Maternity Cover : Women Peace and Security (WPS) Programme Officer, Peace Practice and Innovation (PPI)

04 December, 2019

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 for more information.

We are looking for a full-time maternity cover to fill the position of Women Peace and Security (WPS) Programme Officer temporarily as part of the Peace Practice and Innovation Unit, which is responsible for the Institute’s thematic and programmatic engagements in the areas of conflict justice and reconciliation, reducing violence extremisms, women, peace and security and environmental peacemaking.

Terms of Reference

Reporting to the Director of the Peace Practice and Innovation Unit, the WPS Programme Officer will lead the EIP WPS Programme and manage implementation of projects as well as provide advice to other programme- and project teams on the design and implementation of gender sensitive approaches to peacemaking and conflict resolution.

In this context, the WPS Programme Officer will:

  • Develop, coordinate and implement EIP’s strategy and projects for EIP’s WPS Programme in close collaboration with the PPI Director;
  • Develop and maintain effective liaison, strong relations and engagement with donors to facilitate the timely implementation of project activities, and ensure strict compliance with donor rules and regulations, and delivery and monitoring of programme outputs and expenditure within defined deadlines;
  • Ensure sound financial management of on-going projects/programmes including monitoring and forecasting expenditure, overseeing financial reporting (preparation and submission of annual activity-based project budgets as well as monthly and quarterly financial reports and preparation and sending of new funding requests), and ensuring compliance with internal and donor finance procedures;
  • Ensure operational and strategic coherence on programmes and projects by ensuring that EIP's Vision, Mission, and Goals are reflected in its operations:
    • emphasise inclusivity, sustainability, and coherent approaches;
    • are linked up closely and effectively with European policy;
    • provide a platform for innovative thinking and take a critical look at how to improve practices in the field of mediation, conflict resolution, and peace building within the context of his/her specific projects;
  • Contribute actively to the development of fundraising strategies and fundraising activities for the WPS programme and projects;
  • Take initiative, identify opportunities and plan and participate in relevant event which could further enrich EIP’s WPS programme;
  • Continue to develop and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with relevant EU institutions, and European Governments, NGO counterparts and peer experts involved in the WPS field;
  • Monitor and stay abreast of new political developments, as well as academic and practice-oriented research and literature within the field of WPS;
  • Participate in external events and networks within scope of expertise;
  • Represent EIP at relevant events and conference including contributing to the development of talking points for EIP Directors on WPS and EIP’s WPS-related work;
  • Provide strategic advice to colleagues and help them develop new, pragmatic ideas for how EIP projects can adopt inclusive approaches with specific focus on strengthening the application of gender analysis and women’s agency and leadership in developing and implementing projects;
  • Contribute to an inclusive and constructive internal workplace by proactively sharing information and engage in team work when applicable.

Required qualifications:

  • University degree in political science, conflict resolution, international relations, sociology, anthropology, law, Gender Studies or related field;
  • At least 3-5 years of relevant working experience  
  • Experience working with developing and implementing projects including monitoring and reporting and grant management;
  • Extensive knowledge of the WPS agenda and the relevant pollical frameworks (EU and UN);
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills;
  • Perfect command of English (verbal and written);
  • Ability to work independently and being proactive in designing and implementing activities.
  • Ability to work well under deadlines;
  • Ability to work in 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).

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience working within the field of international affairs e.g. within conflict resolution, mediation support and/or WPS. 
  • Experience in working with and knowledge of the EU institutions;
  • Any other EU language qualifications will be considered a plus.

EIP offers

  • Temporary Belgian employment contract (11 months);
  • 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.
  • Starting date: 1st February 2020.

Recruitment process

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

The deadline for submission is 4th December 2019 

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.