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 Assistant, Policy and Mediation Support Department

Start date:  November 2014

The Policy and Mediation Support (MESU) department tracks the progress of the HD Centre’s projects and provides advice and expertise as necessary to support the organisation’s mediation work. The team also conducts research to further the debate on approaches to mediation processes, and manages the development of organisational strategy and learning. MESU produces thematic publications and practical training materials addressing the challenges facing mediators and offering options for overcoming these challenges.

The Project Assistant will work closely with the Project Manager on Mediation Support projects, and with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, on a number of internal and external projects. In particular, s/he will:

  • Support internal learning and knowledge management, including the moderation and promotion of the Sharepoint Intranet platform, as well as the design, organisation and delivery of seminars and workshops;
  • Assist in managing the HD Centre’s monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, risk management and project lifecycle frameworks;
  • Support the management of European resources for mediation support (ERMES);
  • Support internal projects, including providing high-quality input to project documents, supporting the management of consultants, organising meetings, and maintaining the roster of experts and research;
  • Help prepare and review analytical and research papers, as well as provide input on new project concepts and outlines;
  • Assist in the delivery of a range of services to the organisation’s Management;
  • Provide administrative and logistical support as required.


The relevant candidate should have a university degree in international relations, political science and/or law, as well as 2-3 years of consistent experience in a related field. The successful candidate should have strong writing and analytical skills, with a genuine interest in research. S/he should possess excellent spoken and written English skills. Fluency in French would be an asset.


The successful applicant should be well organised and possess strong interpersonal and communication skills. In addition, s/he should be at ease working autonomously and delivering timely results.

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 5 October 2014 to hrmanager(at)

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