International Alert

International Alert was founded in 1986 to help people find peaceful solutions to conflict.

At that time, the number of conflicts between countries was decreasing, but there was an alarming increase in the number of conflicts within countries. These conflicts were undermining development and leading to gross violations of human rights. Identifying and highlighting individual abuses of human rights was not enough.

In the mid-1980s, politicians, ministries of foreign affairs and experts in human rights, international law and conflict, met to discuss an alternative approach. In 1985 the Standing International Forum on Ethnic Conflict, Development and Human Rights (SIFEC) was founded with the purpose of addressing the issue of internal conflicts and to alert governments and the world to developing crises. The following year, SIFEC merged with another organisation, International Alert on Genocide and Massacres, to become the charity we know today.

In 1986 they named their first Board of Trustees and Secretary General, Martin Ennals. Martin was the former Secretary General of Amnesty International and founder of Article 19, and a pioneer of the human rights movement. He served as our Secretary General – and for a time our only full-time member of staff – from 1986–1990. It is thanks in no small part to his energy, inspiration and vision that they have become the organisation that they are today.

Building on their early work in Sri Lanka, Uganda and the Philippines, International Alert now help people find peaceful solutions to conflict in over 25 countries around the world and are one of the world’s leading peace building organisations.

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Chief of Party/Chef de projet – DRC Chief of Party

Location: Bukavu, Congo, Democratic Republic of
Application Deadline: 21.02.2020. 12:00

This is an exciting opportunity to join International Alert’s largest country programme – the Democratic Republic of Congo team - as the Chief of Party of our new Dutch funded Improving security, social cohesion and human rights in conflict mineral rich regions of Eastern DRC project. This is a senior management position within Alert’s DRC programme and reports directly to the Peacebuilding Portfolio Manager (PBPM). The Chief of Party will be responsible for the oversight of a team of a consortia including 4 other partners (two international and two national partners). They will be responsible for overseeing a team of 27 and will directly line manage 5 staff.

The main goal of the project is to strengthen regional stability in the Great Lakes with the following two specific objectives:

  1. Reduced levels of violent conflict and improved security in targeted red 3T and gold mines of South Kivu and Ituri
  2. Improved regional security and stability through cleaner chains, more effective governance of mineral chains at all levels

Director, Peacebuilding Advisory Unit

Location: London, UK
Application Deadline: 23.07.2019. 23:59

International Alert are looking for an inspirational peacebuilder with years of experience working on relevant thematic issues, a passion for peace and a commitment to delivering tangible change in often challenging situations. This position is for an experienced manager with a passion for innovation, combined with strong peacebuilding knowledge and experience delivering research, training and/or advocacy. Managing a budget of over £1.5 million currently, the candidate will have experience to lead the design of programmes and secure funds from donors, as well as to bid for commercial contracts and consultancies.

For full details about the vacancy, Director, Peacebuilding Advisory Unit kindly follow the link. 


Coordinateur Technique Adjoint de projet

Location: Bukavu, Congo, Democratic Republic of
Application Deadline: 26.07.2019. 23:59

International Alert recherchons un candidat exceptionnel pour joindre notre équipe d’Alert RDC, le plus grand programme pays d'Alert. Il s’agit d’un(e) Coordinateur/trice (Technique) Adjoint de projet/ Deputy Chief of Party Technical (DCOP-Tech), une position de haute direction dans le programme Alert RDC. Il/elle fera rapport directement au Directeur des programmes (Peace Building Portefolio Manager) d’International Alert avec la supervision technique du Coordinateur de projet/ Chief of Party SPR MSI (COP).

Le DCOP-Tech appuiera le COP dans la gestion des aspects techniques et programmatiques du projet « Solution pour la Paix et le Relèvement/Amani kwa Maendeleo », SPR, financé par USAID, qui appui une plus grande participation des femmes et d'autres groupes marginalisés dans la prévention des conflits, la résolution et le relèvement. SPR réalisera ceci par la production d’une recherche incluse sur le conflit et par l'analyse participative, le renforcement des capacités des organisations locales comprenant les partenaires locaux, et la formation dans la gestion de conflit et le leadership dans les zones affectées par les conflits. Cette position fait partie intégrante de l'équipe de gestion du projet SPR fonctionnant sous la supervision technique globale du COP, mais également une partie de la plus grande équipe d’International Alert RDC. 

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Policy and Research Papers

Formulating Sierra Leone's Defence White Paper Process

This paper outlines the process of producing Sierra Leone’s 2002 defence white paper. Unique to this process was the document’s explicit aim of explaining to the general public both the progress and the shortcomings of security sector reform (SSR) in Sierra Leone’s defence system. The white paper was produced on the assumption that without making this information publicly available, opportunities to engage ordinary people in future reform initiatives would be limited. 

The paper also describes some of the challenges faced in the white paper’s production, including those from military counterparts in the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) and from international military and civilian advisers.

After a complex process of consultation and debate, the defence white paper is a strong statement of where Sierra Leone’s defence sector stands today and the direction it should take in the future. It is obvious that all this chapter’s recommendations will not necessarily be implemented in practice. It is also clear that while Sierra Leone has come a long way in building up a strong and democratically accountable defence system, there are still many challenges ahead.


Transitional Justice and Security System Reform

The relationship between transitional justice and security system – or sector – reform (SSR) is understudied, yet both contribute to state-building, democratisation and peacebuilding in countries with a legacy of massive human rights abuse. The security system is fundamental in any democracy for protecting the citizens’ rights. Yet in postconflict environments it usually comprises members of the police, military, secret police, intelligence agencies, armed rebel groups and militia – the groups which are often the most responsible for serious and systemic human rights violations during conflict. Reforming the system to ensure security agents become protectors of the population and the rule of law is therefore of the utmost urgency, but the political and security context may pose serious challenges to reform.
This paper draws on research in four very different environments: Afghanistan, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Timor-Leste. Although effective SSR is highly context-specific, this paper argues that the EU could improve the substance of its SSR programming and implementation by drawing on lessons from these four case studies.