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Internship: Development and Learning Team

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Period: 01/09/2017 to 01/03/2018
Application Deadline: 13/08/2017 12:00 pm

Working as a member of the Development and Learning Team and under the supervision of the Junior Programme Officer, the Development and Learning Intern will provide research, administrative, and other support as required to the development of new programmes and the International Peacebuilding Advisory Team (IPAT). S/he will gain insights into peacebuilding policy and programming, the development of proposals and management of grants, as well as tailored service provision to external clients. 

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Internship: Peace Talks at Interpeace

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Application Deadline: 14/07/2017 12:00 am

Working as a member of the Peace Talks Team and under the supervision of the Head of Peace Talks, the Peace Talks Intern  will support the organization of Peace Talks events. A skilled and experienced supervisor will guide and mentor the intern during the internship. This includes:

  • Discussing and setting the development objectives for the internship period with the intern
  • Providing the resources and support required to meet the requirements and development objectives of the internship
  • Issuing an internship certificate providing feedback on the intern’s performance

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Côte d’Ivoire Programme Officer

Location: Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

The Côte d’Ivoire Programme Officer (PO) is a member of the Programme Team in the Regional Office for West Africa. In this context, the PO will collaborate directly with the Regional Director (RD), the Innovation and Learning Officer (ILO) and the rest of the Interpeace Regional Office Team. S/he will report to the Regional Director (RD) who will provide overall guidance of the programme. The PO is the key link between the Interpeace Côte d’Ivoire Programme Team at the Regional Office in Abidjan and the Côte d’Ivoire Partner Team, Indigo Côte d’Ivoire (Initiative de Dialogue et Recherche Action pour la Paix). 

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Program Officer Interpeace Tunisia

Location: Tunis, Tunisia
Application Deadline: 05/06/2017 12:00 am

Interpeace, a Swiss non-profit organisation, works in close partnership with national partner organizations and the UN, with the aim of building lasting peace. Interpeace is seeking a Program Officer based in Tunis, with travel in the region. Under the supervision of the Head of MENA programs, the incumbent will be responsible for coordinating and supporting Interpeace activities in Libya, Tunisia and other regional programs as required, take an active role in project design, proposal development, budgets, and implementation and support in the establishment of a local Interpeace presence in Tunisia and Libya, among other responsibilities.

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Programme Officer for Mali

Location: Bamako, Mali
Application Deadline: 30/01/2017 12:00 am

The Programme Officer for Mali will manage all programmes in Mali in horizontal partnership with Interpeace’s national partner IMRAP (Institut Malien de Recherche Action pour la Paix). The main tasks include, budget management, programme design, fundraising, management of political space, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, and communications. The Programme Officer for Mali is responsible to the Director of the Regional Office for West Africa and collaborates closely with other colleagues in the Regional Office (Abidjan).

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Programme Officer – Rwanda and Burundi (PO-RB)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Application Contact: (
Application Deadline: 06/07/2016 12:00 pm

Interpeace has been implementing a peacebuilding programme in Burundi since 2007 and in Rwanda since 2002. In addition, starting from 2011, Interpeace has been supporting a regional peacebuilding programme involving Burundi, Rwanda and DR Congo’s North and South Kivu provinces. Interpeace is currently looking to fill the Programme Officer Rwanda – Burundi (PO-RB) position. This Programme Officer will focus on the Rwanda and Burundi country-specific programmes. A Great Lakes Coordinator is currently managing the regional programme.

The PO-RB is a member of the core programmatic team for Interpeace’s work in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. He / she will report to the Great Lakes Coordinator and will collaborate closely with the other members of the team in the overall management of the Rwanda and Burundi programmes: the Regional Director, the Regional Programme Advisor and the Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) Officer. In this capacity, he / she will also be the key conduit for shaping and disseminating Interpeace’s reconciliation and peacebuilding work to key stakeholders.

The PO-RB is responsible for working with the local partners – Never Again Rwanda (NAR) in Rwanda and Conflict Alert and Prevention Centre (CENAP) in Burundi – to ensure that the work of Interpeace is well planned in its content, captured throughout its delivery and strategically disseminated to donors and other key stakeholders to optimise its impact.

The PO-RB serves as the key focal point between Interpeace and external actors in relation to the programme. The post of PO-RB is based in Nairobi and involves extensive travel to the field.

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Democratization Field Officer

Location: Hargeisa, Somaliland
Application Contact: (
Application Deadline: 27/06/2016 12:00 pm

Chaired by former president of Ghana John Kufuor and headquartered in Geneva, Interpeace is supported by bilateral and multilateral donors as well as private funding. The organization is currently active in Africa, Central America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

About the position:

As a member of Interpeace's Democratization Programme Team (DPT) in the Somali Region, the Democratization Field Officer (DFO) will support the implementation of the programmatic and administrative functions of the programme on the ground and act as a coordination focal point, including with local Interpeace partners.

The DFO will report to the Senior Programme Officer – Democratization under the general overview of the Somali Programme Director (SPD). The Field Officer will be contextually guided by the Democratization Specialists (Hargeisa and Garowe). Overall, a strong collaborative and horizontal approach to programme delivery and reporting will be maintained within the Interpeace Democratization Programme Team and the wider Somali Programme. Relationships will be focused on collaboration and collective engagement.

The DPT collaborates closely with the democratization pillar in the Pillars of Peace Programme, which shall shape and guide the direction of the democratization work, noting the locally-owned and locally-driven nature of Interpeace's work is guided by key Somali team members and the Somali partners. Through its collaborative efforts, the DPT will ensure that the programme is fully connected to the local partners of Interpeace. The expert should show or immediately develop an understanding of the peacebuilding attributes of Interpeace and appreciate how this culture underpins our efforts in individual and institutional development.

Specific roles and responsibilities:

 Ensure that all technical guidance and support is provided through Interpeace's peacebuilding lens. This includes ensuring all processes are locally-driven, locally-owned and that technical solutions are not considered outside of the contextual realities and capacities of the societies Interpeace is supporting.

• Support the effective implementation of the programmatic, logistical and administrative functions, operations, and activities of the democratization programme on the ground.

• Support the development of democratization programme work-plans and ensure the necessary substantive follow-up.

 Act as a focal point for programmatic and administrative communication and coordination between the DPT, local Interpeace partners, and Somali electoral management bodies (EMBs)

• Support as part of the DPT the strengthening of electoral bodies' capacity to deliver services throughout the electoral cycle, including:

• Strengthening of legal frameworks;
• Planning and budgeting of electoral activities/events;
• Training of electoral staff;
• Civic awareness/education;
• Voter registration;
• Campaign coordination and management;
• Logistics and warehouse management;
• Security and safety;
• Polling day logistics;
• Voting operations;
• Results management;
• Evaluation and reflective learning;
• Archiving.

• Provide regular updates on the programmatic and administrative status and progress to the DPT.

• Support the integration of the Interpeace democratization programme with the democratization work of Interpeace's Somali partners.

• Assist in the collaborative design and implementation of research processes as part of Interpeace's efforts to support, stimulate, and harmonize ongoing and upcoming democratization processes of Somali polities.

• Support Interpeace Somali Programme reporting to donors.

• Support communication and dissemination efforts in collaboration with the Regional Communications Officer.


Language: Excellent command of both written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of Somali is beneficial but not required.

• Bachelor's degree or higher in social sciences; a research focus on election administration and/or democratization processes is favored.
• Specialized training in civic education, electoral management, training, or institutional development will be rated positively.

• At least 3 years of field experience in political, developmental, and/or humanitarian work, preferably from the Horn of Africa region.
• Electoral or democratization experience is favored.

• Proven ability to perform under pressure.
• Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to foster teamwork and build consensus.
• Strong verbal and written communications skills, including abilities to:

o Recognize and navigate inter-cultural communication challenges;
o Persuade people with varying points of view;
o Convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials;
o Prepare written reports and orally convey information in a clear, concise, and accurate manner.

• Strong computer skills in MS Office applications.
• Strong commitment to supporting local peace building initiatives and to the values and working principles of Interpeace.
• Understanding of gender issues and their importance to democratization.

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Au-delà de l’idéologie et de l’appât du gain: trajectoires des jeunes vers la violence.

L’idéologie ou le chômage n’expliquent pas l’engagement des jeunes dans de nouvelles formes de violence. Contrairement aux idées largement acceptées, la recherche d’Interpeace démontre en effet que ces éléments se révèlent être des facteurs largement secondaires.

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Portraits croisés | Dynamiques de conflit & résilience dans la zone de Koro-Bankass (Mopti)

La région du Centre du Mali, bien que restée depuis la crise de 2012 largement en marge de la mobilisation internationale et gouvernementale – focalisée principalement sur les régions du Nord – fait depuis quelques mois l’objet d’une attention croissante. 
Mais certains espaces de cette région du Centre du pays commencent à inquiéter un nombre grandissant de Maliens, sans pour autant retenir l’attention nécessaire. C’est notamment le cas de la zone composée par les cercles de Koro et de Bankass, dans la région de Mopti, qui voient une multiplication d’acteurs armés actifs et d’incidents violents dans ses environs.
Face à ce constat, l’Institut Malien de Recherche Action pour la Paix (IMRAP), en partenariat avec Interpeace, ont entrepris de développer une analyse plus approfondie de la zone de Koro-Bankass, dans la région de Mopti, en tentant de comprendre les dynamiques locales structurant la conflictualité dans la zone, de même que les dynamiques de résilience.
À l’invitation du Programme pour la stabilisation et les opérations de paix du Gouvernement du Canada, cette analyse vise à accompagner les acteurs nationaux et internationaux désireux d’intervenir dans la zone. Elle entend leur permettre de le faire d’une manière plus sensible aux conflits, et d’adopter une démarche axée sur la résilience locale – et ce, qu’ils envisagent des actions visant directement à influencer et diminuer les conflits, ou simplement à mener des projets de développement de manière responsable et durable.

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Policy and Research Papers

Renforcement de la confiance entre les populations civiles et les forces de défense et de sécurité: diagnostic et solutions pour une paix durable au Mali


L’histoire du Mali, de l’époque précoloniale jusqu’à aujourd’hui, est parsemée de conflits non résolus se réactivant de façon périodique. Cependant, les Maliens consultés dans le cadre du processus de dialogue mené par l’IMRAP et Interpeace depuis 2013 ont exprimé que, plus encore que les conflits eux-mêmes, c’est leur récurrence qui semble, aux yeux des populations, constituer le principal obstacle à la paix. Récurrence qui s’explique en grande partie par les limites et les défaillances dans les modes de gestion et de résolution des conflits déployés. Cependant, s’il apparait que les mécanismes de gestion et de résolutions des conflits sont au cœur de la problématique de la récurrence de ces conflits, la situation actuelle d’insécurité chronique qui prévaut dans certaines régions du Mali doit, aux yeux des Maliens, être résolue en priorité. Lors de la Conférence nationale de Janvier 2015 organisée par l’IMRAP et Interpeace les populations tout comme les membres des Forces de défense et de sécurité (FDS) ont, au cours des consultations ayant mené à l’Autoportrait du Mali sur les obstacles à la paix , mis au jour une grave crise de confiance entre les populations et leur système de sécurité. Cette crise de confiance, et le manque de collaboration qui en découle, expliquent en partie à la fois l’incapacité actuelle des FDS à faire face à l’urgence de la situation sécuritaire et les raisons profondes qui ont mené à la crise de 2012 et à l’impasse actuelle.

Néanmoins, aux yeux des populations maliennes comme des membres des FDS, la simple présence de ces dernières ne saurait mettre fin à l’insécurité chronique. Les tensions liées au retour de l’Armée malienne dans les régions précédemment occupées dans la foulée de l’intervention française de 2013, la complexité de la mise en œuvre des dispositions de l’Accord pour la paix et la réconciliation ayant trait à la sécurité – cantonnement, intégration des ex-combattants ou patrouilles mixtes par exemple – ou encore les importantes difficultés rencontrées par les casques bleus de la Mission Multidimensionnelle Intégrée des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation au Mali (MINUSMA) dans la poursuite de leur mandat en attestent.

La Conférence nationale a donc établi en janvier 2015 que la priorité immédiate devrait être de chercher à mettre fin à l’insécurité chronique. Elle a jugé que pour ce faire, la méthodologie axée sur le dialogue libre et inclusif propre à l’IMRAP et Interpeace, de même que l’ouverture manifestée par des éléments des Forces de défense et de sécurité, pouvaient offrir une opportunité porteuse.

L’objectif de cette publication d'IMRAP et d’Interpeace est d’engager toutes les composantes de la société malienne dans un processus de réflexion autour des solutions possibles en vue de contribuer au rétablissement/ renforcement de la confiance entre les Forces de défense et de sécurité et les populations civiles du Mali. Cet objectif nécessite le recours à une méthodologie appropriée pour assurer l’inclusivité du processus et son appropriation par les Maliens.

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