Call for applications – Intern for the International Peacebuilding Advisory Team

Published on December 12, 2014 | Categorised in: Uncategorized
Duty station: Geneva
Position status: Full time
Deadline for applications: 5 January 2015

Starting date: beginning of February, 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. It is composed of a team of Senior Peacebuilding Advisers that can be called upon by national and international actors to strengthen their capacities and accompany them in processes, policies, programmes and capacity development, which aim to reduce violence and strengthen peace.

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:

  1. 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.
    Carrying out initial research and compiling background material following a request for IPAT’s Advisory Support.
    Supporting on updating the website and on other communications-related tasks.
  2. Providing administrative support:
    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.
    Providing logistical support for missions of the IPAT team to the field.
    Supporting day-to-day administrative activities of the IPAT team and undertaking any other activities as requested by the Head of IPAT.


  • Excellent organization skills.
  • Excellent communications and writing skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and multi-tasking.
  • Good Microsoft Word and Excel skills.
  • Fluent in English and French.
  • Swiss national or holder of a valid working permit.
  • Interested in the work of NGOs and in peacebuilding.
  • Applicants must have a valid permit to work or study in Geneva.

How to apply: Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to the HR & Administration Officer at Please indicate “IPAT Intern” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is 5 January 2015.

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

Interpeace is an equal opportunity employer.