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Western Balkans Organisational Development Advisor

Starting date:                                    1st March 2019 (negotiable)
Application deadline:                       5th December 2018
Location:                                             Western Balkans
Language requirements:                English, and BCS and/or Albanian


The PeaceNexus Foundation

PeaceNexus is a Swiss-based Foundation established in 2009 that provides a range of capacity building services with the objective of strengthening the effectiveness of organisations that play a role in building peace. PeaceNexus’ services include:

  • organisational development for peacebuilding champions;
  • developing capacities for conflict sensitivity; and
  • supporting multi-actor dialogue to develop solutions to local peacebuilding problems.

PeaceNexus works with local partners who are well positioned to address conflict in West Africa, Western Balkans, Central Asia and South East Asia. It also works with a smaller number of international organisations who carry particular influence in shaping international peacebuilding policy and practice in support of local peacebuilding processes.

PeaceNexus Western Balkans programme

In the Western Balkans, PeaceNexus provides organisational development support to a range of civil society organisations, regional networks and intergovernmental initiatives. PeaceNexus engages upon request only, and on issues that organisations identify as key to enhancing their effectiveness. PeaceNexus seeks to strengthen organisations and coalitions that work towards social inclusion, regional collaboration, reconciliation and problem-solving dialogue with business.

The programme currently comprises partnerships with nine organisations across the region. More background on PeaceNexus’ approach can be found on PeaceNexus’ website: The Western Balkans team consists of a Programme Lead based in Prangins and a regional advisor based in BiH. While other PeaceNexus staff undertake some project assignments, PeaceNexus mostly works with expert consultants to support its partners. PeaceNexus staff and advisors help organisations to identify and mandate these experts and accompany processes of organisational change.

Organisational Development (OD) Advisor

PeaceNexus is looking for an experienced Organisational Development (OD) Advisor to support its Western Balkans programme. The anticipated workload is 80% -  100% and the OD Advisor is expected to be based in the region (WB6) and work from their home office/a shared office space (or similar), with frequent travel across the region.

 Responsibilities include:

  1. Accompaniment of selected PeaceNexus partners
  • Support the organisational development of local civil society organisations, regional networks and intergovernmental initiatives, including through on-site meetings for the co-design of change processes and for review and follow-on planning meetings
  • Facilitate effective working relations between PeaceNexus, its partners and consultants, including through hands-on support where necessary
  • Reflect on PeaceNexus’ partnerships, including through developing Theories of Change and monitoring indicators of change
  • Support PeaceNexus’ collective learning initiatives to foster leadership, collaboration and excellence across the region
  1. Programme development  
  • Support the development of the Western Balkans programme, including by assisting with the assessment of applications received in response to annual Calls for Proposals
  • Build strong relationships with (potential) partners, donors and consultants across the region
  • Support context analysis and strategy development of PeaceNexus´ Western Balkans programme
  1. Communication and administration
  • Support the development of annual workplans and budgets
  • Contribute to PeaceNexus’ engagement with global events and initiatives
  • Report to the Programme Manager, Management Team and Governing Board
  • Contribute to PeaceNexus’ external communication and organisational learning

Core qualifications and competencies required:

  • A solid track record in organisational development

-          Demonstrated ability to successfully accompany organisations through change and adaptation, to support them in integrating new policies and practice, and/or to support multi-actor dialogues that lead to sustainable results.

-          Educational background in organisational development, change management, coaching and/or mediation.

  • Peacebuilding and context knowledge  

-          In-depth understanding of the Western Balkans region

-          Experience with context analysis and conflict sensitive policy and practice

-          A university degree relevant to peace building or organisational development

  • Advisory skills and project management

-          Excellent listening skills, the ability to quickly grasp and navigate complex systems, and to translate analysis into actionable recommendations and process design

-          An empowering approach to advising and capacity building

-          Solid project management skills

-          Willingness to contribute to PeaceNexus’ practice of reflective learning and adaptation

  • Communication and personality

-          High integrity, discretion and flexibility

-          Self-sufficient while able to work effectively in a team

-          Excellent writing skills, with (written and oral) proficiency in English and in BCS and/or Albanian and possibly Macedonian.


Eligibility: Applicants must be legally set up or eligible to provide consultancy services in the region. Applicants must be willing and able to live in the Western Balkans and to travel throughout the region.

Salary:  Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Application procedures :  Please send a CV and a cover letter explaining what motivates you to apply for this position to by 5 December 2018 with the subject line: Application: WBOD: First Name_ Last Name.
Short-listed candidates will be asked to complete a written task before being interviewed.


See pdf version of vacancy here:



Call for Expressions of Interest Website Development

Starting date:                                    January 2019
Application deadline:                      12th December 2018
Location:                                           Home based (with visits to the PeaceNexus office in Prangins)
Language requirements:                English, French; Russian is an asset
Duration of assignment:                 January – April 2019


PeaceNexus Foundation is a Swiss based foundation providing a range of services with the objective of strengthening the effectiveness of organisations that play a role in building peace. PeaceNexus collaborates with international organisations and local partners in its focus regions West Africa, Central Asia, Western Balkans and South East Asia (Myanmar).

PeaceNexus’ communication strategy

PeaceNexus has recently agreed on a communication strategy that identifies the following priorities:

  1. Empowering agents of change: PeaceNexus enables ‘champions of change’ within institutions to inspire and influence change from within their organisations. By targeting decision-makers with testimonials and evidence of results, PeaceNexus provides internal ‘change champions’ with good arguments for using the foundation’s services.
  2. Influencing the world: PeaceNexus inspires people to invest their skills and means in social cohesion and peacebuilding, and provides advice to enable them to do so, including through mission-aligned investment and the Peace Investment Fund. The website needs to reflect the relevant frameworks, opportunities and messages.
  3. Enabling learning and collaboration: PeaceNexus enables peer-learning and promotes multi-stakeholder dialogue or coalition-building amongst organisations and individuals committed to social change and cohesion, including through events and initiatives. In future, PeaceNexus aims to share learning with a broader set of actors through practice papers and public events, supported by the website.
  4. Mobilising resources: PeaceNexus attracts, builds and retains the expertise and means necessary to serve its partners at the highest professional standards. In future, PeaceNexus aims to attract additional funding to serve its partners in the long run. The website will serve also this communication objective.

The website will play a role in realising all these communications objectives, and the objectives are listed in order of priority for website development.If you are interested in responding to this Call, the complete communication strategy and organisational strategy can be requested from Anina Uhlig:


PeaceNexus invites individuals and companies to submit offers for the development of a website, meeting the following criteria:

  • Modern and ‘light’ (less text heavy and more user-friendly/visual than current website)
  • Fully optimised for different browsers and devises
  • Providing guidance to the audience, so that users can find easily the information they are looking for
  • More aligned with our current organisational strategy and structure, notably highlighting PeaceNexus’ four regional programmes (for example with regionally specific landing pages) and making its three service offers (organisational development/conflict sensitivity/inclusive dialogue with business) easy to grasp

In particular, the offer should specify how it is going to address the following requirements:

  • In regard to the ‘champions of change’ priority (no 1), it is important that key information will be tailored to context, and in addition to English be (partly) accessible in French and Russian.
  • While PeaceNexus wants to hold on to the current logo/colors, the new website should come with a visual style guide that is also applicable to other communication materials.
  • A language style guide and suggestions on how to ensure that language is used coherently and effectively across PeaceNexus’ online and offline publications (including possible follow-on services in this regard, if the provider is in a position to offer these).

PeaceNexus welcomes offers that include an outline for the development of

  • A wireframe/structure that describes how website visitors are guided to relevant content
  • A visual style guide that takes PeaceNexus’ image and logo into account
  • A language style guide to inform PeaceNexus’ text contributions to the website
  • An implementation plan for the development of the different elements mentioned above, including the division of roles and content producing process for the initial development, and for the future maintenance. The implementation plan could also include optional elements related to content and tools.

PeaceNexus appreciates offers with detailed pricing, to better understand the financial implications of different options. Also, the offer should include an offer for follow-on support and maintenance, and how the materials developed for the website can be used/further developed for additional means of communication.


PeaceNexus will celebrate its 10th year anniversary in May 2019 and would like to launch the new website before this occasion. The implementation plan should reflect this deadline.


The consultant(s) is/are expected to demonstrate:

  • Track record in successfully implementing communication strategies of organisations working on societal change, in advisory roles or in related fields, including through website development (please list examples and include links).
  • A basic understanding of PeaceNexus’ fields of expertise (peacebuilding, organisational development, conflict sensitivity and inclusive dialogue with business) and its partners.
  • Ability to develop websites, and expertise in all relevant aspects like graphic design, visualisation, copy development in English/French/Russian OR access to such expertise and willingness to play a coordinating role. If a key element is missing, please highlight it in your offer – it will still be considered if otherwise strong.

Please submit your offer by 12 December 2018 to with the subject line: Website Development Company Name or First Name Last Name. If you need additional information to develop your offer, please make an appointment for a call through

See PDF version of vacancy here.



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