Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Expert

Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI)
  • Location
    Tijuana, Mexico
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 29

Position description

The Youth Peacemaker Network (YPN) in Mexico is undertaken by the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI), in partnership with the Western Union Foundation, Telmex Foundation and Ericsson, to empower young people as leaders of peace and development in their communities through a unique mix of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, mediation, life skills, ICT training, vocational training, and youth-led community projects as well as programs promoting peace through the arts and sports.

WPDI is an international nonprofit organization founded by UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, Forest Whitaker, with the mission of helping societies affected by destructive conflicts and gang violence transform into safer and more-productive communities. Since its inception in 2012, WPDI has created and managed peacebuilding programs in Uganda, Mexico, South Sudan, the United States, and South Africa. WPDI collaborates with a range of local and international, public and private partners to support its mission.

The YPN in Mexico will provide education and training for youth in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and life-skills coaching as well as ICT and vocational skills. Additionally, the program will empower local communities through a series of peacebuilding activities including community projects, the establishment of Community Learning Centers, film screenings, and infrastructure building.

The role of the conflict resolution expert will be to lead the peacebuilding and conflict resolution trainings of WPDI in Mexico and work as a country mediator for the YPN program.

Main Responsibilities:

Under the overall authority and direct supervision of the Director of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative and in close collaboration with the Program Manager of WPDI in Tijuana, the incumbent will lead the peacebuilding and conflict resolution trainings of WPDI in Mexico and work as a country mediator for the program, and provide operational advice and decision-making support at the organization’s field office in Tijuana.

The Peacebuilding and Conflict-resolution expert will be required to work out of WPDI office in Tijuana, Mexico or such other location as WPDI may request from time to time such as our office in Chiapas. In order to effectively perform his/her duties, the Peacebuilding and Conflict-resolution Expert may be required to travel domestically and internationally for business purposes from time to time. 

  • Design and adapt to the local context WPDI online and in-person curriculum and modules in peacebuilding and conflict resolution in basic, intermediary and advanced level;
  • Conduct educational trainings and workshops for youths (online and in person) using the ToT model, in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, human rights and mediation at the basic, intermediary and advanced level as needed in Tijuana;
  • Work with community-based organizations in Tijuana to expand conflict resolution programs and events, specifically as they affect socio-economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods and communities;
  • Work on policy development for peacebuilding;
  • Engage in dialogue forums for peace and community development;
  • Provide support and guidance for the implementation of WPDI peacebuilding program at the Community Learning Centers in Tijuana and Chiapas and ensure the delivery of conflict resolution trainings; 
  • Provide support and guidance for the implementation of the CRE program in schools in both Tijuana and Chiapas;
  • Conduct CRE sessions in primary and secondary schools in Tijuana; 
  • Prepare yearly plans for the trainings (online and in person) of the youth participants in the Youth Peacemaker Network program in Mexico and work closely with the Program Manager of both Tijuana and Chiapas for their implementations;
  • Provide support and guidance to the youth leaders who will receive the TOT trainings; 
  • Design the necessary materials and guidelines including curriculum for the ToTs to use for their trainings of youths in their communities;
  • Ensure that the youth leaders (ToTs) will have the necessary skills and knowledge to train youth in their communities in peacebuilding and accompany them in their training sessions;
  • Ensure that educational materials are posted regularly on the NING platform;
  • Work with international team on a daily basis to ensure the follow through of programmatic and institutional goals and objectives;
  • Conduct data analysis and prepare project work plans, budgets, and regular reports to WPDI;
  • Develop evaluations to capture important data regarding the impacts of the conflict resolution and peacebuilding trainings;
  • Carry out any additional activities that may be assigned by the Director of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative.


Education: Advanced university degree in peace studies, economics, finance, business, development, international affairs, political science or related areas covered by the work of the organization

Language: Excellent written and spoken English and Spanish.

Experience: At least 8 to 10 years of progressively responsible relevant experience with preferably professional and field-based experience in peacebuilding, education, project implementation and youth empowerment or a related field in northern Uganda; keen interest in working with youth leaders; proven ability to work efficiently, under pressure, and in multicultural environment. Recognized experience in leadership and proven ability in driving economic managing programs and activities, relations with high-ranking officials, with adequate knowledge and attention to political sensitivity. Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation Planning

Competencies: Proven research and analytical skills; good computer skills in all aspects of MS Office and including web content management and data base software; ability to work independently on delegated tasks; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills for effective reporting on programmatic and financial activities

Application instructions

Interested applicants, who hold Mexican citizenship, are invited to submit a cover letter (in English and referencing the Job Announcement) accompanied by a full resume stating details of educational qualifications and working experience, home and office telephone numbers, and a writing sample in English by applying below.

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