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

Intern, Oslo Forum

HD is currently looking for an:

Intern for its Oslo Forum team, based in Geneva.

The internship will begin in mid-April 2015 and last until mid-July 2015. The occupational rate will initially be part-time until May, after which a full-time commitment would be preferable.

The Oslo Forum Retreat 2015 take place in Oslo, Norway on 16-17 June 2015. It is part of the Oslo Forum series of informal and discreet retreats for senior conflict mediators, high-level decision makers and key actors in peace processes. The Forum is co-hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and HD. The series aims to encourage open and frank debates between experts and creates new ideas and initiatives in the field of peacemaking.

Reporting to the Oslo Forum Project Manager, the intern will be part of a small team working on the preparation of the retreat. Her/his role will be to support the work of other team members, particularly in carrying out background research and assisting with the preparation of the retreat.

Her/his responsibilities will include:

  •  Researching peace and conflict issues, and contributing to the design of Oslo Forum sessions;
  • Collating biographies of participants and answering participants’ queries related to logistics;Providing logistical support in the organisation of the meeting (in relation to bookings, transport, invitations, recordkeeping, etc..);
  • Attending the Oslo Forum in Norway in June 2015 and providing help to the team during the event;
  • Contributing to the organisation of internal meetings.

The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Prior experience in planning and organising complex events with multiple stakeholders;
  • Interest in international relations and conflict management;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Good organisational, research, and interpersonal skills;
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of French (preferred);
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks, and perform under pressure;
  • Team spirit.

The candidate will receive a stipend during the internship.

For practical reasons, interns should hold a valid work permit for Switzerland or be a Swiss or an EU citizen.

If you are interested in this internship and meet the above described qualifications, please send your resume (maximum 2 pages) with a short cover letter by 29 March 2015 to hrmanager(at)