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Programme Officer Youth & Peace at Kofi Annan Foundation


Programme Officer Youth & Peace at Kofi Annan Foundation


The Kofi Annan Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organization established in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2007 by former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the late Kofi Annan. Its mission is to build peaceful, democratic and resilient societies through its three main programmes: Empowering youth to build a peaceful, sustainable future; Elections and Democracy; and Multilateralism: the Kofi Annan way.

Programme Officer Youth & Peace at Kofi Annan Foundation

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director for Programmes, the Programme Officer will be required to perform a wide range of functions and responsibilities supporting the Foundation’s Youth and Peace projects.



Core Responsibilities: Programme Officer Youth & Peace at Kofi Annan Foundation

    • Managing the day-to-day operations and grant management of the Bridges to Peace project in Uganda, and other future projects once funding is secured, including:
        • Coordinating the overall project delivery and planning project activities with the in-country partner(s),
        • Staying ahead of contextual developments to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of projects,
        • Monitoring project activities according to project requirements and schedule,
      • Collecting quarterly updates and M&E data from the partner,
      • Preparing financial and narrative reporting to donors, the Board, or others.
    • Contributing to the design of and resource mobilization for projects within the Youth and Peace programme, especially for the development of Extremely Together in the Sahel, with the production of concept notes for new projects, funding proposals and budgets, as well as conducting research on funding sources.
  • Liaising with donors and partners and supporting the fundraising strategy of the programme.

General Programme Officer Youth & Peace at Kofi Annan Foundation

    • Contributing to the strategic development of the programmatic work areas.
    • Supporting the communication efforts aimed at making the programme’s achievements and activities visible through content development of programme documents and resources (project briefs, talking points and communications material).
    • Supporting the organization (content and logistics) of online and offline meetings and events, as well as mission travel in collaboration with the Foundation’s Travel Coordinator.
    • Supporting the review process of reports and overseeing their production processes (copy editing, translations, layout and printing of publications).
  • Assisting in identifying speaking and advocacy opportunities for the programme at the international, regional and national levels.

Representation and other tasks

    • Undertaking official mission travel as may be required.
    • Performing other tasks as required by the Deputy Director for Programmes, the Programme Manager or the Executive Director.

Skills and competencies required:

    • Post-graduate university degree in international relations, political science, conflict prevention, international law, human rights, or a related field.
    • Three to five years of relevant professional experience with a national, regional, or international governmental or non-governmental organization working in youth inclusion and/or peace and security.
    • Previous lived/professional field experience and previous experience working in partnership with local civil society organizations are desirable.
    • Project management experience is a requirement, experience in the management (financial and operational management and reporting) of grants from government/multilateral organizations such as the EU is a strong asset.
    • Strong writing experience and analytical skills, and the ability to synthesize complex global issues into effective statements and compelling written products.
    • Excellent written and spoken English and French required; Spanish is an advantage.
    • Good research and organizational skills.
    • Sound judgment, discretion, resourcefulness, and good interpersonal and intercultural skills are prized attributes.
    • Ability to take initiative, work with minimal supervision and meet deadlines.

Contractual arrangements:

    • The selected candidate would be expected to take up the position in June 2023.
    • The selected candidate will be offered an indefinite contract with a three-month trial period.
    • Compensation is competitive and commensurate with skills and experience. Remuneration is subject to Swiss social charges and is taxable under Swiss/Geneva law.
  • The Kofi Annan Foundation is an inclusive employer, and depending on personal circumstances and work exigencies, the staff is offered flexible working arrangements.
  • Applicants must hold a valid work permit for Switzerland or be EU/EFTA citizens (you are required to include this information in your application). 

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How to Apply: Programme Officer Youth & Peace at Kofi Annan Foundation

Please send your CV (max. two pages) with a letter of motivation (max. one page) in English to HR@kofiannanfoundation.org by 30 April 2023 at midnight CEST. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

An interview and a written test will be part of the recruitment process.

Programme Officer Youth & Peace at Kofi Annan Foundation

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