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Vacancy: Conflict Adviser, Peace Research Facility - Ethiopia

Vacancy: Conflict Adviser, Peace Research Facility - Ethiopia


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The Ethiopia Peace Research Facility (PRF) is envisioned to be a space wherein key conflict and peace research institutes (including the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University, the universities of Jigjiga and Bahir Dar and individual analysts come together to support research on peace, learning on peace dialogue, and inform peacebuilding programming.

The PRF is in its second year of implementation with funding from the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Organisation (FCDO) in partnership with Conciliation Resources to promote sustainable and inclusive peace in Ethiopia. 

The Conflict Adviser has the overall responsibility of working with the FCDO and other local partners to deliver this commitment by strengthening their conflict and peacebuilding knowledge and practices.  Drawing on available research, particularly that undertaken by the PRF, the Conflict Advisor will negotiate the provision of high-quality technical programme and policy advice to FCDO staff and partners on how to ensure their humanitarian and development work is conflict sensitive, to reduce conflict and contribute to peace and reconciliation processes.

The Conflict Adviser will report to the Head of RVI’s Ethiopia Office, who is the Team Leader for the Ethiopia Peace Research Facility.

The Role

Key Responsibilities

Conflict sensitivity support: Knowledge Sharing, Capacity Building and Training, and Project Design with FCDO Staff and partner: The Conflict Advisor has overall responsibility for providing technical support to FCDO on critical peacebuilding and conflict sensitive programming through coaching, accompanying, mentoring and supervising.   The Conflict Advisor will review critical FCDO documents, including business cases, while monitoring and reviewing programmes for conflict sensitivity across FCDO’s work. The Conflict Advisor will identify conflict and peacebuilding implications for aid programmes and policy, drawing on the Facility’s research and analysis work and will continuously engage with FCDO to respond to conflict sensitivity needs. The Conflict Advisor will provide organisational development support to integrate conflict sensitivity and peace building approaches to FCDO’s and other stakeholder’s programmes.

Represent the Facility in responding to the interest in better conflict analysis and peacebuilding strategies: The Conflict Advisor will be responsible for developing strategies and facilitating workshops, roundtables, training and collaborative learning sessions on conflict sensitivity, conflict management and peacebuilding for members of the humanitarian and development partners.

Leading and Developing the Facility’s Institutional Capabilities on Conflict Sensitivity: The Conflict Advisor will ensure the facility’s research activities are designed with a conflict sensitive approach by developing and sharing technical expertise in conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding approaches with the Facility, and more broadly within RVI. 

Programme development and management: Working collaboratively with the rest of the PRF team, the Conflict Advisor will support the hiring and management of technical consultants. The Conflict Advisor will further contribute to donor reporting, the development and dissemination of programme outputs, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and identifying and developing new funding opportunities.

The Person

Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Development Studies or a related field. 
  • Expertise in conflict sensitivity, conflict analysis, peacebuilding and reconciliation.
  • Formal training in conflict sensitivity, negotiation, conflict management and mitigation, or social cohesion methodologies.      
  • Excellent understanding of current and historical political and conflict dynamics in Ethiopia.
  • Research networks across Ethiopia (including with relevant government authorities and NGOs)
  • Right to work in Ethiopia


  • Minimum of five years of work experience in designing and delivering conflict analyses and peacebuilding programmes in fragile and conflict affected states, preferably in Ethiopia.
  • Experience working with an NGO an advantage

Skills and Abilities:

  • Training and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English and fluency in Amharic. An additional Ethiopian language is an advantage.
  • Demonstrable ability to innovate conflict sensitivity, analysis and peacebuilding tools and procedures.
  • Excellent political analysis skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity and experience of working with diverse constituencies.
  • Strong oral presentation and communication skills.
  • Administratively self-sufficient, able to prepare budgets, reports and handle logistics


Job Title: Conflict Adviser Peace Research Facility, Ethiopia

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Employment type: Full-time, to the end of March 2024, renewable subject to funding

Salary: Annual gross salary starting from $38,900 commensurate with skills and experience.

Benefits: Annual paid leave, health insurance and pension.

How to apply

Please use the attached full Job Description as a guide and apply here 

Applications must include the following:

  • A full CV (no more than two to three pages)
  • A cover letter supporting your application outlining your motivation to apply and your suitability for the for the position (no more than two pages)
  • The names and email addresses of three professional referees, one must be your most recent line manager.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application closing date: 4th July 2023

Expected interview dates: Week of 18th July 2023