Program Officer

  • Location
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 01

Position description

InclusivePeace is recruiting a Program Officer to support our visionary and innovative work creating pathways to inclusive societies around the world. Please note that the successful candidate will work remotely.


InclusivePeace has a bold vision that all countries can find pathways to peaceful, just and inclusive societies. Our vision underpins everything we do: from in-country peace process support; to convening and providing knowledge and reflection spaces; to influencing policy. We are looking for a proactive and creative team member to communicate this vision, as well as our methods, reflections, and experiences, to the world in a way that is eye-catching, inspiring, influential, and changemaking.


As a small organization, and in line with our mission and objectives, InclusivePeace works with a constituency of diverse actors variously as a collaborator, partner, mentor, and inspirational companion. The Program Officer will, in close collaboration with all members of our team, play a pivotal role in our work for inclusive peace.


InclusivePeace is designed to run in a lean, agile manner, similar to a ‘start up’. Thus, the Program Officer will support our entire portfolio of work. This includes working on specific projects, supporting our peace process in-country work and our policy influencing work, and – in cooperation with the communication officer and other team members – our outreach work. This includes supporting content and online meeting spaces on our soon to be launched open access knowledge hub.


The successful candidate will work remotely with our team members (currently in the U.S., Europe, and Africa). We offer an inspirational, exciting, fast-paced, joyful, and human-focused international working environment, where research is closely connected to current affairs, policy issues, and ongoing peace and political transition processes. We support a home office, or can provide you with a space in a co-working office should you require. We also plan full staff retreats every year (travel restrictions permitting).


About InclusivePeace

Given our vision that peace is an ongoing process, we take a strategic, creative, and dedicated approach to our 3 main areas of work: in-country process support; as a knowledge, reflection, and partnership hub; and policy work. InclusivePeace collaborates with strategic and operational partners engaged in mediation, peacebuilding, human rights, women’s rights and gender mainstreaming, development, and humanitarian action. Our expertise is underpinned by InclusivePeace’s research and practice experience that has built up deep conceptual and contextual knowledge of peace processes, and InclusivePeace’s seminal conceptual and comparative case study research covering more than 50 peace processes worldwide.


InclusivePeace is an association constituted under Swiss law, headquartered in Geneva with a global focus and reach, strong oversight and governance, and a lean, flexible, and decentralised operational structure. More information can be found at



We are looking for a highly passionate, super committed and innovativeProgram Officer, who thrives working in a remote team. The successful candidate will be highly ambitious in contributing to our mission and vision and can provide a human touch to their work. We envisage that the role will include the following duties and tasks:


Program Management

  • Support the implementation of InclusivePeace’s projects and activities on inclusive, sustainable peace.
  • Coordinate with InclusivePeace staff on production and dissemination of products, including research publications.
  • Conduct background research and draft papers, concept notes, meeting briefs, meeting reports, issue briefs and policy reports. This may include field research and travel to conflict-affected areas.
  • Provide substantive and editorial support to written products, as needed.
  • Manage relationships with commissioned experts, consultant and project partners.
  • Represent InclusivePeace at meetings including with civil society organizations, governments, international organizations, donors and inter-governmental organizations
  • Work with other InclusivePeace program staff to support program and project development.


Convening and Fundraising

  • Convening and event coordination, in cooperation with InclusivePeace staff. This includes liaising with staff and partners on the event, drafting concept notes and meeting agendas, identifying and corresponding with speakers and co-hosts, preparing participants lists, inviting participants and chairing meetings.
  • Draft meeting notes and ensure dissemination and follow up with relevant partners.
  • Support InclusivePeace staff with fundraising, including drafting concept notes and project proposals for funders.


Administrative Support

  • Track project milestones and deliverables, including project budgets in cooperation with our administration and finance team.
  • Draft funding proposals and funding reports.
  • Help prepare budgets, and monitor budget and expenses, in cooperation with the InclusivePeace finance team.
  • Other responsibilities as required by evolving needs.


Candidate’s profile and qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in peacebuilding, international relations, political science, global public policy, or related field;
  • A minimum of 2-3 years of experience in an international/regional organization, government, research organization or non-governmental organization working on mediation and peacebuilding or closely related fields;
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, including program management, and event organization;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently and work as a self-starter;
  • Excellent team player with strong interpersonal and communication skills,  and the ability to work in a multicultural environment, with demonstrated sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
  • Proven excellence in writing, editing, and communication;
  • Experience with fundraising and developing project proposals;
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills; and
  • Proficiency in English.


The following qualifications are highly preferred:

  • A solid research background;
  • Knowledge of current research, policy, and programming regarding building inclusive peace;
  • Previous work experience in a peace process and/or conflict or post-conflict context; and
  • Spoken and written proficiency in Arabic, or other official UN language.


Application instructions

What we offer

A comprehensive employee package, including a competitive salary commensurate with experience, generous leave policies, and a supportive, collegial, exciting and human-centered workplace. We are an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.


To apply

By the September 11, 2020, deadline, please send a CV (maximum 2 pages) and a 1-page cover letter to: [email protected]