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Senior Programme Manager


Interpeace is hiring a Senior Programme Manager

Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Type of position: Internship

Application closing: 17 January, 2020

Job start date: March or April 2020

Duration of Internship: 5 months

Stipend: A stipend is offered to cover one return trip to Abidjan and basic living costs during 5 months

Interpeace is an international organisation for peacebuilding that strengthens the ability of societies to manage conflict themselves in sustainable and non-violent ways. Interpeace designs and delivers its work tailored to each situation in partnership with local partners and communities, based on extensive consultation and research. Interpeace also ensures that the processes of conflict management and change that it supports are integrated at all levels of society including local communities, civil society, government and the international community (we call it a ‘Track 6’ approach).

Interpeace was originally established by the United Nations and remains its strategic partner. Beyond field- based peacebuilding, Interpeace also assists the international community – particularly the UN – to be more effective in supporting peacebuilding efforts worldwide. This includes contributing innovative thought leadership on peacebuilding policies and practices.

Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva and has offices around the world. For more information about Interpeace, please visit

Scope of the internship:

Under the supervision of the Côte d’Ivoire Senior Programme Manager, the Intern will assist the Côte d’Ivoire programme in various ways to help achieve Interpeace’s core objectives of supporting locally owned peacebuilding processes and supporting the international community’s efforts to support local peacebuilding capacities. The intern will gain insights into peacebuilding policy and programming; project implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting; event organisation; partnerships management; participatory action research methodology; and (to be confirmed) the development of project proposals.

This entails supporting the work of the Côte d’Ivoire Programme team, composed of two staff members, including in the day-to-day collaboration with Interpeace’s local partner organisation, Indigo Côte d’Ivoire. The intern will be based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Detailed information on the programmes can be found on the Interpeace website.

Learning opportunities:

The Abidjan Office will ensure a proper induction process for the intern in order to rapidly get familiar with Interpeace’s work. The Interpeace team in Abidjan is dynamic and hard-working, encouraging space for personal initiatives and creativity.

A skilled supervisor will guide and mentor the intern during the internship. This includes:

  • Discussing and setting the development objectives for the internship period with the intern
  • Providing the resources and support required to meet the requirements and development objectives of the internship
  • Providing mentorship and regular feedback on performance
  • Issuing an internship certificate

Specific duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct context analyses
  • Contribute to project proposal writing
  • Contribute to research report (draft and/ or edit reports; layout finalisation; proof-reading of reports in French or in English)
  • Organize events
  • Support activity planning processes
  • Communication and documentation of activities
  • Monitor email and other communications with partner teams.
  • Draft and/ or edit periodic (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual) programme reports.
  • Manage the proper archiving of physical and electronic documents.
  • Translate documents to French/English.
  • Assist in the organisation of (and when possible, take part in) field missions
  • Assist partner teams with project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Assist partner teams with the production of reports.
  • Assist partner teams with the production of films.
  • Organize meetings, logistics with and for visitors.
  • Participate in team strategic and thematic discussions and document the exchanges.
  • Participate in external meetings/events.
  • Support day-to-day activities of the Interpeace Abidjan Office and undertake any other activities as called upon by the supervisors.

Skills that the intern will develop and knowledge that the intern will acquire:

  • An understanding of peacebuilding projects at different stages of programming (design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, etc.)
  • A practical understanding of conflict sensitive programming
  • Analysing conflict and context dynamics
  • Drafting written communication (briefs, letters, e-mails, etc.)
  • Drafting documents for donors (elements of proposals, reports, etc.)
  • Planning and coordination of events


Academic or professional skills

  • Completion or current pursuit of a postgraduate degree in international relations, peace and conflict studies, human rights, diplomacy or related fields; or pursuit of undergraduate degree in these fields complemented with strong knowledge of the region.
  • Demonstrated interest in peacebuilding, conflict, youth and/or development issues.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Ability to organize, plan and prioritize work.
  • Good command of Microsoft Windows and Office.
  • Ability to think at a strategic/conceptual level.


  • Fluency in French: French skills are required to be comparable to those of a native-speaker in order to ensure autonomous work, including for written communication/drafting of documents.
  • Very good command of English.

Personal qualities

  • Detail-oriented
  • Dynamic
  • Strong desire to learn – in general, and in particular about Côte d’Ivoire, peacebuilding and conflict prevention issue
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Strong listening skills
  • Aptitude to adapt to a different context regarding culture, climate, security, health issue, working culture
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work in a team as well as independently

Other assets:

  • Demonstrated knowledge or interest in West Africa and/or the Ivoirian context in particular. Knowledge of cultural and peacebuilding dynamics in Cote d’Ivoire are considered a strong asset.
  • Previous exposure to a developing country or a conflict-affected or post-conflict country, organization of events, project monitoring and report writing
  • Previous exposure to the work and functioning of a local organisation in the field
  • Sensivity for video productions
  • Good command of Adobe video or graphics software
  • (Other) communication experience

Duration: 5 months (full-time)

Start date: Mid-March or April 2020

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