Assistant Engagement, Dialogue & Process Design (EDP)

18 August, 2019

The European Institute of Peace (EIP) pursues mediation, multi-track diplomacy and conflict resolution and focuses on issues affecting peace, security and reconciliation in Europe. We work from the heart of Europe with a global scope and are an independent organisation whose board members are European states that share a common commitment to a European and EU global peace agenda. To this end, the Institute carries out operations inside and outside Europe and offers practitioner-driven advice on conflict resolution techniques. See

We are looking for an Assistant to be an integral part of the Engagement, Dialogue & Process Design Unit, which is responsible for identifying opportunities and generating options for action to prevent and resolve violent conflict through dialogue and mediation support and contribute to increasing the sustainability of peace processes through a variety of dialogue and mediation-oriented design and support mechanisms.

Terms of References

Reporting to the EDP Director, the Assistant works in support of the managers, officers and analysts in the unit, and as part of teams managing the projects, programmes and envelopes run by EDP or other units. In this context, the Assistant will:

  • Support the Team Coordinators and Teal Leaders on a number of project, programmes and envelopes and as such assist in project development and implementation to ensure delivery of high-quality projects.
  • Help ensure project administrative follow-up, keep track of project progress with regards to deliverables and grant management. When tasked specifically to do so, lead on grant management including the budget maintenance.
  • Conduct in-depth, project-related research on a variety of aspects – thematic as well as process related, compile briefing materials and deliver meeting and project reports.
  • In collaboration with the project/programme/envelope team, maintain an up-to-date overview of contacts for each context where EIP is active or where there are potential opportunities.
  • As defined by the team, engage with relevant donors, board members, stakeholders in the field of peace process support to maintain existing relationships and explore new opportunities bringing in new potential partners.
  • In support of the Director and relevant colleagues, provide ideas and input to possible interventions in the field of peace process support by EIP and conduct related scoping efforts.
  • Provide operational, administrative and logistical support to the project teams, external experts and consultants throughout all phases of the project cycle to ensure smooth project delivery.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • University degree in political science, conflict resolutions, international relations, or related field;
  • At least 2 years of experience with international efforts on mediation, mediation-support and dialogue facilitation;
  • Experience working with recovering or fragile states;
  • Experience working with EU institutions;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills;
  • Perfect command of English (verbal and written). French is desirable, any other EU language is a plus,
  • Ability to work well under deadlines;
  • Meticulous attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team;
  • Ability to work in Belgium (Belgian or EU citizen or currently in possession of a Belgian work permit.)

EIP offers

  • Belgian employment contract;
  • Benefits package which includes luncheon vouchers, Hospitalia insurance, pension plan, and contribution to public transportation;
  • 40h/week which qualifies for 12 RTT days per year;
  • Dynamic international team with opportunities to learn and develop skills.

Recruitment process

Please submit 1- 2 page CV with a motivation letter to

The deadline is 18 August 2019 COB.

If selected for the first round, we will contact you for an interview.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept telephone inquiries. Kindly be informed that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.