Head of Office, Ramallah (100 %)

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 office in Ramallah, we are looking for an exceptional leader to be our next:

Head of Office (100 %)

Location:                           Ramallah, occupied Palestinian territories (oPt)

Starting date:                   1 November 2018 or upon agreement

Duration:                           unlimited


The role (including but not limited to)           

  • Development and implementation of DCAF’s operational strategy in oPt
  • Conceptualization, design, development and management of projects/programs related to security sector and justice sector governance, including analysis, evaluation, monitoring and reporting, budgeting and financial management
  • Lead, manage and motivate a team of international and local staff as well as visiting experts
  • Provide substantive input into DCAFs project/programmes
  • Management of the day-to-day operations of the office
  • Act as the representative of DCAF at country level as well as in diplomatic settings: relations with high level officials, authorities, partners and donors

Your experience

  • 10 years progressive leadership and management experience in an international setting, with a minimum of 5 years as Head of Office or in a similar capacity.
  • Previous experience working in the Middle East or North Africa would be a distinctive advantage
  • Understanding and knowledge of the security sector governance, media, civil society, rule of law and/or other governance and reform processes
  • Excellent command of English (both written and spoken). Knowledge of French is an asset
  • Knowledge of Arabic would be a distinctive asset
  • Strong planning and analytical skills
  • Diplomatic and negotiation skills
  • Cultural sensitivity and familiarity with the Arab region
  • An advanced university degree in development, security, international relations, law, business management, public administration or a related field

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

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to opmena@dcaf.ch by 15 October 2018 with the subject heading ‘’HORAM 2018’’, 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)
  • the completed DCAF Application Form

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

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