Political Officer - Syria

The Shaikh Group
  • Location
    (Or other location), Cyprus
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 21

Position description


The Shaikh Group (TSG) is seeking to hire a full-time Political Officer to join the team working on its Syria Initiative. Through this project, TSG has facilitated wide-ranging consultations with hundreds of influential Syrians from across the country’s political and social divides, allowing these parties to build trust and generate consensus around ideas for preventing conflict and advancing a political settlement. In 2020 and beyond, the Initiative will remain focused largely on issues surrounding governance at the subnational level – in particular, in parts of northeast and northwest Syria – and on the development of political understandings to introduce more sustainable, inclusive governance and security arrangements for those areas.

We are looking for a Political Officer to play an integral role in the design and delivery of these activities in support of mediation and peacebuilding in Syria. The Political Officer will report to the Syria Team Lead and will contribute directly to shaping the substantive direction of the project, facilitating workshops, and engaging with Syrian and international stakeholders at all levels.


  • Conduct in-depth research and analysis on the Syria conflict and other relevant topics to inform TSG programming.
  • Drive engagement with Syrian stakeholders from different political, civil society, activist and professional backgrounds.
  • Design and facilitate dialogue workshops and other interventions convening Syrian and international representatives.
  • Draft reports, advocacy papers and briefings related to project outcomes.
  • Engage with international policymakers to promote project outcomes.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with relevant international and Syrian organisations.
  • Liaise with international partners and support project development and reporting as required.




  • A university degree in relevant discipline (e.g. Middle East studies, political science, international relations).
  • At least 3-5 years of relevant work experience.
  • Strong understanding of Middle East and international affairs, with a preferred focus on Syria and the Levant.
  • Excellent political research and analysis skills.
  • Excellent communication, drafting and editing skills in English.
  • Fluent spoken and proficient written Arabic.
  • Ability to take initiative and to execute multiple tasks in a responsible and organized manner, as a member of a team.
  • Ability to travel as required. 



  • Previous experience working on Syria.
  • Previous experience working on mediation support or peacebuilding.


Location: flexible (within Europe / Middle East).


Salary: commensurate with experience.


Start date: October 2020

To apply, please submit a motivation letter and CV by 15 August to: [email protected]


To learn more about TSG, go to www.shaikhgroup.org