Civil Peace Service Advisor (m/f/d) for Thematic Team Dealing with the Past


As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

With the dispatch of qualified specialists as development workers, GIZ contributes to the sustainable improvement of living conditions of people in developing and transition countries.

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  • Assignment period:
    10/01/2020 - 12/31/2021
  • Field:
    Peace, Security and Emergency
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Job description

GIZ’s Civil Peace Service (CPS) program “Systematic strengthening and linking of local and national potentials for peace in a post-conflict phase” in Nepal aims at creating spaces for non-violent conflict transformation. It does so through support to community mediation, dialogue forums, non-violent communication and theatre for conflict transformation. CPS further works with local actors to promote holistic approaches to Dealing with the Past, that promote justice, reconciliation and healing.

In the area ‘Dealing with the past’, CPS currently works with a team of two national and two international peace advisors, working with experienced and established partner organisation. CPS works with victims’ groups, and other actors, to enhance their capacities to conduct meaningful memory work that fosters intra-personal and inter-personal healing. This project further supports conflict victims and their communities to take forward memorialization work and related advocacy.

Your tasks

  • Support different conflict victim groups and partner organisations in memorialization work
  • Capacity building of victim groups and other concerned stakeholders on holistic and restorative approaches to Dealing with the Past and Memory Work
  • Codesign and cofacilitate workshops, trainings and meetings together with a national peace advisor
  • Support peer-to-peer processes and participatory approaches to story collection, verification, documentation and editing
  • Support partner organizations in the process of collection, curation, securing and archiving sensitive, victim-related data.
  • Contribute to organizational and network development of partners
  • Contribute to project management and strategic planning; monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • Conduct ongoing context research, conflict analysis and needs assessment of partners

Your profile

  • University degree in social science, psychology, social work or related subject (Postgraduate research in related area would be an asset)
  • Well-founded knowledge about concepts and methods of Memory Work
  • Proven track record of work experience in Memorialization/Memory Work in a post-conflict country
  • Actual experience and sensitivity in working with victims and survivors and their associations
  • In-depth working experience in Dealing with the Past, reconciliation and peace building in general
  • Knowledge about and experience of secure archiving of data and about using digital platforms for Memory Work
  • Experience in curating materials for different audiences (e.g. for digital platforms or museums)
  • Fluent in English language and willingness to learn Nepali language (knowledge of Nepali language would be an asset)

Location information

Place of residence: Kathmandu

Climate: hot summers and cold winters

Healthcare: Hospitals with international doctors available

Supply and shopping facilities: Supermarkets with all necessities for daily life

Accessibility: Kathmandu has one international airport with daily flights out of the country

Children / infants: Nannies and kindergartens available

School situation and school fees: International schools available; school fees are reimbursed according GIZ rules

Security: Kathmandu is a rather safe place to live. However, Nepal is an especially earthquake prone area.


Please use the following link for information about living and working in Nepal.

The security situation is tense. Tailored security risk mitigation measures are in place for GIZ staff in country. GIZ staff must adhere to security measures at all times. Please also check the county-specific information provided by the German Federal Foreign Office. GIZ runs a professional security risk management system in the field of deployment. The freedom of movement is restricted. GIZ does not impose any restrictions on life partners and family members to move with you to the country of deployment. We kindly ask you to inform yourself which forms of relationships are legally and socially accepted in the country of deployment.  

At the site of operation the particulate pollution occurs to be many time higher than the European acceptable limit. As part of the selection process and during the recruitment examination you will be informed of appropriate protective and behavioral measures.


GIZ's Development Service is looking forward to applications of candidates with a professional qualification and / or university degree and at least two years of professional experience. In addition you hold the German nationality or the nationality of a member state of the European Union.

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You can get an overview of our benefits packages here.

A prerequisite for the conclusion of the agreement is the lifting of the restrictions currently in force in the company on the possibilities for travel and business trips in order to contain the worldwide spread of the Covid-19 virus.

  • In this position frequent and many field trips to different remoter parts of Nepal are necessary and accommodation can sometimes be basic.
  • Work processes in Nepal are slow due to many reasons therefore patience, flexibility and stamina are needed to work in this context.

Our benefits

We are a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and work to build a future worth living around the world. We support projects in over 130 countries to achieve goals sustainably together with our partners., Your work will begin with an onboarding and preparation phase that will give you initial insights into GIZ and lay the groundwork for your upcoming assignment, establishing new contacts and building up your network., Extensive check-ups and preventive measures (e.g. on appointment, before the outward journey, during the stay in a country of assignment, in an emergency) are provided to our staff and the family members accompanying them as a matter of course., As well as your basic living allowance, as a development worker you will also receive extensive additional benefits during your assignment (including a foreign service premium, family allowances, private group health insurance)., To enable you to get ready for your assignment as a development worker and your outward journey, you will be given outward journey leave following your preparation time in Germany., We will cover a large portion of the childcare costs for dependent children under 14 who are accompanying you if your partner is not doing so and is not a development worker or integrated expert themselves. Most nursery and school fees are paid., We will reimburse you for your rental costs based on the rent index for your country as well as paying you an equipment and furnishing allowance on top., As a development worker, you can use the project vehicle for trips to school or to visit a doctor or can receive a monthly lump-sum mobility allowance instead. The project vehicle can also be used for personal trips with your manager’s approval., You and the members of your family accompanying you will be covered by our health and liability insurance, while your family members will also benefit from accident insurance. In countries in crisis, we operate a comprehensive risk management system for your protection, which minimises personal dangers and risks.

About us

We offer the opportunity to work in an innovative and worldwide operating institution related to development policy. Your competencies and qualifications are demanded on the spot in an interdisciplinary team. You advise governmental and civil society organizations at local or municipal level. The Development Service of GIZ offers a comprehensive service package. It includes a specific technical and personal preparation. The basis for the deployment of specialists in the development service is the German Development Workers Act (EhfG).


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