Placement with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is a private diplomacy organisation founded on the principles of humanity, impartiality and independence. Its mission is to help prevent, mitigate and resolve armed conflict through dialogue and mediation. HD is currently looking for an intern for its Oslo Forum team.

The Oslo Forum is the leading international retreat for conflict mediation practitioners. Co-hosted by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oslo Forum regularly convenes conflict mediators, peacemakers, high-level decision-makers and key peace process actors in a series of informal and discreet retreats. The Oslo Forum features an annual global event in Oslo and regional retreats in Africa and Asia. Past participants have included António Guterres, Federica Mogherini, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter, Fatou Bensouda, John Kerry, Thabo Mbeki and Catherine Ashton. The retreats are complemented by Oslo Forum publications that assist mediation practitioners in grappling with the challenges they encounter in peace processes. The Oslo Forum team also supports HD’s operations by conducting research on mediation processes.

What will the placement project involve?

•             Researching peace and conflict-related issues, contributing to the design of sessions, and preparing briefing material for the upcoming Oslo Forum retreat

•             Supporting the team in identifying, researching and inviting potential Oslo Forum participants

•             Attending the Oslo Forum in Norway in June 2020 and supporting the team during the event

•             Contributing to the preparation of the post-event report

•             Supporting the team in other urgent tasks related to the organisation of the retreat

Essential requirements:

•             Interest in armed conflict management and peace making

•             Excellent oral and written English skills; publishing record and editing experience an asset

•             Strong research, writing and analytical skills

•             Strong attention to detail; excellent organisational and interpersonal skills, and a strong sense of team spirit

•             Prior experience in planning and organising complex events with multiple stakeholders

•             Ability to work on multiple tasks

•             Self-motivated, results-oriented, and able to work autonomously


Placement details:

Location: 114 rue de Lausanne, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline for applications: extended to 2 February 2020

Dates: five months: March-July 2020, three months a possibility: April-June 2020

How to apply: Discuss the opportunity with your academic supervisor and if they are supportive, please send your resume (maximum 2 pages) with a short cover letter to

A facilitation grant would be available to the successful candidate.