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 internships. Each intern will be paid a stipend for the duration of their internship.

When 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

Project Co-ordinator for Ukraine

The HD Centre is looking for a:

Project Co-ordinator for Ukraine
Start date:  January 2015

Based in Kyiv, and reporting to the Eurasia Regional Director, the project co-ordinator will co-ordinate, manage and develop the HD Centre’s project activities in Ukraine. In particular, s/he will:

  • Build, co-ordinate and manage the relationships with key interlocutors and stakeholders, including at senior government and ambassador level;
  • Provide substantive expertise to the design and implementation of dialogue processes involving governmental and non-governmental actors;
  • Conceptualise, organise and facilitate dialogue rounds, seminars, roundtables and briefings;
  • Analyse political and security trends, and identify entry points for ongoing or future activities;
  • Co-ordinate the day-to-day management of project activities in Ukraine including ensuring that the project responds to concrete needs and that the objectives are met; overseeing the contractual arrangements of consultants; assisting in tracking project costs, budgets preparation and forecasts, as well with staff travel arrangements to Ukraine;
  • Provide substantive input to the HD Centre’s wider Eurasia programme and strategy, including to regional assessments as appropriate.

Qualifications: The relevant candidate should have a university degree in international relations, politics and/or law, as well as a minimum of 10 years of experience in a related field, including in designing and facilitating dialogue processes in conflict situations, and experience in dealing with security, transitional justice and reconciliation matters. A recent experience in Ukraine and access to relevant local and/or international networks would be considered an asset.

The successful candidate should have strong analytical, reporting and writing skills. S/he should be fluent in English and Russian. Knowledge of Ukrainian and/or another language in the wider Eurasia region would be considered an asset, as would prior experience in liaising between headquarters and local/regional office(s).

Personality: The successful applicant should be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, in particular in terms of relationship building, presentation and negotiation skills. S/he must have experience in handling confidential information with discretion. S/he should be able to work independently and as part of a team spread across different locations.

If you are interested in this position, and meet all of the above-described qualifications, please send your resume (maximum 2 pages) with a short introduction before 4 December 2014 to hrmanager(at)

The HD Centre is an equal opportunity employer.

Intern, Eurasia Programme

The HD Centre is looking for an:

Intern for its Eurasia Programme
Start date: January 2015

Based in Geneva, the intern will work – for a minimum period of six months - in close collaboration with the Eurasia Project Manager, on providing background research, analysis and administrative support. In particular, s/he will:

Conduct targeted background research on political dynamics in the region and provide regular news updates in support of ongoing projects in Eurasia programme assessments;

  • Map and analyse conflict resolution and prevention initiatives in the region with a special focus on Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia;
  • Assist in drafting donor proposals and contribute to fundraising efforts for the regional programme;
  • Provide administrative support to the Eurasia projects, and support the organisation of meetings in Geneva.

Qualifications: The intern should hold a university degree or be enrolled in/or have recently completed a graduate programme in political science or international relations. S/he should possess regional expertise on Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and/or Central Asia, including a good understanding of the political and regional dynamics. Work experience in the region and access to local networks would be considered an advantage. S/he should be fluent in Russian and English. Ideally, s/he should possess strong interest in conflict resolution and prevention. Strong research and writing skills would be considered an asset.

Personality: The successful applicant should have the capacity to work independently, as well as the ability to prioritise tasks and to present information clearly.

For practical reasons, preference will be given to holders of a valid Swiss work permit or EU citizens.

If you are interested in this internship and meet the above described qualifications, please send your resume (maximum 2 pages) with a short introduction before 4 December 2014 to hrmanager(at) Only candidates with the desired profile will be considered.

The HD Centre is an equal opportunity employer.