Programme Officer - Mediation, Policy and European Relations Division (Afghanistan Peace Support Initiative)

08 January, 2018

The European Institute of Peace (EIP) is looking for a Programme Officer for its office in Brussels. Reporting to the EIP Mediation Director, the Programme Officer will lead the implementation of EIP’s Afghanistan Peace Support Initiative (APSI), develop new projects in support of European peacemaking strategy and policy, and liaise regularly with European, national and international actors and partners in Brussels and beyond.

Tasks include:

·         In conjunction with project staff in Kabul and Bern, managing the APSI project;

·         In conjunction with project staff in Kabul and Bern, maintaining day-to-day overview and responsibility for project finances and reporting for the activities that fall under EIP;

·         Ensuring close collaboration with EU partners in Brussels in all aspects of project implementation, including the EEAS, the Office of the Special Envoy and the European Commission;

·         Liaising with national and international partners in Brussels and beyond, in particular EU Member states;

·         Regular travel to the region.

In addition to the APSI-specifics tasks, responsibilities also include:

·         Scoping and developing new concept ideas, design projects and draft funding proposals in line with EIP’s efforts to support European peacemaking strategy and policy;

·         Developing and implementing strategies for how new policy ideas and strategies can be integrated into the peacemaking and policy development of external actors, such as the EEAS or European governments;

·         Conducting in-depth research, compile briefing materials and prepare speeches for senior leadership;

·         Donor engagement and liaising with external actors in the field of conflict resolution;

·         Supervising 1-2 trainees.


·         5-7 years of professional experience in conflict resolution, development or foreign affairs;

·         Project management experience with a government, international organisation, or NGO. Experience working with an EU grant is a significant asset;

·         Previous relevant experience working on Afghanistan, experience from the region is an asset;

·         Strong knowledge of the EU and European governments foreign policy priorities as well as understanding of the functioning and policy-making dynamics of these actors;

·         Proven and well-developed influencing and relationship building skills in dealing with stakeholders at all levels, from junior to senior level, including high-level diplomats, envoys and senior decision-markers;

·         Demonstrable highly developed written and oral communication skills, including the ability to publicly represent the Institute at all levels;

·         Strong analytical skills, and apt at turning abstract discussions into concrete ideas;

·         Ability to perform well on tight deadlines, flexible attitude;

·         Excellent command of English, both orally and in writing. Fluency in Russian, Farsi, Pashtu or other languages relevant for the project is an asset;

·         Master’s degree or equivalent;

·         Availability 01 February 2018.

EIP offers:

·         A permanent Belgian contract.

·         Remuneration package, which includes lunch vouchers, Hospitalia insurance, pension plan and contribution to public transportation for commute to work.


Recruitment process

Please submit

·         Your CV (Name_Surname_CV_MPER APSI PO)

·         A one-page statement of motivation (Name_Surname_statement_MPER APSI PO) demonstrating your qualification according to the profile

Submit to:

The deadline is 08 January 2018 COB.  If selected for the first round, we will contact you for an interview.  Please understand that due to our workload, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.