Personal Assistant to Gabrielle Rifkind at the Oxford Process


Gabrielle Rifkind is seeking a Personal Assistant to work closely with her for 20 hours per week. Additional work on occasion is possible. This position is not salaried but provides a very attractive studio flat in the Hampstead area of London. 

Gabrielle founded and directed ORG’s Middle East Programme and is now Director of the Oxford Process, a conflict resolution initiative whose aim is to facilitate discreet, high-level dialogue behind the scenes of some of the world’s most intractable conflicts.

Gabrielle is also co-author, with Gianni Picco, of The Fog of Peace: How to Prevent War (I.B. Tauris, 2016) and authored The Psychology of Political Extremism: What would Sigmund Freud have thought of Islamic State (Routledge 2018)

The post-holder will assist Gabrielle in her research, mediation and conflict resolution work. She or he will be involved in the development of new projects focused on conflict prevention and resolution. Projects are primarily based in the Middle East. Specialist knowledge of this region would be a benefit, as would arabic language skills. The post-holder’s responsiblities will include administrative such as taking dictation, organizing meetings and roundtables, making travel arrangements, minute taking and budget management.

Candidates who are actively pursuing a PhD may be preferred as this job works very well in balance with the time commitments required for this. The candidate will need to be focused, competent, and flexible. Candidates with very good journalistic skills are also welcome as are candidates with fundraising experience, who understand reporting requirements. Working hours are flexible, but there is a preference for work to normally take place Monday-Wednesday.

The position will suit someone interested in preventive diplomacy and who understands psychology, conflict and politics in the Middle East, and the value of quiet mediation. The person will need to write clearly, have good editing skills and be a competent researcher. 

This job is not an Oxford Process appointment but offers a creative opportunity to be involved at the cutting edge of contemporary conflict resolution practice.

To apply for this role, please send a one-page covering letter and CV to and


Deadline: 19 July 2018