Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative
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About us

Researcher (MA level)


PERIOD OF CONTRACT: Permanent contract


We are looking for a highly qualified and motivated researcher to join our team. We offer a fast-paced, captivating, and flexible international working environment, where research is closely connected with current affairs and policy issues, in an institution renowned for research excellence, located in the Maison de la Paix (House of Peace) at the heart of International Geneva.

Mission and activities

Reporting to IPTI’s Research Coordinator, the Researcher will contribute to IPTI’s research into peace and transition processes through analysis of existing data and adding of new research data to IPTI’s databases; writing of policy papers, briefing notes, and submissions for academic publications; working on on-going IPTI research projects; developing new research avenues in close collaboration with the research team; and offering research support to IPTI’s advisory work to policy-makers in relation to on-going peace processes and policy frameworks. 

Key responsibilities

The Researcher is expected to take charge of the following tasks in accordance with the general direction set out for the research team by IPTI’s Director and Research Coordinator:

  • Contribute to IPTI’s various on-going research projects under the supervision of senior research team members;
  • Contribute to the maintenance and further development of qualitative datasets, for example through coding and reviewing of data;
  • Support the development and design of new research projects, including through literature reviews and other support in the drafting processes;
  • Conduct desk research for IPTI`s research projects, including through peace process monitoring, context analysis and systematic screening of IPTI’s datasets;
  • Write case studies and other short publications;
  • Contribute research, on an as-needed basis, to on-going peace processes and similar advisory work to policy-makers.

Candidate's profile

We are looking for a researcher with an MA degree and some years’ experience in research in an academic, think tank, or NGO setting. The ideal candidate should have excellent academic credentials and an interest in research that aims to be policy relevant. Furthermore, he or she will have excellent academic training and work experience in a discipline related to peace and conflict studies, solid skills in qualitative and quantitative methods, and a publication record appropriate to career level. She or he should be motivated to shape current debates in the study of peacebuilding, mediation, and political transitions, and be able and willing to conduct research both independently and collaboratively. We are looking for a candidate who combines intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, attention to detail, excellent communication skills in English (with other languages considered an asset), and an interest in IPTI’s mission of connecting research to the worlds of policy and practice.

This position could be reduced to part-time (50%), if the candidate is already enrolled in a PhD program at the Graduate Institute or any other university in Switzerland. The candidate’s doctoral research must be directly in line with IPTI’s research.

The candidate should enjoy a dynamic work environment in international Geneva. He or she ideally fulfills the following requirements:

  • Graduated at MA level;
  • Work experience in a research institution (university, research center,  think tank or similar);
  • Excellent English writing skills, (with other languages considered an asset);
  • Proven ability to contribute to research publications of highest standard;
  • Solid methodological training and experience in qualitative research methods, with quantitative methods and comparative methods considered an asset;
  • Proficiency in using qualitative data-software (NVIVO or ATLAS); statistical skills and experiences in mix-method design an asset;
  • Good communication skills and willingness to work in a multicultural team;
  • Flexibility, commitment, and ability to manage deadlines;
  • Creativity and willingness to contribute to shaping IPTI’s future research agenda;
  • Experience in policy or practice related broadly to peacebuilding is considered an asset;
  • Candidates must have a valid Swiss work permit or EU or Swiss nationality (expectations can be made for PhD candidates that are enrolled with a program at the Graduate Institute).

What IPTI offers

  • A fascinating spectrum of professional experiences in a dynamic and fast-paced start-up environment with access to peace mediation opportunities at both the local and national levels;
  • The opportunity to shape a range of exciting international activities in support of mediation and peace processes;
  • Work within a dynamic team of highly qualified professionals; including a research team that supports policy and practice work;
  • Work independently as well as closely with IPTI’s management;
  • A stimulating academic and policy environment at the heart of international Geneva located in the Maison de la Paix;
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