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.

HD’s operational work strongly relies on service-oriented corporate services (HR, Finance, Communications, Fundraising Logistics, and IT) to guarantee efficiency and compliance in a fast moving environment.

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

Project Manager, Sudan and South Sudan

HD is looking for a:

Project Manager, Sudan and South Sudan
(Based in Nairobi
Starting date: 1 August 2016)

Reporting to the Africa Regional Director, the successful candidate will oversee HD’s work in Sudan and South Sudan. In particular, s/he will:

  • Develop the overall strategy for the Sudan and South Sudan projects in consultation with the Africa Regional Director, and maintain a strong analysis of the political context in both countries;
  • Oversee implementation of project activities including budget oversight, compliance and donor reporting;
  • Supervise project-related staff and consultants, as well as liaise with the Regional Director and key corporate services staff, including the Office Administration and Accounting Manager in Nairobi and the finance and HR departments at HD’s head office in Geneva, Switzerland;
  • Oversee and implement fundraising activities for the two projects, including development of project proposals and engaging with potential donors;
  • Liaise regularly with key interlocutors in both countries and in the region,  government and opposition group representatives, as well as key international actors;
  • Contribute to other lines of HD’s work when and as needed.

Required qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience of international peace and security issues, e.g. conflict mediation, the role of the United Nations and the African Union;
  • 7 to 15 years work experience in an international environment, with an emphasis on the Horn of Africa and Sudan and/or South Sudan;
  • An in-depth knowledge of African political affairs and significant professional experience in Sudan and/or South Sudan;
  • Experience in building and managing relationships with a range of actors, including governments, inter-governmental bodies and non-state actors, as well as in engaging in high-level gatherings;
  • Be astute in political analysis;
  • Proven experience of project management and development, as well as fundraising;
  • Experience in managing, and working as part of, a team;
  • A Master’s degree in conflict resolution/political science/development studies or a related field would be considered an asset.

In addition, the successful applicant should:

  • Be proactive and highly-motivated, with a strong sense of initiative and creativity;
  • Have the capacity to plan and manage several projects simultaneously and independently in a fast-paced environment, keeping a keen attention to detail;
  • Demonstrate flexibility and resourcefulness in finding solutions to unexpected problems as well as an ability to cope with pressure;
  • Have a good judgment and be discrete in handling sensitive information;
  • Have excellent diplomatic, interpersonal and communication skills as well as the ability to work well with high-level personalities in sensitive environments and high stress situations;
  • Have strong abilities to work in an inter-cultural environment, either independently or as part of a team.

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 of introduction before 25 June 2016 to africa(at)

HD is an equal opportunity employer.