Civil Society Project Manager, Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (Geneva, Switzerland)

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Closes: Jun 19, 2017

WebsiteInclusive Peace and Transition Initiative

Civil Society Project Manager

PERIOD OF CONTRACT: Permanent contract

Are you interested in supporting local organizations working in conflict settings to find ways to play an effective role in ending and transforming the violence – based on learning from research and evidence? We are looking for a highly motivated and committed Project Manager to work toward strengthening civil society’s role in peacebuilding.

We offer a fast-paced, captivating, and flexible international working environment, where research is closely connected with current affairs and policy issues, in an institution renowned for research excellence, located in the Maison de la Paix (House of Peace) at the heart of International Geneva.

Mission and activities

The Project Manager will oversee a participatory process that IPTI is developing with a number of local and international NGO partners. The aim is to collaborate with partners working on the frontlines of peacebuilding and to support them in effectively fulfilling their peace-supporting role by making use of IPTI and other available research on effective peacebuilding practice. The Project Manager will implement this project in collaboration with IPTI’s research team and with the support of IPTI’s Senior Advisor, M&E expert, and Senior Management. S/he will be responsible for delivering the project’s goals and outputs and maintaining good professional relations in representing the project on behalf of IPTI. The Project Manager will join a small and closely knit team where flexibility and collegiality are key.

Key responsibilities
Act as a resource person on questions related to civil society’s peacebuilding role, by working closely with the research team and developing a deep understanding of IPTI’s comparative findings;
Develop the project’s content and identify main contexts of work in collaboration with an advisory group comprised of experts with a track record in selected local and international NGOs. This will include undertaking stakeholder consultations and going on presentation missions in three to five locations;
Act as lead facilitator for a series of learning workshops with local and national peacebuilding organizations. This will involve designing appropriate content based on IPTI’s research findings, and tailoring workshops to the immediate learning needs and interests of local participants;
Draft and produce a set of practical guidance notes for civil society peacebuilders;
Lead the engagement with civil society partners with high standards of professionalism and respect. This will include negotiating organizational relationships as well as developing an appreciation of local organizations’ needs;
Share responsibility for managing the project’s finances within IPTI’s administrative structure – ensuring documentation for all expenditures and respect of approved budget costs;
Report on the progress of the project: keep Senior Management informed at all times of important developments and strategic issues, and draft project reports to donors with the support of the M&E Officer;
Disseminate IPTI’s published materials to target audiences in collaboration with IPTI’s Communication Officer;
Develop and adapt the project as it proceeds (in consultation) as well as lead on developing a proposal for follow-up.

Candidate’s profile
Master’s degree in political sciences, international / development cooperation, international relations, peace and conflict studies, or related social sciences;
At least 5 years of relevant professional experience;
Keen understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and of the challenges posed by data gathering and analysis in a peacebuilding context;
Experience working on peacebuilding issues; focus on civil society is an asset;
Outstanding presentation and facilitation skills, including in cross-cultural contexts;
Experience in writing for the purposes of education, policy or training;
Proven experience in different areas of project management;
Impact oriented, with a strong desire not only to deliver the project’s outputs but also to add real value to peacebuilding practices while meeting the needs of local stakeholders;
Ability to lead a project with academic rigor, confidence, warmth and professionalism. S/he must demonstrate sensitivity and flexibility across global contexts. S/he must be able to work well both independently and in consultation with partners. S/he will be willing to work in difficult and challenging environments;
Excellent command of verbal and written English; additional language skills are a strong asset;
Candidates must have a valid Swiss work permit or EU / Swiss nationality.

What IPTI offers
A fascinating spectrum of professional experiences in a dynamic and fast-paced start-up environment with access to peace mediation opportunities at both the local and national levels;
The opportunity to shape a range of exciting international activities in support of mediation and peace processes;
Work within a dynamic team of highly qualified professionals; including a research team that supports policy and practise work;
Work independently as well as closely with IPTI’s management;
A stimulating academic and policy environment at the heart of international Geneva located in the Maison de la Paix;
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