods and experience in practicing facilitation in multi-stakeholder environments
  • 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 developing conflict sensitive and locally owned development and humanitarian programming in partnership with peacebuilding actors.
  • Professional experience in the UN system
  • Experience with organisational development/change management and/or adult learning and training approaches
  • 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.  “Senior Peacebuilding Adviser” 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.