International Peace Worker in Prilep, North Macedonia
The Centre for Training and Networking in Nonviolent Action – KURVE Wustrow is looking for an International Peace Worker in Prilep, North Macedonia with its partner organisation Peace Action for its CPS-project Constructive Dealing with the Past and Peace Educationin the Western Balkans.
The Centre for Training and Networking in Nonviolent Action – KURVE Wustrow was founded in 1980 with the aim of turning concerns about violent conflict, environmental degradation and social injustice into conscious nonviolent action.
KURVE Wustrow conducts trainings, workshops and events in the field of civil, nonviolent conflict transformation at home and abroad. We send young volunteers as part of the “weltwärts”-programme as well as International Peace Workers as part of the “Civil Peace Service” (CPS) to selected crisis regions. For this purpose, KURVE Wustrow is closely cooperating with partner organisations in the Balkans, in the Middle East and in South Asia. Further focal points of our work include our commitment to climate and resource protection and against nuclear energy.
Peace Action, founded in 2001, is a non-profit organisation of activists who actively work on peacebuilding and the promotion of a culture of nonviolence through initiating and nurturing dialogue and constructive dealing with the past, integrated education and regional cooperation.
In the past 20 years Peace Action has been working in the areas of the recognition of the right of conscientious objection, its implementation and abolition of the mandatory military service, recognition and reacting to discrimination, dealing with the past and integrated education. Peace Action has one active office in Prilep, North Macedonia and four employed persons on permanent contracts.
The program “Dealing with the past”, active since 2008, includes the collection of life stories about the war in Macedonia in 2001 and establishing a documentation center for the war. The program includes collecting life stories from different ethnic and social groups (women, young people, refugees, non-majority communities, religious groups), publishing books of life stories and journals related to the topic, collecting materials about the war of 2001, as well as organising peacebuilding trainings and work with war veterans.
Field of work:
As an integrated International Peace Worker you will support a nongovernmental organisation in…
- Planning, implementing, monitoring and reporting on the CPS project together with a local peace worker
- Support the partner organisations in processes of institutional development and strategy development in accordance with identified needs
- Developing and adjusting a work plan for all project activities in cooperation with the Local Peace Workers, the dealing with the past program team, as well as with Peace Action’s Program Manager.
- Supporting Peace Action’s contacts with other departments of KURVE Wustrow e.g. international training unit
- Facilitating contacts with other non-governmental organisations, donors and other relevant actors if needed
- Integrating into Peace Action’s team and, if required, contributing to processes regarding program and organisational development, while adjusting to the partner organisation’s working conditions.
- contributing to public relation of KURVE Wustrow in Germany where necessary
- Budget planning and monitoring, ensuring a proper and adequate application of funds, regular communication with the CPS regional coordinator and KURVE Wustrow in Germany
- Close cooperation with the country coordinator on ongoing conflict and security analysis
- University or similar degree in peace and conflict studies, political science, international relations, pedagogy or another relevant field
- Advanced training in the field of peacebuilding and civil conflict transformation (e.g. as a trainer for conflict transformation or mediator); experience in the field of reconciliation and dealing with the past is a strong asset
- Work experience within NGOs, preferably in international context or intercultural teams
- Sound knowledge in the field of civil, nonviolent conflict transformation, as well as experience with social movements
- Relevant working experience in project management (incl. administration of funds)
- Knowledge on project planning, monitoring and evaluation
- Willingness to frequent work-related travels
- Very good team player with intercultural competences and communication skills, analytical and strategic thinking, ability for self-reflection, sense of responsibility, high flexibility and motivation
- Contextual knowledge about and working experience in North Macedonia or other parts of former Yugoslavia is an asset
- Fluency in English; fluency in Macedonian, or other local languages, would be considered as an advantage
KURVE Wustrow offers a contract according to the German law for development aid workers (only for EU-citizens) or a contract in alignment with the German law for development aid workers for citizens from other countries until 31 December 2024. The contract including a three months preparation period in Germany would start on 1 February 2023. The conditions of the German law for development aid workers precludes the application and deployment of citizens of the country of assignment.
For your application (in English) please use the ONLINE-application form by using the following code IPW_PEACE_ACTION until 31 October 2022.
Please note: The job interview will take place in Wustrow (Wendland, Lower Saxony, Germany) on 16 November 2022 (or eventually online).