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

SENIOR SSR ADVISOR, Programme manager - Sub-Saharan Africa Division 100%


Location:                              Geneva, with extensive travel to the region

Starting date:                      December 1, 2019

Duration:                               18 months, with the possibility of renewal


The role


The Senior SSR Advisor, Programme Manager will provide management oversight and technical expertise to a soon to be launched comprehensive police reform programme in the Horn of Africa and will contribute to regional security sector governance initiatives.  He/she leads the process of articulating programme frameworks, including Theories of Change, monitoring and evaluation components and budgets, and seeks to identify and pursue new project opportunities. The Senior SSR Advisor, Programme Manager coaches, guides and contributes to the professional development of SSAD’s programme staff and articulates and shares lessons from SSAD’s work to the larger community of practice.  


Key areas of operation:


Programme Management

  • Provide strategic and technical expertise as well as overall coordination to DCAF’s security sector reform and governance activities in the Horn of Africa;
  • Ensure coordination with DCAF’s national and multinational partners in the region;
  • Manage relations with the Programmes donors, ensure the quality and responsiveness of all reporting;  
  • Work collaboratively with the HoD on human and financial resource decision-making;
  • Supervise, mentor and evaluate project staff;
  • Oversee the development of knowledge products and research related to the Programme;
  • Ensure the alignment of project activities with divisional goals and DCAF strategy;
  • In consultation with the HoD, review and approve concept notes, terms of reference, mission reports, activity summaries and other project management documents;
  • Review contracts, budgets and donor reports to be submitted by the division for approval;
  • Identify opportunities and carry out scoping missions and assessments.

Training and dissemination of learning

  • Contribute to the planning, development, coordination and delivery of capacity building for SSAD staff;
  • Regularly contribute findings and case studies to internal and external platforms;
  • Represent and speak on behalf of DCAF at conferences, meetings and other fora;
  • Review Sub-Saharan Africa Programme publications, SSR/SSG research products from other DCAF programmes and/or external entities and contribute to the drafting of background papers on SSG. 




  • Proven technical expertise in the area of security sector governance and reform
  • At least 10 years proven previous senior management experience at an international level advising on or managing development, peacebuilding or SSR/G assistance programmes
  • Have a strong interest in and knowledge of project cycle management
  • Be able to represent DCAF internationally and take the lead on internal coordination. 
  • Be able to lead the development of knowledge production, review SSR/SSG research products from other DCAF programmes and/or external partners and provide expert input into policy and international policy discussions.
  • Be fluent in English, ideally with knowledge of French.


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 10 November 2019 with the subject heading “Senior SSR Advisor, 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)


The recruitment is dependent on the signature of a grant contract for the project. 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. 

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