The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is dedicated to making states and people safer. Good security sector governance, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, is the very basis of development and security. DCAF assists partner states in developing laws, institutions, policies and practices to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and good practices.
Headquartered in Geneva, DCAF has a global portfolio and employs over 170 highly qualified international staff with operational activities 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 seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as:
Assistant Director and
Head of the Middle East and North Africa Division
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Division sits within the Operations Department and has a significant portfolio of activities across the region, including those managed through field offices in Beirut, Ramallah and Tunis. The Head of the MENA Division is responsible for the strategic, operational and administrative management of the Division’s activities, relations with national and regional counterparts and provides leadership to a diverse team of over 45 highly qualified experts. Candidates should be committed to DCAF’s guiding principles of neutrality, impartiality, gender equality and local ownership.
Duties and responsibilities:
Building on the Divisions strong reputation as a trusted partner in the region the Head of Division would be expected to consolidate the existing programme and widen its thematic and geographic scope. S/he would be expected to reinforce DCAFs reputation as an impartial actor and provider of expert advice and guidance on security sector governance and reform (SSG/R). S/he would be expected to consolidate and enlarge DACF’s partner network through cooperation with national, regional and internationals partners. S/he would also be expected to broaden the donor base for DCAFs activities in the region and maintain the current high quality of donor reporting.
The MENA division also manages a Trust Fund for North Africa, and a number of on-line security sector observatories focused on individual countries. The new Head of Division would be expected to build on such innovative initiatives to enhance DCAFs support to SSG/R in the region.
At an organizational level the new Head of Division would be expected to contribute to the overall development of the DCAF, take a leading role on the sharing of good practice across the organization, and support the capacity development of staff and ensure the rigorous monitoring and evaluation of activities.
An advanced degree in international affairs, security or development studies or another relevant field is required.
Candidates should meet the following criteria:
Have an impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards.
Proven management and leadership skills, with direct experience of managing large scale development programmes.
A minimum of 15 years progressively responsible experience in the region, in diplomacy and/or security and/or international development.
Demonstrated knowledge and expertise on SSR/G, including the provision of strategic steering/advice to reform processes.
Expert knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa, including significant experience of having worked in the region, as well as an in-depth understanding of the particular challenges faced by security sector governance in the region.
Candidates should be familiar with international policy discussions on SSG/R. They should be able to formulate strategies and design, implement and monitor effective policies and operational responses.
Candidates should have previous experience of engaging with interlocutors at a diplomatic, national and non-governmental level, with a proven ability to build successful partnerships. The successful candidate should be a strong communicator, a committed team player, a successful networker and a persuasive fundraiser.
Position location: Geneva, with extensive travel to the region.
Deadline for applications is 31 March 2018.
DCAF is committed to a diverse workplace free of discrimination. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For further information on DCAF, please visit our website: www.dcaf.ch.
Candidates meeting the qualifications are invited to e-mail their CV with a cover letter explaining their interest and suitability for the position to the address below. Due to the high number of applications, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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