Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative
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Researcher (Post-doc level)


PERIOD OF CONTRACT: Fixed-term contract, up to 4 years

We are looking for a highly motivated and committed researcher at post-doctoral level to join our team. We offer a fast-paced, captivating, and flexible international working environment, where research is closely connected to 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 on peace and transition processes through: analysis of existing data and adding of new research and 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 ongoing 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:

  • Conduct research on IPTI's research project related to the implementation of peace agreements. For this purpose, the researcher will work with IPTI's existing datasets, and, in collaboration with the research team, expand the data through original research on agreement implementation for a number of peace processes and political transitions worldwide;
  • Contribute to IPTI’s various on-going research projects;
  • Disseminate research findings in academic and other publications and through conferences, in collaboration with the research team;
  • Contribute to the maintenance and further development of datasets;
  • Develop and design new research projects in collaboration with other team members, including the writing of grant applications and proposals to donors;
  • Write case studies and other short publications for the IPTI web portal;
  • Contribute to quality assurance of IPTI’s data and research output (e.g. liaising with external authors, reviewers, and providing guidance and feedback to junior research staff);
  • Network and liaise with relevant academic and policy institutions;
  • Provide research support 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 at post-doctoral level with excellent credentials and an interest in academic research that aims to be policy relevant. The ideal candidate 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 and an interest in IPTI’s mission of connecting research to the worlds of policy and practice. 

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

  • Graduated at PhD level with appropriate publication record;
  • Solid methodological training and experience in mixed method design, comparative methods considered a strong asset including familiarity with the respective software programs;
  • Excellent English writing skills, (with other languages considered 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 or conflict prevention is considered an asset;

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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