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Programme Manager – Parliamentary support and defense reform (100 %) - Tunis

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.

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For our office in Tunis, we are looking for a highly motivated and qualified individual to be our next:

Programme Manager – Parliamentary support and defense reform (100 %)

Location:               Tunis, Tunisia
Starting date:        1st of July 2021 or as soon as possible
Duration:               Two years renewable

Under the supervision of the Head of Mission of DCAF Tunis, the Programme Manager is responsible for supporting security sector reform programmes in Tunisia, specifically in the areas of parliamentary support and defence reform, by conducting outreach to relevant stakeholders and contributing to the implementation of DCAF’s country strategy for Tunisia. The Programme Manager shall hold ultimate responsibility for the conceptualization, design, implementation, management and evaluation of projects assigned to her/him by the head of mission within her/his area of work. 

Key areas of responsibility:

•    Contribute to the development of country strategy and annual workplans for DCAF’s Tunisia programme
•    Provide substantive inputs at a technical level to the programmes in Tunisia, for example in either parliamentary oversight or defense sector reform
•    Contribute to the Office’s knowledge management, including programme M&E
•    Develop logical frameworks, work plans, budgets and monitoring and evaluation frameworks
•    Develop and draft internal and external reports, both narrative and financial, related to activities and projects under her/his direct responsibility, and as assigned. Advance the implementation of DCAF’s projects in Tunisia, particularly in the fields of parliamentary support and defense reform 
•    Identify new entry points through the evaluation of engagement opportunities, and articulate proposed DCAF’s responses to such openings and/or demands for support within her/his area of responsibility
•    Evaluate evolving needs and lead on the design and planning of new projects
•    Maintain regular programme-related dialogue with relevant state and non-state actors
•    Organize and oversee/deliver/implement project activities, including workshops, trainings, study visits, research, development of knowledge products, etc
•    Contribute to donors’ relations, including related events, reporting obligations, as well as development and submission of proposals
•    Support the head of mission as necessary in the fulfilment of her/his responsibilities, including human resources and financial management tasks, as well as networking and representational undertakings. This may include the need to temporarily act as officer in charge.

•    An advanced university degree in law, political science, security studies, or another related field relevant to DCAF’s work
•    A minimum of 8 years work experience in public sector reform or management, preferably within the security sector or governance fields 
•    Proven track record in managing complex projects, preferably in the MENA region. Experience of working in/on Tunisia an advantage.
•    Thorough knowledge and deep understanding of political transitions, ideally the case of Tunisia
•    Proven capacity of interacting with interlocutors from different backgrounds and at different levels, including high level national and international officials
•    Experience in working through and managing cooperation between field offices and headquarters 
•    Excellent command of French & English (written and spoken); knowledge of Arabic is a distinct advantage
•    Excellent writing skills 
•    Strong communication skills and experience of working as part of an international and multicultural team

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 Sunday 9 May 2021 with the subject heading ‘’PM2021’”, 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)
•    the completed DCAF Application Form here

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.