Intern, Oslo Forum team

Based in Geneva; five months: March-July 2020

The Oslo Forum is the leading international retreat for 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 António Guterres, Federica Mogherini, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter, Fatou Bensouda, John Kerry, Thabo Mbeki and Catherine Ashton. The retreats 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 on 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 2020. Her/his responsibilities will include:

  • Researching peace and conflict-related issues, contributing to the design of sessions, and preparing briefing material for the upcoming Oslo Forum retreat;
  • Supporting the team in identifying, researching and inviting potential Oslo Forum participants;
  • Providing logistical support in the organisation of the event (in relation to invitations, record-keeping, bookings, compiling of biographies, answering participant’s queries related to transport and logistics, etc.);
  • Attending the Oslo Forum in Norway in June 2020 and supporting the team during the event;
  • Contributing to the preparation of the post-event report.

The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Interest in armed conflict management and peacemaking;
  • Prior experience in planning and organising complex events with multiple stakeholders;
  • Excellent oral and written English skills; publishing record and editing experience an 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/Master’s degree) and is meant to help the intern choose a further course of study (Master’s/Doctoral 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 2 February 2020 to

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