Switzerland: Programme Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa Division – 100%

By Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces Organization: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 31 Oct 2018

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is dedicated to improving the security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. DCAF contributes to making peace and development more sustainable by assisting partner states and international actors supporting these states, to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms. It creates innovative knowledge products, promotes norms and good practices, provides legal and policy advice and supports capacity‐building of both state and non‐state security sector stakeholders.

DCAF’s Foundation Council comprises 62 member states, the Canton of Geneva and six permanent observers. Active in over 70 countries, DCAF is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading centres of excellence for security sector governance (SSG) and security sector reform (SSR). DCAF is guided by the principles of neutrality, impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation, and gender equality. For more information please visit www.dcaf.ch

For our Sub-Saharan Africa Division, we are looking for a motivated and dynamic individual to be our next:

Programme Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa Division – 100%

The Sub-Saharan Africa Division (SSAD) Division sits within the Operations Department and has a significant portfolio of activities across the region, in particular in the Sahel/West Africa, including those managed through field offices in Bamako and Banjul. Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa is a priority for the organization and its activities in the region are focused on providing a contribution to the 2030 Agenda.

Location: Geneva, with extensive travel to the region

Starting date: 1st January 2019

Duration: Unlimited

The role

The Programme Manager provides management oversight to multiple programmes and programme teams, and makes a substantive contribution to the effective achievement of the Division’s objectives. He/she leads the process of articulating programme frameworks, including Theories of Change, monitoring and evaluation components and budgets, and seeks to identify new project opportunities. The Programme Manager coaches, guides and contributes to the professional development of SSAD’s programme staff and articulates and shares lessons from SSAD’s work to the larger community of practice.


  • Programme Management

  • Guide and support project staff in the implementation of DCAF Operations Programme Management Cycle: scoping/assessment, design/planning, implementation/M&E, end of project/learning;

  • Ensure that the HoD is promptly consulted about or informed of all significant developments and activities in divisional programmes;

  • Supervise, mentor and evaluate project staff;

  • Oversee the development of knowledge products and research related to programmes;

  • Ensure the alignment of project activities with divisional goals and DCAF strategy;

  • In consultation with the HoD, review and approve concept notes, terms of reference, mission reports, activity summaries and other project management documents;

  • Review contracts, budgets and donor reports to be submitted by the division for approval;

  • Identify opportunities, and carry out scoping missions and assessments.

  • Team and divisional management

  • Coordinate and lead weekly programme management meetings;

  • Support the Head of Division (HoD) in coordinating all SSAD activities and programmes, including SSAD strategy and workplan;

  • In consultation with HoD, delegate responsibilities to senior programme staff in the division;

  • Coordinate the task allocation for project assistants and interns;

  • By delegation of the Head of Division, sign documents and represent SSAD at Directing Board meetings, and participate in DCAF change processes or task teams.

  • Training and dissemination of learning

  • Contribute to the planning, development, coordination and delivery of capacity building for SSAD staff;

  • Regularly contribute findings and case studies to internal and external platforms;

  • Represent and speak on behalf of DCAF at conferences, meetings and other fora;

  • Review Sub-Saharan Africa Programme publications, SSR/SSG research products from other DCAF programmes and/or external entities and contribute to the drafting of background papers on SSG.


  • Proven technical expertise in the area of security sector governance and reform

  • Proven previous senior management experience at an international level advising on or managing development, peacebuilding or SSR/G assistance programmes.

  • Have a strong interest in and knowledge of project cycle management

  • Be able to represent DCAF internationally and take the lead on internal coordination.

  • Be able to lead the development of knowledge production, review SSR/SSG research products from other DCAF programmes and/or external partners and provide expert input into policy and international policy discussions.

  • Be fluent in French and English.

We offer:

  • a rewarding, dynamic and challenging work experience

  • the chance to be part of a multicultural team of supportive, hardworking and values-driven people

  • the chance to contribute to improving security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights

How to apply:

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to africa.programme@dcaf.ch by 31 October 2018 with the subject heading “Programme Manager”, enclosing:

  • a one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF

  • a concise CV (maximum two pages)

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity.

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