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Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Coordinator
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Domain Droits de l'homme
Type Contrat à durée indéterminée
Location Rue de Varembé,1, 1202 Genève
Rate 100 %

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Coordinator

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was founded in 1915, WILPF conducts peace-building activities at every level.

The MENA project at WILPF operates on the Middle East and North Africa, and is divided into four broad interlinked components, or expected outcomes. Each component is part of an integrated approach that will enhance the capacity of civil society organisations to translate their reality into human rights terms, to promote peacejustice and disarmament from a gender perspective at the national and regional levels, and to produce evidence-based analysis of women’s peace and security concerns that will not only enhance local knowledge but also contribute to emerging debates and analysis at the international level. The aim is further to strengthen the way women civil society organise, directly participate and provide accurate information to early warning, during conflict and transition processes into relevant mechanisms at the national and international level.

In the MENA project, we engage with partners in eight countries: Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco. Read more about the MENA project here:

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Coordinator is part of the Crisis Response (CR) team and is the main focal point of partners in MENA countries.

Main responsibilities

1.    Coordination and advocacy:

Advance the work of WILPF in the MENA region including the following:

  • Participating in the development and implementation of project plans to ensure timely completion of activities and deliverables, including assisting the implementation of MENA project activities in-country.
  • Coordinating international advocacy work related to MENA.
  • Organising and coordinating the implementation of trainings, events and meetings, including logistics, related to MENA and conducting appropriate follow-up with partners
  • Maintaining close working relationships with partners, consultants and key contacts to ensure ongoing engagement
  • Traveling within the MENA regional to provide in-country support when needed. 

2.    Internal and External Communications:

  • Coordinating with national/local partners in Arabic, English and French, as well as with other programs of WILPF in Geneva and New York.
  • Liaising with international, regional, and local organisations and stakeholders, as well as special consultants to the project, including representing WILPFat national and international meetings. 

  • Working closely with the Communications Manager to ensure timely implementation of the communications strategy for the project.
  • When needed, providing accurate translation and proofreading of project documents, as well as informal interpretation in meetings;

3.    research, analysis and writing:

  • Preparing a range of written materials, including policy analyses and advocacy documents targeting policy-makers and broader audience, as well as providing analysis and contributing to WILPF position on MENA.
  • Monitoring of relevant political developments.
  • Conducting thorough and timely follow up of submissions to relevant human rights mechanisms, including the Human Rights Council, Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures.

4.    Operations, Funding and Finances:

  • Contributing to drafting or updating proposals and reporting to funders, including financial reporting.
  • Supporting the Crisis Response Program Manager in the monitoring of ongoing scopes of work to ensure accuracy of activities vis-à-vis contractual and grant commitments.
  • Adhering to administrative and recordkeeping guidelines to support the Operations team with accurate bookkeeping and documentation of activities.

5.    OTHER:

Carry out other duties as required.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to WILPF’s values of feminist peace, gender equality, and others is required
  • Deep understanding of the social, political and cultural context in the MENA region
  • Fluency in Arabic, English and French in written and spoken is required (native Arabic speakers is an advantage)
  • Proficient in Microsoft office applications and OSX
  • Ability to travel at the national and international level
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent research, analysis and writing skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Good budgetary and financial skills
  • Able to take initiatives coupled with the ability to prioritize
  • Flexible, open minded, diplomatic and tactful
  • Capable of rapid and quality turn around on a high workload
  • Able to work independently

Education and Experience

  • A Masters degree in gender or human rights is a must
  • At least three years of experience working on women rights and gender issues internationally
  • Significant experience in advocacy, particularly in Human Rights
  • Experience in grant management and donor reporting is a plus
  • Experience in drafting project proposals is a plus
  • Experience in working on crisis countries is an advantage

How to apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to with “MENA Coordinator” in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to the following address:

Ligue Internationale de Femmes pour la Paix et la Liberté
1 rue de Varembé, 1202 Genève
CP 28, 1211 Genève 20

Applications without a cover letter and a CV will not be accepted.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

This opportunity is open for all qualified candidates disregarding sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or any other status protected by law.         

WILPF is an anti-war organisation with a specific focus on issues concerning women, peace and security. Read more about us on and/or follow us on our social media.


Reporting line: The Crisis Response Programme Manager

Duration: Unlimited contract with a 3-month probation period

Terms: Fix Term position

Activity rate: 100%

Based in: Geneva, Switzerland

Salary: Based on experience and qualifications

Start date: Beginning of 2018 – Date to be agreed


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Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Rue de Varembé, 1
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