Project Manager - Peace Support Initiative for Afghanistan

01 October, 2017

For a new joint initiative on Afghanistan, the European Institute of Peace (EIP) is looking for an international Project Manager. The Project Manager will be based in Kabul for the duration of the project (18 months). The project manager will report to the Team Leader in Kabul and the Mediation Director in Brussels.

Specifically, responsibilities include:

1)      Lead on the provision of support and advice to the parties in the Afghanistan peace process, including Government counterparts and associated entities;

2)      Lead on the project’s work in dialogue and mediation in Afghanistan at the sub-national level;

3)      In coordination with the Team Leader, liaise with relevant national and international partners in Afghanistan, in particular the EU Delegation to Afghanistan;

4)      In conjunction with project staff in Bern and Brussels, maintain day-to-day responsibility for project finances and reporting for the activities that fall under item 1) and 2);

5)      Organise logistical, technical, and administrative support for incoming visits;

6)      Monitor Afghanistan’s peace process and political developments and report back to Brussels as necessary.

7)      The Project Manager can also, for the purposes of other EIP projects, be involved in:

•        Developing new concept ideas, designing projects and drafting funding proposals;

•        Fundraising and liaising with external actors in the field of conflict resolution;

•        Interacting with high-level delegates and diplomats; 

Minimum requirements:

-    7 Years of experience in mediation and dialogue, peacemaking, or peace building projects, including bearing project management responsibility either with a government, international organisation, or international NGO. Experience managing international donor funding, particularly European Union grants is an asset;

-    Experience working with (local or national) peace processes. Experience in Afghanistan is a considerable asset. Experience providing support or advice to government counterparts in a peace process is an asset. Flexibility and ability to manage different, sometimes competing relationships are essential skills;

-    Experience working in a high-pressure environment where security is precarious is a considerable asset;

-    Demonstrable experience engaging national and international counterparts;

-    Experience organising meetings, events, and (basic) logistics — preferably in hardship environments;

-    Excellent command of English, both orally and in writing — fluency in Dari or Pashto is an asset.

EIP offers:

-   An initial 18-month contract, with the possibility of extension depending on funding;

-   A competitive package, including core salary costs, add-ons (hazard pay; post adjustment; hardship allowance), and benefits (health insurance; R&R).

Please send your cover letter and CV to by Sunday 1 October latest. The position is dependent on funding being approved by the donor.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  While we appreciate you interest in EIP and this post, we cannot accept phone inquiries concerning your application.