Field Coordinator/Institutional Peace Process Support Expert (Kabul, Afghanistan)

Deadline: 
13 August, 2020

The European Institute of Peace is looking for exceptional individuals who share our vision for a world where people live in safety and peace because conflicts and grievances are resolved through inclusive dialogue and lasting political agreements.

We provide practical experience, technical expertise and policy advice on conflict resolution. We use a variety of tools to help us do this, including analysis, mapping and design of peace processes and agreements, facilitating policy discussions, and proposing practical engagement, for example through inclusive dialogue and mediation support.

Based in Brussels and active in 15 countries, the European Institute of Peace is an independent organisation working collaboratively with European decision makers, the parties to conflict, and those who represent people suffering from insecurity or at risk of violence, as well as the conflict prevention, resolution and mediation community.

Our innovative approach to peace enables us to be agile, creative and effective in everything we do, and these are key qualities we look for in our team members. See www.eip.org for more information.

We are looking for a Field Coordinator to join EIP’s programme in Afghanistan for a full time consultancy contract for 15 months to start on 1 October 2020.

Terms of References

Fulltime based in Kabul, and initially embedded within the State Ministry for Peace (SMP), the expert will provide strategic advice on developing the required institutional capacity for the Ministry, and other state actors such as the Negotiation Team and the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), to successfully support intra-Afghan peace negotiations.

 Duties and responsibilities

In close coordination with EIP’s Afghanistan Team Leader and Programme Manager:

  • Lead EIP’s activities in Kabul aimed at developing the capacity of the Afghan peace architecture – SMP, Negotiation Team and HCNR – under the close supervision of the EIP Afghanistan Team Leader and Programme Manager.
  • Strengthen the organisational development of the SMP to meet current and emerging needs of the negotiation team and HCNR:
    • Conduct meetings with relevant counterparts, in particular directors, deputy ministers and managers, to help individual units and directorates improve coordination; prioritise tasks and develop coherent workplans; and design and implement activities that further the wider strategic priorities of the Ministry.
    • Develop a clearer organisational structure/organigram allowing the Ministry to address the evolving needs and requirements of the Negotiation Team and the High Council for National Reconciliation.
  • Enhance coordination amongst the institutions forming the Afghan peace architecture through regular strategic sessions, briefings, written reports, etc. with the aim of bolstering negotiation objectives and avoiding disjointed political efforts.
  • Coordinate external input to the Afghan peace architecture in the form of written submissions – confidential briefing notes, desk-based research, option papers, etc. – or provision of short-term expertise – meetings, briefings, training sessions, including both in person and remotely.
  • Participate in the recruitment of Kabul-based staff including short-term international/national experts and national support staff.
  • Oversee the work of Kabul-based EIP staff including three short-term international experts and one long-term national administrative assistant.
  • Assist in consolidating EIP relations with key Afghan stakeholders; develop and maintain a network of contacts across the Afghan government and civil society.
  • Oversee all logistics, finance, administration and security related to EIP’s presence in Kabul – supported by a local administrative assistant; to be recruited in the first month of deployment). Draft relevant SOPs related to mission security and logistics. Ensure oversight of all Kabul-based expenditure.
  • Organise and provide support to visits of EIP experts and Brussels-based personnel to Kabul.
  • Monitor relevant developments related to Afghanistan’s peace process and report back to Brussels on a regular basis.
  • Liaise with Kabul-based donors and provide input to proposal development and narrative reporting to EIP’s donors and board, as requested.
  • Provide advice on other EIP engagement and dialogue processes, as requested.
  • Other tasks at the request of the EDP Director, Afghanistan Team Leader or Afghanistan Programme Manager.

Profile

  • Advanced university degree in political science, international relations or a related field
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in institutional capacity building related to peace processes, for instance in support of a national peace ministry, in an advisory role to a government negotiation team or in an equivalent support or analysis role related to one or more national peace processes.
  • Experience of working in Afghanistan and strong knowledge of the Afghan peace process is highly desired
  • Experience working in a representative function at a high political level on sensitive and confidential topics
  • Experience of working at a managerial level and overseeing and coordinating staff outputs
  • Experience of managing finance, logistics and security
  • Perfect command of English. Knowledge of Dari or Pashto is an asset.
  • Willingness to deploy to Kabul and to conduct regional travel within Afghanistan and internationally as required
  • Ability to work independently, with meticulous attention to detail and as part of a small team;

Recruitment process

Please submit:

  • CV (Name_Surname_CV_ Institutional Peace Process Support Expert/Field Coordinator Kabul Afghanistan)
  • an offer with the expected monthly fee

Submit to: recruitment@eip.org

The deadline is 13th of August 2020, midnight COB.  If selected for the first round, we will contact you for an interview