Executive Director for the European Institute of Peace

15 April, 2018

European Institute of Peace (EIP) was launched in 2014 to complement and add value to EU and European peacemaking. It is an independent peacemaking and conflict resolution actor focusing on issues affecting peace and security of great importance to Europe. It holds a special connection to official diplomacy and foreign policy through its board members, made up of eight European states that share a common commitment to a European and EU global peace agenda.

The Institute fulfils this mandate in several ways. It complements existing peacemaking efforts through informal diplomacy and independent dialogue initiatives and provides mediation support to multilateral actors in charge of formal peace processes. Pragmatic at heart, EIP develops and spreads practitioner-driven knowledge on conflict resolution and prevention approaches to its partners in the field. It also works to promote a rights-based focus in conflict resolution efforts, embracing a broad concept of justice by vindicating rights with a view to securing short to medium term peace dividends. All the while the Institute maintains a European identity, by working closely with the EU and European partners in strengthening European peacemaking. This is primarily expressed through support to the EU’s and states’ peacemaking initiatives, where EIP acts as an integrated partner throughout - from idea inception to strategy and policy development to implementation.

EIP sees the EU first and foremost as a peace project. Its vision is one where the EU and European peacemaking actors can draw on all its relevant assets to effectively face the challenges of 21st century conflict resolution. To this end, the Institute aims to be a trusted partner to European institutions and states, able to bridge the gap between excluded groups, tracks and issues to formal peace processes and official diplomacy channels.

EIP is looking for an Executive Director to lead the Institute, driving all aspects of EIP’s peacemaking mandate forward. 

Executive Director: Terms of Reference

Responsibilities for the Institute include, but are not limited to, the following:

Strategic Responsibilities

·         Developing EIP’s partnerships with key peacemaking actors at the highest level, including but not limited to the EU, the UN, other multilateral organisations, Governments, and independent peacemaking actors;

·         Representing EIP at high-level meetings and conferences;

·         Reporting to the Board of Governors and implementing their decisions;

·         Presiding over the Advisory Council;

·         Setting the strategic plan for the Institute in consultation with the Board of Governors;

·         Developing the annual work plan;

·         Presenting the annual report to the Board of Governors.

Peace and Mediation

Working with the Programme Director, Mediation Director and Director of Conflict Justice and Reconciliation;

·         Ensuring the professionalism and expertise of mediation and dialogue within the Institute;

·         Developing thought leadership on emerging conflicts and topics in consultation with the Board of Governors;

·         Ensuring collaboration with EU, national and international institutions as well as civil society organisations;

·         Representing the Institute to the parties to conflict and civil society bodies.

Financial Management

With the mandate given by the Board of Governors and working with the Director Finance;

  • Disbursing and receiving funds, making grants;
  • Entering into contracts;
  • Developing and implementing the fundraising strategy and generating long-term funding of the Institute.

Daily Management of the Institute

Working with the Director Finance, Administration and Human Resources and overseeing;

  • The recruitment of all staff;
  • Management of day-to-day operations;
  • Supervision of the budget and all personnel matters.


Candidate Requirements

·         Substantial professional field experience in conflict resolution and peace-making. Experience in diplomacy, development, humanitarian or foreign affairs is relevant;

·         Substantial experience from working with EU institutions and EU Member States within the fields of conflict resolution, prevention, security, humanitarian affairs, development or other areas relevant to peace-making;

·         Clear and comprehensive understanding of political dynamics, diplomacy, and policy-making;

·         A proven track record of using your influencing and relationship-building skills to deal with multiple stakeholders at all levels, including governments, high-level diplomats, envoys and senior decision-makers;

·         Proven deep knowledge of mediation;

·         Proven successful fundraising experience;

·         Strong analytical and management skills;

·         A citizen of a European country;

·         Ability and availability to travel very frequently and regularly throughout the world;

·         Experience working with a Board of Directors, with a Senior Advisory Council is a plus;

·         Experience organising international activities and deep knowledge of working with international organizations and/or NGO´s.


Reporting to the Board of Governors including through the President of the Board.

Direct Reports  

Programme Director; Mediation and Policy Director; Director Finance, Administration and Human Resources; and Director Conflict Justice and Reconciliation.


Full-time Belgian Contract with a competitive remuneration and benefits package.

Recruitment Process

Send your CV and a statement of motivation to Judy Gould, Director Finance, Administration and Human Resources at judy.gould@eip.org.  A recruitment team has been appointed by the Board of Governors to select a shortlist for an interview with the Board.

References will be contacted before the final selection and appointment which will be made by the Board of Governors.

Deadline for accepting applications of interest:  COB 15 April 2018