The success of the HD Centre'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”.

The HD Centre 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, the HD Centre offers a unique working environment in a challenging field.

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


The HD Centre is willing to offers students an opportunity to acquire direct exposure and allow them to contribute to the organisation’s work through unpaid internships.

When internship positions become available, the HD centre 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

Call for expressions of interest - Russian speaking experts for mediation and peace process-related assignments in Eurasia

The HD Centre is seeking highly qualified and experienced individuals at mid and senior levels to be considered for future consultancy assignments in the wider Eurasia region, in particular Ukraine, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Assignments may be short, medium or long term and will require some travelling. In particular, we are seeking individuals with expertise and a proven track record in one or more of the following areas:

  • Mediation of armed conflicts;
  • Facilitation of dialogue in conflict situations or transitional environments;
  • Country and/ or conflict-specific advice;
  • Conflict assessments;
  • Mediation support and technical expertise (process design, security arrangements, constitution making, power-sharing etc.).

Depending on the assignment, the following range of tasks would typically be expected from a consultant (one or more):

  • Facilitate dialogue processes involving government and/or non-governmental actors, including armed and/or radical opposition groups;
  • Conduct conflict assessments on the ground, including undertaking conflict analysis, mapping actors and issues, identifying entry points and contributing to process design;
  • Analyse political and security trends related to ongoing or potential peace initiatives;
  • Build, co-ordinate and manage relationships with key interlocutors on the ground as required;
  • Provide substantive expertise and comparative experiences on relevant issues to ongoing dialogue processes, including the facilitation and conceptualisation of seminars, roundtables and practical background papers;
  • Provide strategic advice and support in developing, formulating and implementing projects, including co-ordination with and liaison between stakeholders.

Required skills:

  • Language skills: English and Russian – other Slavic, Turkic, Caucasian or Persian languages spoken in the region would be considered an asset;
  • Access to relevant local and international networks;
  • Relevant context-specific or technical expertise and experience (minimum 10 years for mid-level, minimum 15 years for senior level);
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.

If you are interested in future assignments and meet one or more of the described profiles, please send your application (maximum two pages) with a short introduction describing your availability and the type and duration of assignment you are interested in, before 31 July 2014 to hrmanager(at)

The HD Centre is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, please visit

Intern, Communications and Fundraising

The HD Centre is currently looking for an:

Intern for its Communication and Fundraising department in Geneva

The intern will work for a six month period in close collaboration with the Communication Manager and the Head of donor relations, on a number of internal projects.

Her/his responsibilities will include:

  • Update and develop the HD Centre’s news monitoring system;
  • Maintain key files on the HD Centre’s successes and news;
  • Provide support to the Communication Manager in the review and update of communication tools, development and management of the web-based tools, implementation of a Sharepoint platform;
  • Support the organisation of the HD Centre’s various events, as needed;
  • Assist the Head of donor relations with fundraising initiatives;
  • Gather and analyse information about current donors and report result data;
  • Develop tools, such as proposal tracking, network management and contact database.

The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • English native speaker with an excellent level of French;
  • Outstanding writing skills in English;
  • Hold a university degree or be enrolled in a Master’s degree;
  • Solid research, analyses and mapping experience;
  • Prior communications/PR and/or fundraising experience would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, social media and websites/Intranets would be considered an advantage;
  • Motivated and planning a career in the Communication and Fundraising fields;
  • Flexible and dynamic.

For practical reasons, applicants should hold a valid work/student permit for Switzerland or be a Swiss or EU citizen.

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 17 August 2014 to hrmanager(at)

The HD Centre is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, please visit