Head of Partnerships

Geneva, Switzerland
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About Finance for Peace

Finance for Peace (F4P) is a multistakeholder initiative that seeks systemic change in how private and public investment supports peace in developing and fragile contexts. It aims to create networked approaches that can co-develop the market frameworks, political support, partnerships and knowledge required to scale up “peace finance”.

F4P has been incubated by Interpeace, an International Peacebuilding organization that has worked on conflict resolution and peacebuilding throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America for over 27 years.

The initiative will have a finance and investment industry orientation and seek to bridge the gap between the related parts of the finance sector, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, asset managers, Donors and foundations, Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), and other financial institutions, with peace and development actors, including practitioners, civil society, governments, and multilateral institutions. The Initiative will create new partnerships, market intelligence, political and technical support across a diverse array of actors to develop supporting market infrastructure and knowledge to scale peace-responsive investment activity globally.

The initiative is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and builds on feasibility research supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office on a new sustainable investment category called peace bonds.

Learn more at www.financeforpeace.org.

Position within the initiative

This is an opportunity to join a new initiative, dedicated to promoting the adoption and implementation of systemic change in how private and public investment supports peace in the world’s developing and fragile contexts.

The Head of Partnerships will work collaboratively with the rest of the Finance for Peace team to support the execution of the four key workstreams listed above, with a leading role in managing the activities within the third pillar – Developing Supportive Policy and Partnerships for peace finance. In this context, the Head of Partnerships will be tasked with developing and maintaining networks and partnerships with key stakeholders including DFI’s, investors, governments, NGOs and independent researchers as well as driving the creation and management of several multistakeholder engagement platforms. These include the F4P industry association, the Peace Finance Impact Framework consultation platform as well as the peacebuilding, development and civil society community platform. These multistakeholder consultation and engagement platforms seek to build financial sector buy-in, acceptance and provide networking and convening space to grow the practical knowledge critical to growing the nascent peace finance market.

The Head of Partnerships will report to the Executive Director of the initiative once that position is filled in Q2/Q3 2023. It is envisaged the Finance for Peace initiative will be initially hosted by Interpeace, after which it will become a fully independent entity.

Duties and Responsibilities

Guided by the strategic direction defined by the Executive Director and under their general supervision, the Head of Partnerships develops and maintains key partnerships with key stakeholders relevant to the Finance for Peace initiative They are responsible for the development and execution of a partnership and engagement strategy including the development of a strategic targets program and working to develop relations with those targets as well as their integration into the overall vision of the initiative.

The Head of Partnerships coordinates closely with the entirety of F4P team to ensure that coherent and strategic program-wide partnership engagement is anchored in all aspects of the initiative’s implementation. The role-holder also heavily interacts with external stakeholders.

The Head of Partnerships will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

Develop the partnership and engagement strategy for F4P that ensures wide buy-in and engagement especially from the private finance sector, including and not limited to asset management firms, emerging market investment, fixed income firms, impact investing firms, family offices, sovereign wealth and pension funds. Also engage public investors, including Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), International Financing Institutions (IFIs), Vertical Climate Funds and other supranational institutions.

As part of the strategy, develop a strategic targets list and build relationship for engaging the above actors in uptake of key research, frameworks, principles and guidance developed by the F4P, especially including the Peace Finance Standards (PFS) and Peace Finance Impact Framework (PFIF) that is under co-development by existing finance, DFI and civil society actors.

As part of the strategy develop metrics for partnership outreach and report regularly against them.

Lead the high-level stakeholder outreach and engagement to increase the buy-in for the mandate of the initiative and actively seek out new opportunities for partnerships.
Serve as the primary point of contact for partners, addressing any questions or concerns they may have.

Provide effective and inspiring leadership by being actively involved in all programs and services, developing a broad and deep knowledge of all programs of activities.

Collaborate with other team members to develop marketing and communications plans to promote F4P and ensure that there are strong relationships with the media and external constituency groups including community, governmental, and private organizations and build momentum for the F4P Mission.

Manage and cultivate existing relationships with funders to secure and expand recurring revenue streams.

Translate and tailor key policy and research messages effectively to relevant stakeholders.

Work with Policy Officers and the Executive Director to develop political attuned strategies for engaging government donors, DFIs, policy makers and UN entities.

Represent the initiative at senior political and management levels, as well as DFI, donor and multilateral policy fora including participation in conferences, high-level meetings, etc. on issues related to Peace Finance, sustainable investment, impact investing and emerging / developing country development finance.

Ensure consistent engagement with relevant actors to popularize and streamline the body of knowledge and practice produced by the initiative within their workstreams and institutions.

Maintain partnership networks through coordination with the Communications Adviser to ensure coordinated communication with relevant investors, DFIs, governments, civil society and peacebuilding/development actors.

Understand key policy, research and standard setting deliverables and their implications for different actors.

Provide thought leadership to the F4P team on emerging opportunities and potential challenges within the international financial landscape.

Monitor the implementation of and periodically adjust and/or review the strategy, overseeing the alignment with donor requirements and optimising resources to achieve the strategic targets.

Develop key performance indicators to track the successful implementation of the strategy and to measure its impact.


Candidates with relevant qualifications, experience, and fluency in English are invited to apply.

Relevant experience and qualifications may include:


Advanced degree in development economics, finance, business, marketing, international affairs, political science, or other relevant fields.


At least 7 years of professional experience in the financial sector (commercial market investment, impact/sustainable investment, DFI/innovative finance).
Multi-disciplinary experience working in external partnerships roles in at least one, or some combination of, private finance, a financial system norm-setting entity, a DFI, development or government donor environment.
Familiarity with technical and political issues associated with sustainable finance, SDG, ESG investing, impact investing, blended finance, and donor policies in development.


Results-driven and ability to tailor communication to distinct stakeholders with tact and political acumen.
Demonstrated ability to develop and lead highly collaborative, co-creative practices internally and in external partnerships.
Practical experience building networks of practise and support.
Ability to effectively navigate multi-cultural and complex organisations.
Excellent social and inter-cultural skills, outstanding communication skills to a variety of stakeholders from very different backgrounds.
Strong existing professional network of some combination of private and public investors, the finance sector, DFIs, Governments, Multilateral banks and international organisations.
Relevant domain knowledge of technical and political issues related to the F4P, or ability to quickly learn and adapt to effectively communicate key concepts of the initiative.
Excellent spoken and written English, French as an advantage.


Strong track-record of partnership and network building skills.
Experience working in or on conflict-affected contexts and understanding of emerging market finance and investment as well as development finance.

Success factors

Ability to communicate and understand strategic needs of different audiences.
Commitment to the mission of the F4P to positively change how private investment can build peace, and to the values and working principles of Interpeace.
Creative team player with a commitment to inclusiveness and consensus-building.
Political tact and a high adaptation capacity.

Interpeace Competencies

Collaboration and Weaving
Drive for results
Adaptability and Continuous Learning
Respect for Diversity

Additional Information

Applications may be accepted after the deadline but please apply as soon as possible.