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Administrative Consultant, Communications and Partnerships

Type of contract: Consultant contract with up to 5 days per week until 31 December 2024

About Finance for Peace

Finance for Peace is a multistakeholder initiative by Interpeace that seeks systemic change in how private and public investment supports peace in developing and fragile contexts. It aims to create networked approaches that can co-develop the market frameworks, standards, political support networks, partnerships and knowledge required to scale up Peace Finance – investments that intentionally seek to improve conditions for peace.

Finance for Peace brings together investors, industry, norm-setting entities, Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), governments, peacebuilding and development actors, civil society and local communities to further peace-positive investments. By building/enabling the creation of a market for peace enhancing finance, it aims to reduce risks for both investors and communities and achieve outcomes that are bankable and advance peace. By identifying critical frameworks and developing standards and principles, as well as key knowledge and innovative solutions, the initiative will help to create true additionality to investors, as well as more inclusive development. 

Working with partners, Finance for Peace seeks to create standards and guidance for peace finance; develop market intelligence and evidence for scaling Peace Finance, and actively influence policy and partnerships for Peace Finance.

 
Finance for Peace is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) and builds on feasibility research supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) on a new sustainable investment category called Peace Bonds. Finance for Peace has been incubated by Interpeace

For more information about the Finance for Peace initiative, please see our website: https://financeforpeace.org/

Background rationale for the initiative

New solutions to finance peace and development in the world’s fragile and conflict-affected places are urgently needed. Some 1.9 billion people, almost a quarter of the world’s population and most of the world’s extreme poor, live in the world's 60 fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Because of growing conflict, instability, and violence none of these countries are on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainable development and peace ultimately require conflict-sensitive and peace-responsive private investment, but much investment cannot find its way to places of great need and opportunity because of risks related to peace, whether real or perceived. It is well known that greater investment is possible, the world’s financial resources of almost 300 trillion dollars dwarf the cost of achieving the SDGs.

Herein lies the problem: the peace actions that could reduce conflict and fragility risks and open these markets to greater investment are underfunded and poorly aligned. This is why we need to fundamentally rethink how peace and development is financed, and how private investment can become more conflict sensitive, reducing risks for both investors and communities.

While blended finance approaches have grown and have successfully catalysed significant private capital in developing countries, existing approaches largely do not focus on peace impact. Further, more work needs to be done to ensure blended approaches minimize not just risks to investors but also to communities in fragile and conflict affected settings.

The Finance for Peace initiative seeks to build on the global policy momentum among DFIs and private investors to scale up investment in the world’s fragile emerging markets, enabling the creation of a market for Peace Finance.

Position within Finance for Peace initiative and Interpeace

The consultant will support the communications and partnerships work streams,  working collaboratively with the Finance for Peace Team. This role will provide an excellent vantage point to the topic of Peace Finance, including its various global stakeholders, at a strategically important time for the Finance for Peace initiative.

The consultant will work under the guidance of the Communications Advisor as well as  the Head of Partnerships in these work areas:  

  1. Communications related tasks supporting the strategic positioning of the Finance for Peace initiative in creating a market for Peace Finance.
  2. Partnerships and policy work with the private sector, foundations, philanthropy and development finance actors. These partners are relevant for Finance for Peace both from a content/conceptual as well as a fundraising perspective.

The consultant for communications and partnerships will also deliver key event logistics support, drafting materials and liaising closely with other Interpeace colleagues, as well as an array of external stakeholders and service providers. They will be responsible for managing the team calendar of events, publications and visits, and for any other relevant administrative tasks.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Communications Advisor and the Finance for Peace Head of Partnerships, and working closely with the rest of the Finance for Peace team, the consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Prepare briefing notes, summaries, and meeting guidance notes for various purposes, including wider information sharing (could be in the form of informal or more formal strategic communication materials).
  • Backstopping and following up on different engagement processes with internal and external stakeholders, supporting the Communications Advisor and the Head of Partnerships.
  • Communications project management and support tasks, including liaison with external suppliers. Creative input and ideation very welcome!
  • Event management, including providing creative input and ideation, and overall support of relevant partnerships documents (concept papers for events, action plans and timelines for deliverables related to different types of partners, an annual Peace Finance publication and partnerships event).
  • Providing administrative support for the initiative’s advisory body, the Finance for Peace Steering Committee (meets every other month).
  • Coordinating meeting logistics of key internal and external stakeholders including Interpeace Programmes colleagues.
  • Managing the Finance for Peace team calendar of key events, publications, visits and meetings, and supporting the delivery of these
  • Outreach and networking: Liaising with different stakeholders and partners
  • Other administrative and support tasks, as required

Consultancy requirements:

The successful candidate will have some experience in peacebuilding / international development / international relations / politics / finance / economics or a related field. Ideally, the candidate will have experience in supporting teams with logistics and administrative support. A general interest and a willingness to learn about topics related to Finance for Peace is expected, with good desktop research skills.

Education

  • Undergraduate or master’s level degree in international studies, development economics, finance, social or political science, or other relevant fields.

Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years of professional experience, ideally working in a field related to Finance for Peace, e.g. private finance, development finance, peacebuilding, international development, or government donor environment.

Competencies

  • Excellent organisational and project management skills
  • Good stakeholder management skills and ability to communicate with very different audiences
  • Interest in or knowledge of technical and political issues related to the Finance for Peace initiative, or ability to learn and adapt knowledge
  • Ability to interact with policymakers, researchers and practitioners and government representatives related to the initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, proven ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Attention to detail 
  • Ability to work at a fast pace and to manage competing priorities

Interpeace competencies

  • Collaboration and weaving
  • Communication
  • Drive for results
  • Adaptability and continuous learning
  • Respect for diversity

Success factors

  • Fluent written and spoken English. Fluency in French and other languages is a plus.
  • Ability to quickly learn and contribute to the ideation of new concepts
  • Creative team player with a commitment to inclusiveness and consensus building.
  • Political tact and a high adaptation capacity
  • Entrepreneurial and adaptive mindset, ability to quickly adapt and contribute to this growing, fast-paced initiative
  • Commitment to the values of Interpeace, and to the mission of the initiative
  • Outstanding communication skills to a variety of stakeholders from very different backgrounds
  • Emotional intelligence

How to apply

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application to chahdi@interpeace.org no later than July 17, 2024.

Successful applications must include:

  • A complete curriculum vitae
  • A one-page letter of interest
  • A quoted daily rate
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