Programme Manager

European Institute of Peace

The European Institute of Peace (EIP) is looking for exceptional individuals who share our vision for a world where people live in safety and peace because conflicts and grievances are resolved through inclusive dialogue and lasting political agreements.

We provide practical experience, technical expertise, and policy advice on conflict resolution. We use a variety of tools to help us do this, including analysis, mapping and design of peace processes and agreements, facilitating policy discussions, and proposing practical engagement, for example through inclusive dialogue and mediation support.

Based in Brussels and active in over a dozen countries, the European Institute of Peace is an independent organisation working collaboratively with European decision-makers, the parties to the conflict, and those who represent people suffering from insecurity or at risk of violence, as well as the conflict prevention, resolution and mediation community.

Our innovative approach to peace enables us to be agile, creative, and effective in everything we do, and these are key qualities we look for in our team members. See for more information

We are looking for a Programme Manager to be part of the Engagement Dialogue and Process Design unit (EDP).

Duties and responsibilities

Reporting to the EDP Director, the Programme Manager will work as part of or in lead of teams managing the projects, programmes and envelopes run by EDP or other units

The Programme Manager’s responsibilities will include:

  • Lead and contribute to the design, development and implementation of high-quality engagements and initiatives to prevent or resolve conflicts, in particular in Africa;
  • Take initiative, identify opportunities and plan and participate in scoping missions or other project development activities as necessary and subsequently develop strategies for EIP interventions;
  • Ensure operational and strategic coherence of the programme by taking responsibility for ensuring that activities of ongoing and future projects are implemented and products delivered as agreed with our donors;
  • Providing in-depth analysis of comparative processes to assess useful lessons learned and ensure that they can be tailored to apply to other contexts;
  • Organise consultations and closed discussions with relevant political actors from the international community to map interests, views and ideas of key stakeholders;
  • Contribute to EIP’s relationship management with relevant EU institutions, European governments, actors in the field and NGO counterparts to identify political priorities, regional interests and scope for collaboration;
  • Identify new potential donors, maintain existing donor relations and establish new ones; secure additional funding to be able to expand the scope of work;
  • Coordinate and manage colleagues from EDP and other units as well as external consultants, fostering smooth collaboration and information-flow between units and engage regularly with other EIP colleagues outside the teams to ensure coordination on new and ongoing project activities.
  • Ensure sound financial management including monitoring and forecasting expenditure, overseeing financial reporting, and ensuring compliance with internal and donor finance procedures;
  • Work closely with colleagues to contribute to analysis and compile briefing materials for internal and external audiences and events, including preparation of speeches for senior leadership, and lead or contribute to the development of relevant policy discussions, recommendations and process design options;
  • Any other responsibility agreed upon with the line manager.


  • Experience working in Africa required, in particular the Great Lakes Region (Burundi, DRC, Rwanda and Uganda) an advantage;
  • University degree in political science, conflict resolutions, international relations, or related field;
  • Minimum 12 years of experience, at least 3 of them spent on concrete international efforts on mediation, mediation-support or dialogue facilitation;
  • Experience working in conflict affected countries and with the design or support of peace processes;
  • Understanding of EU policies, the functions of and workings of the EU institutions;
  • Good knowledge of project management, including budget management experience, essential;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills;
  • Perfect command of English and French essential. Knowledge of local languages in the region a significant asset;
  • Ability to work well under deadlines;
  • Meticulous attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to work in Belgium (Belgian or EU citizen or currently in possession of a Belgian work permit).

The Institute offers

  • Employment contract (open ended Belgian contract);
  • Salary based on 13.92 months and commensurate to the position and experience;
  • Benefits package which includes luncheon vouchers, hospital insurance, pension plan, and contribution to transportation;
  • 40h/week including 12 RTT days per year;
  • Orange SIM card;
  • Contribution to teleworking allowance: €15.

Start date: 03/01/2021

The successful candidate will need to reside in or relocate to Belgium when the employment contract starts.

Recruitment process

Please submit in English:

  • Your CV (Name_Surname_CV_EDP Programme Manager);
  • One-page letter (Name_Surname_ML_ EDP Programme Manager) demonstrating your qualification according to the profile.

Submit to: [email protected]

The deadline is 05/11/2021 close of business (COB).

If selected for the first round, we will contact you for an interview which may include a written test. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Interviews will be held from 22/11/2021 to 23/11/2021.


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