Programme Advisor

  • Added Date: Monday, 01 March 2021
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 12 March 2021


Interpeace is an international organisation for peacebuilding. Interpeace tailors its approach to each society and ensures that its work is locally designed and driven. Through local partners and its own local teams, Interpeace jointly develops peacebuilding programmes based on extensive consultation and research. Interpeace helps establish processes of change that promote sustainable peace, social cohesion and resilience. The organisationโ€™s work is designed to connect and promote understanding between local communities, civil society, governments and the international community.

Interpeace also assists the international community โ€“ especially the United Nations โ€“ to play a more effective role in peacebuilding based on the organisationโ€™s expertise in field-based work at the grassroots level. This is achieved primarily through contributing innovative thought leadership and fresh insights into contemporary peacebuilding policy. This assistance to the international community is also achieved through its โ€˜peace responsivenessโ€™ work, in which Interpeace provides advice and practical support to other international organisations (especially those in the security, development and humanitarian aid sectors) so that they adapt systemically in order that their own work simultaneously addresses conflict dynamics and strengthens peace dynamics.

Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices around the world.

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Position within the Organization

The Programme Advisor (PA) is a member of the Somali Programme Team (SPT) which supports the management and implemention of all Interpeaceโ€™s programmes in Somalia. The Programme Advisor reports to the Country Coordinator.

Purpose and General Overview

The Programme Advisor (PA) is a key advisor to and member of the Somali Programme Team (SPT), advising on the overall strategic direction of the programme, engaging in track 1 activities as well as advising the various members of the Somali team, the programme partners, and those associated with the lnterpeace Somalia Programme. S/He will also play a key role in shaping lnterpeaceโ€™s understanding of the contextual needs with a view of strengthening the overall Somali reconciliation and peacebuilding efforts.

The duties of the Programme Advisor cover 4 areas:

  • Strategic Engagement
  • Advocacy, lobbying and relationship support
  • Programme Management & Development
  • Management โ€“ institutional coherence

Duties and responsibilities

Strategic Engagement

  • Supports all areas of implementation as directed by the Country Coordinator.

Advocacy, lobbying and relationship support

  • Monitor Somali political, security, social, and economic developments and provide regular briefings to the Somali Programme Team;
  • Establish and maintain constructive relations with national authorities to guide the management of the political space;
  • Maintain and expand a network of relevant political actors in Somalia who can assist the national programme to influence policies, facilitate Interpeaceโ€™s contacts and representation with these actors and authorities, and when necessary participate in meetings;
  • Contribute to the improvement of the engagement and participation of the national authorities in Interpeace activities (aimed at peace building, stability, reconciliation and social cohesion) and ensure that there is a follow-up by the authorities;
  • Supports Interpeace in the identification of programme participants (focus groups and individual interviews), participates in dialogue activities;
  • Expand and maintain a network of national stakeholders and other partners;
  • Support the Somali Programme and its partners in ensuring relevance and contextยญrelated quality of its intellectual outputs (publications, films, presentations);
  • Representation of Interpeace, focus on Track 3 and track 2 and 3 in consultation with the Country Coordinator.

Programme Management and Development

  • Provide initial inputs to assist the Somali Programme Team develop concept notes, proposals and donor reports;
  • Provide advice to the Management Team to strengthen programmatic management of partners organizations and Interpeace programmatic team to ensure that they implement the programmes in a professional, coordinated and relevant manner;
  • Supports local partner in Puntland as well as other Interpeace teams across the Somali region in all aspects of programme implementation, including planning and conducting participatory action research, setting up and supervising dialogue spaces, conducting advocacy activities at local, provincial and national level;
  • Keep abreast of developments in contextual changes and progress in order to advise and recommend tools and strategies to increase programme effectiveness, performances and results.

Management โ€“ institutional coherence

  • Support in the coordination, with the Programme Officers, on programmatic implementation as required and is directed by the Country Coordinator with other units of the organization;
  • Supports operational activity implementation where needed.



  • Masters degree in peace-related studies, social or political science or other relevant fields.


  • 5-7 years of experience in peacebuilding, security or political and/or developmental work with increasing responsibility;
  • Proven experience in managing partners, engaging authorities and civil society;
  • Experience in facilitation, presentation and coordination skillS.


  • Understanding of relevant contextual needs in Somalia and the current thinking on peacebuilding issues and methods; and demonstrable ability to anticipate emerging needs and integrate them into priority programme setting;
  • Practiced organizational and planning skills; and has some knowledge of project cycle management including using project planning and management tools;
  • Strong writing and communications skills in English and Somali is required.
  • Interpeace Competencies
    • Collaboration and Weaving
    • Communication
    • Drive for results
    • Adaptability and Continuous Learning
    • Respect for Diversity

This vacancy is archived.

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