Deputy Director, Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative, Graduate Institute, Geneva

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is recruiting a


for its newly established

Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI)

IPTI is the Graduate Institute’s newly created knowledge centre dedicated to evidence-based research and its transfer to policy and practice. The objective of the initiative is to support sustainable peace and transition processes by providing expertise and information on inclusion and participation in political processes. This expertise is drawn from a collection of research projects that have been conducted for nearly a decade at the Graduate Institute in Geneva under the lead of Dr. Thania Paffenholz. These research results have created a high demand among policy makers and practitioners and have already been applied in many current peace processes. IPTI’s target audience are local governmental, non-governmental organizations and conflict parties. The IPTI does not implement field projects, and influences policy and practice by collaborating with strategic partners engaged in mediation, peacebuilding, human rights, women’s and gender issues, development or humanitarianism. The initiative aims at strengthening these organisations’ work, and is thus a facilitator and enabler, rather than a competitor. The initiative’s main activity lines are: support to peace, transition and political reform; input into policy processes; training; maintaining an online resource centre (web portal); and research. The initiative will have a core team of 10 to 14 staff based in Geneva, and an attached international expert network.

We are looking to engage a highly motivated and committed professional as deputy director. She or he needs to be a passionate change maker interested in peace and political reform processes, excited to contribute strategically and operationally to shaping and managing this new initiative.

We offer a fast-paced, captivating and flexible working environment. The role involves access to high level and local policy processes alike, and will contribute to changing the conditions of war and peace. We are based in an institution renowned for research excellence and well established networks of policymakers and practitioners. The Institute is located in the Maison de la Paix at the heart of International Geneva, an exciting and liveable city with a tradition in human rights, humanitarianism and peacemaking.

Period of contract
permanent, subject to availability of funds

Activity rate
100 %

Deadline  for receipt of applications

18 October 2015, the contract is scheduled to start as soon as possible but on mutual agreement

General description of the position and tasks

The Deputy Director is in charge of the operational management of the IPTI. S/he reports to and closely cooperates with the Director for the strategic management of the IPTI, and to support peace and policy processes. S/he also manages exclusively two of the four main activity lines, namely training and the web portal, including staff supervision. In particular, s/he is expected to take charge of the following tasks: 
  • Helping to shape the strategy and organizational structure of the Initiative, including its financial viability
  • Coordinating day-to-day management of the IPTI
  • Supporting fundraising for IPTI
  • Liaising with various organizations in International Geneva as well as with the Graduate Institute’s Management
  • Ensuring cross-fertilisation between advisory services, training, research and webportal
  • Supervising staff
  • Leading and owning the development of a monitoring system
  • Overseeing narrative and financial reporting, control of budget compliance.

The candidate’s profile includes the following elements
  • A minimum of 7-10 years experience in either political affairs, peacebuilding or a different field that encompasses the qualifications below, as well as a high commitment to the political/peace sector
  • A minimum of 5 years of management experience, including staff responsibility
  • Capacity to think analytically and strategically
  • Highly capable and activating process facilitator
  • Experience working in international or regional contexts is an asset
  • Proficiency in English and ideally good knowledge of French (a third UN language is an asset)
  • Diplomatic skills and proven ability to interact with high-level decision makers and executives
  • Demonstrated fundraising skills
  • Ability to write analytically, concisely and accurately
  • Ability to prepare and give presentations at international events
  • Knowledge management
  • Experience with social media and ICT
  • Good knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Swiss, European or other nationality with a valid Swiss permit (C, B, or G) would be an asset

Interested candidates should submit their application consisting of a motivation letter, a CV, work certificates and three references to employment(at) with the reference IP2015ED
For further information contact Mireille Widmer or Tel. +41 22 908 58 38

We thank all those who apply, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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