Project Associate – Oslo Forum Team


Organization Name: Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 05-August-2020
Closing Date: 23-August-2020

Based in Geneva

Starting date: October 2020

Temporary position of 3 months

The Oslo Forum is the leading international retreat for conflict mediation practitioners. Co-hosted by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oslo Forum regularly convenes conflict mediators, peacemakers, high-level decision-makers and key peace process actors in a series of informal and discreet retreats. The Forum features an annual global event in Oslo as well as regional retreats in Africa and Asia. The Oslo Forum team also produces podcasts and publications that assist mediation practitioners in grappling with the challenges they encounter in their work and supports HD’s operations by conducting research to advance the debate on approaches to mediation processes.

The Project Associate will support the planning and organisation of the Oslo Forum retreats, podcasts and publications. In particular, s/he will:

• Draft briefing materials, background notes and strategic communications for the Oslo Forum retreats and podcasts;
• Research and contribute to the design of the agenda, sessions and podcasts;
• Support the Oslo Forum invitation process, preparation of invitations, data management and communication with participants;
• Support the logistics of the event, including travel management, coordination with service providers and contracts;
• Manage and maintain project documentation;
• Support the Oslo Forum’s policy work more broadly; help prepare and co-ordinate Oslo Forum podcasts, publications and conduct background research on potential topics; research possible authors, proofread drafts and liaise with interviewees, authors, translators, copy-editors and designers.

The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

• Hold a university degree in peace studies, international relations, political science, law, or a related field with a minimum of two years’ of relevant experience;
• Have excellent writing and analytical skills – a keen interest in strategic communication, editing and podcasting experience would be considered an asset;
• Have strong administrative and co-ordination skills, a keen attention to detail, and the ability to prioritise and manage multiple tasks;
• Be tech-savvy with web-based communication, with experience in website management, and have excellent Excel skills;
• Have good judgment and discretion in the handling of sensitive information;
• Be enthusiastic, flexible and resourceful in finding solutions to unexpected problems and operate calmly in stressful situations;

Working environment:

The Oslo Forum is a small team working in a stimulating international environment with frequent interaction with other in-house project teams and external partners. As part of the team, the Project Associate will be able to develop her/his personal and professional expertise, management skills and contacts in the field of armed conflict mediation. The future employee will gain direct exposure to all aspects of project work and to peace process actors from a variety of backgrounds.

If you are interested in the position and meet the above described qualifications, please send your resume (maximum 2 pages) and a short cover letter (with both documents in one pdf file) by 23 August 2020 to

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Job Email id: hrgeneva(at)