Conducive Space for Peace (CSP) is hiring a Senior Adviser to co-create and implement our work in pursuing change in the global peacebuilding system. The Senior Adviser will play a key role in both our country-based and global engagement with change agents who work to transform the peacebuilding system and to create a more enabling space for local leadership in peacebuilding.
As Senior Adviser, you will become part of a small team of ambitious change makers. CSP is a young organisation that stands on solid ground with long-term funding in place, strong partners and an extensive global network. CSP is also hiring other new staff.
CSP strives to embody the change that we pursue, which means that we hold dignity, equity, and integrity to be at the core of our engagement and actions. As part of the change process, we seek diversity within the organisation and within the broader institutional framework with which we engage. Because we specifically seek to shift the power of peacebuilding to local actors, we encourage relevant candidates from conflict-affected countries to apply for the position.
CSP is an NGO with the mission to contribute to the transformation of the global peacebuilding system in a manner that changes the structures, attitudes and processes of collaboration and creates a more enabling space for local agency and power in peacebuilding. CSP catalyses joint engagement among change agents to create evidence that builds momentum for change and forms the basis for innovative action and for leveraging change. Accompanying and supporting change agents in leveraging change is key to CSP’s approach of creating spaces that connect change agents to become part of a ‘community’ of change makers. With a focus on creating platforms for collective action among change agents, at the global and country-levels, CSP catalyses, strengthens and scales innovative and transformative initiatives so that they contribute to broader systemic transformation.
CSP was founded in 2016 by Mie Roesdahl. Since 2016, CSP has, among other things:
- Engaged with key stakeholders at country level, including several countries in West Africa, and at the UN and INGO headquarters level;
- Convened collaborative learning and action workshops in Senegal, Geneva, New York and Copenhagen with UN Peace and Development Advisers, multi-stakeholder teams from Syria, South Sudan, Mali, and Bosnia, and leaders from the peacebuilding community globally; and
- Facilitated strategic thinking and learning on how to transform the international system of support to peacebuilding.
In line with its strategy adopted in 2019, CSP will, over the coming years, expand its engagement and contribution to a more effective international peacebuilding system that shifts power to local actors and provides a conducive space for collaboration for sustainable peace based on equity, dignity, trust, and reciprocity.
The roles and responsibilities of the Senior Adviser
The Senior Adviser will be part of a small team consisting of the Director, one Senior Adviser, two Programme Officers, and administrative and communications support staff. The Senior Adviser will report to and work closely with the Director in taking responsibility for the following:
- Take a leading role in pursuing change in the global peacebuilding system and in creating an enabling environment for local leadership in peacebuilding.
- Engage with multiple stakeholders across the global peacebuilding system and beyond to enhance demand for change and to support their change agent potential, as well as to link relevant change agents to one another.
- Represent and speak on behalf of CSP in various international and regional policy fora in advocating for our change agenda.
- Play a leading role in global platform development, including a process to reimagine the global peacebuilding system and processes of trans-local collaboration and support around this agenda.
- Co-create and lead CSP (and partner) engagement in at least one conflict-affected country and support two other country engagements.
- Take a leading role in connecting learning among country engagements and in connecting the processes at country level with the global platform.
- Participate in strategic, analytical, and innovative development processes to further the thinking and practice of the organisation in pursuing the change agenda.
- Take a key role in the development of an institutional framework around CSP that pursues this change agenda and fits the purpose of this ambitious task, including ensuring that the organisation ‘walks the talk’ and upholds the values of equity, dignity and integrity at the center of its ‘way of working’, in its staff composition, internal procedures, way of collaborating, etc.
Qualifications and personal competences
The Senior Adviser shall have at least 10 years of experience working within the peacebuilding and/or development/humanitarian areas. Other qualifications include:
- Commitment to pursue a shift in power towards a more equitable and dignified global peacebuilding and development system.
- Ability to gain recognition and convening power among key stakeholders in the change process, including those not convinced of the need for and possibility of change.
- Rootedness in the Global South and experience from working in local conflict-affected countries and communities. The preferred candidate is based in the Global South.
- Experience in working with local peacebuilders and working within and/or with international organisations/institutions in peacebuilding (and/or development) and a strong sense of their way of working as well as their organisational and broader systemic dynamics.
- A strong network with peacebuilders (and related actors/fields) globally, and particularly in conflict-affected contexts, including in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
- A natural catalyst and connector who can both listen and set direction, accompany and be led, and create linkages where they do not exist.
- Experience and skills in facilitating and convening meetings with diverse groups of people who are in a shared space to learn, innovate, envision and strategise.
- Strategic, innovative and analytical thinking – and a natural interest in reflection and learning.
- Flexibility to adjust and reprioritize tasks and take on new roles as demanded by the innovative and emergent nature of the work and the ambition of the organisation.
- Openness to work as a full team member taking on a variety of tasks, including some logistics and administration in relation to concrete activities.
- Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Fluency or proficiency in French and Spanish is an advantage.
Salary terms will be determined on the basis of the qualifications of the candidate, Danish labour regulations, and the cost of living in the country of residence/work. The geographical location of the Senior Adviser is flexible, but travel days are estimated to 25-40% of annual working hours depending on location. The Senior Adviser should expect several trips to Denmark, as well as to other locations, for strategic partnership meetings. The Senior Adviser will be employed full-time with an average of 37 hours per week. It may be necessary to take on extra work during certain periods should the tasks so require. The successful candidate is requested to start December 1st or as soon as possible thereafter.
Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Executive Director Mie Roesdahl: email@example.com.
Application and CV
Please submit your application and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 3rd at 12 noon CET (Central European Time) 2019. The application should be a maximum of 1,5 pages. Please include “Senior Adviser” in the subject line of the email. First round of interviews will be conducted via Zoom on November 18th or 19th.