Overview of actors

Swiss Expert Pool for Civilian Peacebuilding

The Peace and Human Rights Division (PHRD) and its Expert Pool for Civilian Peacebuilding is part of the State Secretariat of the FDFA.

The promotion of peace and human rights is a priority of Swiss foreign policy. The centrepiece of this policy is the protection of individuals and their dignity. Every human being should be able to live in peace, free of fear and need. Switzerland works not only on the ground but also in international organisations in order to make this possible. Since its launch in 2000, the SEP has been an effective peace and human rights policy instrument for Switzerland.

Focusing on the following sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Gender Equality
Reduced Inequalities
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

How we work

Every year, Switzerland sends some 200 civilian experts to international organisations to promote peace and human rights. These experts work either at the headquarters of international organisations or at peace missions in regions affected by conflict. The Swiss Expert Pool for Civilian Peacebuilding selects vacancies in international organisations based on Switzerland's thematic and geographic priorities and then proposes specialists with the corresponding profile to the organisation.

... and why

The Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation explicitly stipulates that in its foreign relations Switzerland must promote respect for human rights and democracy and the peaceful coexistence of peoples (Art. 54).
On 1 May 2004, the Federal Act on Measures pertaining to Civil Peace Support and the Promotion of Human Rights took effect. The Peace and Human Rights Division is responsible for its implementation.

Career opportunities

Seeking candidates mainly in

External Relations
Human Rights, Law and Governance
Monitoring and Evaluation
Political Affairs and Peacekeeping

Opportunities offered

Internships for students yes
Traineeships/Talent programs for graduates yes
Positions/programs for young professionals yes
Staff positions for professionals yes
Senior or management positions yes
Consultancy opportunities no


The Expert Pool for Civilian Peacebuilding (SEP) selects vacancies from international organisations according to Switzerland's thematic and geographical priorities. It examines the applications, makes a preliminary selection and then nominates candidates for the attention of the respective organisations.

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Type of organisation


Field(s) of activity

Peace Promotion and Human Security


Bern, Switzerland

Region(s) of operation

Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and Northern Africa
North America
South/East Asia and Pacific
Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of employees

In Switzerland:
Between 50 and 200

Outside Switzerland:
Between 50 and 200

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