The success of HD’s operations is dependent on the quality and the commitment of its Human Resources. Our team is made of individuals driven by meaningful objectives who find creative approaches to “getting things done”.

HD recruits professionals who have an entrepreneurial approach, are able to reflect on their work and are dedicated to making a difference in peace and mediation efforts. With a staff of more than twenty different nationalities and an equal number of men and women employees, HD offers a unique working environment in a challenging field.

Permanent and short-term career opportunities are posted below when they become available.


HD   is willing to offers students an opportunity to acquire direct exposure and allow them to contribute to the organisation’s work through internships. Each intern will be paid a stipend for the duration of their internship.

When positions become available, HD will give preference to students undertaking degrees in political science, international relations, peace and conflict, human rights, humanitarian law or equivalent. Eligible candidates must also be fluent in English.

Knowledge in pre- and post-conflict situations, conflict resolution and peacemaking, with experience in researching, analysing and writing on political contexts will be strongly favoured.

Motivated students should send their resume together with an application letter by email to: hrmanager(at)

Current vacancies

Internship, Mediation Support and Policy Unit (based in Geneva, Switzerland)

HD is currently looking for an:

Intern for its Mediation Support and Policy Unit (based in Geneva, starting date January 2016)

The Mediation Support and Policy Unit (MESU) tracks the progress of HD projects and provides advice and expertise as necessary to support the organisation’s mediation work. The team also supports HD’s operations by conducting research to advance the debate on approaches to mediation processes. It supports production of publications and training materials addressing the challenges mediators face in their work, and offering options for overcoming those challenges.

The successful candidate will work for a period of six months, in close collaboration with the MESU team, on a number of internal and external projects. Her/his responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting in the development of HD’s analytical methodologies, including network mapping and data visualisation software programmes;
  • Drafting brief papers in response to research requests from operational teams;
  • Supporting the drafting of high-quality input for project proposals and reports;
  • Helping to co-ordinate the production of MESU publications, including proofreading drafts, developing ideas for new papers, and liaising with authors and editors;
  • Assisting in the administration of HD’s assignments in the European Resources for Mediation Support (ERMES) project with the European Union;
  • Supporting the organisation of meetings, events and peer reviews, including logistics and administration.

The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate programme in political science, international law or relations;
  • Have excellent oral and written English; a publishing record would be an asset;
  • Possess strong writing and analytical skills;
  • Possess sound research and organisational skills;
  • Be IT-savvy;
  • Be self-motivated, results-oriented, and able to work autonomously;
  • Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills;

Prior internship experience as well as knowledge of French and any additional language would be considered as assets.

If you are interested in this position and meet the above described qualifications, please send your resume (maximum 2 pages) with a short cover letter by 9 December 2015 to hrmanager(at)