Programme Assistant Conflict Justice & Reconciliation (CJR)

14 October, 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 Arabic speaking Programme Assistant to be an integral part of the Conflict Justice and Reconciliation programme.

Conflict Justice and Reconciliation Programme

Established in late 2017, the Programme works to promote a rights-based focus in conflict resolution efforts. It embraces a broad concept of justice and looks to marry approaches that vindicate rights with securing short to medium term peace dividends. We are committed to avoiding assumptions about the applicability of toolkits and templates and insist on genuinely context specific approaches. We work directly with affected communities to ensure that their voices are heard in the representation of their interests and concerns in conflict resolution contexts. We offer technical assistance and capacity building to partners in a variety of contexts, including parties or potential parties to conflict resolution efforts, and we offer analysis and advice to policy makers at the national and international level.

Terms of References

Reporting to the Peace Practice and Innovation Director, the Programme 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 PPI or other units. In this context, the Programme Assistant will:

  • Support the Conflict Justice and Reconciliation team in the delivery of high-quality projects in relation to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen among other countries;
  • Expert monitoring and analysis of relevant country-developments in the MENA region;
  • Assist in logistical and substantive planning and implementation of workshops and project activities;
  • Help ensure project administrative follow-up, keep track of project progress with regards to deliverables and grant management;
  • Conduct in-depth, project-related research on a variety of thematic and geographic aspects related to justice and reconciliation issues;
  • Compile briefing materials and deliver meeting and project reports;
  • In collaboration with the Conflict Justice and Reconciliation team, maintain an up-to-date overview of contacts and outreach records;
  • As defined by the team, engage with relevant stakeholders to maintain and support existing relationships and explore new opportunities;
  • 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 affairs;
  • Perfect command of Arabic and English (verbal and written);
  • Experience working with recovering or fragile states is desirable;
  • Experience working with EU institutions is desirable;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills;
  • 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 pages CV with a motivation letter to

The deadline is 14 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.