Resident Project Coordinator/SSR Adviser (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.

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For our Sub-Saharan Africa Division, we are seeking a dynamic, organised and creative individual to be our next:

Position                              Resident Project Coordinator/SSR Adviser (100%)

Location                              Banjul, Gambia

Period of contract:          Starting as soon as possible, until October 31st (with the possibility of an extension.)

Reporting to                      SSAD Head of Division

1) Background

Security and rule of law institutions in The Gambia face deep-rooted governance challenges as a direct result of 22 years of authoritarian rule.

The reform of the security sector is therefore key priority to stabilizing the newly elected government and volatile society in order to sustain peace in The Gambia. Security institutions in The Gambia include the armed forces, police, immigration service, customs, correction service, intelligence service and drug and law enforcement.

To support the security sector reform process DCAF is recruiting a Resident Project Coordinator / Senior Security Sector Advisor, to support key security sector actors of the Gambia. This is a senior professional position for someone with at least 7 years work experience at an international level advising on and managing governance programs in the context of developing or transitional states. The Resident Project Coordinator is based in Banjul, Gambia, and will lead an EU funded program to contribute to security sector reform in the Gambia.

2) Duties and Responsibilities

Project management

  • Manage all aspects of the implementation of DCAF’s program in the Gambia;
  • Oversee a portfolio of program components with diverse partners;
  • Liaise and coordinate with relevant national and international stakeholders, including executive and legislative authorities, police and security forces, community leaders, civil society, media, regional bodies, project donors, and the United Nations;
  • 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 program results in the Gambia;
  • Ensure communication with SSAD team in Geneva is seamless and comprehensive;
  • Oversee execution of budget approved by management;
  • Actively engage in resource mobilization with potential donors and government counterparts at country level;
  • Stay abreast of developments, donor strategies in The Gambia, and identify concrete opportunities for DCAF to contribute to SSR and governance initiatives;
  • In consultation with the Geneva SSAD Gambia team and Head of Division, support the development of the next phase of The Gambia program;
  • Supervise national staff of the Banjul office.

Advice to the security sector reform process

  • Support the coordination and the  general architecture of the SSR process and advise on the inclusion of the gender dimension;
  • Support the Government’s effort to develop an inclusive national security policy that complies with international best practices and norms;
  • Through ongoing advice with national authorities and organization and facilitation of events and capacity-building activities, manage in close coordination with DCAF headquarter the implementation of the project activities, notably:
  • Support the legal reform process governing the security institutions;
  • Support the strengthening of the Defence and Security Committee of the National Assembly in its role in the SSR process;
  • Support the Gambian CSOs and the media to participate fully in the SSR reform process;
  • Support state and non-state actors in mainstreaming gender throughout the SSR process and security institutions.

3) Criteria for the candidates:


Advanced university degree in political science, law, international relations or a related field; a combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of seven years of professional experience working on governance projects in the context of states undergoing transition or democratic reform, in Africa or elsewhere.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic advice to high-level political leadership in the area of SSR;
  • Extensive experience in working with military and civil affairs and notably civilian management of SSR processes;
  • Demonstrated experience in project planning and design, budget management, project implementation and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience liaising with donors, embassies, and international organisations in the field, especially the EU, UN, AU, ECOWAS;
  • Excellent organisation skills with strong attention to detail;
  • Experience in working in the region is highly desirable.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English with excellent written and oral skills;
  • A good working knowledge of French is desirable.

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 by 15th February with the subject heading Recruitment PC Gambia 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).

Due to a large amount of applications, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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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