To strengthen the effectiveness of HD’s mission, the Mediation Support and Policy Unit (MESU) provides support on all aspects of HD’s mediation work, including strategy and process design as well as assistance with evaluation and learning. MESU also engages with the wider mediation community on questions of policy and practice. The team, based in Geneva, ensures programmes are aligned with HD’s peacemaking strategy as it evolves to meet the changing nature of conflicts.

(2-year project until Sept 2024)

Overall Purpose:

The Mediation Support Project Associate will support the implementation and management of the Global Mediation Support project, a sector-leading initiative that seeks to strengthen the effectiveness of mediation in response to modern conflict. S/he will undertake day-to-day management tasks, donor liaison, event management, and support the implementation of various work streams that aim to demonstrate the value of mediation. The Project Associate will also support the scaling up of the ‘organised crime and peacemaking’ work stream.

Key responsibilities include:

Overall support to the Global Mediation Support project:

Working closely with MESU Deputy Director and Finance officer in the coordination and delivery of the Global Mediation Support Initiative, including :

  • Support the gathering of lessons learned and insights from mediation practice and the production of learning and policy products;
  • Provide day-to-day management support for the Global Mediation Support Initiative; 
  • Work on narrative reporting and donor liaison;
  • Support coordination between work streams and with donor;
  • Actively participate in the organisation of policy events and  dissemination activities;
  • Support the various programme teams in the delivery of mediation-related activities and programmed results, especially the crime and peace as well as MEL portfolios.
  • Contribute to HD’s Mediation Support and Policy programme with any other task, as required.

Organized crime and peacemaking:

Working closely with HD’s Crime and Peace Adviser, including:

  • Support the Adviser to deliver the activities envisaged under the organised crime and peacemaking workstream;
  • Assist with the design and delivery of roundtables, workshops and other events;
  • Support the development and dissemination of guidance and knowledge materials related to organised crime and peacemaking;
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of operational interventions in the field relating to organised crime and peacemaking;
  • Lead on researching and managing knowledge related to the crime-conflict nexus.


  • 3 years’ relevant professional experience, including both field and HQ-level experience in political, peace and security;
  • Tertiary education in a relevant field;
  • Experience  in project and grant management;
  • Solid understanding of trends in peace mediation as well as current international peace and security issues;
  • Some experience in mediation support, and quality assurance and/or risk management;
  • Facilitation, public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Strong organisational and analytical skills;
  • Fluency in English. Spoken and written German is considered a strong asset.

Additional skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to communicate effectively across cultures and via remote means;
  • Highly motivated individual, able to demonstrate initiative and creativity, and confidence in dealing with senior practitioners and officials;
  • Capacity to work autonomously and deliver timely results, while managing multiple tasks and teams simultaneously;
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships across the organisation and with key external partners, while prompting critical reflection.

If you are interested in this position and meet the required criteria defined above, please send your resume and a cover letter in a single PDF file by 23 October 2022 to Please indicate “PA – Global Mediation Support” in the subject line of your e-mail.

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