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 Officer, Oslo Forum

The HD Centre is looking for a:

Project Officer, Oslo Forum

Start date:  December 2014 – January 2015

Based in Geneva, and reporting to the Project Manager, the Project Officer will contribute to the conceptualisation and organisation of a series of high-level substantive gatherings of mediators and key peace process actors.

In particular, s/he will:

  • Contribute to the conceptualisation and formulation of the agenda of the Oslo Forum series;
  • Conduct background research, including the identification of relevant actors and issues;
  • Liaise with other in-house projects as well as high level guests and external partners;
  • Draft, edit and compile various publications;
  • Contribute to the day-to-day management of the project, and work closely with the Project Assistant, including through oversight of logistical arrangements;
  • Assist the Project Manager in fulfilling budgetary and administrative reporting requirements, and in strategic planning;
  • Deal with protocol issues and follow-up with the guests;
  • Manage and maintaining project documentation;
  • Assist the Project Manager and the Mediation Support Unit with various tasks as needed, including mediation support activities and other projects.

Qualifications: The relevant candidate should have a university degree in international relations, politics and/or law, as well as 5 years of consistent experience in a related field, including experience in organising high-level meetings. S/he should be familiar with the international architecture of conflict resolution and have a good knowledge of, and/or experience in, conflict mediation, dialogue and facilitation. Experience in independent research on specific issues using a variety of open sources would be an asset. The relevant candidate should possess excellent spoken and written English. Fluency in a second language, in particular French or Arabic, would be an asset.

The candidate should be:

  • Enthusiastic and capable of working on several projects simultaneously, while paying close attention to detail;
  • Flexible, creative and resourceful in finding solutions to unexpected problems;
  • Comfortable with planning tasks and managing time independently, including the tracking and processing of information in a fast changing environment; s/he should also have strong administrative skills;
  • Politically astute with a good judgment and experience handling politically sensitive situations as well as personal maturity to interact with a variety of actors, including at the highest level, politely but firmly when needed.

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

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 16 November 2014 to hrmanager(at)

The HD Centre is an equal opportunity employer.