Switzerland: Advisor, Gender and Diversity in Mine Action

By Gender and Mine Action Programme Organization: Gender and Mine Action Programme
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 31 Oct 2018

Location: Geneva, Switzerland (with up to 40% field work)

Start Date: ASAP

Contract Period: initially one year

Full/part time: 100%

Closing date for applications: 31 October 2018


The Gender and Mine Action Programme (GMAP) is an international expert organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland that works to increase the effectiveness and inclusiveness of mine action activities through the mainstreaming of a gender and diversity perspective, and to increase inclusion, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls through mine action. GMAP provides advice, technical assistance and training on gender and diversity to stakeholders in mine action and the broader disarmament and security sector, both in-country and remotely. GMAP supports capacity development in mine affected countries and promotes sustainable developmental outcomes for women, girls, boys and men. GMAP also contributes to the implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and other disarmament treaties.


The successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of GMAP’s strategy and projects in collaboration with and under the guidance of the Director. He/she will be based in Geneva but will be expected to travel to a selection of mine/ERW-affected and donor countries (estimated travel abroad can be up to 40% of the working time).

The tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Manage the programme to ensure that implementation and prescribed activities are carried out in accordance with specified objectives and that results are achieved
  • Develop internal policies, methods and procedures for a successful implementation of GMAP’s activities
  • Liaise with programme partners throughout the mine action sector and further develop collaborations
  • Represent GMAP at conferences, workshops and public events as required
  • Assist the Director in the supervision of staff (including undertaking time planning, delegation of tasks)
  • Ensure timely, accurate and detailed financial and narrative reporting of programme activities to donors and other partners
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals and budgets to ensure secure and continuous funding of the programme
  • Identify opportunities for programme expansion and identification of potential funding partnerships
  • Identify, design and implement diversity initiatives and provide advice, guidance and support to partners on diversity best practices
  • Field travel to medium-high risk countries for gender and diversity trainings, assessments, action planning, strategy development workshops, and monitoring and liaison visits

Research and dissemination

  • Identify areas for future research and provide input to ongoing research projects and produce written and oral briefs, publications and articles for colleagues and external partners
  • Review reports and studies on gender and mine action and related fields to gather information and data that can contribute to the progress of the programme
  • Produce both written and oral briefs, publications and articles for colleagues and external partners

Outreach, training and capacity building

  • Manage all aspects of gender and diversity baseline assessments of mine action programmes and organisations
  • Organise and deliver trainings and facilitate workshops and advocacy events on various aspects of gender, diversity, and mine action
  • Provide technical assistance and advice on gender and diversity in mine action upon request
  • Develop briefs and other materials to be distributed to mine action stakeholders and organisations worldwide


  • Advanced university degree in a relevant field
  • At least seven years of relevant work experience of which at least four in the fields of gender, diversity, humanitarian assistance, human security and/or development
  • At least two years of relevant work experience in capacity development and behavioural change in multicultural environments on gender equality programming, diversity or mine action
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative research
  • Coordination of in-country assessments
  • Facilitation of strategy/policy development and action planning processes
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English
  • Working knowledge of French or other languages spoken in mine/ERW-affected countries is an asset
  • IT literacy and ability to operate with on-line web-based applications and tools


  • Strong interest in and commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated ability to understand, analyse and explain clearly issues and events in complex contexts
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent writing, analytical and communication skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiating skills
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback
  • Willingness to travel to medium-high risk areas
  • Willingness to work with minimum supervision, independently, as well as to function as a member of a team

How to apply:

All applications should be sent by e-mail by 31 October 2018 at the latest to:


All applications should contain:

  • CV (not longer than 3 pages)
  • Motivation letter (not longer than 1 page)
  • Contact details

Both documents should be submitted in English, which is the working language of GMAP.

For further information please visit GMAP’s website www.gmap.ch


Shortlisted candidates will be asked to write a short essay on a relevant topic before being interviewed. Interviews will be held in November 2018 and the successful candidate will be asked to start as soon as possible after that.

GMAP is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are encouraged from women and men, professionals from mine-affected countries and individuals with a disability or special needs who meet the above profile requirements.

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