Chief Policy Advisor / Director of Policy and Learning

Chief Policy Advisor / Director of Policy and Learning

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Job Description

Principles for Peace Foundation


Title: Chief Policy Advisor / Director of Policy and Learning (Two part time roles) Reports To: Executive Director Duty Station: Home based, or Geneva based


The Principles for Peace (P4P) is a global participatory initiative that was set up to develop new principles, standards and norms to fundamentally reshape peace processes and chart a path to lasting peace. It brings together a broad coalition of actors across political, diplomatic, academic, defense and security, civil society and multilateral organizations. The global, inclusive process of developing the Principles was led by the International Commission on Inclusive Peace and the P4P Secretariat. The approach anchored the initiative in both realpolitik and real society. It leveraged cutting edge research, including 700 case studies distilled and 150 consultations in more than 60 countries. A Peacemaking Covenant is the flagship product of this process. It presents a guiding framework for action outlining the Eight Principles for Peace and the shifts in approach to peacemaking needed to deliver lasting, inclusive peace. The Principles for Peace Foundation is a catalyst, custodian and curator of these principles, the alliances built around them, and the broader peace and security ecosystem. It promotes and oversees the uptake and implementation of the principles and act as a global peace monitor to enhance the quality and effectiveness of peace making policy and action. The Principles for Peace Foundation is a synergist of partnerships, it engages diversity of actors – mediators, security forces, governments, civil society, and businesses – to co-develop country, constituency, and thematic specific roadmaps to translate these principles into practical action to enhance the quality and durability of peace processes.


The Chief Policy Advisor- Director of Policy and Learning lead P4P's policy and thought leadership on peacemaking, overseeing the organization's content curation agenda, monitoring, measurement and learning. They provide strategic direction for expert advisory services, ensuring connection between international peacemaking practices and policy. They have direct reports and may supervise temporary consultants.

Description of key functions:

The incumbent is a senior manager and thought leader responsible for inspiring, motivating, and ensuring quality and productivity of policy work and research. They provide strategic guidance and oversight in key domains including policy and thought leadership, research, measurement of peace, and advisory services. The Advisor:

  • Leads and supervises the policy and measurement team.
  • Contributes to the establishment of a multi-year policy agenda that aligns with the organization's strategy and decision-making framework.
  • Ensures the delivery of practical content and outputs, and adapt the agenda to new circumstances.
  • Monitors peace trends globally and regionally, identify opportunities for contribution, and advance new policy initiatives.
  • Oversees the development of a research agenda that contributes to policy development and enhances peacemaking quality.
  • Contributes to organization-wide policies and procedures, including those related to staff wellbeing and security.
  • Coordinates the development of institutional content on peacebuilding policy and practice.


The ideal candidate for this position should have:

  • A tertiary qualification in social or political sciences, international relations, management, or related field
  • At least 15 years of experience in academic or, international organizations, NGOs
  • Experience in a research or policy environment and managing a team
  • Advanced technical competency and deep domain knowledge in peacebuilding peace and conflict issues, and international affairs
  • Ability to apply principles to policy and initiative design, including in other fields
  • Knowledge of management principles and ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with ability to explain complex strategies and approaches clearly and convincingly to external audiences
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of French and/or other UN languages is desirable.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a CV and letter of interest to the following email: no later than 6 March 2023. Please indicate the job title in the subject of your email and the percentage of your availability. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The organization values diversity and aims to achieve gender equality, welcoming applications from all backgrounds.