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Job Announcement: Peacebuilding Training Program Officer

The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Inc., (MPI), a training institute whose goal is to empower individuals, institutions, and communities in the Asia-Pacific Region and beyond to be catalysts for peace and social transformation, is seeking a highly qualified individual, whose primary responsibility is to plan, implement and manage the Annual Peacebuilding Training Program and the Virtual Peacebuilding Training Program. The Program Officer is expected to take the lead in the development and implementation of customized and specialized trainings and to assist in the development and expansion of MPI’s Education and Training programmatic direction.

Candidates must have relevant working experience in peacebuilding and/or development in the non-governmental sector, and come with strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills as well as excellent attention to detail and familiarity with computer programs and social media apps. Candidates with a background in Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and/or Media and Communication are preferred.

The position is located in Davao City, Philippines, and offers a competitive NGO salary and full benefits. MPI does not offer a moving allowance or housing benefits. Interested applicants should upload their letter of interest and curriculum vitae here or deliver it to The Director at the MPI office, Apt. 301, Casa Graciana Inn, 6 Juna Avenue, Matina, Davao City, on or before 16 December 2022. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified. You may  pdf download the full job description here (263 KB) .

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“Glocalization” for Sustainable Peacebuilding

“Glocalization” for Sustainable Peacebuilding

Learnings and Reflections from MPI’s Research, Documentation, and Learning Team’s Trip to Indonesia

In June 2022, Anna Loren Gingco and Marlies Roth of MPI’s Research, Documentation, and Learning (RDL) team went to Indonesia to strengthen and broaden the MPI alumni network there. Two major events served this purpose: the LPI-MPI Joint Peacebuilding Training in Bali, Indonesia, and two MPI Indonesian Alumni Reunions.

Guidebook for Mentors: A Manual for Teaching and Mentoring Young Peacebuilders and a Collection of Mentoring Stories

Guidebook for Mentors: A Manual for Teaching and Mentoring Young Peacebuilders and a Collection of Mentoring Stories

Now available for pdf download (6.54 MB) , the Grassroots Peacebuilding Mentors Training Program Guidebook is a product of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute’s (MPI) three-year experience and lessons learned implementing the Grassroots Peacebuilding Mentors Training Program. By documenting and collating key activities and processes from the mentoring program, MPI aims to contribute to addressing gaps in available resources on mentoring and peacebuilding.

MPI hopes that this Guidebook can support the capacity-building needs of organizations, particularly peacebuilding and developmental organizations, to develop mentors within their institutions who can nurture the skills and capacities of other peacebuilders. Mentorship is an effective way of developing people into leaders and champions that can advocate and initiate transformative change. At MPI, we believe that this approach answers John Paul Lederach’s call to nurturing a “critical mass” of peacebuilders that are taking small, consistent steps to build and sustain justpeace.

  pdf Download the ebook here (6.54 MB) .

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Conflict sensitivity, capacity building and peacebuilding education

Conflict sensitivity, capacity building and peacebuilding education

The following article was first published in the Winter 2022 issue of Mennonite Central Committee’s publication, Intersections.

Since its inception, the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) in the Philippines has served as a resource for peacebuilders. Through its education and training programs, MPI offers courses that are relevant and applicable to grassroots peacebuilders’ current contexts as well as reflective of ongoing development in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. To date, MPI has trained over 2,300 peace activists from more than 60 countries through its in-person Annual Peacebuilding Training Program and, most recently, through its Virtual Peacebuilding Training Program. MPI hopes that the knowledge and skills gained from these courses can contribute to building and sustaining peace writ large in Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Since 2014, MPI has included courses and modules on conflict sensitivity and the Do No Harm approach. How has MPI integrated and practiced these concepts in its programming? In this article, I offer my reflections and insights into this question based on conversations I have had with my colleagues and my experience working with MPI.

Intersections: Do No Harm, conflict sensitivity and living into peace

Intersections: Do No Harm, conflict sensitivity and living into peace

We are pleased to share that the Winter 2022 edition of Intersections, a publication of the Mennonite Central Committee, was compiled by MPI Board Member Grace Hercyk and includes an article by MPI's Peacebuilding Programs Coordinator, Rhea Silvosa. The theme of this issue is Do No Harm, conflict sensitivity and living into peace. Rhea's article is titled Conflict sensitivity, capacity building and peacebuilding education.