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Head of the Middle East and North Africa Division (100%)

DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance 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 capacitybuilding of both state and nonstate security sector stakeholders.

DCAF's Foundation Council comprises 63 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 operational principles of neutrality, impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation, and gender equality. DCAF embraces and promotes values of accountability, excellence, inclusivity, integrity and respect. For more information please visit

DCAF is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as:

Head of the Middle East and North Africa Division (100%)


Location:           Geneva, with extensive travel to the region

Starting date:    upon mutual agreement

Duration:           unlimited


The role

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 operational principles.

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.

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 organization, take a leading role on the sharing of good practice across the organization, support the capacity development of staff and ensure the rigorous monitoring and evaluation of activities. S/he would be expected to broaden the donor base for DCAFs activities in the region and maintain the current high quality of donor reporting.

Your experience

  • An advanced degree in international affairs, security or development studies or another relevant field is required.
  • 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.

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 9 July 2020 with the subject heading Head of MENA Division, 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. 

Individuals who seek to serve with DCAF in any individual capacity will be required, if short-listed, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed, been convicted of, nor prosecuted for, any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

Due to the high number of applications, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.