Job: Programme Manager, Business and Peace, PeaceNexus, Switzerland

23 November 2012


Starting date: March 2013
Application deadline: 12 December 2012
Location: Prangins/Geneva (Switzerland)
Language requirements: English and at least one additional language (Arabic, French, Spanish or Chinese an asset)
Duration of contract: Undetermined


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Prangins / Geneva, Switzerland

PeaceNexus, a Swiss foundation, is a private non-profit organization. We support peacebuilding actors by providing advice in favor of integrated and comprehensive solutions to complex peacebuilding problems with emphasis on the interfaces between development, democracy and security. PeaceNexus advises both governmental and non-governmental actors as well as the private sector. Working with multidisciplinary teams and drawing on lessons learned from around the world, we seek to provide expertise that can bridge gaps, facilitate dialogue, and connect different peacebuilding tracks.

PeaceNexus’ Business Support Sector generally looks at the role of the private sector in conflict-prone areas, assists companies in identifying, assessing and preventing risks and helps them contribute to stabilization and peacebuilding in line with business objectives.


Duties and responsibilities

The PeaceNexus Programme Manager (Business and Peace) manages a portfolio of projects in the business and peace domain, including clients, partners and external expertise, and is responsible for their planning, budgeting, management, reporting and evaluation within set deadlines. The Programme Manager reports to the Executive Director and works as part of a team in the identification and design of projects; s/he contributes to the multidisciplinary PeaceNexus approach.


Job responsibilities include:

• Propose, discuss and conduct various research and analysis, including at field level, to understand clients’ needs and the context of incoming requests.
• Design project proposals together with clients and draw up frameworks for collaboration with them to govern the relationship, and to be submitted to the PeaceNexus Board for approval.
• Develop consultants Terms of Reference and identify, manage, and coordinate expert consultant(s), ensuring timeliness and high quality of deliverables and manage acquisition of other goods and services as necessary.
• Develop a pool of qualified and effective consultants to work on PeaceNexus projects in the business and peace domain. Also identify and develop agreements with consultancy companies that have the required expertise, experience and networks to support PeaceNexus work in the business and peace area.
• Develop concept notes and promulgate other research outputs from PeaceNexus projects in the business and peace area, including through training and seminars as required.
• Monitor the status of projects’ implementation and participate in project evaluation.


Core competencies

The ideal candidate:
- Demonstrates substantive experience in the private sector in conflict-affected and fragile countries (experience in Myanmar a plus), and on issues related to peace-building, human rights, community-relations, security or CSR issues.
- Demonstrates substantive knowledge of global peacebuilding issues and ability to integrate his/her knowledge with broader organizational strategic, policy and operational objectives/
- Is capable of carrying out analyses on different issues, such as of a programme, conflict/dispute, context of a crisis-prone area, stakeholders, and/or an organization – and develop actionable recommendations based on that analysis.
- Shows strong and consultative management skills, as these relate to projects, clients, consultants and staff.
- Displays excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills. Is able to listen, integrate ideas, build consensus, and support others.
- Demonstrates an ability to build strong relationships with colleagues, clients, consultants and external actors.
- Focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback, while demonstrating openness to change and ability to manage complexities and to work under minimum supervision.
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude, and can handle multiple activities with ease; prioritizes effectively.
- Displays an ability to work in diverse cultural environments and readiness to travel to conflict-affected and fragile countries.
- Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills in English and in one or more languages, both written and orally, across cultures and at very senior levels.
- Demonstrates the ability to take the initiative and work in an independent manner.
- Manages risk-taking in the pursuit of creativity and innovation.


Required skills and experiences

The candidate should have a Master’s degree in an area relevant to business and peace. S/he has 10-15-years of experience in peacebuilding and human rights promotion, of which at least 5 years in the corporate sector, preferably in conflict-affected and fragile countries. S/he has a strong network in the corporate and peacebuilding sector as well as geographic areas relevant for business and peace work. S/he should have significant management experience; of projects, clients, consultants, and staff. S/he has strong writing/communication skills in English (compulsory) and in another language (a plus). Creativity, curiosity, patience, good listening skills and calculated risk-taking are a must.



A competitive remuneration is offered, commensurate with the education and experience of the candidate.

The recruitment process is managed on behalf of PeaceNexus by SEED Group Ltd. (UK). Please send your resume (including nationality), salary requirements, where you heard about the position, and a letter addressing your particular interest and suitability for the position, as well as three professional references (name, phone number, email) to vanessa(at)  before 12 December 2012.

Long-listed candidates will be required to go through a telephone interview and complete specific tasks. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a two-day interview/group testing exercise at the PeaceNexus offices in Prangins during the first week of February 2013.

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