Interpeace International Job Vacancy: Programme Officer - Bamako, Mali

Programme Officer for Mali
Reporting to: Director of the Regional Office for West Africa
Location: Bamako (Mali)
Application closing: September 11, 2016

Job start date: Likely to vary between September 2016 and early 2017
Please note: The present call for interest does not relate to any currently open position. Its objective is to pre-identify qualified and interested individuals for positions likely to become available in the near future.

Interpeace, an international non-profit organisation, works in close partnership with national partner organizations and the United Nations, with the aim of building lasting peace. Interpeace tailors its approach to each society and ensures that the work is locally driven. Believing that every society has what it needs to build peace, Interpeace supports the active involvement of local, national, and international actors in ongoing inclusive dialogue, collective action and participatory policy research that allows societies facing a risk of violent conflict to overcome its internal divisions. Together with local teams and partners, Interpeace jointly develops peace building programmes and helps establish processes of change that connect local communities, civil society, government and the international community through our Track 6 approach.

Headquartered in Geneva with regional offices in Abidjan, Guatemala City and Nairobi, Interpeace is supported by bilateral and multilateral donors. The organization is currently active in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.

General duties and responsibilities:
The Programme Officer for Mali will manage all programmes in Mali in horizontal partnership with Interpeace’s national partner IMRAP (Institut Malien de Recherche Action pour la Paix). The main tasks include, budget management, programme design, fundraising, management of political space, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, and communications. The Programme Officer for Mali is responsible to the Director of the Regional Office for West Africa and collaborates closely with the Programme Coordinator for the Sahel region.

Applicants must fulfill all of the following general requirements in addition to the profile-specific requirements listed below:
  • Master degree in international relations, peace and conflict studies, security studies, human rights, diplomacy, international cooperation, humanitarian aid, communication or related fields
  • Demonstrated interest and experience (e.g. policy brief, analytical publication, academic dissertation, work experience, volunteer engagement) in peacebuilding dynamics in West Africa and/or the Sahel region in particular (social cohesion, reconciliation, trust building, dialogue, radicalization, violent extremism, dynamics of violence etc.)
  • Demonstrated work experience of at least 1 year in any of these two regions considered a strong asset
  • Aptitude to adapt to a different context regarding security, culture, climate or health issue, demonstrated by at least 6 months experience outside of country of origin
  • Full professional proficiency in French or native-speaker (CEFR: C2)
  • Willingness to travel at least 25% of your time
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, plan and prioritize work tasks
In addition to the general requirements outlined above, the applicant must fulfill the following profile-specific requirements:
  • Professional working proficiency in English (CEFR: C1)
  • At least 3 years of professional exprience
  • 1-5 years of professional project management experience
  • Record of managing programme budgets of at least 100.000 USD
  • At least 2 years of professional experience in providing flexible, adapted support to daily tasks of (peacebuilding) programmes and/or local partners
  • At least 2 years of professional experience in writing reports for donors and internal audiences
  • At least 2 years of professional experience in developing project proposals and concept notes
  • Ability to facilitate strategic thinking with colleagues and partners
  • Professional experience of managing relationships with political, financial and technical partners is considered a strong asset.
A successful candidate will:
  • Identify with Interpeace’s core objectives of supporting locally owned peacebuilding processes and supporting the international community’s efforts to support local peacebuilding capacities
  • Enjoy integrating into a dedicated, dynamic and international team
  • Want to make his/her contribution to peacebuilding dynamics in West Africa and/or the Sahel region
  • Value dialogue processes, local perspectives, policy development and the principle of local ownership
  • Be motivated to closely collaborate with our national partner/ team in each country programme
  • Be eager to learn more about peace building and conflict prevention
  • Be a critical thinker
Please note: Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims at achieving greater gender parity and diversity in all levels of its work. We welcome applications from women and men. Nationals from countries in West Africa and the Sahel region are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:
Qualified candidates may submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to copying

The following words MUST BE included in the subject line of the application email in order to be considered: For Programme Officer for Mali: “PO Mali” + your name

Please be sure to answer the following questions in your cover letter:
Why did you chose your field of study/education/profession? Why did you chose to apply specifically to Interpeace? Why are you interested in peacebuilding? Why are you interested in Mali, West Africa and/or the Sahel region? What do you want to learn through working with Interpeace? What is your availability?

Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY candidates short-listed for interviews will be notified. This call will remain open until September 11, 2016. Early applications are encouraged.