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Head of Office, Project Coordinator, Mali (100 %)

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For our office in Mali, we are looking for a seasoned and dynamic manager to be our next:

Head of Office, Project Coordinator, Mali (100 %)

Location:                       Bamako, Mali

Starting date:                ASAP or upon mutual agreement

Duration:                       24 month fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension


The role

Reporting to the Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Division, the Head of Office represents DCAF in Mali. S/he ensures that the presence and operations of DCAF are in accordance with the national legislation of the country and with the internal rules and procedures of DCAF. S/he coordinates and relies on a national and international team based in and outside the country of operation and ensures the development and management of DCAF activities. S/he is responsible for updating a national programmatic strategy, and contributes to other DCAF strategic frameworks in Sub-Saharan Africa and globally. S/he ensures the security of DCAF property and personnel in Mali.

The Head of Office works in close collaboration, and on a daily basis, with the Mali project team based in Geneva (Project Coordinator and Project Officer).

Key areas of operation:

1) Office management

• In close collaboration with the SSAD Division, manage the DCAF Mali office and ensure the proper conduct of DCAF operations in Mali;

• Ensure the management of human resources, the proper application of financial and administrative procedures, and office security;

• Maintain contacts with the Malian government and ensure the compliance of the office's activities with local legislation and compliance with tax, social and health measures;

• Maintain contacts and coordinate the action of DCAF with stakeholders in the security sector and with all relevant actors and partners;

• Represent the DCAF externally, including in high-level meetings and thematic conferences in Bamako on the security sector.

2) Project coordination

• In close relation with the Geneva-based Project Coordinator, manage the implementation of DCAF-SSAD projects and programs and initiatives in Mali;

• Carry out the execution of budgets as validated by the Division;

• Monitor and evaluate the implementation of projects, including through data collection, internal and external evaluations and propose, if necessary, modifications and alternative solutions;

• Contribute to the development of strategic plans, project proposals and concept notes, in view of the changing needs of partners and the local and regional context;

• Help measure and articulate project results in accordance with DCAF's Results Based Management system (RBM).

3) Research, communication and training

• Develop and plan tailor-made capacity building activities for security institutions and actors in the external control of SSR, in line with the evolution of the local and regional context;

• Support and contribute to research initiatives within the framework of projects and actively participate in the dissemination of results.



• At least 10 years of professional experience in governance projects in the context of states in transition or undergoing democratic reform, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa;

• Demonstrated experience of working closely with legislative assemblies, the executive, civil society and security institutions;

• Demonstrated knowledge and expertise of SSR / G, including providing strategic steering advice to reform processes;

• Demonstrated experience in planning the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects;

• Excellent communication skills and a perfect command of written and spoken French; good command of English;

• Demonstrated skills in leadership and staff supervision;

• Advanced university degree (or equivalent) in international relations, peace or security studies.

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 05 October 2020 with the subject heading “Recruitment PC Mali” 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)

Candidates who have already submitted their application for the position in March 2020 will automatically be considered in the selection process and are exempt from resubmitting their application.

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 or been convicted of 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.