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About NOREF
The Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre/Norsk Ressurssenter for Fredsbygging (NOREF) is an independent foundation established to integrate knowledge, experience, and critical reflection into and thereby strengthen peacebuilding policy and practice.

NOREF supports the development of competence and resources in Norwegian and United Nations peacebuilding efforts in the fields of conflict prevention, conflict resolution and post-conflict rehabilitation, as well as Norway's role as a mediator and humanitarian actor in conflict-affected areas. In order to provide resources and services on peacebuilding, mediation and humanitarian issues to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international peacebuilding community, the centre collaborates with a wide network of researchers, policymakers and practitioners. It aims to contribute to linking peacebuilding research, policy and practice through the gathering and sharing of timely information and analysis by commissioning and publishing research carried out by experts in their fields, and by organising briefings and convening seminars and events.

Purpose
Monitoring and anticipating developments and changes in world politics are central to NOREF’s function, allowing the centre to respond effectively to dynamic and changing global conflicts and engage in relevant peacebuilding activities. The past decade has seen growing multipolarity in world geopolitics, the emergence of new actors and drivers in violent conflicts and their resolutions, and the relative lack of success in recent years of what have hitherto been mainstream peacebuilding approaches. NOREF strives to support the development of innovative thinking and practice in national, regional and global responses, with a view to contributing in particular to Norwegian peacebuilding policy and practice.

In fulfilling this broad purpose NOREF seeks to:

  • introduce different and emerging views on conflict and peacebuilding into debates through its established and developing networks and its own critical analysis by specifically looking beyond mainstream thinking to provide fresh, but socially grounded alternative perspectives;
  • continually explore new connections and networks in order to integrate new and different actors and voices from many research, social and political perspectives into its work;
  • ensure that expertise from the global South is included in its work;
  • open spaces for dialogue and discussions;
  • directly support policy-oriented analysis and political engagement for peacebuilding; and
  • respond quickly to immediate issues and needs, while continuing to focus on selected long-term commitments.

Organisation
NOREF was established in June 2008 by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is also the centre’s main funder. It is a private foundation governed by a Board .

As a publicly funded organisation, NOREF follows Norwegian procurement legislation, and project initiatives are put out to tender accordingly. Public tenders are made available on the NOREF website and on the websites of Doffin (Norway) and TED (when applicable).

All staff vacancies are announced on the NOREF website.

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