Project Coordinator, Sub-Saharan Africa Division (100%)

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) seeks a Project Coordinator with security sector reform and governance experience as well as excellent project management skills to join the Sub-Saharan Africa team. This is a senior professional position for someone with at least 7 years work experience at an international level advising on or contributing to governance programmes in the context of developing or transitional states. The Project Coordinator will be based in Geneva, Switzerland, with frequent travel to Sub-Saharan Africa. The incumbent will have a comprehensive understanding of security sector reform and governance and is expected to make a substantive contribution to the DCAF programmes in support of the SSR processes in Sub-Saharan Africa, including support to state actors, civilian oversight bodies (parliament, civil society organizations, media), and legal reform.

Primary responsibilities:             

  • Coordinate the implementation of DCAF’s programmes in selected Sub-Saharan countries or regions.
  • Provide technical, strategic and policy advice to national stakeholders, and substantive input into at least two components of the programme.
  • Liaise and coordinate with relevant national and international stakeholders, including executive and legislative authorities, defense and security institutions, community leaders, civil society, media, EU, ECOWAS and other regional bodies, and the United Nations Country Team.
  • Supervise, monitor and evaluate project implementation, including data collection, internal or independent evaluations, course correction or iteration.
  • Monitor, measure and provide written reports of political developments and programme results in the project countries/regions.
  • Oversee execution of the approved budgets.
  • Independently plan, develop, coordinate and deliver capacity building for security institutions and oversight actors (ministries, parliament, human rights commissions, ombuds institutions, media, civil society organisations, universities, and any other relevant oversight stakeholder).
  • Explore new initiatives and develop donor relations.
  • Contribute to the Divisions strategic planning process.

Candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of seven years of professional experience working on governance projects in the context of states undergoing transition or democratic reform, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Demonstrated experience working closely with legislatures, the executive, civil society and security institutions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise on SSR/G, including the provision of strategic steering advice to reform processes.
  • Experience delivering and facilitating workshops, seminars, consultations and capacity building activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in project planning and design, drafting proposals and related documents, budget management, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and donor reporting.
  • Experience liaising with donors, embassies, and international organisations in the field and headquarters.
  • Excellent communications skills, and a perfect command of written and spoken English and French.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience mentoring staff.
  • Excellent organisation skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Advanced university degree (or equivalent) in international relations, peace, or security studies.
  • Familiarity with the UN, AU, ECOWAS, and other intergovernmental and/or regional organisations.
  • Availability and willingness to travel frequently to Africa, in particular West Africa.

Position location: Geneva, Switzerland, with frequent travel to Africa and in particular to West Africa.

Deadline for applications is 18 December 2018

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 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:

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.

Administrative Assistant, Sub-Saharan Africa Division

DCAF Geneva

Ref: PC Sub-Saharan Africa Division

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