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The Head of Economy and Peacebuilding (E&PB) manages a team within the Peacebuilding Issues Programme (PIP). He or she provides conceptual and hands-on leadership for International Alert’s work in understanding economic drivers of peace, and influencing the economic policies and governments, international organisations and businesses so that they are conflict-sensitive and conducive to peace. 


Starting from £50,000 pa

Full description

International Alert welcomes applications from suitably qualified experienced professionals; International Alert will obtain requisite work permits/visas as necessary.

International Alert was founded in 1986 to help people find peaceful solutions to conflict. At that time, the number of conflicts between countries was decreasing, but there was an alarming increase in the number of conflicts within countries. These conflicts were undermining development and leading to gross violations of human rights. Identifying and highlighting individual abuses of human rights was not enough. In the mid-1980s, politicians, ministries of foreign affairs and experts in human rights, international law and conflict met to discuss an alternative approach. In 1985 the Standing International Forum on Ethnic Conflict, Development and Human Rights (SIFEC) was founded with the purpose of addressing the issue of internal conflicts and to alert governments and the world to developing crises. The following year, SIFEC merged with another organisation, International Alert on Genocide and Massacres, to become the charity we know today.

Building on our early work in Sri Lanka, Uganda and the Philippines, we now help people find peaceful solutions to conflict in over 25 countries around the world and are one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations.

Key Responsibilities and duties

• Provide strategic leadership on economy and peacebuilding programming in Alert
• Lead and support research, advocacy, training or other activities and actively implement as appropriate
• Manage staff and other resources for effective programme delivery
• Provide support to Alert’s regional programmes and PIP strands
• Contribute to Alert generally

To apply for this post, please complete our online application form and submit the following information:

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