Call for application – Intern for the International Peacebuilding Advisory Team (IPAT)

Published on June 11, 2015 | Categorised in: Uncategorized

Duty station: Geneva
Position status: Full time
Deadline for applications: Monday 20 July with interviews the week of 27 July.

Starting date: Monday the 10th of August 2015, for a period of 6 months (minimum) up to a year.

Interpeace is a Swiss non-profit organization that works in close partnership with national partner organizations and the UN. Its aim is to strengthen the capacities of societies to manage conflict in non-violent, non-coercive ways by assisting national actors in their efforts to develop social and political cohesion. Interpeace also strives to assist the international community (and in particular the United Nations) to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world through better understanding and response to the challenges of creating local capacities that enhance social and political cohesion.

Chaired by former President John Kufuor and headquartered in Geneva, Interpeace is supported by bilateral and multilateral donors as well as private funding. The organization is currently active in Africa, Central America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

The International Peacebuilding Advisory Team (IPAT) was created in 2013 by Interpeace to respond to an increasing demand from international and national actors wishing to benefit from the organization’s experience and know-how in order to improve the impact of their peacebuilding strategies, policies and processes. Through IPAT’s Strategic Advising and Capacity Strengthening services, our clients gain new knowledge, new skills, and improved know-how to develop more effective peacebuilding strategies and policies, and to contribute to a wide range of peacebuilding processes. These services are provided through a team of Senior Peacebuilding Advisors, as well as through a network of Peacebuilding Associates IPAT may call upon for particular assignments.

Reporting lines:
The Intern will report to the Head of IPAT and works closely with the IPAT team and Senior Peacebuilding Advisers and Associates. The candidate will also collaborate with other Interpeace departments and programmes.

General position summary:
As a member of the team, the Intern contributes to the overall functioning of IPAT through the provision of effective support in research, administration, communications and logistical support functions. The Intern participates in the team’s meetings and regular general staff meetings.

Specific tasks:
As directed by, and under the supervision of the Head of IPAT, the Intern will be:

Supporting the unit in substantive tasks:

  • Drafting substantive reports as requested.
  • Assisting in the planning of missions and deployment of the IPAT Advisers to the field.
  • Supporting the smooth running of missions: logistics, reporting, post-mission debriefs and provide quality control for final reporting to clients.
  • Carrying out initial research and compiling background material following a request for IPAT’s Advisory Support.

Providing administrative support:

  • Providing logistical support for missions of the IPAT team to the field.
  • Supporting the organization of workshops and meetings.
  • Preparing and writing workshop and meeting notes.
  • Supporting the preparation of contracts and TORs for IPAT roster members and consultants.
  • Supporting day-to-day administrative activities of the IPAT team and undertaking any other activities as requested by the Head of IPAT

Providing communications support:

  • Supporting on updating, developing and maintaining IPAT’s website (assisting in meeting with the webmaster, working with WordPress).
  • Supporting the facilitation of periodic Consultative Group meetings and ongoing communications, in collaboration with External Relations.
  • Updating communication materials as needed and supporting on other communication-related tasks.


  • Fluent in English and French
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Excellent communications and writing skills
  • Good Microsoft Word and Excel skills
  • Previous experience with WordPress / Web editing tool would be an asset
  • Previous practical experience in a related field
  • Ability to work under pressure and multi-tasking
  • Proactive work attitude, resourceful
  • Interested in the work of NGOs and in peacebuilding
  • Swiss national or holder of a valid working permit

How to apply: Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to the HR & Administration Officer at recruitment@interpeace.orgPlease indicate “IPAT Intern” in the subject line. The deadline for application is Monday 20 July 2015.

For more information about Interpeace, its values and working principles, please visit its website at or

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Interpeace is an equal opportunity employer.