International Women Peace and Security Specialist (Service contract)

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


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. 


Are you captivated by our innovative approach to peace, and do you want to contribute to the mission of our institute? Do you 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 are looking for an International Women Peace and Security Specialist to support Peace Practice and Innovation (PPI) unit.



You will
  • Conduct a global review of good practice drawing on existing evidence as well as complimenting the efforts with new insights from various contexts. This will contribute to following outputs concurrently developed by the EIP Team: a practitioner-friendly compendium of resources on thematic and country-specific good practice to overcome barriers to women’s meaningful participation in peace processes, and an open-access webpage. It is expected that the WPS Specialist would assist with the review and refining of these two outputs. 
  • Guide the focus of three participatory in-country research reports to be conducted by research consultants to ensure policy depth and political analysis, evidence-informed content, inclusive research techniques, and analytical rigour. 
  • Based on the country-specific reports, the compendium, and detailed knowledge of WPS contemporary debates, principles and dynamics, the WPS Specialist will generate a global report with actionable recommendations for a range of audiences including  peace process and political settlement negotiators and advisers, mediation entities, donors, civil society. It is expected that targeted interviews will be conducted to inform the report and ensure that it is policy-relevant and a direct contribution to the WPS 25th anniversary processes. ​


Your skills and experience

Essential:

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience conducting research on peacebuilding, conflict resolution, WPS, governance and reform, and relevant issues. Proven experience and knowledge of implementation of WPS activities at country and international levels.
  • Demonstrable critical political analysis skills. 
  • Wide-ranging networks and/or ability to engage individuals in relevant state ministries, non-state armed groups, advisers to negotiations, civil society actors, and other key individuals and groupings in peace and political settlement processes. 
  • Degree or equivalent in political or social sciences, human rights, gender and/or women’s rights studies, international development, international affairs etc. 
  • Experience in guiding and leading a team of researchers/consultants to conduct research and develop policy recommendations. 
  • Proven experience in writing English language reports. An example of a recent English language report must be included in the application.
  • Proven ability to plan, to work under pressure and use time efficiently, to identify and prioritise activities and adjust them as required.
  • Effective communication skills to support a small team.

Highly desirable 

  • Topic expertise in one or more areas: critical political analysis; mediation support; security issues; powersharing; environmental peacebuilding.
  • Additional languages. ​


What we are offering

Consultancy contract from August 2024 to August 2025.

Start date: as soon as possible


Recruitment process

Closing date: 28/07/2024, midnight (CET).


Please submit in English the following documents using the webform below:

  • CV;
  • Methodology and budget, which should include:
    • Motivation letter;
    • Example of English language report authored by applicant (those submitted without an example will be disregarded);
    • Financial proposal. 

Our hiring team will review all applications after the closing date of the vacancy. We will keep you informed on the status of your application.


The Institute firmly believes that diverse perspectives are key to our work. Therefore we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusiveness. Your qualities and commitment are what matter to us, regardless of race, nationality, gender, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.


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