Team Leader – Peace Support Initiative for Afghanistan

01 October, 2017


For a new joint initiative on Afghanistan, the EIP — swisspeace Consortium (the Consortium) is looking for an international Team Leader. The Team Leader will be based in Kabul for the duration of the project (18 months) and will act as Head of Office for the Consortium. For content purposes, the Team Leader will have dual reporting lines to both Consortium partners. For administrative purposes, the Team Leader will report directly to EIP’s Director of Mediation 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)      In coordination with project staff, support implementation of the Initiative’s five pillars, including individual activities both in Kabul and outside;

3)      Bear overall management responsibility for the Consortium office in Kabul, including co-managing two national and one international staff; security; fulfilling legal requirements for the Consortium’s operational work in Afghanistan; and on the ground logistics;

4)      Represent the Consortium in Afghanistan and be the primary liaison for national and international partners in Afghanistan at a senior level, in particular the EU Delegation to Afghanistan;

5)      In conjunction with project staff in Bern and Brussels, maintain responsibility for project finances and reporting;

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

7)      The Team Leader can also, for the purposes of new engagements in Afghanistan, 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:

-    10 Years of work experience, including at least 7 years in a project management role, in mediation and dialogue, peacemaking, or peace building projects, including overall project management responsibility either with a government, international organisation or international NGO. Experience managing international donor funding is required, specific experience managing European Union grants is an asset;

-    Experience working in the region and 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. Experience managing a team in such an environment is an asset;

-    Demonstrable experience engaging national and international counterparts at a senior level.

-    Excellent command of English, both orally and in writing — fluency in Dari or Pashto is a considerable asset;

The Consortium offers:

-   An initial 18-month contract (signed with EIP), 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.


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