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swisspeace: Project Assistant / Junior Program Officer Statehood (80 – 100%) – Bern

  • full-time job
  • Bern
  • Apr 27, 2018

Website swisspeace@swisspeace swisspeace

practice-oriented peace research institute

swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute. It analyses the causes of violent conflicts and develops strategies for their peaceful transformation. swisspeace contributes to the improvement of conflict prevention and conflict transformation by producing innovative research, shaping discourses on international peace policy, developing and applying new peacebuilding tools and methodologies, supporting and advising other peace actors, as well as by providing and facilitating spaces for analysis, discussion, critical reflection and learning.

To reinforce its Statehood Program, swisspeace is looking for an Arabic speaking

Project Assistant / Junior Program Officer (80 – 100%)

Starting date: 1 June 2018 or by agreement until the end of the year (with possibility of extension)


The swisspeace Statehood Program conducts, amongst other things, research and implements projects related to local governance in Syria. swisspeace works in close collaboration with local organizations, and contributes to improved analysis, design, and monitoring and evaluation practice to increase the effectiveness and positive impact of their peacebuilding interventions.

Your tasks:

  • Support the Statehood team in the successful implementation of ongoing mandates and projects related to Syria
  • Contribute to the administrative and financial management of projects and mandates
  • Assist in implementing capacity building measures and trainings on project management and local governance for our local partner organizations based in Gaziantep (Turkey) and Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Support our local partners in organizing and conducting trainings and workshops related to local governance and the ongoing peace process Follow the developments in Syria (incl. news and social media) and produce internal updates/briefs

Your profile:

  • 1-2 years of experience in peacebuilding or in supporting the implementation of projects in contexts of conflict and fragility. Field experience and knowledge related to local governance issues are an asset.
  • Experience in project management, including administration and financial management
  • Excellent spoken and written Arabic and English
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and communication skills
  • Syrian context knowledge
  • Ability to work in a politically sensitive context
  • Ability and willingness for frequent international travel, including to conflict countries
  • An explicit team player with an ability to deliver high-quality results under tight deadlines

Our offer:

  • Good working conditions, flexible office hours and an attractive work place in the heart of Bern
  • An inspiring job in an attractive and international field of work with political relevance
  • A positive working atmosphere in a dynamic and international institution


We look forward to receiving your complete application in English, including motivation letter, CV, work certificates and diplomas by 29 April 2018. Applicants should preferably hold a valid work permit for Switzerland or be a citizen of an EU/EFTA country.


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