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Programme Manager Peace Responsive Programming

Unit: Programme Management


Duty Station: West Africa (Adidjan, Mali or Burkina)


Grade: L5 S1


Full Time Fixed-term until April 2023


Desired Start-date: May 2021


Application deadline: 30.04.2021


 Interpeace is an international organization for peacebuilding that supports locally led peacebuilding initiatives around the world. Interpeace tailors its approach to each society and ensures that the work is locally driven. Together with local partners and local teams, Interpeace jointly develops peacebuilding programmes and helps establish processes of change that connect local communities, civil society, government and the international community. As a strategic partner of the United Nations, Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices around the world. For more information about Interpeace, please visit www.interpeace.org


Position within the Organization


Interpeace has two facets to its mandate, (1) 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. (2) To assist the international community (in particular the United Nations) to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world. The Policy, Learning and Advisory Services Unit leads Interpeace’s work on the second facet to work with other actors to capacitate and improve their ability to engage in peacebuilding approaches. The Sustaining Peace resolution of the Security Council and the UN-World Bank report on “Pathways to Peace” called on humanitarian, development, stabilisation and peace actors to evolve their ways of working to become more effective at enabling sustainable peace and preventing violent conflict. Since these recommendations have been made, many agencies have adopted policies to enhance their approaches to conflict sensitivity and contributions to peace. Yet, the challenge with which many actors and agencies continue to grapple is the operationalisation of these policies. In response, Interpeace has developed a Peace Responsiveness team. This is a dedicated capacity in the Policy, Learning and Advisory Services Unit that bridges the policy-practice gap by transforming practice through capacity development, learning, evidence-building, and joint programming. This work improves the practice of conflict sensitivity and further mainstreams what Interpeace describes as ‘Peace Responsive’ approaches to development, humanitarian and stabilisation action. The objective is 2 to enable international (UN agencies and INGOs) and regional organisations to contribute more effectively to peace through the peace-enhancing quality of their own humanitarian, development, and stabilisation interventions. Peace Responsiveness is an action-oriented policy and programming initiative that spearheads catalytic change in the practice of others including several large UN agencies. A key part of Interpeace’s Peace Responsiveness work is to enhance the practical nature and impact of peacebuilding programming by integrating partnerships and joint programming with humanitarian, development, and stabilisation actors at country level. The goal is to develop and implement new peace responsive programming that addresses the needs and priorities of local populations more comprehensively by integrating peacebuilding approaches together with humanitarian, development or stabilisation activities depending on the context. The Programme Manager reports to Senior Director of Programmes Management.


 Purpose and General Overview


The Programme Manager leads the design and development of peace responsive in-country joint programming between Interpeace and partner organizations. S/he identifies opportunities for peace responsive programming in partnership with humanitarian, development and stabilisation actors at country level and works closely with Interpeace programme teams and local partners, where they are present, to mobilise such partnerships, develop joint programming strategies, pilot joint programming, and mobilise funds for the full roll-out of joint programming strategies. This is a key role contributing to the realisation of objectives in Interpeace’s 2021-2025 institutional strategy, namely in relation to embedding peace responsiveness in Interpeace’s own programmatic work. The Programme Manager works cross functionally across Interpeace including with the Policy, Learning and Advisory Services Unit (especially the Peace Responsiveness team), the Programme Development Unit, and the Programme Management Unit. S/he works closely with Interpeace programme teams and local partners, coordinates with them, provides information, and gives advice and mentorship on the developing and initiating practical peace responsive programming. S/he brokers partnerships with humanitarian, development, or stabilisation actors at country-level – in collaboration with Interpeace programme teams – through influencing and negotiating. The Programme Manger will be based in West Africa (Abidjan, Mali or Burkina). S/he will travel frequently and possibly for extended periods to programme countries, including at times to high risk areas.


Duties and responsibilities


Programme Development and Management


  • Leads and is accountable for the implementation of the joint programming component of Interpeace’s Peace Responsiveness work, including a related budget
  • Leads design, planning and early-phase implementation of in-country activities to meet strategic objectives and donor requirements for joint peace responsive programming, including ensuring inclusion of relevant frameworks for Monitoring and Evaluation as well as activity accountability and reporting
  • Coordinates closely on strategy, planning, and operational engagements with Interpeace’s 3 programme management and programme development teams as well as in-country programme teams; serves as a liaison between programmes, programme development, and policy, learning & advisory services units
  • Collaborates with the programme management and development units to identify opportunities for joint peace responsive programming in countries where Interpeace operates as well as in other relevant contexts (as part of institutional partnerships with humanitarian, development and stabilisation actors)
  • Provides guidance to Interpeace programme and programme development teams on the integration of peace responsive approaches into in-country programmes through operational partnerships with humanitarian, development and stabilisation actors; and, accompanies the piloting of peace responsive in-country activitiessuch strategies and approaches
  • Where required (if no Interpeace programming capacities are available) and in collaboration with programme management and development units, manages the operational requirements to pilot and launch joined-up peace responsive programming activities, including the negotiation of suitable administrative and operational arrangements with humanitarian, development and stabilisation partner organisations
  • Co-develops concept notes and proposals for peace responsive programming with Interpeace programme teams as well as relevant humanitarian, development or stabiliaation partners to mobiliae dedicated funds for their implementation
  • Identifies and coordinates outreach to possible donors for county-level or regional peace responsive programming in collaboration with programme teams and the Strategic Partnerships Unit
  • Stays abreast of relevant international policy developments as well as learnings on peace responsiveness to provide guidance to programme colleagues and external partners
  • Develops and implements a learning strategy to identify lessons being learned in the development and implementation of peace responsive joinr programming


Management – institutional coherence


  • Ensures strategic and institutional coordination at strategic and technical working level with other colleagues and teams in Interpeace and with partner organisations
  • Coordinates and facilitates regular strategic exchanges across Interpeace units on joint peace responsive programming to ensure strategic alignment and exchange of information
  • Works closely with the Peace Responsiveness team to maintain the strategic linkages between global institutional partnerships with humanitarian, development and stabilisation actors and activities with these partners in-country


Representation and Communication


  • In collaboration with programme teams, represents Interpeace vis-à-vis humanitarian, development and stabilisation partner organisationsin relevant countries and contributesto donor engagement
  • Brokers partnerships with humanitarian, development and stabilisation actors in-country on strategically relevant sectoral issues and persuades them to collaborate with Interpeace through joint programming
  • Advocates for peace responsive programming in relevant fora, including meetings with donors, technical experts, and public events • Regularly develops communications materials on joint peace responsive programming for different audiences





  • Tertiary qualification in peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, development, public administration, management, or related field



  • Professional experience in programme design and management (strategy, planning, reflection, implementation, monitoring, evaluation), with some experience in international organizations being an advantage
  • Field experience in conflict affected, development, or humanitarian contexts



  • Knowledge of the sustaining peace agenda, humanitarian-development-peace nexus, and conflict sensitivity/Do No Harm methods
  • Knowledge of programme design methods
  • Knowledge of conflict and context analysis methods, including participatory approaches
  • Developed ability to effectively capture and communicate the impact of practical work
  • Proven ability to communicate, negotiate, and network with UN and government officials
  •  Excellent ability to work in a multicultural environment successfully and to demonstrate gender-responsive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes.
  • Excellent ability to interact with people respectfully and with tact
  • Excellent ability to deal with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and good judgment
  • Fluent in English (oral and written)
  • Proficiency of French (oral and written)
  • Interpeace Competencies
  • Collaboration and Weaving
  • Communication
  • Drive for results
  • Adaptability and Continuous Learning
  • Respect for Diversity


Desired Experience

  • Professional experience in peacebuilding
  • Professional experience in development, humanitarian assistance, and/or stabilization
  • Professional experience in the UN system
  • Professional experience in brokering cross
  • Sectoral partnerships
  • Professional experience in developing context
  • Informed cross
  • Sectoral strategies and programmes


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