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Programme Manager, Business and Security Division



Programme Manager, Business and Security Division


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 capacity‐building of both state and non‐state 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 principles of neutrality, impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation, and gender equality. For more information please visit


DCAF’s Business and Security Division works with business, governments and communities to improve security, sustainable development and respect for human rights. We are a strategic implementing partner for both the Montreux Document and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC) and an Observer to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs). In partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), our work supports companies operating in complex environments to ensure that human rights are integrated into their business practices. For more information, please see:  


We are looking for a motivated and experienced individual for the role of:


Programme Manager – (100 %)



Location:                            Geneva (with regular travel)

Starting date:                   1 August 2019 or upon mutual agreement

Duration:                             unlimited


The role


The successful applicant will play a key role in managing divisional programmes and providing oversight to staff. As part of the divisional management team in Geneva, the Programme Manager will steer regional and national implementation of applicable international norms and good practices while contributing to strengthening the Division’s policy research work.


Key activities:

  • Lead planning, implementation and management of assigned projects;
  • Identify opportunities to develop new projects, build partnerships and expand the donor base for the division’s work;
  • Identify opportunities to promote relevant policy work;
  • Ensure effective supervision and mentoring support to staff within the Division;
  • Enable continuous improvement in division’s programme and human resource management processes.





  • Proven experience in programme development and management as well as donor relations;
  • At least 7 years of applied experience in the fields of business and human rights, international development, and/or security sector governance and reform;
  • Demonstrable track record and commitment to staff mentoring and development;
  • Experience working with the private sector in fragile contexts and / or in the field of business and human rights;
  • Familiarity with key international policy frameworks and multilateral initiatives including the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, OECD Responsible Business Conduct workstream, Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative and the Voluntary Principles.
    Additional skills or experience:
  • Advanced degree in political science/ international relations, economics, business, international human rights or humanitarian law, or related field;
  • Fluency in English and French or Spanish, both written and spoken, is essential. Additional languages considered a plus;
  • Swiss or EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland at the time of application is a pre-requisite.


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 30 June 2019 with the subject heading “Programme Manager”, 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.