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Location   Geneva, Switzerland
Type of Contract   Part-Time 40%
Languages Required   English, French
Application Deadline   21 March 2021
Starting Date   As soon as possible

About CPI

The Cordoba Peace Institute - Geneva (CPI) is a Swiss non-governmental non-profit organization working on peace promotion.

CPI was established in Geneva in 2002 to foster research and dialogue on peace issues, and to promote joint projects which address tensions between people and communities holding different ideologies or worldviews. CPI has a particular focus and expertise in enhancing theoretical and practical conflict transformation resources in Muslim majority contexts.

CPI works with an extensive network of partners, including think thanks, civil society organizations, research centers, foundations, governments and individuals, to initiate and support activities that build trust and favor mutual respect and reconciliation. CPI provides a distinctive expertise and a culturally sensitive approach in dealing with conflicts. CPI has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations.

The main programs of CPI

CPI has a track record of programs, mediation initiatives and training interventions focused on the promotion of the peaceful political participation of all sectors of society, including those with a religious reference.

Within the current context of conflict related issues, particularly in Muslim majority countries, the interplay of religion and politics and the role of religiously inspired actors are more critical than ever. In many countries where CPI works, disputes around religious and secular worldviews in politics are pervasive. In addition, the emergence in recent years of new political actors has had a significant impact on opportunities for peaceful transitions towards pluralistic societies, together with the risk of increased tensions.

In this context, the main programs of CPI are currently aimed at 1) Addressing the challenges to peaceful transition, including sectarian tensions, in North Africa and the Middle East; 2) Encouraging peaceful interaction between different communities in the Sahel; and 3) Preventing Violence and Extremism in North Africa, the Middle East and Sahel regions.

By reinforcing mechanisms for the transformation of violent or potentially violent conflicts, the overall objective of these programs is to contribute to peaceful coexistence between groups with different worldviews. They aim to enhance the capacity and networks of conflict transformation actors, develop a common and collective understanding of conflicts, and support local transformation initiatives.

Role and Responsibilities

CPI is seeking a Grant Management Officer whose responsibilities will include:

  • Project management: responsible for the effective management of projects carried out by CPI and its partners, including liaison with staff at overseas offices and field locations;
  • Monitoring and evaluation: develop and maintain effective and responsive M&E systems, in collaboration with partners and field-based staff, and ensure M&E reporting is both meaningful and available for sharing with project sponsors;
  • Reporting: responsible for both narrative and financial reporting to project sponsors on a timely basis;
  • Development of local partners: assist local partners in developing project management skills, and in seeking funding for projects;
  • Other duties as appropriate within a small office requiring cooperation and flexibility.

Skills and Experience Sought

  • A degree in international relations, conflict studies, political science or a related field; 
  • Experience of grant/project management, especially of EU and/or other major/ government donor project management systems and reporting requirements;
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of projects;
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of conflict/peace and security issues;
  • Understanding of geopolitical issues in the MENA and/or Sahel regions, or more broadly in Africa, and of Islam and Muslim-majority contexts;
  • Proficiency in English and French;
  • Knowledge of Arabic or a widely spoken African language would be an asset;
  • Good financial analysis and reporting skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills, and close attention to detail;
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office;
  • Autonomy and the ability to work in small polyvalent team;
  • Authorization to work in Switzerland.

Languages

•  Fluency in Arabic and English is required.

Proficiency  of  languages  required  will  be  specifically  evaluated  during  the  selection  process,  which  may include written and/or oral assessments.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to send their CV and Cover Letter in English by email to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. clearly stating “CPI - Grant Management Officer”.

Only full applications will be considered.