Officer - Engagement, Dialogue & Process Design Unit
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.
We are looking for an Officer 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 Director of Engagement, Dialogue & Process Design Unit, the Officer as part of or in lead of teams managing the projects, programmes and envelopes run by EDP or other units.
In this context, the Officer will:
- Lead or contribute to the design, development and implementation of high-quality projects, programmes and/or envelopes to prevent or resolve conflicts with an emphasis on peace process support initiatives which play to Europe’s strengths;
- Ensure operational and strategic coherence on assigned projects, programmes and envelopes 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;
- Develop concrete and realistic strategies for engagement on the ground in order to develop strong networks and ability to work closely with local actors, conflict parties, and other relevant groups (e.g. marginalised actors etc) to inform and contribute to the achievement of project objectives;
- Take initiative, identify opportunities and plan and participate in scoping missions or other project development activities as necessary and subsequently develop strategies for new EIP interventions;
- Take part in and when applicable coordinate a team of colleagues from EDP and other units as well as external consultants, fostering smooth collaboration and information-flow between units and engage regularly with other EIP colleagues outside the teams to ensure coordination on new and ongoing project activities.
- 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/envelope 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;
- Develop and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with relevant EU institutions, and European Governments, and NGO counterparts, particularly those based in the region, to identify political priorities, regional interests and scope for collaboration;
- Continuously monitor developments in the relevant conflict contexts and develop knowledge, expertise and key relationships, feeding into the analysis developed by the unit and as part of this work closely with EDP’s analysts and coordinate the analysis need.
- Work closely with colleagues to compile briefing materials for internal and external audiences and events, including preparation of speeches for senior leadership, and lead or contribute to the development of relevant policy discussions, recommendations and process design options.
Qualifications and Requirements
- University degree in political science, conflict resolutions, international relations, or related field;
- At least 5 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.)
- 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.
Please submit 1- 2 pages CV with a motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline is 23 October 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.
Starting date: 1st December 2019.