Intern for Oslo Forum

Based in Geneva
April 2019-July 2019

HD is currently looking for an intern for its Oslo Forum team.

The Oslo Forum is the leading international network of conflict mediation practitioners. Co-hosted by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oslo Forum regularly convenes conflict mediators, peacemakers, high level decision-makers and key peace process actors in a series of informal and discreet retreats. The Oslo Forum features an annual global event in Oslo and regional retreats in Africa and Asia. Past participants have included John F. Kerry, Federica Mogherini, Kofi Annan, Juan Manuel Santos, Gerry Adams and Fatou Bensouda. Oslo Forum events are complemented by Oslo Forum publications that assist mediation practitioners in grappling with the challenges they encounter in peace processes. The Oslo Forum team also supports HD’s operations by conducting research to advance the debate on approaches to mediation processes.

Reporting to the Oslo Forum Project Manager, the intern will be part of a small team working on the preparation of the annual retreat in June as well as on publications. Her/his responsibilities will include:

  • Researching on peace and conflict-related issues, contributing to the design of sessions, and preparing briefing material for the upcoming Oslo Forum retreat;
  • Helping in the preparation  of HD publications, including preparing background research on potential topics for publication, researching on possible authors, proofreading drafts and liaising with authors, translators and editors;
  • Supporting HD’s policy work, drafting briefing papers in response to research requests from operational teams;
  • Providing logistical support in the organisation of the event (in relation to invitations, recordkeeping, bookings, compiling of biographies, answering participant’s queries related to transport and logistics, etc.);
  • Attending the Oslo Forum in Norway in June 2019 and supporting the team during the event.

The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Prior experience in planning and organising complex events with multiple stakeholders;
  • Interest in international relations and armed conflict management;
  • Excellent oral and written English skills; publishing record and editing experience a clear asset;
  • Strong research, writing and analytical skills;
  • Strong attention to detail; excellent organisational and interpersonal skills, and a strong sense of team spirit;
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks;
  • Self-motivated, results-oriented, and able to work autonomously.

In compliance with Swiss regulations, HD will only consider the following applications:

  • If the internship is required  for a diploma;
  • If the internship is undertaken after the completion of an initial course of study (Bachelor’s degree) and is meant to help the intern choose a further course of study (Master’s degree) (an attestation from the second school will be requested);
  • If the candidate is currently doing a career transition within the framework of an official federal or cantonal scheme (unemployment internship programme).
  • The candidate will receive a stipend during his/her internship.

If you are interested in this internship and meet the above-described qualifications, please send your resume (maximum 2 pages) with a short cover letter by 13 March 2019 to