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Programme Officer

Location: London, UK
Application Deadline: 10/09/2018 9:00 am

The Programme Officer will provide project, administrative and logistical support necessary for the implementation of the South Asia, West Africa or multi-regional programmes. The post holder will play a key role in liaising with partners across the areas in which we work, and in managing programme events and information.  The Programme Officer may also support other cross-Programmes initiatives. Reporting to a Programme Director or Programme Manager, the Programme Officer will be based in London and will undertake occasional travel to the conflict-affected contexts in which we work (including India, Pakistan and Nigeria for the South Asia and West Africa posts).

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Pacific Projects Manager

Location: Australia
Application Deadline: 02/05/2018 5:00 pm

Conciliation Resources are seeking a Projects Manager to join a team of five currently engaged in peacebuilding work in the Pacific region. The Projects Manager will be based in Australia and will be expected to be able to work autonomously, being managed at a distance.

The key work areas as detailed in the job description include:

  • Strategic and Operational Planning
  • Programme Management and Partner support
  • Policy and Analysis
  • Representation and Networking
  • Fundraising and Finance Management
  • Communications and Information Management
  • Personnel Management

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What Makes an Effective Peacebuilding Partnership?

Collaborative partnerships are at the heart of the way Conciliation Resources works. This video highlights two-way partnerships, characterised by mutual support and learning. Conciliation Resources worked with their partners from across their global programmes, as well as other peacebuilding organisations, to discuss the way they understand and practice partnership. In this film, Conciliation Resources' partners and staff share their thoughts on what makes an effective peacebuilding partnership.


Policy and Research Papers

Security and stabilization in Somalia

From South Africa to Sudan and Burundi to Côte d’Ivoire, negotiations over security arrangements have been critical to successful stabilization and peacebuilding. Although different in each case, the central lesson is the importance of treating security processes seriously and not simply as technical addendums to political agreements.

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Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

This report by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld captures the main experiences and findings of the Capacities for Peace project. Implemented by these organisations, the project worked with local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in 32 conflict-affected countries.

For the full report on Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding, kindly follow the link.


Perspectives of non-state armed groups in the Central African Republic

For a number of years Conciliation Resources has been a proponent of engagement with armed groups to further a peace process. In the Central African Republic, insights into the factors that influence individuals to join and stay with armed groups, as well as the factors which prevent them from leaving, are valuable in understanding ways to approach and design peacebuilding initiatives.

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Indigenous Women and Colombia’s Peace Process

This report explores the historic experience of indigenous women in Colombia – a group usually absent from political decision-making processes – and how formal and customary institutions impact their inclusion in Colombia’s political settlement. It charts the emergence of different pathways for change for indigenous women, including the evolution of women’s engagement in the Colombian peace process as well as the inclusion of gender and ethnic minority issues in negotiations. The report looks at how the peace process is an opportunity for indigenous women to play a key role in peacebuilding and the reconfiguration of the political settlement in Colombia.

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Innovations in the Colombian peace process

NOREF Colombia peace

This Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF) report by Kristian Herbolzheimer explores the crucial aspects of the peace process between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). After presenting the background to the conflict and peace process as well as the factors triggering the current peace negotiations, the author studies the structure of the negotiations and the innovations that they include. Five such innovations are underlined: the establishment of a solid framework that distinguishes between conflict termination and transformation, the central position of the victims in the talks, the inclusion of the issues of rural development and drugs trafficking in the talks, the establishment of a gender subcommission to oversee the agreements, and the preparation for the implementation of the agreement at different levels before the final agreement. The report then exposes other fundamental developments in the Colombian peace process. The transformation of the parties to the conflict takes root in their common readiness to shift paradigms, and consultation with civil society organisations, official and unofficial, supported the monitoring of the ceasefires notably. Finally, external support was important for the negotiations, but these were driven by the parties themselves and locally owned throughout. The author then delineates four tests that the parties will have to meet in the near future, before giving some final thoughts.

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Public support for peacebuilding: Attitudes towards peacebuilding and dialogue with armed groups in the UK, US and Germany

The Conciliation Resources and the Alliance for Peacebuilding conducted the first ever national surveys of public attitudes in the United Kingdom (UK), the United States (US) and Germany towards peacebuilding and dialogue with armed groups.

The survey offered the opportunity to compare and contrast public views at a time of shifting geopolitics and multiple security challenges. The results show a striking level of consensus, with widespread understanding of and support for peacebuilding in each country, and strong support for dialogue with groups who use armed violence, in order to further peace.

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Underlying tensions: South Sudanese refugees and pathways to conflict prevention in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In mid-2016, large numbers of South Sudanese refugees began to arrive in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fleeing violence in their homeland. At various times civilians from DRC and South Sudan have migrated across their shared border seeking safety from conflict in their respective countries. Unless steps are taken to prevent escalation, the recent influx of refugees in DRC has the potential to turn existing tensions into violence. This policy brief examines these tensions and puts forward recommendations for action to reduce conflict.

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Gendered political settlements: Examining peace transitions in Bougainville, Nepal and Colombia

Based on analysis of three contexts (Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, Nepal and Colombia) this report explores how gender inclusion – meaningful participation at all levels of decision making, regardless of a person’s gender identity – is negotiated in elite-led peace processes and political settlements in conflict-affected contexts, and how international and national actors can support it effectively.

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Incremental Peace in Afghanistan

This paper argues that a radical new approach is needed in Afghanistan to build peace step-by-step. There needs to be a move beyond peace rhetoric, through a progressive, step-by-step process towards a political settlement which builds stability, confidence and legitimacy over time. The short-term objective should be a reduction in violence. The long-term objective should be to achieve a more inclusive peace process that is representative of, and endorsed by, Afghan society as a whole. In this report, contributors including Afghan and international men and women from academia, the military, government, armed opposition and civil society, examine the prospects for peace in the country, and how this could be achieved. 

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Inclusion of Gender and Sexual Minorities in Peacebuilding

Meaningful participation of women and other excluded groups in peace processes is important for sustainable peace, yet to date has been limited and lacking in diversity. Women and other excluded groups experience multiple forms of discrimination related to their diverse gender identities. These exacerbate social, legal, economic, cultural, as well as political marginalisation; and violent conflict compounds discrimination.

Two short case studies of Colombia and Nigeria, drawn from interviews and a review of background literature, focus on the experiences of organisations and activists working on inclusion of gender and sexual minorities. The findings identify trends and opportunities for further work addressing inclusion of gender and sexual minorities in peacebuilding.

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Doing research in conflict settings: Gender mainstreaming and ethics

Since 2017, Saferworld, International Alert and Conciliation Resources have worked together in the Peace Research Partnership (PRP), a three-year programme funded with UK aid from the UK government. The PRP conducts research in conflict-affected regions on inclusive economic development, peace processes and institutions, and on identifying how gender dynamics can drive conflict or peace.‘Gender mainstreaming’ – or the infusion of gender analysis into all aspects of research – continues to be a central component of the programme. This report outlines lessons from six case studies and workshop discussions with representatives of consortium research teams, which took place in London in November 2018. Overall, the lessons and recommendations across the case studies have been grouped into three categories that capture different stages of research, from inception and design to data collection and dissemination: 1) composition of research teams; 2) engaging with research participants; and 3) ethics and the purpose of research.

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Fighting sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV): rape as an issue in South Sudan

This policy brief discusses the need to pay more attention to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the Republic of South Sudan and outlines challenges that need to be addressed within communities, and at national government and international levels. It outlines a need for policies that, through national and local processes, can help open up dialogue between policymakers and citizens to ensure SGBV is an issue of priority at the national level.

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