Job Announcement, National Peace Expert/Local Peace Advisor





Location:                                              PIASS/CRASPD Huye, Rwanda

Application Deadline:                     September 15, 2020

Call for Interviews:                          October 15, 2020

Starting Date:                                    November 1, 2020

Duration of Initial Contract:         1 year (renewable)



Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) is a Christian Institution of higher Learning privately owned by five Rwandan Protestant Churches, operating in Huye, Southern Province and Karongi, Western Province of Rwanda. The Center for Research and Action towards Sustainable Peace and Development (CRASPD) was established in 2015 by the Faculty of Development Studies (FDS) of PIASS to share the Faculty’s expertise with the community through outreach programs involving students, faculty and staff together. CRASPD is offering advisory and training services for civil society and local government actors to improve local communities’ wellbeing and support their peaceful co-existence.


The announced position for a National Peace Expert (NPE) / Local Peace Advisor (LPA) is supported by the GIZ – Civil Peace Service (CPS) program.


Globally, the Civil Peace Service (CPS) has proven a successful instrument for civil society based peace building within the framework of German development cooperation. The core task of the CPS is sending international peace advisers to support local partner organizations, where they work in close collaboration with national peace experts. Practical experience with CPS projects has now been gained across four continents over a period of 20 years. The Regional Civil Peace Service Burundi-Eastern DRC – Rwanda aims at strengthening local peace potentials for social cohesion, the resilience of youth against manipulation and calls for violence. CPS also works to increase organizational capacities and cooperation between the partner organizations.  The regional GIZ CPS program currently supports 6 local partner organizations in Rwanda, 4 in Burundi and 4 in Eastern DRC in the areas of peace education, nonviolent conflict transformation, psychosocial support and trauma counselling, the empowerment of youth and vulnerable people, Dealing with the Past, conflict-sensitive journalism and Critical Thinking.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the Coordinator of CRASPD, the National Peace Expert (NPE)/ Local Peace Advisor (LPA) will:

  • Facilitate collaboration and communication between PIASS and giz CPS including reporting towards PIASS and giz CPS;
  • Actively participate in communication and cooperation processes of the giz CPS regional team and in professional group meetings and other giz CPS events;
  • Participate in CRASPD team meetings and regular team communication as well as PIASS events;
  • Conduct research projects and systematise planning, monitoring and evaluation processes in both the university and its projects in local communities, in line with administrative policies and procedures of PIASS, and giz CPS;
  • Contribute to drafting proposals and budgets for funding, and to financial as well as narrative reporting;
  • Support of the thematic working group “Nonviolent Conflict Transformation” of GIZ Civil Peace Service, in collaboration with its member partner organizations in DR Congo and Burundi;
  • Facilitate / co-facilitate CRASPD workshops, trainings and consultancy processes;
  • Participate in teaching, mentoring and capacity development for students, especially of the Faculty of Development Studies and its Peace & Conflict studies program, as well as for the PIASS students’ associations.


The candidate is expected to have following competencies:

  • Proven ability to write and to work independently and in challenging environments,
  • Proven organizational, coordination and inter-cultural communication skills, and
  • Ability to work in a team and share knowledge and experience.

Required Educational Background, Skills and Experience:

  • University degree, at least MA, in Social Sciences, preferably in Development or Peace Studies.


  • Minimum 3 years of work and/ or volunteering experience in acknowledged organizations or institutions, preferably in the area of Peace Building and Violence Prevention;
  • Knowledge of regional/ national conflict contexts and of conflict resolution strategies is an asset;
  • Experience in facilitating a workshop of Alternative to Violence Project (AVP) and/or another approach to nonviolent conflict transformation is an asset;
  • Experience in using computers, office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and online platforms
  • Experience in networking with government institutions and non-governmental organizations within the context of the countries of the African Great Lakes Region.


  • Fluency in English, French and Kinyarwanda required.

An application must be submitted electronically to as one PDF document which comprises 1) motivation letter in English, 2) curriculum vitae in English, and 3) copies of university degrees. Reference letters and work certificates will be requested after shortlisting.


Done at Huye on August 14, 2020

Rev. Prof. Elisée Musemakweli

Vice Chancellor


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