Since 2003, the Oslo Forum has grown to become the pre-eminent, agenda-setting retreat in the field of international peacemaking. Co-hosted by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and the 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. In addition to the Oslo retreat in June, the Forum convenes regional retreats.

Dates: December 2022 – June 2023

The intern will be part of a small team working on the preparation of the Oslo Forum as well as a regional retreat. Their role will be to support the work of other team members, particularly on participation, in carrying out background research and assisting with practical preparations for the retreats.

Key responsibilities:

  • Supporting the Project Associate with tasks related to the identification of potential participants, preparation of invitation material and communications with participants;
  • Logistical support in relation to participation, including transportation, accommodation, and special requests;
  • Record-keeping for all logistics matters;
  • Contributing to the development of sessions, drafting session briefs and other materials for participants;
  • Drafting summaries of sessions following the event in preparation of the Retreat’s Report;
  • Supporting the team prior, during and after the events on other matters as required;
  • Supporting HD’s policy work, including drafting brief papers in response to research requests from operational teams.

The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Interest in and awareness of international relations and armed conflict mediation;
  • Prior experience in planning and organising complex events with multiple stakeholders;
  • Strong attention to detail; excellent organisational skills;
  • Capacity to work autonomously and deliver timely results.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish.
  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills.
  • Team spirit and positive attitude.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks, prioritise and perform under pressure.

In compliance with Swiss regulations, HD will only consider the following applications:

  • If the internship is required for a diploma;
  • If the internship is undertaken after the completion of an initial course of study (Bachelor’s/ Master’s degree) and is meant to help the intern choose a further course of study (Master’s/ Doctoral degree) (an attestation from the second school will be requested);
  • If the candidate is currently doing a career transition within the framework of an official federal or cantonal scheme (unemployment internship programme).

The candidate will receive a stipend during his/her internship. If you are interested in this internship and meet the above-described qualifications, please send your resume (max. 2 pages) and cover letter in a single PDF file by 23 October 2022 to

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