Peace Dividend Initiative Intern

Starting date: ASAP
Location: Flexible
Duration: 6 months

The Peace Dividend Initiative aims to help ease tensions in conflict-affected areas by identifying and facilitating key peace-supporting economic opportunities and encouraging cooperation. The initiative further aims to combat the shared threat posed by COVID-19 and provide livelihoods to those living and working in conflict-affected areas.

Reporting to the Special Advisor for Economics and Peace, the intern will have the following role and responsibilities:

  • Support the implementation and scaling of different projects;
  • Develop ideas for peace supporting livelihoods in agriculture, food, textiles and crafts;
  • Provide research and stakeholder engagement support for leveraging market forces in support of peace;
  • Plan stakeholder engagement with economic actors, development banks and the private sector;
  • Support the finalisation of donor proposals through research, drafting and editing;
  • Coordinate digital communication activities for the Peace Dividend Initiative.

The successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Masters candidate in International Affairs or Business;
  • Have a solid understanding of economics and business processes;
  • Be adept in the use of social media platforms, such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.;
  • Be fluent in English (mandatory) and have a strong working knowledge of Spanish; French would be an asset.

The successful applicant should be:

  • Entrepreneurial;
  • Creative and innovative;
  • Able to multitask and work independently;
  • Attentive to details;
  • Dynamic and a fast-learner.

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

  • The internship is required to obtain a diploma;
  • 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);
  • The candidate is currently transitioning careers 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 and meet the qualifications described above, please send your resume (maximum 2 pages) with a short cover letter by the 4th of August 2020 to

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

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